Dec. 19, 2009
SAN DIEGO - When the sun was rising early Saturday morning, the Cal football team could be found boarding buses outside Memorial Stadium heading to Oakland International Airport. By the time the sun was setting on a beautiful day in San Diego, the Golden Bears were in the midst of a spirited workout at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.
Cal (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10) is in San Diego to play No. 23 Utah (9-3, 6-2 MWC) in the San Diego County Credit Union on Wednesday, Dec. 23 (5:00 p.m. PT). The Golden Bears have extended its school-record run of bowl appearances to seven in 2009 and will be looking for its fifth consecutive bowl win under head coach Jeff Tedford, who is 5-1 all-time in postseason action. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN with an online version of the telecast available on ESPN360.
"We're going to be playing a great Utah football team, and it's going to be a great matchup," Tedford told local San Diego media after Saturday's workout. "They always do a great job of putting on a bowl here. The players are excited, and we're looking forward to it."
After a short flight delay caused by an East Coast storm that had air travel backed up around the nation, the Golden Bears took a 500-mile flight south to San Diego. Shortly after the team's arrival, the Bears went into a team meeting and position meetings at the team hotel before hopping on buses for a short drive to the USD campus for a one-and-a-half hour practice.
Although the Bears will certainly take part in bowl activities leading up to the game, the team is in town to end the season on a winning note.
"We want to redeem ourselves and get this one," confirmed sophomore safety Sean Cattouse. "That's the bottom line for me. I'm looking for a win."
"We're definitely coming in to win, and that's what we're working hard for," added junior defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.
The Bears will start Sunday with a morning visit to the world-famous San Diego Zoo before returning to Torero Stadium for an afternoon practice. The early evening schedule will include a visit by selected members of the team to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego.
For bowl tickets and information, visit the Cal Bowl Central page or call (800) GO BEARS.