2007 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, October 27; 7 p.m. (PT)
#18/20 California (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) vs. Arizona State (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10)
Tempe, Ariz. - Sun Devil Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Net.Broadcast Team: Ted Robinson (PxP), Warren Moon (Analyst), Lindsay Soto (sideline).
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim) - and affiliate stations KMZT Radio (1260 AM Los Angeles), XSURF Radio (540 AM San Diego), KNTK Radio (102.3 Weed), KCBL Radio (1340 AM Fresno), KESP Radio (970 AM Modesto), KVBL Radio (1400 AM Visalia) and KNRO Radio (1670 AM Redding).
Before And After: Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show that leads to the kickoff. The postgame includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" live program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Eddy Kleinhans.
XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can also track the Bears through XM Satellite Radio, a corporate partner of the Pacific-10 Conference. Football action can be heard on XM channels 193, 194 and 195.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
2006 Record: 10-3
2006 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-2/T1st
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/1983
Record at Cal/Year: 48-22/6th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: John Sudsbury
Office Phone: 510-643-4723
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 26
Series Record: Tied, 13-13
First Meeting: 9/25/76, Cal, 31-22
Last Meeting: 9/23/06, Cal, 49-21
Current Streak: Cal win 4
Tedford vs. Arizona State: 4-0
After stumbling for the second week in a row in conference play at UCLA, the 18th-ranked California Golden Bears have a chance to gain some important ground in the Pac-10 standings if it can win on the road at Arizona State on Saturday. The Bears have had recent success against the Sun Devils, winning their last four meetings, including two at Sun Devil Stadium.
Following its 30-21 loss at UCLA, Cal fell eight spots to No. 18 in the AP poll and 11 spots to No. 20 in the Coaches poll. The second BCS poll has Cal ranked No. 21. California has now been ranked in the AP poll for 26 straight weeks and 52 of the last 56 weeks of rankings.
DJ on FSN?
DeSean Jackson has been very effective on ABC-televised games this year - in three games, the junior has 24 catches for 342 yards and four touchdowns, as well as a 77-yard punt return touchdown against Tennessee. This Saturday marks his first Fox-televised game of the year. In three FSN games in 2006, the speedster had 14 catches for 234 yards, as well as an 80-yard punt return TD against Arizona State.
Senior wide receiver Robert Jordan, who caught a pass in the first quarter of the Oregon State game, tied a school-record 36 straight games with at least one catch. Despite being inactive for the UCLA game, Jordan can still claim sole possession of the record with another catch at Arizona State this weekend.
Mack a Lombardi Award Semifinalist
Alex Mack was selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 38th Rotary Lombardi Award presented by Wachovia as selected by the Rotary Club of Houston. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. Mack was one of 43 candidates on the award's preseason watch list; he was also named to preseason Watch Lists for the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center) and the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman). He has lived up to his preseason billing as well, anchoring the Golden Bear offensive line which has opened holes for five 100-yard rushing games by tailback Justin Forsett while allowing just eight sacks this season. Mack has been selected as the top center in the nation at the midpoint of the season by Phil Steele's Magazine as well as a Midseason First-Team All-American by SI.com. The Sporting News rates him as the No. 3 center in the nation and ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., ranks him as the top junior center in the country. The semifinalists were selected by a panel of more than 500 members, including all past finalists, all Division I head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Bears-Sun Devils: Cal Generates 49 Points in Berkeley Last Season
DeSean Jackson caught one of Nate Longshore's four touchdown passes and returned a punt 80 yards for a score against the 22nd-ranked Sun Devils in Berkeley last season. Marshawn Lynch, Lavelle Hawkins and Justin Forsett also caught TD passes for the Bears, who scored four touchdowns in a 7 1/2-minute span of the first half. Longshore passed for 270 yards and Lynch ran for 124 in Cal's third straight victory in the early season. Daymeion Hughes and Mickey Pimentel returned two of Cal's four interceptions for scores. Ryan Torain's career-high 191 yards rushing and two scores weren't enough for the Sun Devils.
