2007 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, November 3; 7 p.m. (PT)
California (5-3, 2-3 Pac-10) vs. Washington State (3-5, 1-4 Pac-10)
Berkeley, Calif. - Memorial Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Net.Broadcast Team: Barry Tompkins (PxP), Petros Papadakis (Analyst), Jim Watson (sideline).
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim, Steve Levy) - and affiliate stations KMZT Radio (1260 AM Los Angeles), XSURF Radio (540 AM San Diego), KNTK Radio (102.3 Weed), KCBL Radio (1340 AM Fresno), KESP Radio (970 AM Modesto), KVBL Radio (1400 AM Visalia) and KNRO Radio (1670 AM Redding).
Before And After: Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show that leads to the kickoff. The postgame includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" live program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Eddy Kleinhans.
XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can also track the Bears through XM Satellite Radio, a corporate partner of the Pacific-10 Conference. Football action can be heard on XM channels 193, 194 and 195.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
2006 Record: 10-3
2006 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-2/T1st
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/1983
Record at Cal/Year: 48-23/6th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: John Sudsbury
Office Phone: 510-643-4723
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 68
Series Record: Cal leads, 38-25-5
First Meeting: 10/25/19, WSU, 14-0
Last Meeting: 10/14/06, Cal, 21-3
Current Streak: Cal win 2
Tedford vs. Washington State: 2-1
California looks to get back on track and avoid further pitfalls from this topsy-turvy college football season. While just a handful of undefeated teams remain in the nation, the Pac-10 is a perfect microcosm of the year. Already twice this season, the team at the bottom of the standings has upset the top team in the league. It is not unlikely that the Pac-10 champion could finish with multiple losses once again in 2007, showing the parity and overall strength of the league. Cal, coming off a loss to league-leading Arizona State, will look for its 11th victory in its last 12 games at home this Saturday, hosting Washington State, the latest team to pull off an upset as the Cougars stopped UCLA last Saturday. They are led by quarterback Alex Brink, who has thrown for 19 touchdowns and a 294 yards per game.
A Little Perspective
While the Golden Bears have suffered three straight defeats for the first time since 2001, it should be remembered that the five-year stretch without three straight losses is the longest in over 50 years (the Bears also went five years without a three-game losing streak from 1947-1951). In fact, prior to head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival, the Bears had a streak of 10 consecutive years WITH three-game losing streaks (minimum).
Jordan Catches On
Senior wide receiver Robert Jordan, who caught a pass in the first quarter of the Arizona State game, broke a school-record with his 37th straight game with at least one catch. Brian Treggs previously held the record with 36 straight games with a catch from Nov. 19, 1988-Jan. 1, 1992.
DJ Also Shines on FSN
DeSean Jackson, who has been very effective on ABC-televised games this year - 24 catches for 342 yards and four touchdowns, as well as a 77-yard punt return touchdown (in three games), also had a sound game in his debut on FSN's broadcast of Cal-Arizona State. Jackson snared five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. This Saturday vs. Washington State marks the second straight Fox Sports-televised game of the year. In three FSN games in 2006, the speedster had 14 catches for 234 yards, as well as an 80-yard punt return TD against Arizona State.
Mack a Lombardi Award Semifinalist
Alex Mack was selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 38th Rotary Lombardi Award presented by Wachovia as selected by the Rotary Club of Houston. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. Mack was one of 43 candidates on the award's preseason watch list; he was also named to preseason Watch Lists for the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center) and the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman). He has lived up to his preseason billing as well, anchoring the Golden Bear offensive line which has opened holes for five 100-yard rushing games by tailback Justin Forsett while allowing just eight sacks this season. Mack has been selected as the top center in the nation at the midpoint of the season by Phil Steele's Magazine as well as a Midseason First-Team All-American by SI.com. The Sporting News rates him as the No. 3 center in the nation and ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., ranks him as the top junior center in the country. The semifinalists were selected by a panel of more than 500 members, including all past finalists, all Division I head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Levy Debuts on Radio
Former Golden Bear quarterback Steve Levy, who led Cal to victories in the Big Game and Las Vegas Bowl in 2005, will make his debut on the Cal ISP Radio Network this Saturday. Play-by-play man Joe Starkey will leave the booth at 9:30 p.m. to catch a flight to Atlanta for the 49ers Sunday game (he also handles play-by-play for S.F.); he will be replaced upstairs by sideline reporter Todd McKim and Levy will step into the sideline reporting job.
