Oct. 16, 2012
TV: Pac-12 Networks | GameTracker | Cal Game Notes
Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:45 p.m. (MT)
Cal (3-5, 2-3) at Utah (2-5, 0-4)
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Ron Pitts (Play-by-Play), Kelly Stouffer (Analyst)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Matt Foley (^Postgame Show)
Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), +KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) ^Primary, *Secondary; +game will be preempted on KLAA 830 AM Saturday, Oct. 27
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast of the Golden Bears' game vs. Stanford can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page at CalBears.com.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Isaac Wolf (Play-by-Play), Jamie Silva (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio:Utah's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Utah game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 92 on Sirius and channel 192 on XM.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 82-53/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 8
Series Record: Cal leads series, 5-3-0
First Meeting: 10/23/20, at Cal 63, Utah 0
Last Meeting:10/22/11, at Cal 34, Utah 10
Tedford vs. Utah 1-2
Current Streak: Cal win 1
Kickoff - Cal at Utah (Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:45 p.m. MT/6:45 p.m. PT)
Cal looks to rebound after last Saturday's loss to Stanford and win its third contest in the past four weeks when the Golden Bears trek to Salt Lake City to face Utah this Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:45 p.m. MT/6:45 p.m. PT. The Utes have lost their last four games and have yet to win a conference game this season.
The Cal defense has allowed only 18.3 points per game over its last three contests after giving up 30.2 in its first five as the Bears have forced 10 of their 17 turnovers over the past three games.
Utah has struggled offensively and is 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (20.1 ppg), while averaging a mere 14.0 points per game in its four Pac-12 contests. Utah also ranks last in the Pac-12 in total offense (303.3 ypg). On the flip side, the Utes rank second in the league in total defense (333.0 ypg), third in pass defense (219.0 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (114.0 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (23.6 ppg).
Saturday's tilt will mark the second meeting between Cal and Utah as Pac-12 foes since the Utes and Colorado joined the league prior to the 2011 campaign. In last season's meeting at AT&T Park, Utah-native Isi Sofele carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in a 34-10 Cal victory. Prior to last season's Cal victory, Utah had won two straight and three of four against the Bears, including a 31-24 victory the last time the teams met in Salt Lake City in a non-conference game on Sept. 11, 2003.
Keenan Allen is second all time at Cal in career receptions with 200 and now only two shy of all-time leader Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04), while his 2,509 career receiving yards rank third in school history, his seven 100-yard games are sixth and his 16 touchdown catches are seventh. Allen has caught at least one pass in every game he's played at Cal (32), which ranks eighth nationally and first in the Pac-12. He is Cal's leading receiver in 2012 with 56 catches for 676 yards and five touchdowns. His 56 receptions are two shy of making him only the second player in Cal history to have two single season on the school's all-time single-season top 10 list, with DeSean Jackson (65, 2007; 59, 2006) the other. Allen's 2011 total of 98 ranks second. On Monday, Allen's 69-yard touchdown catch at Washington State was selected as one of four nominees for the GEICO Play of the Year, making Allen the only player in the nation's to be nominated twice this season with his 39-yard reverse for a touchdown in the season opener against Nevada also nominated. His 29-yard punt return against Stanford was the No. 3 play on ESPN's list of top college football players for October 20 and will be up for the GEICO nomination next week.
Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 and 16th nationally in punt returns with an average of 14.13 yards per return. Keenan Allen is the Bears' punt returner, ranking 16th nationally and third in the conference in punt returns (14.13 ypr), returning 15 punts for 212 yards, including one 69 yards for a touchdown.
Vincenzo D'Amato leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (11-16, .688) and has been good on his last seven field goal attempts, including a personal-best 52-yarder at Washington State. Last week against Stanford, he was good on his only attempt (21 yards).
Keenan Allen Nears School Receptions Record
Keenan Allen is just two receptions shy of Geoff McArthur's school record of 202 catches from 2000-04. Allen now has 200 receptions after collecting four for 43 yards last week against Stanford. The week prior at Washington State, he posted season highs of 11 catches for 166 yards and also had his team-leading fifth receiving touchdown of the campaign - 16th of his career - that came on a season-long 69-yard reception. He is also third in career all-time at Cal in career receiving yards with 2,509 and extended his streak to 32 straight contests with a reception - every game he's played at Cal. That streak currently ranks eighth in the nation and first in the Pac-12.
