Sept. 27, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - California hopes to build on the momentum created by last week's come-from-behind 24-23 victory over Arizona State when the Bears challenge Washington State this Saturday in Pullman. While the Cougars are clearly struggling (going 3-12 since the school's Pac-10 title season in 1997 and working on a current 12-game losing streak), recent history still shows that Cal has had very little success playing in Martin Stadium. In fact, Cal hasn't come away with a victory in Pullman since 1979 when a Rich Campbell-led Cal team thumped the Cougars, 45-13. WSU has an eight-game home winning streak in the Cal series. The Bears have a substantial 36-21-5 edge in a series that dates back to 1919, but the Cougars have had the upper hand in recent years - winning five of the last seven games (and going 11-5-1 since 1980).
Game No. 4
California Golden Bears (2-1, 1-0) at Washington State Cougars (0-4, 0-2)
Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, Martin Stadium (37,600 - Omni Turf), Pullman, WA
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. PT
Television: No live TV.
Attendance: A crowd of 26.000 is expected
Complete Cal Football information, including releases, statistics, records and features, can be found on Cal's official web site at www.calbears.com. Washington State's web site is www.wsucougars.com
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: KRCK (1490 AM) in King City, KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka, KANM (970 AM) in Modesto and KYOS (1480 AM) in Stockton. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO is in its 26th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 25th season handling play-by-play duties, and Lee Grosscup, who is in his 11th year in the booth, joins him with color commentary. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Wednesdays at 6:20 p.m.
Cal TV Highlight Show
The weekly one-half hour Cal Football Highlight Show, hosted by Glen Kuiper, will air each Sunday afternoon during the season on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. The program will be shown Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
Cal-Washington State: The Series
The Bears lead the series, 36-21-5, but the Cougars have won six of the last nine times the two teams have met. California took last year's meeting at home 24-14 when the Bears forced six turnovers and returned three for touchdowns. In 1997, Washington State beat Cal, 63-17, in Pullman.
Freshman Start Against Arizona State
Impact freshmen made the starting lineup for the Bears in their 24-23 comeback victory over ASU. On offense, Kyle Boller led the charge at quarterback, going 17-for-32 for 213 yards. Joe Igber at slot back and Scott Tercero at offensive guard had the first starts of their careers. On special teams, Jeremy Hershey kicked the game-winning field goal, a 25-yarder with 7:11 remaining in the game.
Offense Comes Alive Against Sun Devils
California's offense came through last week, outscoring Arizona State in the fourth quarter for a 24-23 win. The 24 points the Bears scored is their highest total since Oct. 10 of last year when they beat USC, 32-31, in Los Angeles. In the eight games between the USC and Arizona State wins, Cal averaged just 14.8 ppg. However against the Sun Devils, the Bears put together touchdown drives of 14, 56 and 75 yards. In addition, the Bears also made their first field goal of the year - a 25-yard game-winner by Jeremy Hershey -- after having missed all five of their previous attempts.
1999 Cal Schedule, Results & Notes
Sept. 4 Rutgers 21-7 Marcus Fields scores on 49-yard run on game's first play
Sept. 11 at Nebraska 0-45 Cal holds NU to 114 yards rushing, loses Matt Beck to injury
Sept. 25 Arizona St. 24-23 Kyle Boller's first start at QB (17-of-32, 213 yards, 2 TD)
Oct. 2 at Wash. St. 1:00 p.m. Bears scored three defensive TDs in last year's 24-14 win
Oct. 9 at BYU 4:00 p.m. Cal coach Tom Holmoe played on 3 WAC champion teams at BYU
Oct. 16 at UCLA TBA After Cal won 5 straight from '90-'94, UCLA has won last 4
Oct. 23 Washington 12:30 p.m. Bears looking for first win over Huskies since 1976 (16 games)
Oct. 30 USC 12:30 p.m. Cal has won last 2 in L.A., USC has won last 3 in Berkeley
Nov. 6 at Oregon St. 1:00 p.m. Bears have won 6 straight games vs. Beavers
Nov. 13 Oregon 12:30 p.m. Bears face Ducks for first time since 1996
Nov. 20 at Stanford 12:30 p.m. 102nd renewal of Big Game, 10th most-played rivalry in NCAA
Cal Radio on the Internet
All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet. To listen, go to the football page at www.calbears.com, click on the broadcast.com icon and hear Joe Starkey and Lee Grosscup call the action.