Following its 31-20 loss at Arizona State, Cal fell out of both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls which were released on Sunday. It is the first time since Dec. 22, 2005 that Cal has not been present in the AP Top 25.
Bears-Cougars: Cal Grinds Out 21-3 Win at WSU Last Season
Playing with a sore ankle, Marshawn Lynch ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Cal won in Pullman for the first time in 27 years, beating Washington State 21-3 last season. Cal had lost nine straight games in Martin Stadium, dating back to 1979. California's high scoring offense was overshadowed by the defense and special teams, which set up TDs with a blocked punt and an interception. The Golden Bears also bottled up the Cougars' running game, as WSU finished with 88 yards rushing yards, managing only three in the first half. In three trips inside the Cal 20, WSU managed only a field goal and turned the ball over on downs twice.
Cal-Washington State and Other Musings
Cal is 38-25-5 all-time versus Washington State dating back to 1919 ... WSU has won six of the last nine meetings ... offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik was a three-year letterman at offensive guard at Washington State, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and honorable mention All-America honors his senior season ... defensive coordinator Bob Gregory also played at WSU, lettering at linebacker and defensive back ... last year's 21-3 win marked the first time that Cal held WSU without a touchdown since its 45-0 win in 1970 ... Washington State quarterback Alex Brink leads the league in total offense at 300.5 ypg.
Last Five Games vs. Washington State (2-3)
2006: (10) Cal 21, WSU 3 -- Marshawn Lynch runs for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Cal wins in Pullman for the first time in 27 years.
2005: (25) Cal 42, WSU 38 -- Joe Ayoob completes a 9-yard touchdown pass to Lavelle Hawkins with 1:50 left, as No. 25 California survives a second-half comeback to beat Washington State 42-38
2002: (16) WSU 48, Cal 38 -- Jason Gesser passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns as No. 16 Washington State rallies to beat California 48-38
2001: WSU 51, Cal 20 -- Cal jumps out to a 10-3 lead in the first quarter and were ahead, 13-6, in the second period, before four turnovers lead to 17 straight points for the Cougars
2000: WSU 21, Cal 17 -- WSU's special teams blocks a Nick Harris punt, and the ball was recovered by the Cougars on Bears' 24-yard-line. A minute later WSU scores the game-winning touchdown
Cal-Arizona State Afterthoughts
Rulon Davis, seeing his first action since the Louisiana Tech game, recorded a half sack, a sack and a forced fumble in his first two plays ... Davis recorded his second sack on ASU's second offensive drive, forcing a fumble which was scooped up and run for a touchdown by Cameron Jordan ... Cal's defense has forced and recovered a fumble in all eight games this season ... the defense has also recorded three touchdowns on forced fumbles this season ... Robert Jordan broke a school record with his 37th straight game with at least one reception ... he had a season-high 85 yards as well ... ASU's blocked field goal on Cal's opening drive was the first time an opponent blocked a field goal since Tim McManigal of New Mexico State did it in 2005 ... Heisman Trophy candidate DeSean Jackson hauled in his fifth receiving touchdown (seventh overall) of the season in the second quarter on a 21 yard pass from Nate Longshore.
"The turnover battle is huge, I think that definitely plays into it. It does in football, I don't it's just us, I think that's the way football is," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. And though he was not aware of the official stats, in his six years at Cal, the Golden Bears are 27-2 (.931) when winning the turnover battle and 9-15 (.375) when losing that statistical comparison (as well as 12-6 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive, as Cal is 17-1 (.944) when winning the turnover battle and 5-13 (.278) when losing it (7-3 when turnovers are tied). Cal has lost the turnover battle in each of its last three games.
In its losses the last three weeks, Cal has not just been victimized by turnovers - or more to the point, lack of opponent turnovers (four total in the two games), but also poor field position. Of the 16 opponent scoring drives in the last three outings, five have been 42 yards or shorter. UCLA had a 42-yard scoring drive and Oregon State had two 23-yard scoring drives and a 13- and 16-yard drive three weeks ago.