Cal-Arizona State and Other Musings
Cal is 13-13 all-time vs. the Sun Devils dating back to the 1976 season ... the Golden Bears have won the last four meetings ... ASU's No. 4 BCS ranking (released Oct. 21) is its highest in school history ... Cal offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik has some history with ASU head coach Dennis Erickson ... Michalczik was on Erickson's 1992 Miami staff that won the Sugar Bowl, and was also on Erickson's Oregon State staff that won a share of the Pac-10 title and the Fiesta Bowl in 2000.
Last Five Games vs. Arizona State (4-1)
2006: (21) Cal 49, (22) ASU 21 -- Nate Longshore tosses four touchdown passes; DeSean Jackson returns an 80-yard punt for a touchdown; Cal cruises to a Pac-10 victory.
2004: (7) Cal 27, (20) ASU 0 -- J.J. Arrington runs for 188 yards and a score; California forces five turnovers en route to a 27-0 victory. Cal posts consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1968.
2003: Cal 51, ASU 23 -- Aaron Rodgers throws for 307 yards and three touchdowns, and Adimchinobe Echemandu becomes the 10th California runner to have a 1,000-yard season in the Golden Bears' 51-23 victory over Arizona State in Tempe.
2002: Cal 55, (25) ASU 38 -- Kyle Boller matches a career high with five touchdown passes to lead California past No. 25 Arizona State 55-38 -- the Bears beat a Top 25 team on the road for the third time that season - a first in the school's history.
2000: ASU 30, Cal 10 -- Arizona State scores 24 straight points, after leading 6-3 after the first quarter to take a 30-3 lead over the Bears.
DeSean Jackson finished the game with nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns ... he went over 2,000 yards receiving for his career after catching three balls for 24 yards in the first quarter ... Jackson has now caught a pass in 22 consecutive games ... Jackson, who now ranks seventh all-time in receptions at Cal, also moved into Cal's top 10 career receiving yards chart ... Jackson had over 100 yards receiving for the second time this season ... Julian Arthur and John Allen made their first career starts ... Nate Longshore was a perfect 7-of-7 in Cal's second offensive series which resulted in a Golden Bear touchdown ... Longshore's three touchdown passes were the most he's thrown in a game since Cal defeated UCLA last season in Berkeley ... After Worrell Williams' forced fumble in the second quarter, Cal's defense has forced and recovered a fumble in all seven games this season ... UCLA's Kahlil Bell had the most yards rushing of any player this season vs. the Bears defense ... Tyson Alualu recorded his second fumble recovery of the season in the third quarter ... LaReylle Cunningham hauled in his second reception of the season in the third quarter ... Jahvid Best had a career-long 54-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
In its losses the last two weeks, Cal has not just been victimized by turnovers - or more to the point, lack of opponent turnovers (three total in the two games), but also poor field position. Of the 11 opponent scoring drives in the last two outings, five have been 42 yards or shorter. UCLA had a 42-yard scoring drive this past Saturday and Oregon State had two 23-yard scoring drives and a 13- and 16-yard drive two weeks ago.
The 1 To Watch
Despite a hard fought loss to UCLA, DeSean Jackson had another outstanding performance in the national spotlight. Jackson hauled in nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Bruins. In the three games that ABC has televised this season (Tennessee, Oregon, UCLA), Jackson has recorded 342 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Jackson continued to climb the Cal record books as well after his performance against UCLA. The junior moved to third in 100-yard receiving games (9), fourth in receiving touchdowns (20), seventh in career receptions (138) and eighth in receiving yards (2114). In Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, Jackson snared a career-high 11 catches for a career-high 161 yards and two touchdowns in Autzen Stadium. Nine of his 11 catches went for first downs. In his opening-day performance against Tennessee (on ABC), Jackson took his first punt return 77 yards for a touchdown to give Cal a 21-14 lead in the second quarter. It was his sixth career punt return for a touchdown, both school and conference records.
The DeSean Effect
DeSean Jackson has returned six punts for touchdown in his California football career. Understandably, teams have opted to avoid the dangerous return man by punting away (pitching away?) from Jackson. However, in four of the last five games, Cal has benefited from the "intentional walks."
Dec. 28, 2006 Holiday Bowl vs. Texas A&M
Third quarter, Cal leads 14-10 with 12 minutes to go. Texas A&M punter Justin Brantley punts towards the left sideline, but mis-hits and Cal takes over possession at the A&M 41-yard line after the 0-yard punt. Four plays later, including a 28-yard Jackson reception, Cal hits the end zone and takes a 21-10 lead on route to the 45-10 victory.
