Cal-Utah Postgame Notes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/22/2011

Oct. 22, 2011

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• Saturday's tilt was Cal's first meeting against Utah since the Utes defeated the Golden Bears, 37-27, in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl. This was also the first-ever Pac-12 conference meeting between Cal and Utah. With Cal's victory today, the Bears now lead the series, 5-3.

Keenan Allen finished the night with eight catches for 78 yards and one touchdown. Allen, who entered the game leading the nation in receiving yards per game (138 ypg), has now scored in five of the last six games. Allen made Cal's single-season top-10 lists in two categories - receptions (60, 7th) and yards (906, 8th).

• Allen secured his 100th career reception with his second catch of the day. Earlier this season, Allen equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Golden Bear to reach 1,000 career receiving yards when he accomplished the feat in his 16th career game at Cal, which Jackson also did in 2006.

• Entering today's contest, Cal had recorded 37 plays this season (28 passing, nine rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards this season. Against Utah, Cal had three plays of 20-plus yards - 22-yard reception by Michael Calvin, 30-yard reception by Marvin Jones and a 44-yard reception by Anthony Miller.

Anthony Miller's 44-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest of the season for him and the second longest of his career (45 yards).

Marvin Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (134), receiving yards (2,023) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 134 receptions are two shy of the top 10 at Cal and the 2,023 receiving yards are just 24 yards short of the top 10. He also extended his run of 32 consecutive games (every Cal contest the last three years) with at least one reception, while Keenan Allen's streak covers each of the 18 games he has played in over the past two seasons.

Zach Maynard completed 19-of-29 passes for 255 yards and one passing touchdown. In each of his seven starts, Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards, completed 15 passes and tallied a touchdown either passing or rushing. Maynard also scored his second career rushing touchdown in as many games on Saturday.

Giorgio Tavecchio has made 11 of 13 field goals this season. Against Utah, Tavecchio was 2-for-3 (35, 37). He made Cal's all-time top-10 list in scoring with 214 points, ranking him ninth.

Giorgio Tavecchio has made 11 of 13 field goals this season. Against Utah, Tavecchio was 2-for-3 (35, 37). He made Cal's all-time top-10 list in scoring with 214 points, ranking him ninth.

Isi Sofele carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 84 yards and one touchdown, marking the sixth time in seven games in 2011 that Sofele has had 84 or more yards rushing. He also surpassed the career 1,000-yard rushing mark and has an updated total of 1,047 career rushing yards.

Michael Calvin posted season highs of four catches and 49 receiving yards.

Bryan Anger booted a season-high 62-yard punt. His previous season best was a 61-yarder last week against USC. He has now kicked nine punts 50 or more yards this year.

David Wilkerson recorded a career-high and equaled a team season-high with 3.0 tackles for loss (career-high -21 yards) and notched his second career sack late in the fourth quarter. The forced fumble by Aaron Tipoti was the first of the season for him, second of his career. That fumble was recovered by D.J. Campbell, his first fumble recovery of the season, third of his career. Stefan McClure garnered his first career interception in the third quarter.

• Late in the first half, Mychal Kendricks intercepted his first pass of the season, third of his career, and returned it 32 yards, equaling the longest interception return of the season for Cal. At the outset of the fourth quarter, Josh Hill returned an interception and also returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, his first pick of the season, third of his career, and also his first career touchdown. They were the longest interceptions returned for a touchdown since Mike Mohamed returned a pick 41 yards for a score against Colorado on Sept. 11, 2010.

• The Cal defense held Utah to negative rushing yards in the first half (-6 yards). The Utes finished the game with 13 yards rushing. The last time Cal allowed fewer than 25 yards rushing was against Presbyterian (20). Overall in the first half, the Bears held the Utes to 35 yards of total offense, never allowed them to cross the 50 and Utah was also held to two first downs. It was the second time this season that Cal has held an opponent to less than 50 yards in the first half (Presbyterian - 8 yards). It was the first time a Cal opponent was held scoreless in the first half since last year's season finale against Washington (3-0).

• The Bears had 17 points off of turnovers.