Nov. 13, 1999
BERKELEY - The Records
With Oregon's 24-19 victory today, the Ducks improve to 7-3 (5-2 Pac-10) while the Bears drop to 4-6 (3-4 Pac-10). The Bears now hold a 35-26-2 series lead over the Ducks in the series between the two schools. The win was Oregon's fourth in a row over Cal.
O'Neal Breaks NCAA Single Season Record for Interception Returns for Touchdown
With 4:30 left in the first half, senior cornerback/kick returner Deltha O'Neal broke the Pac-10 and NCAA season records for interception returns for a TD, broke the Pac-10 career record and tied the NCAA career record. He now has four interception returns for a TD this year and five in his career. O'Neal, a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award for best special teams player, picked a Joey Harrington pass off and returned it 100 yards for a TD, cutting the Oregon lead to 24-12. The 100-yard return for TD tied the record for the longest in school history, which two other players previously accomplished (in 1990 and 1940). The interception was O'Neal's 8th of the year, which is a new Cal single-season record. O'Neal's 10 INTs in his career is tied for 6th in Cal history.
Below is a summary of the interception for TD records O'Neal has established or tied with his performance in today's game: Pac-10 Single-Season Record NCAA Single-Season Record 4 by Deltha O'Neal, California, 1999 4 by Deltha O'Neal, California, 1999 3 by Reggie Tongue, Oregon State, 1994 3 by many players, last by Jay Barker, Miami (OH), 1998 3 by Charles Phillips, USC, 1974 NCAA Career Record Pac-10 Career Record 5 by Deltha O'Neal, California, 1996-99 5 by Deltha O'Neal, California, 1996-99 5 by Ken Thomas, San Jose State, 1979-92 4 by Randy Robbins, Arizona, 1980-83 5 by Jackie Walker, Tennessee, 1969-71
O'Neal has now gained (4,788) all-purpose yards in his career, behind only Russell White (1990-92) who had 4943 all-purpose yards in his career at Cal.
Boller Out With Separated Right Shoulder, In Comes Dalton
On Cal's first offensive series of the second half, freshman quarterback Kyle Boller went out for the game with a separated right shoulder. For the third time in his career, senior third-string quarterback Wesley Dalton entered the game for Cal. Dalton completed 5-of-13 passes for 108 yards in today's game and a TD. He had previously seen limited action against Nebraska and USC this season without attempting a pass.
Cal Defense Holds Oregon Under Season Offensive Yards Average
As far as total offensive yards accumulated, the Cal defense was up to the challenge. Unfortunately, Oregon scored its first 17 points by accumulating approximately 85 yards. This was due to 3 interceptions by QB Kyle Boller leading to 17 Duck points. Oregon accumulated a season-low 261 yards, well under its average entering the game of 448.9 (10th in NCAA).
Bears Recover 11th Fumble of the Season
With 4:39 left in the 2nd quarter, safety Paul Ugenti forced a fumble on Cal's two-yard line, which defensive end Jeremiah Parker recovered. That was the first fumble recovery of the season for Parker and the 11th of the season for Cal.
Harris Continues Pursuit of Cal Punting Average Record
Cal punter Nick Harris continued his assault on the Cal season punting average record of 45.3, which was set by Scott Tabor in 1987. Harris had 5 punts for 235 yards today, averaging 47.0 ypp. Harris entered the game ranked fifth in the nation at 45.17 ypp.
Three Dot Data
Cal had only one sack today, below its 5.3 per game entering the game...The Bears have a Pac-10 best 49 sacks this season...LaShaun Ward had an interception that gave the ball to Cal for its final drive...Junior CB Chidi Iwuoma also had an interception for Cal, which had three on the day, while surrendering six critical picks of their own.