Oct. 13, 2002
This Week's Game
California continues with the Southern California portion of its schedule this Saturday in Memorial Stadium. One week after a 30-28 loss to USC in Los Angeles, the Golden Bears host UCLA in a nationally televised contest in Berkeley.
At 4-3, the Bears, who are one year removed from a 1-10 season, have suffered their three setbacks by a combined 14 points, each to a team currently in the Top 20- No. 15 Air Force, No. 11 Washington State and No. 20 USC. On the flip side, Cal owns a pair of victories over ranked opponents - Michigan State and Washington. And with UCLA looming, it means the Bears are playing their sixth consecutive contest against a school that has been rated at some point this year.
Cal has achieved its remarkable turnaround by virtue of a vastly improved offense and an opportunistic defense. Senior QB Kyle Boller has completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards, a career-high 18 touchdowns and only five interceptions. With a pair of TD tosses at USC last week, Boller tied Pat Barnes (1993-96) for Cal's all-time lead with 54 TD throws. Boller is 23rd nationally with a 141.10 passer rating, far better than his 99.10 career rate entering the season.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears have forced 22 turnovers (12 fumbles, 10 interceptions) to give them a +13 turnover margin, fifth best in Division I-A. Senior Jemeel Powell has been a big part of the effort, coming away with five interceptions, including two picks at USC. As a comparison, Cal's team had only eight interceptions in all of 2001.
Although UCLA leads the overall series, 46-25-1, Cal is 6-5 vs. UCLA since 1991, including 3-2 in Berkeley. Last year in the Rose Bowl, Cal QB Kyle Boller sat out due to a sore back and the Bruins rolled to a 56-17 victory. The last time the teams met in Memorial Stadium, the Bears claimed a 46-38 triple overtime win on Oct. 14, 2000 when Jemeel Powell ended the game with an interception in the final period.
A Quick Look at UCLA
UCLA enters Saturday's game at Cal with a perfect 3-0 record on the road this season, having defeated Oklahoma State, San Diego State and Oregon State. Senior QB Cory Paus leads the Bruin attack, averaging 243.3 yards per game through the air. His favorite target has been Craig Bragg, who has seven touchdowns among his 29 catches. UCLA also possesses a potent ground game that averages 161.0 ypg. Tyler Ebell galloped for 119 yards in a 31-30 loss to Oregon last Saturday, one week after rushing for 203 yards at Oregon State.
Jeff Tedford, California (Fresno State '83) is in his first season as head coach of the Golden Bears, taking over as the program's 32nd head coach last December. Tedford, 4-3 as a head coach, arrived at Cal after four highly successful seasons at Oregon, where he served as offensive coordinator and helped the Ducks to a combined 38-10 record, including an 11-1 mark last fall when Oregon won the Pac-10 championship and earned a No. 2 national ranking. Tedford began his coaching career in 1989 as an offensive assistant with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. In 1992, he returned to his alma mater, Fresno State, as quarterback coach. A year later, he was elevated to offensive coordinator, a position he held through 1997. A native of Downey, Calif., Tedford was a record-setting quarterback as a player at Fresno State, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1983.
Bob Toledo, UCLA (San Francisco State '68) is in his seventh season as head coach of the Bruins, compiling a 46-29 mark. His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play in a bowl game in four of the past five seasons. Prior to taking over the program, Toledo served as head coach at Pacific (1979-82, 14-30) and UC Riverside (1974-75, 15-6), giving him a career record of 75-65. In addition, he has served as an assistant coach at UCLA (1994-95), Texas A&M (1989-93), Oregon (1983-88), USC (1976-78) and UC Riverside (1973).
As a part of the Fior d'Italia Million Dollar Giveaway promotion, the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a $20 gift certificate to Fior d'Italia. In addition, this week is Homecoming and Parents Weekend, as well as the Joe Roth Memorial Game.
IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 2002 football season, IKON Office Solutions salutes the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the USC game, WR Vincent Strang took an end-around 28 yards to set up Cal's second touchdown of the afternoon.
