California Renews its Rivalry Against Stanford in the 110th Big Game

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Saturday, December 1; 4 p.m. (PT)
California (6-5, 3-5 Pac-10) vs. Stanford (3-7, 2-6 Pac-10)
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Stadium

Live Coverage
Versus. Broadcast Team: TBA.
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim, Steve Levy) - and affiliate stations KMZT Radio (1260 AM Los Angeles), XSURF Radio (540 AM San Diego), KNTK Radio (102.3 Weed), KCBL Radio (1340 AM Fresno), KESP Radio (970 AM Modesto), KVBL Radio (1400 AM Visalia) and KNRO Radio (1670 AM Redding).
Before And After: Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show that leads to the kickoff. The postgame includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the 'Postgame at the Paragon' live program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Eddy Kleinhans.
XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can also track the Bears through XM Satellite Radio, a corporate partner of the Pacific-10 Conference. Football action can be heard on XM channels 193, 194 and 195.

2006 Record: 10-3
2006 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-2/T1st
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/1983
Record at Cal/Year: 49-25/6th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: John Sudsbury
Office Phone: 510-643-4723
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS



Games Played: 109
Series Record: Cal trails, 54-44-11
First Meeting: 3/19/1892, Stanford, 14-10
Last Meeting: 12/2/2006, Cal, 26-17
Current Streak: Cal win 5
Tedford vs. Stanford: 5-0

Quick Routes
The California Golden Bears will look to continue their recent success against the Stanford Cardinal when the two teams hook up in the 110th meeting of the Big Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Stanford Stadium. Despite a tough season for both clubs, the old cliche that you can throw out the records when its a rivalry game, certainly rings true for the Bears and Cardinal. Cal has never lost to Stanford under the direction of Jeff Tedford, but Stanford will be thinking upset with first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh at the helm. Stanford pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football this season when it defeated USC, 24-23, in October.

25th Anniversary of 'The Play'
Watch a 42-second clip of 'The Play.'

Watch a six-minute clip of 'The Play' and the drive leading to it.

In the 85th Big Game played in Memorial Stadium, Cal was already out of contention for a postseason bowl game. However, the implications of the game were far more important to Stanford, who were led by quarterback John Elway, playing in his last regular season game. The Cardinal football squad was in the midst of an exciting season--they were 5-5 but had victories over highly ranked Ohio State and Washington--and needed a win to be invited to a bowl game. In fact, representatives of the Hall of Fame Classic committee were in attendance, ostensibly to extend an invitation to Stanford, should the Cardinal win. With Cal leading 19-17 late in the fourth quarter, Elway and the Cardinal overcame a 4th-and-17 on their own 13-yard line with a 29-yard completion, then managed to get the ball within field goal range for placekicker Mark Harmon, prompting Elway to call a timeout with eight seconds left on the clock. Harmon made good on his 35-yard kick to put Stanford ahead 20-19. However, a costly 15-yard celebration penalty by Stanford would be enforced on the ensuing kickoff. At that point, Cal announcer Joe Starkey praised Stanford and Elway for their efforts, and added, 'Only a miracle can save the Bears now!' With four seconds left, Stanford special teams coach Fred von Appen called for a squib kick on the kickoff. Harmon squibbed the kick and Cal's Kevin Moen received the ball inside the Cal 45 near the left hash mark. After some ineffective scrambling, Moen lateraled the ball leftward to Richard Rodgers. Rodgers was very quickly surrounded, gaining only one yard before looking behind him for Dwight Garner, who caught the ball around the Cal 45. Garner ran straight ahead for five yards, but was swallowed up by five Stanford players. While Garner was being tackled, however, he managed to pitch the ball back to Rodgers. It was at this moment, believing that Garner had been tackled and the game was over, that several Stanford players on the sideline and the entire Stanford band (which had been waiting behind the south end zone) ran onto the field in celebration. Rodgers dodged another Stanford player and took the ball to his right, toward the middle of the field, where at least four other Cal players were ready for the next pitch. Around the Stanford 45, Rodgers pitched the ball to Mariet Ford, who caught it in stride. Meanwhile, the Stanford band, all 144 members, had run out past the south end zone--the one the Cal players were trying to get to--and had advanced as far as twenty yards downfield. The scrum of players was moving towards them. Ford avoided a Stanford player and sprinted up the field while moving to the right of the right hash mark. Around the Stanford 25, three Stanford players smothered Ford, but he threw a blind lateral over his right shoulder. Moen caught it and charged toward the end zone. One Stanford player missed him, and another could not catch him from behind. Moen ran through the scattering Stanford band members for the touchdown, which he famously completed by running into unaware trombone player Gary Tyrrell. The Cal players celebrated wildly--but the officials had not signaled the touchdown. Stanford coach Paul Wiggin and his players argued to the officials that Dwight Garner's knee had been down, rendering what had happened during the rest of the play moot. But the officials huddled and agreed that none of them had ruled Garner down or blown his whistle, and after a few moments, the touchdown was signaled by referee Charles Moffett and a penalty was called on Stanford for illegal participation (for too many Stanford players and the band being on the field), which the officials declined for Cal automatically.

