Sept. 3, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - Today's game was the third all-time meeting between Cal and Fresno State. The Bears are now 1-2 all-time against the Bulldogs. The previous meetings were in 1995 (25-24, Fresno State) and 2000 (17-3, Fresno State). This was also the first time 10th-year head coach Jeff Tedford, who played quarterback at Fresno State, faced his alma mater as a head coach.
This was the first-ever Cal game played at Candlestick Park, and is believed to be the first-ever collegiate football game played at Candlestick, as well. The Bears will be playing its home games this season at AT&T Park while Memorial Stadium is getting renovated and retrofitted. Cal will return to Memorial Stadium for the 2012 season.
Cal has an all-time record of 73-39-4 in season openers over the first 116 campaigns of Cal football that began in 1982. Cal has won seven of its last eight season openers. The Bears' most recent neutral-site season opener was a 41-13 loss to Florida in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 13, 1980.
The Bears are now 19-11 in regular season neutral-site games since Memorial Stadium was built in 1923, including a 3-5 record in season openers. In the only other regular season neutral site contest during the Tedford era, Cal lost to Kansas State in 2003 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
With today's win, Teford is now just one win away from tying Andy Smith for the school's all-time leader in wins. His current record is 73-42. He tied James Schaeffer for the second most wins.
Cal's 19 first-quarter points were the most by a Cal team in the first quarter since Cal scored 24 points in the first quarter against Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009. It was also the most points in any quarter by Cal since the Bears scored 21 in the fourth quarter of a 52-7 win over Colorado on Sept. 11, 2010.
In his first game as the starting Cal quarterback, Zach Maynard recovered after throwing an interception in his first pass of the game to lead the Bears to touchdown drives on the next three consecutive drives. Maynard, who is the first left-handed starting Cal quarterback since Justin Vedder in 1998, ended his first game at Cal completing 16 of 35 passes for 266 yards two touchdowns and he rushed five times for 53 yards.
In comparing Maynard's first start at Cal with last year's starter Kevin Riley, against Oregon State in 2007, Riley completed 20-of-34 passes for a season-high 294 yards and two TDs with one interception against the highly-rated OSU defense, while also rushing for a score.
TB Isi Sofele scored the second rushing touchdown of his career, and the first for the team this season, on the second drive of the game. In the next Cal series, Sofele rattled of a 39-yard touchdown run, recording the first two Cal scores of the year. The 39-yard scamper was the longest of his career. His first career touchdown came on a 22-yard run against Eastern Washington. Sofele finished with 24 carries for 83 yards.
WR Marvin Jones caught two touchdown passes for the second multi-touchdown game of his career (UCLA, 2009). Jones finished the game with five catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. It was Jones' fifth career 100-yard game
WR Keenan Allen hauled in a career-high tying eight receptions for 112 yards, his second 100-yard game. The last time two Cal receivers had 100 yards receiving was in 2006 when DeSean Jackson and Lavelle Hawkins accomplished the same feat on Sept. 19, 2006.
The Cal defense held Fresno State to only convert two of its 14 third-down attempts.
Cal had 14 players make their Cal debuts on Saturday, including 10 true freshmen - C.J. Anderson, Kameron Jackson, Mustafa Jalil, Kameron Krebs, Zach Maynard, Chris McCain, Stefan McClure, Bryce McGovern, Viliami Moala, Terrance Montgomery, Richard Rodgers, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian and Cecil Whiteside.