California Battles BYU For First Time In School History
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/04/1999

Oct. 4, 1999

Game No. 5
California Golden Bears (2-2, 1-1) at
BYU Cougars (3-1, 1-0)
Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, Cougar Stadium
(65,000 - Grass), Provo, UT

5:00 p.m. MDT, 4:00 p.m. PDT

Televised regionally by ABC with Charlie Jones and Nick Lowery

A crowd of 65,000 is expected
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Cal Radio Network
The game will be aired live over KGO Radio (810 AM) San Francisco and the five-station Cal Radio Network. Other stations on the network are: KRCK (1490 AM) in King City, KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka, KANM (970 AM) in Modesto and KYOS (1480 AM) in Stockton. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO is in its 26th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 25th season handling play-by-play duties, and Lee Grosscup, who is in his 11th year in the booth, joins him with color commentary. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Wednesdays at 6:20 p.m.

Cal TV Highlight Show
The weekly one-half hour Cal Football Highlight Show, hosted by Glen Kuiper, will air each Sunday afternoon during the season on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. The program will be shown Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Cal-BYU: The Series
The Bears and the Cougars will match up for the first time in the history of the two schools. The meeting is the first of a two-game contract and will conclude with a BYU visit to Berkeley on Sept. 8, 2001.

True Freshmen Gain Experience on the Field
Cal freshmen are getting more playing time this season as 10 of the Bears 19 true freshman have seen time on the field. The freshman class is led by starting quarterback Kyle Boller and running back Joe Igber, but eight other newcomers have also seen snaps this season. The rest of the list includes safety Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback Atari Callen, running back Joseph Echema, kicker Jeremy Hershey, linebacker Calvin Hosey, defensive end Wayne Hunter, defensive tackle Daniel Nwangwu, and offensive lineman Scott Tercero.

Sanyika Claims Second Spot in Career Tackles For Loss
As linebacker Sekou Sanyika goes through his senior season, he has continued to move up in the record books. Sanyika came into the season fifth in the career tackles for loss with 45.0 and has added six to his total this season. His three tackles for loss against Washington State bring his career total in the category to 51.0 and put him in second place on Cal's all-time list. He needs only three more in the seven remaining regular season games to take over the first place spot, which is now held by Jerrott Willard (1991-94), with 54.0 career tackles for loss.

1999 Cal Schedule, Results & Notes

Sept. 4  Rutgers               21-7           Marcus Fields scores on 49-yard run on game's first play
Sept. 11 at Nebraska           0-45           Cal holds NU to 114 yards rushing, but loses Matt Beck to injury
Sept. 25 Arizona State         24-23          Kyle Boller's first start at QB (17-of-32, 213 yards, 2 TD)
Oct. 2   at Washington State   7-31           Jacob Waasdorp returns fumble 25 yards for TD.
Oct. 9   at BYU                4:00 p.m. PT   Cal coach Tom Holmoe played on 3 WAC champion teams at BYU
Oct. 16  at UCLA               TBA            After Cal won 5 straight from 1990-94, UCLA has won the last 4
Oct. 23  Washington            12:30 p.m.     Bears looking for first win over Huskies since 1976 (16 games)
Oct. 30  USC                   12:30 p.m.     Cal has won last 2 in L.A., USC has won last 3 in Berkeley
Nov. 6   at Oregon State       1:00 p.m.      Bears have won 6 straight games vs. Beavers
Nov. 13  Oregon                12:30 p.m.     Bears face Ducks for first time since 1996
Nov. 20  at Stanford           12:30 p.m.     102nd renewal of Big Game, 10th most-played rivalry in NCAA

Cal Radio on the Internet
All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet. To listen, go to the football page at, click on the icon and hear Joe Starkey and Lee Grosscup call the action.

Cal Radio on 800 Service
All Cal football radio broadcasts during the 1999 season are available nationwide via telephone through the facilities of TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans can access the Cal Radio Network from anywhere in the country at 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5918. The cost is $.50 for the first minute, with decreasing rates for additional minutes.

Pac-10 Teleconferences
The Pac-10 Conference will hold a media-only teleconference every two weeks during the 1999 football season: Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9. The call begins at 9:30 a.m., and Cal head coach Tom Holmoe will be on the line at 10:05. For more information, media should contact the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.