The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 2002 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. For the USC game, SAF Bert Watts recorded 15 tackles, the most for a Cal player since Nnamdi Asomugha had 15 at Illinois in 2000.
Boller's Next TD Pass Will Set Cal's All-Time Record; QB within 310 Yards of 3rd Place in Career Yardage
With a pair of scoring strikes against USC's vaunted defense last Saturday, Cal senior Kyle Boller has tied the school's career mark for most touchdown passes with 54. His next TD missile will propel him ahead of current co-leader Pat Barnes, who notched 54 from 1993-96. Fast becoming one of the nation's premier quarterbacks, Boller has thrown for a Pac-10-leading 18 touchdowns this season and orchestrated upset road wins over two Top 15 opponents-Michigan State (43-22) and Washington (34-27)-for the first time in school history. He continues to zoom up Cal's all-time chart, currently residing in fourth place on the Bears' career passing yardage list with 6,864 yards during his four-year tenure in Berkeley. He needs only 311 more yards to leap frog Rich Campbell (7,174) into third place. Boller has now thrown at least one TD pass in nine consecutive games, a streak that started after being shut out Nov. 10 in a 55-14 loss to USC last year at Memorial Stadium. In 2002, Boller has threaded 57.2% of his attempts (131-229) for 1,699 yards, career-best 18 touchdowns and only five interceptions through seven games. That amounts to a 141.10 passing efficiency rating, which ranks 23rd among NCAA quarterbacks. The Bear signal-caller has contributed to 22 TDs this year-an average of 3.1 per game-also rushing for three scores and catching a pass for another touchdown. His 18.86 points per game ranks first in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally in Points Responsible For. Some of Boller's success should be credited to Cal's reconstructed offensive line, which has allowed 10 sacks (2nd lowest in Pac-10) in seven games this year. Boller missed last year's UCLA game in Pasadena due to an injured back. However, he previously directed Cal victories over the Bruins in 1999 (17-0 at the Rose Bowl) and 2000 (46-38 triple OT at Berkeley).
A Passing Fancy: Cal's Boller, UCLA's Paus Marching Toward Career Hierarchy at Respective Schools
Two quarterbacks who have combined for more than 13,000 passing yards in their careers will be on display at California Memorial Stadium this weekend. Cal's Boller has blazed his way to 6,864 and 54 touchdowns, while UCLA's Cory Paus is thrown for 6,748 yards and 42 TDs to date
One of College Football's Cinderella Stories of '02, Cal Rises from the Ashes to Earn National Credibility
Not only has California rebounded dramatically from last year's 1-10 debacle, the Bears have established themselves as a nationally respected program and Pac-10 contender almost overnight. In the Associated Press poll this year, they were ranked 23rd on Sept. 15 and received 80 votes-29th most in the nation-Oct. 6. To add further credibility, the New York Times' Computer Rankings ranked Cal 12th in the country as the Pac-10's highest-rated school prior to the USC game last week. In winning four games this season, Cal has registered as many victories as it had in the previous two years combined (1-10 in '01 and 3-8 in '00). What's more, the Bears have come oh-so-close to being unbeaten through their first seven games. Their losses have come by a combined total of 14 points to three nationally-ranked teams that have posted an aggregate record of 16-3 this year. In the 23-21 setback to unbeaten Air Force Sept. 21, a two-point conversion try went awry when a Kyle Boller to Joe Igber pass was batted away with only 31 seconds left on the clock-a play that probably would have sent the game into overtime, if successful. Then a week later, Cal settled for a game-tying field goal (38-38) by Mark Jensen with 7:33 remaining in the game against nationally No. 16-ranked Washington State, the Pac-10 pre-season favorite (the Cougars rallied with 10 points down the stretch to avoid a Bear upset). And last Saturday, the Bears bolted out to a 21-3 early advantage over the Trojans, only to lose the lead in the second half before rallying in the late going. Trailing 27-21 with 3:23 left in the game, Cal forced a USC fumble and had a chance to go ahead before a Boller interception pass squelched any comeback notions.