Sept. 1, 2007 Season Opener vs. Tennessee
Second quarter, Cal leads 28-21 with 1:30 to go. Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt avoids Jackson, punting the ball out-of-bounds at the Cal 31 - just a 13-yard punt for the All-American candidate. Fifty-two seconds later, Cal settles for a 27-yard field goal to go up 31-21 on route to the 45-31 triumph.
Sept. 8, 2007 Road Opener vs. Colorado State
Second quarter, score tied at seven. After a four yard rush and a pair of sacks, CSU punter Jimmie Kaylor trots onto the field. From his own 22, Kaylor punts the ball out-of-bounds, 25 yards downfield, giving Cal the ball at the CSU 47. Five plays later, Justin Forsett plunges in from the one to give the Bears a 14-7 advantage on route to the 34-28 victory.
Sept. 22, 2007 Pac-10 Opener vs. Arizona
On the Wildcats' first punt of the game, Keenyn Crier tires to angle his punt to the sideline, but kicks it out of bounds for a 18-yard effort. Cal takes over at the 50-yard line and scores four plays later for a 7-0 advantage on route to the 45-27 victory.
Sept. 29, 2007 On the Road at No. 11 Oregon
With the score tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Oregon's Josh Syria miss-hits a 28-yard punt that is fair-caught by Jackson at the 50-yard line. Five plays later, Jackson takes a short Longshore pass and dashes past two Duck defenders for the go-ahead touchdown.
Oct. 13, 2007 at Home vs. Oregon State
With Cal down 20-14 in the third quarter, OSU is forced to punt out of its endzone. Alexis Serna only musters a 23-yard punt that sails out of bounds. Cal takes advantage of the excellent field position and promptly scores a touchdown in five plays to go ahead 21-20.
Other Notes on DeSean ...
>> Needs one touchdown catch to tie Steve Sweeney (1970-72) for third on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list (21)
>> Ranks No. 8 in career receiving yards and with 93 more yards will move into fifth all-time
>> Ranks first in school history in career punt return average, touchdowns (6) and single-season average (18.12)
>> Owns three of the 11 longest punt returns for touchdowns in school history (95 at Arizona, 80 vs. Arizona State, 77 vs. Tennessee)
After missing the Oregon State game due to injury, Nate Longshore returned to the starting lineup against UCLA and completed 22 passes for 232 yards and a season-best three touchdowns. Longshore has completed 64 percent of his passes in `07 for 1,369 yards. Longshore produced a career day in Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, completing a career-high 28 passes on a career-high 43 attempts (no interceptions) for a season-high 285 yards and two touchdowns. The junior signal caller surpassed 4,000 career passing yards in Cal's win over Arizona, and has now completed passes to 12 different targets this season. Longshore (4,521 career passing yards) has also thrown for over 200 yards in 10 of his last 12 contests. He has been sacked just five times in his last eight games. As a sophomore last season, he directed the California offense to a Pac-10 best 32.8 points per game and became just the second Golden Bear to pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season (3,021). The 6-5, 233-pounder was extra deadly with the long ball, completing 51 passes of 20 yards or more, including 19 to DeSean Jackson.
Riley Fills In For Longshore
Redshirt freshman Kevin Riley earned his first career start against Oregon State on Oct. 13, filling in for injured starter Nate Longshore. Riley performed admirably against a stout OSU defense, which boasted the nation's top rush defense. Riley completed 20 passes for 294 yards -- the most by passing yards by Cal since Longshore threw for 341 at Oregon State on Sept. 30, 2006. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a score. With the Bears pinned deep on their own six-yard line with 1:27 left in the game, Riley drove Cal down the field 84 yards, completing a 4th-and-17 to Lavelle Hawkins and a 37-yard pass to Robert Jordan along the way. Unfortunatley, after reaching the OSU 10 with seconds remaining, the Bears were out of timeouts and the clock expired before Cal could muster one more play.
