Cal-Colorado State Game Notes
Sept. 6, 2003
California Game Notes
Todayˇ?s attendance of 34,096 is a season high. The Bears drew 33,552 last week vs. Southern Mississippi in their home opener. Last season, Cal did not draw even 30,000 in three of its first four home games.
Colorado State defeated California, 23-21, with a FG with 1:57 to play in the game. This is the first ever meeting between the two teams, who wonˇ?t face each other again until Sept. 8, 2007 at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears havenˇ?t scored first in their last four games and are 2-2 in those contests.
Bears Miss Out on Recording Biggest Comeback in Tedford Era
Cal rallied from a 20-7 deficit today to lead 21-20 with about two minutes to play in the game, narrowly missing posting the biggest comeback in school history since Oct. 10, 1998 when the Bears rallied from a 21-point deficit (31-10, 7:21 to play in 3rd quarter) to defeat USC, 32-31. Calˇ?s biggest comeback win in the Jeff Tedford era was seven against Stanford in 2002. The Cardinal jumped out to an early 7-0 advantage, and the Bears answered with 30 unanswered points (30-7).
First Half Not So Kind to Bears in 2003
Cal has been outscored 46-34 in the first half in 2003 after performing well in the first half in 2002. Last season, Cal outscored its opponents 244-127 and trailed at the half only twice. This yearˇ?s Bears have been behind in two of three games.
Robertson An Equal Opportunity Passer
Cal QB Reggie Robertson recorded career highs in pass attempts and completions, as he was 23-of-35 for 248 yards and three touchdowns today. He also had two interceptions. His previous career bests were 16 completions vs. Kansas State in 2003 and 32 attempts in 2001 at Oregon State. His career high for yards thrown is 257, also vs. Kansas State. Robertson spread around the offensive opportunities today, throwing to eight different receivers. WR Vincent Strang and WR Burl Toler were Robertsonˇ?s favorite targets as each hauled in five passes for career highs.
McCleskey, Mixon Lead Cal Defense
Cal rover Donnie McCleskeyˇ?s two sacks today gives him 4.5 for the season, which breaks the previous Cal DB season sack record of three. Nnamdi Asomugha, the Oakland Raidersˇ? first-round pick this year, bagged three sacks in 2000. McCleskey also caused a fumble (Brian Tremblay recovered) in the fourth quarter, which set up a TD that momentarily put the Bears up 21-20. CB Tim Mixon tied McCleskey with nine total tackles on the day. Three of McCleskeyˇ?s tackles were for a total loss of 14 yards.
Strang Makes Most of Opportunities
Cal WR Vincent Strang has caught nine passes (career-high five today) this year and two of them have been for TDs, including a 30-yard catch today, which put the Bears up 7-3. All of last season, Strang caught five passes, including one for a TD. In two years, he has caught 14 passes, three for TDs. He is averaging 16.4 yards per catch (230 total) during his career.
Toler Terrific Against Rams
Cal WR Burl Toler caught a career-high five passes today for 48 yards. Last season, Toler only caught one pass for 12 yards. As a true freshman in 2001, Toler totaled 12 catches for 128 yards. In 2003, Toler has hauled in eight passes for 91 yards.
Rams Test Calˇ?s Rushers
After rushing for 260 yards last weekend against Southern Miss, the Bearsˇ? running game faltered against Colorado State. Cal only gained 51 yards rushing against the RamsˇXits lowest total since the Bearsˇ? game against UCLA last season (34 att., 40 yds). Last Saturday, the tandem of Adimchinobe Echemandu and J.J. Arrington were the first Cal running backs to rush for 100 yards in the same game since 1993. Today, Echemandu (13 for 50) and Arrington (8 for 25) totaled 21 rushes for 75 yards.
McArthur Awakens in Third Quarter
Cal WR Geoff McArthurˇXthe NCAAˇ?s leader in receiving yards coming into todayˇ?s gameˇXwas shut out in pass receptions until 3:24 in the third quarter when he hauled in a 48-yard pass from QB Reggie Robertson. McArthur ended up leading the Bear receivers in receiving yards (79 from four catches) and two TDs.
Colorado State QB Bradlee Van Peltˇ?s 85-yard TD pass to HB Joel Dreessen in the first quarter to put the Rams up 10-7 was the first time an opponent QB has completed a pass for 75 yards or more since Arizona Stateˇ?s Andrew Walter hit Daryl Lightfoot for 85 yards in 2002ˇKthat play was also the fourth play of 50 yards or more that Calˇ?s defense has given up this year (the other three against Kansas State)ˇKTyler Fredricksonˇ?s 54-yard punt in the second quarter was his first of 50 yards or more this season after tallying seven of at least 50 yards in 2002,,mDB Wendell Hunter recorded his first career interception in the end of the third quarter,,m
Colorado State Game Notes
,,h CSUˇ?s last win vs. a Pac-10 team was Oct. 8, 1994 at Arizona, 21-16.
,,h The 85-yard touchdown from QB Bradlee Van Pelt to HB Joel Dreessen ties the second longest in school history for a scoring play.
,,h P/PK Jeff Babcockˇ?s 48-yard field goal was a career long.
,,h Dreessen has gone 26 games in a row with at least one reception.
,,h WR Eric Hillˇ?s 39-yard reception was the longest of his career.
,,h Van Pelt has five TD passes in two games; he threw his fifth TD in 2002 in game 11.
,,h Babcockˇ?s 48-yard punt was a career best.
,,h CSU had four sacks vs. Colorado and four vs. Cal.
,,h Dreessen posted a new career high in receiving yards in a game with 92.
,,h Babcockˇ?s 13-16 in field goals on the road last year; in 2003, he is 2-2, including the game-winner.
,,h WR David AndersonˇX1st CSU receiver since Pete Rebstock in 2001 to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
,,h Van PeltˇX1st QB since Matt Newton with two 300-yard passing games in one season.