Cal Football Post-Game Notes - at Oregon (Saturday, September 26)
Cal had its six-game win streak dating back to the final three games of 2008 snapped two games shy of the Bears' longest win streak under head coach Jeff Tedford when the club ran off eight straight victories in 2006 after dropping its season-opener at Tennessee.
The 42 points allowed by Cal are the most the Bears have allowed since a 47-40 loss at UCLA on Oct. 8, 2005, while the 39-point margin of defeat is Cal's biggest since falling by 41 points (55-14) to USC at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 10, 2001.
Heisman Trophy candidate TB Jahvid Best rushed for 55 yards on 16 carries as his string of seven consecutive 100-yard games was snapped. In the first three games of 2009, he has rushed for 467 yards on 69 carries for averages of 6.8 yards per carry and 116.8 yards per game. He moved up one spot on the school's all-time career list to No. 9 and now has 2,268 career rushing yards.
The game featured seven fumbles and five fumbles lost with the Bears committing a season-high three and losing a season-high two. Oregon fumbled four times and lost three, both the most by a Cal opponent in 2009.
DB Brett Johnson forced the second fumble of his career (first of the season).
LB Mychal Kendricks recovered the second fumble of his career.
DL Aaron Tipoti recorded a career-high four tackles.
DB Syd'Quan Thompson had one pass breakup to run his career total to 30 and move him into sole possession of third place on the school's all-time list.
QB Kevin Riley and WR Verran Tucker hooked up for a 50-yard pass play on the first play of the third quarter, marking the second time in as many games that the pair have hooked up for a pass play of at least 50 yards after the two had connected on a 59-yarder at Minnesota. The reception was the third of 50 or more yards for Tucker in his career, who also had a career-high 74-yard reception (from QB Nate Longshore) against Miami (FL) in the 2008 Emerald Bowl (Dec. 27, 2008).
DB Chris Moncrease forced the first fumble of his career on the game's opening kickoff.
QB Kevin Riley went his fourth consecutive game without an interception and has not thrown an interception in his last 115 passes with his most recent coming in the second quarter of home game vs. Stanford on Nov. 22, 2008.
P Bryan Anger punted a season-high seven times.
Cal had its three-game win streak vs. Oregon snapped but still leads the all-time series, 39-31-2.
Jeff Tedford's all-time record at Cal dropped to 62-31, leaving him five victories short of modern-era leader Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56). The only other head coaches to break the 60-win mark at Cal are all-time leader Andy Smith (74-16-7, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73-16-8, 1909-15).
Cal fell to 15-8 under head coach Jeff Tedford when they enter a game ranked in the Top 10 and 35-16 when the Bears are ranked in the Top 25.
Cal allowed a season-high 524 yards of total offense with both the rushing (236) and passing (288) totals posted by Oregon the most vs. the Bears this season, while the Bears recorded their season-lows in total offense (207), rushing (77) and passing (130).
KR Shane Vereen returned a career-high-tying three kicks for a career-high 114 yards with his 44-yarder in the second quarter the longest kick return of his career.
The game was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 58,975, marking the second straight game the Bears have played in front of a sold-out crowd.