Dec. 5, 2009
2009 Cal Football
This Week In Cal Football
Friday's Photo Gallery (Dec. 4)
Nine Student-Athletes Honored on Pac-10 All-Academic Team (Dec. 2)
Dec. 1 Cal Football Press Conference Quotes (Dec. 1)
Shane Vereen on CBS 5 Game Day Sunday Night at 11:35 p.m. PT (Nov. 29)
Cal Reaches Highest Spot of Season in BCS Standings at No. 19 (Nov. 29)
2009 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m. (PT)
No. 19 BCS-AP/22 USA Today California (8-3, 5-3 Pac-10) vs. Washington (4-7, 3-5 Pac-10)
Seattle, Wash. - Husky Stadium
TV: CSN California/FSN Northwest - Barry Tompkins (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (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) - Danny Freisinger, Ben Shpringer Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 212 (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: 67-33/8th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 88
Series Record: Washington leads, 46-38-4
First Meeting: 11/24/1904, 6-6 tie
Last Meeting: 12/06/08, 48-7 Cal
Current Streak: Cal win one
Tedford vs. Washington: 6-1
Kickoff - California at Washington (Saturday, Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m.)
California (8-3, 5-3 Pac-10) travels to Husky Stadium to face Washington (4-7, 3-5 Pac-10) in the final 2009 regular-season game to be played by Pac-10 teams on Saturday, Dec. 5 (3:30 p.m. PT). The game will be televised live by CSN California and FSN Northwest. The Golden Bears are 19th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Rankings and BCS Standings, as well as 22nd in the USA Today coaches' poll. With the only two other Pac-10 games remaining on the docket (Thursday, Dec. 3 - Oregon State at Oregon; Saturday, Dec. 5 - Arizona at UCLA) both scheduled to finish before the Bears and Huskies, the outcome of the contest is expected to have bowl ramifications for several teams. Five different bowls (Holiday, Sun, Emerald, Las Vegas, Poinsettia) are still a possibility for the Bears heading into this week's action. Cal will be playing in a bowl in 2009 for a school-record seventh straight season. This season's Pac-10 Bowl Arrangements and Cal's previous six straight bowl appearances, which includes four consecutive bowl wins, are listed below.
Pac-10 Bowl Arrangements
Bowl Game Site Teams Date TV Rose Bowl presented by Citi Pasadena, CA Pac-10 #1 vs. Big Ten Jan. 1 ABC Pacific Life Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA Pac-10 #2 vs. Big 12 Dec. 30 ESPN Brut Sun Bowl El Paso, TX Pac-10 #3 vs. Big 12/ Dec. 31 CBS Big East/Notre Dame Emerald Bowl San Francisco, CA Pac-10 #4 or #5 vs. ACC Dec. 26 ESPN MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Pac-10 #4 or #5 vs. Dec. 22 ESPN Mountain West S.D. CCU Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, CA Pac-10 #6 vs. Dec. 23 ESPN Mountain West
Cal's Bowl Appearances (2003-08)
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)
Cal heads into this Saturday's game at Washington with five victories in its last six games, including wins over ranked opponents in its last two outings - marking the first time the Golden Bears have accomplished the feat in consecutive weeks in 59 years since home wins over Washington and UCLA on Nov. 11 and 18, 1950. After falling to Oregon State at home on Nov. 14, the Bears rebounded with a hard-fought 24-16 victory over Arizona (then No. 17 BCS/No. 18 AP, No. 19 USA Today) in their final home game of the season. The Bears then knocked off Stanford (then No. 14 AP/No. 17 USA Today/No. 17 BCS) in the 112th Big Game by a 34-28 count before enjoying a bye last Saturday. Both Arizona and Stanford had three-game win streaks ended by the Bears. Cal needs a victory at Washington to become the first team in school history to post three different three-game win streaks in the same season.
Washington had dropped four in a row before ending the skid with a 30-0 victory at home in the Apple Cup against Washington State last Saturday. The Huskies also have Pac-10 home wins over USC and Arizona on their record this season and are 3-1 in 2009 conference games at Husky Stadium and 4-2 at home this year overall.
