Cal Football Post-Game Notes - vs. Washington State (Saturday, October 24)
Cal finished the game with a season-high total of 559 yards of offense, and have now racked up over 400 yards in total offense in five of their seven games this season and exit today averaging 430.1 yards per game, up from 376.0 in 2008 and en route to the best per-game yardage average since notching 492.4 per game in 2004.
The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the fourth time this season (also vs. Eastern Washington, at Minnesota and at UCLA) and ended the first quarter with 28 points, the most scored by Cal in a first quarter since Sept. 22, 2007, vs. Arizona, and a tie for third-most first-quarter points in school history.
The 27-yard TD reception by Jahvid Best on a pass from QB Kevin Riley put points on the board for Cal only 52 seconds into the game, the fastest the Bears had scored in a game since an 80-yard TD run by Best on the first play of scrimmage at Washington State in 2008 put the Bears on the scoreboard in 11 seconds.
QB Kevin Riley began the game 3-of-3 for 85 yards and three touchdowns and finished 12-of-18 for 229 yards. His start to today's game is believed to be the first in school history in which a Cal QB either began a game with three straight TD passes or threw TDs on three straight passes. Today also marked Riley's second straight game with three TD tosses.
Riley connected with WR Jeremy Ross for a 61-yard gain in the third quarter, a career-long reception for Ross and season-long pass for Riley.
TB Jahvid Best finished the WSU contest with a season-high 159 rushing yards on 13 carries, bettering his previous season-high of 144 yards rushing vs. Eastern Washington. Best now has a seven-game season total of 775 on 114 carries (6.8 ypr). Today's game marked his 13th career 100-yard game and fifth of season. He needs one more 100-yard game to tie J.J. Arrington for fifth all-time at Cal. After scoring three touchdowns and 18 points today, Best now has 14 touchdowns (11 rushing, 3 receiving) for 84 points on the season a scoring average of 12.0 ppg. In Cal's all-time record book, Best now has 28 rushing TDs (No. 4), 13 100-yard games (No. 6), 2,576 rushing yards (No. 8), 3,743 all-purpose yards (No. 8) and 196 points scored (No. 9).
WR/RET Jeremy Ross had a career-high and team season-high 54-yard kickoff return to open the game. Later in the first quarter, he returned a punt a career-best 76 yards for a touchdown, his first TD and third of his career. It was the first punt-return TD for Cal since Syd'Quan Thompson had a 73-yard TD return last year vs. Colorado State on Sept. 27, 2008, and the longest punt return by the Bears since DeSean Jackson's 77-yard return vs. Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2007. Ross finished the game with a career-long 61-yard reception and a career-high total of 228 all-purpose yards (61 receiving, 75 kick return, 92 punt return). His previous high was 141 yards on Oct. 18, 2008, at Arizona.
The Bears had eight plays from the line of scrimmage of 20+ yards today, bringing their season total to 46 (28 passing, 18 rushing).
WR Marvin Jones caught his fourth touchdown of the season and leads the team in TD catches this year.
Cal's offense entered today's contest leading the Pac-10 in scoring (32.8) and exits the day averaging 35.1 points per game.
The Bears finished with 5.0 sacks against the Cougars (season-high is 6 vs. Maryland). NG Derrick Hill recorded career-highs of 2.0 sacks today and 2.0 TFL
DL Cameron Jordan had a career-high 2.5 sacks and a season-high 2.5 TFL.
Pac-10 tackles leader LB Mike Mohamed recorded 12 tackles and continues to lead the team with an updatd season-total of 62.
The Bears yielded 55 yards rushing to the Cougars to mark the third time Cal has held an opponent to 55 yards rushing or lower in 2009.
With today's win, the Bears' fifth in a row over the Cougars dating back to a home victory on Oct. 22, 2005, Cal increases its lead over Washington State in the all-time series to 41-25-5. WSU's last win over Cal came at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28, 2002.
Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 64-32 (.667) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only three more victories to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only four games from becoming only the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. Tedford now has a 38-25 (.603) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
Redshirt-freshman FB Eric Stevens returned his first career kickoff near the end of the first half, advancing the ball 11 yards. The brother of former Cal and current Tennessee Titan TE Craig Stevens also made two special teams tackles and now has four tackles in the last two games.
Since 2004, Cal has posted a 30-5 (.857) record at home and is actually 32-6 (.842) over its last 38 games at Memorial Stadium.
The 68-yard TD reception by Washington State's Johnny Foranzi from Jeff Tuel is the longest pass play yielded by the Bears this season.
Cal marched 11.2 yards per play in the first half and ended the game at 9.3 ypp, the highest total by any Pac-10 team in a single game this season.
Cal's 35 points in the first half tied for the most scored by the Bears in a half this year (also 35 scored twice before in 2009, in second half vs. Eastern Washington and first half at UCLA).
Cal had team season-highs of 28 first downs, 92 punt return yards.
Cal had a season-high 11 receivers make receptions.
Today's attendance of 54,738 marked the 35th game in a row of over 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium over the past six seasons.
Next week's Cal opponent is Arizona State, who Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has a 5-1 coaching record against. The all-time series between Cal and ASU stands tied at 14-14.