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Football Prepares for USC
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

Oct. 4, 1998

California returns to action after a bye week with a trip to Los Angeles where the Bears will take on USC this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game begins a streak that will see the Bears play four of their next five games on the road, and the next three games are all against ranked opponents.

Saturday's game marks the 73rd consecutive season that Cal and USC have met on the gridiron, dating back to 1926. USC has dominated the series with a 54-26-5 record and the Trojans are 26-14-3 in games between the two schools played in Los Angeles.

Cal's 22-15 upset of then-No. 17 ranked USC in the Bears last visit to the L.A. Coliseum on Oct. 5, 1996 not only gave Cal a 5-0 record under head coach Steve Mariucci, but also stopped a 26-year winless drought against the Trojans in Los Angeles. Prior to that game, Cal had not defeated USC in L.A. since a 13-10 victory in 1970, with the Trojans having a 10-0-2 edge in the series until Cal's win in '96. Cal has not defeated USC in two consecutive games in Los Angeles since the 1948 and '50 seasons, both Rose Bowl years for the Golden Bears.

The two teams are scheduled to miss each other in the 2003 season when the Pac-10 master schedule had a two-year break in the series as part of the rotating 8-game conference schedule each year. However, the league is considering a change in that schedule that will allow the four California schools to meet each year without interruption. A vote could be taken on that proposal during the next Athletic Directors meeting in November.

Game No. 5 California Golden Bears (3-1, 1-0) at USC Trojans (4-1, 2-0)
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000 - Grass), Los Angeles, CA.


Kickoff 3:30 p.m.

Television Televised live in Northern California on Fox Sports Bay Area.

Attendance A crowd of 50,000 is expected.

Calbears.com

Complete Cal Football information can be found on Cal's official web site at www.calbears.com. WSU's web site is www.wsu.edu/athletics.

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: KANM (660 AM) in Modesto, KRCK (1490 AM) in King City; KJAX (1280 AM) in Stockton, KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka, KYOS (1480 AM) in Merced; and KMET (1490 AM) in Riverside. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO is in its 24th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 24th season handling play-by-play duties, and Lee Grosscup, who is in his 10th year in the booth, joins him with color commentary. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Wednesdays at 5:20 p.m.

Cal Highlight Show

The weekly one-half hour Cal Football Highlight Show, hosted by Tim Sharp, will air each Sunday afternoon during the season on Fox Sports Bay Area. The program will be shown on Sundays at 4:30 p.m., with a repeat showing Mondays at 3 p.m.

Bears Top '97 Int. Total

Although the 1998 season is just four games old, Cal's defense has already doubled its interception total from a year ago with eight on the year. In fact, the Bears picked off four passes against Washington State, returning two for touchdowns, to equal all of 1997's output. For the season, Sekou Sanyika, Matt Beck and Deltha O'Neal have two each, while Damian Marzett and Drae Harris have one apiece. O'Neal has the longest return, a 76-yarder for a TD against WSU.

The Series

Cal and USC meet for the 86th time Saturday, with the Trojans holding a 54-26-5 series advantage. Last year in Berkeley, USC raced to a 27-3 halftime lead before holding on for a 27-17 victory. Cal QB Justin Vedder completed touchdown passes to Bobby Shaw and Dameane Douglas in the second half, but it wasn't enough for the Bears. On Cal's last trip to Los Angeles in 1996, the Bears defeated USC, 22-15, to break a four-game series losing streak and post their first win in L.A. since 1970.

Dameane Douglas Continues Top 10 Pursuit

With 27 catches this season, senior wide receiver Dameane Douglas has jumped from 19th to eighth on Cal's career receiving list. Douglas, who ranks tied for 16th in the NCAA in receptions per game (6.75), needs just eight more catches to pass Sean Dawkins for the seventh spot.

