Cal Takes Two-Game Roll to Arizona State on Halloween
Oct. 26, 2009
2009 Cal Football
This Week In Cal Football
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Cal No. 24 in BCS Standings (Oct. 25)
Best and Ross Honored by College Football Performance Awards (Oct. 25)
2009 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
California (4-2, 2-2 Pac-10) vs. Arizona State (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10)
Tempe, Ariz. - Sun Devil Stadium
TV: ABC - Terry Gannon (Play-By-Play), David Norrie (Analyst)
Radio: *Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline) *Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the 'Postgame at the Paragon' program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott.. ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), XSURF 540 AM (San Diego), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Jon Doss, Danny Freisinger. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 218 (Sirius) and 194 (XM).
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GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 64-32/8th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 28
Series Record: tied, 14-14
First Meeting: 9/25/76, 31-22 Cal
Last Meeting: 10/4/08, Cal 24-14
Current Streak: Cal win one
Tedford vs. WSU: 5-1
Kickoff - California at Arizona State (Saturday, Oct. 31)
California (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) heads back on the road to face Arizona State (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Halloween day contest will be televised regionally by ABC and kick off at 12:30 p.m. The Golden Bears have won two in a row overall, two of three on the road this season and five of six against Arizona State dating back to the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford on the Berkeley campus in 2002.
Cal has been dominating in each of its last two victories against UCLA (45-26) and Washington State (49-17). Cal scored 35 points in the first half of both games, including 28 points in the first quarter vs. WSU, and never trailed in either contest.
The Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 and rank No. 10 nationally in scoring offense with an average of 35.14 points per game. Cal's lofty ranking comes despite a total of only six points in back-to-back losses at Oregon and vs. USC. The Bears have averaged 48.0 points per contest in their other five outings.
Big plays have been the story all season for Cal, especially of late as Cal scored 11 consecutive touchdowns from outside the red zone in the wins at UCLA and against Washington State. All six times the Bears found the end zone at UCLA and each of the first five times against Washington State, the scoring play either started from outside the opponents' 20-yard line or was an interception or punt return for more than 20 yards. In all, Cal has had 46 plays (28 passes, 18 rushes) go for at least 20 yards this year, 16 of which have been for touchdowns.
Arizona State had won two in a row with victories at Washington State (27-14) and vs. Washington (24-17) before falling at Stanford (33-14) in its most recent game last Saturday.
ASU leads the Pac-10 in total defense (280.0 ypg) and had been leading the Pac-10 in rushing defense until allowing 237 yards on the ground at Stanford. The Sun Devils still rank second with an average of 83.4 yards allowed per contest. The Sun Devils are third in the conference in scoring defense (18.4 ppg) and pass defense (196.6) and have held five of seven opponents to less than 20 points.
Cal-Arizona State Series Notes
Cal and Arizona State are tied 14-14 in the all-time series between the clubs. But the Golden Bears have had their way in the series since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in Berkeley in 2002 with five wins in the last six meetings. The only Sun Devil win during the stretch was a 31-20 victory the last time the squads met in Tempe on Oct. 27, 2007. Cal won last year's meeting at Memorial Stadium, 24-14. Although Jahvid Best missed the contest with a dislocated elbow, Shane Vereen filled in the starting tailback and finished with 93 yards on a career-high 27 rushing attempts.
Cal Receives Votes in Both AP and USA Today Polls
Cal received votes in both the latest AP Top 25 and USA Today polls released on Oct. 25. The Golden Bears picked up 24 votes from AP pollsters (No. 28) and 32 from the coaches that make up the voting body of the USA Today poll (No. 29). Cal has now been among those receiving votes each of the last two weeks after having dropped out of both polls for the previous two weeks after a 30-3 loss at home to USC on Oct. 3. Cal was the nation's No. 12 team in both polls in the preseason and had risen six spots to No. 6 in both rankings on Sept. 20 after a 3-0 start before falling to No. 19 USA Today/No. 24 AP on Sept. 27 after a 42-3 loss at Oregon the previous day.