Cal-Washington Series Notes
Cal has won six of the last seven games played between the schools starting with Jeff Tedford's first year in Berkeley in 2002. The Golden Bears won three straight at Husky Stadium under Tedford before Washington garnered its only win over a Tedford-coached Cal team the last time the clubs played in Seattle on Nov. 17, 2007 (37-23). Last year, Cal responded with a dominating 48-7 home victory over the Huskies at Memorial Stadium to wrap up the regular-season campaign for both squads on Dec. 6, 2008. Jahvid Best rushed for a school-record 311 yards in the contest.
Prior to Tedford's arrival, Washington had won an astonishing 19 consecutive games against the Bears dating back to a 7-0 Cal win in Seattle on Nov. 6, 1976. Washington leads the all-time series, 46-38-4. For more information on Cal-Washington series history, see page 34 of this week's Cal football game notes.
Cal Moves to Season-Best No. 19 in Latest BCS Standings
Cal heads into the final game of the 2009 regular season with a season-best No. 19 spot in the latest BCS Standings released on Sunday, Nov. 29. The Golden Bears are also No. 19 in the latest AP Top 25 and No. 22 in the current USA Today poll. Below is a rankings chronology for the 2009 Golden Bears.
Cal in the 2009 National Rankings
Date AP USA BCS Date AP USA BCS Preseason 12 12 --- Oct. 18 NR NR NR Sept. 8 10 10 --- Oct. 25 NR NR 24 Sept. 13 8 7 --- Nov. 1 23 23 20 Sept. 20 6 6 --- Nov. 8 NR NR NR Sept. 27 24 19 --- Nov. 15 NR NR 25 Oct. 4 NR NR --- Nov. 22 21 NR 22 Oct. 11 NR NR --- Nov. 29 19 22 19
Bears Have Won Five of Last Six Overall
Cal heads into its final game of the 2009 regular season with five victories over its last six games with the only defeat a 31-14 loss to Rose Bowl contender Oregon State (now No. 13 AP/No. 16 BCS/No. 16 USA Today) at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 7. The Bears started the run with a 45-26 victory at UCLA Oct. 17 before returning home for a 49-17 win over Washington State and a Halloween road triumph at Arizona State (23-21). After losing to Oregon State on Nov. 7, Cal has responded with victories over Arizona in Berkeley (24-16) and Stanford on the road in the 112th Big Game (34-28).
Best Bears Road Squad Since 2004
Cal has posted a 4-1 record in its first five road games of 2009 and will have the best regular-season mark away from home since 2004 regardless of the outcome at Washington this Saturday. The Bears have won road contests this season at Minnesota (Sept. 19), UCLA (Oct. 17), Arizona State (Oct. 31) and Stanford (Nov. 21) with the only blemish a loss at Oregon (Sept. 26). The 2004 squad was 5-1 in true road contests, before dropping its Holiday Bowl game against Texas Tech. Prior to this season, Cal hadn't posted a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2. Cal 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. In his eight seasons at the helm of the Cal program, head coach Jeff Tedford is the only Golden Bear coach to post a winning road record (23-21) since Pappy Waldorf, who was 22-13-1 from 1947-56. Tedford's 23 road are the most ever for a Cal coach.
A Chance to Do Something Never Done Before
If Cal can win at Washington this Saturday, the 2009 team will accomplish a feat that no Cal team has done since the school's football program began in 1886 - winning at least three straight games on three different occasions during the same season. Cal started the season with a three-game winning streak, beginning with home victories over Maryland and Eastern Washington before a road win at Minnesota. The Bears then dropped back-to-back games at Oregon and vs. USC before winning three straight again at UCLA, vs. Washington State and at Arizona State. Since the Oregon State loss, Cal has won its last two against Arizona and at Stanford.
Tedford Ties Cal's Modern-Era Win Record in 100th Game
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford (67-33, .670) equaled Cal's modern-era win record in his 100th game on the sidelines for the Golden Bears in a 34-28 victory over Stanford in the Big Game played at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 21. Now in his eighth season, Tedford will pass the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era with his next victory. He and Waldorf currently rank tied for third on the school's all-time win list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is already one of only three head coaches in Cal history to coach 100 games along with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44). Tedford is 7-1 in Big Games and has also led his teams to school records of six straight bowl games (5-1 record), four consecutive postseason victories and eight consecutive winning campaigns (ties school record).