A Look Inside the Rivalry
>> Fifty of the previous 109 Big Games have been decided by seven or fewer points, and five have been decided on the game's final play.

>> The annual showdown between California and Stanford dates back to 1892. Stanford leads the series, 54-44-11, but California has won the last five games by a combined score of 152-49. Cal's 41-6 victory in 2006 equaled the largest margin of victory in the series.

>> Prior to the arrival of Jeff Tedford, Stanford won seven straight Big Games.

A Quick Look at the Five Big Games That Have Been Decided on the Final Snap:
1972 California 24, Stanford 21

California drove 62 yards in the final 1:13 of the contest. The game ended with Bears quarterback Vince Ferragamo tossing a 7-yard touchdown to a diving Steve Sweeney for the final score.
1974 Stanford 22, California 20
Stanford got a 50-yard field goal from Mike Langford on the final play to knock off the 19th-ranked Bears.

1982 The Play
Cal won the game 25-20 following the miraculous 57-yard, five-lateral kickoff return now known simply as The Play. The sequence began with a Stanford kickoff with just four seconds left on the clock.
1990 Stanford 27, California 25
Stanford scored nine points in the game's final 12 seconds. The sequence included a Stanford score and a failed two-point conversion. The Cardinal recovered the onside kick, benefited from a Cal penalty and connected on a 37-yard field goal on the game's final play.
2000 Stanford 36, California 30 (OT)
The Cardinal prevailed in the first overtime game in Big Game history.

The Axe Effect
The Bears and the Cardinal play for the Stanford Axe, which was actually unveiled on the eve of an 1899 baseball game between the schools. Stanford students used the Axe on a straw man dressed in blue and gold at a pre-game pep rally. During the game, blue and gold ribbons were cut into pieces with the Axe, and the Axe was used to chop wood, signifying a good play by the Indians. When Cal rallied for a dramatic win, an emotional group of Bears grabbed the Axe and transported it via ferry to Berkeley and placed it in the safe of a Berkeley bank. It was removed once a year for the Axe Rally. By 1933, each side decided the Axe was a fitting Big Game trophy. It is mounted on a plaque that lists the game's scores.

Tedford and the Cardinal
Jeff Tedford is 5-0 vs. Stanford. He only sits behind Andy Smith for the best start by a Cal coach in the series. Andy Smith began his Cal career with a 6-0 record against Stanford from 1918 through 1923. Smith did not face Stanford in his first two seasons on campus. His win streak ended with a tie in the seventh meeting. Pappy Waldorf began his career with a 3-0-1 record against Stanford and concluded his career with a 7-1-2 record in the Big Game.

Bears-Cardinal: Cal Defeats Stanford for Fifth Straight Time in 2006
Nate Longshore passed for 217 yards as the 21st-ranked Golden Bears persevered through high winds and the Cardinal for a 26-17 victory in the 109th Big Game. Tom Schneider kicked four field goals and DeSean Jackson caught seven passes for 127 yards for Cal, which hasn't lost a Big Game since coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002. The Bears had lost seven straight to the Cardinal before the Tedford era, but now have maintained possession of The Axe during their longest winning streak in the series since the 1920s. Syd'Quan Thompson also returned a fumble 15 yards for a second-quarter touchdown as Cal completed an unbeaten seven-game home schedule.