Cal No. 24 in BCS Standings
Cal is listed at No. 24 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings released on Sunday, Oct. 25. The Bears were not ranked in the first standings of the season released Oct. 18. A full list is on page two.
Simply The Best - Cal's Heisman Trophy Candidate Jahvid Best
TB Jahvid Best remains a viable candidate in the Heisman Trophy race after seven games of the regular season. After rushing for a season-high 159 yards in his most recent game vs. Washington State, Best has now totaled 775 rushing yards on 114 carries for an average of 6.8 yards per attempt. He also has 11 rushing touchdowns and is within five of breaking the single-season record of 15 he equaled last year. Best set a single-game school record with five rushing TDs, to go along with 131 yards on the ground on a career-high 26 carries at Minnesota on Sept. 19. After three games, Best had been the favorite on Heisman watches published by CBSSports.com and SI.com, and also ranked second in the ESPN.com Experts' Poll and the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll. But in two straight losses at Oregon (Sept. 26) and vs. USC (Oct. 3), Best was held to a combined 102 yards and no scores, and has since fallen off all the lists. However, he has rebounded with back-to-back 100-yard games at UCLA (18 rushes, 102 yards, career-long 93-yard TD) and vs. Washington State. Best has scored 84 points on 14 touchdowns (11 rushing, 3 receiving) this year to rank second in the Pac-10 and tied for third nationally with his 12.0 points per game average. He is also third in the Pac-10 in rushing (110.71 ypg, No. 13 NCAA) and No. 11 in the conference in total offense (110.71 ypg, 775 yards total). In addition, Best is among the school's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (28, No. 4), 100-yard rushing games (13, No. 6), all-purpose running (3,896, No. 6), rushing yardage (2,576, No. 8), and scoring (198, No. 9). Best also has three career 200-yard games (most ever by a Cal player) and has put his big-play capability on full display throughout his career with a total 34 rushes of 20+ yards, to go along with 11 of 60+ yards and four of 80 or more. He has 12 runs of 20 or more yards this fall, including three touchdown jaunts of over 60 yards (93 at UCLA; 73 vs. Maryland, 61 vs. Washington State). During seven consecutive 100-yard games that spanned the final four contests of 2008 and the first three of 2009, Best rushed for 1,228 yards and 17 TDs on 126 carries (9.7 yards per rush, 175.4 yards per game).
Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal
Year G Att Yds TD Long Avg Avg/G2007 10 29 221 2 64 7.6 22.12008 12 194 1580 15 86 8.1 131.72009 7 114 775 11 93 6.8 110.7Totals 29 337 2576 28 93 7.6 88.8
Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book
1. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 17
2. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 15
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 15
4. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 15
5. J.J. Arrington (2003-04) - 14
6. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) -13
1. Russell White (1990-92) - 3367
2. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 3230
3. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 3220
4. Joe Igber (1999-02) - 3124
5. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 3052
6. Paul Jones (1975, 77-79) - 2930
7. J.J. Arrington (2003-04) - 2625
8. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 2576
All-Purpose Running Yards
1. Deltha O'Neal (1996-99) - 4998
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 4943
3. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 4574
4. Joe Igber (1999-02) - 3124
5. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 4194
6. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 3896
1. Doug Brien (1991-93) - 288
2. Duke Morrison (1920-22) - 277
3. Jim Breech (1974-77) - 260
4. Tom Schneider (2004-06) - 257
5T. Mark Jensen (1999-02) - 244
5T. Robbie Keen (1987-90) - 244
7. Russell White (1990-92) - 242
8. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 224
10. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 198
Scoring Offense Back on Top of Pac-10, No. 10 in the Nation
Despite scoring only six points in its first two Pac-10 games at Oregon and vs. USC, Cal leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense and ranks No. 10 in the nation with an average of 35.14 points per game. In five other wins this season, Cal is averaging 48.0 points per outing. The team started the campaign with back-to-back 50-point games in victories over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) to mark the first time the Golden Bears had put together consecutive 50-point contests since the 1973 club accomplished the feat with a 51-6 victory over Army on Sept. 29 and a 54-49 win against Washington on Oct. 6. Cal had never before opened a season with back-to-back 50-point games and its combined 91-point margin of victory was also the largest in the first two games in school history. In addition, Cal defeated Washington State, 49-17, on Oct. 24 to fall just one point short of its first season with three games of scoring at least 50 points since the 1922 squad accomplished the feat. Cal has won its last 27 games when the Bears score at least 30 points.