Cal Career Receiving List
                              Rec  Yards
4. Mike Caldwell (1989-93)    139   1999
5. Steve Rivera (1973-75)     138   2085
6. Steve Sweeney (170-72)     132   2043
7. Sean Dawkins (1990-92)     129   2124
8. Dameane Douglas (1995- )   122   1555

1998 Cal Schedule, Results & Notes
Sept. 5 Houston 14-10 Douglas scores winning TD on 34-yard reception with 2:07 left.
Sept. 12 #4 Nebraska (Fox) 3-24 Nebraska scores 10 points in final 3:54 to break open 14-3 game.
Sept. 19 at Oklahoma (FSBA) 13-12 Wolleck kicks game-winning FG with 5:56 left; Bears rush for 178 yds
Sept. 26 Washington State (ABC) 24-14 Defense scores three TDs on two interception and one fumble return.
Oct. 10 at USC (FSBA) 3:30 p.m. In last visit in '96, Cal won at USC for first time since 1970 (22-15).
Oct. 17 at Washington (Fox-Synd.) 3:30 p.m. Bears looking to break 15-game losing streak to Huskies.
Oct. 24 UCLA 12:30 p.m. After Cal won 5 straight from 1990-94, UCLA has taken last 3 games.
Oct. 31 at Oregon State 1:00 p.m. Cal built 33-0 lead before winning 33-14 last year.
Nov. 7 at Arizona State 3:00 p.m. PT 15 of last 19 games have been decided by more than 7 points.
Nov. 14 Arizona 12:30 p.m. Cal won, 56-55, in 4 OT in '96, but UA won, 41-38, in 2 OT last year.
Nov. 21 Stanford (KGO TV, Ch. 7) 12:30 p.m. 101st renewal of Big Game; 10th most-played rivalry in NCAA.

Releases Available on InfoConnection

Cal Radio on the Internet

All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard on the Internet at www.broadcast. com/sports/ncaa/california. Visit the site and download the necessary software, then log on at game time to catch the Bears live

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 Video Feed

The Pacific-10 Conference provides a weekly satellite feed every Wednesday throughout the season, featuring game highlights and interviews. The feed, at Telstar 4, Transponder 20 (C-Band), airs from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PT. In case of trouble with the feed, call the Pac-10 Conference office at (925) 932-4411.

Pac-10 Standings
   Pac-10   Overall
                   W   L   W   L
Arizona            2   0   5   0
USC                2   0   4   1
Oregon             1   0   4   0
UCLA               1   0   3   0
California         1   0   3   1
Washington         1   1   2   2
Arizona State      1   2   2   3
Washington State   0   2   3   2
Oregon State       0   2   3   2
Stanford           0   2   1   4

Around the Pac-10

UCLA at Arizona, Notre Dame at Arizona State, Oregon at Washington State, Oregon State at Stanford, Utah State at Washington

The Coaches

Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his second year as head coach of the Bears and third with the Cal program. He has a career record of 6-9 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.

Paul Hackett, USC (UC Davis '69) is in his first season as head coach at USC following five years as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Hackett began his coaching career as freshman coach at UC Davis before moving to Cal, where he was an offensive assistant from 1972-76 under Mike White. From 1976-80, Hackett was quarterback coach at USC, and he later held that same position with the Cleveland Browns (1981-82) and San Francisco 49ers (1983-85). After being pass offense coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys for three years, Hackett served as offensive coordinator at Pitt for one year before being elevated to head coach. In three seasons with the Panthers, Hackett compiled a 13-20-1 record.

IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week

Each week throughout the 1998 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the Washington game, the honor goes to Mawuko Tugbenyoh's 10-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Tugbenyoh stripped the ball from DeJuan Gilmore and raced untouched for the score.

The Times Player of the Game

Each week throughout the 1998 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. The winner for the Washington State game is cornerback Deltha O'Neal, who returned an interception 76 yards for a TD and also had a 49-yard kickoff return and three punt returns over 20 yards.

GOLDEN BEAR OFFENSE WR 81 DAMEANE DOUGLAS (6-1, 195, SR, 3V) LT 64 JOHN WELBOURN (6-5, 315, SR, 3V) 68 Robert Truhitte (6-5, 290, JR, JC) LG 65 Brandon Ludwig (6-4, 275, FR, RS) 76 Tate McCallister (6-3, 285, SR, 3V) C 73 John Romero (6-3, 315, JR, 1V) 63 Caleb Brown (6-4, 305, SR, 3V) RG 71 Kevin Doherty (6-5, 300, JR, 1V) 60 Reed Diehl (6-4, 285, SO, 1V) RT 66 Langston Walker (6-8, 340, FR, RS) 71 Kevin Doherty (6-5, 300, JR, 1V) TE 45 A.J. KUNKLE (6-2, 230, SR, 1V) 32 Corey Smith (6-4, 250, FR, RS) 87 Brian Surgener (6-4, 220, SO, 1V) WR 6 Joel Young (6-2, 180, JR, 1V) 88 Phillip Pipersburg (5-10, 180, SO, 1V) 1 Bruce Pierre (6-1, 195, SR, 1V) QB 10 JUSTIN VEDDER (6-0, 200, SR, 1V) 5 Samuel Clemons (6-2, 210, FR, RS) FB 46 MIKE FREEMAN (6-1, 240, SR, 1V) 38 Saleem Muhammad (6-0, 195, FR, HS) TB 4 Marcus Fields (6-2, 210, SO, 1V) 35 Marcus Oliver (5-11, 200, SO, 1V)