Cal-Washington Afterthoughts
Justin Forsett recorded a career-long 58 rush in the second quarter to help setup Cal's third touchdown of the game ... Forsett now has eight 100-yard rushing games this season and 14 for his career ... James Montgomery recorded his first career touchdown reception on just his second career catch in the second quarter ... Nate Longshore equaled a season-high three touchdowns passes ... Zack Follett had two sacks in the game and now leads the team with 5.5 sacks ... Andrew Larson had his consecutive number of punts streak with out a touchback at 41 snapped in third quarter ... Thomas DeCoud recorded a career-high in tackles with 16 ... Cameron Morrah hauled in his first touchdown of the season (second of his career) in the first quarter ... Brandon Hampton recorded his fourth pass break up of the season in the first quarter ... DeSean Jackson snared four catches in the first quarter, extending his consecutive games streak with at least one catch to 27 games ... Jackson's 23-yard punt return in the second quarter was his longest since the Tennessee game in September ... Robert Jordan recorded his 40th straight game with a reception after his eight-yard catch in the second quarter ... Jordan hauled in a season-long 42-yard reception in the third quarter ... Craig Stevens recorded his third receiving touchdown this season in the second quarter - a career-high for touchdowns in a single-season for the senior tight end ... Bernard Hicks recorded his third pass break up of the season in the second quarter.

Injury Timeouts
Cal has suffered some key injuries this year with probable starters missing a total of 31 games this year. While Nate Longshore's injured ankle has drawn the most attention, an often-forgotten key injury has been that to senior placekicker Tom Schneider. A top candidate for the Lou Groza Award entering the year, Schneider, who missed just two field goals inside 50 yards in 2006, was also slated to be Cal's kickoff man. Another critical injury-loss has been junior defensive end Rulon Davis. After winning the starting job in fall camp, Davis has played in just four games. He hurt his foot in the third game of the year and came back for limited action against Arizona State, tallying 1.5 sacks, before injuring his knee. Safety Marcus Ezeff has missed five games due to a quad injury; linebacker Zack Follett missed nearly three games with a neck injury; starting tackle Matt Malele has missed two full games due to an injured knee; fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou has missed two full games and parts of others due to knee injuries; receiver Robert Jordan missed one game with an injured shoulder; tackle Mika Kane was out one game after a concussion; tailback/return specialist Jahvid Best did not play last weekend due to a hip injury; and receiver DeSean Jackson missed the entire second half of the Washington game with a thigh contusion, while also being hampered by a thumb injury in the first half of the season.

3,000 in Reach
After piling up 141 yards on the ground at Washington, Justin Forsett needs just 16 more yards to reach 3,000 rushing yards for his career -- a pretty remarkable feat considering the fact that this is his first year in the starting tailback role (he served as the back up to Marshawn Lynch for two seasons). After a 44-yard sprint to the end zone in the final minutes to seal a 20-17 victory over Washington State, Forsett became the 11th Golden Bear in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season. Despite a tough loss to USC the following week, Forsett generated a season-best 164 yards vs. the Trojans. Forsett, who has a rushing touchdown in nine of his last 12 games, leads the Pac-10 with 13 touchdowns this season, while also ranking second in the league in rushing yards per game. The 141-yard performance against Washington was his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 14th of his career. Forsett, who has produced 2,984 career yards rushing, is rapidly approaching another program milestone - single-season rushing attempts. The senior tailback needs just 26 more attempts to tie J.J. Arrington's 289 attempts in 2004.

Turning 40
With over 5,000 career yards passing to his credit, Nate Longshore reached another milestone when he tossed his 40th career touchdown pass against Washington last weekend. That mark ties him with Mike Pawlawski for sixth all-time at Cal. Longshore has completed nearly 62 percent of his passes this year for 2,292 yards and 15 touchdowns.After missing the Oregon State game entirely, he returned to the starting lineup against UCLA and completed 22-of-34 passes for 232 yards and a season-best three touchdowns. The best day of the year for the junior came in Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, when he set career-highs in completions (28) and attempts (43) for a season-high 285 yards and two touchdowns. Longshore has thrown for over 200 yards in 13 of his last 16 contests. As a sophomore last season, he directed the California offense to a Pac-10 best 32.8 points per game and became just the second Golden Bear to pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season (3,021).

The Hawk Soars for Success
As much as he tries, it's hard for Lavelle 'Hawk' Hawkins to stay out of the spotlight this season. In fact, Hawkins has caught the attention of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper who has the senior wideout rated No. 3 in his latest 'top five seniors by position' rankings. Hawkins also appears on Kiper's Top 25 Big Board at No. 22 in the country. Hawkins, who has paced the Golden Bears in receiving seven of the 11 games this season, has posted a personal-best 62 catches for a team-best 792 yards and five touchdowns. He had a career game against Oregon State, snaring nine catches for a career-best 192 yards (sixth-most in school history) and two touchdowns, including a career-long 64-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Hawkins has scored a touchdown (reception or kickoff) in seven of his last 12 games, including a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the Louisiana Tech game. He leads the team with 1,567 all-purpose yards.

The 1 To Watch
Despite suffering a thigh injury in the Washington game which kept him out of action in the second half, DeSean Jackson managed to haul in four catches for 31 yards prior to the injury to vault him to third all-time in career receiving yards at Cal with 2,342. Jackson had a stout performance at UCLA when he posted nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Bruins. In Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, Jackson snared a career-high 11 catches for a career-high 161 yards and two touchdowns in Autzen Stadium. In his opening-day performance against Tennessee, Jackson took his first punt return 77 yards for a touchdown to give Cal a 21-14 lead in the second quarter. It was his sixth career punt return for a touchdown, both school and conference records.

The DeSean Effect
DeSean Jackson has returned six punts for touchdowns in his California football career. Understandably, teams have opted to avoid the dangerous return man by punting away (pitching away?) from Jackson. However, in seven of the last 11 games, Cal has benefited from the 'intentional walks' as short and misdirected punts (0 yards, 13 yards, 25 yards, 18 yards, 28 yards, 23 yards, 31 yards) have led directly to Golden Bear scores.

Other Notes on DeSean ...
>> Tied for third on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list (21) - needs six to move to second
>> Ranks No. 3 in career receiving yards at Cal
>> Ranks first in school history in career punt return average, touchdowns (6) and single-season average (18.12)
>> Owns three of the 11 longest punt returns for touchdowns in school history (95 at Arizona, 80 vs. Arizona State, 77 vs. Tennessee)

Forsett's March to 1,000
Justin Forsett's 1,310 yards rushing this season is even more impressive considering the fact that the Pac-10 boasts four teams (Oregon State, USC, Arizona State and UCLA) ranked in the top 20 in the nation in rush defense. Forsett piled up 150 yards (one of four 150+ yard efforts this year for the senior) against Oregon State, which ranks first in the Pac-10 and the nation in rushing defense. He generated 209 all-purpose yards, including 164 yards on the ground against USC, which ranked seventh in the nation in rush defense and No. 3 in total defense at the start of the game.

Big Play RJ
A veteran of 41 games, Robert Jordan has 37 receptions for 442 yards and a touchdown this season, including a season-high 85 receiving yards in Cal's loss at Arizona State. Jordan is Cal's all-time leader with at least one catch in 40 straight games (still active) after hauling in four catches (for 71 yards) against Washington. Jordan passed both Steve Rivera and Mike Caldwell for seventh on Cal's all-time receptions chart (142) after hauling in four catches vs. Washington State. He had 43 receptions (career-high) for 511 yards (career-high) and four scores in 2006.

Felder Leads the LBs
The Cal linebacking corps has certainly made an impact this season. In 11 games, the LBs have combined for 343 tackles (23.5 for losses), 10.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. Junior Anthony Felder paces the corps and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 99 tackles, two sacks and an interception. Felder, who has at least nine tackles in eight of the 11 games played, is not the only backer putting up impressive numbers. Seniors Justin Moye (38 tackles, one INT) and Greg Van Hoesen (eight tackles), Juniors Zack Follett and Worrell Williams (see later notes), and redshirt freshman Mike Mohamed (33 tackles, three pass break ups) have all been impact players.

Triple-Digit Tacklers
The Golden Bears have a chance to finish this year with three different players recording more than 100 tackles. Currently, junior linebacker Anthony Felder paces the team with 99 takedowns, while senior safety Thomas DeCoud (fresh off a career-high 16-tackle performance) and junior linebacker Worrell Williams both have 95 stops. The only other time in Cal history that the Bears had three players with 100 or more tackles was 1983 when Ron Rivera paced the squad with 138 tackles and Eddie Walsh (109) and John Haina (100) also reached the milestone. The only other years that Cal has had as many as two triple-digit tacklers were in 1987 (David Ortega, 143; and Ken Harvey, 103) and 1988 (Steve Hendrickson, 134; and Ortega, 132).