The Cal offense has posted 46 plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards in the first six games of 2009. The Bears have had 28 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to nine different receivers (TB Jahvid Best, WR Nyan Boateng, FB Brian Holley, WR Marvin Jones, WR Alex Lagemann, TE Anthony Miller, WR Jeremy Ross, WR Verran Tucker, TB Shane Vereen). On the ground, Best has accounted for 12 of the 18 runs for 20 or more yards, while Vereen and TB Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson have two each, and TB Isi Sofele and Ross one apiece. The best example of Cal using the big play has come in the last two games when the Bears have scored a combined 94 points in victories at UCLA and vs. Washington State, while only reaching the red zone three times. Cal scored 11 consecutive touchdowns on plays of at least 20 yards (all six at UCLA, first five vs. Washington State) before a two-yard run by Best in the third quarter against Washington State snapped the string of scores from outside the red zone. Of the 11 touchdowns, seven came on plays of at least 40 yards and five on plays of at least 51 yards. The total includes a 68-yard interception return by LB Mychal Kendricks at UCLA and a 76-yard punt return by Ross against WSU.
Riley Rebounds in Last Two Games
QB Kevin Riley has completed 26-of-41 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns with only one interception and one sack to compile a 195.75 passer efficiency rating over the last two games. Riley completed 14-of-23 passes for 205 yards with three TDs and no interceptions at UCLA and followed that by going 12-of-18 with three TDs and one interception against Washington State. He threw the three TD passes against the Cougars on his first three passes of the game in the first quarter for what is believed to be the first time a Cal player has thrown TD passes in each of his first three attempts of a game. In the previous two games - losses at Oregon and vs. USC - Riley was 27-of-71 with no TDs, one interception and was sacked seven times for a 73.31 passer efficiency rating. Riley had started the season strong with a huge season opener against Maryland, completing 17-of-26 passes for 298 yards and a career-high four TDs - the most by a Pac-10 player this season - to earn Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. Riley's 298 yards in the air against the Terrapins were the second-highest total of his career - after the 423 yards at Maryland in 2008. Overall, Riley is fifth in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (138.5), sixth in total offense (217.4 ypg) and sixth in passing average per game (207.7 ypg). Overall, he is 99-of-183 (54.1%) for a career-high 1,454 yards with 11 touchdown passes and two interceptions. Riley also has completed four passes of at least 50 yards this season (61 to WR Jeremy Ross vs. Washington State; 59 to WR Verran Tucker at Minnesota; 51 to TB Jahvid Best at UCLA; 50 to Tucker at Oregon).
Vereen Stays among Pac-10 Leaders in Several Categories
TB Shane Vereen followed his game at UCLA on Oct. 17, in which he recorded career-highs of 154 rushing yards and 230 all-purpose running yards (154 rush, 20 receive, 46 kick return, 10 punt return), by adding 103 all-purpose running yards (66 rush, 37 receive) in his most recent game vs. Washington State. Vereen is fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with an average of 141.9 yards per contest, as well as fifth in kick return average (25.3 ypr) and scoring (6.9 ppg) on four rushing TDs and two receiving, and 10th in rushing (53.6 ypg). He has season totals of 993 all-purpose running yards, 455 kick return yards on 18 returns, and 375 rushing yards on 69 carries (5.4 ypr).
