Cal-Washington State Game Notes
Sept. 6, 2008
Jahvid Best, who made his first career start, ran for exactly 200 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. On the first play of the game, he broke a career-best 80-yard touchdown run, then later in the game, he topped that with an 86-yard scoring rush. Cal had never had two 80+ yard runs in the same SEASON prior to this year - the Bears now have three (Shane Vereen had an 81-yard run for a TD vs. Michigan State).
Best's 200 rushing yards is the most by a Bear since Justin Forsett had 235 yards vs. New Mexico State in 2005. Best also became the first player since J.J. Arrington in 2004 to open a season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.
Today's contest marked the first time in school history that Cal had two 80+ yard rushes in a single game ... Best's 80-yard TD run marked the first time in program history that Cal had two 80-yard runs in the same season, the 86-yard rush extended that record.
Syd'Quan Thompson recorded two interceptions today (Daymeion Hughes was the last Cal player to record two INTs in a game vs. Arizona State in 2006) - his fourth and fifth career interceptions (three for the season) ... his INT in the first quarter helped set up Cal's second TD of the afternoon ... his second pick (a 90-yard return to the WSU 5-yard line) tied for the fifth-longest return in Cal history and set up another touchdown for the Bears in the second quarter ... Thompson set a school-record with 108 interception return yards (previous record was 100 yards held by four different players)
Zack Follett recorded Cal's first sack of the season in the first quarter - it was career sack No. 14 for the senior linebacker.
Follett returned a blocked field goal attempt (Rulon Davis with the block) 68 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter - it was Cal's first blocked field goal returned for a TD since James Bethea did it against Arizona (60 yards) in 2002 (Lorenzo Alexander blocked the attempt) ... it was Cal's second special teams touchdown of the season (Bryant Nnabuife scored a TD on a blocked punt against Michigan State).
Jeff Tedford improved to 20-5 all-time in the month of September, including 10 straight with today's win.
Cal pulled off back-to-back wins in Pullman (2006 and 2008) for the first time since the Golden Bears reeled off back-to-back wins in Pullman in 1921 and 1923.
This was the most points Cal has scored against Washington State in their all-time series.
Cal's 66 points are the second-most scored in the Jeff Tedford era and the most since the Bears put up 70 against Baylor in 2002. It was also a school record for most points in a conference game.
Shane Vereen scored a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive game after a 39-yard burst in the first quarter.
The 21 points put up by the Bears in the first quarter was the most points for a first quarter since they put up 28 last season against Arizona in Berkeley.
Cal had its fastest two touchdowns and fastest three touchdowns (at the start of the game) of the Jeff Tedford era. The Golden Bears scored two TDs in the first 1:31 and three in the first 6:05. The previous best came in Tedford's coaching debut against Baylor - two scores in the first 2:02 and three in the first 6:41.
The last time Cal scored 42 points in a half was against Arizona State on Sept. 23, 2006 ... Cal also scored 42 points in a half that same season against Portland State on Sept. 16 and against San Jose State on Oct. 1, 1977
Bernard Hicks snared his fourth career interception in the third quarter.
Mychal Kendricks recorded his first career sack in the third quarter.
Tracy Slocum scored his first career rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Brock Mansion took his first career snap under center for the Bears in the fourth quarter ... he completed his first pass to Zack Smith for 10 yards and recorded his first rushing TD.
Brett Johnson recorded his first interception in the fourth quarter.
The last time Cal had four or more INTs in a game was against Washington on Oct. 21, 2006.