Dec. 22, 2005
The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl marked the third all-time meeting between the Bears and the Cougars. BYU won the first two games.
First Drive, Scoring Drive
The California touchdown on its opening drive against BYU marked the fifth time this season that the Bears hit the scoreboard on their opening drive. The other first-drive scores came against Sacramento State, Washington, New Mexico State and UCLA.
Two Top Tens
With his rushing total in the bowl game, sophomore Marshawn Lynch has firmly entrenched himself into two of Cal's top-10 rushing lists. His 2005 single-season total of 1,244 is third best at Cal. Lynch also entered the career rushing list. In his two-years at Cal he's accumulated 1,874 career yards making him the ninth best in the Golden Bears' history.
Marshawn Lynch recorded his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season, and the ninth of his career. He also recorded his first career-game-high with three rushing touchdowns.
Two Over 1,000
For the first time since 1990, Cal has almost featured two 1,000-yard rushers in one season. Marshawn Lynch entered the bowl game with 1,052 yards, and Justin Forsett had 962. With his 37 Thursday night, Forsett finishes the 2005 season one yard shy of 1,000, with 999.
Below is a look at single-season and career top-10 charts following the conclusion of the 2005 season (bowl included).
Career Tackles: Donnie McCleskey finishes his career eighth all-time with 258.
Career Passes Broken Up: Harrison Smith finishes second all-time with 32 and Daymeion Hughes will enter his senior season 10th all-time with 18.
Single-Season Passes Broken Up: Daymeion Hughes finishes 2005 with 12 passes broken up for third all-time.
Cal set several postseason records on Thursday night. Marshawn Lynch's rushing total set a new bowl record for Cal as did his three TDs scored.
DeSean Jackson tied his career-high with 130 receiving yards in the bowl game. In the process, he became Cal's first 100-yard receiver since the Washington State game.
Cal's 96-yard scoring drive in the third quarter was the longest of the season for Cal. The previous best was 94 yards against Washington in the second week of the season.
Steve Levy's 228 yards is a career-high ... Sam DeSa's first quarter reception was his first since Washington State and his fourth of the season ... Harrison Smith's second-quarter interception was his second of the season (USC) and third of his career...Daymeion Hughes picked off his fifth interception of the season. Hughes has accounted for five of the Bears' 15 INTs this season.