Sept. 27, 2008
California vs. Colorado State Game Notes
Cal amassed a school-record 187 punt return yards vs. the Rams - previous record was 185 vs. Washington State on Sept. 17, 1966.
Syd'Quan Thompson (131 punt return yards) recorded his first career punt return for a touchdown - 73 yards - in the third quarter ... it was the first punt returned for a touchdown (not off of a blocked punt) since DeSean Jackson ran a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Tennessee last season ... Thompson had 131 total punt return yards in today's game ... he also recorded his second sack of the season (and second in his career) in the second quarter.
Bryant Nnabuife returned a blocked punt 56 yards for a touchdown - the second time he has done so this season (also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Michigan State) in the first quarter ... Cal has returned three blocked kicks on special teams for touchdowns this season (Michigan State, Washington State, Colorado State).
Brett Johnson returned an interception (his second of the season and career) 43 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter ... it was the first interception returned for a touchdown since Mickey Pimentel vs. Arizona State on Sept. 23, 2006.
Jahvid Best had five plays of 10 or more yards vs. the Rams, including a 46-yard kickoff return to start the game ... he rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries today ... he also caught three passes for 27 yards.
Shane Vereen had 75 rushing yards on 12 carries in today's game.
Tracy Slocum had a career-long 21-yard run in the fourth quarter ... he had 35 rushing yards on four carries today.
Darian Hagan recorded his first career interception late in the third quarter.
Cameron Jordan recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter at the Golden Bear 10-yard line to thwart a Colorado State scoring drive.
Nyan Boateng recorded his first career touchdown as a Golden Bear - an 11-yard reception - in the second quarter.
Jeremy Ross caught his first career TD pass in today's game, a 14-yard pass from Nate Longshore ... it was the very first reception of his career and it was also Longshore's first TD pass this season ... Longshore finished the contest 9-for-13 for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Cal's defense recorded four sacks, nine tackles for losses, six pass break-ups and three interceptions vs. the Rams.
Cal continued its impressive record at Memorial Stadium with its 42-7 victory over Colorado State. The Golden Bears have now won 24 of their last 28 home games. Overall, Cal has out-scored opponents 1104-538 in these contests, including 272-152 in the fourth quarter.
The victory for the Golden Bears marked the first win for the Pac-10 over the Mountain West conference this season (the Pac-10 was 0-5 vs. the Mountain West entering today's game) ... Cal's record vs. Colorado State now stands at 2-1.
Today's attendance of 63,970 marked the 26th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last five years. The game was also the 15th game of 60,000+ fans under head coach Jeff Tedford; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.