Cal vs. Minnesota Game Notes
Sept. 9, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Attendance: 55,035 - Cal has drawn at least 50,000 fans in 12 straight home games.
The Records: With today's 42-17 win over Minnesota, Cal improved to 1-1 on the season and 5-0 in home openers under head coach Jeff Tedford. The Gophers fell to 1-1. The Bears also improved to 4-0 all-time against Big Ten foes under Tedford. The Bears had previously beaten Illinois twice and Michigan State once.
Longshore Leads Bears to First Win of 2006: In his third career game and start for Cal, QB Nate Longshore easily assembled his best game. Longshore was 22-for-31 for 300 yards and four TDs with no interceptions, becoming the first Cal QB to throw for at least 300 yards since Aaron Rodgers accumulated 394 yards vs. Virginia Tech in 2003. Longshore's four TD passes equaled Joe Ayoob's best efforts in wins over Washington and Washington State in 2005. Two seconds into the second quarter, Longshore already was having a career day for yardage on 9-of-13 completions for 134 yards. With 7:11 to play in the first quarter, Longshore connected with WR Robert Jordan for a 24-yard TD to help the Bears tie the game at 7-7. The TD was Longshore's second of his career and his first in 371 days since the win over Sacramento State Sept. 3, 2005. Four of Longshore's five career TD passes are to Jackson, who caught a 31-yard TD pass from Longshore against Sacramento State. With 7:17 remaining until halftime today, Longshore heaved a career-long 48-yard TD pass (also longest career pass overall) to Jackson to give the Bears a 21-14 edge. Longshore also fired two-yard and 11-yard TD passes to Jackson in the second quarter.
Longshore's Career Game-By-Game
Sacramento State - 8-of 11 for 131 yards (1 TD, 1 INT) Tennessee - 11-of-20 for 85 yards (0 TD, 1 INT) Minnesota - 22-of-31 for 300 yards (4 TD, 0 INT)
Two Cal Receivers Hit 100-Yard Mark for First Time Since 2003: For the first time since the Oct. 18, 2003, game at UCLA, Cal had two receivers hit the 100-yard receiving plateau. Lavelle Hawkins finished today with a game-high 125 yards, while DeSean Jackson had 114 yards. In the UCLA game, Geoff McArthur amassed 128 yards receiving and Burt Toler had 104 yards.
Hawkins Has Career Receiving Day: Sophomore WR Lavelle Hawkins had his best receiving game for yardage and catches in a Bear uniform today, hauling in nine receptions for 125 yards. His previous best effort was eight catches for 71 yards and one TD in a 42-38 victory over Washington State Oct. 22, 2005, at Memorial Stadium. All of last season, Hawkins had 171 yards receiving. Today, Hawkins grabbed a career-long 43-yard pass at the end of the first quarter to improve on his previous longest reception of 33 yards at New Mexico State in 2005.
Jackson Posts Fourth 100-Yard Receiving Game: Sophomore WR DeSean Jackson caught a career-best three TDs in today's win. His previous best was two against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl last year. The last Cal player to have three TD catches in a game was Robert Jordan (3) at Washington Sept. 10, 2005. Jackson caught seven passes for 114 yards, for his fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career. Jackson's first TD reception of the day -- a 2-yard catch with 14:58 left in the second quarter --- helped Cal grab its first lead at 14-7. He also caught TD passes for 48 and 11 yards in the second quarter.
Lynch Records 10th 100-Yard Rushing Game: Junior TB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 27 times for 139 yards and two TDs, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time in Cal history with 10 games with at least 100-yards rushing to his credit. Lynch reached the 100-yard plateau when he scored on a five-yard run with 5:31 to go in the third quarter, extending Cal's lead to 35-17. With 2:51 remaining in the contest, Lynch scored on a one-yard rush for his second TD of the game. The TDs were his first two of the season and 19th and 20th rushing TDs of his career.
Hughes Corals Two INTs: CB Daymeion Hughes recorded two interceptions today for the second time in his career. In 2005, he grabbed two against Arizona Oct. 1. Hughes snared his first interception of the season with 6:54 to go in the second quarter. It was Hughes' first INT since the Las Vegas Bowl last season. Cal capitalized on the interception when Nate Longshore threw an 11-yard TD pass to DeSean Jackson to propel the Bears to a 28-14 lead. Hughes' second interception today came with 1:11 to play in the third quarter.
Bears Win Despite Not Scoring First: Minnesota jumped out to a 7-0 lead but Cal rebounded to improve its record to 9-11 all-time under Tedford when not scoring first. Over the last two seasons, Cal is 3-4 when not scoring first.
Bear Bits: Minnesota's Dominic Jones tied the game at 14-14 with 14:41 to play in the first half when he returned a Bears' kickoff 99 yards, marking an opponent's first kickoff return for a TD since 2005 when New Mexico State's Chris Williams scored on a 94-yard kickoff return. It also stands as the longest kickoff return for a TD by an opponent in the Tedford era. Cal recorded two sacks today - Brandon Mebane (one-yard loss) and Mickey Pimentel (4-yard loss). LB Desmond Bishop led Cal with 10 tackles.