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 Overall W L W L Stanford 3 0 3 1 California 1 0 2 1 Oregon 1 0 3 1 Arizona 1 1 3 2 Oregon State 0 0 3 0 Washington 0 0 1 2 Arizona State 0 1 1 2 USC 0 0 2 0 UCLA 0 0 2 1 Washington State 0 2 0 4
Around the Pac-10Oct. 2 -Arizona State at UCLA, Oregon at Washington, Oregon State at USC, San Jose State at Stanford, UCLA at Arizona State. Arizona is idle.
The Coaches Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his third year as head coach of the Bears and fourth with the Cal program. He has a career record of 10-15 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.
Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) is in his 11th season as head coach at Washington State and has a 56-61 record. In 1997, he led the Cougars to a 10-2 record and finished the regular season tied for first place in the Pac-10. The team went on to the Rose Bowl that year, but lost to eventual national champion Michigan, 21-16. That season he was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year. The appearance was Washington State's first in the Rose Bowl since 1931. The Cougars also appeared in the '94 Alamo Bowl, beating Baylor 10-3 and in the '92 Copper Bowl in which they beat Utah. Before joining the Cougar staff, Price coached at Weber State from 1981-88 and had a 46-44 record there. In 1987, he guided the Wildcats to a 10-3 record and into the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.
California Road Accommodations
The California travel party will depart from Oakland Airport Friday afternoon and will stay at the University Inn (208-882-0550). Associate Athletic Director Kevin Reneau and Media Relations Director Herb Benenson will accompany the team.
IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the Arizona State game, the play was Jeremy Hershey's 25-yard field goal to win the game.
This Week Next Opponent Washington St. (0-4, 0-2) BYU (2-1) Sept. 4 Utah, 7-27 Sept. 9 Washington, 35-28 Sept. 11 at Stanford, 17-54 Sept. 16 Colorado State, 34-13 Sept. 18 Idaho, 17-28 Sept. 25 Virginia, 40-45 Sept. 25 Arizona, 24-30 Oct. 1 at Utah State Oct. 2 California Oct. 9 California Oct. 9 SW Louisiana Oct. 16 at New Mexico Oct. 23 at Arizona State Oct. 23 at UNLV Oct. 30 Oregon State Oct. 30 Air Force Nov. 6 at Oregon Nov. 6 at San Diego State Nov. 13 USC Nov. 13 at Wyoming Nov. 20 at Washington Nov. 20 Utah Nov. 27 at Hawaii
Home Team Has Completely Dominated the Cal-WSU Series in Recent Years
It's been a virtual track meet for the Washington State offense when playing Cal in Pullman over the last several years. The one-back offense has created fits for various Cal defensive coordinators as the Cougars have not only averaged over 40 points a game, but are rolling up an average of 533.6 yards of total offense per contest over the last five Cal-WSU games in Martin Stadium. That's double the number of points and more than 200 yards of total offense more than the Cougars have managed in the series' games played in Berkeley. The Cougars don't seem to have the same type of firepower this year, with the team ranking 102nd nationally in scoring offense (16.3 ppg) and 72nd in total offense (345.5 ypg). However, one can be certain that Cal's defensive coaches won't be underestimating this WSU team if they have any appreciation for the lessons history has taught. The Cougars can still move the ball through the air, ranking No. 33 in NCAA passing with 246.5 yards per game.
Offensive Output Comparisons between Pullman and Berkeley in Cal-WSU Series
Games Played in Pullman
5 games - '88, '90, '93, '96, '97 / WSU 5-0 record
Games Played in Berkeley
(5 games - '86, '89, '94, '95, '98 / Cal 4-1 record)
Pullman Berkley WSU CAL WSU CAL Scoring Average 40.6 21.2 18.8 28.6 Passing Offense 287.2 288.8 196.2 214.4 Total Offense 533.6 406.6 324.2 335.4
Bears Attempt to Adopt Road Warrior Mentality with 3 Straight Away Games
If Cal is going to maintain a push for the upper echelon of the Pac-10, it's clear that the Golden Bears will have to adopt a "Road Warrior" mentality as October shapes up as a particularly daunting schedule. Cal has three straight road games on tap, all set in venues that haven't been all that hospitable to visiting teams. The Bears woes in Pullman are documented above. Cal next travels to Provo, Utah, where BYU is 19-4 at home over the last four years.
