Cal Football Post-Game Notes - at UCLA (Saturday, October 17)
Oct. 17, 2009
Today's game time temperature was 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
In notching their first Pac-10 win of 2009, the Bears won at UCLA for the first time in Jeff Tedford's career and now have a 1-3 record under Tedford against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. UCLA's lead in the all-time series against Cal is now 49-29-1, but Cal has won the last two. Today was the first time this decade the visiting team won in a Cal-UCLA matchup and the first time since 1999 that Cal has won at the Rose Bowl, when the Bears were forced to forfeit a victory over the Bruins for the use of ineligible players. Cal's previous win at UCLA came back in 1993. It is also the first win by the Bears in Los Angeles under Tedford.
Cal's 35 points in the first half tied for the most scored by the Bears in a half this year (also 35 scored in second half vs. Eastern Washington), and are the most scored in the first half of a game since Cal scored 42 in the first half against Washington State in 2008. The Bears had seven plays of 20 or more yards in the first half and eight for the game.
The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the third time this season (also vs. Eastern Washington and at Minnesota).
TB Jahvid Best broke loose for a 93-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the longest rush of his career and the third-longest run in school history (98 - Bill Powell vs. Oregon State, Oct. 26, 1951; 96 - John Wilson vs. San Jose State, Sept. 25, 1954). Best now has three of the 15 longest runs in Cal football history. Today marked Best's fourth run of 80 or more yards, 10th of 60 or more yards and with two runs of 20+ yards he now has 32 runs of 20 yards or more in his career. Best's two touchdowns today (1 rec, 1 rush) moved him to No. 10 on Cal's list of all-time points producers, with the 180 points he has scored in his Cal career. He now has 30 touchdowns (26 rushing, 4 receiving) in his career with the 26 rushing TD's tied for fourth all-time at Cal. Best's 102 total rushing yards mark the 12th 100-yard game of his career and his fourth of 2009. Best is sixth all-time at Cal with his 12 career 100-yard games. He also has an updated total of 2,417 career rushing yards and 3,710 all-purpose yards, ranking ninth all-time at Cal in both categories.
TB Shane Vereen finished with a career-high 154 yards, including two rushes of 40-plus yards. His 42-yard touchdown to end the Bears' first drive was his longest rush of the season and third-longest of his career. He had an 81-yard run vs. Michigan State and a 56-yard rush vs. UCLA last season. He also had a career-high 230 all-purpose yards (154 rush, 20 receive, 46 kick return, 10 punt return).
The Bears rushed for 289 yards as a team today, the most by the team since the Bears amassed 342 yards on the ground vs. Eastern Washington earlier this season and the second most during the 2009 campaign. Cal averaged 7.0 rushing yards per carry on 41 rushing attempts.
QB Kevin Riley threw three touchdowns today, including two throws over 40 yards. Riley connected with WR Marvin Jones for a 43-yard TD pass in the first quarter and then hit TB Jahvid Best on a 51-yard score in the second period. He found Jones again later in the second quarter for a 24-yard TD grab.
LB Mychal Kendricks recorded the first interception of his career and his first career interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter when he brought back an errant pass by UCLA QB Kevin Prince for 68 yards and the final score of the game with 5:05 to go. The score was Cal's first defensive points of the 2009 season.
WR Marvin Jones recorded career-highs of four receptions and 89 receiving yards, and also had two touchdown receptions for the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
WR Nyan Boateng made two receptions for 14 yards, his first catches since injuring his foot at Minnesota and missing games at Oregon and vs. USC.
P Bryan Anger booted a season-long 72-yard punt in the second quarter that was the fourth punt of 70+ yards in his career. He averaged a season-best 50.0 yards on a season-high-tying seven punts (third consecutive game with seven punts), and also had punts for 51, 57 and 58 yards.
PK Giorgio Tavecchio took over PAT kicking duties for an injured PK Vince D'Amato and scored his first six points of the season, hitting from 24 yards on his only field goal attempt and making all three of his extra points.
LB D.J. Holt made his fourth career start and recorded his first career fumble recovery, returning the ball 16 yards after an eight-yard sack by Trevor Guyton, who recorded his first career forced fumble and first career sack on the play.
UCLA's Jonathan Franklin's 74-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest rush the Bears have allowed since a 94-yard run by Stanford's Casey Moore in 1999.
DB Josh Hill recorded a career-high eight tackles.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 63-32 (.663) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with 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 only the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. Tedford now has a 37-25 (.597) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Cal had its first two drives of the 2009 season of 90-plus yards (both in the second quarter) with Best scoring touchdowns to cap both drives. The Bears moved a season-best 94 yards on six plays with Best's 51-yard career-long touchdown reception from QB Kevin Riley capping the drive to put Cal ahead, 21-7, with 9:41 remaining in the second quarter. Two Golden Bears drives later, Best's 93-yard touchdown run was part of a two-play, 91-yard drive that gave Cal a 28-14 lead with 5:05 to go in the second quarter.
Cal scored its 45 points despite reaching the red zone on just one occasion when PK Giorgio Tavecchio converted 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.