As much as he tries, it's hard for Lavelle "Hawk" Hawkins to stay out of the spotlight this season. The senior wideout, who has paced the Golden Bears in five of the seven games this season, had a career game in Cal's 31-28 loss to Oregon State. Hawkins snared nine catches for a career-best 192 yards and two touchdowns. His 64-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was also a career-long. The 192 yards were sixth-most receiving yards in school history. Hawkins has scored a touchdown (reception or kickoff) in seven of his last 10 games, including a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the Louisiana Tech game, making it the first time since 2002 that a Golden Bear scored a touchdown on a kickoff. Hawkins leads the team with 1,024 all-purpose yards and 559 receiving yards.
Grinding Out The Yards
For the second week in a row Justin Forsett had to face a team (UCLA) that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in rush defense. This week, Forsett faces an Arizona State team that ranks 13th in the country in rush defense. Despite facing some stiff competition, Forsett ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 116 yards per game. Forsett, who has had a rushing touchdown in seven of his last eight games, produced 150 yards (including a season-long 45-yard run on Cal's first offensive play of the game) on 28 carries against an Oregon State defense that ranks first in the conference in rush defense. To put that stat into perspective, Oregon State had not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. It was also Forsett's fifth 100-yard effort (11th of his career). In Cal's 42-12 win over Louisiana Tech, Forsett recorded 152 yards rushing and three touchdowns, marking the first time in his career that he had three rushing scores in a single game. In just his fifth career start (season-opener vs. Tennessee), Forsett generated 156 yards on 26 carries (6.0 average). It was the fourth-highest rushing total for an opening day in program history. Forsett currently ranks eighth all-time with 2,485 career yards rushing. He has a career average of 5.9 yards per carry. Forsett averages 135 yards rushing when he gets the ball 15 or more times.
Big Play RJ
A veteran of 37 games and 32 starts, Robert Jordan has 22 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown this season, including a season-high 68 receiving yards in Cal's 31-28 loss to Oregon State. Jordan tied a school record with his 36th game in a row with a reception against the Beavers as well. Despite missing the UCLA game due to injury, Jordan can still set a school record with 37 straight games with a reception. Jordan passed Sean Dawkins for ninth on Cal's all-time receptions chart (131) after hauling in five vs. OSU. He had 43 receptions (career-high) for 511 yards (career-high) and four scores in 2006.
Felder Leads the LBs ... and Pac-10
The Cal linebacking corps has certainly made an impact this season. In seven games, the LBs have combined for 231 tackles (15.5 for losses), 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. Junior Anthony Felder paces the corps and the Pac-10 with 72 tackles, two sacks and an interception. Felder's fourth quarter interception at Oregon was even nominated as a Pontiac Game Changing Performance. Felder also turned in a career-high 13 tackles and two sacks at Colorado State. Worrell Williams recorded his second forced fumble of the season at UCLA, while Zack Follett notched 10 tackles, a sack and a pass break up at UCLA as well.
Senior punter Andrew Larson set a single-game record for punting average vs. Oregon State. Larson had four punts for 223 yards, an average of 55.8 yards per punt, eclipsing the previous average of 55.6 set by Scott Tabor on Sept. 26, 1987. Larson was another unsung hero in Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon. Of his seven punts, four landed inside the 20-yard line. His sixth punt of the game in the fourth-quarter pinned the Ducks on their own 11-yard line. On Oregon's first play of that drive, quarterback Dennis Dixon threw a pass that was picked off by Cal linebacker, Anthony Felder. That interception led to a Golden Bear touchdown.
Cal failed to reach 30 points for the second straight week in its loss to UCLA. Despite that stat, Cal has scored 30 or more points in six games of its last eight games dating back to last year's Holiday Bowl victory over Texas A&M. Cal's run of six straight games with 30 or more points was a program first. In 2006, the Bears set a record with five straight 40-point games and they also had five straight 30+ games from the bowl in 2004 through the first four games of 2005. Prior to that, the last five-game run of 30-point games came in 1990's Copper Bowl campaign.
In Their 40s
Cal's win over Arizona was 14th game with over 40 points in its last 24 home games. Cal has scored 40 or more points 28 times since 2002, including nine of its last 17 games and three times this season.
