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Cal Visits Oregon State
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Release:  10/20/2002

Oct. 20, 2002

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This Week's Game
In a season defined by its offense, Cal flexed its defensive muscle in last week's 17-12 win over UCLA. Now, the Golden Bears must turn their attention to an Oregon State team that has lost three straight contests after opening the year 4-0. A Cal victory would guarantee the Bears six wins in a season for the first time since 1996.

Last Saturday, Cal limited the Bruins to just 226 total yards, forced two fumbles, intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal in registering its first home Pac-10 win since knocking off UCLA, 46-38, in triple overtime on Oct. 14, 2000.

Forcing three turnovers on the afternoon, Cal increased its margin to +16 on the year, with its average of +2.00 per game tied for the Division I-A lead with Virginia Tech. The last time the Bears had such a wide differential came in 1951 when they were +21 for the season.

Senior QB Kyle Boller has been a big reason for Cal's remarkable turnaround. Not only is he completing a career-best 55.6 percent of his passes, but he has set a personal high with 19 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Boller's most recent TD toss, a 24-yard strike to TE Tom Swoboda against the Bruins, was the 55th of his career, giving him the school's all-time record ahead of Pat Barnes, who had 54 touchdown passes from 1993-96.

Defense has truly been a team effort, with 20 different players registering at least one tackle for loss on the season. Senior DE Tully Banta-Cain has 14.5 by himself, including eight sacks. He ranks seventh in career TFLs with 44.5 and sixth in sacks with 21.5, needing one more sack to pass Ron Rivera (22.0, 1980-83) for fifth place.

Cal -Oregon State Series
Cal holds a 31-23 series lead over Oregon State, but the Beavers have won the last three meetings to snap a six-game Cal winning streak in the rivalry. This year also marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Bears have traveled to Corvallis. In 2001, freshman Reggie Robertson started at quarterback for Cal in place of an injured Kyle Boller and passed for 120 yards, while TB Terrell Williams, subbing for Joe Igber (broken clavicle), rushed for 104 yards. However, OSU prevailed, 19-10.

A Quick Look at Oregon State
Oregon State is coming off of a bye week after dropping its last contest to Arizona State, 13-9, Oct. 12. The Beavers, at 0-3, are still looking for their first Pac-10 victory of the season. TB Steven Jackson has amassed four 100-yard rushing games this season, now averaging 109.3 ypg, while QB Derek Anderson throws for 252.1 ypg. Anderson's favorite target, WR James Newson, has 38 catches for 596 yards and seven touchdowns, an 85.1 ypg average.

The Coaches
Jeff Tedford, California (Fresno State '83) is in his first season as head coach of the Golden Bears, taking over as the program's 32nd head coach last December. Tedford, 5-3 as a head coach, arrived at Cal after four highly successful seasons at Oregon, where he served as offensive coordinator and helped the Ducks to a combined 38-10 record, including an 11-1 mark last fall when Oregon won the Pac-10 championship and earned a No. 2 national ranking. Tedford began his coaching career in 1989 as an offensive assistant with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. In 1992, he returned to his alma mater, Fresno State, as quarterback coach. A year later, he was elevated to offensive coordinator, a position he held through 1997. A native of Downey, Calif., Tedford was a record-setting quarterback as a player at Fresno State, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1983.

Dennis Erickson (Montana State '69) is in his fourth season as head coach of the Beavers, compiling a 27-15 mark. In 2000, he guided OSU to an 11-1 record, a Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame and a No. 4 national ranking. Prior to joining the Oregon State staff, Erickson was head coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98, where he was 31-33. At the collegiate level, his first head coaching job was at Idaho from 1982-85. Erickson moved on to Wyoming in 1986 and to Washington State in '87 and '88. He then took over at Miami in 1989, guiding the Hurricanes to national titles in both '89 and '91. His career college record stands at 140-55-1.

IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 2002 football season, IKON Office Solutions salutes the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the UCLA game, DE Tully Banta-Cain jarred the ball loose from Bruin QB John Sciarra and DT Lorenzo Alexander recovered to set up Cal's winning touchdown.

The Times Player of the Game Each week throughout the 2002 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. For the UCLA game, DE Jamaal Cherry only had two tackles, but he recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal against the Bruins to help preserve Cal's 17-12 win.

