Cal-Oregon Postgame Notes
Oct. 7, 2006
Attendance: 72,516 - sellout
Saturday's 45-24 win over Oregon, marked the first time in school history that Cal has scored over 40 points in five consecutive games.
Cal sold out Saturday's game with 72,516 fans in attendance. This is the fourth Memorial Stadium sell-out for a non-Big Game in the last 50 years. The three other games were, vs. USC in 1977, vs. USC in 1979 and vs. USC in 2005.
BEARS STRIKE EARLY
Junior TE Craig Stevens caught his first TD pass of the season, a 1-yard pass from QB Nate Longshore with 12:33 left in the first quarter. Cal's defense set up the Bears' first score of the day when junior DB Brandon Hampton picked off a Dennis Dixon pass on the Ducks' first play from scrimmage. It was Hampton's second INT of the season. In Cal's opener at Tennessee, Hampton returned a pass 30 yards in the second quarter. Hampton has three career INTs, with his first coming against Oregon last season.
Sophomore WR DeSean Jackson caught his eighth TD in eight games on a 36-yard pass from Longshore with 1:17 to go in the first quarter, putting the Bears up 14-3. With eight TDs in eight straight games, Jackson remains tied with Rice's Jarett Dillard for the nation's lead. The NCAA record is still a long way off as Larry Fitzgerald snared scores in 18 straight games from 2002 to 2003.
CAL `D' SETS UP BEARS TD - AGAIN
The Bears' defense put the Cal offense in good position again when senior DT Abu Ma'afala recovered a fumble that senior DT Brandon Mebane forced on the Ducks' 26-yard line. Three plays later, QB Nate Longshore scored his first rushing TD of his career, keeping the ball on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 9:55 left in the first half, putting the Bears up 21-3. Longshore has passed for 18 TDs in his career.
Sophomore DeSean Jackson returned a punt for a TD for the third time in his career. His 65-yard return Saturday put Cal up 28-3 with 4:40 to go in the first half. It is Jackson's second TD on a punt return in three games. He is now tied on Cal's all-time modern list with Jemeel Powell, who had three TDs from 1999-02. Jackson trails Bobby Sherman, who had four between 1901-02. However, two of Sherman's games were against non-collegiate opponents.
Jackson's career TDs on punt returns
65-Yard vs. Oregon, Oct. 7 2006
80-yards vs. Arizona State, Sept. 23, 2006
49-yard vs. Sacramento State, Sept. 3, 2005
Sophomore LB Zack Follett has consistently proved to be a defensive threat for the Bears. Follet has had at least one sack in the past three games - two vs. Arizona State (Sept. 23), one vs. Oregon State (Sept. 30) and one vs. Oregon (Oct. 7). Follett also had a tackle for a 5-yard loss in the second quarter.
BEARS GET DEFENSIVE
Oregon entered the game ranked fourth nationally in third-down efficiency, having converted 30-of-52 (57.7%). Saturday, however, the Ducks only converted 2 of 10...Senior LB Desmond Bishop picked the right moment to pick up his first career INT. With 14:55 to go in the second quarter, Bishop snagged a ball from Oregon QB Denis Dixon...Senior LB Mickey Pimentel sacked Dixon for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter. He now has 2.5 sacks this season... Sophomore ROV Bernard Hicks snagged his first career INT with 12:40 to go in the fourth quarter. He returned the pick for 15 yards.
Junior Tom Schneider's 44-yard field goal in the third quarter is his season long. His career-long of 49-yards came against Sacramento State last season...Junior WR Robert Jordan caught his second TD of the season, a 2-yard pass from Longshore with 2:18 left in the third quarter, putting Cal ahead 38-10...Junior TB Justin Forsett broke the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, finishing with 163 yards and a TD. In 2005, Forsett had four; 100-yard games...Forsett's 48-yard run in the fourth quarter is his season long.