The 1 To Watch
Despite a tough loss at Arizona State, DeSean Jackson continued to excel in the national spotlight, hauling in five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown at Arizona State (game was televised by FSN). Jackson continued his rise in the Cal record books as well after his performance against the Sun Devils. The junior moved to third in receiving touchdowns (21), sixth in career receptions (143) and sixth in receiving yards (2202). Jackson had another stout performance at UCLA (broadcast by ABC) when he posted nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Bruins. In the three games that ABC has televised this season (Tennessee, Oregon, UCLA), Jackson has recorded 342 yards receiving and five touchdowns. In Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, Jackson snared a career-high 11 catches for a career-high 161 yards and two touchdowns in Autzen Stadium. Nine of his 11 catches went for first downs. In his opening-day performance against Tennessee (on ABC), Jackson took his first punt return 77 yards for a touchdown to give Cal a 21-14 lead in the second quarter. It was his sixth career punt return for a touchdown, both school and conference records.
The DeSean Effect
DeSean Jackson has returned six punts for touchdown in his California football career. Understandably, teams have opted to avoid the dangerous return man by punting away (pitching away?) from Jackson. However, in four of the last five games, Cal has benefited from the "intentional walks."
Dec. 28, 2006 Holiday Bowl vs. Texas A&M
Third quarter, Cal leads 14-10 with 12 minutes to go. Texas A&M punter Justin Brantley punts towards the left sideline, but mis-hits and Cal takes over possession at the A&M 41-yard line after the 0-yard punt. Four plays later, including a 28-yard Jackson reception, Cal hits the end zone and takes a 21-10 lead on route to the 45-10 victory.
Sept. 1, 2007 Season Opener vs. Tennessee
Second quarter, Cal leads 28-21 with 1:30 to go. Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt avoids Jackson, punting the ball out-of-bounds at the Cal 31 - just a 13-yard punt for the All-American candidate. Fifty-two seconds later, Cal settles for a 27-yard field goal to go up 31-21 on route to the 45-31 triumph.
Sept. 8, 2007 Road Opener vs. Colorado State
Second quarter, score tied at seven. After a four yard rush and a pair of sacks, CSU punter Jimmie Kaylor trots onto the field. From his own 22, Kaylor punts the ball out-of-bounds, 25 yards downfield, giving Cal the ball at the CSU 47. Five plays later, Justin Forsett plunges in from the one to give the Bears a 14-7 advantage on route to the 34-28 victory.
Sept. 22, 2007 Pac-10 Opener vs. Arizona
On the Wildcats' first punt of the game, Keenyn Crier tires to angle his punt to the sideline, but kicks it out of bounds for a 18-yard effort. Cal takes over at the 50-yard line and scores four plays later for a 7-0 advantage on route to the 45-27 victory.
Sept. 29, 2007 On the Road at No. 11 Oregon
With the score tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Oregon's Josh Syria miss-hits a 28-yard punt that is fair-caught by Jackson at the 50-yard line. Five plays later, Jackson takes a short Longshore pass and dashes past two Duck defenders for the go-ahead touchdown.
Oct. 13, 2007 at Home vs. Oregon State
With Cal down 20-14 in the third quarter, OSU is forced to punt out of its endzone. Alexis Serna only musters a 23-yard punt that sails out of bounds. Cal takes advantage of the excellent field position and promptly scores a touchdown in five plays to go ahead 21-20.
Other Notes on DeSean ...
>> Tied for third on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list (21) - needs six to move to second
>> Ranks No. 6 in career receiving yards and with five more yards will move into fifth all-time
>> Ranks first in school history in career punt return average, touchdowns (6) and single-season average (18.12)
>> Owns three of the 11 longest punt returns for touchdowns in school history (95 at Arizona, 80 vs. Arizona State, 77 vs. Tennessee)
Welcome Back, Rulon
The defensive line received a huge boost, literally and figuratively, when Rulon Davis made a return to the lineup at Arizona State after missing his previous four games. And the big junior (6-5, 270) delivered big time. On his first play, he shared a sack with freshman Cameron Jordan. Then on his next play, on the next series, Davis tracked down the ASU quarterback and hurled him to the ground, forcing a fumble which Jordan escorted into the end zone for the game's first touchdown. Unfortunately, Davis suffered another injury later in the game and is questionable for this weekend.
The Hawk Flies Towards Personal Bests
As much as he tries, it's hard for Lavelle "Hawk" Hawkins to stay out of the spotlight this season. The senior wideout, who has paced the Golden Bears in five of the eight games this season, is two catches away from matching his personal-high in receptions (46), set last season. He had a career game against Oregon State, snaring nine catches for a career-best 192 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 64-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. The 192 yards were sixth-most receiving yards in school history. Hawkins has scored a touchdown (reception or kickoff) in seven of his last 10 games, including a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the Louisiana Tech game. Hawkins leads the team with 1,120 all-purpose yards and 559 receiving yards.
Big Play RJ
A veteran of 38 games and 33 starts, Robert Jordan has 27 receptions for 299 yards and a touchdown this season, including a season-high 85 receiving yards in Cal's loss at Arizona State. Jordan broke a school record with his 37th game in a row with a reception against the Sun Devils as well. Jordan passed Steve Sweeney for eighth on Cal's all-time receptions chart (136) after hauling those five catches vs. ASU. He had 43 receptions (career-high) for 511 yards (career-high) and four scores in 2006.
Nate Moves Up
Nate Longshore tied Craig Morton for seventh on Cal's all-time passing touchdowns list after he completed a 21-yard touchdown toss to DeSean Jackson at Arizona State. Longshore has completed 62 percent of his passes in `07 for 1,630 yards, and 11 touchdowns. He returned to the starting lineup against UCLA (after missing the Oregon State game) and completed 22 passes for 232 yards and a season-best three touchdowns. Longshore produced a career day in Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, completing a career-high 28 passes on a career-high 43 attempts (no interceptions) for a season-high 285 yards and two touchdowns. The junior signal caller surpassed 4,000 career passing yards in Cal's win over Arizona, and has completed passes to 12 different targets this season. Longshore (4,782 career passing yards) has also thrown for over 200 yards in 11 of his last 13 contests. As a sophomore last season, he directed the California offense to a Pac-10 best 32.8 points per game and became just the second Golden Bear to pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season (3,021). The 6-5, 233-pounder was extra deadly with the long ball, completing 51 passes of 20 yards or more, including 19 to DeSean Jackson.
Riley Fills In For Longshore
Redshirt freshman Kevin Riley earned his first career start against Oregon State on Oct. 13, filling in for injured starter Nate Longshore, and performed admirably against a stout OSU defense. The rookie completed 20 passes for 294 yards -- the most by passing yards by Cal since Longshore threw for 341 at Oregon State on Sept. 30, 2006. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a score. With the Bears pinned deep on their own six-yard line with 1:27 left in the game, Riley drove Cal down the field 84 yards, completing a 4th-and-17 to Lavelle Hawkins and a 37-yard pass to Robert Jordan along the way. Unfortunatley, after reaching the OSU 10 with seconds remaining, the Bears were out of timeouts and the clock expired before Cal could muster one more play.
Grinding Out The Yards
For the third week in a row Justin Forsett had to face a team (Arizona State) that ranked in the top 15 in the nation in rush defense. Despite facing some stiff competition, Forsett ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 111 yards per game after pounding out 78 yards against the Sun Devils. Forsett, who has a rushing touchdown in seven of his last nine games, produced 150 yards (including a season-long 45-yard run on Cal's first offensive play of the game) on 28 carries against an Oregon State defense that ranks first in the conference in rush defense. It was Forsett's fifth 100-yard effort (11th of his career) of the year. In Cal's 42-12 win over Louisiana Tech, Forsett recorded 152 yards rushing and three touchdowns, marking the first time in his career that he had three rushing scores in a single game. In just his fifth career start (season-opener vs. Tennessee), Forsett generated 156 yards on 26 carries (6.0 average). It was the fourth-highest rushing total for an opening day in program history. Forsett currently ranks eighth all-time with 2,485 career yards rushing. Forsett also averages 135 yards rushing when he gets the ball 15 or more times.
Felder Leads the LBs ... and Pac-10
The Cal linebacking corps has certainly made an impact this season. In eight games, the LBs have combined for 265 tackles (16.5 for losses), 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. Junior Anthony Felder paces the corps and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 81 tackles, two sacks and an interception. Felder, who has at least nine tackles in every game, is not the only backer putting up impressive numbers. Junior Worrell Williams ranks second on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 with 73 tackles, including a team-best 10 against Arizona State. Another junior, Zack Follett, is making a solid return from injury while seniors Justin Moye and Greg Van Hoesen and redshirt freshman Mike Mohamed have all been impact players.
Senior punter Andrew Larson enjoyed another solid outing against Arizona State. He averaged 44.8 yards on five punts, including three inside the 20-yard line (two inside the 10). His high-arcing, well-placed punts are the main reason that Cal leads the Pac-10 in net punting for the second year in a row. Larson set a single-game record for punting average vs. Oregon State, when he averaged 55.8 yards on four punts, eclipsing the previous average of 55.6 set by Scott Tabor on Sept. 26, 1987. Larson was another unsung hero in Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon. Of his seven punts, four landed inside the 20-yard line. His sixth punt of the game in the fourth-quarter pinned the Ducks on their own 11-yard line. On Oregon's first play of that drive, quarterback Dennis Dixon threw a pass that was picked off by Cal linebacker, Anthony Felder. That interception led to Cal's game-winning touchdown.
Not only is Cal averaging 33.2 points per game this season (31st in the nation), but the Golden Bears have been scoring fast as well. The Bears have registered 17 scoring drives of under two minutes this season, including eight drives that lasted less than one minute. In addition, a punt return TD, a kickoff return TD and three fumbles returned for scores give Cal 20 "quick strike" scores in less than two minutes. Last year, Cal had 28 scores, including 19 scoring drives, that took less than two minutes.
Whose House? Our House!
Despite a loss to Oregon State in Memorial Stadium, Cal has 21 victories in its last 24 home games. Overall, Cal is out-scoring opponents 887-459 (average of 37.0-19.1) over the last 24 home games. In the fourth quarter of the last 24 games, Cal has topped foes, 237-110. The only three losses suffered in Memorial Stadium were to Oregon State (Oct. 15, 2005 and Oct. 13, 2007) and to USC (Nov. 12, 2005), who was ranked No. 1 at the time.
Did you know that Cal hasn't been shutout in a school-record 102 consecutive games since Sept. 11, 1999?
The Bears donned their gold uniforms for the season-opener vs. Tennessee, and improved to 4-0 in games when it wears the alternate jersey (Oregon, UCLA, Texas A&M, Tennessee).
First Half Surge
In their 5-3 start, the Golden Bears have outscored their opposition 155-80 in the first half. Cal tied a school record with 28 first quarter points (tied for third-most ever, tied for second-most ever in a first quarter) vs. Arizona, and has used big plays to boost its scoring in the second quarter. DeSean Jackson's 39-yard touchdown reception at UCLA and his 77-yard punt return against Tennessee both came in the second quarter and Justin Forsett's career-long 39-yard touchdown run was in the second against Louisiana Tech.
The Golden Bears graduated three starters from its defensive line unit last season and have been plagued with injuries this season. But a group of unheralded players, have been given the opportunity to step up. Freshman Cameron Jordan returned to his home state of Arizona and made an immediate impact when he returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown at Arizona State. He also added a half sack and two tackles. Fifth-year senior John Allen earned his first career start at UCLA and tallied two tackles. Redshirt freshman Derrick Hill, who snagged an interception in the Colorado State game and nearly added another against Louisiana Tech, recorded his first career sack against Arizona. Sophomore Cody Jones, who has started five games, registered three tackles for losses at Oregon. Sophomore Tyson Alualu recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter at Oregon, and recovered his second fumble of the season at UCLA. Alualu also recovered a fumble for a touchdown versus Arizona, and is tied for a team-best 2.5 sacks this year.
