Nov. 8, 2011
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2011 Cal Football
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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (2-7, 2-4 Pac-12)
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
TV: CSN California/ROOT - Roxy Bernstein (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Jason Stiles (Analyst), Amy Gutierrez (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show) *Pregame Show: 24 Willie Mays Blvd., Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA ^Postgame Show: The Decks at Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Oregon State game can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-by-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst), Jeff Anguis (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The home team's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Oregon State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The home Cal feed of the contest is available on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 192.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 77-46/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 63
Series Record: Cal leads series, 33-30-0
First Meeting: 10/28/1905, at Cal 10, OSU 0
Last Meeting: 10/30/10, at OSU 35, Cal 7
Current Streak: OSU win 4
Tedford vs. OSU: 2-7
Cal will play its final home game of the 2011 season when the Golden Bears host Oregon State at AT&T Park today. Cal, who will play its final two contests of the campaign at Stanford and Arizona State, is 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-12. The Bears need a single win in its final three games to become bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Cal has posted a 3-1 record during four previous games at AT&T Park in 2011 and won two of three overall.
Oregon State's 2-7 overall mark is the worst among conference teams but both of the Beavers' wins have come as part of a 2-4 league record that has them tied for fourth with the Bears in the North Division of the Pac-12. The Beavers have lost two in a row and all three of its 2011 true road games. Oregon State is out of bowl contention.
Cal retains a slim 33-30 lead in the all-time series although the Beavers have won each of the last four games between the teams and 10 of the last 12. Cal's only two wins during the 12-game stretch are road victories in Corvallis in 2004 and 2006. Oregon State was a 35-7 winner in Corvallis last year and picked up a 31-14 victory the last time Cal hosted the game in Berkeley in 2009. Cal has lost five straight home games to Oregon State. The Bears last won a home game against the Beavers with a 33-14 victory in 1997.
Detailed information on the Cal-Oregon State series is located on page 36.
Matchup of Pac-12's Top Two Pass Defenses
Much of the damage offensively for Cal and Oregon State may have to be done on the ground as the Bears lead the Pac-12 in pass defense (194.3 ypg), while the Beavers are second (220.6 ypg). Cal's running attack is sixth in the Pac-12 (153.1 ypg), while Oregon State's is 11th (94.6 ypg).
The Bowl Picture
At this stage of the season, there are still numerous possible scenarios that can play out with Cal's bowl picture. But one sure thing is that with one more victory Cal will reach the six-win mark and become bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Cal's school-record string of qualifying for a bowl reached seven consecutive seasons from 2003-09 before finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven consecutive bowl appearances under head coach Jeff Tedford that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Tedford is only Cal head coach to ever record more than two bowl game victories.
The Pac-12 is affiliated with the seven different bowls listed in their selection order below. All bowls must make their selections by Sunday, Dec. 4, but can make their selections earlier.
2011 Pac-12 Bowl Arrangements
Bowl Game Site Opponent Date (Time) TV Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio Pasadena, CA Big Ten Jan. 2 (2:00 p.m. PST) ESPN Valero Alamo San Antonio, TX Big 12 Dec. 29 (8:00 p.m. CST) ESPN Bridgepoint Education Holiday San Diego, CA Big 12 Dec. 28 (5:00 p.m. PST) ESPN Hyundai Sun El Paso, TX ACC Dec. 31 (12:00 p.m. CST) CBS MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV MWC Dec. 22 (6:00 p.m. MST) ESPN Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco, CA Army Dec. 31 (12:30 p.m. PST) ESPN Gildan New Mexico Albuquerque, NM MWC Dec. 17 (12:00 p.m. MST) ESPN
Final Home Game for 21 Cal Players
Cal's contest against Oregon State today will mark the final home game for 21 Golden Bears. The list includes P Bryan Anger, WR Michael Calvin, DB D.J. Campbell, DB Sean Cattouse, OL Justin Cheadle, LB Ryan Davis, WR Coleman Edmond, OL Justin Gates, DL Trevor Guyton, LB D.J. Holt, WR Marvin Jones, FB Will Kapp, LB Mychal Kendricks, QB Brock Mansion, TE Anthony Miller, DB C.J. Moncrease, LB Robert Mullins, DL Ernest Owusu, OL Mitchell Schwartz, PK Giorgio Tavecchio and FB John Tyndall.