Most Wins in Cal History
Coach Record Seasons Andy Smith 74-16-7 1916-25 *James Schaeffer 73-16-8 1909-15 Jeff Tedford 67-33 2002-Current Pappy Waldorf 67-32-4 1947-56*Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
Tedford and the Pac-10
Jeff Tedford has compiled a 41-26 (.612) 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) have placed at least fourth in the final league standings, with the 2004 squad taking second. His current squad is tied for fourth and still has an opportunity to finish as high as a tie for second and no lower than a tie for fifth. No other Cal coach has won at least 60 percent of his conference games since Pappy Waldorf was 40-21-4 (.646) from 1947-56.
Offensive Output Has Been the Key to Winning
Cal's fate has largely rested on the performance of its offense this season. In the team's eight wins Cal is averaging 40.1 points per outing, while the club is scoring only 6.7 points per contest in its three losses. Cal has scored at least 30 points six times this season and won each time, running its string of victories when the team scores at least 30 points to 28 in a row. The Bears' 408.5 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 in a game seven times in 2009 and been over 500 on three occasions.
Comparing Cal's Offensive Stats in Wins, Losses
Category Wins Losses Points Per Game 40.1 6.7 Rushing Yards per game 228.2 67.3 Passing Yards per game 242.1 176.3 Total Offense per game 470.4 243.7
Although Cal's offense has largely been determined its fate in 2009, the team's defense has certainly risen to the occasion in the last two victories vs. Arizona and at Stanford. After giving up at least 400 yards of total offense in five of six previous games, including 436 in a 31-14 loss to Oregon State on Nov. 7, the defense limited Arizona and Stanford to an average of only 306.0 yards of total offense with the 267 allowed to the Wildcats the team's second-lowest total of the season. Both Stanford and Arizona entered their games against Cal No. 1 in the Pac-10 in total offense.
Rushing Game Returns in Wins over Arizona and Stanford
Cal's rushing game has averaged 210.0 yards per game in its last two games - victories over Arizona and at Stanford. In the previous two contests, Cal had been held to an average of 48.0 rushing yards per game, including a season-low 39 in a loss to Oregon State after a previous then season-low 57 yards in the prior game at Arizona State. The 2009 Bears are averaging 184.4 yards per game on the ground on the season in an attempt to become the first Cal team to average 200 or more rushing yards per game since the 2004 (256.8 ypg) and '05 (235.2) teams broke a 28-year drought by leading the conference in rushing (first time for Cal since 1958). Cal has posted 200 or more rushing yards five times in 2009 (vs. Maryland, vs. Eastern Washington, at UCLA, vs. Washington State, at Stanford) with a high of 342 against Eastern Washington and another 300-yard plus effort vs. Washington State (309). The Bears have averaged at least 150.0 yards per game on the ground every year since 2003 after not hitting the mark at all from 1993-2002. With 25 rushing touchdowns to date, Cal also has at least 20 rushing TDs for the seventh straight season.
Vereen Very Good in Best's Absence
TB Shane Vereen has rushed 352 yards and four touchdowns on 72 carries as a workhorse for the Golden Bears in the last two games following an injury to starting TB Jahvid Best Nov. 7 against Oregon State. Cal's other running backs have accounted for only four other rushes during the period. Vereen has set career highs for rushing in each of the last two contests. He rushed for 159 yards on 30 carries against Arizona, including a 61-yard touchdown run to close out the game's scoring with 1:21 remaining. He followed that performance with 193 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries (tied for the most in a 2009 FBS contest) at Stanford to earn several national awards, including the Walter Camp Football Foundation BCS National Offensive Player of the Week. For the season, he has rushed for career highs of 738 yards and 10 touchdowns on a team-high 147 carries (5.0 ypr) to rank seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing yards per game (67.1). He also leads Cal in kick return (551, 23.0 ypr) and all-purpose yardage (1,498 total, 136.2 ypg - 738 rush, 199 receive, 10 punt return, 551 kick return), ranking sixth and seventh in the Pac-10, respectively. Vereen also came up big last year when Best missed the Arizona State contest (dislocated elbow), rushing for 93 yards and catching five passes for another 51 yards in a 24-14 Bear victory. For his career, the sophomore has 1,453 rushing yards on 289 carries (5.0 ypr, 60.5 ypg).