Field-Goal Defense
Cal has been victimized by deadly accuracy by opponents on field goals as The Golden Bears have seen its foes drill 18-of-19 (94.7%) of their three-point attempts this year. The last time Cal's opponents buried field goals at this rate was in 1985 when they connected on 18-of-19 as well. Only one time in school history have opponents knocked home more than 18 field goals - in 1983, Cal foes scored 21 field goals (on 30 attempts). Cal ranks eighth in the nation in field goals allowed this season (Washington leads with 24). LSU has the 'worst' field-goal defense as opponents have connected on all 10 of their field-goal attempts. Four other schools have seen their opponents miss just one field goal this year: Georgia (18-of-19), Clemson (13-of-14), Wake Forest (12-of-13) and Virginia Tech (10-of-11).

Big Mack on Campus
Junior center Alex Mack certainly should be in the discussion for All-America honors based on his performance this season for the Golden Bears. Mack entered the 2007 campaign on three preseason Watch Lists - Lombardi Award (best center), Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center) and the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman). He has lived up to his preseason billing as well, anchoring the Golden Bear offensive line which has opened holes for eight 100-yard rushing games by Justin Forsett while allowing just nine sacks this season (best in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation). Mack has been selected as the top center in the nation at the midpoint of the season by Phil Steele's Magazine and ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., ranks him as the top junior center in the country.

Larson Named a Finalist For Ray Guy Award
Senior Andrew Larson has been selected as a finalist for the Ray Guy Award for the top punter in the nation. Larson is averaging 41.2 yards per punt with a net punting mark of 37.6 (second-best in the Pac-10 and 18th in the nation). He has 54 punts this season and 19 have been returned for just 114 yards (6.0 ypr - 19th in the nation). Nineteen of his boots have been downed inside the 20 and just four have gone for touchbacks. Against USC, four of his seven punts were downed inside the 20. Against Arizona State, he averaged 44.8 yards on five punts with three downed inside the 20, but his best day came against Oregon State, when he set a school record with an average of 55.8 yards on four punts, including a career-long 73-yarder and a 64-yarder. Last season, Larson also keyed the Bears punt team which paced the Pac-10 with a net punting average of 38.3 yards per punt.

Eye of the Ziger
Linebacker Zack Follett has spent much of this season with a hair dye job featuring tiger/lion stripes (artwork courtesy of Greg Van Hoesen), earning himself the nickname 'Ziger' for the 'Z' dyed into the back of his head amongst the stripes. Even though the hair has gone back to normal for the past three games (WSU, USC, UW), the 'ziger' mentality remained after he recorded seven tackles and two sacks at Washington, six tackles and a pass break up vs. USC and six tackles, a sack and three pass break ups vs. Washington State. For the season, Follett has registered 5.5 sacks (team-best), 9.5 tackles for losses, six pass break ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in nine games played (he missed nearly three games due to injury).

Wor, What Is It Good For?
Another standout in Cal's linebacking corps is junior Worrell Williams, who has had a breakout season for the Golden Bears. From his opening day touchdown on a fumble recovery against Tennessee to his six tackles vs. Washington, Williams has been an imposing force on the gridiron. Williams is tied for second on the team (sixth in the Pac-10) in tackles with 95, while also registering a team-high in forced fumbles with three.

D-Line Depth
The Golden Bears graduated three starters from their defensive line unit last season and have been plagued with injuries this season. But a group of unheralded players have been stepping in. Freshman Cameron Jordan returned to his home state of Arizona and made an immediate impact when he returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown at Arizona State. Fifth-year senior John Allen, who has had five starts this season, had two tackles and two quarterback hurries against Washington State. Redshirt freshman Derrick Hill, who snagged an interception in the Colorado State game and nearly added another against Louisiana Tech, recorded his first career sack against Arizona. Sophomore Cody Jones, who has started eight games, registered three tackles for losses at Oregon. Sophomore Tyson Alualu recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter at Oregon and has recovered three fumbles this season, including one for a touchdown vs. Arizona.

