Cal Faces Arizona in Final 2009 Home Game Saturday
Nov. 9, 2009
2009 Cal Football
2009 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. (PT)
California (6-3, 3-3 Pac-10) vs. Arizona State (6-2, 4-1 Pac-10)
Berkeley, Calif. - Memorial Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Net - Ted Robinson (Play-By-Play), Glenn Parker (Analyst), Lewis Johnson (Sideline)
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) - Dan Fiedler, Danny Friesinger, Richard Parks. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 217 (Sirius) and 195 (XM).
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GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 65-33/8th
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: series tied, 13-13-2
First Meeting: 10/14/78, 33-20 Cal
Last Meeting: 10/18/08, 42-27 Arizona
Current Streak: Arizona win two
Tedford vs. Arizona: 4-3
Kickoff - Arizona at California (Saturday, Nov. 14) Cal had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 31-14 home loss to Oregon State in its most recent contest. The Golden Bears also have lost standout TB Jahvid Best for at least the Arizona game with an injury sustained on a scary fall in the second quarter against the Beavers on Nov. 7. Trailing 14-0, the Bears drove 15 plays and 81 yards over 7:33 in an impressive drive that was capped off by Best's 7-yard TD run. But when Best leaped in for his 16th touchdown of the season, he was hit and landed hard in the end zone. Best, briefly knocked unconscious, was attended to by medical personal on the field before being transported to Highland General Hospital in Oakland. He remained at the hospital overnight for observation and tests before being released on Sunday. CT scans and x-rays came back normal. Arizona has been one of the nation's hottest teams of late and currently sits in second place in the Pac-10 only one-half game behind league leader Oregon. The Wildcats are coming off a three-game home sweep of Stanford, UCLA and Washington State, and have won four of their last five. Arizona opened its Pac-10 action with an impressive 37-32 road win at Oregon State. The Wildcats' only two losses of the season have come at Iowa (ranked No. 4 and undefeated until losing to Northwestern last Saturday) and Washington. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in total offense (448.6 ypg) and rank second in total defense (298.6 ypg). Cal-Arizona Series Notes Cal Falls Out of AP and USA Today Rankings, BCS Standings Cal in the 2009 National Rankings Simply The Best - Cal's Jahvid Best Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal 2009 Jahvid Best Game-By-Game (Att-Yds-TD) Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book Touchdowns 100-Yard Games Rushing Yards Scoring Offensive Output Has Been Key to Winning Comparing Cal's Offensive Stats in Wins, Losses Big-Play Bears Riley Co-Leads Pac-10 in TD Passes 2009 Kevin Riley Game-By-Game Passing Mohamed Remains Pac-10 Tackles Leader Jones Paces Team in Receiving Anger Strong over Last Four Games Three-Game Winning Streak Snapped Rushing Game Bogs Down in Last Two Contests New Television Streak Started The Tedford Factor Tedford and the Pac-10 Bowling Bears 2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) Arizona Game Rounds Out Home Season Final Home Game for 15 Golden Bears Big Improvement on the Road Three Sellouts this Season Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak Being the Best, Beating the Best Cal Leading Pac-10 in Turnover Margin, Tied for No. 9 NCAA Both Cal and Arizona Fast Starters Cal's Fourth-Quarter Dominance Cal In The Fourth Quarter Lack of Close Games Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002 Academic Prowess Cal's State of Arizona Connections Offense Quick Notes Defense Quick Notes Special Teams Quick Notes Cal Sports Report
California (6-3, 3-3 Pac-10) plays its final home game of the season against No. 17 BCS/No. 18 AP/No. 19 USA Today Arizona (6-2, 4-1 Pac-10) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14 (4 p.m. PT). The game will be televised nationally on Versus.
The all-time series between Cal and Arizona is tied, 13-13-2. Cal has won four of the last six overall, including three straight in Memorial Stadium. Both teams have won each of their last two contests against the other on their home fields, most recently with Arizona's 42-27 victory in Tucson last season. Cal was a 45-27 winner the last time the teams played in Berkeley in 2007. Saturday's game marks the first time the Bears will play a ranked Arizona team since 1998. For more information on the Cal-Arizona series, see page 30.
Cal dropped out of the latest AP and USA Today rankings, as well as the BCS Standings, released on Sunday, Nov. 8, after falling 31-14 to Oregon State last Saturday. The Golden Bears did not receive votes in either poll. Cal had been No. 20 in the BCS the previous week and No. 23 in both the AP Top 25 rankings and the USA Today poll. Cal was the nation's No. 12 team in both the AP and USA Today rankings in the preseason and had risen six spots to No. 6 in both on Sept. 20 after a 3-0 start before falling out of both polls for four weeks after back-to-back losses at Oregon (Sept. 26) and vs. USC (Oct. 3). Cal was unranked in the first BCS Standings released Oct. 18 but made its debut the following week at No. 24.
Date AP USA BCS Date AP USA BCSPreseason 12 12 --- Oct. 11 NR NR ---Sept. 8 10 10 --- Oct. 18 NR NR NRSept. 13 8 7 --- Oct. 25 NR NR 24Sept. 20 6 6 --- Nov. 1 23 23 20Sept. 27 24 19 --- Nov. 8 NR NR NROct. 4 NR NR ---
TB Jahvid Best has been one of the nation's top running backs through the first nine games of the 2009 season and is one of 16 semifinalists for Maxwell Award given to the nation's top college football player. Best, who will miss this Saturday's game vs. Arizona due to an injury sustained last Saturday vs. Oregon State, has 867 rushing yards on 141 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per attempt and 96.3 yards per game. He needs just 133 yards to give Cal a 1,000-yard rusher for the eighth consecutive year. Best also has 16 touchdowns overall (12 rushing, 4 receiving), moving to within two TDs of the all-time record (18, Duke Morrison, 1922) and within one of the modern-era school mark (17, Lindsey Chapman, 1993). His 12 TDs on the ground are only three shy of 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. Best is among NCAA and Pac-10 leaders in several categories, including a scoring average of 10.67 points per game that ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for third nationally. He is also fourth in the Pac-10 and No. 28 in the nation in rushing (96.33 ypg), and No. 14 in the conference in total offense with the same per-game average. In addition, he is eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with an average of 122.00 yards per game (1098 total - 867 rush, 213 receive, 18 kick return).
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 9 141 867 12 93 6.1 96.3Totals 31 364 2668 29 93 7.3 86.1
Game Rush Receive Game Rush ReceiveMaryland 10-137-2 2-23-0 at UCLA 18-102-1 2-51-1E. Wash 17-144-1 2-19-1 WSU 13-159-2 1-27-1at Minn. 26-131-5 3-17-0 at ASU 18-63-0 7-61-1at Oregon 16-55-0 2-14-0 OSU 9-29-1 1-(-4)-0USC 14-47-0 2-5-0
1. Duke Morrison (1920-22) - 42
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 40
3. Chuck Muncie (2004-06) - 37
4. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 35
1. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 17
2T. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 15
2T. 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. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 2668
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
9. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 210
Cal's fate has largely rested on the performance of its offense this season. In the team's six wins Cal is averaging 43.8 points per outing, while the club is scoring only 6.7 points per contest in its three losses. 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, including five this season. The Bears are averaging 487.8 yards of offense in their six victories, compared to 243.7 in the three losses. Overall, the Bears' 406.4 yards per game of total offense marks the sixth time in the last seven years that Cal is averaging better than 400 yards per game of total offense. Cal has gone over 400 yards of total offensive six times in 2009 and been over 500 twice.
