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Football Looks To Spoil Stanford's Rose Bowl Hopes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/15/1999

Nov. 15, 1999

Cal-Stanford: The Series
Stanford and Cal will battle for the axe for the 102nd time since the two teams began meeting in 1892. Stanford leads the series 51-39-11, and has held onto the axe for four consecutive years. Last year, Stanford beat Cal 10-3 at Memorial Stadium after the Cardinal defense held the Bears to minus 36 yards rushing and 198 total net yards, Cal's lowest offensive output of the season. The Bears have not won since 1994, a 24-23 win at Berkeley. The rivalry has a history of tight scoring games, with forty-eight Big Games having been decided by one touchdown or less. Only 97 total points separate the scoring in 101 games as the Cardinal has scored 1,574 points to Cal's 1,477. The 101 games played between the two schools ranks 10th in the NCAA record books in total games between two college football teams.

Game No. 11
California (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10) at Stanford (6-3, 6-1 Pac-10)
Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, Stanford Stadium (85,500 - Grass), Stanford, CA

Kickoff 12:30 p.m. PT

Television
Tape delay on Fox Sports Net Bay Area beginning at 12 midnight Saturday.

Attendance
A crowd of 70,000 is expected to attend.

Calbears.com
Complete Cal Football information, including releases, statistics, records and features, can be found on Cal's official web site at www.calbears.com. Stanford's web site is www.gostanford.com

Cal Radio Network
The game will be aired live over KGO Radio (810 AM) San Francisco and the five-station Cal Radio Network. Other stations on the network are: KRCK (1490 AM) in King City, KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka, KANM (970 AM) in Modesto and KYOS (1480 AM) in Stockton. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO is in its 26th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 25th season handling play-by-play duties, and Lee Grosscup, who is in his 11th year in the booth, joins him with color commentary. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Wednesdays at 6:20 p.m.

Cal TV Highlight Show
The weekly one-half hour Cal Football Highlight Show, hosted by Glen Kuiper, will air each Sunday afternoon during the season on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. The program will be shown Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

Big Game Week Events
The following are some of the events scheduled for Big Game Week:

Mon., Nov. 15

Big Game Week Press Conference Planet Hollywood     10:30 a.m.
Big Game Week Kickoff Rally Lower Sproul Plaza      12:00 noon
Tues., Nov. 16
Big Game Bear Backer Luncheon Hs Lordship's           12:00 noon
Big Game Sing-Off Stanford campus                      8:00 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 17
Guardsman Luncheon Fairmont Hotel                     11:30 a.m.
Cable Car Rally Ghiradelli Square                      1:00 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 18
Bond Club Luncheon Hornblower Yacht                   11:30 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 19
San Jose Big Game Lunch San Jose Fairmont             11:30 a.m.
Big Game Ladies Luncheon World Trade Center           11:30 a.m.
Get the Red Out Blood Drive Alumni House                All Day
Big Game Bonfire Rally Greek Theatre                   7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 20
Big Game Cruise Brunch Hornblower Yacht                6:30 a.m.
Cal Big Game Tailgate Frost Amphitheater              10:00 a.m.
1999 Cal Schedule, Results & Notes
Sept. 4
Rutgers 21-7: Marcus Fields scores on 49-yard run on game's first play.

Sept. 11
at Nebraska (ABC) 0-45: Cal holds NU to 114 yards rushing, but loses Matt Beck to injury.

Sept. 25
Arizona State 24-23: Kyle Boller's first start at QB (17-of-32, 213 yards, 2 TD).

Oct. 2
at Washington State 7-31: Jacob Waasdorp returns fumble 25 yards for TD.

Oct. 9
at BYU (ABC) 28-38: Deltha O'Neal has two interceptions and two 31-yard kick returns.

Oct. 16
at UCLA (ABC) 17-0: Cal shuts out Bruins, allowing them only 168 yards of total offense.

Oct. 23
Washington 27-31: Joe Igber rushes for 182 yards, breaking the freshman record.