Tip Drills
Thomas DeCoud, who leads the Bear secondary with 95 tackles, produced a career-best 16 tackles at Washington, and enjoyed a career day against Arizona when he recorded his first career forced fumble, sack and interception in the first half ... freshman Chris Conte earned his third straight start against Washington ... sophomore Syd'Quan Thompson leads the team with 10 pass break ups ... Thompson also added his first interception of the season against Washington State off a deflection by Bernard Hicks ... senior Brandon Hampton has two interceptions this season (Louisiana Tech and Arizona) and recorded his first forced fumble against Oregon State. Hampton also added a fumble recovery at UCLA ... sophomore Marcus Ezeff has racked up 44 tackles, including a career-high 14 vs. Arizona. But the biggest play of his career thus far was his hit on Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin in the final seconds at the one-yard line, jarring the ball loose into the end zone and out of bounds, resulting in a touchback, allowing the Bears to preserve their 31-24 lead. Unfortunately, Ezeff has missed the last five games due to injury.

Fresh Debut
>> Jahvid Best has recorded 21 plays of 10 yards or more this season (57 touches total)
Despite missing the Washington game due to an injury, Jahvid Best has stepped into the Golden Bear lineup as a true freshman and become a key part of the team. His biggest contributions have come on special teams, including a career-long 54-yard kickoff return at UCLA and 12 tackles. For the season, he leads the team and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 27.0 yards per kick return. In addition, the rookie has 29 carries for 243 yards (7.6 ypc), including a 64-yard run to paydirt against Colorado State for his first career touchdown. He has caught 13 balls for 74 yards - one of those a 16-yard TD reception against Louisiana Tech.

Joe Roth Honored
The California football team donned special 'throwback' uniforms in its game vs. USC to pay honor to one if its all-time greats. The uniforms and helmets, which reflect the gear worn by All-American quarterback Joe Roth in 1975, were designed specially by Nike. Roth came to Cal as a junior-college transfer in 1975 and after winning the starting quarterback job for the third game, he led the Golden Bears to eight wins in their final nine games and a share of the Pac-8 Championship. Entering the 1976 season, Roth was considered a favorite for the Heisman Trophy. Described by some as the 'best quarterback prospect since Joe Namath,' Roth discovered he had cancer during that 1976 season and passed away in February 1977. Roth's No. 12 is the only retired jersey in the history of Cal football and he is remembered with a special display in the Cal locker room. Cal has designated each year's home game against its Southern California foe (USC or UCLA) as the Joe Roth Memorial Game.

More Uniform Musings
Looking to put an end to its three-game losing streak, Cal decided to go with its lucky gold alternate uniforms against Washington State. The result? a 20-17 win over the Cougars. The Golden Bears are a perfect 5-0 in games when they wear the alternate jersey (Oregon, UCLA, Texas A&M in 2006, and Tennessee and Washington State this season).

Seniors Say Goodbye To Memorial Stadium
California honored its senior class vs. USC as 18 players saw their final action at Memorial Stadium. This Golden Bear class featured 12 players who spent five years with the Bears, four junior-college transfers and two players who completed their eligibility in the minimum of four years (Justin Forsett and Robert Jordan). In the five years that the bulk of this class has been part of the program, the Bears have posted 42 victories (to date). It is already the fourth-best five-year stretch in school history - the best is 46 wins in the five years from 1947-1951.

Memorial Ground
Despite a loss in its final home game of 2007 to USC, Cal has 22 victories in its last 26 home games. Overall, Cal has out-scored opponents 1024-500 over the last 26 home games. In the fourth quarter of the last 26 games, Cal has topped foes, 244-128. The only four losses suffered in Memorial Stadium were to Oregon State (Oct. 15, 2005 and Oct. 13, 2007) and to USC (Nov. 12, 2005 and Nov. 10, 2007).

Let's Go For a Drive
Against USC and Washington State, Cal put together some of its longest scoring drives of the season. Against the Trojans, Cal drove 86 yards on 15 plays and consumed 8:16 on the clock, before a Jordan Kay field goal. The Bears opened the Washington State game with a 17-play, 80-yard drive which ate 7:56 of clock before Justin Forsett's touchdown. Then in the second quarter, the Bears held the ball for an amazing 10:22, driving 91 yards on 20 plays for a Jordan Kay field goal. The previous long drive for Cal had been a 5:34 drive (13 plays) at Oregon. Not surprisingly, Cal decidedly won the time-of-possession battle vs. the Cougars, holding the ball for a season-best 37:27.

