Oct. 19, 2009
2009 Cal Football
This Week In Cal Football
Weekly Press Conference Quotes (Oct. 20)
Bryan Anger Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 19)
Shane Vereen Named Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week (Oct. 19)
ABC to Televise October 31 Cal-Arizona State Game at 12:30 p.m. (Oct. 19)
Anger, Best and Vereen Honored by College Football Performance Awards (Oct. 18)
Bears Bounce Back, Stomp Bruins 45-26 (Oct. 17)
Kendricks Leads Cal Players Honored by Phil Steele at Midseason (Oct. 16)
2009 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m. (PT)
California (4-2, 1-2 Pac-10) vs. Washington State (1-5, 0-4 Pac-10)
Berkeley, Calif. - Memorial Stadium
Radio: *Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline) *Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott. ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), XSURF 540 AM (San Diego), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Dan Fiedler, Danny Freisinger, Beni Shpringer. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 212 (Sirius) and 195 (XM).
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GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 63-32/8th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 70
Series Record: Cal leads, 40-25-5
First Meeting: 10/25/1919, 14-0 WSU
Last Meeting: 9/6/08, Cal 66-3
Current Streak: Cal win four
Tedford vs. WSU: 4-1
Kickoff - Washington State at California (Saturday, Oct. 24)
California (4-2, 1-2 Pac-10) returns home to play three of its next four games at Memorial Stadium, beginning with a contest against Washington State (1-5, 0-4 Pac-10) Saturday, Oct. 24, that will kick off at 1:30 p.m. The Golden Bears are 9-1 in their last 10 games in Berkeley and have won four in a row over the Cougars.
Cal picked up its first Pac-10 victory of the season after consecutive losses at Oregon and vs. USC with a thrilling 45-26 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl last Saturday. Cal scored 35 first-half points in the contest and never trailed.
Cal's offense, which leads the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 32.8 points per game, returned to form against the Bruins after having scored a combined six points in the previous two games. The Bears offense had lit up the scoreboard during three impressive nonconference victories - starting their season with home wins over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7), Cal's first back-to-back 50-point efforts since 1973. The Bears then took their show on the road with a convincing 35-21 win at Minnesota as Heisman Trophy candidate TB Jahvid Best broke a modern-era single-game school record with five rushing TDs.
Against UCLA, Cal showed off its big-play ability with five scoring plays of at least 40 yards, including Best's career-best 93-yard touchdown run in the second quarter - the third longest in school history. Quarterback Kevin Riley tossed three first-half TD passes and linebacker Mychal Kendricks capped off the afternoon with a 68-yard interception return to the end zone. The Bears' 45 points were their most in a game at UCLA ever, breaking the mark of 40 set in 2005.
Washington State has dropped all four of its conference contests this season, falling to Stanford and Arizona State at home, as well as USC and Oregon on the road. The Cougars' lone victory was a 30-27 overtime decision over SMU in Pullman.
WSU ranks last in the Pac-10 in several categories, including scoring offense (14.8 ppg), scoring defense (35.0 ppg), total offense (266.0 ypg) and total defense (489.7 ypg). However, the Cougars have been successful in drawing opponent penalties (74.8 penalty ypg) and red zone defense (67.9%), ranking first in the conference in both categories.
Cal-Washington State Series Notes
Cal leads the all-time series against Washington State, 40-25-5. The Golden Bears also hold a four-game win streak over the Cougars with the last Washington State victory taking place in Berkeley by a score of 48-38 on Sept. 28, 2002. Cal dominated last year's contest, 66-3, in Pullman on Sept. 6, 2008, the Bears' first Pac-10 game of that campaign. Jahvid Best scored on runs of 80 and 86 yards, becoming the first Bear to have two 80-yard runs in a career, let alone one game. Cal started its current four-game win streak over Washington State with a 42-38 victory at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 22, 2005.
Cal Receives Votes in both AP and USA Today Polls
Cal received votes in both the latest AP and USA Today polls released on Oct. 18. The Bears had dropped out of both polls after a 30-3 loss at home to USC on Oct. 3. Cal was the nation's No. 12 team in both polls in the preseason and had risen six spots to No. 6 in both rankings on Sept. 20 after a 3-0 start before falling to No. 19 USA Today/No. 24 AP on Sept. 27 after a 42-3 loss at Oregon the previous day.
First BCS Standings Released
The first BCS Standings of the 2009 season were released on Oct. 18 with Florida the top team. Cal is not listed among the Top 25.