All-American Candidate Allen Among Nation's Leaders
All-American candidate Keenan Allen is sixth nationally in receiving yards for the second consecutive week with an average of 119.33 per contest. His 8.33 receptions per game are tied for seventh nationally. Both rank second in the Pac-12. Allen had led the country in receiving yards per game for two weeks following the Bears' contests against USC and Utah. Allen paces the Bears this season with 75 receptions, 1,074 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. The reception and receiving yards totals are career highs while the touchdowns equal a career mark. His average of 14.3 yards per reception is also a career best for Allen and the second highest among the team's regular receivers behind Marvin Jones' 14.6. Allen's five 100-yard receiving games are second in the Pac-12. Allen was also on the receiving end of a school record, the longest pass play and tied for the longest play from the line of scrimmage in the Pac-12 this season at Washington when he caught a ball from Zach Maynard for a 90-yard touchdown. Allen finished with career highs of 10 catches and 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time at Cal) in that contest against the Huskies, with the 197 receiving yards marking the fourth most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He set a career-high with 13 grabs for 160 yards two games later against USC, with the 13 receptions tying for third on school's all-time single-game list. Allen has at least six catches and 78 yards receiving in all nine games in 2011.
In addition, the versatile Allen paces the club with 1,147 all-purpose yards and an average of 127.44 per game that ranks seventh in the Pac-12 and 48th nationally. In addition to his receiving totals, he has rushed five times for 41 yards, completed a 27-yard pass to Zach Maynard the only time he attempted to throw and returned four punts for 32 yards. He is also tied for third on the team in scoring with 30 points.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards Presbyterian 6-85-1-27 at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards at Oregon 9-170-1-31 USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards Utah 8-78-1-16 at UCLA 7-83-0-27 ... 1 rush, 12 yard Washington State 8-85-0-29 ... 1 rush, 8 yards; 2 punt returns, 20 yards
Allen Chasin' and Breakin' Records
Keenan Allen's per-game averages of 119.33 receiving yards and 8.33 receptions per contest have him on pace to finish the 12-game regular-season schedule with 100 receptions and 1,432 receiving yards. Cal's current records in those categories were set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). Allen's nine-game totals of 75 receptions and 1,074 receiving yards already rank tied for third and fourth on Cal's all-time lists, respectively. Allen became the first Cal player to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a campaign in his ninth game of the season when he reached the mark against Washington State and only the sixth Golden Bear player ever to get to 1,000 receiving yards in a season, with DeSean Jackson the most recent in 2006. Allen's five touchdown receptions in 2011 leave him two scoring grabs from entering the single-season top 10. His career-high 13 catches against USC is tied for third all-time in a single game at Cal, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington are fifth.
Earlier in the season, Allen became the fastest player to reach 100 receptions in his career when he made it to mark in his 18th game at Cal vs. Utah on Oct. 22. He also 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. Through his first 20 games at Cal, Allen now has career totals of 121 receptions, 1,564 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth all-time at Cal.
More on Allen
Paul Hornung Award - Allen is in third place in fan voting for the Paul Hornung Award as of Nov. 7. Allen's 567 votes trail only Toledo's Eric Page (1,211) and Georgia's Brandon Boykin (1,085). Fans can vote once every 24 hours through the end of the 2011 college football bowl season by visiting votepaulhornung.com. Fans' selections on this page will count as one vote and be added to the votes cast by the 16-member selection committee.
Allen has a pair of media appearances scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 9. At 11:35 a.m., he will be on KNBR with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger. At 1:00 p.m., he will chat live on CalBears.com.