Oct. 30
USC (Fox Syn.) 17-7: Cal defense records nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

Nov. 6
at Oregon State (Fox Syn.) 7-17: Drae Harris scores Cal's only touchdown on an 83-yard pass.

Nov. 13
Oregon 19-24: Deltha O'Neal's interception return for TD breaks NCAA record.

Nov. 20
at Stanford 12:30 p.m.: 102nd renewal of Big Game, 10th most-played rivalry in NCAA

Cal Radio on the Internet
All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet. To listen, go to the football page at www.calbears.com, click on the broadcast.com icon and hear Joe Starkey and Lee Grosscup call the action.

Cal Radio on 800 Service
All Cal football radio broadcasts during the 1998 season are available nationwide via telephone through the facilities of TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans can access the Cal Radio Network from anywhere in the country at 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5918. The cost is $.50 for the first minute, with decreasing rates for additional minutes.

Pac-10 Standings

                 Pac-10 Overall
                  W L     W L
Stanford          6 1     6 3
Oregon            5 2     7 3
Washington        5 2     6 4
Oregon State      4 3     7 3
Arizona State     4 3     5 5
California        3 4     4 6
Arizona           3 4     6 5
USC               2 5     4 6
UCLA              2 5     4 6
Washington State  1 6     2 8
Around the Pac-10
Nov. 20-Oregon State at Oregon, UCLA at USC, Washington State at Washington. Arizona and Arizona State are idle.

The Coaches
Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his third year as head coach of the Bears and fourth with the Cal program. He has a career record of 12-20 with the Bears. A 1983 graduate of BYU, Holmoe was the Cougars starting cornerback from 1980-82 and led the WAC in interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. He earned first team WAC honors as a senior and later was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers. Holmoe went on to play seven years with in the NFL, all with San Francisco, and helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls. After retiring from pro football, he entered the coaching ranks, serving as a graduate assistant during the 1990 and '91 seasons under LaVell Edwards at BYU. In 1992, Holmoe was reunited with Bill Walsh after accepting an offer to become the Stanford secondary coach. After two years as a member of the Cardinal staff, he moved back to the pro ranks and his former team, the 49ers, as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for the 1994 and '95 seasons. In 1996, Holmoe joined the Bears staff as the defensive coordinator and on Jan. 18, 1997, he was named head football coach at Cal.

Tyrone Willingham (Michigan State '77) is in his fifth season at Stanford and has led the Cardinal to a 28-26-1 record and two consecutive bowl games in his first two seasons. Before joining Stanford as head coach, Willingham was an assistant coach on the collegiate and professional levels for 17 years. He was Stanford's running backs coach under Dennis Green from 1989-91 and then followed Green to the NFL for a three-year stint as running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Willingham began his career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Michigan State. He served as the defensive secondary coach at Central Michigan for two seasons and as defensive secondary and special teams coach at Michigan State and North Carolina State for three years each. Prior to accepting the assistant coach position at Stanford, Willingham coached receivers and special teams at Rice University from 1986-88.

California Road Accommodations
The California travel party will depart on Friday afternoon a d stay at the Hyatt Rickey's (650-493-8000). Associate Athletic Director Kevin Reneau will accompany the team.

IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the Oregon game, the play was Deltha O'Neal's 100-yard interception for touchdown, his fourth for touchdown this season and an NCAA record.

The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. The winner for the Oregon game is Deltha O'Neal, who finished the game with 198 yards on all returns, including his eighth interception of the season. O'Neal is now tied for first nationally with Rodregis Brooks of Alabama-Birmingham in single season interceptions.