GOLDEN BEAR DEFENSE DE 33 JOHN MCLAUGHLIN (6-4, 240, SR, 1V) 58 Mawuko Tugbenyoh (6-1, 235, JR, 2V) / OR 47 Josh Trowridge (6-5 225, SR, 3V) NT 94 Jacob Waasdorp ( 6-2, 250, SO, 1V) 99 Nate Geldermann (6-1, 245, SO, 1V) DT 98 Jerry DeLoach (6-4, 310, JR, 2V) 99 Nate Geldermann (6-1, 245, SO, 1V) DE 73 ANDRE CARER (6-4, 245, SO, 1V) 95 Jeremiah Parker (6-5, 300, JR, 2V) OLB 13 SEKOU SANYIKA (6-3, 230, JR, 2V) 49 Scott Fujita (6-5, 235, FR, RS) ILB 59 Matt Beck (6-4, 230, JR, 2V) 53 Keith Miller (6-2, 240, JR, RS) ILB 44 ALBERT DORSEY (6-2, 235, SR, 1V) 43 Jamaal Cherry (6-3, 255, FR, HS) LC 31 DERRICK GARDNER (6-0, 185, SR, 3V) 11 Drae Harris (5-10, 175, JR, RS) FS 2 Damian Marzett (6-0, 200, JR, JC) / OR 20 Pete Destefano (6-2, 215, JR, 2V) SS 9 MARQUIS SMITH (6-3, 220, SR, 3V) 19 Don Smith (6-2, 210, JR, 1V) RC 25 Chidi Iwuoma (5-9, 175, SO, 1V) 8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V)

GOLDEN BEAR SPECIALISTS P 89 Nick Harris (6-3, 205, SO, 1V) PK 29 TIM WOLLECK (6-0, 220, SR, 1V) KO 27 Ignacio Brache (6-0, 210, JR, 1V) HOLD 89 Nick Harris (6-3, 205, SO, 1V) SNAP 94 Jacob Waasdorp (6-2, 250, SO, 1V) PR 8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V) KOR 8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V) 81 DAMEANE DOUGLAS (6-1, 195, SR, 3V)

TROJAN OFFENSE SE 3 BILLY MILLER (6-4, 220, SR, 3V) 25 Mike Bastianelli (6-1, 195, SR, 3V) LT 68 BRENT MCCAFFREY (6-5, 270, SO, 1V) 78 Rome Douglas (6-7, 305, SR, 3V) LG 79 JASON GRAIN (6-5, 310, JR, 1V) 70 Donta Kendrick (6-3, 300, JR, JC) C 61 MATT MCSHANE (6-5, 285, JR, 1V) 62 David Pratchard (6-5, 290, SR, 3V) RG 71 TRAVIS CLARIDGE (6-6, 310, JR, 2V) 77 Trevor Roberts (6-4, 305, SO, SQ) RT 72 MATT WELCH (6-6, 295, SO, JC) 74 Ken Bowen (6-8, 335, SR, 3V) TE 81 ANTOINE HARRIS (6-4, 245, SR, 1V) 89 Lonnie Ford (6-3, 230, FR, RS) QB 11 MIKE VAN RAAPHORST (6-5, 220, SO, 1V) 15 Carson Palmer (6-4, 220, FR, RS) FB 46 TED IACENDA (6-0, 230, SO, 1V) / OR 48 BRENNAN OCHS (6-2, 225, SO, 1V) TB 7 CHAD MORTON (5-8, 185, JR, 2V) 35 Petros Papadakis (6-1, 215, JR, 1V) FL 18 R. JAY SOWARD (5-11, 175, JR, 2V) 80 Larry Parker (6-2, 200, SR, 3V)

