Nov. 5, 2000
Berkeley, CA - Cal-Oregon Media Notes
1 After averaging 13.8 points per game the first five games of the season, Cal is averaging 32.5 points the last four games.
2 Kyle Boller has a TD-to-interception ratio of 13-to-8, after throwing only 9 TDs last year and having 15 interceptions. 3
Cal has lost 10 straight games in the month of November, while Oregon has won 14 of its last 16 games in the same month
4 Despite missing almost all of 3 games and not starting until Game No. 7, Jemeel Powell leads the league with 19 passes defensed.
5 After leading the league in sacks last season, Cal is again atop the league sack chart with 36 sacks thus far this year.
6 Seven different Cal wide receivers have made touchdown catches this season.
Cal is 5-1 against USC and UCLA since the start of the 1998 season, while going only 3-13 against the rest of the Pac-10 during that span. 8
Cal's last 11 TD drives over the past four games have averaged 58 yards, but just 1:57 in time of possession.
9 Joe Igber needs to average 114.5 yards a game in the final two games to become Cal's firstt 1000-yard rusher since the 1993 season.
10 Cal will be on the road for the sixth time in 10 games this week in Eugene. The Bears are averaging 29.8 points at home, but only 16.0 points on the road. Bears Face Major Road Challenge at Oregon After facing national Top 15 teams three of the past four weeks, Cal now faces perhaps its biggest challenge of the season when the Golden Bears take on No. 7 ranked Oregon this Saturday in Eugene. The Bears have battled on equal terms with the ranked opponents during the past month, with a victory over UCLA, and having the Washington and Oregon State games in doubt to the final minutes. However, Oregon is currently ranked No. 7 nationally and has won 20 consecutive games in Autzen Stadium, dating back to the 1997 season. Cal has a solid 35-26-2 series edge in a rivalry that dates back to 1899. Oregon has won four straight in the series and five of the last six games. A year ago, Cal rallied from a 24-0 deficit and had a 1st-and-goal at the Duck 5-yard-line with just over a minute left in the game. However, Oregon's Brian Johnson intercepted a pass from reserve QB Wes Dalton in the endzone on third down, allowing the Ducks to escape with a 24-19 victory. Kyle Boller suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after a second quarter collision with safety Michael Fletcher. Oregon's Reuben Droughns was held to 86 yards on 32 carries, an average of just 2.7 yards per carry. Cal hasn't played in Eugene since the 1996 season, a 40-23 loss to the Ducks. Oregon has won four straight over the Bears in Autzen Stadium, with Cal's last victory coming in a 20-6 victory in 1987.
Bears Need Two Victories Down the Stretch for a Possible Upper Division Finish in the Pac-10 Although last week's 38-32 loss to 14th ranked Oregon State ended Cal's hopes for a bowl berth, the Golden Bears still hope to finish the 2000 season in strong fashion and earn an upper division finish in the Pac-10. The Bears currently are tied for sixth place in the Pac-10, along with Stanford and Arizona State. Cal is just one game behind both UCLA and Arizona. The Bruins face a difficult game at Washington this week, while Arizona hosts a hot Oregon State team this week. Cal hasn't finished in the upper division of the Pac-10 since finishing tied for fifth in the league during the 1996 season.
