Dec. 28, 2011
SAN DIEGO - With tonight's Cal loss, Jeff Tedford is now 5-3 in bowl games as head coach at Cal. Playing in its third Holiday Bowl in the Tedford era, all against opponents from the state of Texas, the Golden Bears are now 1-2 in that bowl game (loss to Texas Tech in 2004 and beat Texas A&M in 2006). Cal now has an all-time bowl record of 10-10-1. This was the ninth time in the last 10 years that the Bears had enough wins to be bowl eligible.
Isi Sofele rushed 20 times for 52 yards and a touchdown. The Bears are 6-2 when Sofele carries the ball at least 18 times. He notched his 10th touchdown of the season on the opening drive of the second half and ended the season sixth all-time at Cal in single-season rushing yards with 1,322. He scored at least one touchdown in six of the last seven games.
After hauling in nine catches for 82 yards, Keenan Allen is second on Cal's single-season list in receiving yards with 1,343 yards. Geoff McArthur (1,504, 2003) is Cal's all-time leader. He extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 24, all his games at Cal. Allen moved in the career top-10 list in receptions at No. 8 with 143 (98 in 2011).
Marvin Jones finished his Cal career extending his streak of games with at least one catch to 38 consecutive contests. He caught a pass in every game the past three seasons. Jones finished his Cal career as the active leader in receptions (156), receiving yards (2,270) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 156 receptions tied for seventh with Robert Jordan (2004-07) all-time at Cal. He ended the season in the single-season top-10 list in receptions at No. eight with 62 receptions in 2011, surpassing DeSean Jackson with his season-high eight catches for 88 yards on Wednesday, giving him a career-best 826 receiving yards in 2011.
Zach Maynard completed 19 of his 33 passes for 188 yards. Maynard ends the 2011 season third on Cal's single-season list in total offense with 3,098 yards. He also moved up to third on Cal's single-season list in passing yards (2,990).
Giorgio Tavecchio was good on 20 of his 23 field goal attempts this season after going 1-for-1 on Wednesday with a 47-yarder (third longest of the season) in the first quarter on Cal's opening drive. That field goal set the Cal bowl record for longest field goal. The previous record was 46 yards by Robbie Keen in the 1990 Copper Bowl against Wyoming. He is the third Cal kicker to make 20 field goals in a season (Robbie Keen - 21, 1998 and Randy Pratt - 22, 1983). On the single-season scoring list, Tavecchio finished with 256 points that ranks fifth.
Trevor Guyton's nine-yard sack in the third quarter had him end the season as the team's leader in sacks with a career-high 5.5 sacks.
Bryan Anger booted his 16th punt of the season (70th career) 50 or more yards with his 57-yarder in the fourth quarter. It was also the 11th time in the last 12 games he kicked a punt 50 or more yards. He ended his collegiate career with a punting average of 43.5.
The 10 combined points at halftime were the lowest of the season for Cal and tied for the lowest ever in the first half of the Holiday Bowl.
The Cal defense, which entered the game ranked second in the Pac-12, allowed 255 total yards. Entering the fourth quarter, Texas was 0-for-9 on third downs. They held the Longhorns to drives of five yards or less eight times.
Mychal Kendricks had 10 tackles against Texas, giving him 258 for his career that ties for ninth all-time at Cal.
Marc Anthony finished the season with 12 pass breakups, which ranks tied for seventh on the school's single-season list.
Mitchell Schwartz started his 51st career game, one short of the school record of 52 (Syd'Quan Thompson). Bryan Anger and Mychal Kendricks also played in their 51st career game, while D.J. Holt played his 50th.
The five turnovers were the most since the Bears committed five turnovers at UCLA this season. Texas was only able to score once on the drive following the turnovers.
Mike Manuel's 32-yard kick return in the second quarter was a career high. His previous personal best was 28 yards.