Bears Boast +13 Turnover Ratio after 7 Weeks to Rank 5th Nationally
Although they have been dented for a combined 1,483 yards and 105 points by the high-powered offenses of Washington State, Washington and USC during the past three weeks, the Golden Bears continue to be one of the nation's best in the all-important turnover department. Thus far in 2002, Cal has forced 22 turnovers and committed only nine for a TO ratio of +13-the fifth best margin (+1.86 per game) in NCAA Division I-A and best in the Pac-10. The Bears lived on the other side of the turnover ledger in 2001, finishing 114th out of 115 Division 1-A schools with a woeful -17 figure. The club's 22 takeaways this fall are already four more than Cal managed all of last season. Included in that total are 12 fumble recoveries this year-tied for third most in the nation (one behind co-leaders Wake Forest and Virginia)-which also is two more than last season's entire output. The TO wars have been particularly telling in first halves this year, when the bend-but-don't-break Bears have coughed up only three turnovers all year in posting a collective +14 mark during the first 30 minutes of their games.
Powell Tied for 7th on Bears' Career Interception List with 10 Picks
Senior cornerback Jemeel Powell produced his second two-interception game of the season Saturday at USC and now has 10 career picks, tying him for seventh place on the school's all-time list. His five interceptions in '02 rank him seventh (tied) in the NCAA and first (tied with WSU's Jason David) among the Pac-10 leaders at 0.71 per game.
Bears Play Tough Schedule for 2nd Straight Year
A year ago, the University of California's football schedule was ranked sixth toughest in the nation by the USA Today/Sagarin Ratings with the Bears' 2001 opponents posting an aggregate winning percentage of .659 (85-44). Well, Cal's 2002 slate doesn't look much easier. Entering Week 8 of the season, the opponents on the Bears' schedule have churned a .622 winning percentage. With none of its previous or future foes sporting sub-.500 records, Cal's opponents have registered a combined 46-28. The Bears, who play the nation's eighth-toughest cumulative schedule (according to NCAA rankings), have already played five schools which are nationally ranked.
Golden Bears Set Aim at First Winning Season Since '93
Perhaps the most compelling story this year about Cal football is this: can Jeff Tedford revive a Golden Bear program that once went 50 games without a defeat in the 1920s, won 33 straight contests in the Pappy Waldorf days of the late '40s, and 11 years ago went 10-2 and earned a No. 7 ranking under Bruce Snyder? A man who helped build winning programs at Oregon and Fresno State, Tedford is laying the foundation for success in Berkeley. Yet, while Cal boasts an all-time winning percentage of .557 (559-439-51) entering 2002, the Bears have not enjoyed a winning season since 1993 when Keith Gilbertson's club etched a 9-4 mark that concluded with a 37-3 win over Iowa in the Alamo Bowl. Since then, Cal has registered marks of 4-7, 3-8, 6-6, 3-8, 5-6, 4-7 and 3-8, before Tom Holmoe's 2001 squad endured the worst record (1-10) in the last 104 years of Cal football.
Cal's Scoring Leads Pac-10
The 2002 Bears have already outscored last year's team by 70 points. Cranking out 38.7 points per game to rank 12th in NCAA scoring and first in the Pac-10, Cal has cashed in 34 touchdowns and 271 points in their first seven games of the season. In comparison, last year's Cal squad tallied 24 TDs and 201 points total over an 11-game schedule. In fact, Jeff Tedford's club has rattled 34 points or more in five of their seven outings this year. A year ago, the Bears didn't score 34 points even once all year (season high: 28 points twice, vs. Washington and at Stanford). This week, Cal squares off against a UCLA team that ranks eighth in scoring defense (24.5 ppg) and seventh in total defense (366.5 yards) among Pac-10 schools.
Banta-Cain Can Vault into 5th Place on Cal's Career List with Next Sack
Despite being held sackless in three of his last four games, Cal senior end Tully Banta-Cain has 20.5 career sacks and can move into fifth place ahead of Ron Rivera (22.0) with his next sack. With seven sacks thus far in '02, Banta-Cain continues to rank second in the Pac-10(behind ASU's Terrell Suggs' 13 sacks) at 1.00 per game.