One of College Football's Cinderella Stories of '02, 30th-Ranked Cal Eyes First Winning Season in 9 Years Not only has California rebounded dramatically from last year's 1-10 debacle, the Bears have established themselves as a nationally respected program and Pac-10 contender almost overnight. In the Associated Press poll this year, they were ranked 23rd on Sept. 15, received 80 votes-29th most in the nation-Oct. 6, and currently are ranked 30th (26 votes) this week. To add further credibility, the New York Times' Computer Rankings ranked Cal 12th in the country as the Pac-10's highest-rated school prior to the USC game (Oct. 12). In winning five games this season, California has registered more victories than it had in the previous two years combined (1-10 in '01 and 3-8 in '00). What's more, the Bears have come oh-so-close to being unbeaten through their first eight games. Their losses have come by a combined total of 14 points to three nationally ranked teams that have posted a current aggregate record of 17-4 this year. In the 23-21 setback to Air Force (now 6-1) Sept. 21, a two-point conversion try went awry when a Kyle Boller to Joe Igber pass was batted away at the last second with only 31 seconds left on the clock-a play that probably would have sent the game into overtime if successful. Then a week later, Cal settled for a game-tying field goal (38-38) by Mark Jensen with 7:33 remaining in the game against then-nationally No. 16 ranked Washington State (now 6-1), the Pac-10 pre-season favorite (the Cougars rallied with 10 points down the stretch to avoid a Bear upset). And two Saturdays ago, the Bears bolted out to a 21-3 early advantage over USC (now 5-2), only to lose the lead in the second half before rallying in the late going. Trailing 27-21 with 3:23 left in the game, Cal forced a Trojan fumble and had a chance to go ahead before a Boller interception pass squelched any comeback notions.

Bears Boast +16 Turnover Ratio After 8 Weeks to Rank First Nationally
The Golden Bears, despite allowing 388.8 yards per game to rank last in Pac-10 defense, continue to be one of the nation's best in the all-important turnover department. Thus far in 2002, Cal has forced 25 turnovers and committed only nine for a TO ratio of +16-the best margin (+2.00 per game, tied with Virginia Tech) in NCAA Division I-A. In fact, that +16 figure is the school's best turnover ratio since 1951, when Pappy Waldorf's 8-2 Bears finished with a +21 differential. The Bears lived on the other side of the turnover ledger in 2001, finishing 114th out of 115 Division 1-A schools with a woeful -17 margin. The club's 25 takeaways this fall are already seven more than Cal managed all of last season. Included in that total are 14 fumble recoveries this year-tied for fourth most in the nation (two behind leader Tulane)-which also is four more than last season's entire output. What's more, Cal has scored no less than 91 points off turnovers this season. The TO wars have been particularly telling in first halves this year, when the bend-but-don't-break Bears have coughed up only three turnovers all year in posting a collective +15 mark during the first 30 minutes of their games.

Boller Sets Cal's All-Time TD Pass Mark with 55th vs. UCLA, Poised to Join School's 7,000-Yard Club
With a 24-yard scoring pass to tight end Tom Swoboda in the second quarter of Saturday's game against UCLA, senior Kyle Boller ventured into uncharted Golden Bear territory. It marked a school-record 55th career touchdown pass for Boller, a remarkable accomplishment considering it's a milestone never reached by the likes of Craig Morton, Joe Kapp, Steve Bartkowski, Joe Roth and other great passers in Cal's storied history. Those 55 scoring tosses are also only three away from piercing the Pac-10's Top 10 list for career TD passes (Washington State's Jason Gesser and former USC quarterback Rob Johnson are tied for ninth with 58 each). Fast becoming one of the nation's premier quarterbacks, Boller has thrown for a Pac-10 leading 19 touchdowns this season and has orchestrated upset road wins over two Top 15 opponents-Michigan State (43-22) and Washington (34-27)-in the same season for the first time in school history. He continues to zoom up Cal's all-time passing yardage chart, currently residing in fourth place on the Bears' career list with 6,997 yards during his four-year tenure in Berkeley. Certain to join Cal's elite 7,000-yard club on perhaps his first completion this Saturday, Boller needs only 178 yards to leapfrog Rich Campbell (7,174) into third place on the all-time list. Boller has now thrown at least one TD pass in 10 consecutive games, a streak that started after being shut out Nov. 10 in a 55-14 loss to USC last year at Memorial Stadium. In 2002, Boller has threaded 55.6% of his attempts (144-259) for 1,832 yards, a career-best 19 touchdowns and only five interceptions through eight games. That amounts to a 135.36 passing efficiency rating, which ranks 35th among NCAA quarterbacks. The Bear signal-caller has also contributed to 23 TDs this year-an average of 2.87 per game-also rushing for three scores and catching a pass for another touchdown. His 17.25 points per game ranks first in the Pac-10 and tied for fourth nationally in Points Responsible For. Some of Boller's success should be credited to Cal's reconstructed offensive line, which has allowed 13 sacks (tied for 2nd lowest in Pac-10) in eight games this year. Boller missed last year's Oregon State game-a 19-10 loss at Corvallis-due to an injured back. However, he previously threw for a then-career high 349 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-32 loss to the then-No. 14 ranked Beavers at Memorial Stadium in 2000. As a freshman in '99, Boller endured a choppy afternoon in Corvallis, completing only 12 of 39 attempts for 151 yards while hurling one TD and two interceptions in a 17-7 OSU win.

