Cal-UCLA Game Notes
Nov. 4, 2006
Attendance: 72,516 (sellout)
AND THEY KEEP COMING...
Tonight's game against UCLA was the second sellout of the year. The first sellout of the year came against Oregon, on Oct. 6. This season, Cal has averaged an attendance of 62,951 at each of its home games. This is the fifth Memorial Stadium sell-out for a non-Big Game in the last 50 years. Besides this year's Oregon game, the other three games were vs. USC in 1977, vs. USC in 1979 and vs. USC in 2005.
In the opening drive against the Bruins, Cal QB Nate Longshore went 5 of 5 for 47-yards and a 10-yard pass to WR Robert Jordan for the Bears' first score at 8:59 in the first quarter. Longshore also connected with Jordan for the game's longest touchdown reception of 44-yards at 7:38 in the third quarter, putting the Bears on top 21-10. He later added another 44-yard pass to WR DeSean Jackson at 12:18 in the fourth quarter. Longshore finished the game 20 of 24 for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns.
For the third time this season, WR DeSean Jackson returned a punt for a touchdown, tonight for 72 yards. Previously this season, Jackson returned an 80-yarder for a touchdown against Arizona State on Sept. 23 and a 65-yarder against Oregon on Oct. 6. He now is first on Cal's all-time modern list with four career returns. With Jackson's return against the Bruins tonight he also holds the record in the Pac-10 for career and season punt returns for a touchdown.
Jackson's career TDs on punt returns
72-yards vs. UCLA, Nov. 4 2006
65-yard vs. Oregon, Oct. 7, 2006
80-yards vs. Arizona State, Sept. 23, 2006
49-yard vs. Sacramento State, Sept. 3, 2005
WR DeSean Jackson made his first reception of 17 yards at 11:36 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, for the first time this season Jackson intended to throw a pass during a play. He opted instead for a nine yard rush. Jackson caught his third reception at 12:18 in the fourth quarter when Longshore hit him for a 44-yard reception. Jackson finished the game with three catches for 58 yards.
WR Robert Jordan scored the Bears' first touchdown tonight at 8:59 in the first quarter. At 7:38 in the third quarter, Jordan ran a slant pattern, finding an open line into the end zone or a 44 yard reception. It was the most touchdowns Jordan has scored in a game since last year's game at Washington (Sept. 10) when he caught three touchdown passes. Jordan finished tonight's contest with 5 catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He now has four touchdown receptions on the season.
At 7:43 in the second quarter, TB Marshawn Lynch scrambled into the end zone off a screen pass for his first score of the game on a 24 yard pass. It was Lynch's fourth receiving touchdown of the season. At 11:09 Lynch dragged his defender into the end zone for a four yard touchdown. That touchdown was his ninth rushing touchdown of the season. Lynch ended the game with 20 carries for 81 yards and four receptions for 45 yards. Lynch now has 988 rushing yards this season.
CB Daymeion Hughes snagged his eighth interception this season with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Hughes returned the ball 20 yards before being taken down by Bruin defenders. Hughes moves into sole possession of the second place slot on Cal's all-time season list. He also is second on Cal's all-time career list with 15 interceptions and needs only one more to tie Ken Wiedemann (1967-69) for the school record.
At 3:12 in the second quarter CB Daymeion Hughes, on a crucial fourth-and-four play, broke up a Patrick Cowan pass intended for Marcus Everett. With 19 seconds left in the first half Hughes broke up another Cowan pass also intended for Everett. Hughes ended the game with three passes defended. Hughes is now tied for third with Jemeel Powell (1999-02) with 27 passes defended on Cal's all-time list.
CB Daymeion Hughes led the team with 10 tackles...WR Sam DeSa started his second career game...Since the end of the Washington game QB Nate Longshore had completed 10-10 until his incomplete pass to TE Craig Stevens at 14:09 in the second quarter of tonight's game... At 8:00 in the second quarter Longshore had his career longest run of 21 yards. Prior to his 21 yard rush, Longshore's previous long run was a nine yard run against Minnesota on Sept. 9...Longshore was sacked for the first time in two games. The last coming against Washington State, when the Cougars had two sacks... After LB Desmond Bishop's game saving interception against Washington on Oct. 23, Bishop snagged his third career interception with 14 seconds left in the first half...UCLA's first punt was at 6:30 in the third quarter; Cal's was at 4:57 in the third quarter.
UCLA GAME NOTES
Patrick Cowan posted his career-high passing yards of 329 tonight. His previous best was 252 yards vs. Washington State last week.
UCLA posted its most offensive yards this season (516); previous best was 425 yards vs. Utah in the season opener.
Chris Markey's longest rush of his career was his 70-yard touchdown run today.