This Week
Stanford (5-1, 5-3)

Sept.  4 at Texas, 17-69
Sept. 11 Washington State, 54-17
Sept. 18 at Arizona, 50-22
Sept. 25 UCLA, 42-32
Oct.   2 San Jose State, 39-44
Oct.  16 Oregon State, 21-17
Oct.  23 at USC, 35-31
Oct.  30 at Washington, 30-35
Nov.  13 at Arizona State, 50-30
Nov.  20 California
Nov.  27 Notre Dame

Cal-Stanford Media Notes

Cal Cast in Spoiler's Role Against Stanford in 1999 Finale
A year ago, Cal had a bowl bid on the line in the 101st Big Game, but Stanford spoiled those hopes with a 10-3 victory. This season, the roles are reversed, but the stakes are much higher when California travels to Stanford this Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. contest. While Cal was playing for a berth in the Aloha Bowl a year ago, Stanford can clinch a Rose Bowl berth with a victory over the Golden Bears this week. At 4-6 overall and 3-4 in league action, Cal's main motivation will be claiming a victory and hoping for a first division finish in the Pac-10. A 4-4 league record would place the Bears anywhere from fourth to sixth place in the Pac-10 (losses by Oregon State and Arizona State would put Cal in fourth place). More motivation should come from Cal's veterans who have never beaten Stanford. The Cardinal has won four consecutive and eight of the last 10 games played between the two teams. Cal's last victory over Stanford came in 1994. Stanford holds a 51-39-11 advantage in a series that rates as the 10th most played rivalry in college football.

Cal May Reflect on Two Plays that Cost Team Chance for Rose Bowl
While Cal is staring at its third consecutive losing season, it's not a huge dose of fantasy to discuss exactly how close the Golden Bears were to playing for a Rose Bowl berth this Saturday. In fact, if Cal could have made two plays during a pair of games, the Bears and the Cardinal would be playing for all the marbles this week. If Cal could have completed a touchdown pass from the Oregon 4-yard-line in the final minute of play last week, the Bears would have won that game. If Deltha O'Neal had been able to hold on to an interception that he had in his hands with a couple minutes left in the Washington game, Cal would have come away with a victory over the Huskies. That would have put the Bears at 5-2 in league action and a win over Stanford would clinch a Rose Bowl berth.

Cal Defense Hopes to Pull Off Hat Trick Against Top 3 Offenses in Pac-10
While the statistics show Cal's defense atop the Pac-10 Conference, the accomplishments of the group in the second half of the season have been simply remarkable. The Bears have played all but one game all season without star linebacker Matt Beck (foot injury). They have gone all but three games without standout defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach (neck stinger). They've played the last two games without leading tackler Keith Miller (linebacker). Still, they've stuffed opponent after opponent - even with a Cal offense that has done little to help them. Over the last five games, Cal has tossed a shutout at UCLA and came within one play of doing likewise to USC. The biggest challenge was expected to come in the final three games when Cal's defense faced the top three offensive teams in the conference in Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford - and all three entering the game ranked in the Top 10 nationally in total offense. The Cal defense has performed magnificiently over the first two games of that tri-challenge and now hopes to pull off a hat trick against a high powered Stanford offense. The Bears have held both Oregon State and Oregon to almost 200 yards fewer and two touchdowns less than their normal offensive output. Despite facing seven opponent possessions that have started in Cal territory (and 14 that have started within 60 yards of the endzone) in those two games, the Bear defense has allowed only four touchdowns and a single field goal the last two games. Cal has not allowed a touchdown drive of more than 45 yards in those games. Below is a list of how Cal has shut down powerful Oregon State and Oregon offenses and a list of how short the scoring drives were in those games.

Opponent      Total Offense Ave. (NCAA Rank)  Total Off. vs. Cal      Scoring Ave.  Pts. vs. Cal
Oregon State          487.5 ypg     (3rd)            280                 33.9 ppg        17
Oregon                448.9 ypg    (10th)            261                 37.4 ppg        24
Opponent Scoring Drives The Last Two Weeks
Oregon State - Safety, 41-yard TD drive (after interception), TD on fumble recovery

Oregon - 45-yard TD drive (after interception), 17-yard FG drive (after interception), 20-yard TD drive (after interception), 28-yard TD drive (after 37-yard punt return).