Category Wins LossesPoints Per Game 43.8 6.7Rushing Yards per game 234.3 67.3Passing Yards per game 253.5 176.3Total Offense per game 487.8 243.7
The Cal offense has posted 55 plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards in the first eight games of 2009. The Bears have had 37 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to 10 different receivers (WR Marvin Jones - 9, TE Anthony Miller - 6, WR Jeremy Ross - 5, WR Verran Tucker - 4, TB Jahvid Best - 3, WR Nyan Boateng - 3, TB Shane Vereen - 3, FB Brian Holley - 2, WR Jarrett Sparks - 1, WR Alex Lagemann - 1). 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. During one stretch, Cal scored 11 consecutive touchdowns on plays of at least 20 yards (all six at UCLA, first five vs. Washington State). Of the 11 touchdowns, seven came on plays of at least 40 yards and five on plays of at least 51 yards. The string of long scores also included a 68-yard interception return by LB Mychal Kendricks at UCLA and a 76-yard punt return from Ross against WSU.
QB Kevin Riley co-leads the Pac-10 with 14 touchdown passes thanks mostly to an impressive stretch during Cal's most recent three-game win streak (at UCLA, Washington State, at Arizona State), when he completed 53-of-85 passes (62.4%) for 785 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception to compile a 168.64 passer efficiency rating over the period. He put up his biggest numbers of the season in Cal's most recent victory at Arizona State (27-44-351-2 TD). Riley's play is critical to the Bears success as evidenced by the numbers he's put up in the team's three losses at Oregon and vs. USC and Oregon State. In those three games, Riley was a combined 46-of-105 with one touchdown and two interceptions for an 84.90 passer efficiency rating. Overall, Riley is fourth in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (135.5 ypg), and fifth in total offense (228.3 ypg) and passing yards per game (222.8 ypg). Overall this season, he is 145-of-261 (55.6%) for a career-high 2,005 yards and has only three interceptions.
Game C-A-I-Yds-TD Game C-A-I-Yds-TDMaryland 17-26-0-298-4 at UCLA 14-23-0-205-3E. Wash. 13-20-0-148-1 WSU 12-18-1-229-3at Minn. 16-25-0-252-0 at ASU 27-44-0-351-2at Oregon 12-31-0-123-0 OSU 19-34-1-200-1USC 15-40-1-199-0
LB Mike Mohamed continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles with a total of 81 and an average of 9.0 stops per game. Mohamed has led or co-led Cal in tackles in five of the last six contests. He has double-digit tackles four times this season, including a season-high-tying 12 on three occasions and at least seven stops in each of the last seven games and eight of nine contests overall. He also had a pair of interceptions at Minnesota and is the only Cal player with more than one interception in 2009. Last year, he tied for second on the squad with 87 tackles despite playing mostly as a reserve.
WR Marvin Jones leads the team in receptions (23), receiving yards (390) and receiving touchdowns (5). 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 recorded the first multiple-touchdown game of his career with a pair of first-half TD grabs.
P Bryan Anger has averaged 46.3 yards per punt over 24 attempts during the team's last four games with nine of his last 24 punts going at least 50 yards. He averaged 50.0 yards per punt at UCLA Oct. 17, including a season-long 72-yarder, and 53.0 ypp at Arizona State Oct. 31. Overall, Anger has 13 kicks of at least 50 yards and has had 17 boots land inside the opponent 20-yard line. The 2009 Ray Guy Award candidate has racked up honors of late, winning a College Football Performance Award as Punter Performer of the Week (10/17), CFPA Punter Performer of the Week (10/31) and the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week (10/17).
Cal's second three-game winning streak of the season (at UCLA, Washington, at Arizona State) was snapped with the team's 31-14 loss to Oregon State at Memorial Stadium last Saturday. The Bears opened the campaign at 3-0 with home victories over Maryland and Eastern Washington before a road win at Minnesota. The pair of three-game winning streaks marks the first time the Bears have won at least three games in a row twice in a season since the 2004 club won its first three games before losing once, and then peeled off seven straight victories to close the regular season.
