Nov. 5, 2011
BERKELEY - Saturday's win marked Cal's seventh straight victory over Washington State. The Golden Bears are 7-1 against the Cougars in the Jeff Tedford era. Cal now holds a 43-25-5 lead in the all-time series that began in 1919.
Entering the game, the Washington State passing game was ranked second in the Pac-12, while the Cal pass defense was ranked first in the conference and 32nd in the nation. The Cal defense held the Cougar passing attack to 155 yards.
For the third time this season, Cal held an opposing offense to 55 yards, or fewer, in the first half (Utah, Presbyterian) and for the second time this season, the Bears held an opponent scoreless in the first half (Utah). The 23-point Cal lead in the first half was the second largest point differential for the Bears in a first half this season (30 points vs. Presbyterian).
Keenan Allen finished the night with eight catches for 85 yards. Allen moved up on Cal's single-season top-10 lists in two categories - receptions (75, T-3rd) and yards (1,074, 4th). The 75 receptions are the most since Geoff McArthur caught 85 in 2003. He also extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 20, all his games at Cal. Allen also became the sixth receiver in school history to register 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. The nine games it took Allen to reach 1,000 yards in a season are the quickest in school history. The 1,074 receiving yards are the fourth most in a single season in school history.
Isi Sofele rushed 23 times for a career-high 138 yards with a touchdown. It was Sofele's seventh touchdown of the season. He also topped 100 yards for the third time, this season. On the season, he has rushed for 839 yards.
Marvin Jones extended his streak of games with at least one catch to 34 consecutive contests. Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (137), receiving yards (2,053) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 137 receptions 2,053 receiving yards both rank 10th all-time at Cal.
Will Kapp boasted a career-high 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It was his first-career touchdown run and the 43-yard run tied for a team high for longest rush of the season (Zach Maynard). Kapp entered Saturday's game with 19 career rushing yards.
C.J. Anderson registered his fifth touchdown of the season; the second time this season that Anderson has scored in back-to-back weeks. The first time he scored in back-to-back games, he tallied a touchdown in three straight games. Late in the fourth quarter, Anderson broke loose for a career-long 34-yard run.
Anthony Miller scored his third touchdown of the season on an 18-yard touchdown pass on Cal's opening drive of the game. Miller scored his other two touchdowns at Colorado on Sept. 10.
With his three extra points and one field goal tonight, Giorgio Tavecchio has 222 career points and ranks ninth all time at Cal. He is two points away from Chuck Muncie (224) for eighth. Tavecchio has been good on 12 of his 15 field goal attempts this season after making a 43-yarder just before halftime on Saturday.
For the fourth consecutive game, Bryan Anger booted a 60-yard punt (60 yards). He also added a 59-yarder to give him 14 punts of 50 or more yards on the year and four of 60 or more yards. Anger also placed three punts inside the 20.
Cecil Whiteside, playing in only his sixth game of the season, garnered his third sack of the season in the second quarter. It was one of two tackles for loss on the night for Whiteside.
Chris McCain notched his first career sack.
Cal defensive end Trevor Guyton wore the No. 6 jersey today in honor of Cory Mackay, a former high school football player from Guyton's home state of Washington who was paralyzed in a car accident during his freshman year at Washington State. Cal's Alex Logan, who normally wears No. 6, switched to No. 10 for today only.
Cal is now one win away from being bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
Cal's 288 team rushing yards were a season high, surpassing the previous season-best of 285 yards against Presbyterian.
Mike Manuel posted season highs in rushes (6) and yards (28), including a 12-yard carry.