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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Friday, Nov. 25, 7:15 p.m. (PT)
Cal (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12)
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
TV: ESPN - Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play), Craig James (Analyst), Samantha Steele (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show) ^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
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All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Arizona State game can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-by-Play), Evan Kahn (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The commercial radio broadcast feeds from the radio network of both teams of the Cal-Arizona State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The visiting Cal feed can be heard on Sirius Channel 93 and XML channel 191. The home Arizona State feed of the contest is available on Sirius and XM channel 91.
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Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 78-47/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
First Meeting: 9/25/1976, Cal 31, at ASU 22
Last Meeting: 10/13/10, at Cal 50, ASU 17
Current Streak: Cal win 3
Tedford vs. Arizona State: 7-1
Cal (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12) and Arizona State (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12) will meet in the regular-season finale Friday at Sun Devil Stadium. Although both teams have already clinched bowl berths, they still have plenty to play for.
The teams have been headed in different directions in recent outings. Cal has won two of its last three with the only loss a hard-fought 31-28 defeat at No. 8 Stanford in last Saturday's Big Game. Arizona State has dropped three in a row and four of five after starting the season 5-1.
Cal can clinch a winning season for the ninth time in the last 10 years with a victory and move up into a third-place tie with Washington in the final standings of the Pac-12 North division if the Bears win and the Huskies were to lose to Washington State on Saturday.
Arizona State can still win the South division of the Pac-12 and advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game to be played either at the North division champ Oregon or Stanford on Dec. 2. The Sun Devils need a victory over the Bears, as well as a Utah win against Colorado and a UCLA loss at USC for that to happen.
The most intriguing statistical matchup of Friday's contest looks to be Cal's league-leading defense (326.9 ypg) facing an Arizona State offense that ranks fourth overall in the Pac-12 (448.5 ypg). The Sun Devils have done most of their damage in the air, ranking third in the Pac-12 in passing offense (314.4 ypg). Cal is also first in the Pac-12 in pass defense (204.1 ypg).
Cal holds a slim 16-14 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1976. The Bears have won three in a row and seven of the last eight since head coach Jeff Tedford arrived in Berkeley for the 2002 season. The Sun Devils' only victory over a Tedford-coached Cal team came when ASU was a 31-20 winner at Sun Devil Stadium on Oct. 27, 2007. Prior to Tedford's arrival, had won seven of nine from 1992-2000 and had another one forfeited to them in 1999 due to Cal's use of an ineligible player. The Bears had dropped five straight in Tempe before Tedford led his 2002 squad to a 55-38 victory at Sun Devil Stadium.
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. The Bears have won six of their first 11 games in 2011 to move within two victories of reaching their average of the last nine seasons, with one regular-season contest and a bowl game remaining.
Bowling and Winning
Cal has done a lot of both lately with the Bears becoming bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons in 2011 and needing only one more victory to guarantee a winning record for the ninth time in the last 10 campaigns. Cal qualified for a school-record string of seven straight bowls from 2003-09 and equaled another school record with eight consecutive winning seasons before both runs finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7 and out of the bowl picture. In its its seven consecutive bowl appearances, all under head coach Jeff Tedford, Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Tedford is only Cal head coach to ever record more than two bowl wins.
The Bowl Picture
With one regular-season contest remaining and the Pac-12 Championship Game for two additional conference teams, there are still numerous possible scenarios that can play out with Cal's bowl picture. The Pac-12 is affiliated with the seven different bowls listed below in their selection order. All bowls must make their selections by Sunday, Dec. 4, but can make them earlier.