Jones Having Another Big Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another big season with 43 receptions, 629 receiving yards and three touchdown catches that are all second on the team behind Keenan Allen. Jones leads all of Cal's regular receivers with an average of 14.6 yards per catch. In addition, he paces the team and ranks third in the Pac-12 averaging 7.0 yards per punt return with 84 yards on 12 punt returns, including a career-long 37-yarder against USC.
Jones is tied for ninth in the Pac-12 and 63rd nationally with his 4.78 receptions per contest average, while his 69.89 receiving yards per game are ninth in the conference and 63rd nationally. Despite combining for only three catches and 30 receiving yards over the last two games, Jones' is still on pace for career highs in both receptions and receiving yards with projected regular-season totals of 57 catches and 839 receiving yards.
Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (137), receiving yards (2,053) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 13 touchdown catches are eighth on the school's all-time list, while the receptions and receiving yards are both 10th. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth on Cal's all-time list.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at Colorado 5-55-0-21 Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards at Washington 6-79-0-16 at Oregon 6-66-0-18 USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards Utah 5-69-0 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at UCLA 1-11-0 ... 3 punt returns, 9 yards Washington State 2-19-0 ... 1 rush, 23 yards; 1 punt return, 14 yards
Allen and Jones Vying to be Nation's Top Duo
Keenan Allen (75) and Marvin Jones (43) have combined to catch 118 passes that ranks sixth nationally as a duo. USC's Robert Woods (90) and Marqise Lee (43) are the nation's top duo with 133 receptions.
Jones and Allen Catch Streaks
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen both have current streaks in which they have made at least one reception in a game. Jones has a string of 34 straight contests with a catch in every Cal game over the last three years. Allen's run covers each of the 20 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Sofele Most Recent in Line of Successful Cal Tailbacks
Cal has had a 1,000-yard rusher in eight of the last nine campaigns and Isi Sofele is well on his way to making it nine of 10, having already rushed for a career high 839 yards in his first nine games of 2011, with his 93.22 yard per-game average ranking fifth in the Pac-12 and 37th nationally. He is currently on pace for 1,119 yards rushing in 12 regular-season games, which would leave him only 11 yards outside the school's top 10 single-season rushing campaigns, with a possible game still to play. Sofele had a career-high 138 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in his most recent game vs. Washington State. He has posted at least 74 yards rushing in eight of his nine contests in 2011, reaching the mark in every game other than USC.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 24-88-2-39 at Colorado 20-84-0-29 Presbyterian 18-110-2-25 at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 receptions, 6 yards Utah 26-84-1-17 ... 1 kick return, 26 yards at UCLA 15-74-1-15 Washington State 23-138-1-22
Maynard's First Nine Games
Nine games into his career as Cal's starting quarterback, Zach Maynard has completed 160-of-298 passes for 2,157 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 122.18 passer efficiency. Maynard had thrown for at least 200 yards and completed at least 15 passes in each of his first seven starts, but has not reached the mark in either of his last two games at UCLA or vs. Washington State. The UCLA game is also the only contest in which he has not either thrown or run for a touchdown.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards Utah 19-29-255-1-44 ... 10 rushes, 36 yards at UCLA 14-30-4-199-0 ... 9 rushes, 39 yards Washington State 10-17-0-118-1 ... 5 rushes, 4 yards
Ray Guy Candidate Anger Again Among Nation's Best
Bryan Anger was officially named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award on Oct. 31. Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has moved up 52 spots from where he was after the season opener into the No. 11 position nationally with a 44.79 yard per punt average that is also third in the Pac-12 and the fourth-best single-season average all-time at Cal. Should Anger finish above Scott Tabor's 45.3 average posted in 1987 he would end up with the top two seasons in Cal history in his final two campaigns, as well as three of the top six in his career.