Pac-10 Standings

                  Pac-10    Overall
                  W   L     W   L
Stanford          3   0     3   2
Washington        1   0     2   2
California        1   1     2   2
Arizona State     1   1     2   2
USC               1   1     3   1
Oregon            1   1     3   2
Arizona           1   1     3   2
Washington State  1   2     1   4
Oregon State      0   1     3   1
UCLA              0   2     2   3

Around the Pac-10
Oct. 9
-USC at Arizona, Oregon at UCLA, Washington at Oregon State, SW Louisiana at Washington State, Arizona State at Notre Dame. Stanford is idle.

The Coaches
Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his third year as head coach of the Bears and fourth with the Cal program. He has a career record of 10-16 with the Bears. A 1983 graduate of BYU, Holmoe was the Cougars starting cornerback from 1980-82 and led the WAC in interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. He earned first team WAC honors as a senior and later was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers. Holmoe went on to play seven years with in the NFL, all with San Francisco, and helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls. After retiring from pro football, he entered the coaching ranks, serving as a graduate assistant during the 1990 and '91 seasons under LaVell Edwards at BYU. In 1992, Holmoe was reunited with Bill Walsh after accepting an offer to become the Stanford secondary coach. After two years as a member of the Cardinal staff, he moved back to the pro ranks and his former team, the 49ers, as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for the 1994 and '95 seasons. In 1996, Holmoe joined the Bears staff as the defensive coordinator and on Jan. 18, 1997, he was named head football coach at Cal.

LaVell Edwards (Utah State '52) is in his 28th season as head coach at Brigham Young University and has amassed a 246-92-3 overall record and a 120-34 record at Cougar Stadium. Since he took over the head coaching position, he has led the Cougars to 21 bowl appearances and a 7-13-1 bowl game record in the Fiesta, Cotton, Tangerine, Citrus, Holiday, All-America, Freedom, Aloha, Copper and Liberty bowls. His 1984 squad was the national champion and that year Edwards won national coach of the year honors. He has been the WAC Conference Coach of the Year seven times, won the conference championship 18 times, and his teams have been ranked first nationally in passing for seven of his years at the helm. The 68-year-old Edwards first signed on with the Cougars in 1962 to coach the defensive line and worked his way up to be the defensive coordinator before being named head coach in 1972.

California Road Accommodations
The California travel party will depart from Oakland Airport Friday afternoon and will stay at the Provo Marriott (801-377-4700.) Associate Athletic Director Kevin Reneau and Media Relations Director Herb Benenson will accompany the team.

IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the Washington State game, the play was Jacob Waasdorp's fumble recovery in the 3rd quarter, which he returned 25 yards for Cal's only touchdown.

The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. The winner for the Washington State game is linebacker Sekou Sanyika, who had nine total tackles, three for loss.

            This Week                   Next Opponent
            BYU (3-1)                   UCLA (2-3)
Sept. 9     Washington, 35-28           Sept. 4 Boise State, 38-7
Sept. 16    Colorado State, 34-13       Sept. 11 at Ohio State, 20-42
Sept. 25    Virginia, 40-45             Sept. 18 Fresno State, 35-21
Oct. 1      at Utah State, 34-31        Sept. 25 at Stanford, 32-42
Oct. 9      California                  Oct.  2 at Arizona State, 27-28
Oct. 16     at New Mexico               Oct.  9 Oregon
Oct. 23     at UNLV                     Oct.  16 California
Oct. 30     Air Force                   Oct.  23 at Oregon State
Nov. 6      at San Diego State          Oct.  30 Arizona
Nov. 13     at Wyoming                  Nov.  13 Washington
Nov. 20     Utah                        Nov.  20 at USC

Cal-Brigham Young Media Notes

Homecoming for Tom Holmoe as Cal Travels to BYU for Match-up on ABC
California finishes off it's non-conference schedule with a trip to Provo, Utah, where the Bears will challenge a 3-1 Brigham Young team this Saturday. The Bears and Cougars have never met before in a football game, but Cal head coach Tom Holmoe will find some familiar surroundings as he started three seasons at BYU from 1980-82 under LaVell Edwards. BYU won the WAC title each of those year, and Holmoe earned first team all-conference honors as a senior. In all, Holmoe was part of four Cougar WAC championship teams as an active player. He also started his coaching career at BYU, serving as a graduate assistant on Edwards' staff in 1990 and '91. This week's game is the first in a two-game contract with BYU scheduled to come to Berkeley on Sept. 8, 2001. Holmoe still returns to Provo almost every summer as his wife Lori's family still resides in the city. The Cal head coach also indicates he remains close friends with Edwards, and they talk often on the phone both during the season and in the offseason.