2011 Pac-12 Bowl Arrangements
Bowl Game Site Opponent Date (Time) TV Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio Pasadena, CA Big Ten Jan. 2 (2 p.m. PST) ESPN Valero Alamo San Antonio, TX Big 12 Dec. 29 (8 p.m. CST) ESPN Bridgepoint Education Holiday San Diego, CA Big 12 Dec. 28 (5 p.m. PST) ESPN Hyundai Sun El Paso, TX ACC Dec. 31 (12 p.m. CST) CBS MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV MWC Dec. 22 (6 p.m. MST) ESPN Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco, CA Army Dec. 31 (12:30 p.m. PST) ESPN Gildan New Mexico Albuquerque, NM MWC Dec. 17 (12 p.m. MST) ESPN
The Defensive Side of the Ball
Cal leads the Pac-12 in both total defense (326.91 ypg) and pass defense (204.09 ypg), ranking 21st and 40th nationally, respectively. The Bears also lead the Pac-12 and are ranked seventh nationally in tackles for loss (7.91 tflpg), as well as no lower than fourth in the conference in any primary defensive category. In the back-to-back wins over Washington State and Oregon State, Cal only allowed a combined 13 points and held the Cougars and Beavers to an average of only 48.0 rushing yards per game. After holding Washington State to 69 yards, Cal's gave up only 27 to Oregon State. Cal has held five opponents under 70 yards rushing in 2011. The Bears did give up 148 in their most recent outing at Stanford.
Allen Among National and Pac-12 Leaders
All-American candidate Keenan Allen ranks second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in both receptions per game (7.64) and receiving yards per game (109.09). Allen paces the Bears this season with his totals of 84 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. All three are already career highs. His average of 14.3 yards per reception is also a career best and second on the team among regular receivers behind Marvin Jones. Allen posted a then-career high of 10 catches and a career high 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time on Cal's single-game list) against Washington, with the 197 receiving yards marking the sixth most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He then set another career-high two games later against USC with 13 grabs for 160 yards, with the 13 receptions tying for third on school's all-time single-game list. His five 100-yard receiving games are tied second in the Pac-12. He has had at least six catches and 78 yards receiving 10 of his 11 games in 2011, with the only exception when he was held to season lows of three catches and 29 receiving yards against Oregon State. Allen also paces the club with 1,273 all-purpose yards and an average of 115.73 per game that ranks 10th in the Pac-12 and 62nd nationally. In addition, he is tied for third on the team in scoring with 36 points.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards Presbyterian 6-85-1-27 at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards at Oregon 9-170-1-31 USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards Utah 8-78-1-16 at UCLA 7-83-0-27 ... 1 rush, 12 yard Washington State 8-85-0-29 ... 1 rush, 8 yards; 2 punt returns, 20 yards Oregon State 3-29-0-19 at Stanford 6-97-1-42
Allen Chasin' and Breakin' Records
Keenan Allen's per-game averages of 7.64 receptions and 109.09 receiving yards per contest have him on pace to finish a 13-game season that would include a bowl game with 99 receptions and 1,418 receiving yards. Cal's current records in those categories were set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). Allen's 11-game totals of 84 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards already both rank second on Cal's all-time single-season lists. Through his first 22 games at Cal, Allen now has career totals of 130 receptions, 1,690 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth all-time at Cal. Allen has already set one record at Cal in 2011 when he caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard at Washington that was the longest pass play in school history.
Sofele Gets to 1,000 Yards, Closing in on Record Book
Isi Sofele gave Cal it's ninth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 years when he reached the mark while rushing for a career high 190 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against Oregon State. He followed up contest with a 92-yard effort on 21 carries at Stanford Sofele and now has 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground over 211 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per rush. Sofele is nine yards away from entering the school's all-time top 10 for single-season rushing yardage and is currently on pace for 1,325 yards rushing over a 13-game schedule which would give him the sixth-best single-season ever at Cal. His 101.91 yard per-game average has him ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally. Sofele has posted at least 74 yards rushing in 10 of his 11 contests in 2011, as he has reached the mark in every game other than USC.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 24-88-2-39 at Colorado 20-84-0-29 Presbyterian 18-110-2-25 at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 receptions, 6 yards Utah 26-84-1-17 ... 1 kick return, 26 yards at UCLA 15-74-1-15 Washington State 23-138-1-22 Oregon State 23-190-1-56 at Stanford 21-92-0-12
Jones Having Another Solid Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another solid season with 49 receptions, 704 receiving yards and three touchdown catches that are all second on the team behind Keenan Allen (tied for secon in touchdown catches). Jones also leads all of Cal's wide receivers and players with one catch or more per game with an average of 14.4 yards per catch.
