Oct. 9, 2012
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) / GameTracker | Cal Game Notes
This Week In Cal Football
Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (2-4, 1-1) at Washington State (2-4, 0-3)
Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Ted Robinson (Play-by-Play), Glenn Parker (Analyst), Ryan Nece (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Matt Foley (^Postgame Show)
Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), +KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) ^Primary, *Secondary; +game scheduled to be broadcast in its entirety on Saturday, Oct. 13
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast of the Golden Bears' game at Washington State can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page at CalBears.com..
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Josh Toyofuku (Play-by-Play), Cliff Zimmerman (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Washington State's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Washington State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 92 on Sirius and channel 192 on XM.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 81-52/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 73
Series Record: Cal leads series, 43-25-5
First Meeting: 10/25/19, WSU 14, at Cal 0
Last Meeting:11/5/11, at Cal 30, WSU 7
Tedford vs. WSU 7-1
Current Streak: Cal win 8
Fresh off of a decisive victory over UCLA last Saturday, Cal hits the road to take on Washington State in the Palouse on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. PT at Martin Stadium. The long-range weather forecast is calling for a few showers with a high of 58 and a low of 35 degrees.
Cal currently enjoy a seven-game winning streak in the series since 2005, including the last three straight in Pullman. The last time Cal lost to Washington State in Pullman was in 2001, one year prior to the start of the Jeff Tedford era. Tedford's only loss in the series came in his first season at Cal in 2002.
The Cal defense, which forced UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley to throw four interceptions and caused six turnovers total, will face a Washington State passing offense that ranks third in the Pac-12 (312.0 ypg). Defensively, the Cougars' nine interceptions ranks tied for third in the league, while their 19 sacks for a 3.17 per game average of are third best in the Pac-12. In last season's matchup, the Bears topped the Cougars, 30-7, behind a strong ground attack with 292 team rushing yards led by Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson as they scored two of Cal's three rushing touchdowns, with Sofele rushing for 138 yards.
Standout wide receiver/returner Keenan Allen currently ranks tied for 22nd nationally in receptions (6.83 rpg) and 22nd in punt returns (14.08 ypr). His punt return average also leads the conference, while his receptions per game are fourth. Allen is also 46th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (77.83 rpg), and 74th nationally and 12th in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (112.50 ypg). He has moved up to third all time at Cal in career receptions with 185 and is 17 shy of all-time leader Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04), while his 2,300 career receiving yards rank sixth in school history. He is Cal's leading receiver in 2012 with 41 catches for 467 yards. In last Saturday's win over UCLA, Allen hauled in two touchdowns, marking the first time in his career that he's scored two receiving touchdowns in the same game. They were the 14th and 15th receiving TDs of his career. The 15 receiving scores rank tied for seventh all-time at Cal with Brian Treggs. Allen has caught at least one pass in every game he's played at Cal (30), which ranks tied for eighth nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12.
C.J. Anderson had a career day against the Bruins, notching career highs in rushes (21), rushing yards (151) and also racking up a personal-best 68-yard touchdown run. Anderson has taken over as Cal's leading rusher on the season.
Cal players racked up the honors for their performances against UCLA. Zach Maynard highlighted a school record four Cal football players honored by the College Football Performance Awards as he was named both the organization's National Performer of the Week for all players and National Quarterback Performer of the Week. He was also named the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week and is a nominee for the Manning Award Player of the Week. Kameron Jackson, who had three interceptions against UCLA, was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, selected as one of the CFPA's two Defensive Back Performers of the Week nationally and is a candidate for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Pac-12 Player of the Week. C.J. Anderson (Running Back) and Richard Rogers (Tight End) were honorable mention CFPA performers at their respective positions.
Keenan's Countdown on All-Time Charts
Keenan Allen continued to move up Cal's all-time charts with his performance last Saturday against UCLA. Allen finished the day with eight catches for 79 yards along with his third and fourth receiving touchdowns of the season (14th and 15th of his career) to mark the first time in his career with two scoring catches. In the process, he moved up to third all time at Cal in career receptions with 185, creeping closer to the all-time record of 202 by Geoff McArthur from 2000-04. Dameane Douglas (195, 1995-98) is second on the list. He also moved up to sixth in career receiving yards with 2,300 yards for his career. In addition, Allen also extended his streak to 30 straight contests with a reception - every game he's played at Cal. That streak currently ranks tied for eighth in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-12.