Bears' Defense Truly Golden in 17-12 Win over UCLA Last Weekend
Mounting a defensive effort so inspiring that its coaching staff considered nominating the entire unit for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors, Cal's defense staged its finest performance of the 2002 season last Saturday in Strawberry Canyon. UCLA's high-powered offense, which entered the game with averages of 33.5 points and 437.3 yards per contest, was sent home a bit dazed by the Bears. When the dust had settled, Cal's defense had ripped off a season-high seven sacks and limited the Bruins to a season-low 12 points-including a giveaway safety to end the game-and 226 total yards of offense. UCLA's running game was held to 29 yards, as a large cast of Bear defenders contributed greatly to the victory. Among the players were linebacker Matt Nixon (4 tackles, 1.5 sacks), and defensive linemen Tom Canada (two sacks, two forced fumbles), Tully Banta-Cain (1 sack, 2 tackles for losses of 21 yards, 1 forced fumble), Lorenzo Alexander (4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery) and Jamaal Cherry (1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked FG).

Bears Play Tough Schedule for 2nd Straight Year
A year ago, the University of California's football schedule was ranked sixth toughest in the nation by the USA Today/Sagarin Ratings with the Bears' 2001 opponents posting an aggregate winning percentage of .659 (85-44). Well, Cal's 2002 slate doesn't look much easier. Entering Week 9 of the season, the opponents on the Bears' schedule have churned a .590 winning percentage, registering a combined 49-34 mark. The Bears, who play the nation's 14th-toughest cumulative schedule (according to NCAA rankings), have already played six schools which are-or have been-nationally ranked in '02.

Banta-Cain Can Vault into 5th Place on Career Sack List
Despite being held sackless in three of his last five games, Cal senior end Tully Banta-Cain has 21.5 career sacks and can move into fifth place with his next sack. With eight sacks thus far in '02, Banta-Cain continues to rank second in the Pac-10 at 1.00 per game.

Divine Intervention: Cal's Jemeel Powell, OSU's LawrenceTurner Have Been a QB's Worst Nightmare
Two of the Pac-10's premier ballhawks will be on display at Reser Stadium this weekend, as Cal senior cornerback Jemeel Powell and Oregon State's strong safety Lawrence Turner look to pounce on errant passes in a key game for both teams. Powell, who ranks second among Pac-10 leaders and 11th nationally with five interceptions (0.62) this year, has made 10 career picks, which ties him for seventh place on the school's all-time list. His next interception will catapult him into a three-way tie for fifth place with Deltha O'Neal and Ron Coccimiglio. Turner, a former teammate of Cal wide receiver Jonathan Makonnen on last year's City College of San Francisco's national JuCo champions, has plucked four passes this year to rank in a third-place tie among Pac-10 interceptors.

Swoboda Ranks 4th in Receptions, 1st (tied) in TDs among Pac-10 Tight Ends
The Bears' Tom Swoboda, who has snared six passes in a game three times this season, plays a key role in Cal's passing offense. He has caught 22 passes for 224 yards and a club-tying high five TDs this season. His 22 grabs rank fourth among Pac-10 tight ends and are four more receptions than the entire tight end corps snagged all last season at Cal. His five TD grabs are tied with Oregon's George Wrighster for most by a conference tight end. And talk about a personal turnaround, Swoboda had caught only a combined eight passes for 89 yards and no TDs during his three previous seasons in Berkeley.

Jensen Emerges as One of Pac-10's Top Kickers
Always a consistent performer, Cal's senior Mark Jensen has emerged as one of the country's most prolific kickers in 2002. The Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week four weeks ago when he reeled off a school-record five field goals in a 23-21 loss to Air Force, Jensen currently ranks third in the Pac-10 and 23rd nationally in kick scoring with 70 points (8.75 per game). He has nailed 12 of 15 FG attempts and 34-for-34 in PATs, and boomed a career-best 51-yard FG at Michigan State Sept. 14. The Cal senior, has moved into the school's career Top 10 in scoring.

