TB Shane Vereen, making his fifth career start and second this season, had 30 rushing attempts for 159 yards, both career highs. It was his third career 100-yard game and his performance included a season-long 61-yard touchdown run for the game's final score with 1:21 remaining in the contest.
LB Devin Bishop sacked Wildcats QB Nick Foles in the fourth quarter, followed later by a combined sack by DL Cameron Jordan and Tyson Alualu, and a final sack combined by Alualu and LB Jarred Price to record just the second, third and fourth sacks allowed by Arizona in Pac-10 play and fifth, sixth and seventh overall by the Wildcats this season. Cal had been sackless in each of its two previous contests.
Scoring began today with a 46-yard field goal by Cal's Giorgio Tavecchio, the second-longest of his career (51-yard good at ASU), which he duplicated with another 46-yarder to end the first half. Tavecchio was 4 of 5 (46 Good, 22 Good, 46 Good, 47 Missed, 22 Good). The last time Cal made four field goals in a game was on Dec. 2, 2006 when Tom Schneider was 4 of 5 vs. Stanford. Tavecchio's four-field goal day was the first of his career and he is now 8 of 12 on the season. Tavecchio also recorded tackles on each of his final two kickoffs.
WR Marvin Jones caught four of the first six passes completed by QB Kevin Riley and finished the game with 65 receiving yards. His five receptions are a career high and Jones continues to lead the team with 28 receptions and 455 receiving yards.
The Bears had four plays from the line of scrimmage of 20 or more yards, bringing their season total to 59. The plays: Marvin Jones 20-yard reception, Verran Tucker 25-yard reception, Skylar Curran 27-yard reception (TD), Shane Vereen 61-yard rush (TD).
The all-time series between Cal and Arizona now tilts in the Bears favor, 14-13-2. Cal has won five of the last seven overall, including four straight in Memorial Stadium.
Today's game was the Bears' first against a ranked Arizona team since 1998. The Bears and Jeff Tedford are now 12-12 against Top 25 teams since 2002.
Today was the third game of the 2009 season that Cal played as an unranked team, achieving a 3-0 record (winning at UCLA, vs. Washington State and vs. Arizona). The Bears are 4-3 as a ranked team in 2009.
QB Kevin Riley threw a 27-yard TD pass to TE Skylar Curran in the third quarter (longest catch of Curran's career and his second score of the season). Riley, who enetered the game as the Pac-10 co-leader in TD passes, now has 15 on the season. Riley also threw a key downfield block in the first quarter on a broken-play rush by TB Shane Vereen, taking out two defenders to allow Vereen to gain more yardage.
Cal's fourth-quarter drive (13 plays, 72 yards) that ended with Giorgio Tavecchio's 22-yard field goal to put the Golden Bears ahead, 18-16, was the longest of the season (7:35).
The Bears and Wildcats were both unsuccessful in two-point conversion attempts, Cal's first of the season and the Wildcats' second (both unsuccessful).
Entering the game as the Pac-10 tackles leader, LB Mike Mohamed recorded nine tackles and now has 90 (9.0 per game) on the season.
DB Bryant Nnabuife recorded a career-high seven tackles.
DL Cameron Jordan recorded a season-high seven tackles.
DL Tyson Alualu tied a career-high with 2.0 TFL, and forced the fourth fumble of his career and his second of the season to become the first player on the 2009 Bears to record two forced fumbles
DB Brett Johnson tied a career high with two pass breakups.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 66-33 (.667) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only one more victory needed to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into a tie for third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only one game from becoming only the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. Tedford now has a 40-26 (.606) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Today's win, the Bears' seventh of the year, clinched a winning season to tie a school record with eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 (also accomplished 1918-25).
Cal held the ball for 11:30 in the first quarter to mark the second-longest the Bears had possession in a quarter in 2009.
Today's attendance of 53,347 marked the 37th game in a row of over 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium over the past six seasons.
Cal finished its 2009 home schedule with a 4-2 mark at Memorial Stadium, which was the Bears' eighth consecutive winning season at home.
Cal has now won four of its last five games overall.
Cal is now tied for fifth with USC in the updated Pac-10 standings (Oregon 6-1, Stanford 6-2, Oregon State 5-2, Arizona 4-2, Cal 4-3, USC 4-3, Arizona State 2-5, UCLA 2-5, Washington 2-5, Washington State 0-7).
A total of 15 Cal players -- LB Tyson Alualu, DL Kevin Bemoll, LB Devin Bishop, WR Nyan Boateng, DB Jesse Brooks, TE Skylar Curran, DB Marcus Ezeff, FB Brian Holley, DB Brett Johnson, TE Tad Smith, OL Chet Teofilo, OL Mike Tepper, DB Syd'Quan Thompson, WR Verran Tucker and LB Eddie Young -- were honored in a pregame ceremony before suiting for the Golden Bears in a home game at Memorial Stadium for the final time in their collegiate career.