Cal vs. Oregon State
Oct. 15, 2005
Cal vs. Oregon State Football Game Notes Oct. 15, 2005 at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Today's attendance: 57,174
THE RECORDS: With today's 23-20 loss to Oregon State, Cal falls to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon State improves 4-2 and 2-1. The loss is Cal's first at home since the Beavers defeated the Bears, 35-21, on Oct. 4, 2003. Despite the loss, Cal owns a 32-26 all-time record vs. Oregon State. Oregon State's win saps a seven-game road losing streak to ranked opponents and eight losses to ranked foes overall.
BEAVERS GO RUNNING: Yvenson Bernard racked up a career-high 194 yards on 42 carries against Cal. Bernard accounted for all but three of the Beavers' carries. As a team, Oregon State rushed for 181 yards. Coming into the game, the Beavers ranked ninth in the conference in rushing offense (92 ypg). Last year the Beavers were last in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 70.67 yards per game.
MICKEY MAKES HIS MARK: LB Mickey Pimentel intercepted two passes, both in the second quarter. It was Pimentel's first and second career interceptions and the Bears' first INT by a linebacker this season. Pimentel returned his second pick for 77 yards. This was the longest return since the Arizona State game in 2002 when Nnamdi Asomugha returned an INT for 85 yards. Pimentel's return set up a six-yard TD pass from Joe Ayoob to DeSean Jackson.
GOING FOR THREE: With two INTs by Pimentel and one from Donnie McCleskey, it was the second time this season that Cal picked off three passes in a single game. Cal also had three INTs in the Arizona game, with Daymeion Hughes (2) and Tim Mixon (1) doing the honors.
MORE THAN JUST A PASSER: QB Joe Ayoob showcased his all-around ability against Oregon State. He contributed on three TDs: receving a 21-yard pass from Marshawn Lynch, completing a 6-yard strike to DeSean Jackson, and rushing for a four-yard score. It was the first time that a Cal player had rushed for, passed for and caught a TD pass in the same game since Kyle Boller accomplished the feat against Michigan State in 2002. Ayoob now has five rushing TDs this season, which is tied with Justin Forsett for most on the team.
MARVELOUS MARSHAWN: On a halfback option, Marshawn Lynch completed a 21-yard pass to quarterback Joe Ayoob for the Bears' first score of the game at the beginning of the second quarter. It was Lynch's second career TD pass. He completed a 20-yard pass to Burl Toler in the Big Game last season. Lynch isn't a bad rusher either. In the first quarter, he tallied nine carries for 53 yards. Lynch finished with just 58 yards and didn't record a carry in the second half.
DONNIE STRIKES BACK: ROV Donnie McCleskey recorded the Bears' first sack of the game. It was his second of the season, which brings his career total to 9.5. As a sophomore All-American, he had 5.5. McCleskey finished the day with four tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. McCleskey returned the INT for 27 yards. It was McCleskey's first INT since 2003.
OSU IN THE AIR: WR Mike Hass was held to just 17 yards, including just eight in the first half. He came into the game with nine consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Before facing Cal, Hass led the Pac-10 with 9.4 receptions per game and was first in the nation with 166.2 yards per game. In the 2004 game against Cal, Hass finished with two catches for 26 yards. Stepping up for the Beavers was Anthony Wheat-Brown, who finished with 93 yards on four catches. Wheat-Brown's 58-yard catch from Matt Moore was the longest pass play Cal has given up this season.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Beavers were in Cal's red zone four times in the first half, with the Bears holding them to just three field goals. Mickey Pimentel picked off Moore's pass on the Beavers' other trip. In the third quarter, Oregon State had first and goal on the 7-yard line before Donnie McCleskey forced a fumble keeping the Beavers out of the end zone again with a touchback. Oregon State finished 4-for-6 on red zone trips.
BEAR BITS: Marcus O'Keith's 27-yard reception is his longest reception this season...DeSean Jackson now has four TD receptions this season...David Lonie recorded a season-long 52 yard punt...The first quarter against Oregon State was only the third quarter that Cal hasn't scored in this season. The other two quarters were the third quarter vs. New Mexico State and the second quarter vs. Illinois...The three lost fumbles against Oregon State are the most the Bears have given up this season...Cal had three lost fumbles total coming into the game...The Bears' five turnovers was the most they'd given up in a game since 2001 against Oregon.