...And Don't Forget the Secondary
Senior Brandon Hampton has two interceptions this season (Louisiana Tech and Arizona) and recorded his first forced fumble against Oregon State. Hampton can now add a fumble recovery to that list after he had one at UCLA. Senior Thomas DeCoud, who leads the Bear secondary with 60 tackles, enjoyed a career day against Arizona when he recorded his first career forced fumble, sack and interception in the first half. Sophomore Marcus Ezeff has been a pleasant surprise this season, as he has racked up 44 tackles, including a career-high 14 vs. Arizona. But the biggest play of his career thus far was his hit on Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin in the final seconds at the one-yard line, jarring the ball loose into the end zone and out of bounds, resulting in a touchback, allowing the Bears to preserve their 31-24 lead. Sophomore Syd'Quan Thompson leads the team with six pass break ups, including three vs. Oregon State. Thompson also has 55 tackles on the season.
Other Defensive Notes ...
>> Cal's defense has forced and recovered a fumble in all eight games this season ... the defense has also scored three touchdowns (both on fumble recoveries) this season.
>> Jahvid Best has recorded 19 plays of 10 yards or more this season (44 touches total in `07)
Jahvid Best has stepped into the Golden Bear lineup as a true freshman and become a key part of the team. His biggest contributions have come on special teams, including a career-long 54-yard kickoff return at UCLA (see next note for coverage specifics). For the season, he leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 27.3 yards per kick return. In addition, the rookie has 22 carries for 177 yards (8.0 ypc), including a 64-yard run to paydirt against Colorado State for his first career touchdown. He has caught nine balls for 48 yards - one of those a 16-yard TD reception against Louisiana Tech.
The Tedford Era
Jeff Tedford, now in his sixth year at the helm of the Bears, has quickly brought the program into another "Golden" Age. The Bears' current five year record of 48-23 is among the best-ever at Cal.
Era (Years): Record (Pct.) - Highlights
The Wonder Teams (1920-24): 44-0-4 (.958) - Three National Titles
The Thunder Teams (1937-38): 20-1-1 (.932) - One Championship
Pappy's Boys (1947-52): 53-9 (.855) - Three Rose Bowls
The Tedford Era (2002-current): 48-23 (.676) - Four bowls
Early 90s (1990-93): 30-17 (.638) - Three bowls
Mike White Era (1972-77): 35-30 (.538) - Last conf. title (`75)
Cal Looks For Sixth Straight Winning Season
If Cal can post its sixth straight winning season in 2007, it will mark the first time the Golden Bears have reached these levels of consistency since Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52. Since posting the worst record at Cal in 104 years (1-10) in 2001, the Golden Bears hired head coach Jeff Tedford and have rolled to marks of 7-5 (2002), 8-6 (2003), 10-3 (2004), 8-4 (2005) and 10-3 (2006). In addition, Cal has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last four years.
The California Athletic Department and website partner CSTV (College Sports Television) launched a Heisman Trophy promotional website for junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson entitled the1towatch.com. "The 1 to Watch" features flash animation for the introduction before taking the viewer to the main page. Once on the site, fans can navigate eight tabs to find such information as up-to-date video highlights, a player profile and photo galleries. The four tabs at the top of the page include a "video" link which allows fans to see packaged highlights of Jackson. Fans can get to know Jackson on a personal level with the "1-on-1" tab, which allows the user to know what his life is like on and off the field. Finally, there is the "national attention" link which directs the viewer to see what other coaches, players, football analysts and teammates are saying about Jackson. Additional links provide navigation to CalBears.com, other Cal football all-star candidates, the Cal Bears football page and any breaking news on Jackson.
As of Oct. 29, a record-tying 11 Cal football games will be aired on television this season. In the first five years of head coach Jeff Tedford's tenure, 47 Cal football games were televised; in the five years prior to that, 30 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time. The Colorado State game marked Cal's first game on CSTV while the Arizona game was Cal's debut on Versus. Versus is a national cable network that is available in 72 million homes. To find out if Versus is available in specific areas, visit www.versus.com and input the zip code for that area. On Comcast in Berkeley, it is Channel 75, while on Direct TV, it is Channel 603.
50,000 Fans Again
The Oregon State attendance of 63,995 marked the 22nd straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last four years. The streak is even more impressive when compared to the days before the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford - the Oregon State game was the 12th game of 60,000+ fans under Tedford; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.
The Golden Ticket
Cal established a new season ticket sales record for the 2007 football season -- 41,336, eclipsing last season's sales mark of 40,262. Since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford, California's season ticket count has been on a steady climb. The Bears sold 16,200 season passes in 2002 -- Tedford's first year. His second season resulted in sales of 22,500. In 2004, the number again jumped substantially, up to a then-school-record 34,100. In 2005, the Bears set another mark with 40,134 season tickets sold and again in 2006 (40,262). Last year, the Golden Bears established a new record for average attendance in 2006 with an average of 64,318 fans per game. Including three sellouts. California had a total of 450,223 fans at seven home games. The previous record for the Bears was in 2004 when they averaged 64,019.
2006 marked the first time since the 1975 season that California earned a share of the Pac-10 Conference championship ... Cal secured the co-championship after its 26-17 victory over Stanford (Dec. 2) coupled with a UCLA upset victory over USC in Pasadena also on Dec. 2 ... Both Cal and USC finished 7-2 in league play ... In 1975, Cal tied with UCLA for the league title, but the head-to-head loss to the Bruins denied a Rose Bowl bid. Here's a look at Cal's title teams:
Year: Overall (Conf) - Note
1918: 7-2 (2-0 Pacific Coast) - Beat Oregon and Stanford
1920: 9-0 (3-0 Pacific Coast) - First national championship for Cal
1921: 9-0-1 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Brick Muller is first Cal All-American
1922: 9-0 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Outscores opponents, 146-7
1923: 9-0-1 (5-0 Pacific Coast) - Wonder Team continues to roll
1937: 10-0-1 (6-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Thunder Team beats Alabama in Rose Bowl
1948: 10-1 (6-0 Pacific Coast) - Pappy's Boys return to Rose Bowl
1949: 10-1 (7-0 Pacific Coast) - No. 3 in final AP poll
1950: 9-1-1 (5-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Third straight Rose Bowl appearance
1958: 7-4 (6-1 Pacific Coast) - Last Rose Bowl for California
1975: 8-3 (6-1 Pac-8) - Chuck Muncie leads Bears to title
2006: 10-3 (7-2 Pac-10) - Beat Texas A&M, 45-10, in Holiday Bowl
Juniors Alex Mack, Zack Follett, Nate Longshore and DeSean Jackson and seniors Craig Stevens, Justin Forsett, Tom Schneider and Andrew Larson have been prominent in many of the national Watch Lists. Mack is on three Watch Lists including the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman) and the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center). Follett landed a spot on the Bednarik Trophy list (nation's top defensive player), the Butkus Award (best linebacker) and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Jackson has secured spots on the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver), Maxwell and Walter Camp Trophy lists -- both of which honor the nation's best player. Longshore is also on three Watch Lists -- the Manning and Davey O'Brien Awards, which are given to the nation's top quarterback, and the Walter Camp Award Watch List, which honors the nation's best player. Stevens landed a spot on the John Mackey Award Watch List -- given annually to the nation's top tight end. Forsett secured a spot on the Doak Walker Award Watch List which is presented to the nation's top RB. Schneider is on the Lou Groza Watch List (nation's top kicker), while Larson found a spot on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, honoring the nation's top punter.
Cal Picked 2nd in Pac-10 Media Poll
For the fourth consecutive season the University of California football team was picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Media Poll released on July 26. Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC was a unanimous selection to win the conference title as voted by West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. It marks the fifth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. The Trojans captured all 39 first-place votes. The Golden Bears garnered 323 points, while third-place pick, UCLA, collected 305 points, followed by Arizona State (242), Oregon State (237), Oregon (226), Arizona (162), Washington State (115), Washington (98) and Stanford (47).
Pac-10 Media Day Chatter
Jeff Tedford general remarks: "We are very excited about the upcoming season and to report to camp on the fifth of August. The players' commitment has been great through the summer. We have a lot of experience and I feel that the investment has been made to compete for a championship. We have great leadership, DeSean [Jackson] being one of them and a big part of what we do. Having to replace Daymeion Hughes and Marshawn Lynch, both Players of the Year, will be a challenge. We feel Justin Forsett can move right in and take over and we'll have some young guys competing at corner. We had a rough game at Tennessee last year, and we need redemption. It's not about revenge, we just need to focus on ourselves. This Conference is very balanced so we have to bring our "A" game. I have great confidence in our players and our staff to be prepared each and every week."