Mohamed Takes Sole Possession of Pac-10 Tackle Lead
LB Mike Mohamed has taken over sole possession of first place among the Pac-10's leading tacklers and now has a season total of 62 for an average of 8.9 stops per game. Mohamed has led or co-led Cal in tackles in each of the last four contests, including a season-high-tying 12 in his most recent contest vs. Washington State. Mohamed, who tied for second on the squad last year with 87 tackles despite playing mostly as a reserve, has recorded 42 tackles in the last four games for an average of 10.5 per contests. He also had a pair of interceptions at Minnesota and is the only Cal player with more than one interception in a game in 2009.
Alualu and Jordan Leading Presence in Opposing Backfields
Cal is second in the Pac-10 and among NCAA leaders in both sacks and tackles for loss. The Bears have recorded 23.0 sacks (No. 7 NCAA) and 51.0 tackles for loss (No. 4 Pac-10, No. 22-T NCAA). DL Tyson Alualu paces the team and in both sacks (5.0, No. 6 Pac-10) and tackles for loss (6.0). He is third overall on the club in tackles with 32. Fellow DL Cameron Jordan is second on the club in both categories with 4.5 sacks (No. 7 Pac-10) and 5.5 tackles for loss. Jordan is coming off one of the biggest games of his career vs. Washington State on Oct. 24 when he set a new career-high with 2.5 sacks among his season-high six tackles.
Jones Remains Reception Leader
WR Marvin Jones leads the team in receptions (18), receiving yards (308) and receiving touchdowns (4). Jones had the biggest game of his career at UCLA on Oct. 17, when he set new personal highs for both receptions (4) and receiving yards (89), and recording the first multiple-touchdown game of his career with a pair of first-half TD grabs. His first touchdown reception of 43 yards was also the longest of his career. He came back to lead the team with three catches for 48 yards vs. Washington State, which included a 37-yard score in the first quarter.
Offensive Averaging Better than 200 Rushing Yards Per Game
Cal is averaging an impressive 216.0 yards per game on the ground and has hit the 200-yard mark four times in the first seven contests (vs. Maryland, vs. Eastern Washington, at UCLA, vs. Washington State) with a season-high of 342 against Eastern Washington and another 300-yard plus effort vs. Washington State (309). The Bears have not averaged 200.0 or more yards per game since the 2004 and '05 clubs averaged 256.8 and 235.2, respectively, which broke a 28-year drought of hitting the mark. Cal's 216.0 rushing yards per game lead the Pac-10 and rate No. 12 in the country. The Bears led the conference in rushing in both 2003 and '04, the only two times they've been atop the league since 1958.
Television Streak Snapped
Cal's string of 38 consecutive televised contests was broken on Oct. 24 when the Cal-Washington State game not televised. The last time a Cal football game had not been telecast live was a contest at Washington State on Oct. 14, 2006. Cal has had every game during a season televised only twice in school history, in 2007 and again in '08. To date, nine of Cal's 12 regular-season games have been picked up for television, including its next contest against Arizona State by ABC on Oct. 31 (ABC) and a home game the following Saturday (Nov. 7) vs. Oregon State that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Cal's regular-season finale at Washington will air on Comcast SportsNet California (3:30 p.m. PT). Potential television selections and game times are still pending for a home contest vs. Arizona (Nov. 14) and the Big Game at Stanford (Nov. 21).
The Tedford Factor
Jeff Tedford has compiled a 64-32 (.667) record as Cal's head coach. Tedford ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list and needs only three more victories to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford had coached 96 career games at Cal and is only four from becoming the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. He is on track to coach his 100th Cal game in this year's Big Game at Stanford on Nov. 21. Tedford is 6-1 in Big Games and has also led his teams to school records of six straight bowl games and four consecutive post-season victories, as well as seven consecutive winning campaigns. Since his arrival in 2002, Cal has posted an overall record of 5-1 in bowl games after the Bears had previously earned bowl bids just four times since 1979.
Tedford and the Pac-10
Head coach Jeff Tedford has compiled a 38-25 (.603) mark against Pac-10 opponents after taking over a team in 2002 that had not had a winning season in conference play since 1991. Tedford's 2006 club shared the Pac-10 crown with USC and six of his first seven teams have placed at least fourth in the final league standings with the 2004 squad taking second. No Cal coach has won at least 60 percent of his conference games since Pappy Waldorf was 40-21-4 (.646) from 1947-56.
Cal needs just one more victory in 2009 to become bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season. Cal was bowl eligible in 2002 with a 7-5 record in Tedford's first season as head coach but was not selected for a bowl. Cal's school-record six straight bowl appearances and four consecutive bowl wins are listed below.
2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
2004 - Holiday Bowl (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31)
2005 - Las Vegas Bowl (Cal 35, BYU 28)
2006 - Holiday Bowl (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10)
2007 - Armed Forces Bowl (Cal 42, Air Force 36)
2008 - Emerald Bowl (Cal 24, Miami 17)
Improving on the Road
Cal heads back on the road for three of its final five regular season games. The Bears' 2-1 record on the road this season is an improvement over recent years. Cal has victories at Minnesota (Sept. 19) and UCLA (Oct. 17) under its belt sandwiched around a loss at Oregon (Sept. 26). Cal hasn't had a winning road record since 2005 when the Bears were 3-2. Last year, the club was 1-4 on the road.
Final Two Home Games Open November
Cal's home games against Oregon State (Nov. 7) and Arizona (Nov. 14) are the last two of the season at Memorial Stadium, where the Bears have been both extremely successful and popular over the past six campaigns (2004-09). During this time period, Cal has posted an overall record of 30-5 (.857) in Berkeley and has actually put up a 32-5 mark (.865) dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. Cal has been unbeaten at home three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford and has won 10 its last 11 at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears' popularity is shown by a current streak of 35 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium over the last six seasons. Cal is on pace to draw 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years this season with an average crowd of 61,747 in its first three four contests of 2009, including a sellout of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3. In terms of total numbers, Cal attracted its second-highest total ever in 2008 with 431,437 fans attending seven home dates. Only the 2006 season, which drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest, has had a larger final total home attendance count.
Three Sellouts this Season
Cal played three consecutive games in front of sold-out crowds at Minnesota (50,805), at Oregon (58,975) and vs. USC (71,799) from Sept. 19 - Oct. 3. Overall, Cal has drawn 424,084 fans to its first seven games this season, averaging 60,583 spectators per contest (61,747 for four home dates; 59,032 for three road contests).
Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak
Cal needs two more victories to run its string of consecutive winning seasons to eight and equal the school record of eight straight winning campaigns from 1918-25. The Bears did record 10 straight winning seasons from 1907-16 but those were split between rugby (8, 1907-14) and football (2, 1915-16).
Being the Best, Beating the Best
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a Top 10 team and 35-17 when the club is ranked in the Top 25 since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 23 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a respectable 11-12 record in those contests. The Bears have one game remaining on their 2009 schedule against a team currently ranked in either the AP Top 25 or the USA Today poll when they host Arizona (No. 23 AP/No. 24 USA Today) in their home finale on Nov. 14.
Winning Turnover Battle Crucial to Success
Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002. The Bears are 37-4 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 14-20 when opponents win the battle (13-8 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 22-2 with a positive margin in turnovers and 8-18 with a deficit, while posting an 8-5 mark when the turnover table is tied. Cal is currently second in the Pac-10 and tied for No. 16 nationally in turnover margin with a +1.00 average (+6 overall) as the Bears have forced 13 turnovers (8 fumbles, 5 interceptions) in their first seven games and committed only six (4 fumbles, 2 interceptions). The school record for fewest turnovers in a full season is 18, which was set in 1964 and matched under Tedford teams in 2002 and '04. Cal is 4-1 when winning the turnover battle this year and 1-2 when it loses.
Cal has outscored its opponents 59-10 in the fourth quarter this season and had not allowed a touchdown in the final stanza until giving one up to USC.