Anger was named a National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his performance at UCLA after being named a CFPA honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the CFPA three times earlier in the season for his performances against Colorado, Washington and Utah. Now in his fourth season as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 241 times for 10,496 yards and an average of 43.6 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Scott Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20 at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20 Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20 at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+ at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+ USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 FC, 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards Utah 5-231-46.2-62 ... 1 50+, 2 I-20 at UCLA 5-248-49.6-64 ... 2 FC, 3 50+, 3 I-20 Washington State 4-165-41.2-60 ... 2 FC, 1 50+, 3 I-20
Kendricks and Holt Continue Tight Race for Team Tackle Lead
Mychal Kendricks (59) and D.J. Holt (56) remain in a tight race for the team's tackle lead and among the Pac-12 leaders. Kendricks is fifth in the conference with an average of 7.38 stops per game, while Holt is seventh at 7.00.
In addition to pacing Cal in tackles, Kendricks has added a team-high-tying 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 1.0 sack (-5 yards), an interception that he returned 32 yards against Utah, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery, which he picked up at Washington along with a career-high-tying 15 tackles.
Kendricks has played in all 46 games possible and made 24 starts during his career at Cal. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (211), tackles for loss (28.5), sacks (11.5) and fumble recoveries (6), while tying for team's active career lead in blocked kicks (1) and ranking tied for second with three interceptions. Holt was second in tackles on the 2010 squad with 85 tackles to rank behind only leader Mike Mohamed. He is second behind Kendricks among active Cal players with 192 career tackles. He also has three career forced fumbles that are the most by any active Cal player, 16.5 tackles for loss that are third, two fumble recoveries that are tied for third and seven pass breakups that are fifth. Holt has played in 45 consecutive games after not participating in the first contest of his 2008 redshirt freshman season. He has started all 20 games possible over the last two campaigns and 28 overall.
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) Presbyterian 3 tackles at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard) Utah 2 tackles, 1 INT (32 yard return) at UCLA 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3 yards) Washington State 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) at Colorado 9 tackles Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards) USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) Utah 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at UCLA 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-7 yards), 1.0 SK (-6 yards) Washington State 5 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-6 yards), 0.5 SK (-6 yards)
Tavecchio Having Memorable Senior Season
Giorgio Tavecchio leads Cal in scoring with 54 points through the team's first eight games of 2011 and has made 11-of-14 field goal attempts. Tavecchio's current per-game averages rank among the Pac-12's leaders in field goals (T4th, 1.38 fgpg), scoring among kickers (T7th, 7.0 ppg) and overall scoring (T83rd, 7.0 ppg). He also has a 54-yarder at Oregon in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season. His nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyterian both equal the most by a conference player in 2011.
Tavecchio was also a national semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Although Tavecchio was not named one of the 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy or a Scholar-Athlete Award winner when they were announced on Oct. 26, his semifinal status and candidacy continued Cal's strong tradition with the NFF honors in recent years. In 2008, Alex Mack won the Campbell Trophy (named the Draddy Trophy at the time). Mike Mohamed was one of 16 Campbell Trophy finalists in 2010. Both were recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tavecchio has an interesting Cal football story, having joined the Bears as a walk-on three days before the 2008 season-opener against Michigan State and then handling the team's kickoff duties against the Spartans in his first collegiate contest. He has played a primary role in the team's kicking game ever since and been a full-time starter each of the past two campaigns.
On the field, Tavecchio has played in 41 contests at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Golden Bears' active career leader with 216 points. Tavecchio recently moved past three household Cal football names - Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch and Shane Vereen - into the school's all-time record book for scoring. He is now ninth with the next person to pass on the list also a famous Cal tailback in Chuck Muncie, who scored 224 points from 1973-75. Tavecchio has made 39-of-55 (70.9%) field goal attempts and 99-of-105 (94.3%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 216 times in his career for 13,001 kickoff yards for an average of 60.2 yards per kickoff with 13 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category.
Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.
In the classroom, Tavecchio has a 3.711 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Political Economy in May of 2012. He has earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors each of the last two seasons in 2009 and `10.
In terms of community service Tavecchio has been off the charts, with his activities including ...