Not only has Cal been scoring a lot of points (averaging 35.1 points per game - 26th in the nation), but the Golden Bears have been scoring fast as well. The Bears have registered 16 scoring drives of under two minutes this season, including eight drives that lasted less than one minute. In addition, a punt return TD, a kickoff return TD and two fumbles returned for scores give Cal 19 "quick strike" scores in less than two minutes. Last year, Cal had 28 scores, including 19 scoring drives, that took less than two minutes.
Whose House? Our House!
Despite a loss to Oregon State in Memorial Stadium, Cal has 21 victories in its last 24 home games. Overall, Cal is out-scoring opponents 887-459 (average of 37.0-19.1) over the last 24 home games. In the fourth quarter of the last 24 games, Cal has topped foes, 237-110. The only three losses suffered in Memorial Stadium were to Oregon State (Oct. 15, 2005 and Oct. 13, 2007) and to USC (Nov. 12, 2005), who was ranked No. 1 at the time.
Did you know that Cal hasn't been shutout in a school-record 101 consecutive games since Sept. 11, 1999?
The Bears donned their gold uniforms for the season-opener vs. Tennessee, and improved to 4-0 in games when it wears the alternate jersey (Oregon, UCLA, Texas A&M, Tennessee).
First Half Surge
In their 5-2 start, the Golden Bears have outscored their opposition 142-80 in the first half. Cal tied a school record with 28 first quarter points (tied for third-most ever, tied for second-most ever in a first quarter) vs. Arizona, and has used big plays to boost its scoring in the second quarter. DeSean Jackson's 39-yard touchdown reception at UCLA and his 77-yard punt return against Tennessee both came in the second quarter and Justin Forsett's career-long 39-yard touchdown run was in the second against Louisiana Tech. In the Colorado State game, Jordan Kay booted a career-best 47-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half, which gave Cal a 17-14 lead.
The Golden Bears graduated three starters from its defensive line unit last season and have been plagued with injuries this season. But a group of unheralded players, however, have been given the opportunity to step up. Fifth-year senior John Allen earned his first career start at UCLA and tallied two tackles. Redshirt freshman Derrick Hill, who snagged an interception in the Colorado State game and nearly added another against Louisiana Tech, recorded his first career sack against Arizona. Sophomore Cody Jones has started four games and registered three tackles for losses at Oregon. Sophomore Tyson Alualu recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter at Oregon, and recovered his second fumble of the season at UCLA. Alualu also recovered a fumble for a touchdown versus Arizona, and is tied for a team-best 2.5 sacks this year.
...And Don't Forget the Secondary
Senior Brandon Hampton has two interceptions this season (Louisiana Tech and Arizona) and recorded his first forced fumble against Oregon State. Hampton can now add a fumble recovery to that list after he had one at UCLA. Senior Thomas DeCoud, who leads the Bear secondary with 51 tackles, enjoyed a career day against Arizona when he recorded his first career forced fumble, sack and interception in the first half. Sophomore Marcus Ezeff has been a pleasant surprise this season, as he has racked up 44 tackles, including a career-high 14 vs. Arizona. But the biggest play of his career thus far was his hit on Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin in the final seconds at the one-yard line, jarring the ball loose into the end zone and out of bounds, resulting in a touchback, allowing the Bears to preserve their 31-24 lead. Sophomore Syd'Quan Thompson leads the team with six pass break ups, including three vs. Oregon State. Thompson also has 49 tackles on the season.
Other Defensive Notes ...
>> Cal's defense has forced and recovered a fumble in all seven games this season ... the defense has also scored two touchdowns (both on fumble recoveries) this season.
>> Jahvid Best has recorded 17 plays of 10 yards or more this season (39 touches total in `07)
Is there anything true freshman Javid Best can't do? Best has been utilized plenty in special teams this season and he has produced. Best had a career-long 54-yard kickoff return at UCLA to go along with a tackle on a punt return. He came up with his first career fumble recovery on a kickoff in the fourth quarter at Oregon, which Cal capitalized on the ensuing drive and scored a touchdown. It didn't take long for Best to score his first collegiate touchdown -- a career-long 64-yard run for paydirt at Colorado State -- in his second career game. Best added his first career receiving touchdown to his resume after snaring a 16-yard reception versus Louisiana Tech -- his third career game. He added a one-yard rushing touchdown in the conference-opener vs. Arizona as well. Best gained 103 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut vs. Tennessee, including a long run of 34 yards. For the season, Best has 190 yards on 20 carries (8.6 ypc) and two touchdowns.