Finally, the Bears make a trip to UCLA on Oct. 16 where the Bruins have posted a 22-2 home record against Cal since 1951. Cal had a solid year in 1998 on the road, posting victories at Oklahoma, at USC and at Oregon State while ending the year with a 3-2 road mark. The previous season, however, Cal had only a 1-5 record away from home. If Cal can survive this upcoming challenge, the team will be in great position coming down the stretch as Cal will have three of the next four games at home in Memorial Stadium, followed by the season finale across the Bay at Stanford.
Cal Starting Quarterback Debut Performances in Recent Seasons
Kyle Boller Sept. 25, 1999 vs. Arizona St. Won 24-23 17-for-32, 213 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int
Justin Vedder Sept. 6, 1997 at Houston Won 35-3 24-for-31, 321 yards, 2 TDs, 1 Int
Pat Barnes Nov. 6, 1993 at Arizona St. Lost 41-0 10-for-33, 125 yards, 0 TDs, 3 Int
Dave Barr Sept. 5, 1992 vs. San Jose St. Won 46-16 18-for-27, 175 yards, 3 TDs, 0 Int
Mike Pawlawski Sept. 8, 1990 at Wisconsin Won 28-12 13-for-21, 132 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Int
Troy Taylor Oct. 11, 1986 vs. Oregon St. Lost 14-12 13-for-22, 138 yards, 0 TDs, 1 Int
Senior Defensive End Mawuko Tugbenyoh Sorry to See End of His WSU Series
If there's one Cal player who may have caused a few sleepless nights for the Washington State coaching staff the last few years, it would be Cal senior defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh. The 6-1, 245-pounder has scored more touchdowns against the Cougars than any other offensive player on the Cal team. Three years ago, he produced three unassisted tackles as a freshman with substantial playing time in Pullman. He began to earn headlines the next year with a string of big plays against the Cougars when he snatched a fumble off the ground and rambled 60 yards for a touchdown. He ended that game with four tackles (3 unassisted), had a 9-yard sack and also forced a fumble. Last season, Tugbenyoh got the Bears off on the right foot when he snatched the football out of the hands of Cougar tailback DeJuan Gilmore and rambled 10 yards into the endzone to give the Bears a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Tugbenyoh also returned a fumble for a touchdown at Arizona in 1997.
Deltha O'Neal Closing in On All-Purpose Rushing Marks at Cal
Spectators are advised not to leave their seats for a hot dog or a drink when Deltha O'Neal is set for a kickoff or punt return. The 5-11, 195-pound senior is truly a threat to break loose every time he touches the football. He opened the Arizona State game with a 53-yard kickoff return. In the third quarter, he had a 61-yard kickoff return called back because of a holding penalty. He also keyed Cal's final score in the come-from-behind victory over ASU with a 21-yard punt return that set the Cal offense up at the Sun Devil 27-yard-line. Earlier this season, he opened the Rutgers game with a 50-yard kickoff return. After that game, he was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, thanks to a pair of interceptions (one of which he returned 75 yards for a TD). The explosive veteran now has produced a punt return, reception or run for 20 or more yards in 13 of his past 15 games. He ranks No. 9 nationally in kickoff returns with a 30.71 average. He is Cal's career leader in both kickoff return yards (2,132) and punt return yards (787). During his career, he has 10 different kickoff returns of 40 yards or longer (plus a 39-yarder). He also has 3,811 all-purpose rushing to rank fourth on Cal's all-time list and should pass Na'il Benjamin to move into third place this week. Below is a list of O'Neal's long kickoff returns in his career, plus the breakdown of his all-purpose yardage.
Deltha O'Neal's Long Kickoff Returns Deltha O'Neal on Cal Career All-Purpose Rushing List
12/25/96 vs. Navy 100 yards* Player (years) Rush Rec Ret Total
9/20/97 vs. Oklahoma 53 yards 1. Russell White (1990-92) 3367 364 1212 4943
10/4/97 at Louisiana Tech 45 yards 2. Chuck Muncie (1973-75) 3052 1085 57 4194
10/25/97 at UCLA 45 yards 3. Na'il Benjamin (1993-96) 145 2196 1495 3836
9/12/98 vs. Nebraska 49 yards 4. Deltha O'Neal (1996 - ) 667 335 2809 3811
9/26/98 vs. Washington St. 49 yards
10/10/98 at USC 57 yards
10/24/98 vs. UCLA 40 yards
9/4/99 vs. Rutgers 50 yards
9/25/99 vs. Arizona St. 53 yards
*Aloha Bowl record
Cal's Freshman Class Having a Huge Impact on 1999 Season
Everybody is talking about the starting debut of Cal freshman quarterback Kyle Boller last week, but there were plenty of other freshmen who had a major impact on Cal's opening Pac-10 win over Arizona State. It's a big reason why Cal supporters are so optimistic about the future of the program.
Of Cal's 19-member incoming freshman class, universally recognized as one of the Top 25 recruiting groups in the country, 10 are playing this fall. In fact, there were three true-freshmen and one redshirt-freshman in Cal's starting offensive line-up last Saturday. Boller's contributions are well documented. However, tailback Joe Igber also played a role in the victory when he took a swing pass (credited as a rush) for 34 yards to the Arizona State 25-yard-line to set up Cal's fourth quarter touchdown. Igber was in the line-up both at tailback and in a slot position throughout the game. He had a 35-yard run on his first collegiate carry against Rutgers. Freshman offensive guard Scott Tercero was on the field all 65 offensive snaps in his starting debut. Freshman kicker Jeremy Hershey nailed the game-winning 25-yard field goal with 7:11 left in the game, after having an earlier attempt from 42 yards hit the right crossbar and bounce away. Redshirt-freshman Tully Banta-Cain blocked an ASU extra point in the third quarter, which proved a pivotal point in the one-point Cal victory. Atari Callen was expected to redshirt in his first collegiate season, but a number of cornerback injuries during the game made his participation crucial, and he recorded the interception with less than a minute to play to end any Sun Devil threat. On defense, true-freshmen Daniel Nwangwu, Wayne Hunter and Calvin Hosey have all seen substantial playing time this year.
Cal Special Teams Making a Big Difference in Cal 1999 Success
Cal's special teams have played a big role in Cal's 2-1 start this season. When you have threats like Deltha O'Neal (ranked No. 9 nationally in kickoff returns) and Nick Harris (ranked No. 3 nationally in punting at 48.06 ypp), it's easy to see why the Bears have such a big special teams advantage.
However, contributions have been solid by the entire group of special teams players, many of them unheralded. Cal is ranked No. 5 nationally in net punting with a 42.2 yard average, and the Bears might be leading the nation except for a blocked punt at Nebraska. Last week, the Bears held one of the nation's most dangerous return specialists J.R. Redmond to a long of just 6 yards in 3 punt return attempts. In three games, Cal hasn't given up a punt return longer than 12 yards and has been just as effective covering kickoffs.
The starting positions for opponents after Cal's 10 kickoffs have been the following yard lines: 19, 6, 26, 20, 25, 20, 20, 20, 9, 19. That's an average starting position at the 18.4-yard line. In contrast, Cal's average starting position after 15 opponent kickoffs is the 25.5 yard line, with five starts at the 35-yard-line or better. Cal ranks ninth nationally as a team in punt returns (9.2 yards per return).
Cal Defense Feels the Loss of Matt Beck and Jerry DeLoach
In one of the team's poorest defensive performances over the last two seasons, Cal gave up 475 yards of total offense and 24 first downs to Arizona State. That's hardly surprising when considering the loss of All-American candidate Matt Beck at linebacker and potential high round NFL draft choice Jerry DeLoach at defensive tackle. Beck is out for the season with ligament damage in his foot that was surgically repaired last Tuesday. DeLoach suffered a neck stinger in pre-game warm-ups before the ASU game and was held out of the contest as a precaution. He is questionable for this week. Without the heart of its defense on the field, Cal gave up 5.7 yards per play to the Sun Devils. The Bears rank No. 55 nationally, giving up 354.3 yards per game, but hope to improve on that figure through the remainder of the season. What defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich had to be pleased with was how the Golden Bear defense rose to the occasion when the Arizona State game was on the line late in the fourth quarter. In the game's final 10 minutes, the Cal defense gave up just 5 yards on three Arizona State drives. When the Sun Devils recovered a Joe Igber fumble at the Cal 48-yard-line with 1:27 left in the game and the Bears clinging to a 1-point lead, the Cal defense proved hearty. After two plays went nowhere, a final pass was intercepted by Atari Callen.
Miscellaneous Notes, Three-Dot Data, Et Cetera