California Prepares For Clash At Oregon State
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/01/1999

Nov. 1, 1999

Game No. 9
California (4-4, 3-2 Pac-10) at Oregon State (5-3, 2-3 Pac-10)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, Reser Stadium (35,362 - Artificial Turf), Corvallis, OR

3:30 p.m. PT

Fox Sports Syndication Package (locally on KICU TV, Channel 36)

31,500 expected
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Cal Radio Network
The game will be aired live over KGO Radio (810 AM) San Francisco and the five-station Cal Radio Network. Other stations on the network are: KRCK (1490 AM) in King City, KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka, KANM (970 AM) in Modesto and KYOS (1480 AM) in Stockton. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO is in its 26th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 25th season handling play-by-play duties, and Lee Grosscup, who is in his 11th year in the booth, joins him with color commentary. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Wednesdays at 6:20 p.m.

Cal TV Highlight Show
The weekly one-half hour Cal Football Highlight Show, hosted by Glen Kuiper, will air each Sunday afternoon during the season on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. The program will be shown Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Cal-OSU: The Series
The Bears lead the series 31-20 and have won the last six meetings straight. Cal took last year's game in Corvallis with a 20-19 come-from-behind victory. The last time the Beavers emerged victorious was in 1989, a 25-14 win at Memorial Stadium.

O'Neal Snatches Sixth Interception
When Deltha O'Neal intercepted USC quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst's pass near the end of the first half and returned it for the Bears first touchdown, he increased his single season total to six and put himself among elite company in the Cal record books. With three games remaining, O'Neal needs only one more interception to tie for the school record and to be the first player to accomplish the feat in 31 years.

Single Season Interceptions

                   Year   No.  Yds.  TD
1. Jack Jensen     1947   7    114   0
1. Ken Wiedemann   1968   7    69    0
1. Jim Hunt        1964   7    65    0
1. Paul Keckley    1948   7    54    0
1. Joe Stuart      1944   7    NA    1
6. Deltha O'Neal   1999   6    113   1

California Defense Leads Pac-10 in Sacks
The California defense had a big day against the Trojans, recording nine sacks, including four by senior defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh. The accomplishment is believed to be a school record. The Bears lead the conference in the category with 44 sacks for a loss of 280 yards. Cal leads Stanford, its closest competitor in the category, by 10 sacks.

1999 Cal Schedule, Results & Notes

Sept. 4   Rutgers                    21-7        Marcus Fields scores on 49-yard run on game's first play.
Sept. 11  at Nebraska (ABC)          0-45        Cal holds NU to 114 yards rushing, but loses Matt Beck to injury.
Sept. 25  Arizona State              24-23       Kyle Boller's first start at QB (17-of-32, 213 yards, 2 TD).
Oct. 2    at Washington State        7-31        Jacob Waasdorp returns fumble 25 yards for TD.
Oct. 9    at BYU (ABC)               28-38       Deltha O'Neal has two interceptions and two 31-yard kick returns.
Oct. 16   at UCLA (ABC)              17-0        Cal shuts out Bruins, allowing them only 168 yards of total offense.
Oct. 23   Washington                 27-31       Joe Igber rushes for 182 yards, breaking the freshman record.
Oct. 30   USC (Fox Syn.)             17-7        Cal defense records nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
Nov. 6    at Oregon State (Fox Syn.) 3:30 p.m.   Bears have won six straight games vs. Beavers
Nov. 13   Oregon                     12:30 p.m.  Bears face Ducks for first time since 1996
Nov. 20   at Stanford                12:30 p.m.  102nd renewal of Big Game, 10th most-played rivalry in NCAA

Cal Radio on the Internet
All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet. To listen, go to the football page at, click on the icon and hear Joe Starkey and Lee Grosscup call the action.

Cal Radio on 800 Service
All Cal football radio broadcasts during the 1998 season are available nationwide via telephone through the facilities of TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans can access the Cal Radio Network from anywhere in the country at 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5918. The cost is $.50 for the first minute, with decreasing rates for additional minutes.