Allen currently ranks tied for 22nd nationally in receptions (6.83 rpg) and 22nd in punt returns (14.08 ypr), with his punt return average also leading the Pac-12 and his receptions per game fourth. Allen is also 46th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (77.83 rpg), and tied for 74th nationally and 12th in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (112.50 ypg). He is eighth in the conference in scoring touchdowns (6.0 ppg) with a team-high six, adding two others on a 39-yard run vs. Nevada and a 69-yard punt return against Southern Utah.
Allen is the Bears' leading receiver through six games with 41 receptions, 467 receiving yards and four touchdown catches has a team-high six total scores in 2012, adding two others on a 39-yard run and a 69-yard punt return. Allen also became the fastest Cal player to reach the 2,000-yard career receiving mark when he reached the milestone against Ohio State in his 27th career game.
2012 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 6-67-0-32 ... 2 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD Southern Utah 5-69-1-29 ... 69-yard punt return TD Ohio State 9-80-0-18 ... 1-1 passing, 8 yards USC 9-93-0-17 ... 2 punt returns, 15 yards Arizona State 4-79-1-44 ... season-high 44-yard catch UCLA 8-79-2-34 ... first two-receiving TD game
Close Battles to the End in All Four Losses
In each of the four games Cal has lost this season, the Bears have been within one score in the fourth quarter. In the season opener, the Bears were edged by Nevada, 31-24, but the game was tied until Nevada's game-winning touchdown with 0:36 remaining. The Bears nearly pulled off an upset at then-No. 12 Ohio State, tying the game at 28-28 in the fourth quarter before being beat on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 3:26 to go. A pair of Vincenzo D'Amato field goals in the third quarter brought Cal to within 17-9 of USC the following week before the Trojans put the game away with 10 fourth-quarter points. Against Arizona State, the Bears pulled within three of the Sun Devils on Keenan Allen's touchdown reception at the 9:33 mark in the fourth quarter before eventually falling, 27-17.
Tough Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal's strength of schedule is currently rated second nationally in Sagarin NCAA football ratings. Cal's four losses this season have come to teams that have combined to post a 19-3 record in Nevada (5-1), Ohio State (6-0), USC (4-1) and Arizona State (4-1). The Golden Bears have played three teams ranked in the top 25 this season at the time of their contest in Ohio State (then No. 12 AP), USC (then No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP) and UCLA (then No. 25 AP). Cal still has three teams currently in the top 25 remaining on the schedule in Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Oregon State (No. 10 AP/No. 14 USA Today) and Stanford (No. 17 AP/No. 17 USA Today). The Bears essentially do not have a bye week during their 12-game regular-season schedule because their bye comes in the week after their regular-season finale.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Jeff Tedford
Cal averaged 7.9 wins per year in the first 10 seasons (2002-11) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Bears back to a bowl game in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. It was Cal's third appearance in the Holiday Bowl with Tedford at the helm. Tedford's most recent victory was his 81st career win at Cal when the Golden Bears knocked off UCLA at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 6, 2012. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era. Tedford's next Pac-12 victory will be his 50th conference win at Cal.
Year Record Final Rankings Bowl 2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected 2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) 2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31) 2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28) 2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10) 2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36) 2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17) 2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27) 2010 5-7 None None 2011 7-6 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10) 2012 2-4 Season in progress Season in progress
Zach Maynard's Second Season as Starting QB
Zach Maynard has completed 112-of-181 passes for 1,348 yards in 2012, with nine touchdown throws and five interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 135.32, which moved him up 40 spots from the previous week to his No. 54 nationally while his career passer efficiency mark of 129.55 ranks eighth all-time at Cal. Maynard completed 25-of-30 passes (career high 83.3%) for 295 yards, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another against UCLA, with the five touchdowns he was responsible for a career best. It was the second time of his career (at Colorado, 2011) and the first time in a non-overtime game that Maynard threw four touchdown passes. The passing yards were also a season high. It was a major improvement from his 2011 performance against the Bruins when he completed just 14-of-30 passes for 199 yards and had a career-high four interceptions, as well as in his previous game against Arizona State when he was 9-of-28 (career low 32.1%) for 126 yards and a touchdown. Maynard also came on strong at the end of 2011, completing 68.1 percent of passes, throwing for five touchdowns to one interception, and posting a 154.25 rating over the final four regular-season games.