Cal's Fortunes Ride with Riley
QB Kevin Riley has recorded dramatically different statistics in the team's eight wins compared to three defeats. In the eight victories, Riley has completed 129-of-209 passes (61.7%) for 1,899 yards and 15 touchdowns with four interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 157.90 and an average of 237.4 passing yards per game. In the three losses, Riley is 46-of-105 (43.8%) for 522 yards and one touchdown with two picks for a passer efficiency rating of 84.90 and a per-game average of 174.0 passing yards. Overall, Riley is fourth in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (133.5), passing average (220.1 ypg) and passing touchdowns (16), as well as fifth in total offense (227.8 ypg) per game. Riley's current pass efficiency rating this season is the fourth-best figure in single-season mark in school history. He has completed 175-of-314 (55.7%) passes overall for a career-high 2,421 yards that are only 197 yards away from ranking among the school's Top 10 single-season best (Rich Campbell, 1979 - 2,618). His six interceptions are tied for the second fewest by a Cal passer with at least 200 attempts in Cal history.
2009 Kevin Riley Game-By-Game Passing
Game C-A-I-Yds-TD Game C-A-I-Yds-TD Maryland 17-26-0-298-4 WSU 12-18-1-229-3 EWU 13-20-0-148-1 at ASU 27-44-0-351-2 at Minn. 16-25-0-252-0 OSU 19-34-1-200-1 at Oregon 12-31-0-123-0 Arizona 13-22-2-181-1 USC 15-40-1-199-0 at Stan. 17-31-1-235-1 at UCLA 14-23-0-205-3
Mohamed Pac-10 Tackles Leader, Tied for 5th in Picks
LB Mike Mohamed continues to lead the team and Pac-10 in tackles by wide margins, while also pacing the squad and moving up to a fifth-place tie in the conference in interceptions after his dramatic pick of a Andrew Luck pass at Cal's own 3-yard line that secured Cal's 34-28 victory over Stanford in the 112th Big Game the last time Cal played on Nov. 21. Mohamed has a career-high 100 tackles over Cal's first 11 games for a Pac-10-leading average of 9.1 stops per game (No. 31 NCAA). Mohamed has 40 more tackles than his nearest teammate (Mychal Kendricks, 60) and is averaging 0.9 per game more than Washington's Donald Butler in the race for the Pac-10 crown. Mohamed has led or co-led Cal in tackles in seven of the last eight contests. He has double-digit tackles five times this season, including a season-high-tying 12 on three occasions. He had his first two interceptions at Minnesota (both in the second half) and co-led the team with two picks before picking up his team-leading third with the dramatic grab at Stanford.
Jones Continues to Pace Team in Receiving
WR Marvin Jones continues to lead the team in receptions (32), receiving yards (500) and receiving touchdowns (6). The steady Jones has at least three receptions in eight of 11 games this year, including a career-high five for 65 yards vs. Arizona and another four receptions for 45 yards and a TD at Stanford.
Records in Reach
Cal single-season records within reach heading into the team's final regular season contest and a bowl game are listed below.
Record Number (Season) 2009 Fewest Interceptions 6 (1961) 6 Fewest Turnovers 18 (1964,'02,'04) 12 Kick Return Yardage Allowed 1,450 (2007) 1,225 Rushing Touchdowns 34 (1951) 25
The Cal offense has posted 62 plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards in the first 11 games of 2009. The Bears have had 42 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to 11 different receivers (WR Marvin Jones - 10, TE Anthony Miller - 6, WR Jeremy Ross - 5, WR Verran Tucker - 5, TB Jahvid Best - 3, WR Nyan Boateng - 3, TB Shane Vereen - 3, TE Skylar Curran - 2, FB Brian Holley - 2, TE Jarrett Sparks - 1, WR Alex Lagemann - 1). On the ground, Best has accounted for 12 of the 20 runs for 20 or more yards, while Vereen has four, TB Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson two, and TB Isi Sofele and Ross one apiece.
New Television Streak Started
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 four most recent games and will extend the run to six by the end of the season with upcoming telecasts scheduled for a road game at Washington (Dec. 5, CSN California/FSN Northwest) and all bowls the Bears can possibly play in. 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. A total of 86 games (including the upcoming broadcasts at Washington and in a bowl) have been televised over the last eight seasons.
