Cal-Portland State Game Notes
Sept. 16, 2006
Wrapping up Non-Conference
After Saturday's 42-16 win, Cal's non-conference record improved to 15-6 under Jeff Tedford, who took over in 2002. The Bears open Pac-10 play next weekend when Cal hosts Arizona State at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised on FSN.
Keeping it over 50,000
Saturday's crowd of 61,082 marked the 13th consecutive home game with over 50,000 fans.
Lynch's Plays Go a Long Way
At the beginning of the second quarter, junior TB Marshawn Lynch broke free for a career long 71-yard TD run, putting Cal up 28-3 with 12:47 to go in the first half. Lynch's previous long run came in 2004, when he recorded a 70-yard TD run at Washington on Nov. 13. Saturday, Lynch's 71-yard run put him over the 100-yard mark for the second time this season. Lynch now has 11, 100-yard games in his career, which ranks him fourth all time at Cal. Lynch also set up the Bears' first scoring drive of the game after a 23-yard effort.
Bears Well Received
Cal finished with 309 receiving yards. By the end of the second quarter, sophomore WR DeSean Jackson already passed the 100-yard mark, racking up 103 yards on five catches. At the end of the first quarter, Jackson had 50 yards on two catches. It is Jackson's second 100-yard game this season. Last year, the Long Beach, Calif., native had three games over the century mark. Junior Robert Jordan finished with four catches for 51 yards, and junior TB Justin Forsett finished with 48 yards.
Daymeion Knows Defense
Senior CB Daymeion Hughes returned an interception 30 yards for a TD in the first quarter, putting Cal up 21-3 with 2:35 to go in the first quarter. It is Hughes' third INT in two games and the 10th pick in his career. The Los Angeles native had two INTs last week again Minnesota. Hughes returned an INT for 40 yards last season against at Washington on Sept. 10.
Sacking the Vikings
Senior LB Mickey Pimentel sacked back-up QB Tygue Howland for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter, sending Howland to the sideline. Pimentel followed up that play with a pass breakup of third-string signal caller Rob Freeman in Portland's next play from scrimmage. Senior DT Brandon Mebane recorded a sack for a loss of six yards at the end of the third quarter. He picked up another sack last weekend against Minnesota. Senior LB Chris Purtz also got in on the action, recording a sack for 11 yards in the fourth quarter for his first career sack.
42 in a Half
Cal scored 42 points in the first half Saturday, which is tied for the fourth-most points scored by a Cal team in a half. It is the most points in a half since the Bears put up 45 points against Baylor in the 2002 season opener.
Morrah Scores His First
On his first collegiate catch, redshirt freshman TE Cameron Morrah scored the Bears' first points of the game, giving Cal a 7-3 lead with 8:21 left in the first quarter. The catch came on a three-yard pass from sophomore Nate Longshore, his fifth scoring pass of the season.
Spreading the Wealth
Six different Bears scored touchdowns for Cal in the first half - TE Cameron Morrah, junior TB Justin Forsett, senior CB Daymeion Hughes, junior TB Marshawn Lynch, senior TB Marcus O'Keith and sophomore WR DeSean Jackson.
Senior TB Marcus O'Keith scored his first TD of the season, a five-yard run in the second quarter, giving Cal a 35-3 lead. Before Saturday, O'Keith hadn't recorded a carry this season. His last TD came in the 2005 season against Illinois. Earlier in the game, O'Keith put up a 41-yard kickoff return in the first quarter - the longest kickoff return for the Bears this season.
Bears Make Debuts
Sophomore Mike Tepper (LT) made his first start for Cal, Saturday. Seeing their first action for Cal were senior OL Tyler Krieg, redshirt freshman Brett Johnson (special teams), junior WR Sean Young, redshirt freshman TB Bryan Schutte, junior LB Eric Morrah and redshirt freshman LB Shea McIntyre.
Junior LB Worrell Williams forced a Portland State fumble in the third quarter on Cal's 15-yard line, and senior LB Desmond Bishop recovered the ball...Junior Andrew Larson hit a career-long 56-yard punt in the fourth quarter, only his second punt of the game... On a 1-yard run, junior TB Justin Forsett scored his first TD of the season, putting Cal ahead by a score of 14-3, with 3:12 left in the first quarter...sophomore FB Will Ta'ufo'ou picked up his first career reception, a nine-yard catch in the fourth.