Cal's Scoring Third in Pac-10
Talk about an about-face, the 2002 Cal Bears have already outscored last year's team by 77 points. Cranking out 36.0 points per game to rank 16th in NCAA scoring and third in the Pac-10 (behind Oregon and Arizona State), the Bears have cashed in 36 touchdowns and 288 points in their first eight games of the season. In comparison, last year's Cal squad tallied 24 TDs and 201 points total over an 11-game schedule and ranked 104th nationally in scoring average (18.3 ppg). In fact, Jeff Tedford's club has rattled off 34 points or more in five of its eight outings this year. A season ago, the Bears didn't score 34 points even once all year (season high: 28 points twice, vs. Washington and at Stanford). This week, Cal faces a Oregon State defense that ranks first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency defense (94.88, 10th in NCAA), and second in interceptions (14), total defense (318.14, 22nd in NCAA) and scoring defense (18.1, 18th in NCAA).

McArthur, Makonnen & Ward Form Cal's WR Triumvirate
Cal's wide receiving corps has been upgraded considerably from last year, with City College of San Francisco transfer Jonathan Makonnen leading the charges with 33 receptions for 471 yards and five touchdowns. Other key pass-catchers from the wideout spots include sophomore Geoff McArthur (31 rec., 369 yds., 1 TD) and senior LaShaun Ward (28 rec., 448 yds., 5 TDs).

Bears Lead Pac-10 in Red Zone Offense, Scoring on 32 of 33 Opportunities
The Bears continue to lead the Pac-10 in red zone offense, having converted 32 of 33 scoring opportunities (97%) inside the opponent's 20-yard line this year with 23 TDs and nine field goals. Conversely, opponents have scored on only 20 of 29 (69%) red zone chances. Cal's early season red zone success is one of three offensive categories the Bears have excelled in that is reminiscent of Tedford's Oregon team last year. Cal has also committed only nine turnovers-eighth fewest in the nation-this season and has allowed QB Kyle Boller to be sacked only 13 times. In 2001, Tedford's Ducks turned the ball over a NCAA-low 11 times and led the Pac-10 in both fewest sacks (11) and best red zone offense (37-of-39, 94.9%).

Igber Continues His Ascent into Cal's Top 10 Lists for Rushing and All-Purpose Yardage
Joe Igber seems to make news virtually every week this year, as he continues to inch upwards on the Bears' all-time rushing and all-purpose charts. Although he has been harnessed to only 100 yards on 34 carries in his last two games against USC (45) and UCLA (55), the Nigerian native has rushed for 637 yards on 155 attempts through eight games this year. Igber has cranked out eight 100-yard rushing performances in his career-the fourth most in Cal history-trailing only Russell White and Chuck Muncie, who both rushed for 100 yards 15 times, and the late John Olszewski, who accomplished the feat on 10 occasions. Averaging 79.6 ground yards per game this season-the fourth-best figure in the Pac-10 to date-Igber has increased his career rushing total to 2,631 yards. His 637 yards this season already eclipses his entire output of last year, when he rushed for only 399 yards on 94 carries before missing the Bears' final four games with a fractured clavicle. He needs 300 yards to surpass No. 3 Paul Jones (2,930). In addition, the diminutive Igber has shot into Cal's career Top 10 in all-purpose yardage with 3,280, the seventh-highest total in school annuals. With 28 more all-purpose yards, he will zip ahead of Dwight Garner (3,307, 1982-85) into No. 6.

Tedford's 2002 Club Eyeing One of Biggest Turnarounds in School History
When you finished last season with the worst record (1-10) by a Cal team in 104 years, you know there's only one way to go ... up. But with their impressive 5-3 start, Tedford's Bears have a chance to produce one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in school history. They have already bettered last year's mark by four games, which is the best one-year turnaround at Cal since Keith Gilbertson's 1993 team posted a 9-4 mark following a 4-7 record the following year. The greatest one-year flip by a Cal team came in 1947, when a man named Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf assumed the head coaching reins and promptly led his Golden Bears to a 9-1 record-a six-and-a-half game improvement from the previous season (2-7 in '46 under Frank Wickhorst).

Cal Outscores Foes by 173-58 Margin in First Halves
Roaring out of the gates like few others, the Bears have feasted on 2002 opponents in the first half this year. The Bears, who have never trailed at halftime this season, have outscored their foes by a 173-58 margin through their first eight games. Cal has been particularly lethal in first quarters this year, outscoring its opponents, 93-29, in opening periods this season. Interestingly, Oregon State has allowed only 16 points all season in the first quarter, outscoring its foes by a 68-16 differential. While Jeff Tedford's squad has been lights out in the first two quarters, they have been outscored 70-37 in third periods this year (thanks mostly to a 29-7 meltdown in the third quarter against Washington State Sept. 28).

Cal's Assistant Head Coach, Former Beaver Assistant Michalczik Returns to Familiar Surroundings
Jim Michalczik may feel some familiar pangs when he steps onto the Reser Stadium turf this Saturday, as Cal's assistant head coach and offensive line coach played a prominent role in the resurgence of Oregon State football in recent years. Making his first return visit to Reser, Michalczik now works for new Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford after spending the past three seasons coaching special teams, tight ends and offensive line on Dennis Erickson's staff at Oregon State. During his stint in Corvallis, he helped Erickson turn around the Beavers' football program. In 1999, he contributed to OSU's first winning season and bowl berth in 29 years. In 2000, he played a key role in the Beavers earning a share of the Pac-10 title and logging an 11-1 record en route to a No. 4 national ranking. As Cal's offensive line coach this year, he has dramatically shored up the interior line, which has allowed only 13 sacks (tied for 2nd lowest in the Pac-10), given QB Kyle Boller ample time to become one of the nation's top passers, and opened holes for TB Joe Igber to rank fourth in conference rushing.

Led by Special Teams, Bears Uncorking a Bushel of Big Plays This Season
Another contributing factor to Cal's mercurial start has been the big play. In their first eight games, the Bears have unleashed no less than 14 plays that have measured 50 yards and beyond. Special teams have paved the way, churning out significant chunks of yardage with regularity. Cal currently ranks first in kickoff return average (23.8) and fifth in punt return average (10.8) in the Pac-10. Kick returner LaShawn Ward, who sprung loose for a season-best 56-yarder at Michigan State in Week 3, owns a 27.4-yard average to date (first in the Pac-10, 6th in the NCAA), while Jemeel Powell-the school's No. 3 all-time punt returner (12.1 avg.)-averages 10.7 yards per punt return (7th in the Pac-10). Powell's 90-yard TD punt return in the first quarter at Michigan State Sept. 14 was the longest punt return by a Cal player in 43 years. Meanwhile, Cal's coverage units have been very respectable, limiting their foes to a 17.7-yard kickoff return average (2nd in Pac-10) and 10.7 punt return figure. The Bears' kicking game has also been solid, with placekicker Mark Jensen already setting his all-time high for FGs in a season with 12, including a 51-yard field goal at Michigan State, the fifth longest in Cal history.

The One-Year Switcheroo: Cal Takes Dramatic Turn for the Better in '02
Very few college football programs have undergone such positive one-year transformations the likes of California. After eight games last year, the Bears were saddled with an 0-8 record and were being outdistanced by an average score of 41.4 points to 17.4 points. Eight games into this season, Cal sports its best start (5-3) since 1998 and is outscoring its opponents by a eye-popping margin 11.4 points (36.0 to 24.6).

OSU's RB Stephen Jackson & QB Derek Anderson Shine in 2nd Year
Two of the best young offensive talents in the Pac-10 will provide a stiff test for the Cal defense this weekend. Both Beaver sophomores, running back Steven Jackson and QB Derek Anderson rank among the conference leaders on the ground and through air, respectively. Jackson, who dropped a 227-yard rushing hammer on Fresno State Sept. 21 in a 59-19 OSU victory, currently ranks second behind Oregon's Onterrio Smith (133.7 avg.) in league rushing with a 109.3 yards-per-game average on 765 total yards and five TDs in 132 carries. Anderson, meanwhile, has passed for 17 TDs and only six interceptions this year in producing 1,765 aerial yards and a .500 completion percentage (117-of-334). His 17 TD passes already rank third in OSU's single season record book.

Oregon State Features 3 Former Cal Coaches on its 2002 Staff
No less than three current Oregon State coaches have past history in Berkeley. Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, running backs coach Dan Cozzetto and defensive back coach Al Simmons all served as Golden Bear assistants during the past decade. Lappano was Cal's running backs coach from 1992-95, while Cozzetto tutored the Bears' offensive line from 1990-91, and Simmons coached California's safeties from 1998-2000.