Simply The Best - Cal's Heisman Trophy Candidate Jahvid Best
TB Jahvid Best remains a viable candidate in the Heisman Trophy race at the midway point of the regular season. After the first six games of 2009, he has totaled 616 rushing yards on 101 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per attempt. After rushing for a school-record five touchdowns and 131 yards on a career-high 26 attempts at Minnesota on Sept. 19, Best had been the favorite on Heisman watches published by CBSSports.com and SI.com, and also ranked second in the ESPN.com Experts' Poll and the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll. But in two straight losses at Oregon (Sept. 26) and vs. USC (Oct. 3), Best was held to a combined 102 yards and no scores, and has since fallen off all the lists. He rebounded at UCLA on Oct. 17 by recording his 12th career 100-yard game and fourth of the season, rushing for 102 yards on 18 carries, including a 93-yard touchdown run that was the longest of his career and the third-longest in school history. Best also added a 51-yard touchdown catch that was the longest reception of his career. He now has 11 touchdowns (9 rushing, 2 receiving) on the season to give him a scoring average of 11.0 points per game that ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for third nationally. He is also third in the Pac-10 in rushing (102.67 ypg, No. 20 NCAA) and is only six rushing touchdowns shy of equaling the school record of 15 rushing TDs that he tied in 2008. In addition, he is among the school's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (26, No. 4T), 100-yard rushing games (12, No. 6), rushing yardage (2,417, No. 9), all-purpose running (3,710, No. 9) and scoring (180, No. 10). Best also has three career 200-yard games (most ever by a Cal player) and has put his big-play capability on full display throughout his career with a total 32 rushes of 20+ yards, to go along with 10 of 60+ yards and four of 80 or more. During seven consecutive 100-yard games that spanned the final four contests of 2008 and the first three of 2009, Best rushed for 1,228 yards and 17 TDs on 126 carries (9.7 yards per rush, 175.4 yards per game).
Jahvid Best Rushing at Cal
Year G Att Yds TD Long Avg Avg/G 2007 10 29 221 2 64 7.6 22.1 2008 12 194 1580 15 86 8.1 131.7 2009 6 101 616 9 93 6.1 102.7 Totals 28 324 2417 26 93 7.5 86.3
Jahvid Best in the Cal Career Record Book
1. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 17
2. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 15
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 15
4. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 15
5. J.J. Arrington (2003-04) - 14
6. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 12
1. Russell White (1990-92) - 3367
2. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 3230
3. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 3220
4. Joe Igber (1999-02) - 3124
5. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 3052
6. Paul Jones (1975, 77-79) - 2930
7. J.J. Arrington (2003-04) - 2625
8. John Olszewski (1950-52) - 2504
9. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 2417
All-Purpose Running Yards
1. Deltha O'Neal (1996-99) - 4998
2. Russell White (1990-92) - 4943
3. Marshawn Lynch (2004-06) - 4574
4. Joe Igber (1999-02) - 3124
5. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 4194
6. Na'il Benjamin (1993-96) - 3836
7. Justin Forsett (2004-07) - 3768
8. Paul Jones (1975, 77-79) - 3726
9. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) 3557
1. Doug Brien (1991-93) - 288
2. Duke Morrison (1920-22) - 277
3. Jim Breech (1974-77) - 260
4. Tom Schneider (2004-06) - 257
5T. Mark Jensen (1999-02) - 244
5T. Robbie Keen (1987-90) - 244
7. Russell White (1990-92) - 242
8. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) - 224
9. Sean Dawkins (1990-92) - 186
10. Jahvid Best (2007-Current) - 180
Scoring Offense Back on Top of Pac-10
Despite scoring only six points in its first two Pac-10 games at Oregon and vs. USC, Cal leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense with an average of 32.8 points per game. In the other four games of the season, Cal is averaging 47.8 points per outing. The team started the campaign with back-to-back 50-point games in victories over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) to mark the first time the Golden Bears had put together consecutive 50-point contests since the 1973 club accomplished the feat with a 51-6 victory over Army on Sept. 29 and a 54-49 win against Washington on Oct. 6. Cal had never before opened a season with back-to-back 50-point games and its combined 91-point margin of victory was also the largest in the first two games in school history. The Bears put up five touchdowns in a 35-21 win at Minnesota and six more in a 45-26 victory at UCLA. Cal has won its last 26 games when the Bears score at least 30 points.