Jones needs only two more receptions and 62 additional receiving yards to move past the career high totals of 50 receptions and 765 yards he established in 2010. He has projected 13-game totals of 58 catches and 832 receiving yards.
Jones is ninth in the Pac-12 and 77th nationally with his 64.00 receiving yards per game average, while his 4.45 receptions per contest are tied for 13th in the conference and tied for 92nd nationally.
Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (143), receiving yards (2,128) and receiving touchdowns (13). The receptions and receiving yards are eighth on the school's all-time list, while the receiving touchdown are 10th. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at Colorado 5-55-0-21 Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards at Washington 6-79-0-16 at Oregon 6-66-0-18 USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards Utah 5-69-0 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at UCLA 1-11-0 ... 3 punt returns, 9 yards Washington State 2-19-0-10 ... 1 rush, 23 yards; 1 punt return, 14 yards Oregon State 3-23-0-9 at Stanford 3-52-0-20
Jones and Allen Catch Streaks
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen both have current streaks in which they have made at least one reception in a game. Jones has a string of 36 straight contests with a catch in every Cal game over the last three years. Allen's run covers each of the 22 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Maynard's First Season as Starting Quarterback
Zach Maynard has completed 193-of-346 passes (55.8%) for 2,565 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 126.95 passer efficiency rating. After suffering arguably his worst start in a 31-14 loss at UCLA (14-30-4-199-0), Maynard has put together three consecutive efficient games since by combining to complete 43-of-75 (57.35) passes he has thrown for 526 yards and four touchdowns with only one interception. Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards and completed at least 15 passes in eight of his first 11 starts, including each of his first seven contests and his most recent game at Stanford when he was 20-of-29 (69.0%) for 280 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception. He has either thrown or run for a touchdown in 10 of 11 contests, with the only exception coming at UCLA, while both throwing and running for a score three times. He has also rushed 71 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns. On three occasions, he has rushed for over 35 yards including a career-high 52 in the season opener vs. Fresno State. He had a career-long 43-yard run against the Bulldogs and a 39-yarder at UCLA.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards, TD Utah 19-29-255-1-44 ... 10 rushes, 36 yards, TD at UCLA 14-30-4-199-0 ... 9 rushes, 39 yards Washington State 10-17-0-118-1 ... 5 rushes, 4 yards Oregon State 13-19-1-128-1 ... 6 rushes, 3 yards, TD at Stanford 20-29-0-280-2 ... 8 rushes, -4 yards
Kendricks Extends Lead Over Holt in Team Tackles Race
Mychal Kendricks (88) has extended his lead over D.J. Holt (79) in the race the two have been engaged in throughout the season for the team's tackle lead after a 13-tackle performance at Stanford (Holt had eight). Cal's top two tacklers also rank among the top per-game tacklers in the Pac-12, with Kendricks second in the conference with his average of 8.0 stops per game and Holt seventh at 7.2. In addition being in a tight race for the team lead in tackles, Kendricks (11.0 TFL, -44 yards) and Holt (9.5 TFL, -39 yards) are first and third on the team in tackles for loss with Trevor Guyton (10.0 TFL, -36 yards) in between. Kendricks' tackles are a career-high, while Holt has a career high tackles for loss.
Kendricks also co-leads the Bears with two interceptions that he has returned for a team-high 62 yards (32 vs. Utah, 30 vs. Oregon), while adding 2.0 sacks (-19 yards), two pass breakups and a fumble recovery, which he picked up at Washington along with a career-high-tying 15 tackles.