Cal has been held to an average of 48.0 rushing yards per game in its last two contests, including a season-low 39 in the Bears' most recent outing vs. Oregon State after a then season-low 57 yards in their previous game at Arizona State. The 2009 Bears had been averaging 216.0 yards per game through the first seven contests but are now down to an average of 178.7 yards rushing per game. The 2004 (256.8 ypg) and '05 (235.2) Bears both led the conference in rushing, marking the first Cal team to accomplish that since 1958, and were both over 200 yards per game, which broke a 28-year drought of hitting the mark. Cal has had 200 or more rushing yards four times in its first eight contests (vs. Maryland, vs. Eastern Washington, at UCLA, vs. Washington State) this season with a high of 342 against Eastern Washington and another 300-yard plus effort vs. Washington State (309).
Cal's string of 38 consecutive televised contests was broken on Oct. 24 when the Cal-Washington State game not televised, but the Bears have started a new streak with telecasts of their two most recent games at Arizona State (ABC) and vs. Oregon State (FSN/CSNBA/AFN). Prior to this year's Washington State contest, the last time a Cal football game had not been telecast live was 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, 10 of Cal's 12 regular-season games have been picked up for television, including its next game against Arizona on Versus this Saturday, Nov. 14 (4 p.m. PT). Cal's regular-season finale at Washington will air on Comcast SportsNet California (3:30 p.m. PT), while a television broadcast announcement for the Big Game at Stanford on Nov. 21 is expected either Monday, Nov. 9, or Sunday, Nov. 15. A total of 83 games (including this Saturday's game against Arizona) have been televised over the last eight seasons compared to 41 in the seven seasons prior to the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford in 2002.
Jeff Tedford has compiled a 65-33 (.663) record as Cal's head coach. Tedford ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list and needs only two 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 place on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford has coached 98 career games at Cal and is only three from becoming the third person 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 (5-1 record) and four consecutive post-season victories, as well as seven consecutive winning campaigns. The team has been bowl-eligible for each of the last eight years, also a school record with the six-plus wins for eight consecutive campaigns tying a school mark.
Head coach Jeff Tedford has compiled a 39-26 (.600) 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 (2002-08) 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 became bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season after its 23-21 win at Arizona State on Oct. 31. 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 since are listed below.
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)
Cal's game against Arizona this Saturday, Nov. 14 (4 p.m. PT), will conclude the Golden Bears' 2009 home schedule, 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 30-6 (.833) in Berkeley and has actually put up a 32-6 mark (.842) dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. In fact, Cal is a perfect 32-0 at home against teams other than Oregon State (0-4) and USC (0-3), who have combined to go 7-0 at Memorial Stadium since the Bears knocked off the Trojans at home in 2003. Cal has been unbeaten at home three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford and has won 10 its last 12 at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears' popularity is shown by a current streak of 36 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium for every contest 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 60,697 over its first five dates 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.
A total of 15 seniors will be suiting up for their final home game at Memorial Stadium Cal when the Golden Bears host Arizona this Saturday, Nov. 14 (4 p.m. PT). The list includes LB Tyson Alualu, DL Kevin Bemoll, LB Devin Bishop, WR Nyan Boateng, DB Jesse Brooks, TE Skylar Curran, DB Marcus Ezeff, FB Brian Holley, DB Brett Johnson, TE Tad Smith, OL Chet Teofilo, OL Mike Tepper, DB Syd'Quan Thompson, WR Verran Tucker and LB Eddie Young.
After wrapping up its 2009 home slate against Arizona this Saturday, Nov. 14, the Bears head back on the road for their final two regular-season contests at Stanford (Nov. 21, TBA) and Washington (Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m. PT, CSN California). They will embark with a 3-1 mark in their first four road contests, with victories at Minnesota (Sept. 19), UCLA (Oct. 17) and Arizona State (Oct. 31) sandwiched around a loss at Oregon (Sept. 26). Cal hasn't had a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2. The club was 1-4 on the road last year and 2-4 in 2007. During one stretch spanning both seasons, the Bears lost eight of nine road contests.