Taking part in the SAGE mentorship program which provides Cal students as mentors for elementary school children in local public schools
Working with high school kickers in his hometown area
Volunteering at the St. Mary's Center working in the soup kitchen
Sponsoring a poor child in Honduras through Compassion International
Participation with Athletes in Action, including going on "PB&J giveaways" where the group makes PB&J sandwiches and gives them away to homeless in the Berkeley area
Taking part in a COPWATCH (community-based police accountability) decal class in which homeless individuals were educated about their rights and Berkeley civic law
Tutoring Italian student-athletes at Cal
Volunteering at a local Catholic church to help with confirmation
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0 at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6 USC 1-2-27 0-1 3-199-66.3 Utah 2-3-37 4-4 7-439-62.7-1TB at UCLA 0-1-NA 2-2 3-191-63.7 Washington State 1-1-43 3-4 6-341-56.8
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. The Bears have won five of their first nine games in 2011 and need to win three more contests to reach their average of the last nine seasons, with three regular-season contests and a possible bowl game remaining in 2011.
Bears as the Best, against the Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 31 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-18 record in those contests, with the Bears game at then No. 9 Oregon (AP and USA Today) on Oct. 6 their only contest against a ranked team to this point in 2011. Cal's only remaining game against a currently ranked team is at Stanford (No. 2 USA Today/No. 3 AP/No. 4 BCS). Cal is 0-3 under Tedford against No. 1 ranked teams, most recently falling 15-13 to Oregon at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 13, 2010. Cal also lost 35-10 to USC at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and 23-17 to the Trojans in 2004 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21). Cal has dropped four consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then to Oregon again in 2011.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four. Cal has opened a campaign ranked nationally five times during the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, with the highest preseason ranking coming in 2006 at No. 9 by AP (No. 12 USA Today). The Bears have also been ranked as high as No. 12 by both AP and USA Today to begin the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In 2004, AP started the Bears at No. 13 (No. 15 USA Today), and Cal opened 2005 ranked No. 19 by AP (No. 20 USA Today).
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 48 plays (34 passing, 14 rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, already surpassing the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular season games all of last year. With an average of 5.3 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first nine contests of 2011, Cal is only slightly behind the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 33 of the 45 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (15), Marvin Jones (11), Isi Sofele (10), Anthony Miller (4), Allan Bridgford (3), Michael Calvin (3), C.J. Anderson (1) and Will Kapp (1).
Big Plays Are Back on Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first nine games of 2011, the Bears are third in the Pac-12 and tied for 12th nationally in sacks per game (3.00) with a total of 27.0. A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked No. 13 nationally with an average of 2.86 sacks per game. Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 as the Bears lead the Pac-12 and rank tied for sixth nationally (8.00). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out the Sacks
A group of 14 players have contributed at least a half sack to combine for 27.0 total sacks in 2011. David Wilkerson leads the way with 4.0 sacks and has a per-game average of .44 that is tied for ninth in the Pac-12 and tied for 100th nationally. Wilkerson is Cal's only player that is nationally ranked in sacks per game. Trevor Guyton and Ernest Owusu have both added 3.5 sacks and an average of .39 per game that is tied for 14th in the Pac-12. Others that have recorded sacks in 2011 include Cecil Whiteside (3.0), D.J. Holt (2.0), Kendrick Payne (2.0), Chris McCain (1.5), Aaron Tipoti (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Mychal Kendricks (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Cal Second in Pac-12, Eighth Nationally in Net Punting
Cal's punt coverage team is ranked second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally in net punting, improving three spots from the No. 11 spot punter Bryan Anger holds. The Bears have a 40.23 net yards per punt average. The Bears have improved significantly in each of the two seasons under special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, picking up 11 spots from their No. 30 position (37.31 nypg) the year before Genyk's arrival to No. 19 in 2010 (38.51 nypg) and their current No. 8 position.
Bears Control Ground Game Against Washington State
Cal rushed for a season-high 292 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries against Washington State. The Bears had nine different players carry the ball, including four that set new career highs for rushing yards in Isi Sofele (138), C.J. Anderson (51), Will Kapp (43) and Mike Manuel (29).
