Sept. 23, 2006
The Crowds Keep Coming
Saturday's crowd of 58,024 marked the 14th consecutive home game with over 50,000 fans in attendance at California's Memorial Stadium. Cal's 49-21 win over ASU improves the Bears' record to 3-1, 1-0 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils fall to 3-1, 0-1.
Putting Up Points
Cal's 42 points in the first half are the most points Cal has ever scored in a half against a Pac-10 team. In 2003, the Bears put up 41 points against ASU on Nov. 1. Cal has scored over 40 points in each of the past three games - winning over Portland State 42-16 (Sept. 9) and Minnesota 42-17 (Sept. 16). The Bears last put up over 40 points three weeks in a row in the first three games of the 2004 season, with a 56-14 win at Air Force, a 41-14 win against New Mexico State and a 49-7 decision at Oregon State.
Bears Go Through the Air
For the second time this season, sophomore QB Nate Longshore passed for four TDs in one game. He finished Saturday 18-of-26 for 270 yards. In the past three games, Longshore has passed for 11 TDs and 880 yards.
Defensive Goes on the Offensive
Cal put up strong defensive numbers against the Sun Devils, intercepting four of ASU QB Rudy Carpenter's passes. It was the first time the Bears had four INTs since the Washington State game on Sept. 26, 1998. Cal's final INT was by redshirt freshman Syd'Quan Thompson in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the quarter, senior LB Mickey Pimentel returned a Carpenter pass 20 yards for a TD, increasing Cal's lead to 49-21 with 8:03 to go in the game. Senior CB Daymeion Hughes had Cal's other two INTs, returning one for a TD.
Sophomore LB Zack Follett's sack of ASU QB Rudy Carpenter in the first quarter forced a fumble, which senior LB Desmond Bishop recovered at the ASU 31-yard line. It was Follett's first sack of the season. On the Bears' next play from scrimmage, junior WR Lavelle Hawkins scored his first TD of the season, a 31-yard pass from sophomore QB Nate Longshore with 0:37 left in the quarter. It is Hawkins' second career TD. His other score came against Washington State on Oct. 22 last season. Follett forced another Carpenter fumble in the third quarter
Jackson Goes the Distance...Twice
Sophomore WR DeSean Jackson returned a punt 80 yards for Cal's third TD, Saturday, giving the Bears a 21-7 lead with 13:15 to go in the second quarter. In Jackson's first collegiate game last season, he returned a punt 49 yards for a TD in Cal's win over Sacramento State. With 6:17 left in the second quarter, Jackson caught an 8-yard pass for his second TD of the game - putting Cal ahead 35-7. That score gives Jackson 14 TDs in 16 games.
Daymeion Does His Thing
Senior CB Daymeion Hughes picked up his fourth and fifth INTs of the season Saturday. He now has 12 in his career and is tied for second on Cal's all-time chart. Hughes' first pick set up Cal's fifth TD of the game, an 8-yard pass from Longshore to Jackson. With 26 seconds left in the first half, Hughes ran his second INT back 47 yards for the Bears' sixth score of the game, giving Cal a 42-14 halftime lead. Hughes also returned a pick for a TD last week against Portland State. He now has four defensive TDs in his career.
DeSean Goes Long
In Cal's first offensive series following Jackson's punt return for TD, Jackson grabbed a season-long reception of 52 yards from Longshore, setting up another Cal score. Two plays later, junior TB Marshawn Lynch caught a 23-yard pass from Longshore, giving Cal a 28-7 lead with 11:20 left in the first half.
Junior TE Craig Stevens recorded his first catch of the season, a 9-yard pass from Longshore ... Junior TB Justin Forsett scored the Bears' first TD of the game, a 9-yard pass from Longshore, with 2:51 left in the first quarter. It is Forsett's second TD of the season ... redshirt freshman Syd'Quan Thompson's interception in the second half was his first of his career.
Paper or Plastic?
Senior LB Desmond Bishop sacked ASU QB Rudy Carpenter in the fourth quarter, marking the Bears' third sack of the day. In the third quarter, senior DE Nu'u Tafisi recorded his first sack of the season. Sophomore LB Zack Follett had a sack in the first quarter. The Bears only had five sacks coming into Saturday's game. ASU had only given up three sacks this season coming into Saturday's game.