Dec. 6, 2008
BERKELEY - With Cal's 48-7 victory over Washington today, the Golden Bears improve to 8-4 on the season (6-3 in the Pac-10). Washington ends the season at 0-12 for the first time in school history. It is Cal's fifth 8-win season under Jeff Tedford, tying legendary Bear coaches Andy Smith (1916-25) and Pappy Waldorf (1947-56) for most career eight-victory seasons. It is the third season Cal has gone undefeated at home under Tedford (2004, 2006 and 2008).
In addition to his four rushing touchdowns, Jahvid Best had a school-record 311 rushing yards on 19 carries in today's game, breaking a 54-year record held by Jerry Drew vs. Oregon State on Nov. 13, 1954 (283 yards on 11 attempts). His performance today ranks No. 4 all-time in Pac-10 history and is only the fifth 300-yard rushing game ever in the Pac-10:
357 Rueben Mayes, Washington State vs. Oregon, 1984
347 Ricky Bell, USC vs. Washington State, 1976
322 Maurice Drew, UCLA vs. Washington, 2004
311 Jahvid Best, Cal vs. Washington, 2008
It is also the fourth-best performance in the FBS this year, trailing only:
348 Shun White, Navy vs. Towson
330 Morgan Williams, Toledo vs. Miami (Ohio)
323 Tarrion Adams, Tulsa vs. Tulane
Best had 186 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns in the first half and had 84-yard and 60-yard touchdown runs to start Cal's opening drives of each half. He has had seven rushes of 60+ yards this season. Best has now rushed for 1,394 yards this season, good for fourth place on Cal's single-season rushing list. It is the third 200-yard rushing game for Best this season (200 at Washington State and 201 vs. Stanford) - he is the only Cal player to ever rush for 200 or more yards three times.
Best's four rushing touchdowns tied the modern-day school record for rushing touchdowns in a single game (tying Carl Montgomery vs. Oregon State on Oct. 31, 1981 and Don Johnson vs. Minnesota on Oct. 2 1952). Duke Morrison holds the all-time school record with five rushing touchdowns vs. Washington on Nov. 12, 1921.
Nate Longshore threw his 50th career touchdown pass to Cameron Morrah just before halftime. It was Morrah's eighth touchdown reception this season (most by a tight end in a season in school history). Longshore now ranks fourth all-time in school history in career touchdown passes and needs one more to tie Troy Taylor (1986-1989) with 51.
Syd'Quan Thompson had a 44-yard punt return in the second quarter. It was the longest punt-return for the Bears since a 73-yard punt return vs. Colorado State earlier this season.
With Darian Hagan's two second quarter interceptions, the Bears have now notched 23 interceptions for the season - tying for the most interceptions for Cal since 1953. Hagan now has three interceptions this season. It's the second time this season a Cal player has recorded two interceptions in a single game (Thompson at Washington State).
Zack Follett registered his fourth forced fumble on the season after he sacked UW quarterback Ronnie Fouch in the first quarter (his team-best 8.5 sack of the year) ... Michael Mohamed recovered the fumble - the first of his career. Mohamed later recorded his first forced fumble and his second fumble recovery on the first play of the second quarter.
Cal rushed for 431 yards in today's game - the fifth most rushing yards in a game and the most since gaining 419 on the ground vs. Pacific on Sept. 7, 1991.
Cal forced four Washington turnovers in the first half and scored 10 points off those turnovers. The Bears have now scored 118 points off its 29 opponent turnovers (16 TDs, 2 FGs) this season.
Cal had its first touchback of the season on the opening kickoff.
Cal is one of only two FBS schools to have a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last seven seasons (New Mexico is the other). Missouri could join the group as Derrick Washington has 963 yards entering today's Big 12 Championship.
Today's game was the last home game for 17 Cal seniors: WR LaReylle Cunningham, DE Rulon Davis, LB Anthony Felder, LB Zack Follett, WR Drew Glover, S Bernard Hicks, DT Mika Kane, PK Jordan Kay, QB Nate Longshore, C Alex Mack, OG Noris Malele, FB Zach Smith, WR Alex Stroud, LS Nick Sundberg, FB Will Ta'ufo'ou and LB Worrell Williams.
The Bears have now won 29 of their last 33 home games. Under Tedford, the Bears have now scored 30+ points 45 times, posting a 41-4 record in those games. Cal is 6-0 this season when scoring 30 or more points and has won 22 in a row since 2005. Cal is 31-2 when amassing at least 40 points since 2002.
The attendance of 50,038 marked the 31st straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last five years.