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) Presbyterian 3 tackles at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard) Utah 2 tackles, 1 INT (32-yard return) at UCLA 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3 yards) Washington State 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) Oregon State 10 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard), 1 INT (30-yard return) at Stanford 13 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-18 yards), 1.0 SK (-14 yards)
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) at Colorado 9 tackles Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards) USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) Utah 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at UCLA 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-7 yards), 1.0 SK (-6 yards) Washington State 6 tackles, 1.0 SK (-6 yards), 1.0 TFL (-6 yards), 1 QBH Oregon State 10 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-4 yards), 1 PBU at Stanford 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Anger Again Among Nation's Best
Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, is No. 13 nationally with a 44.36 yard per punt average that is also fourth in the Pac-12 and the fifth-best single-season average all-time at Cal. If Anger can keep his 2011 average at or above his 2008 mark of 43.1 he will finish his career with three of the top six seasons ever by a Cal punter. Now in his fourth campaign as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 246 times for 10,701 yards and an average of 43.5 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20 at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20 Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20 at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+ at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+ USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 FC, 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards Utah 5-231-46.2-62 ... 1 50+, 2 I-20 at UCLA 5-248-49.6-64 ... 2 FC, 3 50+, 3 I-20 Washington State 4-165-41.2-60 ... 2 FC, 1 50+, 3 I-20 Oregon State 3-118-39.3-54 ... 2 I-20 Stanford 2-87-43.5-48 ... I-20
Tavecchio Having Memorable Senior Season
Giorgio Tavecchio leads Cal in scoring with a career high 75 points through the team's first 11 games and has made 15-of-18 field goal attempts to rank second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (83.3%) and tied for second in field goals made per game (1.36). He is also sixth in the conference in scoring by kickers (6.8). He also has a 54-yarder at Oregon in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season, while his nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyterian both equal the most by a conference player in 2011.
Tavecchio was also a national semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards to continue Cal's strong tradition with the NFF honors in recent years. In 2008, Alex Mack won the Campbell Trophy (named the Draddy Trophy at the time). Mike Mohamed was one of 16 Campbell Trophy finalists in 2010. Both were recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tavecchio has an interesting Cal football story, having joined the Bears as a walk-on three days before the 2008 season-opener against Michigan State and then handling the team's kickoff duties against the Spartans in his first collegiate contest that day. He has played a primary role in the team's kicking game ever since and been a full-time starter each of the past two campaigns.
On the field, Tavecchio has played in 44 contests at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Golden Bears' active career leader with 235 points. Tavecchio has recently moved past four household Cal football names - Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch, Chuck Muncie and Shane Vereen - into eighth place on the school's all-time record book for scoring. Tavecchio has made 43-of-59 (72.9%) field goal attempts and 106-of-114 (93.0%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 232 times in his career for 13,976 kickoff yards and an average of 60.2 yards per kickoff with 13 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category. Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.
In the classroom, Tavecchio has a 3.711 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Political Economy in May of 2012. He earned Capital One Academic All-District 8 First-Team honors for the first time in his career and is on the Academic All-America ballot in 2011 after previously picking up second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors each of the last two seasons in 2009 and `10.
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0 at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6 USC 1-2-27 0-1 3-199-66.3 Utah 2-3-37 4-4 7-439-62.7-1TB at UCLA 0-1-NA 2-2 3-191-63.7 Washington State 1-1-43 3-4 6-341-56.8 Oregon State 1-1-32 2-3 5-307-61.4 at Stanford 2-2-25 2-2 5-327-65.4
Other Individual Notables
C.J. Anderson has established himself as Cal's primary backup tailback behind Isi Sofele and become a more focal point of the team's offense in the last three games. After rushing for 146 over the first eight contests, Anderson rushed for 147 yards in back-to-back home wins over Washington State and Oregon State. Anderson carried only four times for two yards in his most recent game at Stanford but had three receptions for 71 yards, both career highs. For the season, he is second on the club in both rushing yards (295) and touchdowns (6).
Trevor Guyton continues to lead the team's defense in the trenches, pacing all of Cal's defensive linemen with 39 tackles. He also shares the team lead in sacks (4.5, -23 yards) along with fellow defensive lineman Ernest Owusu and is second in tackles for loss (10.0, -36 yards).
Sean Cattouse has 35 tackles in his last three games and a career high 67 on the season to rank third on the club. He started his current stretch with a then-season high 10 stops at UCLA. He then posted six tackles against both Washington State and Oregon State, before getting another season high with 13 at Stanford.
