2009 Cal Football Postgame Notes - USC (Saturday, October 3)
Oct. 3, 2009
BERKELEY - With today's 30-3 defeat at the hands of USC, California falls to 3-2 (0-2 Pac-10) while the Trojans exit Berkeley 4-1 (2-1 Pac-10).
The Bears' home winning streak ends at nine, falling short of the longest home winning streaks under head coach Jeff Tedford of 10 (twice, Oct. 25, 2003 - Oct. 15, 2005; Sept. 9, 2006 - Oct. 13, 2007).
The capacity sold-out crowd of 71,799 marked the 34th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game since 2004. Including Cal's two road games at Minnesota and Oregon, this was the third straight game the Bears played in front of a sold-out crowd.
TB Jahvid Best rushed for 47 yards on 14 carries, including five direct snaps. Five games into the 2009 season, he has rushed for 514 yards on 83 carries for averages of 6.2 yards per carry and 102.8 yards per game.
TB/KR Shane Vereen had a 127 yards on six kickoff returns (21.2 ypr).
TE Anthony Miller had four catches for 70 yards, both career highs. He is the first Cal player to have more than three receptions in a game this season.
QB Kevin Riley, who had four completions of 20+ yards, threw his first interception of 2009 in the first quarter after 118 straight passes without an interception going back to the Big Game on Nov. 22, 2008.
LB Eddie Young had his first forced fumble of 2009 and the third of his career in the third quarter.
DB Brett Johnson's interception in 4th quarter was his first of 2009 and led to a Cal field goal.
DB Marcus Ezeff had 12 tackles tonight, a season-high and two short of his career-high 14 against Arizona in 2007.
P Bryan Anger kicked three punts inside the 20 and punted the ball a season-high-tying seven times for the second game in a row.
Vince D'Amato's 29-yard field goal with 10:45 remaining in the fourth quarter ended a scoring drought that lasted over six quarters going back to the first offensive series of last Saturday's contest at Oregon.
Tonight the Bears gave up the longest pass (56 yards) and longest punt return (66) against them in 2009. The 66-yard punt return in the second quarter by USC's Damian Williams was the first punt return for a touchdown against Cal since 2005 (Maurice Drew, UCLA, 81 yards).
Cal entered the game yielding an average of only 3.25 points in the opening 15 minutes of games - tonight was the most points (10) Cal has given up in the first quarter this season. It was also the first time in 2009 the Bears have been held scoreless in the first half in 2009.
USC now leads the all-time series against Cal, 62-30-5, and has won six in a row since Cal's memorable 34-31 triple overtime victory over the Trojans at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 27, 2003, when a 38-yard field goal by Tyler Fredrickson on the Bears' second possession of the extra period provided the game-winning margin.
The Bears' next opponent, UCLA, lost 24-16 at Stanford on Saturday. The Bruins will host Oregon next Saturday, Oct. 10, while Cal is on its bye week. The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Bears, 49-28-1.
Cal is now 35-17 when entering a game ranked in the Top 25 under head coach Jeff Tedford.