The Cal offense has posted 38 plays from the line of scrimmage of at least 20 yards in the first six games of 2009. The Bears have had 23 different passing plays go at least 20 yards to nine different receivers (TB Jahvid Best, WR Nyan Boateng, FB Brian Holley, WR Marvin Jones, WR Alex Lagemann, TE Anthony Miller, WR Jeremy Ross, WR Verran Tucker, TB Shane Vereen). On the ground, Best has accounted for 10 of the 15 runs for 20 or more yards, while Vereen has two and TB Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, TB Isi Sofele and Ross one each. Cal was reliant on the big play in its most recent game at UCLA as the Bears scored 45 points despite reaching the red zone on only one occasion, with PK Giorgio Tavecchio converting a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter. All six of Cal's touchdowns came on plays of at least 24 yards, with five of the six coming on plays of at least 42 yards, and three of the six on plays of at least 51 yards.
Riley Rebounds Against UCLA
QB Kevin Riley completed 14-of-23 passes for 205 yards with three TDs and no interceptions against UCLA to bounce back from difficult games in each of his previous two contests at Oregon (12-31-0-123, 4 sacks) and vs. USC (15-40-1-199, 3 sacks). Riley had started the season strong with a huge season opener against Maryland, completing 17-of-26 passes for 298 yards and a career-high four TDs - the most by a Pac-10 player this season - to earn Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. Riley's 298 yards in the air against the Terrapins were the second-highest total of his career - after the 423 yards at Maryland in 2008. He followed that by completing 13-of-20 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown against Eastern Washington and then going 16-of-25 for 252 yards at Minnesota. Riley is fifth in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (129.9), sixth in total offense (211.2 ypg) and seventh in passing average per game (204.2 ypg). Overall, he is 87-of-165 (52.7%) for 1,225 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception, which didn't come until the fifth game of the season against USC and broke a string of 118 consecutive passes without an interception dating back to last year. Riley also has completed three passes of at least 50 yards this season (59 to WR Verran Tucker at Minnesota, 51 to TB Jahvid Best at UCLA, 50 to Tucker at Oregon). Among the top60 passers in the country, only two - Florida State's Christian Ponder (0.46%) and Utah State's Diondre Borel (0.53%) - have a lower interception rate this year than Riley's 0.61%.
Vereen Has Big Game at UCLA, Ranks Among Pac-10 Leaders
TB Shane Vereen posted career highs in rushing yards (154) and all-purpose running yards (230 - 154 rush, 20 receive, 46 kick return, 10 punt return) at UCLA. He added punt-return duties to his repertoire after Syd'Quan Thompson was sidelined part of the contest with a hip pointer and returned two for 10 yards. Vereen is fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with an average of 148.3 yards per contest and kick return average (25.3 ypr), as well as 10th in rushing (51.5 ypg) with season totals of 890 all-purpose running yards, 455 kick return yards on 18 returns, and 56 rushes for 309 yards (5.5 ypr) and five rushing touchdowns. Vereen also has one receiving TD in 2009 and is second on the club with 30 points scored.
Mohamed Tied for Pac-10 Tackles Lead, Kendricks Fifth
LBs Michael Mohamed (50, 8.3 per game) and Mychal Kendricks (47, 7.8 per game) rank tied for first and fifth, respectively, in a tight race for the Pac-10 tackles lead. Kendricks had been leading the conference for most of the season, but Mohamed recorded a game-high-tying nine stops at UCLA in his most recent contest to move into a tie for the league lead with Oregon State's Keato Kristick. Mohamed, who tied for second on the squad last year with 87 tackles despite playing mostly as a reserve, finished with a season-best 12 tackles vs. USC and added 10 more in the Maryland opener. He also had a pair of interceptions at Minnesota. Kendricks did not start for the first time this season at UCLA but did come up with a huge interception with 5:05 remaining in the game, returning it 68 yards for his first career touchdown and the first defensive points for Cal in 2009. Kendricks has 113 defensive return yards this season as he also had a 45-yard fumble return against Eastern Washington but was caught on the Eagles' five-yard line.
Alualu Leads Team in Backfield Stops
DL Tyson Alualu, a second-team All-Pac-10 choice in 2008, paces the team and is among the conference leaders in sacks (4.5, No. 6 Pac-10) and tackles for loss (5.5, No. 12-T Pac-10). He is also tied for third overall on the club in tackles with 27 and has nearly twice as many as the nearest defensive lineman on the team (Cameron Jordan, 17). Last year, Alualu's career-high 62 total stops were the most for a Cal defensive lineman since Duane Clemons had 82 in 1995.