Pac-10's No. 1 Cal Defense Faces Pac-10's No. 1 Stanford Offense
There will be many intriguing story lines to this week's Big Game, but the one match-up that everybody will be watching is the explosive Stanford offense going against the league's top defense in Cal. The Cardinal have been absolutely dominant on offense this season, running up 50 or more points in three games and 30 or more points in seven of the first nine games. Stanford leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 4 in the NCAA in total offense, averaging 472.9 yards a game and is No. 6 nationally in scoring offense, averaging 37.6 points a game. However, clearly Cal will offer a stern challenge. The Bears rank first in the Pac-10 in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense. On the other side of the ball, a struggling Cal offense will welcome the chance to challenge a Stanford defense that ranks No. 113 out of 114 Division IA teams in total defense. Only Buffalo (500.4 ypg) has given up more yards than Stanford (489.8 yards a game) this season. Below is a comparison of the Stanford-Cal match-ups this week, along with where the teams rank nationally in those statistical categories.

Cal and Stanford in NCAA Rankings

                            Cal                    Stanford
Total Offense           109th (262.9 ypg)        4th (472.9 ypg)
Rushing Offense          97th (108.6 ypg)       42nd (156.6 ypg)
Passing Offense          94th (154.3 ypg)        9th (316.3 ypg)
Scoring Offense         102nd (16.7 ppg)         6th (37.6 ppg)
Net Punting               6th (40.1 ypp)       107th (31.0 ypp)
Total Defense            44th (346.9 ypg)      113th (489.8 ypg)
Rushing Defense          20th (110.3 ypg)       65th (152.8 ypg)
Pass Efficiency Defense  56th (119.1 rating)    96th (134.0 rating)
Scoring Defense          37th (22.3 ppg)       102nd (33.0 ppg)
Turnover Margin         T80th (-.30 topg)       14th (+.78 topg)
Wes Dalton Hopes to Join Dad in Cal Athletic Lore
It was 40 years ago that a impetuous Cal basketball player laid the groundwork for a NCAA Championship. Bob Dalton set the tone for Cal's title game against a favored Cincinnati team when he wandered over to All-American Oscar Robertson just before the opening tipoff, put out his hand and said "Hi, my name's Dalton, what's yours?". Cal went on to post a xx-xx upset and capture Cal's first NCAA basketball championship. His son, Wes, followed his dad to Cal as an unheralded walk-on quarterback from Monte Vista HS. The past four years, he has done little except handle the clipboard and signal in plays from the sidelines. This year, he started the season as the third team quarterback. However, he moved into a second team position when Sam Clemons went down with a stress fracture in his lower leg in late October. Last week, he was suddenly thrust into the No. 1 position when Kyle Boller suffered a shoulder separation. Dalton came off the bench to lead Cal to within an eyelash of a major comeback victory. He ended the day throwing for 108 yards (5-of-13), all in the second half. He will now have a full week of preparation before facing traditional rival Stanford. The last walk-on to start at quarterback for Cal in the Big Game was J. Torchio (another family connection as his father Lloyd was a standout football player at Cal from 1952-54). Torchio came on for starting duties in Game No. 8 in his sophomore year in '81 when Rich Campbell went down with an injury. He scored on a bootleg from three yards out with 4:37 left in the 1980 Big Game to give Cal a 28-23 victory and ruin a potential Stanford Peach Bowl bid. He threw for 312 yards against Stanford in 1981, but was on the losing end of a 42-21 decision. He did not play in the '82 Big Game, giving way to Gale Gilbert. Cal's back-up this week will be freshman walk-on Kevin Klein, who was quarterback Bishop O'Dowd HS a year ago.

Deltha Breaks NCAA Record for Touchdowns on Interceptions
There were some that thought the decision to move Deltha O'Neal from offense to defense last season was ill advised. Many believed his big-play ability would be hidden with his transition to cornerback. Nothing could be farther from the truth as O'Neal has probably been the most dominant defensive player in college football this season. With his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown last week vs. Oregon, he broke the NCAA record for touchdowns on interceptions in a season. It was his fourth this year. His eight interceptions this season ties him for the national lead in that category as he and Rodregis Brooks of Alabama-Birmingham are averaging .80 interceptions per game, while his 280 interception return yard total is is more than 100 yards higher than anybody else in the country. Last season, he made a pair of interceptions, one which he returned 76 yards for a touchdown vs. Washington State. His five career interceptions for touchdowns ties the NCAA career record with Ken Thomas of San Jose State (1979-82) and Jackie Walker of Tennessee (1969-71). In his career, he now has 356 yards in interception returns which is a new Cal school record (the previous record was 232 by Bobby Smith from 1965-67). He also ranks 20th nationally in kickoff returns with a 25.28 ypr average. Below is a list of O'Neal's long punt and kickoff returns in his career.