Steve Williams and Marc Anthony are making a run at the school's all-time single-season list in pass breakups. Williams is tied for seventh with 12, while Anthony has nine and is only two outside of the school's all-time top 10 for a single season. Williams has added a pair of interceptions and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with an average of 1.09 passes defended per game, while Anthony is tied for fifth in the conference (1.00 pdpg).
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 56 plays (39 passing, 17 rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, already easily surpassing the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular-season games all of last year. With an average of 5.1 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first 11 contests of 2011, Cal is only slightly behind the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 37 of the 56 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (16), Marvin Jones (12), C.J. Anderson (4), Anthony Miller (4), Michael Calvin (4), Allan Bridgford (3), Michael Calvin (3) and Will Kapp (1).
Big Plays Are Back on Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first 11 games of 2011, the Bears are third in the Pac-12 and 16th nationally in sacks per game (2.82) with a total of 31.0, including a pair in its most recent contest against a Stanford team that had allowed only seven sacks in its first 10 contests. A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked No. 13 nationally with an average of 2.86 sacks per game. Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 with a total of 87.0 as the Bears lead the Pac-12 and rank seventh nationally (7.91). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out the Sacks
A group of 16 players have contributed to Cal's 31.0 total sacks in 2011. Trevor Guyton and Ernest Owusu co-lead the team with 4.5 sacks and an average of .41 per game that is tied for 11th in the Pac-12. David Wilkerson had added 4.0 sacks in nine games and is 10th among Pac-12 leaders with a per-game average of .44 that is 10th. Others that have recorded sacks in 2011 include Cecil Whiteside (3.0), D.J. Holt (2.0), Mychal Kendricks (2.0), Kendrick Payne (2.0), Chris McCain (1.5), Aaron Tipoti (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Robert Mullins (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Cal Second in Pac-12, Eighth Nationally in Net Punting
Cal's is ranked second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally in net punting, two spots better in the conference and five nationally from the No. 4 and No. 13 spots punter Bryan Anger holds. The Bears have a net yards per punt average of 40.30 and have improved significantly in each of the two seasons under special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, picking up 11 spots from their No. 30 position (37.31 nypg) the year before Genyk's arrival to No. 19 in 2010 (38.51 nypg) and another 11 spots to their current No. 8 position.
Cal Passing Game and Total Offense Improved in 2011
Cal's passing game has been significantly better in 2011, which has led to improved total offense numbers. Below is a look at the numbers for the two categories over the past two seasons.
Offensive Comparison - 2011 vs. 2010
Category 2011 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) 2010 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) Passing Offense 252.82 ypg (No. 7/43) 175.08 ypg (No. 9/94) Total Offense 412.36 ypg (No. 7/41) 334.00 ypg (No. 7/90)
Bears as the Best, against the Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 32 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-19 record in those contests, with the Bears 0-2 in 2011 against nationally ranked teams after losses at Stanford (No. 8 AP, No. 9 BCS/USA Today and Oregon (No. 9 AP/USA Today) on Oct. 6 and Nov. 19 in their only games against ranked teams in 2011. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21). Cal has dropped five consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then again to Oregon and Stanford in 2011.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four.
Home and The Road
Cal posted a 4-1 record in their five 2011 regular-season home contests while playing in the venue of the 2010 World Championship San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Cal is also 1-0 in neutral site games in 2011 (a 36-21 win over Fresno State in the season-opening Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park) but 1-4 in four road games. The Bears will return to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and retrofit, for their 2012 home contests.
Rejuvinated Run Game
Cal rushed for an average of 294.0 yards per game in back-to-back wins over Washington State (296) and Oregon State (292), nearly doubling its average of 148.3 over its first eight games. Isi Sofele (328) and C.J. Anderson (147) led the way in those two contests, both establishing new career highs in each contest and combining for 475 of the 588 yards. The Bears also had nine different players carry the ball, including four that set new career highs for rushing yards in Sofele (138), C.J. Anderson (51), Will Kapp (43) and Mike Manuel (29). Sofele (190) and Anderson (96) set new career highs against Oregon State. Cal was held well below its season average of 159.3 yards per game in its most recent outing against Stanford with only 81 yards rushing. Sofele continued to impress with a 92-yard game but the team's other three rushers in the contest were limited to -11 yards.