Missed Opportunities Frustrate Cal in 2000 When you give up 524 yards of total offense as Cal did against Oregon State last week, you rarely are in a position to lament about how a potential victory got away. However, Cal will look back at one particular play with just under seven minutes to go in the OSU game and wonder what would have happened if it had ended a different way. After the Bears had rallied to within 31-29, Cal had all the momentum in the world. On the ensuring drive, the Bears had OSU in a 3rd-and-9 situation at the Cal 48-yard-line with 6:42 left in the game. Cal safety Nnamdi Asomugha came in untouched on a blitz and had both arms around OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith, who had crouched in anticipation of the tackle. However, Smith somehow broke loose from the apparent sack and scrambled up the middle for 21 yards to the Cal 27. On the next play, Oregon State scored and Cal's comeback bid was essentially over. Cal can also look back on the disappointment of blowing a 11-point fourth quarter lead at Washington and gift-wrapping 18 of Washington State's 21 points on punt team mistakes in a 21-17 loss. That may emphasize how close Cal has come to a much improved season, but it also is a major source of frustration for the Golden Bears. Comparing the Golden Bears with Next Two Opponents California should have a renewed sense of confidence it its offense, and in particular, it's passing game after improved performances in those categories over the last month. However, Oregon will present a lot of problems for Cal's offense as the Ducks are tops in the Pac-10 in pass defense as opponents are completing only 42.46 percent of its passes this season. Last week, Cal passed for 349 yards against a rugged Oregon State defense that had entered the game allowing an average of just 207.8 yards a game. Oregon leads the league in allowing just 203.9 passing yards a game. Last week, Oregon held the Pac-10's leading passer Jason Gesser to a 2-for-10 performance for just 35 yards and an interception, before he left the game with a season-ending leg injury.
Category Cal Oregon Stanford Total Offense 91st (314.6 ypg) 32nd (411.0 ypg) 44th (392.1 ypg) Rushing Offense 82nd 121.6 ypg) 42nd (161.1 ypg) 57th (148.3 ypg) Passing Offense 80th (193.0 ypg) 26th (249.9 ypg) 24th (243.8 ypg) Scoring Offense 77th (22.1 ppg) 31st (30.9 ppg) 79th (21.8 ppg) Total Defense 71st (377.1 ypg) 34th (328.7 ypg) 76th (386.0 ypg) Rushing Defense 37th (121.7 ypg) 40th (124.8 ypg) 65th (156.7 ypg) Pass Efficiency Defense 71st (124.1 rating) 17th (101.6 rating) 87th (129.9 rating) Scoring Defense 68th (26.0 ppg) T29th (19.9 ppg) 78th (28.6 ppg) Turnover Margin T68th (-.11) T15th (+1.0) T88th (-.67) Net Punting 30th (36.8 ypp) 23rd (37.9 ypp) 92nd (35.0 ypp)
Bears Start to Find End Zone as Scoring Offense Emerges from Hibernation California's offensive revival over the last month has shown a quick strike ability that has been effective in producing points, but not in running a lot of time off the block. In averaging 32.5 points a game over the past four games, the Bears have scored 14 touchdowns. Three have come in non-offensive areas (interception return, punt return and fumble recovery return). The other TDs have been drives of some significant length, but they haven't been long drives in terms of time of possession. The 11 drives have averaged 57.8 yards, inclduing seven drives of 65 yards or longer. However, those TD drives have averaged only 1:57 in time of possession. Last week, Cal drove 68 yards in just 2:28, 74 yards in 2:25 and 81 yards in just 0:46. During that four-game span, Cal opponents have averaged 79 plays compared to Cal's 66 plays. Below is a list of Cal's touchdowns the last four weeks (minus the three OT touchdowns vs. UCLA).
Cal's Quick Strike Ability - Touchdown Drives the Last Four Weeks UCLA (time of TD drive) Washington (time of drive) USC (time of drive) Oregon St. (time of drive) 65 yards 2:34 54 yards 2:58 80 yards 1:25 68 yards 2:28 36 yards 0:08 Fumble Recovery 7 yards 0:46 74 yards 2:25 Interception Return 78 yards 2:11 30 yards 1:26 81 yards 0:46 70 yards 4:11 Punt Return
Nick Harris Claims NCAA Career Punting Record, Going Over 13,000 Yards Nick Harris broke the NCAA career record for punting yardage this past Saturday as he became the first punter in NCAA history to kick for over 13,000 yards in a career. The senior All-America candidate passed the former national record held Cameron Young of TCU, who punted for 12,947 yards from 1976-79 on 320 punts. Harris also should eventually break Young's 320-punt record as well, needing to average 5.7 punts over the final three games to capture that national mark. Harris only ranks 45th nationally in punting this season with a 40.85 average, but that stat is misleading. He has been asked to punt for placement rather than distance most of the season as 21 of his 54 punts (38.9 percent) this season have come with a line of scrimmage inside opponent territory. He's has 31 punts downed inside the opponent 20-yard-line (57.4%). Included in that total are 9 punts inside opponent's 5-yard-line. Harris is a candidate for the Ray Guy Award for the nation's top punter.