Cal In The Fourth Quarter
Sept. 5 - Maryland (Cal 7-0)
Sept. 12 - Eastern Washington (Cal 21-0)
Sept. 19 - at Minnesota (Cal 14-0)
Sept. 26 - at Oregon (Oregon 3-0)
Oct. 3 - USC (USC 7-3)
Oct. 17 - at UCLA (Cal 7-0)
Oct. 24 - vs. Washington State (Cal 7-0)
Fewest Flags Flying
Cal continues to lead the Pac-10 in fewest penalties (34) but has been edged out by Arizona and is now second in fewest yards penalized per game (45.6). The Bears have been flagged a season-high-tying seven times in each of their last two games at UCLA and vs. Washington State.
Two Games to Forget About
Cal was outscored by 66 points (72-6) in back-to-back games at Oregon on Sept. 26 (3-42) and vs. USC on Oct. 3 (3-30). The last time the Bears dropped back-to-back games by more combined points came in 2001 when Cal lost a home game to Oregon (48-7) and a road contest at UCLA (56-17) by a combined 80 points (104-20).
Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers
TB Jahvid Best's 1,580 yards rushing in 2008 ranked second all-time at Cal and marked the seventh consecutive season in which a Golden Bear running back has gained over 1,000 yards on the ground. Best is on pace to make it eight straight seasons with a current seven-game total in 2009 of 775 rushing yards. Cal is one of only three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to have current seven-year streaks, along with Missouri and New Mexico. The Golden Bears are also nearing USC's record 10-year run of 1,000-yard rushers from 1972-81. TB Joe Igber started the current trend in 2002 when he became the first Cal player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in nine years.
Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002
Year - Player (Yards)
2008 - Jahvid Best (1,580)
2007 - Justin Forsett (1,546)
2006 - Marshawn Lynch (1,356)
2005 - Marshawn Lynch (1,246)
2004 - J.J. Arrington (2,018)
2003 - Adimchinobe Echemandu (1,195)
2002 - Joe Igber (1,130)
Cal has had 74 players earn Pac-10 All-Academic honors in seven years under head coach Jeff Tedford. Last year, C Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (since renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
Bears All-Time on Halloween
Cal takes a five-game Halloween winning streak in the Arizona State matchup, with its last victory at 20-19 decision at Oregon State in 1998. The Bears hold a 10-5-1 all-time record on Oct. 31, with the tie coming in their first Halloween game, a 0-0 deadlock against the Iowa Volunteers.
Cal's Arizona State Connections
Cal has four players that claim cities in Arizona for their hometown, including three - DB Mark Anthony, TB Covaughn DeBoskie Johnson and DL Cameron Jordan - hailing from the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. LS Matt Rios is a native of Phoenix.
Defensive backs coach Al Simmons spent two seasons on the coaching staff at Arizona State (2006-07) and helped the Sun Devils to a pair of bowls (2006 Hawaii, 2007 Holiday) and a share of the 2007 Pac-10 crown.
Special teams coordinator/tight end coach Pete Alamar coached for six seasons (1993, '95-99) at nearby Arizona and was a member of the coaching staff for three bowl teams (1993 Fiesta, 1997 Insight.com, 1998 Holiday).
Associate head coach/running backs coach Ron Gould is from Tucson and prepped at Santa Rita High School.
Strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski was the strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona for three years (2000-02).
Athletic trainer Wes McGaugh earned a master's in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Assistant athletic trainer Matt Havranek has worked for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.
Offense Quick Notes
Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years and is averaging a Pac-10 leading (No. 10 NCAA) 35.1 points per game in its first seven contests of 2009.
Cal has won 27 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points and has now scored 30 or more points 54 times in the Jeff Tedford era, posting a 50-4 record in those contests.
Cal has posted at least 400 yards of total offense in five of its first seven games in 2009 and has been over 500 yards twice. The Bears are averaging 430.1 yards per contest, which is up from 376.0 in 2008 and the most since the club averaged 492.4 yards per game in 2004.