2012 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 17-30-0-245-2-37 Southern Utah 17-23-1-229-1-29 ... 6 rushes, 39 yards Ohio State 26-37-1-280-1-36 ... rushing TD USC 18-33-2-173-0-17 ... career-high 19 rushes Arizona State 9-28-0-126-1-44 UCLA 25-30-1-295-4 ... 5 total TDs (1 rushing)
Top Three Rushers Near 1,000 Yards on The Ground
Cal's top three rushers - C.J. Anderson (57-386-2TD), Isi Sofele (73-354-2TD) and Brendan Bigelow (15-218-2TD) - have combined for 958 yards on the ground through the first half of the regular season. Collectively, Cal's rushing attack ranks fourth in the Pac-12, with Sofele, Anderson and Bigelow accounting for 159.6 of the team's 174.5 yards per game rushing average. Cal has had a nine 1,000-yard rushers in the last 10 campaigns and had its top two rushers combine for 1,500 or more yards for each of the last nine seasons. Anderson is coming off a career-high 151 rushing yards against UCLA in a game in which he also had a career-long 68-yard run and a receiving touchdown. Sofele has a pair of 100-yard rushing this game (105 vs. Arizona State; 104 vs. Southern Utah). Earlier this season, Bigelow rushed for a career-high 160 yards on only four carries at Ohio State, including an 81-yard touchdown that was the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best at UCLA in 2009, the longest run by an opponent in the history of Ohio Stadium, and the second-longest run by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Bigelow also had another score of 59 yards against the Buckeyes. Against UCLA, Bigelow garnered his first career receiving touchdown, good for 32 yards.
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 catches, 33 yards Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 ... 1 catch, 14 yards Ohio State 21-86-0-26 ... 1 catch, 5 yards USC 8-16-0-9 ... 1 catch, 4 yards Arizona State 15-105-1-32 ... 13th career rushing TD UCLA 5-21-0
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 14-66-0-13 ... 1 catch, 12 yards Southern Utah 5-46-1-35 Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 catches, 65 yards USC 5-32-0-13 ... 1 catch, 7 yards Arizona State 8-78-0-44 ... career-high 44-yard rush UCLA 21-151-1-68 ... career high in rushing
2012 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 1-3-0-3 ... 2 kick returns, 59 yards Southern Utah 1-12-0-12 ... 1 kick return, 27 yards Ohio State 4-160-2-81 ... 3 kick returns, 74 yards USC 4-31-0-11 ... 3 kick returns, 66 yards Arizona State 0-0-0 UCLA 5-12-0-7 ... 32-yard TD reception
New Heroes Emerge
There have been several players emerge for the Golden Bears over the last couple of game. In the Arizona State game it was Avery Sebastian who picked up career-high 14 tackles in his first career start. Against UCLA players that had breakout games included Kameron Jackson, Michael Lowe and Richard Rodgers. Jackson equaled a Pac-12 season high with three interceptions, while Lowe had a career-high nine tackles and an interception that he returned 57 yards and Rodgers posted career bests of seven catches for 135 yards, including a 50-yarder that was the longest reception of his career and the longest by a Cal player this season. Also, inside linebackers Nick Forbes and Jalen Jefferson shared the team lead as each recorded a career high 10 tackles, with Forbes also adding his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery. Neither was in the starting lineup when the season began.
Freshmen Harper and Treggs Among Receiving Leaders
True freshmen Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs rank second and third on the Bears in receptions and receiving yards behind Allen after six games. Harper has 17 catches for 203 yards and two touchdown receptions, scoring in the season opener against Nevada and adding another at Ohio State, while hauling in career highs of seven receptions for 94 yards against Southern Utah. Treggs has 16 catches for 196 yards and a touchdown with a 12.2 yard average that is the highest of the three. Treggs caught three passes in each of the first three contests vs. Nevada (62 yards, TD) and Southern Utah (38 yards), and at Ohio State (28 yards), and combined for three at USC (1 catch, 17 yards) and vs. Arizona State (2 catches, 22 yards), before racking up a season-best four catches (29 yards) against UCLA. Treggs has also caught at least one pass in each of his first six career games, while Harper had caught one in each of his first five before being shutout against UCLA. Harper and Treggs became the first pair of true freshmen at Cal to score touchdowns in a season opener since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett against Air Force in 2004.