Cal played three consecutive games in front of sold-out crowds at Minnesota (50,805), at Oregon (58,975) and vs. USC (71,799). Overall, Cal has drawn 524,239 fans to its first nine games this season, averaging 58,249 spectators per contest (60,697 for five home dates; 55,189 for four road contests).
Cal needs one more victory to 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). The Bears tied a school record with their six win of 2009 at Arizona State on Oct. 31, matching two previous stretches (1918-25, 1931-38) in which the team won at least six games for eight consecutive seasons.
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a Top 10 team and 35-18 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 poll when they host Arizona (No. 17 BCS/ No. 18 AP/No. 19 USA Today) in their home finale this Saturday, Nov. 14.
Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and the Golden Bears are having another excellent season in 2009, leading the Pac-10 and ranking tied for No. 14 nationally with a +.89 margin (17 takeaways, 9 turnovers). The Bears are 38-4 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 14-20 when opponents win the battle (13-9 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 23-2 with a positive margin in turnovers and 8-18 with a deficit, while posting an 8-6 mark when the turnover table is tied. The Golden Bears are on track to set a school record for fewest turnovers in a full season with their current total of nine only half of the school record of 18, which was set in 1964 and matched under Tedford teams in 2002 and '04. Cal is 5-1 when winning the turnover battle this year, 1-1 when it loses and 0-1 when it is tied.
Cal and Arizona have both jumped on teams early this season with the Bears holding a 94-40 advantage on its opponents in the first quarter, while the Wildcats have scored 91 points in the first period and allowed only 38.
Cal has outscored its opponents 69-24 in the fourth quarter this season. The Bears did not allow a point in the final period until USC managed a touchdown in the fifth game of the season. Cal also outscored Minnesota, 14-0, in the fourth quarter - on two of Jahvid Best's five TDs against the Golden Gophers - as the Bears broke open a 21-21 game to win 35-21.
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)
Oct. 31 - at Arizona State (ASU 7-3)
Nov. 7 - Oregon State (Tied 7-7)
Eight of Cal's nine games have been decided by at least 14 points with the only exception coming when the Golden Bears drove down the field in the minutes for a thrilling 23-21 victory at Arizona State on Oct. 31 and won on a Giorgio Tavecchio 24-yard field goal with 0:21 remaining. On the Bears' final drive, Kevin Riley completed 5-of-6 passes for 85 yards, including a 26-yard completion on a 1st-and-25 situation following a facemask penalty. The kick by Tavecchio was the first game-winner of his career at any level.
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 closing in on the 1,000-yard mark again in 2009 with a current nine-game total of 867 rushing yards, but will not play in Cal's next game against Arizona due to injury. 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.
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 the first seven years under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during the span. Last year, C Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
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 nearby 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 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.
Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years and is currently averaging 31.4 points per game in its first nine contests of 2009 to rank fourth in the Pac-10 and No. 26 nationally.
Cal has won 27 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points and has 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 six of its first nine games in 2009 and has been over 500 yards twice. The Bears are averaging 406.4 yards per contest, which is up from 376.0 in 2008.
Cal has spread the wealth around in its passing game, connecting with a total of 14 different receivers in its first nine contests with a season-high 11 of the receivers making at least one catch 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 both time and number of plays also concluded with a Best touchdown when Cal moved the ball 81 yards on 15 plays over 7:33 in the second quarter vs. Oregon State, with Best leaping into the end zone on a seven-yard run.
Cal has scored a touchdown on its opening drive four times in 2009 (vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota, at UCLA, vs. Washington State).
Cal's victory at Arizona State was its first when TB Jahvid Best (63 yards) was held under 100 yards since the Bears defeated Oregon, 26-16, on Nov. 1, 2008, when Best totaled 93 yards. Cal had lost each of the subsequent three games in which Best was held under 100 yards rushing.
Cal scored touchdowns the first four times it had the ball (including 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 in 2008.
Cal scored a season-high-tying 35 points in the first half in back-to-back 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.
Cal's defense has stiffened up near its own red zone in 2009, allowing just 14 touchdowns on 28 visits to the end zone by its opponents (50%).