Cal & BYU Linebackers Get Chance to Showcase All-America Bids on TV
One of the major story lines for this week's game will be the play of two of the nation's finest linebackers in Cal's Sekou Sanyika and BYU's Rob Morris. Sanyika was named a first team preseason All-America by several publications, including The Sporting News, Football News and Sport magazine. Morris had even more pre-season honors, listed by many as a favorite for the Butkus Award. Both are the centerpieces of their respective defenses, although Morris is in the classic middle linebacker mode, while Sanyika patrols on the perimeter at an outside linebacker position. This season, Morris has only one tackle for loss among his 16 stops in four games thus far. Sanyika has been solid, if not spectacular, thus far. However, he did turn in a fine performance at Washington State last week. He registered a game-high nine tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage. The 6-4, 240-pound senior is closing in on Cal's career tackle-for-loss record as he now has 51, behind only Jerrott Willard (1991-94), who heads the list with 54. A solid performance by Sanyika and Morris could go a long way toward solidifying post-season All-America status for either player.

If Practice Makes Perfect, Cal Has Chance to Improve Road Performance
If the first month of the season has proved one thing, it is that Cal is not a good road team. Although the Bears are 2-0 in the cozy confines of Memorial Stadium, they are 0-2 in the first two road games and have lost by a cumulative score of 76-7 at Nebraska and Washington State. In both road games, a familiar pattern has emerged. The Bears have had very solid opportunities in the first quarter on offense that have ultimately come up empty. And the Cal defense has dominated action early, only to finally cave in when offensive or special teams mistakes take their toll. The Bears have been outscored 38-0 in the second quarter on the road this season. Cal's road travails shouldn't be a huge surprise in view of the inexperience factor at quarterback , the offensive line and the receiving corps. However, the squad will need to quickly turn things around if it hopes to avoid digging a mid-season hole that will be difficult to climb out of. The Bears won't have any easy marks the next two weeks as Cal next travels to Provo, Utah, where BYU is 19-4 at home over the last four years. Then, the Bears make a trip to UCLA on Oct. 16 where the Bruins have posted a 22-2 home record against Cal since 1951. Cal had a solid year in 1998 on the road, posting victories at Oklahoma, at USC and at Oregon State while ending the year with a 3-2 road mark. The previous season, however, Cal had only a 1-5 record away from home. If Cal can survive the next two weeks, the team will be in great position coming down the stretch as Cal will have three of the next four games at home in Memorial Stadium, followed by the season finale across the Bay at Stanford.

Junior Defensive Tackle Jacob Waasdorp Quietly Dominating Interior Play
There's no shortage of headline-grabbers along Cal's defensive line with Andre Carter being ranked by some preseason publications as the No. 4 defensive end in college football, Jerry DeLoach rated as high as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the country, and Mawuko Tugbenyoh being a big-play artist who has returned three fumbles for touchdowns in his Cal career. However, when one talks to the Cal coaches, the most efficient player on the Cal defensive line this fall is junior tackle Jacob Waasdorp. The 6-2 tackle began the season close to 270 pounds, but has dropped some weight while battling 300-pounders in the pit the first month of the season. He hasn't dropped any effectiveness as he has seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the first four games, including a team-leading four sacks. His play the last two weeks has been particularly noteworthy, because DeLoach has been on the sidelines, which has meant Waasdorp has seen more than his share of double-teams against Arizona State and Washington State. Still, he has been the most dominant defensive lineman on the field during those two games. Against ASU, he had a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack. Last week, he tried to single-handedly win the WSU game. With Cal down 17-0 in the third quarter, he followed up a brilliant tackle for loss on the first play of the second half, with a sack of Cougar quarterback Steve Birnbaum, knocking the ball loose and grabbing it off the ground to run 25 yards for a touchdown to get the Bears back in the game.

