Oct. 25, 2008
With the Golden Bears' 41-20 victory over UCLA today, California improves its record to 5-2, 3-1 Pac-10, while UCLA falls to 3-5, 2-3 Pac-10. The all-time series record now stands at 49-28-1 in favor of the Bruins. The Bears have not lost to UCLA in Berkeley since 1998.
Jahvid Best's 34-yard touchdown run (sixth rushing TD of the season) in the second quarter was the highlight of his day. Best ended the game with 115 yards on 17 carries and one reception for four yards. It was Best's fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season and his career. His 12-yard run in the third quarter was his 50th play of his collegiate career to be for 10 yards or more.
Marcus Ezeff recorded his first collegiate interception and later added a 69-yard pick that he returned for a touchdown. The interception gave Cal 80 points off of turnovers this season - including 11 touchdowns - and was the longest interception return for a touchdown since Nnamdi Asomugha returned a pick 85 yards for a score against Arizona State on Nov. 9, 2002.
Ezeff's first interception came on the first play from scrimmage of the game. Syd'Quan Thompson tipped the pass that was picked off by Ezeff. With the breakup, Thompson added one more breakup later in the game and now has 23 for his career and is tied with David Wilson for seventh place on the school's all-time list. Thompson also recorded a team-high 10 total tackles - one for a loss - against the Bruins.
Sean Cattouse recorded his second career interception of the season in the second quarter.
Michael Mohamed earned Cal's fourth interception of the day in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown. He also recorded his first career sack in the first quarter. The pick was the fourth of the game and the 15th for the year. Last year, Cal finished with a total of 10 interceptions. This is the second time this season that Cal has recorded four interceptions.
The last time Cal returned two interceptions for touchdowns was against Arizona State on Sept. 23, 2006. The Bears racked up 106 interception-return yards. Another highlight for Cal's defense was holding UCLA to less than 25 yards rushing (16). The last time Cal accomplished this feat was against Arizona on Sept. 22, 2007. The Bears held the Wildcats to 21 yards.
Tyson Alualu notched his third and fourth sacks of the season. He also blocked two passes.
Kevin Riley's longest pass of the day was a 53-yard touchdown to Nyan Boateng. Riley ended the game 11-for-22 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Boateng's score was his third of the season. He finished the day with 2 receptions for a team-high 67 yards. Riley's second touchdown went to Cameron Morrah, who leads the team with six touchdowns.
Bryan Anger's blocked punt for a UCLA touchdown was the first special teams touchdown Cal has allowed this season. It was also the third blocked punt of the year for Anger. He ended the game with three punts landing inside the 20 and booted a 51-yarder.
Giorgio Tavecchio was 2-for-2 on field goals (26, 42). He is now 4-for-5 on the season, and his 42-yard field goal today tied his season best.
The three points scored by the Bears in the first quarter were the fewest for any opening quarter this season. Cal held UCLA to zero first downs, zero passing yards and minus three rushing yards in the first quarter. The Bears also dominated the time of possession, keeping their offense on the field for nearly 12 minutes.
Cal continued its impressive record at Memorial Stadium with its 41-20 victory over UCLA. The Golden Bears have now won 26 of their last 30 home games. Overall, Cal has outscored opponents, 1,169-572, in these contests, including 296-159 in the fourth quarter. The only losses suffered in Memorial Stadium were to Oregon State (Oct. 15, 2005 and Oct. 13, 2007) and to USC (Nov. 12, 2005 and Nov. 10 2007). Neither opponent visits Berkeley this year.
The UCLA attendance of 64,653 marked the 28th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last five years. The game was also the 16th game of 60,000+ games under head coach Jeff Tedford, and third this season. Today's attendance was also a season best. Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.