Turnover Battle
'The turnover battle is huge, I think that definitely plays into it. It does in football, I don't it's just us, I think that's the way football is,' said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. In his six years at Cal, the Golden Bears are 27-2 (.931) when winning the turnover battle and 10-17 (.370) when losing that statistical comparison (as well as 12-6 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive, as Cal is 17-1 (.944) when winning the turnover battle and 6-15 (.286) when losing it (7-3 when turnovers are tied). Cal has lost the turnover battle in each of its five losses this year.

Did you know that Cal hasn't been shutout in a school-record 105 consecutive games since Sept. 11, 1999?

The Tedford Era
Jeff Tedford, now in his sixth year at the helm of the Bears, has quickly brought the program into another 'Golden' Age. The Bears' current five year record of 49-25 is among the best-ever at Cal.

Era (Years): Record (Pct.) - Highlights
The Wonder Teams (1920-24): 44-0-4 (.958) - Three National Titles
The Thunder Teams (1937-38): 20-1-1 (.932) - One Championship
Pappy's Boys (1947-52): 53-9 (.855) - Three Rose Bowls
The Tedford Era (2002-current): 49-25 (.662) - Four bowls
Early 90s (1990-93): 30-17 (.638) - Three bowls
Mike White Era (1972-77): 35-30 (.538) - Last conf. title (`75)

Cal Looks For Sixth Straight Winning Season
If Cal can post its sixth straight winning season in 2007, it will mark the first time the Golden Bears have reached these levels of consistency since Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52. Since posting the worst record at Cal in 104 years (1-10) in 2001, the Golden Bears hired head coach Jeff Tedford and have rolled to marks of 7-5 (2002), 8-6 (2003), 10-3 (2004), 8-4 (2005) and 10-3 (2006). In addition, Cal has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last four years.
The California Athletic Department and website partner CSTV (College Sports Television) launched a Heisman Trophy promotional website for junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson entitled 'The 1 to Watch' features flash animation for the introduction before taking the viewer to the main page. Once on the site, fans can navigate eight tabs to find such information as up-to-date video highlights, a player profile and photo galleries. The four tabs at the top of the page include a 'video' link which allows fans to see packaged highlights of Jackson. Fans can get to know Jackson on a personal level with the '1-on-1' tab, which allows the user to know what his life is like on and off the field. Finally, there is the 'national attention' link which directs the viewer to see what other coaches, players, football analysts and teammates are saying about Jackson. Additional links provide navigation to, other Cal football all-star candidates, the Cal Bears football page and any breaking news on Jackson.

Bear Tube
This year, for the first time in program history, every Cal football game will be televised. ABC will televise the USC game this weekend and the Washington game on Nov. 17. Then Versus will air the Big Game at Stanford on Dec. 1. In Jeff Tedford's six years at the helm of the Bears, 59 Cal football games were televised; in the six years prior to his arrival, 35 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time.

A Little Perspective
While the Golden Bears had three straight defeats for the first time since 2001, it should be remembered that the five-year stretch without three straight losses is the longest in over 50 years (the Bears also went five years without a three-game losing streak from 1947-1951). In fact, prior to head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival, the Bears had a streak of 10 consecutive years WITH three-game losing streaks (minimum).

Selling Out
The USC attendance of 72,516 on Nov. 10 was just the seventh non Big Game sellout in the last 51 years. The Bears sold out three games in 2006 (Oregon, UCLA and Stanford) and two in 2007 (Tennessee and USC). Cal has now had two straight seasons of selling out multiple games in the same season. The Golden Bears have sold out the Big Game against Stanford 15 times in the last 50 years.

50,000 Fans Again
The USC attendance of 72,516 marked the 24th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last four years. The streak is even more impressive when compared to the days before the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford - the USC game was also the 13th game of 60,000+ fans under Tedford; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.

The Golden Ticket
Cal established a new season ticket sales record for the 2007 football season -- 41,336, eclipsing last season's sales mark of 40,262. The 2007 home attendance average was 63,136 in six games played in Memorial Stadium. Since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford, California's season ticket count has been on a steady climb. The Bears sold 16,200 season passes in 2002 -- Tedford's first year. His second season resulted in sales of 22,500. In 2004, the number again jumped substantially, up to a then-school-record 34,100. In 2005, the Bears set another mark with 40,134 season tickets sold and again in 2006 (40,262). Last year, the Golden Bears established a new record for average attendance in 2006 with an average of 64,318 fans per game. Including three sellouts. California had a total of 450,223 fans at seven home games. The previous record for the Bears was in 2004 when they averaged 64,019.

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