Today's attendance of 56,496 marked the 36th game in a row of over 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium over the past six seasons.
TB Jahvid Best left the game in the second quarter with the preliminary report of a concussion after his final carry, on which he rushed seven yards for his 29th career rushing touchdown and 12th of the season. He ended with 29 yards on nine carries and now has 16 TDs (12 rushing, 4 receiving) for the season, ranking just two shy of the single-season school record of 18 TDs and one shy of the modern-era record of 17. Best has updated season rushing totals of 867 rushing yards on 141 carries. Best's updated career totals rank among Cal's all-time leaders - rushing touchdowns (29, T-3rd), touchdowns (35, 4th), all-purpose running yards (4,045, 5th), rushing yards (2,668, 7th), and scoring (210, 9th).
The 15-play, 81-yard drive that spanned 7:33 and culminated with a seven-yard TD run off a direct snap by Jahvid Best in the second quarter was the longest drive for the Bears in 2009 in both time and number of plays.
WR Verran Tucker recorded a career-high six receptions (also the most by a Cal player this season) for 74 yards and a TD.
WR Alex Lagemann's two catches during the game both netted the Bears first downs. Each of his career-high three catches last week at ASU also resulted in a first down.
The Bears had four plays from the line of scrimmage of 20-plus yards, all by the pass (QB Kevin Riley to Tucker 37, WR Marvin Jones 24, WR Nyan Boateng 22 and TE Jarrett Sparks 21), which brought the team's season total to 55 (37 passing, 18 rushing).
The Bears tied a season-high with 11.0 tackles for loss for -22 yards, led by Syd'Quan Thompson's 3.0 to tie a career high set at 2007 Armed Forces Bowl).
DL Tyson Alualu had a career-high nine tackles.
DB Sean Cattouse had a career-high eight tackles and an interception, his first of the season and fourth of his career
Entering the game as the Pac-10 tackles leader, LB Mike Mohamed recorded seven tackles and now has 81 on the season.
LB/KR Devin Bishop returned a kick in the first quarter, his first of the season and second of his career. Both returns were for 15 yards.
Cal did not score in the first quarter of a game for only the second time in 2009 (also vs. USC).
Cal's 39 yards rushing was a season-low and its lowest output since the Bears had 38 yards rushing at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008.
TE Jarrett Sparks made the longest reception of his career with a 21-yarder in the second quarter.
LB D.J. Holt tied a career high with seven tackles and recorded a new career high with 2.0 tackles for loss.
DB Bryant Nnabuife recorded a career high with five tackles.
P Bryan Anger equaled a career-high and recorded a season-high eight punts, including a 56-yard punt, and tied a career-high with three punts inside the OSU 20-yard line.
Cal continues to lead the all-time series against the Beavers, 33-29, but Oregon State has won nine of the last 11 games between the teams, three in a row overall and five straight at Memorial Stadium. Cal's most recent victory in the series came in Corvallis on Sept. 30, 2006 (41-13), while the Bears have not beaten the Beavers in Berkeley since Nov. 1, 1997 (33-14).
With each team throwing one interception to make the turnover differential even, the Bears still have a -7 turnover disadvantage in eight games played in the Tedford era against the Beavers.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 65-33 (.663) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only two more victories needed to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into a tie for third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only two games from becoming only the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. Tedford now has a 39-26 (.600) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Jeff Tedford has a winning record against every team in the Pac-10 as head coach except Oregon State (2-6) and USC (1-7).
Cal's next opponent is Arizona (6-2, 4-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Memorial Stadium. The all-time series between the Bears and Wildcats is currently tied at 13-13-2. Television broadcast information and game time will be announced tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 8). The starting game time will be either 4 p.m. on Versus or 7:20 p.m. on ESPN. A total of 82 Cal football games (includes the upcoming scheduled 2009 telecast at Washington) have been televised in seven-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford. In the seven years prior, only 41 Cal games were televised.