O'Neal's Long Kickoff Returns (40+ yards) Deltha O'Neal's Long Punt Returns (20+ yards)
12/25/96 vs. Navy            100 yards*   11/22/97 at  Stanford        56 yards
 9/20/97 vs. Oklahoma         53 yards      9/5/98 vs. Houston         21 yards
 10/4/97 at  Louisiana Tech   45 yards     9/26/98 vs. Washington St.  24 yards
10/25/97 at  UCLA             45 yards     9/26/98 vs. Washington St.  22 yards
 9/12/98 vs. Nebraska         49 yards    10/17/98 at  Washington      31 yards
 9/26/98 vs. Washington St.   49 yards    10/31/98 at  Oregon St.      27 yards
10/10/98 at  USC              57 yards    11/14/98 vs. Arizona         26 yards
10/24/98 vs. UCLA             40 yards    11/21/98 vs. Stanford        57 yards
  9/4/99 vs. Rutgers          50 yards     9/25/99 vs. Arizona St.     21 yards
 9/25/99 vs. Arizona St.      53 yards     10/2/99 at  Washington St.  35 yards
10/30/99 vs. USC              60 yards     10/9/99 at  Brigham Young   31 yards
*Aloha Bowl record                        10/16/99 at  UCLA            27 yards
                                          11/13/99 vs. Oregon          30 yards
Deltha O'Neal's Interception Returns for Touchdowns (ties NCAA career record)
    Date Opponent             Length of Play Qtr. Score after TD    Final Score
 9/26/98 vs. Washington State       76 yards 3rd        17-7 Cal      24-14 Cal
  9/4/99 vs. Rutgers                75 yards 2nd        14-7 Cal       21-7 Cal
 10/9/99 at Brigham Young           19 yards 2nd        21-7 BYU      38-28 BYU
10/30/99 vs. USC                    67 yards 2nd         7-0 Cal       17-7 Cal
11/13/99 vs. Oregon                100 yards 3rd       24-12 Oregon   24-19 Oregon
Deltha O'Neal on Cal Career All-Purpose Rushing List O'Neal on Cal Single-Season Interception List
   Player (Years)           Rush Rec  Ret Total   Player           Int. Yards  Avg. TD
1. Russell White (1990-92)  3367 364 1212  4943   1. Deltha O'Neal   8   280  35.0   3 Tds
2. Deltha O'Neal (1996 - )   667 335 3788  4790  T6. Deltha O'Neal  10   356  35.6

Final College Game This Saturday for 20 California Seniors
This Saturday's game will mark the final college game for 20 California football players. Those players are Ignacio Brache, Eric Brown, Wes Dalton, Jerry DeLoach, Kevin Doherty, Pete Destefano, Fa'avae Fa'avae, Drae Harris, Damian Marzett, Keith Miller, Deltha O'Neal, Jeremiah Parker, John Romero, Sekou Sanyika, Mawuko Tugbenyoh, Joshua White, Yauger Williams and Joel Young. Three Cal seniors are injured and will not play in the game: Matt Beck, Nate Geldermann and Brian Stumpf. In the above group is one sixth-year senior (Yauger Williams) and 10 fifth-year seniors (Brache, Dalton, DeLoach, Doherty, Destefano, Fa'avae, Romero, Sanyika, Tugbenyoh and Young).