Deltha O'Neal Closing in On All-Purpose Rushing Marks at Cal
Spectators are advised not to leave their seats for a hot dog or a drink when Deltha O'Neal is set for a kickoff or punt return. Last week, Washington State did everything they could to avoid kicking to the 5-11, 195-pound senior, but he still managed to pull of a 35-yard punt return. The explosive veteran now has produced a punt return, reception or run for 20 or more yards in 14 of his past 16 games. Thus far this season, he has opened two games with long kickoff return, a 50-yarder vs. Rutgers and a 53-yarder vs. Arizona State. He also has had a 61-yard kickoff return called back because of a holding penalty this season. His 21-yard fourth quarter punt return vs. ASU that set the Cal offense up at the Sun Devil 27-yard-line keyed Cal's winning field goal drive. Earlier this season, he was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after the win over Rutgers, thanks to a pair of interceptions (one of which he returned 75 yards for a TD). A week ago, he was the conference Special Teams Player of the week for his influence on the Arizona State win. He now ranks No. 14 nationally in kickoff returns with a 29.0 average. He is Cal's career leader in both kickoff return yards and punt return yards. During his career, he has 10 different kickoff returns of 40 yards or longer (plus a 39-yarder). He now has 3,870 all-purpose rushing to rank third on Cal's all-time list and could pass Chuck Muncie to move into second place in the next few weeks. Below is a list of O'Neal's long kickoff returns in his career, plus the breakdown of his all-purpose yardage.

Deltha O'Neal's Long Kickoff Returns       Deltha O'Neal on Cal Career All-Purpose Rushing List
12/25/96  vs. Navy           100 yards*    Player (years)               Rush   Rec   Ret   Total
9/20/97   vs. Oklahoma       53 yards      1. Russell White (1990-92)   3367   364   1212  4943
10/4/97   at Louisiana Tech  45 yards      2. Chuck Muncie (1973-75)    3052   1085  57    4194
10/25/97  at UCLA            45 yards      3. Deltha O'Neal (1996 - )   667    335   2868  3870
9/12/98   vs. Nebraska       49 yards
9/26/98   vs. Washington St  49 yards
10/10/98  at USC             57 yards
10/24/98  vs. UCLA           40 yards
9/4/99    vs. Rutgers        50 yards
9/25/99   vs. Arizona St.    53 yards

*Aloha Bowl record

Injured Cal Secondary Faces Ultimate Test in 2nd Ranked BYU Passing Game
When Cal left for its trip to Washington State last week, three players who were expected to play a large role in the team's pass defense in 1999 were in the training quarters instead of on the team plane. The good news is that the injuries to starting cornerback Chidi Iwuoma (ankle) and key reserves Jemeel Powell (ankle) and Harold Pearson (hamstring) appear to be healing, and all three could return this week against BYU. That may not be a lot of motivation for players who ideally would like to break in against a more balanced offense. The Cougars make their living throwing the football and they do it as good as anybody in college football. The current NCAA stats show BYU as the nation's No. 2 passing team, averaging 350.8 yards a game. Quarterback Kevin Feterik ranks second nationally in total offense (347.8 ypg) and is 13th in the nation in passing efficiency with a 148.3 rating. Cal's pass defense gave up 227 passing yards last week against a similar wide-open Washington State offense. Overall, the Bears rank 96th nationally in pass efficiency defense with a 138.2 rating. If Cal is looking to blanket one specific BYU receiver, that doesn't appear to be an option, as the Cougars spread the ball around in the air without a single receiver in the NCAA Top 50.

Cal Coverage Teams Doing a Fine Job Pinning Opponents Deep
Cal's coverage teams on both kickoffs and punts have been doing an excellent job through the first four games. This season, Cal has given up only one punt return longer than 12 yards (a 21-yarder last week at Washington State) and has been just as effective covering kickoffs. The starting positions for opponents after Cal's 12 kickoffs have been the following yard lines: 19, 6, 26, 20, 25, 20, 20, 20, 9, 19, 16 and 35. That's an average starting position at the 19.6-yard line. In contrast, Cal's average starting position after 21 opponent kickoffs is the 26.3 yard line, with six starts at the 35-yard-line or better. As a team, Cal ranks No. 19 in net punting, which is remarkable considering the fact that the Bears have had two punts blocked, dropping the team average considerably.

Cal's Freshman Class Having a Huge Impact on 1999 Season
Cal is relying a good deal on freshman during the 1999 season. That inevitably means some growing pains, but it also bodes very well for the future. Cal has three freshmen in its starting offensive line-up (depending on the health of guard Scott Tercero) and has a total of 12 freshmen listed on it's 44-member two-deep depth chart on both sides of the football. Add in 10 sophomores into that equation and it's easy to see why the Bears will both suffer from youthful mistakes this fall, but also why the team has a major upside as those players show improvement.