Pac-10 tackles leader LB Mike Mohamed had two picks at Minnesota (both in the second half) for his first career multi-interception contest and the only one by a Cal player in 2009.
Cal recorded a season-high-tying 11.0 tackles for loss in its most recent game against Oregon State, and has had a total of 22 different players contribute to its total of 63.0 tackles for loss. In addition, 10 different players have taken part in the team's 23.0 sacks as the Golden Bears rank fourth in the Pac-10 in both categories.
Cal has held three of its 2009 opponents (Maryland, Eastern Washington, Washington State) to 55 or fewer yards on the ground and five (add Arizona State and Oregon State) under 100.
P Bryan Anger has punted the ball at least 50 yards on nine of his last 24 punts, and averaged 50.0 yards or more in two of his last four games, including a season-best 53.0 on five punts at Arizona State.
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.
Cal had a season-high 92 punt return yards against Washington State.
The Cal Sports Report will air three times this week on Comcast SportsNet California on Thursday, Nov. 12 (3:00 p.m. PT), and Friday, Nov. 13 (5:00 p.m. and 11:00 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 Arizona game, a review of last Saturday's loss at the hands of Oregon State, a feature on women's swimming Hong Kong Olympian Hannah Wilson, a segment on Cal's recent Hall of Fame inductees and 'Volleyball 101' with Scott.
Cal had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 31-14 home loss to Oregon State in its most recent contest. The Golden Bears also have lost standout TB Jahvid Best for at least the Arizona game with an injury sustained on a scary fall in the second quarter against the Beavers on Nov. 7. Trailing 14-0, the Bears drove 15 plays and 81 yards over 7:33 in an impressive drive that was capped off by Best's 7-yard TD run. But when Best leaped in for his 16th touchdown of the season, he was hit and landed hard in the end zone. Best, briefly knocked unconscious, was attended to by medical personal on the field before being transported to Highland General Hospital in Oakland. He remained at the hospital overnight for observation and tests before being released on Sunday. CT scans and x-rays came back normal.
Arizona has been one of the nation's hottest teams of late and currently sits in second place in the Pac-10 only one-half game behind league leader Oregon. The Wildcats are coming off a three-game home sweep of Stanford, UCLA and Washington State, and have won four of their last five. Arizona opened its Pac-10 action with an impressive 37-32 road win at Oregon State. The Wildcats' only two losses of the season have come at Iowa (ranked No. 4 and undefeated until losing to Northwestern last Saturday) and Washington. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in total offense (448.6 ypg) and rank second in total defense (298.6 ypg).
Cal-Arizona Series Notes
Cal Falls Out of AP and USA Today Rankings, BCS Standings
Cal in the 2009 National Rankings
Simply The Best - Cal's Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal
2009 Jahvid Best Game-By-Game (Att-Yds-TD)
Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book
Offensive Output Has Been Key to Winning
Comparing Cal's Offensive Stats in Wins, Losses
Riley Co-Leads Pac-10 in TD Passes
2009 Kevin Riley Game-By-Game Passing
Mohamed Remains Pac-10 Tackles Leader
Jones Paces Team in Receiving
Anger Strong over Last Four Games
Three-Game Winning Streak Snapped
Rushing Game Bogs Down in Last Two Contests
New Television Streak Started
The Tedford Factor
Tedford and the Pac-10
2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
Arizona Game Rounds Out Home Season
Final Home Game for 15 Golden Bears
Big Improvement on the Road
Three Sellouts this Season
Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak
Being the Best, Beating the Best
Cal Leading Pac-10 in Turnover Margin, Tied for No. 9 NCAA
Both Cal and Arizona Fast Starters
Cal's Fourth-Quarter Dominance
Cal In The Fourth Quarter
Lack of Close Games
Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers
Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002
Cal's State of Arizona Connections
Offense Quick Notes
Defense Quick Notes
Special Teams Quick Notes
Cal Sports Report