Another Successful Home Season in the Books
Cal completed its six-game 2009 home schedule with a 4-2 record and an average attendance of 59,472 to continue an extremely successful and popular run at Memorial Stadium over the past six campaigns (2004-09). During this time period, Cal has posted an overall record of 31-6 (.838) in Berkeley and has actually put up a 33-6 mark (.846) dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. In fact, Cal is a perfect 33-0 at home over this period 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 11 its last 13 games overall at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears' popularity is shown by a current streak of 37 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium (every contest over the last six seasons). Cal just missed averaging 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years this season with its average crowd of 59,472 over its six dates of 2009. The Bears did attract a sellout of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3, 2009. The team's best attendance numbers during the Tedford era came in 2006 when the Bears drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest.
Last Regular-Season Game for 16 Golden Bears
A total of 16 players who suited up for their final home game at Memorial Stadium against Arizona on Nov. 14 and their final Big Game at Stanford on Nov. 21, are now preparing for their last regular-season game with the Golden Bears at Washington this Saturday, Dec. 5. The list includes LB Tyson Alualu, DL Kevin Bemoll, LB Devin Bishop, WR Nyan Boateng, OL Mark Boskovich, 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.
Four Sellouts So Far this Season
Cal has played four games in front of sold-out crowds this season at Minnesota (50,805), at Oregon (58,975), vs. USC (71,799) and at Stanford (50,510). Overall, Cal has drawn 628,096 fans to its first 11 games this season, averaging 57,099 spectators per contest (59,472 for six home dates; 54,253 for five road dates).
Bears Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak
Cal has secured its eighth straight winning season in 2009 to tie the school mark that was established from 1918-25 under head coach Andy Smith. 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 36-18 when the club is ranked in the Top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 25 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-13 record in those contests, including a 2-1 mark in 2009 with victories over Arizona and at Stanford, and a loss vs. USC. The Bears have no games remaining on their 2009 regular-season schedule against a team currently ranked but could potentially play a ranked team in a bowl game.
Cal Leading Pac-10 in Turnover Margin, Tied for No. 15 NCAA
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. 15 nationally with a +.73-per-game margin (20 takeaways, 12 turnovers). The Bears are 38-4 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 15-9 when tied and 14-20 when opponents win the battle. In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 23-2 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-6 when the turnover table is tied and 8-18 with a deficit. The Golden Bears are on track to set a school record for fewest turnovers in a full season with their current total of 12 still six shy of the school low 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, 2-1 when it ties and 1-1 when it loses.
Cal's Fourth-Quarter Dominance
Cal has outscored its opponents 88-37 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 campaign. 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.
String of 1,000-Yard Rushers on the Line
Cal's string of seven straight seasons in which a running back has gained over 1,000 yards on the ground is on the line. TBs Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen are both within striking distance. Best has a current nine-game total of 867 rushing yards, but is currently out of action and his timetable to return uncertain after suffering an injury against Oregon State on Nov. 7. Vereen has a career-high 738 rushing yards but would need to average 131.0 yards per game over the final regular season contest and a bowl game to reach the mark. Cal is one of only three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to have current seven-year streaks, along with Missouri and New Mexico. Neither team has had a runner reach the mark yet this season. The Golden Bears are also only three from 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 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. This season, OL Mark Boskovich and LB Mike Mohamed have earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 First-Team honors and are currently being considered for Academic All-America honors. DB Syd'Quan Thompson was named one of 22 national winners of the Academic Momentum Award as part of the Scholar-Baller Program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). After a period on academic probation following his first year at Cal, his GPA improved to 2.995 during the spring of 2009.
Cal's State of Washington Connections
Cal defensive linemen Deandre Coleman (Seattle, Wash.) and Trevor Guyton (Woodinville, Wash.) list hometowns in the state of Washington.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, who lists his hometown as Spokane, Wash. spent his high school playing days at Gonzaga Prep. Gregory received a Bachelor's in English from Washington State in 1987 and lettered three seasons as a safety for the Cougars (1984-86).
Offense Quick Notes
Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years and is currently averaging 31.0 points per game in its first 11 contests of 2009 to rank fourth in the Pac-10 and No. 31 nationally.
Cal has won 28 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points and has scored 30 or more points 55 times in the Jeff Tedford era, posting a 51-4 record in those contests.
Cal has posted at least 400 yards of total offense in seven of its first 11 games in 2009 and has been over 500 yards on three occasions. The Bears are averaging 408.5 yards per contest, which is up from 376.0 in 2008.