2012 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-57-1-25 Southern Utah 7-94-0-21 ... career high rec. and rec. yds Ohio State 3-32-1-19 USC 1-9-0-9 Arizona State 1-11-0-11 UCLA 0-0-0-0
2012 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 3-62-1-37 ... career high in receiving yards Southern Utah 3-38-0-23 Ohio State 3-28-0-15 USC 1-17-0-17 Arizona State 2-22-0-14 UCLA 4-29-0-12 ... career high receptions
D'Amato Good on Last Five Field Goal Tries
Vincenzo D'Amato tied his career best by making three of his four field goals attempts at USC, equaling a mark he had previously set two games earlier by hitting all three of his attempts vs. Southern Utah. D'Amato was also good on his only attempt vs. Arizona State and against UCLA to run his streak to five straight makes. In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato is tied for 21st nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.50 fgmpg), and tied for 78th nationally and ninth in the conference in scoring at 7.5 ppg. He is also fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring among kickers. D'Amato has a team-high 45 points, making 9-of-14 field goals and 18-of-21 extra points.
2012 D'Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO ... Other Nevada 1-2-40 ... 3-3 ... 5-310-62.0 Southern Utah 3-3-47 ... 5-6 ... 9-528-58.7 Ohio State 0-3 ... 4-4 ... 5-323-64.6 USC 3-4-35 ... 0-0 ... 4-260-65.0 Arizona State 1-1-35 ... 2-2 ... 4-253-63.2 UCLA 1-1-26 ... 4-6 ... 8-504-63.0 ... fifth str. FG
Leininger Improving With Punts
True freshman Cole Leininger has improved continue to improve in his role taking over for Cal's former standout punter and this year's second-ranked NFL punter Bryan Anger now of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In particular, Leininger has posted three consecutive punting averages of 41.8 yards or better in his last four contests. Against Arizona State, he recorded a season-high nine punts with an average of 41.8, including two punts of more than 50 yards (54, 51). He booted a season-high punt of 55 yards at Ohio State when he also recorded his best average on the year at 47.0. He also had a 43.0 average at USC and 42.0 versus UCLA. For the season, he is averaging 40.6 yards per punt despite averages of 38.6 and 30.7 over 10 punts in his first two games. In addition, Leininger has also placed six punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and has forced opponents into fair catches on 14 of his 29 punts.
Five Bear Defenders Rank in Pac-12's Top 25 in Tackles
Five Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Steve Williams, Jalen Jefferson and Nick Forbes - rank in the top 25 in the Pac-12 in tackles per game. Hill and Mullins are tied for ninth (7.0 tpg), while Williams is 16th (6.7 tpg), Jefferson is tied for 17th (6.6 tpg) and Forbes is tied for 23rd (6.5 tpg).
Hill, who has played in 42 career games with 26 starts, has 169 tackles to lead all players on the active roster, while his 42 stops on the season pace the Bears. His three career forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries are also both the most among active Cal players. In addition, Hill is tied for second among the team's active players with four career interceptions and 18 pass breakups, third with 46 interception return yards and third with 22 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 36 career games with 28 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (93), passes defended (24) and pass breakups (20), while totaling 120 tackles to rank second, and four interceptions and 11.0 tackles for loss to rank tied for second in both categories. Anthony leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss in 2012.
Williams, who has played in 31 games with 22 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interceptions with five after one in back-to-back games at Ohio State and USC, with his two interceptions in 2012 second on the team. He is also tied for second among all active Cal players with 18 career pass breakups and 23 passes defended, tied for second with two forced fumbles, third in tackles (110) and fourth in interception return yards (45).