Cal Ties for Nation's Lead in 90-Plus Yard Scoring Drives
Cal is tied for the national lead with five scoring drives of more than 90 yards that have all resulted in touchdowns in 2011. The Bears had drives of 92 and 91 yards in the season opener against Fresno State, 91 on its first possession at Washington, and 91 and 96 vs. Oregon State. Cal established season highs season highs in plays (16), yards (96) and time (9:01) on the second drive of 90-plus yards against the Beavers.
Veteran Offensive Line Now at 140 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features a significant amount of starting experience. The Bears have had the same five starters in 10 of their first 11 games in 2011, with the only exception Brian Schwenke being replaced at left guard by Justin Gates in the ninth game of the season against Washington State when Schwenke missed the game due to an illness. The six players that have starting experience for Cal having combined to make 140 collegiate starts - Mitchell Schwartz (49), Justin Cheadle (33), Matt Summers-Gavin (23), Schwenke (22), Dominic Galas (12) and Gates (1).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 60-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 5-0 mark in 2011. Cal has scored 30 or more points in five of its six victories in 2011 over Presbyterian (63), Colorado (36), Fresno State (36), Utah (34) and Washington State (30). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-42, including a 1-5 mark in 2011 with losses to Stanford (28), Washington (23), Oregon (15), at UCLA (14) and vs. USC (9). The Bears did defeat Oregon State, 23-6, despite not scoring 30 or more points.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 44-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 17-28 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 27-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-24 with a deficit. However, the numbers in 2011 have not following the trend as strongly as in previous seasons as the Bears have won three games (Fresno State, at Colorado, Washington State) despite not winning the turnover battle. Cal did win the turnover battle in victories over Presbyterian, Utah and Oregon State. Turnovers did play a critical role in losses against USC and at UCLA, with Cal turning the ball over a season-high-tying five times. Cal also turned the ball over twice in a loss at Stanford, while the Cardinal turned it over only once. Cal has won the turnover battle twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its five losses.
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 65 of its last 67 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). The team's final regular-season game at Arizona State is scheduled to be telecast by ESPN and all bowl contests are also televised. A total of 105 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Winning the Time of Possession Game
Cal is third in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 31:55. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in seven of its first 11 games in 2011, as well as five of its first six wins.
Bryan Anger, Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz will all play in their 50th game at Cal against Arizona State. D.J. Holt has played in 48 career games and will have a chance to hit the mark in the team's 2011 bowl game.
Cal's Arizona Connections
Three Cal players - Marc Anthony (Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS), Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (Tucson, AZ/Hamilton HS) and Matt Rios (Phoenix, AZ/North Canyon HS) - played prep football and list hometowns in the South Bay or the Peninsula near Stanford.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Nov. 14, 2011, including 32 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 24-25.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
The 2011 class included six players selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Back to Berkeley in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Work has been underway since June 2010 to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure. Construction on the $321 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. The framework for the press box was put into place by a giant crane in Oct. 2011 and four tower cranes rise from what was the field as the stadium is beginning to take shape.
The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this season. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. This new company will control and distribute on its platforms and on all devices, the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports, and will hold other media and event rights. This entity will be wholly owned and controlled by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist side-by-side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the first time ever, share equally in the revenue from the new arrangement, and that the equal revenue distribution would start immediately when the deal goes into effect in 2012.
Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance
The Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, which will house football and 12 other sports, opened the Olympic wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 12, 2011, after more than two years of construction. The month of September was used to get the Olympic wing ready for occupancy, such as bringing in furniture, establishing phone service, and setting up computers and other technology requirements. Move-ins are being conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football will move into the building from its temporary headquarters just east of Memorial Stadium in December or January contingent upon its bowl game schedule and full building completion. Final phase construction will continue throughout many portions of the building, much of it in the football offices and the central High Performance Zone, throughout most of the fall.
The SAHPC is a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that embodies the High Performance Initiative (see CalHighPerformance.com), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the SAHPC is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes.