Oct. 13, 2011
BERKELEY - Tonight's game was the fifth weeknight game in the Jeff Tedford era at Cal, the previous four have all been on the road. The Bears are now 1-4 in weeknight night games after tonight's 30-9 USC victory. The rest of the weeknight results were - at Oregon 43, Cal 15 (Oct. 6, 2011), at Utah 31, Cal 24 (Sept. 11, 2003), Cal 41, at New Mexico State 13 (Sept. 23, 2005), at Nevada 52, Cal 31 (Sept. 17, 2010). The Bears play at Arizona State in the regular season finale on Friday, Nov. 25.
Despite the final score, Cal outgained USC in yards, 329-313.
Keenan Allen finished the night with a personal-best 13 catches for 160 yards. It was his fifth 100-yard performance of the season, sixth of his career and the fourth in a row.
This is the first time in the Jeff Tedford era that Cal has gone 0-3 to open conference play.
Entering today's contest, Cal had recorded 34 plays (25 passing, nine rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards this season. Against USC, Cal had three plays of 20-plus yards - 24-yard and 22-yard receptions by Marvin Jones and a 27-yard reception by Keenan Allen.
The five turnovers (four in the first half) by Cal were a season-high. The Bears began the night with a total of four turnovers on the season. The last time Cal surrendered five turnovers was against Oregon on Nov. 1, 2008.
The first-half shutout was the first time Cal didn't score in the first half since last year's Big Game against Stanford.
Bryan Anger booted a season-high 61-yard punt. His previous season best was a 59-yarder last week at Oregon. He has now kicked eight punts 50 or more yards on the year.
Marvin Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (129), receiving yards (1,954) and receiving touchdowns (13). The receptions are seven shy of the top 10 at Cal and the receiving yards 93 away from the record book. He also extended his run of 31 consecutive games (every Cal contest the last three years) with at least one reception, while Keenan Allen's streak covers each of the 17 games he has played in over the past two seasons.
Zach Maynard completed 25-of-43 passes for 294 yards, three interceptions and his first career rushing touchdown. Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards, completed 15 passes and tallied a touchdown either passing or rushing in each of his six starts. All five of his completions (seven attempts) in the first quarter went to Keenan Allen (43 yards).
Giorgio Tavecchio has made 9 of 10 field goals this season. He made his first eight consecutive kicks of the season before his ninth try was blocked last week at Oregon. Tavecchio was good on his only try against USC, a 27-yarder.
D.J. Campbell collected a career-high eight tackles, one for a loss (-1). Mychal Kendricks led all players with 10 tackles, one for a loss (-1). Sean Cattouse also chipped in eight tackles. Steve Williams tied his career high in pass breakups with three.