Jones Jumps into Team Reception Lead
WR Marvin Jones now leads the team in receptions (15), receiving yards (260) and receiving touchdowns (3). Jones had the biggest game of his career in his most recent contest at UCLA, setting new career highs for both receptions (4) and receiving yards (89), and recording the first multiple-touchdown game of his career with a pair of first-half TD grabs. His first touchdown reception of 43 yards was also the longest of his career.
Offensive Averaging Better than 200 Rushing Yards a Game
Cal is averaging an impressive 200.5 yards per game on the ground and has hit the 200-yard mark three times in the first six contests (vs. Maryland, vs. Eastern Washington, at UCLA) with a season-high of 342 against Eastern Washington. The Bears have not averaged 200.0 or more yards per game since the 2004 and '05 clubs averaged 256.8 and 235.2, respectively, which broke a 28-year drought of hitting the mark.
Defense Stopping Opponents behind Line of Scrimmage
The Cal defense is ranked among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in sacks (3.0 per game, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 10-T NCAA) and tackles for loss (7.0 per game, No. 4 Pac-10, No. 29 NCAA) as the Bears have recorded totals of 18.0 sacks (131 yards) and 42.0 tackles for loss (172 yards) over the team's first six games of 2009. The Bears opened the season with 6.0 sacks vs. Maryland and also have multiple-sack games against Eastern Washington (4.0), Minnesota (3.0) and UCLA (3.0).
Television Streak Snapped
Cal's string of 38 consecutive televised contests will be broken this Saturday when the Bears-Cougars game is not televised. The last time a Cal football game was not telecast live was a contest at Washington State on Oct. 14, 2006. Cal has had every game during a season televised only twice in school history, in 2007 and again in '08. To date, eight of Cal's 12 regular-season games have been picked up for television with future selections expected. The Sept. 5 season opener vs. Maryland was shown on ESPN2. Comcast SportsNet California carried the Sept. 12 contest against Eastern Washington and the Sept. 19 game at Minnesota was aired on ESPN. ABC televised three consecutive Cal contests at Oregon (Sept. 26), vs. USC (Oct. 3) and at UCLA (Oct. 17), and will also televise the Bears' next game at Arizona State (12:30 p.m. PT/MT). Cal's regular-season finale at Washington will air on CSN California (3:30 p.m. PT).
The Tedford Factor
Jeff Tedford has compiled a 63-32 (.663) record as Cal's head coach. Tedford ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list and needs only four more victories to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only five games from becoming the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. He is on track to coach his 100th Cal game in this year's Big Game at Stanford on Nov. 21. Tedford is 6-1 in Big Games and has also led his teams to school records of six straight bowl games and four consecutive post-season victories, as well as seven consecutive winning campaigns. Since his arrival in 2002, Cal has posted an overall record of 5-1 in bowl games after the Bears had previously earned bowl bids just four times since 1979.
Tedford and the Pac-10
Head coach Jeff Tedford has compiled a 37-25 (.597) mark against Pac-10 opponents after taking over a team in 2002 that had not had a winning season in conference play since 1991. Tedford's 2006 club shared the Pac-10 crown with USC and six of his first seven teams have placed at least fourth in the final league standings with the 2004 squad taking second.
Cal's school-record six straight bowl appearances and four consecutive bowl wins are listed below.
2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
2004 - Holiday Bowl (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31)
2005 - Las Vegas Bowl (Cal 35, BYU 28)
2006 - Holiday Bowl (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10)
2007 - Armed Forces Bowl (Cal 42, Air Force 36)
2008 - Emerald Bowl (Cal 24, Miami 17)
Three of Next Four Games at Home
California will play three of its next four games at home (Washington State, Oct. 24; Oregon State, Nov. 7; Arizona, Nov. 14), where the Bears have been both extremely successful and popular over the past six seasons (2004-09). During this time period, Cal has posted an overall record of 29-5 (.853) in Berkeley and has actually put up a 31-5 mark (.861) dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. Cal has also been unbeaten at home three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford and had won nine in a row at home before falling to USC on Oct. 3 - one short of equaling the longest home winning streak since Tedford's arrival in 2002. The Golden Bears' popularity is shown by a current streak of 34 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium over the last six seasons. Cal is on pace to draw 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years this season with an average crowd of 64,083 in its first three home contests of 2009, including a sellout of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3. In terms of total numbers, Cal attracted its second-highest total ever in 2008 with 431,437 fans attending seven home dates. Only the 2006 season, which drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest, has had a larger final total home attendance count.
