Sept. 10, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. -
Cal-Colorado Series History
The Golden Bears visited Boulder today for the first time since 1982 when Cal came away with a 31-17 victory. Today's contest was the second in a home-and-home series the schools scheduled for the 2010 and 2011 seasons prior to the Buffaloes joining the Bears in the Pac-12. The 2011 game will be played as a non-conference contest and not count as part of either team's league record, although the two schools are now in the same league.
With today's 36-33 overtime victory by Cal, the Bears have now won the last three meetings. Following the win in 1982, Cal was a 52-7 winner over Colorado at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11, 2010. The teams have played only five other times in their history, with Cal a 10-0 winner in the first ever meeting in Berkeley (Sept. 28, 1968) before Colorado won each of the first two of three meetings in Boulder (20-10 on Sept. 9, 1972; 34-27 on Sept. 13, 1975).
Tedford Ties Cal's All-Time Win Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedford tied Cal's all-time record for victories with the Golden Bears' win at Colorado. Tedford is now 74-42 (.638), equaling the school's all-time leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25). Tedford became Cal's all-time modern-era victory leader as well as its all-time leader in games coached during the 2010 season.
Second Win in a Row on the Road
Cal picked up its second straight win in a true road game dating back to a victory at Washington State in the final road game of the 2010 season. Cal had lost five straight true road games prior to the last two victories.
Jones Picks up 100th Career Catch
Marvin Jones picked up the 100th catch of his Cal career with his first catch of the game. On the day, he finished with five receptions for 55 yards. On the season, he has totaled (10 grabs for 173 yards and two touchdowns last week against Fresno State. For his career, he now has 104 catches for 1597 and 12 touchdowns.
Sofele Garners 20 Carries for Second Straight Game
Isi Sofele finished the day with 20 rushes for 84 yards, giving him 44 carries and 172 yards with two touchdowns on the season. Last week, he had 24 carries for 88 yards and the two scores against Fresno State.
Keenan Allen Comes Up Huge
Keenan Allen made the two biggest catches of the day in Cal's overtime drive. He hauled in the game-winning touchdown from Zach Maynard after snagging a huge catch inside the 5-yard-line two plays before. He finished the day with six receptions for 104 yards (including a season-high 37-yard reception) and a touchdown. It was his second straight 100-yard performance and the third of his career. Allen also completed a 27-yard pass to quarterback Zach Maynard. On the year, Allen now has 13 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown. For his career, Allen now has 59 receptions for 699 yards and six touchdowns.
Zach Maynard Throws Four Touchdown Passes
Zach Maynard completed 18-of-35 passes for 243 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception. He completed passes to seven different receivers. His four touchdown passes were the most by a Cal quarterback since Kevin Riley had four in a home game vs. Colorado on Sept. 11, 2010. Maynard also had a 27-yard reception from wide receiver Keenan Allen. Maynard has now completed 34-of-70 passes for 509 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions on the season.
Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt Pace Bears in Tackles
Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt paced the Bears with 7.5 tackles against Colorado. Kendricks also chipped in a tackle for loss (5 yards). Kendricks is in his fourth season at Cal and has played in all 40 games possible during his career. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (168.5), tackles for loss (25.5), sacks (11.0), fumble recoveries (5) and blocked kicks (1). Holt's three career forced fumbles are the most by any active Cal player, while his 151.5 career tackles are second to Kendricks.
Nico Dumont Catches TD Pass on First Career Touch
Nico Dumont scored on a two-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard with 14:14 remaining in the second quarter. The catch came on the first touch of Dumont's career, marking the first time a Cal player has scored on the first touch of his career since Anthony Miller's two-yard TD reception from Nate Longshore with 2:41 remaining in Cal's 24-17 Emerald Bowl win over Miami, Fla., on Dec. 27, 2008.
Offensive Line Now Has 95 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the five members of the group that have started the first two games of the season have now combined to make 95 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (40), Justin Cheadle (25), Brian Schwenke (15), Matt Summers-Gavin (15) and Dominic Galas (3).
Cal Hits 30-Point Mark, Wins Again
Cal is now 57-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, adding to its win total with today's 36-33 overtime victory at Colorado. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-37.
First Overtime Win in Five Years
Today's overtime game was the first time Cal played an overtime game since Oct. 21, 2006, when the Bears defeated Washington, 31-24. Marshawn Lynch scored the game-deciding touchdown. On the following Husky drive, Cal garnered an interception to end the game.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 41-6 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-26 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 25-4 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-22 with a deficit. Cal and Fresno State both committed two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) in Cal's 36-21 win over the Bulldogs last Saturday. Zach Maynard was intercepted once in the game's only turnover today.
A big key to Cal's victory over Colorado on Saturday was the penalty differential. Colorado was penalized 12 times for 98 yards to the Bears' five penalties for 50 yards.