Cal has spread the wealth around in its passing game, connecting with a total of 14 different receivers in its first six contests with a season-high 11 of the receivers making at least one catch in the team's most recent game vs. Washington State.
TB Jahvid Best's 93-yard run at UCLA was the longest of his career and the third-longest in school history, while the 61-yard pass play from QB Kevin Riley to WR Jeremy Ross in the third quarter vs. Washington State was the team's longest pass play of the season.
Cal's longest two drives of the season in yards both came in the second quarter at UCLA with TB Jahvid Best scoring touchdowns to cap both drives. The Bears moved a season-best 94 yards on six plays with Best's career-long 51-yard touchdown reception from QB Kevin Riley capping the drive. Two Bears' drives later, Best's 93-yard touchdown run was part of a two-play, 91-yard drive. The team's longest drive of the season in terms of time came when Cal held onto the ball for 5:34 (11 plays, 41 yards) on the first drive of the second quarter at Minnesota before coming away empty on a missed 47-yard field goal attempt by Vince D'Amato. Cal's longest drive of the season in terms of plays came against USC when the Golden Bears went 57 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter before eventually losing possession on downs at the Trojans 18-yard line.
Cal has scored a touchdown on its opening drive four times in 2009 (vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota, at UCLA, vs. Washington State).
Cal scored touchdowns the first four times it had the ball (includes a Jeremy Ross 76-yard TD on a punt return) against Washington State.
Cal scored only 52 seconds into the game against Washington State to mark the quickest the Bears have scored in a game since scoring only 11 seconds into their game at Washington State on Sept. 6, 2008. TB Jahvid Best recorded both touchdowns, catching a 27-yard TD pass from QB Kevin Riley this year after reaching the end zone on an 80-yard run a year ago.
Cal has scored a season-high-tying 35 points in the first half of each of its last two games at UCLA and vs. Washington State.
Cal had a season-high 28 first downs against Washington State.
Cal's 28 first-quarter points vs. Washington State were the most the Bears have scored in the first quarter since they also scored 28 against Arizona on Sept. 22, 2007.
Will Kapp made his first career catch against Washington State, while Michael Calvin caught his first ball of the season vs. the Cougars.
Defense Quick Notes
Pac-10 tackles leader LB Mike Mohamed had two picks at Minnesota (both in the second half) for his first career multi-interception contest.
DL Cameron Jordan had a monster game against Washington State, recording career highs in sacks (2.5) and quarterback hurries (3), as well as season highs in tackles (6) and tackles for loss (2.5)
DL Derrick Hill had career highs of 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss against Washington State
Cal has had a total of 20 different players contribute to its total of 51.0 tackles for loss and 10 different players have taken part in the team's 23.0 sacks.
Cal has held three of its 2009 opponents (Maryland, Eastern Washington, Washington State) to 55 or fewer yards on the ground.
Cal forced a season-high four fumbles and recovered a season-best three at Oregon.
Special Teams Quick Notes
WR/RET Jeremy Ross had two huge returns in the win over Washington State and was rewarded by being selected a College Football Performance Awards Punt Returner Performer of the Week. Ross had a career-best 76-yard punt return for his first career return touchdown in the first quarter after having taken the game's opening kickoff a career-best 54 yards. Both returns were the longest by a Cal player in 2009.
FB Eric Stevens returned the first kick of his career against Washington State, bringing the ball back 11 yards.
Cal had a season-high 92 punt return yards against Washington State.
Cal Sports Report
The Cal Sports Report will air this week on Comcast SportsNet California on Thursday, Oct. 29 (5:00 and 8:30 p.m. PT) and Friday, Oct. 30 (4:00 p.m. PT). The one-hour television program is hosted by Todd McKim and Kate Scott. This week's show includes a preview of the upcoming Arizona State game, a review of last Saturday's win over Washington State, a feature on the Golden Bears' Italian kicking duo of Giorgio Tavecchio and Vince D'Amato, an Olympic feature on women's gymnast Avery Gee and a recap of Cal's volleyball sweep of the Arizona schools this past Friday and Sunday.