On the other side of the ball, the Bears' defense limited Washington State to 69 yards rushing. In the first half, the Cougars were at -15 yards on the ground.
Veteran Offensive Line Now at 125 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features a significant amount of staring experience as the Bears have had the same five starters in each 2011 game, with the members of that fivesome now having combined to make 125 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (46), Justin Cheadle (30), Brian Schwenke (20), Matt Summers-Gavin (20) and Dominic Galas (9).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 59-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 4-0 mark in 2011 after victories over Fresno State (36), Colorado (36), Presbyterian (63) and Utah (34). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-41, including an 0-4 mark in 2011 with losses at Washington (23), at Oregon (15), at UCLA (14) and vs. USC (9).
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 62 of its last 64 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). A total of 102 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 43-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-27 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 26-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-23 with a deficit. However, the numbers in 2011 were not following the trend as strongly as in previous seasons until recently. Turnovers have played a critical role in each of the last three games. In losses against USC and at UCLA, Cal turned the ball over a season-high-tying five times. In a win against Utah, Cal forced a season-high four turnovers. Cal had previously won the turnover battle only once (Presbyterian) in its three victories but twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its three losses.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 25 Cal players have made their first appearances in a Cal uniform in 2011. The list includes Chris Adcock (Fr., OL), Ted Agu (Fr., LB), David Aknin (Jr., FB), C.J. Anderson (Jr., TB), Brendan Bigelow (Fr., TB), Jackson Bouza (So., WR), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Michael Coley (Fr., DB), Kameron Jackson (Fr., DB), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DL), Keni Kaufusi (So., DL), Gabe King (Fr., DL), Kameron Krebs (Jr., LB), Adrian Lee (Fr., DB), Mike Manuel (Jr., TB), Zach Maynard (Jr., QB), Chris McCain (Fr., LB), Stefan McClure (Fr., DB), Bryce McGovern (Fr., WR), Viliami Moala (Fr., DL), Richard Rodgers (Fr., TE), Brennan Scarlett (Fr., LB), Avery Sebastian (Fr., DB), Bill Tyndall (So., OL) and Cecil Whiteside (Fr., LB).
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven consecutive seasons from 2003-09 finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7, which also ended the team's school-record-tying string of eight straight winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven consecutive bowl appearances that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. The Bears were 67-35 (.657) overall during their eight winning seasons in a row. Cal needs only two victories over its last four regular-season games in 2011 to become bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine years.
Winning the Time of Possession Game
Cal is fourth in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 31:31. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in five of its first eight games in 2011.
Notable Numbers Against Washington State
Keenan Allen has not played, missing the 2010 contest between the Bears and Cougars with an injury.
Bryan Anger has averaged 42.4 yards per punt in three career outings, including his best average in 2010 with a 47.6 mark when he also had a tackle.
Marc Anthony has three tackles, all in 2010, and played twice.
Michael Calvin has four catches for 28 yards and a tackle.
D.J. Campbell has four tackles, two each in 2009 and `10.
Sean Cattouse has four tackles, 1.0 sack (-1 yard) and a pass breakup, with all but one tackle coming in 2010.
Sean Cattouse has four tackles, 1.0 sack (-1 yard) and a pass breakup, with all but one tackle coming in 2010.
Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson had 41 yards rushing on six carries in his only game in 2009.
Trevor Guyton has 11 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-23) yards and 2.5 sacks (-19) ... had a season-high seven of the tackles as well as career highs in both sacks (3.0, -23 yards) and tackles for loss (2.5, -19 yards) in the first start of his career in 2010.
Josh Hill has three tackles (all in 2009) and one pass breakup (2010).
D.J. Holt has nine tackles, four each in 2008 and `09, and one more in 2010, with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) in `09.
Marvin Jones has seven receptions and 149 receiving yards for a 21.3 yards per catch average, as well as one touchdown on a 37-yarder in 2009 ... had four catches for 101 receiving yards, including a 50-yarder, and one rush for eight yards in 2010.
Will Kapp has one reception for two yards in 2009.