Seven Beaver Players Have Northern California Ties
Oregon State features seven football players who cut their teeth in Northern California. That group is led by three starters in cornerback Terrell Roberts (El Cerrito HS, Richmond), guard David Lose (Luther Burbank HS, Sacramento) and wide receiver James Newson (Edison HS, Stockton). Other NorCal products include kicker Mike White (Campolindo HS, Moraga), defensive lineman Henry Anderson (McClymonds HS, Oakland), offensive tackle Brian Kilkenny (Montgomery HS, Santa Rosa) and cornerback Rodney Landingham (Sonora HS, Sonora).

Bear Bytes
Under the tutelage of Tedford, Boller is completing 10.5% more of his passes this year over his career percentage entering this season. Boller owned a 45.1% figure through his first three years in Berkeley, but this season, he's connecting at a 55.6% clip ... In last year's 19-10 loss at Corvallis, the Bears rattled off a season-high 225 yards rushing on 50 carries, fueled by freshman Terrell Williams. Williams enjoyed a breakout game, churning out 104 yards on 26 attempts after replacing Igber, who had rushed for 50 yards on eight carries before sustaining a season-ending fracture of his clavicle ... Williams netted a season-high 41 yards on only seven carries last Saturday vs. UCLA. His previous 2002 high was 23 yards at Michigan State ... Oregon State is the second opponent this year to have two weeks to prepare for Cal, as the Beavers join Air Force in drawing a bye on the schedule the previous Saturday ... Cal head man Jeff Tedford has been associated with teams that have carved out a 26-6 record since the start of the 2000 season, as Oregon reeled off 11-1 and 10-2 marks in 2000 and '01 with Tedford serving as offensive coordinator, while Cal has posted a 5-3 record thus far in '02 ... Coincidence or not? Cal is 4-1 in games that are televised this year, 1-2 when there's no TV ... Cal has scored on its first possession of the game in six of its eight games this year (4 TDs, 2 FGs). The only times the Bears failed to score on their first possession was at Michigan State and Washington ... Thus far this season (prior to Monday's selections this week), Cal has landed four Pac-10 Players of the Week, second only to USC's five honorees among conference schools. QB Kyle Boller has won the award twice this year, following road upset victories Michigan State and Washington, while K Mark Jensen boomed a school-record five field goals in the Air Force loss to win the award, and PR Jemeel Powell was cited after the Michigan State game for his 90-yard TD punt return ... Beavers head coach Dennis Erickson spent three years in the Bay Area as offensive coordinator at San Jose State under the late Jack Elway from 1979-81, a period that the Spartans etched a 22-11-1 overall record. The Golden Bears have never beaten an Erickson-coached team (0-6-1). In three-plus seasons at Oregon State, Erickson has posted a 27-15 mark. To fully appreciate that mark, consider this: the previous five coaches-Mike Riley (8-14), Jerry Pettibone (13-52-1), Dave Kragthorpe (17-48-2), Joe Avezzano (6-47-2) and Craig Fertig (8-36-1)-registered a collective record of 39-145-5 from 1976-98) ... The 2002 season marks the 40th anniversary of Oregon State QB Terry Baker winning the 1962 Heisman Trophy. Baker was the first of seven Pac-10/Pac-8 players to win the Heisman. The other Pac-10 Heisman winners are RB Mike Garrett of USC (1965), QB Gary Beban of UCLA (1967), RB O.J. Simpson of USC (1968), QB Jim Plunkett of Stanford (1970), RB Charles White of USC (1979) and RB Marcus Allen of USC (1981). While Cal has never had a Heisman winner, the Bears have placed five players among the Top 5 in the Heisman voting since the award was started in 1935, with RB Chuck Muncie coming the closest to winning when he was the 1975 runner-up to Ohio State's Archie Griffin. The other Bears to finish among the Top 5 were RB Vic Bottari (5th in 1938), RB Jackie Jensen (4th in 1948), QB Paul Larson (5th in 1954) and QB Joe Kapp (5th in 1958) ... Among Oregon State's most notable alumni: Linus Pauling, the only winner of two unshared Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, 1954 and Peace, 1962) in the history of the award; Milton Harris, founder of Harris Research Labs; George Bruns, former musical director of Walt Disney Productions and producer for "101 Dalmatians" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer;" Cecil Andrus, Secretary of Interior for the Jimmy Carter administration; Dick Fosbury, inventor of the "Fosbury Flop" in the high jump and gold medal winner in the '68 Oiympics; and E. H. Wiegand, inventor of the Maraschino cherry!


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