Nick Harris Career Punting Statistics Year Punts Yards Avg LG In 20 1997 77 3250 42.2 63 8 1998 87 3546 40.8 63 27 1999 85 3744 44.0 70 21 2000 62 2570 41.5 64 33 Total 311 13,110 42.15 70 89
Cal Receiving Corps Beginning to Have an Impact The Cal receiving corps has been slow to emerge during the 2000 season. That's hardly a surprise in view of the fact that the Bears top four producers from the wide receiver group were not even on the Cal team last season. It's been a period of adjustment for both the receivers (two true freshmen and two JC transfers) and quarterback Kyle Boller. However, there have been solid signals in recent weeks that the receiver group is ready make more and more of an impact. After making just five TD receptions over the first seven games and not more than one in any single game, Cal's receiver group has made five touchdown receptions over the last two weeks (two at USC, three vs. OSU). Derek Swafford, a sophomore transfer from Ventura JC, has made the biggest impact as he's caught TD pases in three of the past four games, including an 81-yard TD catch last week vs. Oregon State, the seventh longest in Cal history. He had a career best 112 yards on 3 catches last week, while true freshman Chase Lyman had a career best 98 yards on 3 catches, including a 30-yard TD catch. While Joe Igber leads the Bears with 20 catches on the season, he is followed by Lyman with 17 catches, Swafford with 14 catches and true-freshman Geoff McArthur with 13 catches. It's hard to concentrate on any one particular Cal receiver as the Bears have used seven different players in the playing rotation and six of those have contributed touchdown catches this season.
Cal Sophomore Cornerback Jemeel Powell Takes NCAA Lead It's getting more and more difficult to ignore Cal sophomore Jemeel Powell as a potential honors candidate, not just in the Pac-10 but in the entire nation. After another superb outing against Oregon State, Powell now leads the nation in punt returns (averaging 22.7 yards per return), he leads the Pac-10 and is tied for 10th nationally in interceptions (.57 per game) and leads the league in passes defensed (19). Last week, he not only had a 38-yard and a 22-yard punt return, but he also had four pass deflections and five tackles (4 unassisted), including one behind the line of scrimmage for a two-yard loss. Remember, this is a player who sat out two entire games and missed all but a few plays of a third game in the early-season due to a hip flexor. Going into Game No. 6, against UCLA, Powell had only a figure of two in the passes defensed category (one being an interception in the Utah opener). He's basically come out of nowhere to take the Pac-10 lead as he has made a major impact over the last month. Against UCLA, he had two interceptions. The first set Cal's offense up at the Bruin 20-yard-line and the second was in the third overtime period in the Cal end zone to clinch the Golden Bear victory. He also had three pass deflections. The next week, Powell had four more pass deflections at Washington in addition to recording seven tackles and making his debut as a punt return specialist. He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for the USC game. He not only had five unassisted tackles and three more pass deflections, but he also had an interception in the fourth quarter that helped seal USC's fate. He also had a huge impact with two long punt returns in the second half. The first was a 44-yarder to get Cal out of poor field position in the third quarter and the second was an 83-yarder for a touchdown with 12 minutes left in the game to provide Cal's final margin of victory. It was the fourth longest in Cal history.
Joe Igber Challening Cal Top 10 Career and Single-Season Rushing Lists Sophomore Joe Igber has some work to do if he hopes to become Cal's first 1000-yard rusher since 1993 (Lindsey Chapman -1037) as he'll need to average 114.5 yards the last two games to hit the 1000-yard barrier. He certainly will challenge Cal's Top 10 lists for both single-season and career rushing as his current 85.7 yards per game average would give him 942 yards on the season (which would rank as the 9th best rushing season in Cal history) and 1636 career yards (which would place him No. 11 on the Cal list, only 2 yards behind Anthony Wallace). Although he's only started 13 games in his career, he already has posted five 100-yard rushing games, something only 10 other players in the Cal annals have achieved. Igber ranks No. 5 in the Pac-10 and No. 47 nationally, averaging 85.7 yards a game. Igber's contributions go far beyond taking handoffs, as he also rates as Cal's leading pass receiver with 20 catches. The last five games, Igber has accounted for 704 yards of all-purpose rushing (207 yards at ASU, 175 yards vs. UCLA, 148 yards at Washington, 80 yards at USC, 94 yards vs. Oregon State). That's an amazing 41.8 percent of Cal's total offense of 1,683 yards in those three games. Below is a listing of all of Igber's runs and catches this season. Joe Igber on Cal Single-Season Rushing List Joe Igber on Cal Career Rushing List 9. Paul Jones 1979 888 4.1 8. Jackie Jensen 1946-48 1703 6.0 10. R. Rutherford 1995 868 4.5 9. Chris Richards 1986-88 1666 4.2 11. John Olszewski 1952 845 5.3 10. Anthony Wallace 1989-90 1638 4.2 12. Paul Jones 1979 805 4.3 11. Gary Fowler 1967-69 1585 4.1 13. Paul Jones 1978 801 3.8 12. Jim Monachino 1948-50 1570 5.2 14. Chuck Muncie 1973 801 5.1 13. Vic Bottari 1936-38 1536 4.0 15. Chuck Muncie 1974 791 4.8 14. Marcus Fields 1997- 1525 4.3 16. Joe Igber 2000 771 4.6 15. Joe Igber 1999- 1465 4.7
Joe Igber's Rushes and Receptions in 2000 Season Utah 5,4,7,9,4,4,0,4,-1,2,1,7 (half) 0,4,9,-3,4,13td,2,0,1,-1,11,-1,0 Receptions: 7,5,12 Illinois 1,3,5,2,6,9,4,0 (half) 9,-1,1 Receptions: -1 Fresno State 3,1,2,-3,2,21,1,6,4 (half) 12,4,8,0,5 Receptions: 14 Washington State 5,2,0,21,1,5,3,8,8,2 (half) 0,5,1,7,3,6,0,-3 Receptions: 8,-4 Arizona State 20,0,25,2,3,-1,0,1 (half) 12,9,5,2,80,15,8 Receptions: 30,-4 UCLA -3,1,2,-1,7,4,1,0,8 (half) 1,2,0,3,1,4,9,2,2,3,0 3td Receptions: 23td,36td,34,26,7 Washington 2,3,2,0,1,6,6,2,9,2,16 (half) 16,1,0,40,5,5 Receptions: 5,7,20 USC 4,17,3,1,5,7,0,-6,6 (half) 2,1,7,2,9,-1,3,9,-1,-1,4,2,2,2,1,5,-1,2,0 Receptions: none Oregon State 1,-1,3,2,-1,1,11,9 (half) 3,6,3,9,8,10,3,15,0 Receptions: 4,2,6
Cal Offense Starts to Take Advantage of Opportunities in Opponent Territory California has had more than its share of opportunities to emerge as a high scoring team. The Bears have moved into opponent territory no less than 72 times this season. The problem has been that Cal hasn't been able to take advantage of those opportunities. In the first five games of the season, Cal had converted only 28.6 percent of those chances into scores (8 touchdowns, 4 field goals). However, the Bears have improved the last four weeks, converting 17 of 33 possessions(51.5%), including 12 touchdowns.
