Cal's 34-13 victory today over New Mexico State marks the first time the Golden Bears have started a season 2-0 since 1997. It also marks the first three-game winning streak (going back to the last game of last season) for the Golden Bears since 1998, when Cal defeated Oklahoma, Washington State and USC.
The last time Cal has put together back-to-back 30+ point victories was in 1997 when the Bears started the season with wins over Houston (35-3) and Oklahoma (40-36). The 13 points yielded by the Cal defense are the fewest since Cal defeated Rutgers, 20-10, in the last game last season.
First Quarter Fireworks Propel Bears to Victory
Cal led 17-3 at the end of the first quarter in today's game. Cal has now scored 52 in the first quarter this season after scoring only 68 points in the first quarter all of last season. Every time Cal has had the ball in the first quarter this season, the Bears have scored -- six possessions in the first quarter this season resulting in 5 touchdowns and 1 field goal.
Bears Thrive with Strong Starting Field Position
Aided by a failed on-side kickoff to start the game and a fumble recovery, Cal started three drives in New Mexico State territory. Cal also started drives at its own 39-yard line, 45-yard line, and 48-yard line.
Conversely, New Mexico State's best starting field position today was its own 35-yard line. Three New Mexico State drives began inside its own 20-yard line.
Most Receptions by Cal Tight End Since Gonzalez in 1996
Cal TE Tom Swoboda had the best day receiving the ball by a Cal tight end since Tony Gonzalez caught 9 passes for 69 yards vs. Navy in the Aloha Bowl in 1996. Swoboda led all Cal receivers with 6 receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in today's game. It was Swoboda's first TD catch in his career. Last season, a Cal tight end caught only one touchdown pass all season.
Boller Moving on up Career TD List
With 2 touchdown passes today against the Aggies, QB Kyle Boller moves into fourth place on Cal's career touchdown list with 41. Boller trails leader Pat Barnes (1993-96)- 54, Troy Taylor (1986-89)-51 and Dave Barr (1992-94)-48.
Igber Sparks Cal Offense
TB Joe Igber had an impressive day today rushing and receiving the ball. Igber had 147 total yards (87 rushing and 60 receiving), giving him 2,146 rushing yards for his career on 468 carries. Igber currently ranks seventh all-time in school history but is gaining on No. 6 Lindsey Chapman (1991-93), who had 2,190 yards rushing (444 carries).
4-yard TD rush by Joe Igber in the third quarter (first TD rush this season, 10th of his career).
Fewest Penalties Since 2000
Cal had only 5 penalties for 42 yards in today's game. That's the fewest penalties Cal has had in a game since the Bears had 5 penalties for 40 yards vs. Oregon State on Nov. 4, 2000.
QB Protection Greatly Improved
Through the first two games this season, Cal's quarterbacks have been sacked only two times.
Cal Sack Attack is Back - Banta-Cain Breaks Into Top 10 on Career Sack List
DE Tully Banta-Cain had a big day with four sacks for -32 yards and a fumble recovery in today's game. Banta Cain now has 5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries this season. He now has 18.5 sacks in his career to rank tied for No. 9 on the Cal career sack list with Andy Jacobs (1993-96). Including the last game last season at Rutgers, Banta-Cain has recorded an amazing 9 sacks in his last three games.
Cal had a total of five sacks in today's game (DT Josh Beckham also had a sack in the first quarter).
Fumble recovery in first quarter - Cal's sixth takeaway this season. Cal is now +5 in turnover margin this season (6 takeaways and one turnover)... Mark Jensen kicked a pair of 22-yard field goals in today's game.