Allen is the Bears' leading receiver through eight games with 56 receptions, 676 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. His 56 receptions are just two shy of cracking Cal's all-time season-high 10 top list and making him only the second player in Cal history to have two seasons among the school's all-time top-10 in receptions. His 2011 total of 98 is second on that list. Allen ranks tied for 13th nationally and is third in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (7.00); while he is 16th nationally and ranks third in the conference in punt returns (14.13 ypr); 27th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (84.50 rpg); and 60th nationally and eighth in the Pac-12 in all purpose yardage (115.88 ypg). In addition, Allen is 12th in the conference in scoring touchdowns with seven total for an avreage of 5.2 points per game, adding two other scores on a 39-yard run vs. Nevada and a 69-yard punt return against Southern Utah.
2012 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 6-67-0-32 ... 2 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD Southern Utah 5-69-1-29 ... 69-yard punt return TD Ohio State 9-80-0-18 ... 1-1 passing, 8 yards USC 9-93-0-17 ... 2 punt returns, 15 yards Arizona State 4-79-1-44 UCLA 8-79-2-34 ... first career two-receiving TD game Washington State11-166-1-69 ... season-high 69-yard catch Stanford 4-43-0-23 ... 29-yard punt return
Close Battles to the End in Four Losses in 2012
In four of the five games Cal has lost this season, the Golden Bears have been within one score in the fourth quarter. In the season opener, Cal was edged by Nevada, 31-24, but the game was tied until Nevada's game-winning touchdown with 0:36 remaining. The Bears nearly pulled off an upset at then-No. 12 Ohio State, tying the game at 28-28 in the fourth quarter before being beat on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 3:26 to go. A pair of Vincenzo D'Amato field goals in the third quarter brought Cal to within 17-9 of USC the following week before the Trojans put the game away with 10 fourth-quarter points. Against Arizona State, the Bears pulled within three of the Sun Devils on Keenan Allen's touchdown reception at the 9:33 mark in the fourth quarter before eventually falling, 27-17. In Cal's fifth loss against Stanford last Saturday, the Bears' defense shut out Stanford in the second half but its offense also failed to score during a 21-3 loss.
Tough Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal's strength of schedule for its eight games played is currently rated 17th nationally in the Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The team was as high as second through the first six games that included four losses to teams that have combined to post a record of 25-5 (.833) in Ohio State (8-0), USC (6-1), Nevada (6-2), and Arizona State (5-2). The Golden Bears have played four teams ranked in the top 25 this season at the time of their contest in Ohio State (then-No. 12 AP), USC (then-No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), UCLA (then-No. 25 AP) and Stanford (then No. 20 BCS/No. 22 AP/No. 23 USA Today). Cal still has two teams both currently in the top 25 and unbeaten remaining on its schedule in 7-0 Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today/No. 4 BCS) and 6-0 Oregon State (No. 7 BCS/No. 7 AP/No. 9 USA Today). Also, the Bears essentially do not have a bye week during their 12-game regular-season schedule because their bye comes in the week after their regular-season finale at Oregon State on November 17.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Jeff Tedford
Cal averaged 7.9 wins per year in the first 10 seasons (2002-11) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Golden Bears back to a bowl game in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. Tedford's most recent victory at Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012, was his 82nd career win and also his 50th conference triumph. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 82-53 (.607). Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Year Record Final Rankings Bowl 2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected 2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) 2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31) 2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28) 2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10) 2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36) 2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17) 2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27) 2010 5-7 None None 2011 7-6 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10) 2012 3-5 Season in progress Season in progress
Zach Maynard's Second Season as Starting QB
Zach Maynard has completed 145-of-235 passes for 1,751 yards in 2012, with 10 touchdown throws, including at least one in six of eight contests and a current streak of three in a row, and eight interceptions. Maynard has a passer efficiency rating of 131.53, which ranks 59th nationally while his career passer efficiency mark of 128.65 is eighth all-time at Cal. Maynard's top game of the season and arguable the best game of his career came when he completed 25-of-30 passes (career high 83.3%) for a season-high 295 yards, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in a win against UCLA, with the five touchdowns he was responsible for a career best. It was the second time of his career (at Colorado, 2011) and the first time in a non-overtime game that Maynard threw four touchdown passes. Maynard continued his strong play in his following game at Washington State, connecting with Keenan Allen for a 69-yard touchdown while going 14-of-23 for 189 yards. He also rushed 10 times for a career-best 78 yards and his third rushing score of the season as well as the seventh in his career. Maynard is closing in on the school's all-time top-10 in both total offense yards (4871) and passing yards (4741), ranking 147 total offense yards and 441 passing yards shy of current Cal radio analyst Mike Pawlawski in 10th place in each of those categories.
