2007 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, November 17; 12:30 p.m. (PT)
California (6-4, 3-4 Pac-10) vs. Washington (3-7, 1-6 Pac-10)
Seattle, Wash. - Husky Stadium
TV: ABC. Broadcast Team: Dan Fouts (PxP), Tim Brant (analyst), Todd Harris (sidelines).
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) in San Francisco (Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor, Todd McKim, Steve Levy) - and affiliate stations KMZT Radio (1260 AM Los Angeles), XSURF Radio (540 AM San Diego), KNTK Radio (102.3 Weed), KCBL Radio (1340 AM Fresno), KESP Radio (970 AM Modesto), KVBL Radio (1400 AM Visalia) and KNRO Radio (1670 AM Redding).
Before And After: Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show that leads to the kickoff. The postgame includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" live program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Eddy Kleinhans.
XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can also track the Bears through XM Satellite Radio, a corporate partner of the Pacific-10 Conference. Football action can be heard on XM channels 193, 194 and 195.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
2006 Record: 10-3
2006 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-2/T1st
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/1983
Record at Cal/Year: 49-24/6th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: John Sudsbury
Office Phone: 510-643-4723
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 86
Series Record: Cal trails, 45-37-4
First Meeting: 11/24/1904, Tie, 6-6
Last Meeting: 10/21/2006, Cal, 31-24, ot
Current Streak: Cal win 5
Tedford vs. Washington: 5-0
After falling to USC in the final home game of the season, California concludes its 2007 season with a pair of games on the road beginning with a date with the Washington Huskies on Saturday at 12:30 on ABC. Cal, which has won five straight meetings over the Huskies, needs one more win to secure their sixth straight winning season under head coach Jeff Tedford, the first time in over 50 years that has happened.
Joe Roth Honored
The California football team donned special "throwback" uniforms in its game vs. USC to pay honor to one if its all-time greats. The uniforms and helmets, which reflect the gear worn by All-American quarterback Joe Roth in 1975, were designed specially by Nike. Roth came to Cal as a junior-college transfer in 1975 and after winning the starting quarterback job for the third game, he led the Golden Bears to eight wins in their final nine games and a share of the Pac-8 Championship. Entering the 1976 season, Roth was considered a favorite for the Heisman Trophy. Described by some as the "best quarterback prospect since Joe Namath," Roth discovered he had cancer during that 1976 season and passed away in February 1977. Roth's No. 12 is the only retired jersey in the history of Cal football and he is remembered with a special display in the Cal locker room. Cal has designated each year's home game against its Southern California foe (USC or UCLA) as the Joe Roth Memorial Game.
Roth Commeorative Jerseys/Helmets Available Via Online Auction
The throwback jerseys from this past Saturday's game against USC are available to the general public via online auction. Click here for the auction information.
More Uniform Musings
Looking to put an end to its three-game losing streak, Cal decided to go with its lucky gold alternate uniforms against Washington State. The result? a 20-17 win over the Cougars. The Golden Bears are a perfect 5-0 in games when they wear the alternate jersey (Oregon, UCLA, Texas A&M in 2006, and Tennessee and Washington State this season).
Seniors Say Goodbye To Memorial Stadium
California honored its senior class vs. USC as 18 players saw their final action at Memorial Stadium. This Golden Bear class featured 12 players who spent five years with the Bears, four junior-college transfers and two players who completed their eligibility in the minimum of four years (Justin Forsett and Robert Jordan). In the five years that the bulk of this class has been part of the program, the Bears have posted 42 victories (to date). It is already the fourth-best five-year stretch in school history - the best is 46 wins in the five years from 1947-1951. Between the 18 members of the class, they have tallied 563 games played, 198 games started, 453 tackles, eight interceptions, 2,862 rushing yards, 352 receptions and 53 touchdowns.