Quick-Start Bears Have Outscored Foes by Eye-Bulging 163-55 Margin in First Halves This Year
Roaring out of the gates like few others, the new-and-improved Cal Bears have feasted on 2002 opponents in the first half this year. The Bears, who clung to a modest edges at halftime at Washington (21-16) and USC (21-17) the past two weeks, have outscored their foes by a whopping 163-55 margin through their first seven games. Cal has been particularly lethal in first quarters this year, outscoring its opponents, 90-26, in opening periods this season. Interestingly, UCLA has struggled in the first quarter this year, only outscoring its opponents by a scant 38-34 margin. The Bruins have trailed by double digits before scoring three times this season, but have rallied to win all three games. While Jeff Tedford's squad has been lights out in the first two quarters, they have been outscored 70-30 in third periods this year (thanks mostly to a 29-7 meltdown in the third quarter against Washington State Sept. 28). That may not bode well for the Bears, as UCLA owns a 46-18 advantage in third periods this year.
Golden Bears Lead Pac-10 in Red Zone Offense
The Bears continue to lead the Pac-10 in red zone offense, having converted 29 of 30 scoring opportunities (96.7%) inside the opponent's 20-yard line this year with 20 TDs and nine field goals. Conversely, opponents have scored on only 19 of 25 (76%) red zone chances. Cal's early season red zone success is one of three offensive categories the Bears have excelled in that's reminiscent of Tedford's Oregon team last year. Cal has also committed only nine turnovers-20th fewest in the nation-this season and has allowed Boller to be sacked only 10 times. In 2001, Tedford's Ducks turned the ball over a NCAA-low 11 times and led the Pac-10 in both fewest sacks (11) and best red zone offense (37-of-39, 94.9%).
McArthur, Makonnen & Ward Form Cal's WR Triumvirate
Cal's wide receiving corps has been upgraded considerably from last year, with sophomore Geoff McArthur leading the charges with 30 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown. Although he's been sidelined with a hamstring pull the past two games, he has hauled in seven passes three times this season (vs. Baylor, Michigan State and Washington State). Other key pass-catchers this year include City College of San Francisco transfer Jonathan Makonnen (29 for team-high 429 yards, 5 TDs) and senior LaShaun Ward, who has clawed 25 passes for 408 yards and five TDs.
McCleskey, Page among Pac-10's Top Freshmen
Two of the Pac-10's top true freshmen will be showcased in the defensive secondary this weekend at Memorial Stadium. Cal's first-year rover, Donnie McCleskey, has started two games in his maiden season and has impressed with his blazing speed and maturity. A former Los Angeles Times San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year who rushed for 2,236 yards and 29 TDs as a senior at Bishop Amat High School last fall, McCleskey has shined at DB and special teams at Cal with 20 tackles-including a season-high seven stops at USC last weekend-three pass breakups, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. UCLA's Jarrad Page, who has started the Bruins' last three games at strong safety, is the first Bruin true freshman safety to start more than one game since Kenny Easley in 1977. Page hails from the Bay Area, where he rushed for 1,014 yards and 16 TDs and snatched five interceptions at San Leandro High School last year.
Igber Continues His Ascent into Cal's Top 10 Lists for Rushing and All-Purpose Yardage
Joe Igber seems to make news virtually every week this year, as he continues to inch upwards on the Bears' all-time rushing and all-purpose charts. Although he was limited to a season-low 45 yards on 14 carries at USC, the Nigerian native has rushed for 582 yards on 135 attempts through seven games this year. Igber has cranked out eight 100-yard rushing performances in his career-the fourth most in Cal history-trailing only Russell White and Chuck Muncie, who both rushed for 100 yards 15 times, and the late John Olszewski, who accomplished the feat on 10 occasions. Averaging 83.1 ground yards per game this season-the fourth-best figure in the Pac-10 to date-Igber has increased his career rushing total to 2,576 yards. His 582 yards this season eclipses his entire output of last year, when he rushed for only 399 yards on 94 carries before missing the Bears' final four games with a fractured clavicle. He needs 3555 yards to surpass No. 3 Paul Jones (2,930). In addition, the diminutive Igber has shot into Cal's career Top 10 in all-purpose yardage with 3,219, the seventh-highest total in school annuals. With 88 more all-purpose yards, he will zip ahead of Dwight Garner (3,307, 1982-85) into No. 6.
Jensen Emerges as One of Pac-10's Top Kickers
Always a consistent performer, Cal's senior Mark Jensen has suddenly emerged as one of the country's most prolific kickers in 2002. The Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week three weeks ago when he reeled off a school-record five field goals in a 23-21 loss to Air Force, the Bears' senior currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 22nd nationally in kick scoring with 65 points (9.29 per game). He has nailed 11 of 14 FG attempts and 32-for-32 in PATs, and boomed a career-best 51-yard FG at Michigan State Sept. 14. With his scoring onslaught this year, Jensen has quickly moved into the school's career Top 10 in scoring. His current 202 points rank seventh on the list, with former Heisman Trophy runner-up Chuck Muncie (224 points, 1973-75) his next target.
Cal Features Many Players, Coaches from SoCal
As has been the norm for many years, the Cal football program is bloated with Southern California refugees. No less than 48 Golden Bear football student-athletes have called or do call the Southland their home. The most accomplished include QB Kyle Boller, the 1998 California State Player of the Year at Newhall's Hart High School; rover Nnamdi Asomugha, a first team all-state performer at Los Angeles' Narbonne High; CB and return specialist Jemeel Powell, a football/track star at Los Angeles' Serra High; and WR Geoff McArthur, who was named the Los Angeles Times' Westside High School Player of Year at Pacific Palisades High after catching 91 passes for 1,779 yards (a state mark) and 28 TDs in 1999. On the sidelines, Cal coaches who hail from SoCal include head coach Jeff Tedford, who played QB at Warren High in Downey and later at Cerritos College; WR coach Eric Kiesau, born in Pasadena and later coached at Moorpark High and Glendale CC; and defensive coordinator Ken Delgado, the former defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at San Diego State.
5 Bruins Coaches have Northern California Roots
UCLA head coach Bob Toledo is one of five Bruin coaches with some connection to Northern California. Toledo was born in San Jose, quarterbacked Lincoln High School to a 27-3 record from 1961-63, and later graduated from San Francisco State in 1968. WR/K coach Ron Caragher was born in Redwood City and later graduated from San Jose's Bellarmine Prep High School. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow is a native of Woodland (outside of Sacramento) and coached at Oakland's Laney Community College from 1979-81. Offensive coordinator Kelly Skipper is the son of long-time NFL assistant Jim Skipper, who served as head coach of the XFL's San Francisco Demons in 2000. And new strength and conditioning coach Kim Sword attended Sacramento City College and Cal State Hayward, and began his coaching career down the hill at Berkeley High in 1976. Besides these five coaches, UCLA also features 24 players who hail from the northern part of the state.
Tedford's 2002 Club Eyeing One of Biggest Turnarounds in School History
When you finished last season with the worst record (1-10) by a Cal team in 104 years, you know there's only one way to go ... up. But with their impressive 4-3 start, Tedford's Bears have a chance to produce one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in school history. They have already bettered last year's mark by three games, which is the best one-year turnaround at Cal since Keith Gilbertson's 1993 team posted a 9-4 mark following a 4-7 record the following year. The greatest one-year flip by a Cal team came in 1947, when a man named Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf assumed the head coaching reins and promptly led his Golden Bears to a 9-1 record-a six-and-a-half game improvement from the previous season (2-7 in '46 under Frank Wickhorst).
The One-Year Switcheroo: Cal Takes Dramatic Turn for the Better in '02
Very few college football programs have undergone such positive one-year transformations the likes of California. After seven games last year, the Bears were saddled with a 0-7 record and were being outdistanced by an average score of 45.7 points to 17.5 points. Seven games into this season, Cal sports its best start (4-3) since 1998 and is outscoring its opponents by a eye-popping margin 12.3 points (38.7 to 26.4).
Cal, UCLA Boast Quarterbacks with Super Bowl Imprints
The University of California is one of only three schools that have had three quarterbacks start in a Super Bowl game. The Bears' threesome were Joe Kapp (Vikings), Craig Morton (Broncos) and Vince Ferragamo (Rams), while Bart Starr (Packers), Joe Namath (Jets) and Ken Stabler (Raiders) represented Alabama as Super Bowl starters, and Daryle Lamonica, (Raiders), Joe Theisman (Redskins) and Joe Montana (49ers) did the same for Notre Dame. While UCLA has sent only two QB into Super Bowls as starters-Troy Aikman (Cowboys) and Billy Kilmer (Redskins)-the Bruins hold the record for most quarterbacks who have played in a Super Bowl game with five. The other three ex-UCLA QBs Jay Schroeder (Redskins), Tom Ramsey (Patriots) and Steve Bono (49ers).
Seidman, Swoboda Rank in Conference's Top 3 as Receiving Tight Ends
Tight ends play a key role in both Cal's and UCLA's offenses. The Bears' Tom Swoboda, who snared six passes for the third time this season last Saturday at USC, has caught 20 passes for 192 yards and four TDs this season. His 20 grabs are two more that the entire tight end corps snagged all last season at Cal. The Bruins' Mike Seidman ranks third on his team in total receptions with 21 for 365 yards and three TDs. Seidman leads all Pac-10 tight ends in receptions, while Swoboda ranks third (tied) behind Seidman and Washington's Kevin Ware (19 rec., 200 yds., 3 TDs).
Cal Seeks to Continue Recent Trend vs. SoCal Schools
While UCLA (46-24-1) and USC (56-29-5) own sizeable edges over Cal in the two schools' all-time series records, the Bears have fared well in recent years against their cross-state rivals. California, which traditionally features many players from the Southland, had won four straight games against the SoCal schools entering last season, but the Bears were walloped by both UCLA (56-17 at Pasadena) and USC (55-14 at Berkeley) last fall. Even with last week's 30-28 loss at USC, Cal still has won five of it last nine meetings with its intrastate rivals and boasts a 7-5 record in its last 12 outings vs. UCLA, including two wins in its last three meetings with the Bruins. In the school's last meeting in Berkeley in 2000, the Bears rode the right arm of QB Kyle Boller to an improbable 46-38 triple overtime win. CB Jemeel Powell capped the contest with game-clinching interception in the UCLA end zone in the third OT. Last year, the nationally No. 4-ranked and unbeaten (5-0 entering the game) Bruins steamrolled Cal, 56-17, at the Rose Bowl, fueling visions of a possible national championship season for UCLA. However, soon thereafter, DeShaun Foster was suspended for the season, and the Bruins proceeded to lose to Stanford, Washington State, Oregon and USC in four straight weeks and fell out of the national rankings.
Led by Special Teams, Bears Uncorking a Bushel of Big Plays This Season
Another contributing factor to Cal's mercurial start has been the big play. In their first seven games, the Bears have unleashed no less than 12 plays that have measured 50 yards and beyond. Special teams have paved the way, churning out significant chunks of yardage with regularity. Cal currently ranks first in kickoff return average (22.8) and fifth in punt return average (12.7) in the Pac-10. Kick returner LaShawn Ward, who sprung loose for a season-best 56-yarder at Michigan State in Week 3, owns a 26.5-yard average to date (first in the Pac-10, 16th in the NCAA), while Jemeel Powell-the school's all-time punt return leader (13.0 avg.)-averages 12.0 yards per punt return (4th in the Pac-10). Powell's 90-yard TD punt return in the first quarter at Michigan State Sept. 14 was the longest punt return by a Cal player in 43 years. Meanwhile, Cal's coverage units have been very respectable, limiting their foes to a 18.4-yard kickoff return average (3rd in Pac-10) and 10.1 punt return figure. The Bears' kicking game has also been solid, with placekicker Mark Jensen already equaling his all-time high for FGs in a season with 11, including a 51-yard field goal at Michigan State, the fifth longest in Cal history.
The G-Men: Gladstone & Guerrero Add Fresh Approach as Two of Pac-10's Newest Athletic Directors
Cal and UCLA may field two of the oldest sports programs on the West Coast, but they are led by two of the Pac-10 newest athletic directors. Steve Gladstone, the long-time men's crew coach at Cal, was named the Golden Bears' AD in April 2001 and oversees a program with 27 intercollegiate sports (second most in the conference behind Stanford). Daniel Guerrero, who directed athletic programs at UC Irvine and Cal State Dominguez Hills during the past 14 years, was appointed UCLA's AD this past July. Gladstone, who continues to coach, is arguably the greatest college crew coach in modern rowing history. With 10 national titles to his credit-including five at Cal-he ranks second in all-time varsity championships behind Charles "Pop" Courtney, who won 11 titles at Cornell from 1901-15. Guerrero, who was inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 following a three-year career as a student-athlete in Westwood, directs a highly successful 24-sport program at UCLA.
Cal head man Jeff Tedford has been associated with teams that have carved out a 25-6 record since the start of the 2000 season, as Oregon reeled off 11-1 and 10-2 marks in 2000 and '01 with Tedford serving as offensive coordinator, while Cal has posted a 4-3 record thus far in '02 ... Both schools have earned their highest national ranking Sept. 15. After beating Oklahoma State, 28-24, at Stillwater Sept. 14, the Bruins were ranked 20th by Associated Press. Cal, following a 46-22 upset over Michigan State at East Lansing that same Saturday, earned a No. 23 AP ranking ... Coincidence or not? Cal is 3-1 in games that are televised this year, 1-2 when there's no TV ... Thus far this season (prior to Monday's selections this week), Cal joins USC as the only conference schools to land four Pac-10 Players of the Week. QB Kyle Boller has won the award twice this year, following road upset victories Michigan State and Washington, while K Mark Jensen boomed a school-record five field goals in the Air Force loss to win the award, and PR Jemeel Powell was cited after the Michigan State game for his 90-yard TD punt return ... Cal's 17-0 whitewash of UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 1999 marked the first time the Bears had blanked the Bruins in 26 years. It also is the last time Cal has rolled a shutout, period ... This year also marks the 10-year anniversary of California's widest margin of victory ever over UCLA, as Keith Gilbertson's Bears blasted the Bruins, 48-12, in Berkeley on-of all days-Halloween! ... Cal wide receiver Chase Lyman, who may see his first action of the season this week after an arduous rehab of his right hamstring, was raised in a UCLA household. His father, Brad Lyman, ran track and played fullback in Westwood (1969-70, '72) before enjoying a professional career with the Houston Oilers from 1968-74 ...Two other Cal players, offensive linemen and brothers, Chris and Jonathan Murphy, have a sister, Elinor, who played water polo at UCLA ... In addition, the Bears' Swoboda has an older sister who attends UCLA Law School ...While Cory Paus is a near certainty to receive all the snaps at quarterback Saturday, UCLA's two backup QBs certainly have interesting connections. Freshman Drew Olson is a graduate of nearby Piedmont High School, where he passed for 1,700 yards and 16 TDs last year. And redshirt freshman John Sciarra, the No. 3 signal caller on the depth chart, is the son of John Sciarra Sr., who quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl ... In their athletic histories, UCLA has won a nation-leading 86 NCAA team championships entering the 2002-03 school year, while Cal has captured 62 national team titles ... Among UCLA's most prestigious alumni are former L.A. mayor Tom Bradley, ex-Disney executive Michael Ovitz, tennis star and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, WNBA President Val Ackerman, TV-movie producer Rob Reiner, movie producer Francis Ford Coppola, singer/songwriter Randy Newman, actors Lloyd Bridges and Mark Harmon, and actress/comedienne Carol Burnett.