Oct. 6, 2011
The white helmets worn by Cal tonight marked the first time in school history that the Golden Bears have sported white helmets. The only other times when Cal did not wear the traditional blue helmets were during the Mike White era in the 1970s and the Roger Theder era in the late 1970s-early 80s when the Bears wore gold helmets with either a white "C" (White era) or the blue Cal script (Theder era) on the side of the helmet.
Tonight's game marked the fourth weeknight game in the Jeff Tedford era at Cal, all on the road. The Bears are now 1-3 on weeknights - at Utah 31, Cal 24 (Sept. 11, 2003), Cal 41, at New Mexico State 13 (Sept. 23, 2005), at Nevada 52, Cal 31 (Sept. 17, 2010) and at Oregon 43, Cal 15 Thursday.
Cal is 9-7 in 16 regular-season games coming off a bye under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Cal had seven offensive plays of at least 20 yards, giving the Bears 34 for the year. They had a total of 39 such plays all of last year. Against Oregon, the plays were: 25-, 27-, 28- and 31-yard receptions by Keenan Allen and 22-, 25- and 34-yard runs from Isi Sofele.
Marvin Jones finished with 6 receptions for 66 yards against Oregon. Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (123), receiving yards (1,865) and receiving touchdowns (13). The receptions are 13 shy of the top 10 at Cal and the receiving yards 182 away from the record book. He also extended his run of 30 consecutive games over every Cal contest the last three years with at least one reception, while Keenan Allen's streak covers each of the 16 games he has played in over the past two seasons.
Keenan Allen scored his fourth touchdown of the season in the second quarter. He has now scored in the last four consecutive games. He finished the night with nine catches for 170 yards, his fourth 100-yard effort in five games this season. Allen has had at least 85 yards receiving in every game in 2011.
Isi Sofele finished the day with 12 rushes for a career-high 119 yards. He now has 499 yards on the year through five games, with four consecutive games of at least 84 yards. He posted 63 yards, including a 34-yard run, in the first quarter, and ended the first half with 93 yards on the ground.
Zach Maynard completed 20-of-41 passes for 218 yards, one touchdown. Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards, as well as completed 15 passes with at least one for a touchdown, in each of his five starts.
Giorgio Tavecchio's 54-yard field goal in the second quarter was just one yard shy of the school record of 55 yards set by Robbie Keen vs. Washington in 1988 and matched by Tom Schneider vs. Stanford in 2006. Tavecchio joins four others who have booted 54-yard field goals - Randy Pratt vs. UCLA in 1983; Mick Luckhurst vs. Oregon State in 1980; Ron Vander Meer vs. Illinois in 1974; and Archie Nisbet vs. Washington State in 1922. Tavecchio's previous best was 53 yards at Washington last year. He is now 8-of-9 on field goals this season.
Ernest Owusu has two tackles for loss for -12 yards, part of his career-high seven tackles, including two for loss, while Josh Hill matched his personal best with eight stops. The interception by D.J. Campbell late in the second half was the first of his career. D.J. Holt also had a season-high 11 tackles.