Mychal Kendricks has 10 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss (-16 yards), with five tackles and 1.0 TFL (-6 yards) coming in 2010 and the other TFL (-10 yards) happening in `08.
Spencer Ladner one reception for eight yards in 2010.
Brock Mansion has completed 13-of-26 passes for 181 with two interceptions and no touchdowns, while adding six rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground ... was 12-of-24 for 181 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns as the starting quarterback in Cal's only road win of the 2010 season at Washington State, when he also had five of the rushes for 25 yards, including a career-long 28-yarder ... had a one-yard rushing score in 2009.
Anthony Miller has three catches for 29 yards, including two receptions for 26 yards in 2009 with the other three-yard catch in `10.
Robert Mullins had a career-high-tying four tackles in 2008 and played in `10 but did not record any stats.
Ernest Owusu has two tackles both in 2010.
Kendrick Payne has two tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) all in 2010.
Isi Sofele has 64 yards rushing on nine carries (7.1 ypr), one reception for 10 yards (2009) and two kick returns for 37 yards (`10), with seven of his rushes for 49 yards coming in `10 and the other two for 16 yards in `09.
Eric Stevens has one reception for 11 yards in 2009, as well as three tackles (two in `09, one in `10).
Giorgio Tavecchio has missed both of his field goal attempts, one from 47 yards in 2009 that was blocked and one from 37 yards in `10. He has made nine of his 10 extra-point try, with his final attempt in `10 blocked. He has not kicked off.
John Tyndall has two tackles (one each in 2010 and `09).
Steve Williams has three tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and a pass breakup, all in 2010.
Cal's State of Washington Connections
Three current Cal players - Jed Barnett (Camas, WA), Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) and Trevor Guyton (Woodinville, WA) - list hometowns in the state of Washington.
Four former Cal players - Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane and Cameron Morrah - are currently on the roster of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Michalczik lists his hometown as Port Angeles, WA. He was an honorable mention All-American player at Washington State before graduating from the school in 1988.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Oct. 31, 2011, including 32 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 24-25.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
"I watched the game with great pride and admiration for what Aaron and Desmond accomplished," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "They are two class individuals who did a lot for Cal and have continued their growth as leaders and major contributors to the World Champions!"
The appearance of Rodgers and Bishop marked the 10th consecutive season Cal has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 94 Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2002-10 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Mike Mohamed was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third time in 2010, leading a group of 11 Cal student-athletes honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team. Cal's second-team selections included Alex Lagemann, Ernest Owusu, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Tyndall. Justin Cheadle, Richard Fisher, Chris Guarnero, Mitchell Schwartz, Matt Summers-Gavin and Beau Sweeney were selected honorable mention. In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Tavecchio is a semifinalist for the honor in 2011 and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that we have signed in our 2011 recruiting class," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We feel like the members of this class will be able to fill some of the needs we have on both sides of the ball in an expedient fashion. Many of the players are among the nationally elite at their respective positions and will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Cal football program."
The 2011 class included six players who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Media Picks Cal To Finish Fifth in Pac-12 North
Cal was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league. Defending Pac-12 champion Oregon was the choice to win the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football title. The Ducks were also listed in the top spot in the North Division by 29 of the 42 voters participating in the poll, collecting 239 points. USC was picked to win the South Division with 230 points, edging out Arizona State, which tallied 207 points. Arizona State collected 13 first-place votes in the division race, with three of the pollsters predicting a Pac-12 Championship crown for the Sun Devils. The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 27 of 50 previous polls, including 10 of the last 11.
Cal Makes AT&T Park Home in 2011; Back to Berkeley in 2012
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit.
Cal's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park has remaining visits from Pac-12 foes Washington State today and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). A start time and telecast information for the Oregon State game will be announced when it becomes available.
California Memorial Stadium Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Work has been underway since June 2010 to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure. Construction on the $321 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. The framework for the press box was put into place by a giant crane in Oct. 2011 and four tower cranes rise from what was the field as the stadium is beginning to take shape.
The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this season. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises.