Nov. 22, 2008
BERKELEY - With today's 37-16 victory over Stanford, Cal has secured its school-record seventh straight season with at least seven wins.
Since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival, Cal has scored 30+ points 45 times, posting a 41-4 record in those games. The Bears are 5-0 this season when scoring 30 or more points, and have won 21 in a row since 2005.
California improved its record to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10, while Stanford fell to 5-7, 4-5 Pac-10. The all-time series record now stands at 55-45-11, in favor of the Cardinal.
Jahvid Best had a career-best 201 yards on 19 carries in today's game. He had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). It is his sixth 100-yard rushing game and the second 200-yard rushing game this season and of his career. Best previously had 200 yards rushing at Washington State. He reached 1,000 yards on the season in the third quarter. It is the seventh year in a row, every year under Jeff Tedford, that Cal has had a 1,000-yard rusher.
Best has now racked up 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns rushing this season. He had his fifth run of 60 yards or longer this season with his 60-yard scamper on the second play from scrimmage.
Cal's field goal on its opening drive marked the eighth time in 2008 that the Bears have scored first.
Following the 10-3 halftime score, Cal scored 20 points in the third quarter to jump out to a 30-3 lead. The most points the Bears have scored in a quarter since posting 24 in the fourth quarter against UCLA on Oct. 25.
Bryan Anger's 76-yard punt in the first quarter was not only a personal best, but also the fourth best in school history. It was the longest punt since Scott Tabor booted one a school-record 89 yards against USC on Sept. 26, 1987. He followed that punt with a 75-yarder in the third quarter, which tied with Ryan Longwell for the fifth longest in school history.
Cal's defense stiffened up when Stanford was deep in the redzone in the first quarter, as the Cardinal missed a field goal. The Bears are first in the Pac-10 in redzone defense. Later, the next time when Stanford was deep in the redzone in the second quarter, Tyson Alualu forced a fumble on Toby Gerhart that was recovered by Cameron Jordan.
Eddie Young picked off Pritchard on the first play from scrimmage of the second half for the 19th interception of the year for Cal. It was Young's second career interception.
Riley connected with Shane Vereen for a 59-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. It was Vereen's longest reception of the season and his first receiving touchdown of the year. The 90-yard scoring drive was Cal's longest scoring drive since the Colorado State game on Sept. 27.
Zack Follett had five tackles for loss in today's game. The last Cal player to record five tackles for loss in a game was Tully Banta-Cain against New Mexico State in 2002. Follett now has 46.5 career tackles for loss (one shy of tying for seventh in school history). Cal had three interceptions in today's game (21 for the season). The 435 yards allowed today were the most yielded by the Cal defense this season.
Cal continued its impressive record at Memorial Stadium with its 37-16 victory over Stanford. The Bears have now won 28 of their last 32 home games.
The attendance of 70,089 marked the 30th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last five years. The game was also the 18th game of 60,000+ fans under head coach Jeff Tedford, fifth this season, and the first game of 70,000+ fans this year. Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.