Bears Hoping to Add to School Sack Record
Cal has slowed some in its challenge for the Pac-10 sack record of 59, set by Arizona's famous Desert Swarm defense of 1993, but the Bears have a decent chance to finish with the second most sacks in league history. After recording nine sacks against USC, the Bears only got three at Oregon State and just one last week vs. Oregon. While the sacks haven't come, there still has been relentless pressure the last two weeks, forcing poor passing performances. OSU quarterback Jonathan suffered through the worst game of his career, hitting only 8-of-33 passes for 160 yards. Oregon's Joey Harrington and A.J. Feeley combined to complete only 12-of-30 passes for 153 yards and 3 interceptions. Stanford is the best in the conference in avoiding sacks, allowing an average of just x.x per game. The problem opponents have in game planning it pass protection schemes is that the Bears have several threats. Mawuko Tugbenyoh ranks No. x in the Pac-10 with 9.5 sacks, Andre Carter is No. x with 9 sacks, Jacob Waasdorp is No. x with 7 sacks, Sekou Sanyika is No. x with 5.5 sacks and Jeremiah Parker isn't far behind with 4.5 sacks.

Pac-10 Sack Leaders in the 1990s

1. Arizona - 1993  59 412 5.4  4. Washington-1998    51 333 4.63
2. USC-1992        52 316 4.7  5. Arizona State-1992 50 352 4.5
2. Washington-1990 52 398 4.7  6. California-1999    49 312 4.9
 
Cal Team Sacks from 1987-98
1998   35  1995 33.5  1992 29  1989 28
1997 31.5  1994   40  1991 37  1988 27
1996   36  1993   30  1990 30  1987 35
Cal & Stanford Have Participated in Greatest Number of "Cliffhanger" Games
Cal and Stanford have faced each other in 4 "cliffhanger" games (decided on the last play of the game), more than any other series in college football. The Cal-Stanford dramatic finishes began in 1972 when Vince Ferragamo hit Steve Sweeney with a 7-yard TD pass for a 24-21 Cal victory. The other three cliffhangers were in 1974 when Stanford's Mike Langford hit a 50-yard field goal for a 22-20 victory, in 1982 with Cal's amazing 5-lateral kickoff return dubbed "The Play" for a 25-20 win, and in 1990 when Stanford recovered an onsides kick and John Hopkins hit a 39-yard FG for a 27-25 win. The 2 teams would have had another cliffhanger in 1988, but a potential game-winning 19-yard FG by Robbie Keen was blocked by Stanford's Tuan Van Lee. All four games have been played at Memorial Stadium.

Cal Junior Nick Harris Has Punted for over 10,000 Yards in Career
Nick Harris needs a solid game this week if he hopes to capture Cal's single-season punting record. The mark is currently held by Scott Tabor, who averaged 45.35 during the 1987 season. Harris has basically clinched the Pac-10 punting title as he's averaging almost five yards more than his closest competitor. He currently ranks No. 5 in the nation. He recently joined a very elite group of punters who have kicked for over 10,000 yards in a career. He now has 10,238 yards on 240 career punts and figures to overtake Cal's Ryan Longwell's school record (10,763) early next year. The 6-3, 215-pounder has been a dominant performer all season long. Harris' average is even more amazing when considering he's been asked to pooch punt inside opponent territory 13 times this year, including six punts from the opponent 40-yard-line or closer. He now has had a punt of at least 48 yards in all 32 games of his Cal career. This season, he has 29 punts of 50 yards or longer and six of 60 yards or longer. The following are the Harris punts of 50 yards or more this season: Rutgers: 56, 52, 67, Nebraska: 65, 50, 64, Arizona State: 50, 60, 58, Washington State: 52, 50, BYU: 51, 50, 51, 54, UCLA: 50, 57, 58, 68, 60, Washington: 54, 51, USC 53, 57, 52, Oregon State 70, 54, Oregon 51, 54. Below is where Harris stands on Cal's single-season and career lists.

Cal Single-Season Punting Average    Cal Career Punting Average
1. Scott Tabor   1987 66 2993 45.35  1. Scott Tabor (1986-87) 118   5187 43.96
2. Nick Harris   1999 76 3442 45.29  2. Nick Harris (1997- )  240 10,238 42.67
3. Ryan Longwell 1996 60 2714 45.23  3. Robbie Keen (1987-90) 184   7775 42.26
 
Deltha O'Neal Named One of 10 Finalists for Tatupu Special Teams Award
Cal senior Deltha O'Neal was named last Friday as one of 10 semi-finalists for the 1999 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award. The award is given by the Bowl Games Hawaii organization along with the Maui Quarterback Club. Past winners include Chris McAlister of Arizona last season and Brock Olivo of Missouri in 1997. The winner of the award will be announced in mid-December on the ESPN Home Depot Trophy Show. Below is a list of the 10 semi-finalists for the award.

1999 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award Semi-Finalists

David Allen      Kansas State  Ben Kelly           Colorado
Brandon Daniels  Oklahoma      Dennis Northcutt    Arizona
Nick Davis       Wisconsin     Deltha O'Neal       California
Jamal Garland    Hawaii        Vitaly Pisertsky    Wisconsin
Joe Jarzynka     Washington    Anthony Standifer   Purdue
Sometimes the Best Offense is a Good Defense
Over the past three seasons you would be hard-pressed to find a more "offensive" defense than Cal's "Hit Squad." Going back to the beginning of the 1997 season, the Cal defense has scored 80 of the Bears 545 total points, representing 14% of the total points scored by the team. That percentage is even more dramatic if you stop to consider the numerous times the Cal defense has given the offense great field position after creating a turnover. After scoring 22 points in each of the past two seasons, the Cal defense has already scored 36 points through the first 10 games of the 1999 season. The Bears have returned five interceptions and one fumble recovery for touchdowns this season, representing six of Cal's 22 touchdowns. If you included a S?kou Sanyika interception he returned to the UCLA 1-yard-line, that would be over 30 percent of Cal's scoring coming via the defense. The following breaks down the touchdowns or safeties scored by the Cal defense over the past three seasons:

Cal's Defensive Scores the Last Three Seasons

1999
Deltha O'Neal   75 yd int. return for TD vs. Rutgers
Deltha O'Neal   19 yd int. return for TD at BYU
Deltha O'Neal   67 yd int. return for TD vs. USC
Damian Marzett  80 yd int. return for TD at BYU
Jacob Waasdorp  25 yd fumble return for TD at WSU

1998 Mawuko Tugbenyoh 10 yd fumble return for TD vs. WSU Deltha O'Neal 76 yd int. return for TD vs. WSU Drae Harris 26 yd int. return for TD vs. WSU Sekou Sanyika Safety at USC Sekou Sanyika Safety vs. UCLA

1997 Team Safety at WSU Mawuko Tugbenyoh 60 yd fumble return for TD at WSU Mawuko Tugbenyoh 38 yd fumble return for TD at Arizona Derrick Gardner 72 yd fumble return for TD vs. ASU Team Safety at Stanford Deltha O'Neal 100 yd int. return for TD vs. Oregon

Miscellaneous Notes, Three-Dot Data, Et Cetera
Stanford will not be ending its regular season against Cal in the Big Game for the first time since 1986, when the Cardinal traveled to Tokyo for a game vs. Arizona...The Bears have now started six true-freshmen this season (Kyle Boller, Scott Tercero, Atari Callen, Daniel Nwangwu, Joseph Echema and Jeremy Hershey)...Cal is happy to be finished with artificial turf this season, after going 0-3 on the surface (Nebraska, Washington State and Oregon State) in 1999.... Cal is 41-9-1 in games the Bears have rushed for more than 150 yards...Cal has rushed for more than 150 yards three times this season, going 2-1 in those games...Stanford has a pair former Cal assistant coaches on its defensive staff - defensive coordinator Kent Baer serving in the same role at Cal from 1987-91and secondary coach Denny Schuler serving twice at Cal, from 1983-84 as defensive coordinator under Joe Kapp and from 1993-95 as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach under Keith Gilbertson...Cal freshman safety Nnamdi Asomugha, who is out for the season with a broken ankle, is the younger brother of Stanford sophomore cornerback Chijioke Asomugha.


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