Big Mack on Campus
Junior center Alex Mack certainly should be in the discussion for All-America honors based on his performance this season for the Golden Bears. Mack entered the 2007 campaign on three preseason Watch Lists - Lombardi Award (best center), Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center) and the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman). He has lived up to his preseason billing as well, anchoring the Golden Bear offensive line which has opened holes for seven 100-yard rushing games by Justin Forsett while allowing just nine sacks this season (best in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation). Mack has been selected as the top center in the nation at the midpoint of the season by Phil Steele's Magazine and ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., ranks him as the top junior center in the country.
Larson Named a Finalist For Ray Guy Award
Senior Andrew Larson has been selected as a finalist for the Ray Guy Award for the top punter in the nation. Larson is averaging 40.7 yards per punt with a net punting mark of 38.5 (second-best in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation). He has 50 punts this season and 17 have been returned for just 50 yards (2.9 ypr - second in the nation). Seventeen of his boots have been downed inside the 20 and just three have gone for touchbacks. Last Saturday against USC, four of his seven punts were downed inside the 20. Against Arizona State, he averaged 44.8 yards on five punts with three downed inside the 20, but his best day came against Oregon State, when he set a school record with an average of 55.8 yards on four punts, including a career-long 73-yarder and a 64-yarder. Last season, Larson also keyed the Bears punt team which paced the Pac-10 with a net punting average of 38.3 yards per punt.
DeSean on ABC
DeSean Jackson, who has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2007 Biletnikoff Award (the top receiver in the nation), has been very effective on ABC-televised games this year - 29 catches for 406 yards and four touchdowns, as well as a 77-yard punt return touchdown (in four games).
Felder Leads the LBs
The Cal linebacking corps has certainly made an impact this season. In nine games, the LBs have combined for 320 tackles (21 for losses), 7.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. Junior Anthony Felder paces the corps and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 95 tackles, two sacks and an interception. Felder, who has at least nine tackles in eight of the 10 games played, is not the only backer putting up impressive numbers. Seniors Justin Moye (35 tackles, one INT) and Greg Van Hoesen (eight tackles), Juniors Zack Follett and Worrell Williams (see next notes), and redshirt freshman Mike Mohamed (three pass break ups) have all been impact players.
Bears-Huskies: Cal, Lynch Outlast Pesky Washington
Marshawn Lynch ran for 150 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in overtime, and No. 11 California recovered from Washington's improbable tying score on a deflected hail mary as time expired for a 31-24 victory over the Huskies in Memorial Stadium last season. Linebacker Desmond Bishop made 16 tackles and a game-ending interception for the Golden Bears, who celebrated wildly after surviving for their seventh straight victory. Lynch scampered on a 17-yard TD run with 1:52 to play, and Cal appeared to be safe after trailing much of the day against the Huskies and new quarterback Carl Bonnell, who threw five interceptions in his first start in two years.
Cal-Washington State and Other Musings
Washington leads the overall series with Cal, 45-37-4 ... but talk about your streaks in this series ... from 1973-76, Cal won four straight over Washington, which included two 50-point performances ... then from 1977-2001, Washington won 19 straight meetings ... Cal scored 28 or fewer points in 18 of those occasions ... then in the Jeff Tedford era (2002-present), Cal has posted five straight victories by a combined score of 217-87 ... this is the latest in the year that the two teams have met in Seattle ... Cal boasts two players from the Seattle area on its roster - linebacker Anthony Felder and defensive back Brandon Jones.
Last Five Games vs. Wshington (5-0)
2006: (11) Cal 31, Washington 24 (ot) -- Marshawn Lynch runs for 150 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in overtime, and No. 11 California recovers from Washington's improbable tying score on a deflected pass as time expired for a 31-24 victory over the Huskies
2005: (16) Cal 56, Washington 17 -- Joe Ayoob overcomes a shaky start; Cal rolls as Robert Jordan finishes with 11 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns
2004: (5) Cal 42, Washington 12 -- J.J. Arrington runs for 121 yards and Aaron Rodgers shakes off a slow start to throw two touchdown passes to help No. 5 California beat Washington
2003: Cal 54, Washington 7 -- Geoff McArthur has six catches for a career-high 180 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown reception in the opening seconds, and California sets a school record with 729 total yards in a 54-7 rout of Washington
2002: Cal 34, (12) Washington 27 -- Kyle Boller throws for 266 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as California defeats No. 12 Washington 34-27, snapping a 19-game losing streak in the series.