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 has had three drives of 90-plus yards in 2009. Two of the drives 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 finishing the drive. Two drives later, Best's 93-yard touchdown run was part of a two-play, 91-yard drive. Cal also went 92 yards on 11 plays on the opening drive of the second half at Stanford. The team's longest drive of the season in terms of 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. In terms of time, Cal held onto the ball for 7:35 on a 13-play, 72-yard drive that concluded with a 22-yard Giorgio Tavecchio field goal to put the Bears ahead late in the game against Arizona, 18-16.
Cal's final time of possession (39:06) at Stanford was its highest total in the Tedford era. During a stretch of six consecutive drives spanning the Golden Bears' final drive of the first quarter to their final drive of the third period, Cal posted 31 points and held the ball for at least 10 plays five times and at least 5:00 on three occasions.
Cal has scored a touchdown on its opening drive four times in 2009 (vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota, at UCLA, vs. Washington State) and picked up a field goal on its first drive of the game on another occasion (vs. Arizona).
Cal had a season-high 31 first downs (tied for the most in the Pac-10 this season) against Stanford.
Defense Quick Notes
After yielding at least 436 yards of total offense in five of its previous six games, Cal has allowed an average of only 309.5 in its last two contests vs. Arizona and at Stanford.
Cal has not recorded a sack in three of its last four games but still ranks fourth in the conference (2.36 per game).
Cal's defense has stiffened up near its own red zone in 2009, allowing just 16 touchdowns on 31 visits to the red zone by its opponents (52%).
Cal has held six opponents (Eastern Washington, at Minnesota, Washington State, at Arizona State, Oregon State, Arizona) to under 100 yards rushing with four of the efforts coming in the last five games.
Special Teams Quick Notes
WR/RET Jeremy Ross is averaging 22.2 yards per punt return on eight tries this season. Ross had a career-best 76-yard punt return for the first touchdown return of his career in the first quarter (he also brought the game's opening kickoff back a career-best 54 yards). Both returns were the longest by a Cal player in 2009 and he was rewarded by being selected a College Football Performance Awards Punt Returner Performer of the Week. In addition, he returned a punt 46 yards against Arizona.
Cal had a season-high 92 punt return yards against Washington State.
Simply The Best - Cal's Jahvid Best
TB Jahvid Best was in the midst of an award-winning season before sustaining a harrowing injury in a home game vs. Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 7. The injury happened in the second quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run when Best leaped high into the air and landed hard in the end zone. He was attended to by medical personnel on the field before being transported to Highland General Hospital's emergency room. Best remained at the hospital overnight for observation and tests. CT scans and x-rays came back normal, and he was released the following day on Sunday, Nov. 8. Best has not played or practiced with the team since, missing the Arizona and Stanford games. No timetable for his return to the field has been established. Best has been on the sidelines for the team's last two games and served as an honorary team captain for the Arizona contest.
In the nine games Best has played in this season, he has a team-high 867 rushing yards on 141 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per attempt and 96.3 yards per game (No. 4 Pac-10, No. 30 NCAA). He also ranks third nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring with his 10.67 points per game average. His 16 touchdowns overall (12 rushing, 4 receiving) are within two TDs of the all-time single-season Cal record and within one of the school's modern-era mark. His 12 TDs on the ground are three shy of Cal's single-season record of 15 he equaled last year. Best did 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 also among Pac-10 leaders in all-purpose running (No. 9) with an average of 122.00 yards per game (1098 total - 867 rush, 213 receive, 18 kick return) and total offense (No. 13, 96.33 ypg).
Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal
Year G Att Yds TD Long Avg Avg/G 2007 10 29 221 2 64 7.6 22.1 2008 12 194 1580 15 86 8.1 131.7 2009 9 141 867 12 93 6.1 96.3 Totals 31 364 2668 29 93 7.3 86.1
2009 Jahvid Best Game-By-Game (Att-Yds-TD)
Game Rush Receive Game Rush Receive Maryland 10-137-2 2-23-0 WSU 13-159-2 1-27-1 EWU 17-144-1 2-19-1 at ASU 18-63-0 7-61-1 at Minn. 26-131-5 3-17-0 OSU 9-29-1 1-(-4)-0 at Oregon 16-55-0 2-14-0 Arizona DNP DNP USC 14-47-0 2-5-0 at Stan. DNP DNP at UCLA 18-102-1 12-51-1
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