Defense Racks Up Big Plays against Bruins
Cal posted season bests of 8.0 tackles for loss (-41 yards), 6.0 sacks (-32 yards) and six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles) against UCLA. The performance helped the Bears move up to 27th in the nation in tackles for loss (7.17 tflpg), tied for 32nd in sacks (2.50 spg) and tied for 41st in turnover margin (+.33). The defensive pressure has been well balanced as 17 Bear defenders are in the tackle for loss columns while 10 Cal players have contributed to the sack total. Kendrick Payne and J.P. Hurrell are tied for team lead in sacks with 2.5 each, while Marc Anthony's 5.5 tackles for loss paces the Bears.
Coleman Leads Defensive Line
Deandre Coleman leads the defensive line with 29 tackles, while adding 3.5 tackles for loss (-12 yards), 1.5 sacks (-9 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Coleman, who is on the watch list for the Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end, registered a career-high-tying eight tackles against Nevada, including a half-sack and tackle for loss (-1 yard). He followed that with six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 1.0 sack (-8 yards) against Southern Utah before recording two tackles at Ohio State and three more with 0.5 tackles for loss (-0 yards) and his first career pass breakup at USC. On Sept. 29 against Arizona State, Coleman tied his personal best with eight tackles, including one for a one-yard loss. He had one tackle against UCLA. Coleman leads all active Cal players with 12.5 career tackles for loss (-42 yards).
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 46-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 18-11 turnovers are equal and 17-32 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 29-7 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-26 with a deficit. A big key to the Bears' win against UCLA was forcing six turnovers, including the first three career interceptions by Kameron Jackson, which tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season and are the most by a single player in a game in the Tedford era. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was intercepted four times. The six turnovers are tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season and the most the Bears have caused in the Tedford era. As a result, Cal moved up from tied to 71st to 41st in the nation in turnover margin. The Bears are now plus-three in turnover margin, with 13 takeaways and 11 lost.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game appearance streak of seven in a row from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories in 2011 with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) mark in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
Other Cal Notes From UCLA
Cal was 6-for-11 (54.5%) on third conversions after being 21-for-69 (30.4%) going into the game ... Jordan Rigsbee secured his first career fumble recovery on a botched punt ... Nathan Broussard posted a three-yard sack ... Chris McCain had 2.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards), including 1.5 sacks (-7 yards).
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top 10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002, while the Bears are 14-22 against ranked teams. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford. Cal snapped an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams with the win over No. 25 UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012. Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 or 2012 campaigns, Cal had been among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 63-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-47.
Under the Lights
Cal will be playing its' second night game of the year this Saturday at Washington State (7:30 p.m. PT) after winning their first game under the lights in 2012 against UCLA last Saturday. The Bears will have at least one more night game this season (Nov. 2 vs. Washington, 6 p.m. PT) with times still to be announced for three of the team's final four regular-season contests.
Bears Strong On Punt Returns
Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally in punt returns with an average of 14.08 yards per return. Keenan Allen is the Bears' punt returner, ranking 22nd in punt returns (14.08 ypr), which also leads the Pac-12. He has returned 12 punts for 69 yards this season, including one 69 yards for a touchdown.
Cal's current two-deep features 30 of the 56 positions manned by either a freshman (10) or sophomore (20).
New Coaches and Coaching Responsibilities in 2012
Wes Chandler (wide receivers) and Todd Howard (defensive line) joined the Cal staff in 2012. Also, Marcus Arroyo added pass game coordinator to his duties while he continues to work with the team's quarterbacks. Kenwick Thompson is also now an associate head coach in addition to his positions as the team's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Cal's Washington Connections
Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) is the only Cal player to list a hometown in the state of Washington.
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Michalczik lists his hometown as Port Angeles, WA. He was an honorable mention All-American player at Washington State before graduating from the school in 1988.
Defensive line coach Todd Howard spent the 2011 season in the same role at Washington State.
Assistant strength and conditioning coach Chris DiSanto was a captain for a Spokane Shock squad that won the Arena Football League 2 title in 2006.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 31 players on NFL rosters as of Oct. 8, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC, while the team's 25 former players on active 53-player rosters (does not included players on injured reserve and physically unable to perform lists) at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season was tied for ninth nationally. Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round.
Academic Success Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the Academic Heisman in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 All-Academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award® and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 318-214-16 (.594) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park. Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. The Simpson Center provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment
Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).