TROJAN DEFENSE DE 44 SULTAN ABDUL-MALIK (6-3, 225, SO, 1V) 92 Kori Dickerson (6-4, 220, FR, RS) DT 99 ENNIS DAVIS (6-4, 295, SO, 1V) 57 Aaron Williams (6-4, 270, JR, 2V) DT 95 MARC MATOCK (6-5, 280, SR, 2V) 99 Ennis Davis (6-4, 295, SO, 1V) DE 52 SHAMSUD-DIN ABDUL-SHAHEED (6-4, 260, SO, 1V) 56 Lawrence Larry (6-3, 240, SR, 3V) SLB 34 ZEKE MORENO (6-3, 240, SO, 1V) /OR 4 MARK CUSANO (6-2, 225, SR, 3V) MLB 55 CHRIS CLAIBORNE (6-3, 250, Jr.) 34 Zeke Moreno (6-3, 240, SO, 1V) WLB 22 DAVID GIBSON (6-2, 215, JR, 2V) 17 Darryl Knight (6-3, 215, FR, SQ) CB 1 DAYLON MCCUTCHEON (5-11, 180, SR, 3V) 6 Antuan Simmons (5-11, 185, SO, 1V) SS 31 IFEANYI OHALETE (6-2, 215, SO, 1V) OR 43 GRANT PEARSALL (6-1, 210, SR, 3V) FS 8 RASHARD COOK (6-1, 205, SR, 3V) 2 Darnell Lacy (6-3, 195, SO, 1V) CB 13 KEN HASLIP (5-10, 175, SR, 3V) / OR 6 ANTUAN SIMMONS (5-11, 185, SO, 1V)

TROJAN SPECIALISTS P 38 MIKE MACGILLIVRAY (5-10, 205, FR, HS) PK 19 ADAM ABRAMS (5-9, 185, SR, 3V) KO 37 DAVID BELL (6-0, 195, SO, 1V) HOLD 25 MIKE BASTIANELLI (6-1, 195, SR, 3V) SNAP 84 PAT SWANSON (6-4, 235, JR, 1V) PR 80 LARRY PARKER (6-2, 200, SR, 3V) / OR 18 R. JAY SOWARD (5-11, 175, JR, 2V) KOR 18 R. JAY SOWARD (5-11, 175, JR, 2V) 80 LARRY PARKER (6-2, 200, SR, 3V)

Bears Bid For 4-1 Start as Season Nears Midpoint

For the first time all season, Cal will be facing a team that is not undefeated when the Bears challenge USC on Saturday. All four of Cal's previous opponents brought unbeaten records into their games against Cal. However, the Trojans are only the second ranked team the Bears will face this year and will present a formidable obstacle for a Cal team hoping to get off to a 4-1 start. The Cal program has been a quick starter in recent years with a better-than-.500 winning percentage after five games in six of the eight seasons of the current decade. The Bears have been 5-0 three of those years (1996, '93, '91) and Cal garnered a bowl berth in each of those seasons. Below is a list of Cal's records after five games the past eight seasons.

Cal's Record After 5 Games This Decade

1997:   2-3          1994:   3-2          1991:   5-0 (bowl)
1996:   5-0 (bowl)   1993:   5-0 (bowl)   1990:   3-2 (bowl)
1995:   1-4          1992:   3-2

Cal, USC Struggling to Find Offensive Production, But Not Victories

Cal and USC are similar in some ways this year as both teams have struggled to get their comparable systems going, ranking poorly in nearly every offensive statistical category, but have found ways into the victory column thanks to stout defenses and crutch fourth quarter performances to post 4-1 (USC) and 3-1 (Cal) records. Judging by the success of teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers, the West Coast offense obviously has all the ingredients to develop a potent attack.

Both Cal and USC employ the West Coast offense, which relies on the short passing game and progression reads from the quarterback. However, neither team has been particularly effective thus far as Cal ranks 109th nationally and 10th in the Pac-10 in total offense (255.8 ypg) while USC is 84th nationally and 8th in the conference (307.4 ypg). Neither Justin Vedder at Cal or Mike Van Raaphorst or Carson Palmer of USC have had much success as Van Raaphorst ranks 9th in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency, while Vedder is 10th and Palmer is 11th.

However, all of the quarterbacks have managed to carve out victories with some clutch play. Vedder led crucial fourth quarter scoring drives to pull out come-from-behind victories over Houston and Oklahoma, while USC also had to come from behind in wins over Arizona State last week and against Purdue in the season-opener.