Cal's Freshmen Players Making an Impact in 1999

Nnamdi Asomugha - Safety who has seen primarily special teams action thus far is a likely starter in 2000.

Tully Banta-Cain* -- Mainly special teams performer who has fine pass-rushing skills at defensive end.

Atari Callen - Came out of redshirt status to help Cal beat ASU with late interception, starter in nickel alignments.

Kyle Boller - Highly recruited QB led Cal to win over Arizona State in first collegiate start.

Joseph Echema - A tailback with good size at 210 pounds who had four carries at Nebraska.

Jeremy Hershey - Cal's starting placekicker who won the ASU game with 25-yarder late in fourth quarter.

Calvin Hosey - Smart linebacker on several Cal special teams. Playing time at LB figures to increase.

Wayne Hunter - Massive defensive lineman made his debut at Nebraska and is expected to start next fall.

Joe Igber - Increasingly prominent tailback who broke loose for a scintillating 35-yard run on his first college carry.

Mark-Christian Jensen* -- Has handled all Cal kickoff duties this year.

John Klotsche* -- Named Cal's special teams Player of the Game vs. Rutgers.

Matt Nixon* -- Coming off a knee sprain in fall camp, but will see increasing duty at LB in Beck's absence.

Daniel Nwangwu - Solidly in playing rotation at defensive tackle and many consider him a future star.

Jemeel Powell* -- Saw a good amount of action in '99 opener before groin injury sidelined him.

Scott Tercero - A precocious offensive lineman who earned start vs. ASU until groin injury sidelined him last week.

Paul Ugenti* -- Sees action on a few Cal special teams and provides depth at safety.

LaShaun Ward* -- Superb athlete who coupled cornerback action with a 43-yard reception at WSU.

* indicates redshirt-freshman

Cal Offense is a Case of Missed Opportunities thus Far
The California offense has been struggling to find any sense of confidence after the first four games, averaging only 211.8 yards a game (110th in the NCAA). Moreover, Cal has managed only seven touchdowns all season and two of those have been supplied by the Cal defense. Some of that struggle had been anticipated with a pervasive lack of experience on the offensive side of the football. However, the real sense of frustration has been Cal's inability to finish off promising offensive drives. Cal has been opponent territory 23 times in the first four games, but has come away scoreless on 18 of those occasions (five missed field goals, three fumbles, 10 punts, four TDs and one field goal). Last week was a perfect example of the futility. The Bears started the game with an impressive opening drive, churning out four straight first downs. Facing a third-and-2 at the Washington State 13-yard-line, the Bears called a draw play against a WSU blitz. The road to the endzone was clear, but freshman quarterback Kyle Boller couldn't deliver the handoff to Joe Igber, and the ensuing fumble was recovered by the Cougars. Four other Cal drives deep into opponent territory this season have resulted in field goal attempts that have bounced off one of the uprights. If the Bears can turn those missed opportunities into scores, the team will go a long way toward turning things around in 1999.

Miscellaneous Notes, Three-Dot Data, Et Cetera
BYU quarterback Kevin Feterik took a recruiting trip to Cal before deciding to attend BYU...Cal has been effective offensively on its first drive in all four games as the Bears went 49 yards for a TD vs. Rutgers, drove to the Nebraska 49-yard line in the second game, drove to the Arizona State 20-yard line in game 3 (missed field goal) and drove to the Washington State 13-yard-line last week (fumble)...In data released by the NFL office, Cal had 23 players on opening-day rosters of the various pro teams, that ranks as tied for No. 17 among all colleges, Notre Dame is rated No. 1 with 42 athletes, and other Pac-10 teams ranked high are Washington (33), USC (26), UCLA (25), Arizona (22), Stanford (21) and Oregon (19)...Cal tailback Marcus Fields now has 1,399 career rushing yards, needing just six yards to move past Arleigh Williams (1932-34) into the No. 14 spot on Cal's all-time rushing chart...Cal gained just 58 yards on the ground vs. Washington State, but when the Bears are successful rushing the football, good results usually follow, the Bears are 40-8-1 in games it has rushed for over 150 yards on the ground since the beginning of the 1990 season...Sam Clemons will celebrate his 21st birthday on Sunday (Oct. 10), one day after the Brigham Young game.