Improving on the Road
Cal is 2-1 on the road this year with victories at Minnesota (Sept. 19) and UCLA (Oct. 17) sandwiched around a loss at Oregon (Sept. 26). Cal hasn't had a winning road record since 2005 when the Bears were 3-2. Last year, the club was 1-4 on the road.
Three Sellouts This Season
Cal played three consecutive games in front of sold-out crowds at Minnesota (50,805), at Oregon (58,975) and vs. USC (71,799) from Sept. 19 -Oct. 3. Overall, Cal has drawn 369,346 fans to its first six games this season as the Bears are averaging 61,588 spectators per contest (64,083 for three home dates; 59,032 for three road contests).
Looking to Equal Consecutive Winning Seasons Streak
Cal needs three more victories to run its string of consecutive winning seasons to eight and equal the school record of eight straight winning campaigns from 1918-25. The Bears did record 10 straight winning seasons from 1907-16 but those were split between rugby (8, 1907-14) and football (2, 1915-16).
Being the Best, Beating the Best
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a Top 10 team and 35-17 when the club is ranked in the Top 25 since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 23 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a respectable 11-12 record in those contests. The Bears do not have any games remaining on their 2009 schedule against teams currently ranked in either the AP Top 25 rankings or the USA Today poll.
Winning Turnover Battle Crucial to Success
Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since Jeff Tedford's arrival on campus in 2002. The Bears are 37-4 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 13-20 when opponents win the battle (13-8 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 22-2 with a positive margin in turnovers and 7-18 with a deficit, while posting an 8-5 mark when the turnover table is tied. Cal is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally in turnover margin with a +1.33 average (+7 overall) as the Bears have forced 13 turnovers (8 fumbles, 5 interceptions) in their first six games and committed only five (4 fumbles, 1 interception). Cal is 4-1 when winning the turnover battle this year.
Cal has outscored its opponents 52-10 in the fourth quarter this season and had not allowed a touchdown in the final stanza until giving one up to USC.
Cal In The Fourth Quarter
Sept. 5 - Maryland (Cal 7-0)
Sept. 12 - Eastern Washington (Cal 21-0)
Sept. 19 - at Minnesota (Cal 14-0)
Sept. 26 - at Oregon (Oregon 3-0)
Oct. 3 - USC (USC 7-3)
Oct. 17 - at UCLA (Cal 7-0)
Fewest Flags Flying
Cal continues to lead the Pac-10 in fewest yards penalized per game (43.2) with the team's 27 penalties also the lowest in the conference. The Bears were flagged a season-high seven times for a season-high 79 yards in their most recent game at UCLA.
Two Games to Forget About
Cal was outscored by 66 points (72-6) in back-to-back games at Oregon on Sept. 26 (3-42) and vs. USC on Oct. 3 (3-30). The last time the Bears dropped back-to-back games by more combined points came in 2001 when Cal lost a home game to Oregon (48-7) and a road contest at UCLA (56-17) by a combined 80 points (104-20).
Seven Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers
TB Jahvid Best's 1,580 yards rushing in 2008 ranked second all-time at Cal and marked the seventh consecutive season in which a Golden Bear running back has gained over 1,000 yards on the ground. Best is on pace to make it eight straight seasons with a current six-game total in 2009 of 616 rushing yards. Cal is one of only three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to have current seven-year streaks, along with Missouri and New Mexico. The Golden Bears are also nearing USC's record 10-year run of 1,000-yard rushers from 1972-81. TB Joe Igber started the current trend in 2002 when he became the first Cal player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in nine years.
Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002
Year - Player (Yards)
2008 - Jahvid Best (1,580)
2007 - Justin Forsett (1,546)
2006 - Marshawn Lynch (1,356)
2005 - Marshawn Lynch (1,246)
2004 - J.J. Arrington (2,018)
2003 - Adimchinobe Echemandu (1,195)
2002 - Joe Igber (1,130)
Cal has two new coaches on board in 2009 with the addition of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig and offensive line coach Steve Marshall. Ludwig had been the offensive coordinator at Utah for the past four seasons, leading one of the best offenses in the country that was largely responsible for a 13-0 record in 2008, the country's only unbeaten mark by a Football Bowl Subdivision team, and a No. 2 final national ranking. Marshall most recently coached for six seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans (2002-05) and Cleveland Browns (2007-08).
Cal Picked Second in Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
California was picked to finish second in the 2009 Pac-10 preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league for the fifth time in the last six years. USC was the media's preseason choice to win the conference title for an eighth consecutive season (Cal shared the conference crown in 2006). The Trojans were listed in the top spot by 28 of the 32 voters participating in the poll, while Cal claimed three of the four other first-place votes. Oregon (one first-place vote) was picked third and followed by Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Washington State.
Cal has had 74 players earn Pac-10 All-Academic honors in seven years under head coach Jeff Tedford. Last year, C Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (since renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
Cal's Washington Connections
Cal defensive linemen Deandre Coleman (Seattle, Wash.) and Trevor Guyton (Woodinville, Wash.) are from the state of Washington.
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory lists his hometown as Spokane, Wash., and prepped at Gonzaga Prep, before receiving a Bachelor's in English from Washington State in 1987. Gregory earned three letters as a safety for the Cougars from 1984-86.
Offense Quick Notes
Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years and has started its 2009 campaign by averaging 32.8 points in its first six contests.
Cal has won 26 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points and has now scored 30 or more points 53 times in the Jeff Tedford era, posting a 49-4 record in those contests.
Cal has posted at least 400 yards of total offense in four of its first six games in 2009 and is averaging 408.7 yards per contest, which is up from 376.0 in 2008 and the most since the club averaged 415.6 in 2006.
Cal has spread the wealth around in its passing game, connecting with a total of 11 different receivers in its first six contests with all 11 having a catch of at least 10 yards and nine of the 11 picking up a reception for 20 or more yards.
TB Jahvid Best's 93-yard run at UCLA was the longest of his career and the third-longest in school history. The 59-yard pass play from QB Kevin Riley to WR Verran Tucker in the first quarter at Minnesota was the team's longest pass play of the season.
Cal's longest four passing plays of the season have all come on the road with QB Kevin Riley connecting with WR Verran Tucker twice (59 yards at Minnesota, 50 yards at Oregon), as well as TB Jahvid Best (51 yards at UCLA) and WR Marvin Jones (43 yards at UCLA) once each.
Cal's longest two drives of the season in yards both came in the second quarter at UCLA with TB Jahvid Best scoring touchdowns to cap both drives. The Bears moved a season-best 94 yards on six plays with Best's career-long 51-yard touchdown reception from QB Kevin Riley capping the drive. Two Bears' drives later, Best's 93-yard touchdown run was part of a two-play 91-yard drive. The team's longest drive of the season in terms of time came when Cal held onto the ball for 5:34 (11 plays, 41 yards) on the first drive of the second quarter at Minnesota before coming away empty on a missed 47-yard field goal by Vince D'Amato. Cal's longest drive of the season in terms of plays came against USC when the Golden Bears went 57 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter before eventually losing possession on downs at the Trojans 18-yard line.
Cal has scored a touchdown on its opening drive three times in 2009 (vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota, at UCLA).
Nyan Boateng returned to action at UCLA after missing two games with a broken foot and caught two passes for 14 yards.
Defense Quick Notes
LB Mike Mohamed had two picks at Minnesota (both in the second half) for his first career multi-interception contest.
Cal has had a total of 19 different players contribute to its total of 42.0 tackles for loss and nine different players have taken part in the team's 18.0 sacks.
Cal forced a season-high four fumbles and recovered a season-best three at Oregon.
Special Teams Quick Notes
P Bryan Anger posted his best game of the season in his most recent contest at UCLA, averaging a season-best 50.0 yards per punt including a season-long boot of 72 yards to mark the fourth time in his career he has recorded a punt of better than 70 yards. Anger, who has punted a season-high-tying seven times in each of Cal's last three contests and 27 times in the last four games, had four punts of more than 50 yards against the Bruins.
Cal Sports Report
The Cal Sports Report will air this week on Comcast SportsNet California on Thursday, Oct. 22 (9:30 p.m. PT) and Friday, Oct. 23 (5:00 p.m. PT). The one-hour television program is hosted by Todd McKim and Kate Scott. This week's show includes a preview of the upcoming Washington State game, a review of last Saturday's win over UCLA, a special behind-the-scenes look on Cal's equipment room operation and a feature on Cal women's tennis All-American Marina Cossuo.