Cal's Deepest Penetrations into Opponent Territory (results) Utah Illinois Fresno St. Wash. St. Ariz. State UCLA Washington USC OSU Utah 27 (0 pts) Illini 33 (0) FSU 30 (0) WSU 13 (TD) ASU 22 (0) UCLA 23 (TD) UW 35 (0) USC 44 (TD) OSU 10 (TD) Utah 33 (0) Illini 9 (0) FSU 34 (0) WSU 45 (0) ASU 10 (FG) UCLA 42 (0) UW 24 (TD) USC 1 (TD) OSU 43 (0) Utah 1 (TD) Illini 49 (0) FSU 23 (0) WSU 6 (TD) ASU 45 (0) UCLA 36 (TD) UW 33 (0) USC 37 (0) OSU 4 (FG) Utah 34 (0) Illini 40 (0) FSU 30 (0) WSU 41 (0) ASU 39 (0) UCLA 9 (0) UW 11 (0) USC 42 (0) OSU 30 (TD) Utah 12 (TD) Illini 33 (0) FSU 42 (0) WSU 3 (FG) ASU 1 (0) UCLA 1 (TD) UW 11 (FG) USC 48 (0) OSU 17 (FG) Utah13 (TD) Illini 2 (TD) FSU 15 (0) WSU 33 (0) ASU 1 (TD) UCLA 41 (0) UW 15 (TD) USC 2 (TD) OSU 46 (0) Utah 10 (FG) Illini 43 (0) FSU 6 (FG) WSU 41 (0) UCLA 43 (0) USC 11 (0) OSU 13 (FG) Utah 35 (0) Illini 43 (0) FSU 40 (0) WSU12 (0) UCLA 46 (0) USC 39 (0) Illini 49 (0) FSU 32 (0) UCLA 22 (TD) USC 15 (0) Illini 32 (TD) FSU 40 (0) UCLA 20 (FG) UCLA 3 (TD)
The Andre Carter File Tale of the Tape As a Freshman in 1997 As a Senior in 2000 Height 6-4 Height 6-5 Weight 231 Weight 263 Pro Shuttle 4.55 Pro Shuttle 4.08 Vertical Jump 33.5" Vertical Jump 37" Bench Press 330 Bench Press 405 Squat 370 Squat 530 Clean 275 Clean 345
Carter on Cal's Single-Season and Career Lists Single-Season Sacks Single-Season Tackles for Loss 1. Ron Rivera (1983) 13.0 1. Ron Rivera (1983) 26.5 2. Mawuko Tugbenyoh (1999) 12.5 2. Duane Clemons (1995) 26.0 3. Regan Upshaw (1994) 11.0 3. Sekou Sanyika (1998) 23.0 3. Andre Carter (2000) 11.0 4. Matt Beck (1997) 21.0 4. Duane Clemons (1995) 10.5 5. Scott Roseman (1992) 20.5 3. Andre Carter (1999) 10.0 5. Regan Upshaw (1994) 20.5 7. Andre Carter (1999) 20.0 12. Andre Carter (2000) 16.0
Carter's 2000 Season UT AT TT Loss Sack QBP QBKD Note 9/9 Utah 7 0 7 3-7 1-5 3 1 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week 9/16 at Illinois 6 3 9 2-3 0-0 3 2 Dominated action vs. Illinois All-America OT Marques Sullivan 9/23 at Fresno State 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 3 3 Faced double teams all game, but was in on all 71 plays 9/30 vs. Washington St. 3 1 4 1-9 1-9 4 4 Played all 60 plays for the fourth consecutive game 10/7 at Arizona State 7 1 8 3-8 3-8 2 5 Had a season-best three sacks, playing 70 of 75 snaps 10/14 UCLA 2 4 6 2-17 2-17 4 3 Helped hold UCLA to 45 rushing yards on 45 attempts 10/21 at Washington 3 1 4 1-5 1-5 3 2 Caused a fumble, which Cal returned 34 yards for a TD 10/28 at USC 8 1 9 4-33 2.5-32 4 4 Caused a fumble which Cal recovered at SC 7-yard-line 11/4 Oregon State 2 1 3 1-9 1-9 2 2 Tied Cal career sack mark with 28 in his career QDP - Quarterback Pressure, QBKD - Quarterback Knockdown