Cal-USC Football Game Notes
Oct. 30, 1999
BERKELEY - The Records Cal's 17-7 victory over USC today marks the second straight time and the third time in the past four years the Golden Bears have defeated the Trojans. Cal improves to 4-4 overall (3-2 Pac-10) while USC drops to 3-5 overall (1-4 Pac-10). USC leads the series with Cal 54-28-5. Today's victory marks the second time in the past 41 years and the 11th time in school history Cal has swept the L.A. schools in the same season. The last time the Golden Bears beat both USC and UCLA in the same season was 1991 when Cal defeated UCLA 27-24 in Pasadena before routing USC 52-30 in Berkeley.
Turnover Margin Helps Decide Game USC entered the game ranked No. 6 in the nation in turnover margin at +1.29 pg. The Bears, however, had the advantage in turnovers in today's game at +2, after recovering three Trojan fumbles and intercepting a pass. The Trojans intercepted two, passes in today's game. Cal's interception was a 67-yard TD return by Deltha O'Neal for the first score of the day. Despite being outgained 452 to 232 in total yards, the Bears won the game.
Cal Receiver Makes Big Play Senior wide receiver Drae Harris caught a career-long 39-yard pass - his previous long went for 14 yards.
O'Neal Adds to Reputation As Big Play Artist Senior defensive back/kick returner Deltha O'Neal had another huge day for the Golden Bears with a career-long 60-yard punt return to set up a Cal field goal. Earlier in the game, O'Neal established a new Cal record with three interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season when he returned an interception 67 yards for a TD late in the second quarter, putting the Bears up 7-0. Previously this season, O'Neal returned interceptions for TDs against Rutgers (75 yards) and BYU (19 yards). O'Neal also owns the Bear career record with four interceptions returned for a touchdown. The Milpitas, Calif., native now has six interceptions (tied for sixth all-time) this season, becoming the first Bear since David Ortega in 1987 to grab six in a season. Five players share the Cal record with seven. He entered the game tied for fifth in the nation with five interceptions. O'Neal now has eight interceptions in his career, which is tied for 13th all-time at Cal.
O'Neal's 163 all-purpose yards in today's game gives him 851 for the season and 4575 in his career, trailing only Russell White (4943 all-purpose yards from 1990-92) for the lead in career all-purpose yards at Cal. O'Neal is now averaging 106.4 yards per game in all-purpose yards.
Cal Sack Attack Leads the Pac - Mawuko Tugbenyoh Moves Into Third Place in Career Sacks With 22 Entering today's game, Cal's "Hit Squad" defense led the Pac-10 with 34 sacks. The Golden Bears recorded nine sacks for minus 64 yards in today's game and now have sacked opposing quarterbacks 43 times this season. Last season, Cal had 35 sacks all season.
Senior defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh had a career-high four sacks for minus 32 yards in today's game. He had previously recorded two on multiple occasions, most recently against Washington State. Tugbenyoh had two sacks in the first quarter, including one which caused a fumble, which Andre Carter recovered. He now has 9 ˝ sacks for the season (tied for fourth place on the Cal single-season list) and 22 in his career, which ranks tied for third in Cal history with Ron Rivera (22 sacks from 1980-83). Junior defensive end Andre Carter had two sacks for minus 16 yards in today's game and now has nine sacks this season.
Career Long Field Goal for Mark-Christian Jensen Freshman placekicker Mark-Christian Jensen kicked a career-long 37-yard field goal to the put the Bears up 10-0. His previous best was 33-yards last week against Washington. He is now 4-of-6 on field goals this season after missing a 25-yarder in the 1st quarter. For the season, Cal is now 5-of-13 on field goals.
Nick Harris Continues to Make Strong Bid for All-America Honors Cal junior punter Nick Harris averaged 43.5 yards on 10 punts in today's game. He entered the game ranked No. 4 in the nation with a 46.56 ypp average and is on pace to break the Cal single-season record of 45.3 ypp by Scott Tabor in 1987. Harris pinned the Trojans inside their own 20-yard line five times in today's game. He had a long of 57 yards today. For the season, Harris is averaging 46.05 yards on 10 punts, with 19 punts downed inside the 20.
Three-Dot Data Freshman QB Kyle Boller had his longest career run - 19 yards - in the first quarter...junior defensive end Andre Carter recovered USC QB Mike Van Raaphorst fumble in the first quarter -- it was Carter's second fumble recovery in as many weeks...sophomore linebacker Jamaal Cherry recovered the first fumble of his career today, the ninth for the Golden Bears this season...senior third-string QB Wesley Dalton made his second career appearance in Cal's final drive of the first quarter -- his other appearance came against Nebraska this season...USC's 72-yard pass from senior quarterback John Fox to freshman wide receiver Kareem Kelly ranks as the longest play from scrimmage for USC this season...Kelly ended the day with 170 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions.