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Cal Hosts Oregon In Pac-12 North Showdown

Dec 1, 2020

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BERKELEY - Cal will take on Pac-12 North rival Oregon on Saturday at California Memorial Stadium. The game will kickoff at 4 p.m. PST and be broadcast on ESPN. 

CAL TAKES ON OREGON IN FINAL SCHEDULED HOME GAME OF 2020 
- Cal leads the all-time series with Oregon 41-39-2. 
- Cal is 27-17-2 all-time at home against Oregon, the most recent victory was a 52-49 double overtime victory in 2016. 
- This is the latest in the calendar year Cal has ever played Oregon, the previous latest date was November 23, 1918 (6-0 Cal win in Berkeley at California Field – pre-California Memorial Stadium)
- Cal head coach Justin Wilcox played safety and cornerback at Oregon (1996-99). In 1999, he was named second-team All-Pac-10 and earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
- Wilcox was a graduate assistant at Boise State in 2001-02, during the first two seasons that Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos was a player for the Broncos. 
- Cal associate head coach Peter Sirmon played at Oregon (1996-99) and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior for the Ducks. 
- Cal offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave played collegiately at Oregon (1986-90), where he finished his career as the school's all-time leader in passing and total offense, while establishing 15 school records. Musgrave was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2000.
- Cal running backs coach Aristotle Thompson is from Portland, Oregon and was the Gatorade Oregon High School Player of the Year in 1995.
- Offensive lineman Valentino Daltoso played one season at Oregon (2016) before transferring to Cal for the 2017 season.
- Freshman Andy Alfieri is the lone Bear on the roster from the state of Oregon. He played at Jesuit HS in Portland. 
- After playing their home opener this past weekend vs. Stanford, Cal will play its final scheduled home contest on Saturday vs. Oregon. 
- There are 16 seniors on Cal's roster who could be playing their final home game: Camryn Bynum, Trevon Clark, Kekoa Crawford, Jake Curhan, Valentino Daltoso, Marcel Dancy, Kuony Deng, Josh Drayden, Cameron Goode, Elijah Hicks, Zeandae Johnson, Devon Modster, Michael Saffell, Drew Schlegel, Bradrick Shaw, Gentle Williams. 
- 2020 does not count towards a player's eligibility and all are eligible to return in 2021. Cal could have another home game on December 19. That weekend's games haven't been scheduled yet.  

CAL RUNNING GAME IMPROVING EVERY WEEK
- Cal has had an improved running game in every game this season (54 yards at UCLA, 118 yards at Oregon State, 241 yards vs. Stanford). The 241 yards vs. Stanford are the most since Cal had 305 rushing yards at Oregon State on Oct. 20, 2018. 
- Cal had seven rushing plays of 15+ yards in the game vs. Stanford. 
- Cal has scored on the opening drive of all three games this year (FG at UCLA, TD at Oregon State, TD vs. Stanford). 
- Freshman running back Damien Moore had a career high with 121 yards rushing on only 10 carries vs. Stanford. Moore had a 54-yard run as he recorded Cal's first 100-yard game of the year.  
- It was the first time a Cal freshman has rushed for 100+ yards since redshirt freshman Shane Vereen ran for 101 yards vs. Michigan State on August 30, 2008. He is the first true freshman to run for 100+ yards since Marshawn Lynch ran for 122 yards vs. Stanford on November 20, 2004. 

CAL DEFENSE SHUTTING DOWN OPPONENTS' AIR ATTACK 
- Cal's defense has allowed 185.3 passing yards per game, which is ranked 17th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-12. 
- Cal has held both UCLA (196) and Oregon State (155) under 200 yards passing, while Stanford finished with 205 yards through the air.  
- When Oregon State and Stanford started at their own 40-yard line or further away, they were only able to score 17 points on 18 drives against Cal's defense over the past two games, with 15 drives ending without points. 
- Cal held Stanford to 300 total yards, including only 95 yards on the ground. 
- Cameron Goode has picked up where he left off in 2019, recording 2.5 tackles per loss and 0.5 sacks in the game vs. OSU. He has recorded at least 1.0 TFL in each game of the 2020 season and ranks 24th in the FBS and sixth in the Pac-12 in tackles per loss per game.