Dec. 6, 2008
BERKELEY - California has accepted a bid to the seventh annual Emerald Bowl and will play Miami (Fla.) on Saturday, Dec. 27 at San Francisco's AT&T. Kickoff will be at 5 p.m.
Executive director Gary Cavalli extended the Emerald Bowl bid to the Bears following the team's 48-7 victory Washington.
"We are ecstatic that Cal is going to be in the Emerald Bowl," Cavalli said. "With the success the team has had under Jeff Tedford, the Bears have become not only a Bay Area story, but a national college football name as well."
The Bears will go to their sixth postseason game in Tedford's seven seasons as head coach. Cal finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record and in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 6-3 mark - a three-game improvement over last year.
The six-year bowl streak is the longest in school history. The Bears own a 5-1 bowl record under Tedford, including last year's 42-38 victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.
"This is the first time the Emerald Bowl has had either of the Bay Area's Pac-10 teams," Cavalli said. "I expect this to be our biggest game yet."
The Emerald Bowl and the Pacific-10 Conference reached agreement in 2005 to have a Pac-10 representative in the game. UCLA and Oregon State played in the Emerald Bowl previously.
"Playing near home in the Emerald Bowl allows all of our fans the opportunity to see the team in a great postseason atmosphere," said Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. "The Emerald Bowl will be a chance for all Bears - students, faculty, alumni - to come together for a great evening and what I'm sure will be a great matchup."
"We are very happy to accept the Emerald Bowl's invitation," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "It is an outstanding game with great people behind it. I'm certain that whoever our [ACC] opponent is, it will be a great game."
Miami finished its regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the ACC. Cal is 1-2 all-time vs. the Hurricanes, The Bears won 9-7 in Miami in 1964, but lost 31-3 at then-No. 2 Miami in 1989 and lost 52-24 in Memorial Stadium in 1990 when the Hurricanes were ranked 10th.
"Cal has had an outstanding season and I'm quite confident we'll have a top-calibre ACC opponent for the Bears to match up with," Cavalli said.
Diamond Foods, Inc. has title-sponsored the game since its inception in 2002. It was known as the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl for two years, and became the Emerald Bowl in 2004. Emerald is the brand name of Diamond's snack nuts division. Over 30 different products carry the Emerald name.