Cal-Oregon Game Notes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/01/2008

Nov. 1, 2008

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- California improved its record to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10, while Oregon fell to 6-3, 4-2 Pac-10. The all-time series record now stands at 39-30-2, in favor of the Bears.

Starting quarterback Kevin Riley was forced out of the game with a concussion after a hit in the first quarter. Riley finished the day completing 7-of-12 passes for 80 yards with one touchdown (to Jeremy Ross, second touchdown reception of the season and Riley's 10th touchdown pass of the year).

Oregon's touchdown on its opening drive resulted in the first points the Bears have allowed in the first quarter since the Maryland game Sept. 13.

Today's game was also the third straight game that Ross has led the team in all-purpose yards with 119.

Verran Tucker was Cal's leading receiver with 6 receptions for 83 yards.

Jahvid Best was Cal's leading rusher with 93 yards on 16 carries.

Recent games against Oregon have been close - five of Cal's last six games vs. Oregon have been decided by a touchdown or less. When Cal defeated Oregon, 28-27, in 2004, the game was decided by one missed extra point by the Ducks.

Nate Longshore's touchdown pass to Nyan Boateng was Longshore's 49th and ranks him fourth all time in career passing touchdowns at Cal. Boateng has four touchdowns in his last five games. Longshore finished 13-for-27 for 136 yards and a touchdown.

Sean Cattouse's interception in the second quarter tied him for the team lead with three.

Worrell William's interception was his first of the season and the team's 17th of the year.

Cameron Jordan finished with 10 tackles and three tackles for a loss.

Zack Follett had a sack and added two additional tackles for loss, which moved him up to eighth on Cal's all-time list for tackles for loss with 39.5.

Oregon's Jeremiah Johnson was just the second rusher this season to gain 100 yards on the ground against Cal. He finished with 122 yards on 20 carries.

Mike Mohamed led the Bears in tackles with 14.

Cal surrendered five turnovers in today's game - the most since Cal had five turnovers vs. USC on Nov. 12, 2005.

Cal's safety in the first quarter was the first one it earned since Nov. 18, 2006, against USC.

After converting on fourth down in the first quarter, Cal is now three-for-seven on fourth down in 2008.

This is the second week in a row that Cal prevented a team from gaining a first down on a fake punt.

In the first half, Cal outgained Oregon 264 to 76 in total yardage. The Bears held the Ducks to 0-of-7 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth down.

Cal continued its impressive record at Memorial Stadium with its 26-16 victory over Oregon. The Bears have now won 27 of their last 31 home games.

Despite the especially wet weather, the attendance of 61,417 marked the 29th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last five years. The game was also the 17th game of 60,000+ games under head coach Jeff Tedford, and third this season. Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.