September 20, 1998
With a sellout crowd of 74,235, OU claimed its first back-to-back sellouts since the 1988 season. The total is the largest crowd since the Sooners hosted Louisville on September 27 of last year with 74,993 fans in attendance.
True freshman Frank Romero made his first career start opening the game at the right defensive end position. He is the first true freshman to start for the defense this season, with three other true freshman seeing action on the defensive side for OU this season. Romero saw action in the Sooner's two previous games on the year, recording 2 unassisted tackles and assisting in 3 more. On the night, he had 1 unassisted tackle.
Tight end Matt Anderson's 58 yard touchdown reception with 8 minutes left in the first quarter marked the first time that the Sooners have scored first in a game since the Oklahoma State game last season. The pass was also the longest pass completion and touchdown pass thrown by the Sooners this season. Coincidentally, the touchdown reception also marked Anderson's longest of his career and his first touchdown reception on the year.
Fullback Jermaine Fazande saw his first action on the season in tonight's game after returning from a broken jaw suffered in practice before the season began.
Jarrail Jackson had a 54-yard punt return with 8:50 left in the second quarter. The punt return was Jackson's longest of his career and longest since a 51-yard return for a touchdown against Texas in 1996. His longest of the 1997 season also came against the Golden Bears when he recorded a 40-yard return.
In the second quarter, junior fullback Michael Thornton had a 28-yard rush, the longest of his career.
Junior backup placekicker Matt Reeves connected on the first field goal attempt of his career with a 37-yard field goal at the 10:03 mark in the third quarter. Reeves came in to replace starter Jeff Ferguson who had failed on two prior field goal attempts in the game. Reeves also took over the kickoff duties for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Parker Neal assumed all punting duties during the California game. This was Neal's first appearance of his OU career.
An OU defensive who had prior to this game recorded minus yardage 22 times this season, tallied 8 plays for minus yardage in the game.
With 114 rushing yards in the game, De'Mond Parker passed Mike Gaddis on the OU all-time career rushing list and moved into seventh place. His career total currently stands at 2,594.
Going into tonight's game quarterback Brandon Daniels had 8 rushing attempts on the season. He surpassed this season total by attempting 22 rushes tonight.
De'Mond Parker accomplished his 12th 100-yard rushing game of his career and second on the season with 114 yards against California. He rushed for 126 yards against North Texas in the Sooners' season opener. Parker tied Greg Pruitt for fourth place on the OU all-time list for 100-yard games. He now trails only Steve Owens (21), Joe Washington (18) and Billy Sims (17).
A 27-yard field goal by California placekicker Tim Wolleck were the first points allowed by the Sooner defense in the fourth quarter on the season.
With the 12-13 loss to the Golden Bears, OU's record in one-point games fell to 1-1 on the season and 2-1 under Coach John Blake. The loss also left OU's record at 8-4 against non-conference opponents at home over the last five years. OU's record also dropped to 17-12-1 record against the Pac-10.