Sept. 12, 2009
BERKELEY - With today's 59-7 victory over Eastern Washington, California improves to 2-0 while the Eagles exit Berkeley 1-1. The Golden Bears have now won 31 of last their 35 home games.
Cal's point total of 111 over their first games is the most for the Bears since Cal scored 128 points in their first two contests of the 1991 season.
Under Jeff Tedford, the Bears have now scored 30+ points 46 times, posting a 42-4 record in those games. Cal was 6-0 last season when scoring 30 or more points and has won 24 in a row since 2005 when reaching the 30-point mark. Cal has averaged 30+ points per game in six of the previous seven years and will travel to Minnesota for its third game of the 2009 season with a 55.5 scoring average. Cal is 33-2 when amassing at least 40 points since 2002.
The last time Cal scored 50 or more points in back-to-back games was 1973 (Army, Washington).
Finishing with 144 yards on the ground, Jahvid Best recorded his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game for a total of 1097 yards and 183 ypg during that span (Oregon 116, Stanford 201, Washington 311, Miami 188, Maryland 137, Eastern Washington 144). He now has 281 yards on 27 carries in 2009, good for 10.4 yards per carry. He is 108 yards from breaking into the all-time top 10 at Cal. This was Best's sixth straight game with at least one rushing touchdown, for a total of 12 TDs on the ground and two receiving over the last six games. He sits at 2082 yards rushing in his Cal career. Best also caught his third career touchdown reception in the 2nd quarter (3rd overall in career), a 22-yard grab.
Shane Vereen scored three rushing TDs, his first multiple-rushing-TD game to bring his career total to eight. He has seven TDs in the last five games. Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson added another 92 yards and a TD on the ground after starting his Cal career last week with 54 yards. Isi Sofele had his first career rushing touchdown, a 22-yard dash in the 4th quarter.
The Bears' seven scores on the ground were the most since equaling that mark at Washington State Sept. 7, 2008. Their record is eight rushing TDs against Montana on Nov. 8, 1947.
Today was Cal's fifth straight game dating back to last season with over 200 yards rushing.
FB Brian Holley's 21-yard 1st-quarter catch, his second of his year career, and finished the game with a career high two catches for 32 yards. TE Anthony Miller's three catches for 48 yards, including the longest pass play of the day (32 yards), was a career high.
QB Kevin Riley recorded his fourth career rushing touchdown to open the scoring. His previous three all happened in 2008.
Under Tedford, Cal (+1) improves to 36-3 when we win the turnover battle (vs. 13-19 when on wrong side, 12-8 when tied). Entered game at +2, No. 10 NCAA The Bears have not yet committed a turnover in 2009.
LB Eddie Young had a sack on first play from scrimmage that almost went for a safety and finished with a career-high 1.5 TFL. Jarred Price also had a sack, his second for his career in as many games. Chris Little also had his first career sack.
The Bears ended today with five TFLs and now have 16 in 2009. Cal started the day No. 6 in the nation for TFLs. LB Mychal Kendricks had seven 1st-quarter tackles (incl. .5 TFL) and finished with14. (previous career high 12, last week) for a two-game total of 26. D.J. Holt had a career-high seven tackles, matching his previous week and tying his career high.
The Bears defense finished with 14 rushing yards allowed against the Eagles.
PR Syd'Quan Thompson had his first punt return of 2009, good for nine yards. He had another return of 12 yards in the 3rd quarter
FB John Tyndall's first career kickoff return was a five-yarder following a short kick in the first quarter.
K Vince D'Amato made all five of his PATs and his first FG attempt following his perfect opening night vs. the Terps (7-of-7 PATs and 1-of-1 FGs), but missed his first kick for points late in the 3rd quarter when his field goal attempt went wide left from 29 yards (now 2-of-3).
LB Mike Mohamed jarred loose the Bears' first forced turnover, the second in his career, which was recovered by Kendricks (his first career recovery) and returned 45 yards down to the 5-yard line.
P Bryan Anger had his second punt of 50+ yards in the second quarter, a season-best 52 yarder.
The attendance of 58,083 marked the 33rd straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game since 2004.
Next weekend, Cal will attempt to go 3-0 to start its season for the fifth time in the Teford era. The Bears' Game 3 opponent, Minnesota, played Air Force in its inaugural game with a 4 p.m. PT start at their new TCF Bank Stadium.
Cal is 3-2-0 all time against the Golden Gophers, with their last meeting a 42-17 Cal win on Sept. 9, 2006, at Memorial Stadium. The only Bears on this year's team who played in that 2006 meeting are DE Tyson Alualu, S Marcus Ezeff, NG Derrick Hill and LT Mike Tepper. Tedford is currently 5-0 against the Big-10 conference.
The Bears' home winning streak now stands at nine (dating from Aug. 30, 2008), closing in on all-time longest home winning streaks of 10 (twice, Oct. 25, 2003 - Oct. 15, 2005; Sept. 9, 2006 - Oct. 13, 2007).
Cal is now in the midst of a five-game winning season going back to last season's Big Game, a 37-16 win at Stanford. The last time the Bears had a streak that long was a seven-game clip from the Dec. 2, 2006, Big Game vs. Stanford, through the Sept. 29, 2007, game at Oregon. The longest winning streak under Tedford is eight, during the 2006 season.
Jeff Tedford improved to 61-30 at Cal, continuing to move up the win column toward Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4 from1947-56). The only other Bears coaches to break the 60-win mark at Cal are Andy Smith (74-16-7 from 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73-16-8 from 1909-15). The Bears improve to 16-7 under Tedford when they enter a game ranked in the Top 10 (34-15 when in the Top 25).