Sept. 17, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - Head coach Jeff Tedford became Cal's all-time record leader for victories with the Golden Bears' win over Presbyterian on Saturday. Tedford is now 75-42 (.641). He surpassed the school's previous all-time leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25).
The Bears are now 2-0 all time at AT&T Park. The first win came in the Emerald Bowl against Miami on Dec. 27, 2008. Cal defeated the Hurricanes, 24-17. Anthony Miller scored the go-ahead touchdown on his first career catch with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
With the 63 points today, it was the first time Cal scored 50 or more points since Oct. 23, 2010, against Arizona State and the first time the Bears went over 60 since Sept. 6, 2008, (66-3 at Washington State). The most points scored in the Tedford era was 70 in 2002.
Cal is now 58-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard, 39-2 when scoring 40 or more, 14-0 when topping 50 and 3-0 when going over 60 points under head coach Jeff Tedford. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-37.
Entering today's contest, Cal had recorded 17 plays (14 passing, three rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards this season. Against Presbyterian, Cal had seven plays of 20-plus yards - 25-and 23-yard runs by Isi Sofele, a 22-yard catch by Michael Calvin, a 21 (touchdown) and 27-yard receptions by Keenan Allen and 33-yard and 51-yard (touchdown) receptions by Marvin Jones.
One week after picking up the 100th catch of his Cal career, Marvin Jones finished with seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian. He now has six career 100-yard performances. One of his catches was good for 51 yards, the longest play of the season for Cal, and added a 33-yard reception later. It was also his fifth play of 50 or more yards with the Bears. He now boasts 13 career touchdowns that tied him for eighth all time at Cal. The other half of Cal's receiving tandem; Keenan Allen collected six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Isi Sofele finished the day with 17 rushes for a career-high 105 yards and a touchdown. It was Sofele's first-ever 100-yard rushing performance.
Zach Maynard completed 15-of-25 passes for 215 yards, three touchdown passes and one interception. He has now completed 49 of his 95 pass attempts this season. Maynard had one pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last time a Cal pass was picked off and returned for a score happened on Sept. 17, 2010, when Nevada's Marlon Johnson intercepted former Cal quarterback Kevin Riley.
Cal held Presbyterian to 48 total offensive yards, which is the fifth fewest yards allowed in a game by Cal in school history. The modern era record is 22 against the Cal Aggies on Oct. 16, 1937.
Ernest Owusu notched his first sack of the season in the first quarter. It was his first sack since Oct. 30, 2010, at Oregon State. Owusu now has 4.5 sacks in his collegiate career.
In his Cal debut, Brendan Bigelow returned the second half kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Cal's last kickoff returned for a touchdown came on Sept. 15, 2007, by Lavelle Hawkins against Louisiana Tech. Bigelow also had two rushes for 15 yards.
Sean Cattouse notched his first and second interceptions of the season. It was the first multi-interception game of his career and his first interception since Oct. 23, 2010, against Arizona State. He is Cal's active leader in interceptions with seven. The last time a Cal player recorded two interceptions in the same game was Mike Mohamed on Sept. 19, 2009, at Minnesota.
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the five members of the group that have started the first three games of the season have now combined to make 100 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (41), Justin Cheadle (25), Brian Schwenke (15), Matt Summers-Gavin (15) and Dominic Galas (4).
Golden Bear Quick Notes: Cecil Whiteside notched his second sack of the year. His first two tackles of 2011 were sacks ... D.J. Holt led the Bears with six tackles ... Spencer Hagan hauled in his first career touchdown that also was his first catch at Cal ... The 42 first-half points tied for the fourth most in a half by Cal, and the most in a half since 2008. The 28 second-quarter points tied for the third most in a quarter in school history and the most since the first quarter against UC Davis on Sept. 4, 2010. The record is 35 points set on Aug. 31, 2002, against Baylor, which was also Jeff Tedford's first game as head coach at Cal ... Bryan Anger had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown. The last time Cal had a punt blocked and returned for a score was on Oct. 23, 2010, when Aaron Oliver did it for Arizona State ... C.J. Anderson scored in his second straight game and finished the day with seven carries for a career-high 50 yards ... Allan Bridgford made his Cal debut in the second half. He completed 4 of 10 passes for 77 yards ... Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson notched his first touchdown of the season and the second of his career (Eastern Washington, 2009) ... Dasarte Yarnway rushed for his first career touchdown in the third quarter ... Richard Rodgers' blocked punt was Cal's second blocked punt this season (Michael Calvin last week at Colorado) ... Quinn Tedford, son of Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, registered his first career reception from Brock Mansion in the fourth quarter.