Cal Defense Has Surprising Success Against the Run Despite Poor NCAA Ranking

Although Cal is only ranked No. 81st nationally (and No. 8 in the Pac-10) in rushing defense, those statistics are somewhat deceiving. A closer analysis shows that the Bears are relatively effective against the run. Of the four games thus far, two have come against option teams (Nebraska and Oklahoma) who make their living on the ground, and both rank among the Top 15 rushing teams in college football (Nebraska is No. 6 in the NCAA with a 257.2 yards per game average while Oklahoma is No. 14 nationally with a 228.8 ypg average). Perhaps even more significant is the fact that Cal has held opponents to two yards or less on almost half of their rushing plays. Of the 174 rushing plays against the Bears this season, 85 have resulted in gains of two or fewer yards (.489).

By contrast, Cal has given up runs of 10 or more yards on only 15.5 percent of opponent rushing plays. Cal has allowed only one run over 30 yards all season (a 38-yarder by De'Mond Parker of Oklahoma) and only seven runs of 20 yards or longer (0.4 percent). Below is a list of Cal's results against the run this season.

Sekou Sanyika and Matt Beck May Be Best 1-2 Linebacker Punch in Nation

Linebacker Albert Dorsey is having a terrific senior season, leading the Bears in tackles with 34 and playing excellent football for a defense that is regarded as one of the better units in the country. However, he is having a hard time getting noticed among a linebacker corps that includes Matt Beck and Sekou Sanyika, two of the most effective players in college football. USC has a brilliant individual in linebacker Chris Claiborne, but it would be hard to match the Cal one-two punch of Beck and Sanyika who are both juniors.

Beck entered the season with more notoriety, being ranked the No. 15 inside linebacker in college football by The Sporting News, but missed almost all of the first two games with a hamstring injury. In his absence, Sanyika has started to build his own reputation as he leads the Pac-10 with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and is also tied for 19th nationally with two interceptions. He has demonstrated a knack as a big-play performer since his debut game two years ago when he recorded five tackles behind the line of scrimmage against San Diego State in 1996. Beck has shown he is fully to form as he recorded a career-high 14 tackles plus an interception when he came off the bench at Oklahoma and followed it up with 5 unassisted tackles with another interception in Cal's last game against Washington State. Below is a list of a few of the big games Sanyika and Beck have put together over the last two-and-a-half seasons.

Miscellaneous Notes, Three-Dot Data, Et Cetera

For the second consecutive week, Cal received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls; after being ranked tied for 39th last week in the coaches poll, the Bears are tied for 42nd this week; in the Associated Press poll, Cal was ranked 42nd last week, but is unranked this weekCal has had bye weeks in its season six of the eight years in this decade, posting a 4-2 record in those games after bye weeks, including last season when the Bears beat Oklahoma after an early-season bye

Trojan head coach Paul Hackett got his first Division IA coaching job at Cal as he served as a graduate assistant under Mike White in 1972, then served as Cal's receivers coach in '73 and quarterback coach in '74 and '75Trojan tailback Petros Papadakis originally signed a letter-of-intent with Cal in 1995 and spent a couple days of practice with the Bears that fall in Turlock until he became homesick and returned home to Palos Verdes and eventually enrolled at USC where his dad and brother had played

SC wide receiver coach Mike Wilson spent seven seasons as a teammate of Tom Holmoe with the San Francisco 49ers (1983-89), winning three Super Bowls together...Trojan offensive coordinator Hue Jackson worked in the same capacity at Cal in 1996 under Steve Mariucci, the same year Holmoe was Mariucci's defensive coordinator...Cal is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Memorial Stadium during the 1998 season as the facility was built in 1923 (the same year that the L.A. Memorial Coliseum was built)...Cal back-up quarterback Sam Clemons will be celebrating his 20th birthday on gameday, Oct. 10, against the Trojans...

With this week's game being televised by Fox Sports Bay Area in northern California and by Fox Sports West II in southern California and next week's game at Washington on the Fox Syndication network, it means that five of Cal's first six games will have been on live television...Cal's Deltha O'Neal is ranked seventh nationally in kickoff returns with a 31.6 yards per return average that would set a new Cal record if he can continue that pace (Frank Brunk holds the school record with a 29.5 ypr average in 1949, that included a 102-yard return against USC on Oct. 15, 1949)

O'Neal is also 25th nationally in punt returns and second in the Pac-10 (12.5 ypr)Cal is tied for 13th nationally in scoring defense (15.0 ppg) while USC is 31st (19.4 ppg)...Cal is fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense (83.6 rating) while the Trojans are 12th (91.8 rating).


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