Cal's game attendance of 72,516 vs. the Trojans was just the eighth non Big Game sellout in the last 51 years ... its was the 13th game of 60,000+ fans under Cal head coach Jeff Tedford (Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival) ... this was also the eighth sellout crowd in the Tedford era ... in six home games this season Cal averaged 63,136 fans ... Robert Jordan had his 39th straight game with a catch after his 16-yard reception in the first quarter ... Justin Forsett's rushing touchdown in the first quarter gave him 13 for the season, fourth-most for a single-season in program history ... Forsett now has seven 100-yard rushing games this season and 13 100-yard rushing games in his career ... he had a season-high 164 yards rushing ... Syd'Quan Thompson recorded his team-leading tenth pass break up in the second quarter ... Thomas DeCoud forced a fumble on the two-yard line (Chris Conte - first career fumble recovery) on USC's opening drive to begin the second half ... Cal's defense has forced and recovered a fumble in nine of 10 games this season ... Cal recovered its second fumble of the evening, courtesy of a fumbled snap by John David Booty, in the fourth quarter (Tyson Alualu recovery) ... Lavelle Hawkins snared his fifth receiving touchdown of the season in the third quarter ... USC's Chauncey Washington became the first player since Oregon State's Steven Jackson in 2003 to record 200+ yards rushing against Cal.
Let's Go For a Drive
Over the past two games (USC and Washington State) Cal has put together some of its longest scoring drives of the season. Against the Trojans, Cal drove 86 yards on 15 plays and consumed 8:16 on the clock, before a Jordan Kay field goal. The Bears opened the Washington State game with a 17-play, 80-yard drive which ate 7:56 of clock before Justin Forsett's touchdown. Then in the second quarter, the Bears held the ball for an amazing 10:22, driving 91 yards on 20 plays for a Jordan Kay field goal. The previous long drive for Cal had been a 5:34 drive (13 plays) at Oregon. Not surprisingly, Cal decidedly won the time-of-possession battle vs. the Cougars, holding the ball for a season-best 37:27.
"The turnover battle is huge, I think that definitely plays into it. It does in football, I don't it's just us, I think that's the way football is," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. In his six years at Cal, the Golden Bears are 27-2 (.931) when winning the turnover battle and 10-16 (.385) when losing that statistical comparison (as well as 12-6 when tied). In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive, as Cal is 17-1 (.944) when winning the turnover battle and 6-14 (.300) when losing it (7-3 when turnovers are tied). Cal has lost the turnover battle in each of its four losses this year.
Despite a loss in its final home game of 2007 to USC, Cal has 22 victories in its last 26 home games. Overall, Cal has out-scored opponents 1024-500 over the last 26 home games. In the fourth quarter of the last 26 games, Cal has topped foes, 244-128. The only four losses suffered in Memorial Stadium were to Oregon State (Oct. 15, 2005 and Oct. 13, 2007) and to USC (Nov. 12, 2005 and Nov. 10, 2007).
Thanks to a 44-yard sprint to the end zone in the final minutes to seal a 20-17 victory over Washington State, Justin Forsett became the 11th Golden Bear in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season. Despite a tough loss to USC the following week, Forsett generated a season-best 164 yards vs. the Trojans. Forsett, who has a rushing touchdown in nine of his last 11 games, leads the Pac-10 with 13 touchdowns this season, while also ranking second in the league in rushing yards per game. The 164-yard performance against USC was his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 13th of his career. Forsett, who has produced 2,843 career yards rushing, is rapidly approaching another program milestone - single-season rushing attempts. The senior tailback needs just 48 more attempts to tie J.J. Arrington's 289 attempts in 2004.
Forsett's March to 1,000
Justin Forsett's 1,169 yards rushing this season is even more impressive considering the fact that the Pac-10 boasts four teams (Oregon State, USC, Arizona State and UCLA) ranked in the top 20 in the nation in rush defense. Forsett piled up 150 yards (one of four 150+ yard efforts this year for the senior) against Oregon State, which ranks first in the Pac-10 and the nation in rushing defense. He generated 209 all-purpose yards, including 164 yards on the ground against USC, which ranked seventh in the nation in rush defense and No. 3 in total defense at the start of the game.
The 1 To Watch
DeSean Jackson, who paced Cal with five catches and 64 yards in a loss to USC, stands fifth all-time in career receiving yards at Cal with 2,311. He needs 25 more yards to move to No. 3 in that category. Despite a tough loss at Arizona State, Jackson continued to excel in the national spotlight, hauling in five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown at Arizona State. Jackson had another stout performance at UCLA when he posted nine catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Bruins. In Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, Jackson snared a career-high 11 catches for a career-high 161 yards and two touchdowns in Autzen Stadium. In his opening-day performance against Tennessee, Jackson took his first punt return 77 yards for a touchdown to give Cal a 21-14 lead in the second quarter. It was his sixth career punt return for a touchdown, both school and conference records.
The DeSean Effect
DeSean Jackson has returned six punts for touchdown in his California football career. Understandably, teams have opted to avoid the dangerous return man by punting away (pitching away?) from Jackson. However, in seven of the last 11 games, Cal has benefited from the "intentional walks" as short and misdirected punts (0 yards, 13 yards, 25 yards, 18 yards, 28 yards, 23 yards, 31 yards) have led directly to Golden Bear scores.
Other Notes on DeSean ...
>> Tied for third on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list (21) - needs six to move to second
>> Ranks No. 5 in career receiving yards and with 25 more yards will move into third all-time
>> Ranks first in school history in career punt return average, touchdowns (6) and single-season average (18.12)
>> Owns three of the 11 longest punt returns for touchdowns in school history (95 at Arizona, 80 vs. Arizona State, 77 vs. Tennessee)
The Hawk Soars For Success
As much as he tries, it's hard for Lavelle "Hawk" Hawkins to stay out of the spotlight this season. In fact, Hawkins has caught the attention of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper who has the senior wideout rated No. 3 in his latest "top five seniors by position" rankings. Hawkins also appears on Kiper's Top 25 Big Board at No. 16 in the country. Hawkins, who has paced the Golden Bears in receiving six of the 10 games this season, has posted a personal-best 56 catches for a team-best 734 yards and five touchdowns. He had a career game against Oregon State, snaring nine catches for a career-best 192 yards (sixth-most in school history) and two touchdowns, including a career-long 64-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Hawkins has scored a touchdown (reception or kickoff) in seven of his last 11 games, including a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the Louisiana Tech game. Hawkins leads the team with 1,354 all-purpose yards.
With over 5,000 career yards passing to his credit, Nate Longshore moved past Mike Pawlawski for eighth all-time in passing yards (5,208) after his performance against USC. He is in sole possession of seventh on Cal's all-time passing touchdowns list with 37 as well. Longshore has completed 61 percent of his passes in for 2,056 yards and 12 touchdowns, despite battling an ankle injury for the last five games. After missing the Oregon State game entirely, he returned to the starting lineup against UCLA and completed 22-of-34 passes for 232 yards and a season-best three touchdowns. The best day of the year for the junior came in Cal's 31-24 win at Oregon, when he set career-highs in completions (28) and attempts (43) for a season-high 285 yards and two touchdowns. Longshore has thrown for over 200 yards in 12 of his last 15 contests. As a sophomore last season, he directed the California offense to a Pac-10 best 32.8 points per game and became just the second Golden Bear to pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season (3,021).
Big Play RJ
A veteran of 40 games, Robert Jordan has 33 receptions for 371 yards and a touchdown this season, including a season-high 85 receiving yards in Cal's loss at Arizona State. Jordan is Cal's all-time leader with at least one catch in 39 straight games (still active) after hauling in two catches against USC. Jordan passed both Steve Rivera and Mike Caldwell for seventh on Cal's all-time receptions chart (142) after hauling in four catches vs. Washington State. He had 43 receptions (career-high) for 511 yards (career-high) and four scores in 2006.
Eye of the Ziger
Linebacker Zack Follett has spent much of this season with a hair dye job featuring tiger/lion stripes (artwork courtesy of Greg Van Hoesen), earning himself the nickname "Ziger" for the "Z" dyed into the back of his head amongst the stripes. Even though the hair has gone back to normal for the past two games (USC, Washington State) the "ziger" mentality remained after he recorded six tackles and a pass break up vs. USC and six tackles, a sack and three pass break ups vs. Washington State. For the season, Follett has registered 3.5 sacks (team-best), 7.5 tackles for losses, six pass break ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in eight games played (he missed nearly three games due to injury).
Wor, What Is It Good For?
Another standout in Cal's linebacking corps is junior Worrell Williams, who has had a breakout season for the Golden Bears. From his opening day touchdown on a fumble recovery against Tennessee to his seven tackles vs. USC, Williams has been an imposing force on the gridiron. Williams ranks second on the team (sixth in the Pac-10) in tackles with 89, while also registering team-highs in tackles for losses (7.5) and forced fumbles (3).
Riley Fills In For Longshore
Redshirt freshman Kevin Riley earned his first career start against Oregon State on Oct. 13, filling in for injured starter Nate Longshore, and performed admirably against a stout OSU defense. The rookie completed 20 passes for 294 yards -- the most by passing yards by Cal since Longshore threw for 341 at Oregon State on Sept. 30, 2006. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a score. With the Bears pinned deep on their own six-yard line with 1:27 left in the game, Riley drove Cal down the field 84 yards, completing a 4th-and-17 to Lavelle Hawkins and a 37-yard pass to Robert Jordan along the way. Unfortunatley, after reaching the OSU 10 with seconds remaining, the Bears were out of timeouts and the clock expired before Cal could muster one more play.
Did you know that Cal hasn't been shutout in a school-record 104 consecutive games since Sept. 11, 1999?
First Quarter Surge
The Bears have outscored their opposition 90-41 in the first quarter of games this season. Cal tied a school record with 28 first quarter points (tied for third-most ever, tied for second-most ever in a first quarter) vs. Arizona.
The Golden Bears graduated three starters from its defensive line unit last season and have been plagued with injuries this season. But a group of unheralded players have stepped up. Freshman Cameron Jordan returned to his home state of Arizona and made an immediate impact when he returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown at Arizona State. Fifth-year senior John Allen, who has had four starts this season, had two tackles and two quarterback hurries against Washington State. Redshirt freshman Derrick Hill, who snagged an interception in the Colorado State game and nearly added another against Louisiana Tech, recorded his first career sack against Arizona. Sophomore Cody Jones, who has started seven games, registered three tackles for losses at Oregon. Sophomore Tyson Alualu recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter at Oregon and has recovered three fumbles this season, including one for a touchdown vs. Arizona.
Freshman Chris Conte earned his second straight start against USC and finished the contest with five tackles and his first career fumble recovery ... sophomore Syd'Quan Thompson leads the team with 10 pass break ups, including two vs. USC ... Thompson also added his first interception of the season against Washington State off a deflection by Bernard Hicks ... senior Brandon Hampton has two interceptions this season (Louisiana Tech and Arizona) and recorded his first forced fumble against Oregon State. Hampton also added a fumble recovery to that list after he had one at UCLA ... senior Thomas DeCoud, who leads the Bear secondary with 79 tackles, enjoyed a career day against Arizona when he recorded his first career forced fumble, sack and interception in the first half ... sophomore Marcus Ezeff has racked up 44 tackles, including a career-high 14 vs. Arizona. But the biggest play of his career thus far was his hit on Oregon wide receiver Cameron Colvin in the final seconds at the one-yard line, jarring the ball loose into the end zone and out of bounds, resulting in a touchback, allowing the Bears to preserve their 31-24 lead. Unfortunately, Ezeff has missed the last four games due to injury.
Other Defensive Notes ...
>> Cal's defense has forced a fumble in all 10 games and has recovered a fumble in nine of the 10 games this season ... the defense has also leads the nation with three fumble recovery touchdowns this season.
>> Jahvid Best has recorded 19 plays of 21 yards or more this season (57 touches total in `07)
Jahvid Best has stepped into the Golden Bear lineup as a true freshman and become a key part of the team. His biggest contributions have come on special teams, including a career-long 54-yard kickoff return at UCLA (see next note for coverage specifics). For the season, he leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 27.0 yards per kick return. In addition, the rookie has 29 carries for 243 yards (7.6 ypc), including a 64-yard run to paydirt against Colorado State for his first career touchdown. He has caught 13 balls for 74 yards - one of those a 16-yard TD reception against Louisiana Tech.
The Best Tackler
Ranking 18th on a team in tackles may not seem like an impressive stat, however, for true freshman Jahvid Best, who doesn't even play defense, 12 tackles in 10 games is outstanding. With five solo takedowns of punt returners (who have tallied a total of one-yard on those five plays), Best, with his 10.32 100-speed, has established himself as one of the best special team's gunners in the country with his play this season. He also has seven tackles on kickoff returns and one of the key plays of the year with a fumble recovery on a kickoff late in the game against Oregon.
The Tedford Era
Jeff Tedford, now in his sixth year at the helm of the Bears, has quickly brought the program into another "Golden" Age. The Bears' current five year record of 49-24 is among the best-ever at Cal.
Era (Years): Record (Pct.) - Highlights
The Wonder Teams (1920-24): 44-0-4 (.958) - Three National Titles
The Thunder Teams (1937-38): 20-1-1 (.932) - One Championship
Pappy's Boys (1947-52): 53-9 (.855) - Three Rose Bowls
The Tedford Era (2002-current): 49-24 (.671) - Four bowls
Early 90s (1990-93): 30-17 (.638) - Three bowls
Mike White Era (1972-77): 35-30 (.538) - Last conf. title (`75)
Cal Looks For Sixth Straight Winning Season
If Cal can post its sixth straight winning season in 2007, it will mark the first time the Golden Bears have reached these levels of consistency since Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52. Since posting the worst record at Cal in 104 years (1-10) in 2001, the Golden Bears hired head coach Jeff Tedford and have rolled to marks of 7-5 (2002), 8-6 (2003), 10-3 (2004), 8-4 (2005) and 10-3 (2006). In addition, Cal has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last four years.
The California Athletic Department and website partner CSTV (College Sports Television) launched a Heisman Trophy promotional website for junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson entitled the1towatch.com. "The 1 to Watch" features flash animation for the introduction before taking the viewer to the main page. Once on the site, fans can navigate eight tabs to find such information as up-to-date video highlights, a player profile and photo galleries. The four tabs at the top of the page include a "video" link which allows fans to see packaged highlights of Jackson. Fans can get to know Jackson on a personal level with the "1-on-1" tab, which allows the user to know what his life is like on and off the field. Finally, there is the "national attention" link which directs the viewer to see what other coaches, players, football analysts and teammates are saying about Jackson. Additional links provide navigation to CalBears.com, other Cal football all-star candidates, the Cal Bears football page and any breaking news on Jackson.
This year, for the first time in program history, every Cal football game will be televised. ABC will televise the USC game this weekend and the Washington game on Nov. 17. Then Versus will air the Big Game at Stanford on Dec. 1. In Jeff Tedford's six years at the helm of the Bears, 59 Cal football games were televised; in the six years prior to his arrival, 35 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time.
A Little Perspective
While the Golden Bears recently had three straight defeats for the first time since 2001, it should be remembered that the five-year stretch without three straight losses is the longest in over 50 years (the Bears also went five years without a three-game losing streak from 1947-1951). In fact, prior to head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival, the Bears had a streak of 10 consecutive years WITH three-game losing streaks (minimum).
The USC attendance of 72,516 on Nov. 10 was just the seventh non Big Game sellout in the last 51 years. The Bears sold out three games in 2006 (Oregon, UCLA and Stanford) and two in 2007 (Tennessee and USC). Cal has now had two straight seasons of selling out multiple games in the same season. The Golden Bears have sold out the Big Game against Stanford 15 times in the last 50 years.
50,000 Fans Again
The USC attendance of 72,516 marked the 24th straight home game with over 50,000 fans - every home game over the last four years. The streak is even more impressive when compared to the days before the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford - the USC game was also the 13th game of 60,000+ fans under Tedford; Cal had nine 60,000+ games in the 12 years prior to Tedford's arrival.
The Golden Ticket
Cal established a new season ticket sales record for the 2007 football season -- 41,336, eclipsing last season's sales mark of 40,262. The 2007 home attendance average was 63,136 in six games played in Memorial Stadium. Since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford, California's season ticket count has been on a steady climb. The Bears sold 16,200 season passes in 2002 -- Tedford's first year. His second season resulted in sales of 22,500. In 2004, the number again jumped substantially, up to a then-school-record 34,100. In 2005, the Bears set another mark with 40,134 season tickets sold and again in 2006 (40,262). Last year, the Golden Bears established a new record for average attendance in 2006 with an average of 64,318 fans per game. Including three sellouts. California had a total of 450,223 fans at seven home games. The previous record for the Bears was in 2004 when they averaged 64,019.
2006 marked the first time since the 1975 season that California earned a share of the Pac-10 Conference championship ... Cal secured the co-championship after its 26-17 victory over Stanford (Dec. 2) coupled with a UCLA upset victory over USC in Pasadena also on Dec. 2 ... Both Cal and USC finished 7-2 in league play ... In 1975, Cal tied with UCLA for the league title, but the head-to-head loss to the Bruins denied a Rose Bowl bid. Here's a look at Cal's title teams:
Year: Overall (Conf) - Note
1918: 7-2 (2-0 Pacific Coast) - Beat Oregon and Stanford
1920: 9-0 (3-0 Pacific Coast) - First national championship for Cal
1921: 9-0-1 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Brick Muller is first Cal All-American
1922: 9-0 (4-0 Pacific Coast) - Outscores opponents, 146-7
1923: 9-0-1 (5-0 Pacific Coast) - Wonder Team continues to roll
1937: 10-0-1 (6-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Thunder Team beats Alabama in Rose Bowl
1948: 10-1 (6-0 Pacific Coast) - Pappy's Boys return to Rose Bowl
1949: 10-1 (7-0 Pacific Coast) - No. 3 in final AP poll
1950: 9-1-1 (5-0-1 Pacific Coast) - Third straight Rose Bowl appearance
1958: 7-4 (6-1 Pacific Coast) - Last Rose Bowl for California
1975: 8-3 (6-1 Pac-8) - Chuck Muncie leads Bears to title
2006: 10-3 (7-2 Pac-10) - Beat Texas A&M, 45-10, in Holiday Bowl
Juniors Alex Mack, Zack Follett, Nate Longshore and DeSean Jackson and seniors Craig Stevens, Justin Forsett, Tom Schneider and Andrew Larson have been prominent in many of the national Watch Lists. Mack is on three Watch Lists including the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman) and the Rimington Trophy (most outstanding center). Follett landed a spot on the Bednarik Trophy list (nation's top defensive player), the Butkus Award (best linebacker) and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Jackson has secured spots on the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver), Maxwell and Walter Camp Trophy lists -- both of which honor the nation's best player. Longshore is also on three Watch Lists -- the Manning and Davey O'Brien Awards, which are given to the nation's top quarterback, and the Walter Camp Award Watch List, which honors the nation's best player. Stevens landed a spot on the John Mackey Award Watch List -- given annually to the nation's top tight end. Forsett secured a spot on the Doak Walker Award Watch List which is presented to the nation's top RB. Schneider is on the Lou Groza Watch List (nation's top kicker), while Larson found a spot on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, honoring the nation's top punter.