Cal Football Postgame Notes - at Arizona State (Saturday, October 31)
The Golden Bears' victory today makes Cal bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive year (2002-09). The Bears were not invited to a bowl in 2002 in the first year under head coach Jeff Tedford but have played in a school-record six consecutive bowls since. The Bears have won five of those six bowls, including a current record winning string of four in a row.
Today's victory was Cal's sixth win of the 2009 season, marking the eighth consecutive year the Golden Bears have won at least six games in a season to tie a school record. The Golden Bears have twice previously won at least six games in eight consecutive seasons from 1918-25 and 1931-38.
Cal has won three straight games overall for the second time in 2009 as the Golden Bears opened up 3-0 before dropping their next two contests.
Cal finished with 408 yards of total offense to mark the sixth time in eight games this season that Cal has racked up over 400 yards in total offense. The Bears' are now averaging 427.4 yards per game, up from 376.0 in 2008 and en route to the best per-game yardage average since notching 492.4 per game in 2004.
Cal led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter today and has now outscored its opponents in the opening period by a count of 56-10 over the last three games and 94-33 on the season.
Cal committed a season-high 12 penalties for a season-high 115 penalty yards.
TB Jahvid Best rushed for 63 yards on 18 carries, while also setting new career highs for both receptions (seven) and receiving yards (61) with his seven catches the most by a Cal player through the first eight games of 2009. Best had one touchdown today on an 11-yard TD catch in the first period and now has 15 TDs for the season, ranking just three shy of the single-season school record of 18 TDs and two shy of the modern era record of 17. Best has updated season rushing totals of 838 rushing yards on 132 carries. Best's updated career totals rank among Cal's all-time leaders - rushing touchdowns (28, 4th), all-purpose running yards (4,020, 5th), 100-yard games (13, 6th), rushing yards (2,639, 7th), and scoring (204, 9th).
QB Kevin Riley completed a season-high 27 passes (27-of-44) for a season-high 351 yards and two touchdowns. Riley also fumbled three times with the Golden Bears losing two.
P Bryan Anger averaged a season-high 53.0 yards per punt on five kicks. Four of Anger's five punts were for 50 or more yards.
Cal had two interceptions (DB Syd'Quan Thompson, LB Eddie Young) to mark the Bears' second multiple-pick game this season. Thompson returned the seventh interception of his career and first of the season 38 yards, while Young's pick was the third of his career and also his first of the campaign. Thompson added the 32nd pass breakup of his career to move into a tie for second on Cal's all-time list.
PK Giorgio Tavecchio made a career-high and team season-high three field goals, including a career-long 51-yarder in the third quarter and a game-winning 24-yarder with 0:21 remaining in the contest. His make from 51 yards marked the first time a Cal kicker has made a field goal from 50 or more yards since a 55-yarder from Tom Schneider vs. Stanford on Dec. 2, 2006. Tavecchio's previous career-bests were a pair of 42-yarders in 2008 vs. Arizona and UCLA. Tavecchio also had a career-high five attempts, missing his other two tries from 24 and 39 yards.
Cal fumbled a season-high four times, losing two.
Pac-10 tackles leader LB Mike Mohamed recorded 12 tackles and now has 74 on the season, including four double-digit tackle contests.
WR Alex Lagemann had career-highs in both receptions (3) and receiving yards (38).
WR Marvin Jones tied a career-high with his four receptions.
Cal now leads the all-time series over Arizona State, 15-14, and has won six of the last seven meetings between the squads spanning head coach Jeff Tedford's eight seasons at Cal.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 65-32 (.670) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only two more victories needed to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into a tie for third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only three games from becoming only the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. Tedford now has a 39-25 (.609) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Cal improved to 3-1 on the road in 2009, marking the first time the Bears have posted at least three road wins in a season since the 2005 club was 3-2 in road contests.
Cal won its sixth straight game played on Halloween and is now 11-5-1 all-time on Oct. 31.
The 80-yard TD reception in the second quarter by Arizona State WR Kyle Williams from QB Danny Sullivan is the longest pass play yielded by the Bears this season.
Cal's next opponent is Oregon State in a home game at Memorial Stadium scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 (4 p.m.). The game will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net. Cal leads the all-time series, but Oregon State has won eight of the last 10 games in the series, two in a row overall and have beaten the Bears four straight times at Memorial Stadium. The last time Cal has beaten Oregon State at home came with a 33-14 victory on Nov. 1, 1997.