Oct. 4, 2008
Cal vs. Arizona State Game Notes
Memorial Stadium -- Berkeley, CA
October 4, 2008
With today's 24-14 victory over Arizona State, Cal improves to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-10. Arizona State falls to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10. Cal evens the series record vs. Arizona State, with both teams tallying 14 wins.
The Cal defense forced 3 turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery) and recorded 3 sacks in today's game.
The Arizona State attendance of 58,302 marked the 27th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last five years; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Jeff Tedford's arrival.
Starting for an injured Jahvid Best, redshirt freshman Shane Vereen tallied a career-high 27 carries for 93 yards and a career-high 5 receptions for 51 yards. Vereen now has 372 rushing yards this season.
Starting quarterback Nate Longshore threw 3 touchdowns in today's game to move into sole-possession of fifth-place on the Cal career touchdown list with 46 touchdown passes. Longshore entered today's game tied with Aaron Rodgers (2003-2004) for fifth-place. He needs 2 more touchdown passes to tie Dave Barr (48 touchdown passes, 1992-94) for fourth place on that list. Longshore finished today's game 17-of-28 for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He now has passed for 6,145 yards in his career; needs 160 yards to match Barr for sixth-place in career passing yards at Cal.
Junior defensive back Syd'Quan Thompson had a season-best 4 pass break-ups in today's game. Thompson had 3 pass break-ups in the season-opener vs. Michigan State.
Sophomore defensive back Chris Conte recorded his first career interception in the third quarter. The interception set up the Bears' third touchdown strike of the day from Longshore to junior wide receiver Nyan Boateng. Boateng finished the day with 3 receptions for a team-best 51 yards in today's game. It was Boateng's second career touchdown reception at Cal.
Senior wide receiver LaReylle Cunningham caught 3 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown today.
Arizona native Cameron Jordan recorded his first two sacks of the season in the first quarter. He finished the day with a team-high 8 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss.
Sophomore defensive back Darian Hagan recorded a game-high 8 tackles today. He also had a tackle for loss and recorded his first career fumble recovery in today's game.
Starting his third straight game at safety, Brett Johnson recorded his first career forced fumble on Arizona State's first offensive possession (recovered by Hagan).
Redshirt freshman Sean Cattouse grabbed his first career interception in the fourth quarter.
Cal's 14-play, 67-yard opening drive in the first quarter (resulting in a field goal) was the longest play drive since its 20-play drive against Washington State last season.
Cal held a 18:15 to 11:45 time of possession advantage in the first half. Cal was only 2-of-10 on third down conversions in today's game.
For Arizona State, the following players made their first career starts: TE Stanley Malamala, DT Lawrence Guy, S Clint Floyd, and OL Tom Njunge. Linebacker Mike Nixon recorded his first career interception in today's game.