The Tedford Era
Jeff Tedford, now in his sixth year at the helm of the Bears, has quickly brought the program into another "Golden" Age. The Bears' current five year record of 48-22 is among the best-ever at Cal.
Era (Years): Record (Pct.) - Highlights
The Wonder Teams (1920-24): 44-0-4 (.958) - Three National Titles
The Thunder Teams (1937-38): 20-1-1 (.932) - One Championship
Pappy's Boys (1947-52): 53-9 (.855) - Three Rose Bowls
The Tedford Era (2002-current): 48-22 (.685) - Four bowls
Early 90s (1990-93): 30-17 (.638) - Three bowls
Mike White Era (1972-77): 35-30 (.538) - Last conf. title (`75)
The California Athletic Department and website partner CSTV (College Sports Television) launched a Heisman Trophy promotional website for junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson entitled the1towatch.com. "The 1 to Watch" features flash animation for the introduction before taking the viewer to the main page. Once on the site, fans can navigate eight tabs to find such information as up-to-date video highlights, a player profile and photo galleries. The four tabs at the top of the page include a "video" link which allows fans to see packaged highlights of Jackson. Fans can get to know Jackson on a personal level with the "1-on-1" tab, which allows the user to know what his life is like on and off the field. Finally, there is the "national attention" link which directs the viewer to see what other coaches, players, football analysts and teammates are saying about Jackson. Additional links provide navigation to CalBears.com, other Cal football all-star candidates, the Cal Bears football page and any breaking news on Jackson.
Another Tailback U?
USC has been widely recognized as tailback u (university) because of the legendary running backs it has produced. But Cal is starting to build that same reputation based on the track record of head coach Jeff Tedford. Under Tedford Cal has produced a 1,000-yard rusher every season since 2002. Here are four more Cal rushing factoids:
>> Cal has rushed for over 200 yards in four out of its last six games (dating back to last year's Holiday Bowl ... this season, the Bears are averaging 198.6 yards per game on the ground
>> J.J. Arrington is the last NCAA Division I running back to rush for 2000 yards in a season
>> The Golden Bears are the only Division I (BCS Conference) to have a 1,000 yard and a 600 yard running back four straight seasons (since 2003)
>> Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Cal had the most rushing yards in the Pac-10 over the past five seasons (11,668) from 2002-06.
As of Oct. 8, a record-tying 11 Cal football games will be aired on television this season. In the first five years of head coach Jeff Tedford's tenure, 47 Cal football games were televised; in the five years prior to that, 30 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time. The Colorado State game marked Cal's first game on CSTV while the Arizona game was Cal's debut on Versus. Versus is a national cable network that is available in 72 million homes. To find out if Versus is available in specific areas, visit www.versus.com and input the zip code for that area. On Comcast in Berkeley, it is Channel 75, while on Direct TV, it is Channel 603.
50,000 Fans Again
The Oregon State attendance of 63,995 marked the 22nd straight home game with over 50,000 fans. That streak includes every home game in the last four years and is even more impressive when compared to the days before the current streak. In the first 13 home games under head coach Jeff Tedford (in 2002 and 2003), Cal attracted over 50,000 fans just twice. The Oregon State game was also the 12th game of 60,000+ fans under Tedford; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.
The Golden Bears established a new record for average attendance in 2006 with an average of 64,318 fans per game. Including three sellouts. California had a total of 450,223 fans at seven home games. The previous record for the Bears was in 2004 when they averaged 64,019.
The Golden Ticket
Cal established a new season ticket sales record for the 2007 football season -- 41,336, eclipsing last seasons sales mark of 40,262. Since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford, California's season ticket count has been on a steady climb. The Bears sold 16,200 season passes in 2002 -- Tedford's first year. His second season resulted in sales of 22,500. In 2004, the number again jumped substantially, up to a then-school-record 34,100. In 2005, the Bears set another mark with 40,134 season tickets sold and again in 2006 (40,262).
2006 marked the first time since the 1975 season that California earned a share of the Pac-10 Conference championship ... Cal secured the co-championship after its 26-17 victory over Stanford (Dec. 2) coupled with a UCLA upset victory over USC in Pasadena also on Dec. 2 ... Both Cal and USC finished 7-2 in league play ... In 1975, Cal tied with UCLA for the league title, but the head-to-head loss to the Bruins denied a Rose Bowl bid. Here's a look at Cal's title teams:
Year: Overall (Conf) - Note
1918: 7-2 (2-0 Pacific Coast) - Beat Oregon and Stanford
1920: 9-0 (3-0 Pacific Coast) - First national championship for Cal
1921: 9-0-1 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Brick Muller is first Cal All-American
1922: 9-0 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Outscores opponents, 146-7
1923: 9-0-1 (5-0 Pacific Coast) - Wonder Team continues to roll
1937: 10-0-1 (6-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Thunder Team beats Alabama in Rose Bowl
1948: 10-1 (6-0 Pacific Coast) - Pappy's Boys return to Rose Bowl
1949: 10-1 (7-0 Pacific Coast) - No. 3 in final AP poll
1950: 9-1-1 (5-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Third straight Rose Bowl appearance
1958: 7-4 (6-1 Pacific Coast) - Last Rose Bowl for California
1975: 8-3 (6-1 Pac-8) - Chuck Muncie leads Bears to title
2006: 10-3 (7-2 Pac-10) - Beat Texas A&M, 45-10, in Holiday Bowl
Cal Corrals Fifth Straight Winning Season
Since posting the worst record at Cal in 104 years (1-10) in 2001, the Golden Bears have rolled to five straight winning seasons since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford. In Tedford's first season (2002), he guided the Bears to a 7-5 mark - the school's first winning record in nine years. The 2004 club climbed as high as No. 4 in the nation and finished 10-2. Last year, Cal won eight games and in 2006, the Bears finished 10-3, marking the first time the Golden Bears have had five straight winning seasons in over 50 years (Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52).
In the six years under Jeff Tedford, the Golden Bears have averaged 34.3 points per game, by far the most in any six-year stretch in school history. In fact, Tedford-coached teams own five of the top six slots in single-season scoring in the modern era of football in Berkeley.
Juniors Alex Mack, Zack Follett, Nate Longshore and DeSean Jackson and seniors Craig Stevens, Justin Forsett, Tom Schneider and Andrew Larson have been prominent in many of the national Watch Lists. Mack is on three Watch Lists including the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman) and the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center). Follett landed a spot on the Bednarik Trophy list (nation's top defensive player), the Butkus Award (best linebacker) and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Jackson has secured spots on the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver), Maxwell and Walter Camp Trophy lists -- both of which honor the nation's best player. Longshore is also on three Watch Lists -- the Manning and Davey O'Brien Awards, which are given to the nation's top quarterback, and the Walter Camp Award Watch List, which honors the nation's best player. Stevens landed a spot on the John Mackey Award Watch List -- given annually to the nation's top tight end. Forsett secured a spot on the Doak Walker Award Watch List which is presented to the nation's top RB. Schneider is on the Lou Groza Watch List (nation's top kicker), while Larson found a spot on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, honoring the nation's top punter.
Cal Picked 2nd in Pac-10 Media Poll
For the fourth consecutive season the University of California football team was picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Media Poll released on July 26. Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC was a unanimous selection to win the conference title as voted by West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. It marks the fifth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. The Trojans captured all 39 first-place votes. The Golden Bears garnered 323 points, while third-place pick, UCLA, collected 305 points, followed by Arizona State (242), Oregon State (237), Oregon (226), Arizona (162), Washington State (115), Washington (98) and Stanford (47).
Pac-10 Media Day Chatter
Jeff Tedford general remarks: "We are very excited about the upcoming season and to report to camp on the fifth of August. The players' commitment has been great through the summer. We have a lot of experience and I feel that the investment has been made to compete for a championship. We have great leadership, DeSean [Jackson] being one of them and a big part of what we do. Having to replace Daymeion Hughes and Marshawn Lynch, both Players of the Year, will be a challenge. We feel Justin Forsett can move right in and take over and we'll have some young guys competing at corner. We had a rough game at Tennessee last year, and we need redemption. It's not about revenge, we just need to focus on ourselves. This Conference is very balanced so we have to bring our "A" game. I have great confidence in our players and our staff to be prepared each and every week."