Pac-10 Teleconferences
The Pac-10 Conference will hold a media-only teleconference every two weeks during the 1999 football season: Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9. The call begins at 9:30 a.m., and Cal head coach Tom Holmoe will be on the line at 10:05. For more information, media should contact the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.

Pac-10 Standings

                 Pac-10   Overall
                  W   L   W   L
Stanford          5   1   5   3
Washington        4   1   5   3
California        3   2   4   4
Arizona           3   2   6   3
Arizona State     3   2   4   4
Oregon            3   2   5   3
Oregon State      2   3   5   3
Washington State  1   4   2   6
USC               1   4   3   5
UCLA              1   5   3   6

Around the Pac-10
Nov. 6-Arizona State at USC, Washington State at Oregon, Washington at Arizona. Stanford and UCLA are idle.

The Coaches
Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his third year as head coach of the Bears and fourth with the Cal program. He has a career record of 11-18 with the Bears. A 1983 graduate of BYU, Holmoe was the Cougars starting cornerback from 1980-82 and led the WAC in interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. He earned first team WAC honors as a senior and later was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers. Holmoe went on to play seven years with in the NFL, all with San Francisco, and helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls. After retiring from pro football, he entered the coaching ranks, serving as a graduate assistant during the 1990 and '91 seasons under LaVell Edwards at BYU. In 1992, Holmoe was reunited with Bill Walsh after accepting an offer to become the Stanford secondary coach. After two years as a member of the Cardinal staff, he moved back to the pro ranks and his former team, the 49ers, as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for the 1994 and '95 seasons. In 1996, Holmoe joined the Bears staff as the defensive coordinator and on Jan. 18, 1997, he was named head football coach at Cal.

Dennis Erickson (Montana State, '69) is in his first season at Oregon State. He was a three-year starter at quarterback at Montana State and earned first team All-Big Sky honors twice. As a collegiate head coach, he has a 113-40-1 record, including two national championships with the University of Miami in 1989 and '91. During his six years at Miami, Erickson compiled a 63-9-0 record and a 35-2 home mark at the Orange Bowl, part of an NCAA-record 58 straight wins. Before Miami, he was the head coach at Washington State for two years, at Wyoming for one year and at Idaho for four years. He has been named Coach of the Year for the Pac-10, Big Sky and Big East conferences. He joins the Beavers after coaching the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98, finishing with a 31-33-0 record.

California Road Accommodations
The California travel party will depart from Oakland Airport on Friday afternoon and stay at the Valley River Inn (541-687-0123) in Eugene. Associate Athletic Director Kevin Reneau and Assistant Media Relations Director Scott Ball will accompany the team.

The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. The winner for the USC game is Deltha O'Neal, who scored Cal's first touchdown on a 67-yard interception return. O'Neal also returned a third quarter punt 60-yards to the Trojan 24-yard line, which set up a Cal field goal and a 10-0 lead.

This Week                 Next Opponent
Oregon State (2-3, 5-3)   Oregon (3-2, 5-3)
Sept. 4   at Nevada, 28-13           Sept. 2   at Michigan State, 20-27
Sept. 11  Fresno State, 46-23        Sept. 11  Texas-El Paso, 47-28
Sept. 18  Georgia Southern, 48-41    Sept. 18  Nevada, 72-10
Oct. 2    at USC, 29-37              Sept. 25  USC, 33-30 (3OT)
Oct. 9    Washington, 21-47          Oct. 2    at Washington, 20-34
Oct. 16   at Stanford, 17-21         Oct. 9    at UCLA, 29-34
Oct. 23   UCLA, 55-7                 Oct. 23   at Arizona, 44-41
Oct. 30   at Washington State, 27-13 Oct. 30   Arizona State, 20-17
Nov. 6    California                 Nov. 6    Washington State
Nov. 13   Arizona                    Nov. 13   at California
Nov. 20   at Oregon                  Nov. 20   Oregon State