Sept. 5, 2009
BERKELEY - With tonight's 52-13 victory over Maryland to start its 114th season of football, California starts 2009 at 1-0 while Maryland exits Berkeley 0-1. The Golden Bears have now won 30 of last their 34 home games. Under Jeff Tedford, the Bears have now scored 30+ points 45 times, posting a 41-4 record in those games. Cal was 6-0 last season when scoring 30 or more points and has won 23 in a row since 2005 when reaching the 30-point mark. Cal is 32-2 when amassing at least 40 points since 2002.
This is the second-highest point total in an opener for Tedford (70-22 over Baylor, 2002). The offensive output of 539 yards is the most from Cal last year's 549 against Washington.
Tedford becomes the fourth head coach in Cal history to break the 60-win mark with tonight's victory, joining James Schaeffer 73-16-8 (1909-15), Andy Smith 74-16-7 (1916-25) and Pappy Waldorf 67-32-4 (1947-56).
Cal now has a winning record against the modern Atlantic Coast Conference. The Bears entered tonight's matchup deadlocked with all-time record of 8-8-1 against the ACC as it exists today.
Finishing with 137 yards on the ground (13.7 ypc), Jahvid Best recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game for a total of 953 during that span (Oregon 116, Stanford 201, Washington 311, Miami 188, Maryland 137). He is 252 yards from breaking into the all-time top 10 at Cal. Best's 73-yard TD in the 1st quarter was his ninth run of 60 yards of more and fourth-longest of his career, which so far has spanned 23 games in a Cal uniform.
Fellow RB Shane Vereen spread 170 all-purpose yards across the field (48 rush, 46 receive, 76 return).
TB Covaugn Deboskie-Johnson made his Cal debut and rushed nine times for 54 yards.
RB Isi Sofele had his first career carry in the 3rd quarter.
Tonight was Cal's fourth straight game dating back to last season with over 200 yards rushing.
QB Kevin Riley found nine different receivers in the first half and eight in total en route to finishing 17-of-26 for 298 yards in the air, with four touchdowns and no interceptions before he was replaced by Brock Mansion in the 4th quarter. Riley's four TDs broke his single-game best. The last Bear to throw 4 TDs in a game was Nate Longshore on Sept. 30, 2006, vs. Oregon State.
Riley's second touchdown throw was to Nyan Boateng, a 39-yard strike for last year's leading receiver's first grab of 2009. WR Marvin Jones made first catch of 2009 in the first quarter, a 20-yard grab down to the 2-yard line, then caught a season-best 42-yard touchdown pass from Riley in the 3rd quarter. TE Skylar Curran made his first career catch for a touchdown late in the first half. WR Alex Lagemann recorded the first reception of his career, a 23-yard pass from Riley in the 3rd quarter.
The Bears had five first-half sacks and finished with six (Owusu 2, Jordan 1, Mohamed 1, Price 1, Alualu .5, Bishop .5). DL Ernest Owusu ended the first half with his first two career sacks along with three tackles for loss.
LB Mychal Kendricks delivered his career high in tackles with 12, besting his previous high of four.
The Bears had two fumble recoveries (Jordan, Campbell), both in the first half. Last year Cal was seventh in the nation in turnover margin and tops in the Pac-10.
P Bryan Anger launched his first two punts 46 and 50 yards. The 2008 Freshman All-American on this year's watch lists for the CFA Punter of the Year and Ray Guy Award averaged 43.1 ypp last season. His third boot traveled 35 yards but went out of bounds inside the Maryland 10-yard line.
K Vince D'Amato attempted and made his first career field goal, a 31-yarder in the second quarter.
Cal will try to go 2-0 next weekend for the sixth time in Tedford's Cal career (also 2002, '04, '05, '07, '08). - 2002 (70-22 vs. Baylor), 2005 (41-3 vs. Sacramento State), 2007 (45-31 vs. Tennessee), 2008 (38-31 vs. Michigan State) and 2009 (52-13 vs. Maryland).
The attendance of 62,367 marked the 32st straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game since 2004.
Starting with 3-and-outs on their first two defensive series, the Bears continued to play stingy defense in the first half, yielding only two field goals to the Terps, one in each quarter. Cal gave up only 40 first-quarter points (3.1 avg) and 65 second-quarter points (5.0 avg) in 13 games last season.
The Bears' Game 2 opponent, Eastern Washington, won its opener on Saturday, 35-14 over Western Oregon. QB Matt Nichols was 20-of-30 for 286 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Taiwan Jones rushed for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries, including an 87-yard touchdown in the first quarter.