Cal-Utah Postgame Notes
Oct. 27, 2012
With tonight's win, Utah has now defeated Cal in three of the last four meetings. The Bears lead the overall series, 5-4.
With an 11-yard catch in the fourth quarter, junior wide receiver Keenan Allen recorded the 203rd reception of his career, passing Geoff McArthur for Cal's all-time career record. McArthur had 202 catches from 2000-04. Allen ended the night with 5 catches for 61 yards and a career total of 205 receptions.
Keenan Allen also extended his streak to 33 games with a catch - every game of his Cal career - with a nine-yard reception earlier in the third quarter. Heading into today's action, the streak ranked eighth nationally and first in the Pac-12.
Freshman tight end Richard Rodgers had a career-long 51-yard reception late in the first quarter - one yard longer than his previous personal best, which he obtained against UCLA. He had his first career TD catch late in the fourth quarter, a 7-yarder.
Cornerback Steve Williams recorded his team-leading ninth pass break-up of the year on an attempt into the end zone. Williams now has 24 break-ups during his career, which ranks ninth in Cal history.
Tailback Brendan Bigelow had a his third touchdown run of at least 50 yards this season when he went 57 yards for a score at the end of the third quarter. Bigelow also had TD rushes of 81 and 59 yards at Ohio State. The last time a Cal running back had three rushes of 50 or more yards was Jahvid Best in 2009 (61, 73, 93).
Vincenzo D'Amato connected on two field goals against Utah to run his streak to nine consecutive makes. He had a 49-yarder in the first quarter and a 38-yarder early in the second quarter. D'Amato is now 13-for-18 on the year.
Freshman wide receiver Chris Harper matched his career high with seven catches. He also had seven against Southern Utah.
Despite the loss, Cal outgained Utah, 441 yards to 334. The Bears had 288 yards through the air and 153 on the ground.
Reggie Dunn's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown n the first quarter was the first against the Bears since James Rodgers of Oregon State went 86 for a score on Nov. 15, 2008, in Corvallis. Dunn had a second 100-yard TD KO return in the fourth quarter.
Cole Leininger has had a punt of at least 56 yards in three straight games. He had a 59-yarder in the first quarter vs. Utah.
Michael Lowe notched his third career interception in the third quarter. It was Cal's eighth INT and 11th turnover in the last four games.
Maurice Harris had his first career catch in the fourth quarter, good for 24 yards.