2012 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 17-30-0-245-2-37 Southern Utah 17-23-1-229-1-29 ... 6 rushes, 39 yards Ohio State 26-37-1-280-1-36 ... rushing TD USC 18-33-2-173-0-17 ... career-high 19 rushes Arizona State 9-28-0-126-1-44 UCLA 25-30-1-295-4-50 ... 5 total TDs (1 rushing) Washington State14-23-2-189-1-69 ... career-high 78 rush yds Stanford 19-31-1-214-0-31 ... team-long 11-yard run
Cal's top three rushers - C.J. Anderson (79-503-4TD), Isi Sofele (97-430-2TD) and Brendan Bigelow (25-277-2TD) - have combined for 1,210 yards on the ground through the first eight games of the regular season. Although Cal was held to a season-low three rushing yards in its most recent game against Stanford, Cal's rushing attack still ranks fifth in the Pac-12, with Sofele, Anderson and Bigelow accounting for 151.3 of the team's 171.0 yards per game rushing average. Cal has had nine 1,000-yard rushers in the last 10 campaigns and had its top two rushers combine for 1,500 or more yards in each of the last nine seasons. Anderson has paced the Bears in rushing a team-high four times this season at Washington State with 112 yards on 15 carries and a career-high-tying two touchdowns, against UCLA when he posted career highs of 151 rushing yards and 21 carries in a contest in which he also had a career-long 68-yard run and a receiving touchdown, and with 66 yards vs. Nevada and 32 yards USC. Sofele has led the Bears in rushing three times this season, with a pair of 100-yard rushing games this season (105 vs. Arizona State; 104 vs. Southern Utah) and with 13 against Stanford. Bigelow rushed for a career and team-high 160 yards on only four carries at Ohio State. One of Bigelow's runs was an 81-yard touchdown that was the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best at UCLA in 2009, the longest run by an opponent in the history of Ohio Stadium, and the second-longest run by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Bigelow also had another score of 59 yards against the Buckeyes.
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 14-66-0-13 ... 1 reception, 12 yards Southern Utah 5-46-1-35 Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 receptions, 65 yards USC 5-32-0-13 ... 1 reception, 7 yards Arizona State 8-78-0-44 UCLA 21-151-1-68 ... career high yds. and car. Washington State15-112-2-29 ... career-high-tying rush TD Stanford 7-5-0-4 ... 3 receptions, 24 yards
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 receptions, 33 yards Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 ... 1 reception, 14 yards Ohio State 21-86-0-26 ... 1 reception, 5 yards USC 8-16-0-9 ... 1 reception, 4 yards Arizona State 15-105-1-32 ... 13th career rushing TD UCLA 5-21-0-7 WSU 14-63-0-16 ... 1 kick return, 12 yards Stanford 10-13-04
2012 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 1-3-0-3 ... 2 kick returns, 59 yards Southern Utah 1-12-0-12 ... 1 kick return, 27 yards Ohio State 4-160-2-81 ... 3 kick returns, 74 yards USC 4-31-0-11 ... 3 kick returns, 66 yards Arizona State 0-0-0 UCLA 5-12-0-7 ... 2 receptions, 35 yds, TD Washington State8-59-0-25 ... 1 kick return, 29 yards Stanford 2-0-0-0 ... 2 rec. 40 yds; 4 KR, 96 yds
D'Amato Leads Pac-12 in Field Goal Percentage
Vincenzo D'Amato has made each of the last seven field goals he has attempted and leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (11-16, 68.7%) on the footsteps of 2011 placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who became the first Cal player to ever lead the conference in field goal percentage last season. D'Amato started his current streak at USC when he tied his career best by making the final three of his four field goals attempts, equaling a mark he had previously set two games earlier by hitting all three of his attempts vs. Southern Utah. D'Amato has also been good on his only attempts vs. Arizona State, UCLA, at Washington State and against Stanford. At WSU, he connected on a career-long 52-yarder, which is also the second-longest in the Pac-12 in 2012. In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato is tied for 31st nationally and tied for second in the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.38 fgmpg), and tied for 98th nationally and 12th in the conference in scoring (6.88 ppg). He is also fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring among kickers. D'Amato has a team-high 55 points for the season, adding 22-of-25 extra points to his 11 field goals. For his career, he has 107 points (18-28 FG, 53-56 PAT) to rank second among the club's active career leaders behind Keenan Allen's 114 on 19 touchdowns.
2012 D'Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO ... Other Nevada 1-2-40 ... 3-3 ... 5-310-62.0 Southern Utah 3-3-47 ... 5-6 ... 9-528-58.7 Ohio State 0-3 ... 4-4 ... 5-323-64.6 USC 3-4-35 ... 0-0 ... 4-260-65.0 Arizona State 1-1-35 ... 2-2 ... 4-253-63.2 UCLA 1-1-26 ... 4-6 ... 8-504-63.0 WSU 1-1-52 ... 4-4 ... 6-378-63.0 ... career-long FG Stanford 1-1-21 ... 0-0 ... 2-128-64.0
First-Year Punter Cole Leininger Improving With Punts
True freshman Cole Leininger has posted punting averages of 40.0 yards or better in each of his last seven contests. Against Washington State, he booted a career-long 61-yard punt with an average of 45.5 that was his second highest of the season. He booted punts of 54 and 51 yards vs. Arizona State. At Ohio State, he recorded his best average on the year at 47.0. Against Stanford, he placed three punts inside the 20-yard line for the first time this season. For the season, he is averaging 41.0 yards per punt despite averages of 38.6 and 30.7 over 10 punts in his first two games.
Trio of Bears in Race for Team Tackles Lead
Josh Hill is Cal's leading tackler with 57, but both Nick Forbes (56) and Steve Williams (51) are close behind in second and third. Last Saturday against Stanford, Forbes paced the Bears with a career-high 13 tackles, with Hill was right behind Forbes with 11 tackles and a pass breakup. In the conference rankings, Hill is seventh (7.1 tpg), Forbes eighth (7.0 tpg) and Williams ranks 18th (6.4 tpg).
Stingy Defense Sparked By Turnovers
The Cal defense has given up an average of only 18.8 points per game in its last three contests and can attribute much of that success to the 10 turnovers the Golden Bears have caused in those three contests. Cal forced six turnovers against UCLA for the lowest total in Jeff Tedford and then came back with two more each both at Washington State and against Stanford.
Hill, who has played in 44 career games with 28 starts, has 184 tackles to lead all players on the active roster, while his 57 stops on the season pace the Bears. His three career forced fumbles are also the most among active Cal players and his two fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown are tied for the most. In addition, Hill is third among the team's active players with four career interceptions and with 46 interception return yards, 20 pass breakups and 24 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 38 career games with 29 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (96), while ranking tied for first in interception return touchdowns (1); second in passes defended (26), pass breakups (21) and tackles (126); and third in tackles for loss (12.0, -27 yards). Anthony is tied for first on the club in 2012 with 6.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards).
Williams, who has played in 33 games with 24 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interceptions with six, having snagging one in two consecutive games at Washington State and vs. UCLA. His three interceptions in 2012 are tied for first on the team. He also collected a career-high four pass breakups against the Cougars and is now the Bears' active career leader with 23 (tied for ninth on all-time list) to give him a total of 29 passes defended that also paces the Bears' active players. He is tied for second with two forced fumbles, third in tackles (121) and fourth in interception return yards (45). He currently ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in passes defended (1.38 pdpg) and tied for ninth in interceptions (0.38 ipg).
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 46-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 19-11 when turnovers are equal and 17-33 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 29-7 with a positive margin in turnovers, 11-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-27 with a deficit. A big key to the Bears' win against UCLA was forcing the six turnovers that were the most in the Jeff Tedford era and tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season, including the first three career interceptions by Kameron Jackson, which ties for the most in the Pac-12 this season and are the most by a single player in a game in the Tedford era. Against Washington State and Stanford, the Bears notched two more turnovers in each game. Cal is 52nd in the nation in turnover margin (+.13), with 17 takeaways and 16 lost, while ranking seventh in the Pac-12.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game appearance streak of seven in a row from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories in 2011 with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) mark in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
Notes From Stanford
Nick Forbes collected a career-high 13 tackles ... Chris Harper paced Cal in receiving yards for the second time this season with four catches for 82 yards, including a season-long 29-yarder ... on the opening drive of the game, Robert Mullins forced his second career fumble that was recovered by Deandre Coleman, the second fumble recovery of his career ... Brendan Bigelow had a season-long 40-yard kick return that was also the longest by a Cal player in 2012 among his season highs of four kick returns for 96 yards ... Vincenzo D'Amato made his seventh consecutive field goal attempt.
Averaging Nearly 60,000 Fans Per Home Game
Cal has averaged 58,246 fans per home game in 2012, with a total of 291,232 spectators taking in the first five contests at the renovated Memorial Stadium, including a sellout crowd of 63,186 in the season opener against Nevada. Cal has drawn at least 50,000 fans in all five games, a number that has been reached in 48 of the last 49 contests over the last eight seasons (2004-10, 2012) played at Memorial Stadium. Cal has averaged more than 60,000 fans per game four times since 2004. The team's biggest numbers during the Tedford era came in 2006, when the Bears drew 450,233 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 since head coach Jeff Tedford became the head coach in 2002, while the Bears are 14-23 against ranked teams. In 2009, Cal recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford. The Bears snapped an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams with a win over No. 25 UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012, before falling to No. 22 Stanford in its most recent contest against a ranked team on Oct. 20, 2012. Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 or 2012 campaigns, Cal had been among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 64-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-48.
Unbeaten Under the Lights
Cal will be playing its third night game of the year this Saturday at Utah (7:45 p.m. MT/6:45 p.m. PT) after winning their first two games under the lights in 2012 against UCLA and at Washington State. The Bears will have at least one more night game this season (Nov. 2 vs. Washington, 6 p.m. PT) with times still to be announced for the final two regular-season contests vs. Oregon and at Oregon State.
Cal's current two-deep features 30 of the 56 positions manned by either a freshman (11) or sophomore (19).
Cal's Utah Connections
Two Cal players - Keni Kaufusi and Isi Sofele - both list Salt Lake City as their hometown and prepped at Cottonwood High School in nearby Murray, Utah. In their high school careers, Sofele gained 1,920 yards on the ground and rushed for 30 touchdowns to go along with 16 receptions for 256 receiving yards and four TDs his senior season to lead his squad to a 4A Region 6 title and a 13-1 final record. As a junior he ran for 1,436 yards and 18 scores to help his squad win a share of the 4A Region 6 crown and post a 10-2 overall mark. Kaufusi collected 57 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks for a 10-2 squad as a junior, leading his team to a share of the 4A Region 6 regular-season title.
Offensive graduate assistant Matt Wiegand worked for two seasons on the Utah football staff, spending the 2009 campaign as an administrative assistant on offense before a one-year run in 2010 as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line.
Women's Swimming & Diving Also Competing in Utah
Cal and U.S. Olympic head coach Teri McKeever will lead her two-time defending NCAA champion squad into its dual-meet openers at BYU on Friday and at Utah - before the teams square off in football - on Saturday. The Golden Bears' roster - which includes senior All-American and 2012 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz - takes on BYU at 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT on Friday in Provo, while they battle the Utes at Noon MT/11 a.m. PT on Saturday. The Bears are coming off tuneup meets in Fresno State and Cal Poly; in the latter, freshman and 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Rachel Bootsma dethroned Leverenz as the Queen of the Pool in Cal Poly's annual event.
Along with Leverenz, the defending NCAA champ in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley, and Bootsma - who is already one of the top backstrokers in the nation - the Bears boasts several other talented athletes. They include junior and two-time defending NCAA 100 backstroke champ Cindy Tran; junior and 2012 Olympian Stephanie Au (Hong Kong); sophomore All-Americans Catherine Breed, Kaylin Bing, Melanie Klaren and Caroline Piehl; junior diving All-American Kahley Rowell; and freshman and U.S. swimming star Elizabeth Pelton.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 31 players on NFL rosters as of Oct. 22, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC, while the team's 25 former players on active 53-player rosters (does not included players on injured reserve and physically unable to perform lists) at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season was tied for ninth nationally. Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round.
Academic Success Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the Academic Heisman in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 All-Academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award® and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation in 2012.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. The building was then rededicated during halftime of Cal's game against UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012. Cal boasts an all-time record of 319-216-16 (.593) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park and is 2-3 in its return to Memorial Stadium in 2012. Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford that celbrated its 30th anniversary last week.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis and provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment
Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition. This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment. The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio. Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).