Jan. 5, 2006
BERKELEY - For the second consecutive season, the California Golden Bears have ended a football season ranked among the nation's top programs.
California checked in at No. 25 in both the final Associated Press and USA Today polls released on Thursday. The Bears were ranked ninth in the final poll AP poll at the conclusion of the 2004 season.
Prior to the 2004 season, California had not appeared in a final Associated Press poll since 1993 when the Bears ended the season at No. 25. Before the past two seasons, Cal had not been ranked in the final poll in consecutive years since the 1950 and 1951 Rose Bowl seasons. Cal was No. 5 in the final AP poll in 1950 and No. 12 in the final 1951 balloting.
The Bears ended 2005 with a two-game winning streak. The Bears downed Stanford in the Big Game, 27-3, and then defeated Brigham Young 35-28, in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. The bowl win marked Cal's second postseason win in three seasons and California's third consecutive bowl appearance.
Cal ended the season with an 8-4 record.