Sept. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today's game was the seventh in the series between Cal and Ohio State, and the Buckeyes lead the series 6-1 after the 35-28 Ohio State victory today.
This was also the seventh road game in the Jeff Tedford era that was played in a different time zone and started before noon PT. The Golden Bears now have a 5-2 record in those contests.
This was the second game in a row that Cal boasted over 500 yards of total offense (512). They outgained Ohio State by 100 yards (412). Last week against Southern Utah, the Bears had 518 yards.
Brendan Bigelow scored on a career-long 81-yard touchdown run. It was Cal's longest play from scrimmage this season, surpassing Daniel Lasco's 77-yarder last week. It is the longest rush since Jahvid Best's 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009. Bigelow followed that with a 59-yard touchdown later in the game. He ended the day with a personal-best 160 rushing yards and 230 all-purpose yards. His previous career best in all-purpose yards was 137 against Presbyterian last year.
Zach Maynard finished 26-for-37 for 280 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a one-yard rushing touchdown. The completions were a career high. It was also Maynard's first rushing touchdown this season - fifth of his career - and the first since last year at Arizona State. Maynard spread the ball around, throwing to eight different receivers.
Keenan Allen moved up to sixth all-time at Cal in career receptions with 164 after his nine grabs for 80 yards against the Buckeyes to pace the Bears. Na'il Benjamin is fifth with 165, Brian Treggs is fourth with 167 and Bobby Show is third with 180. Midway through the second quarter, he also registered his 2,000th-career receiving yard, and now has 2,049 for his career. Steve Rivera ranks 10th all time at Cal with 2,085 career receiving yards. Allen also had his first pass attempt since last year at Colorado. It went to Maynard for eight yards. For his career, Allen is 3-for-3 with 52 yards passing.
Chris Harper hauled in a 19-yard touchdown reception - his second of the season - in the first quarter. He finished with three catches for 32 yards and the score.
C.J. Anderson had a career-high four receptions for 65 yards. On the ground, Anderson carried the ball four times for 13 yards. Isi Sofele posted 21 rushes for 86 yards, including a season-best 26-yarder.
After losing the time of possession battle the last two weeks, the Bears had the ball for 35:10 compared to 24:50 for Ohio State.
Darius Powe made his first career catch in the first quarter. He later hauled in a 36-yard reception in the third quarter.
Keni Kaufusi earned his second career forced fumble on the last play of the first quarter. He and Brennan Scarlett picked up their second career tackles for loss, as well. Todd Barr also registered a tackle for loss.
Steve Williams caught his fourth career interception, first of this season.
Steffan Mos booted a 57-yard punt on his first career punt. Mos recorded the first two punts of the day.
Cal only committed four penalties for 40 yards to 11 penalties for 101 yards for Ohio State.