Arizona State Football Visits California In Pac-10 Showdown
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/19/1999

Sept. 19, 1999

Game No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils (1-1)
at California Golden Bears (1-1)
Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999
Memorial Stadium (75,028 - Grass)
Berkeley, CA
Kickoff 2:30 p.m. PT

Television: No live television

Attendance: A crowd of 38,000 is expected

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-Arizona State: The Series
The Sun Devils lead the series 12-8 and have won the last four meetings. California's last victory was in 1995 when the Bears beat ASU, 25-21, at Memorial Stadium. Last year, Cal lost, 55-22, in Tempe when the Bears threw five interceptions.

Vic Bottari to Receive Glenn Seaborg Award
Among the festivities scheduled during Homecoming Weekend is the awarding of the Glenn Seaborg Award to former Cal standout Vic Bottari. A member of the National Football Foundation and Cal Athletics halls of fame, Bottari was an All-American halfback for the Bears in 1938. The award, named for the late Nobel laureate and former Cal chancellor, was established in 1995 to honor a former Cal football player who distinguished himself by his activities and accomplishments over his lifetime. Other recipients have been: Rod Franz (1995), John Najarian (1996), John Ralston (1997) and Les Richter (1998).

Cal Champions Honored at Halftime of ASU Game
Cal's rugby, men's crew and men's basketball teams, as well as the doubles tandem of Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen will be honored at halftime of Saturday's Cal-ASU football game. Crew and rugby both won national championships in 1999, while the basketball team captured the National Invitation Tournament title. In addition, Augustus and Jensen successfully defended their NCAA doubles championship last May.

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         45-0        Cal holds NU to 114 yards rushing, but loses Matt Beck to injury
Sept. 25    Arizona State       2:30 p.m.   Only 4 of 20 games have been decided by a touchdown or less
Oct. 2      at Washington State 1:00 p.m.   Bears scored three defensive TDs in last year's 24-14 win
Oct. 9      at BYU              4:00 p.m.PT Cal coach Tom Holmoe played on 3 WAC champion teams at BYU
Oct. 16     at UCLA             TBA         After Cal won 5 straight from 1990-94, UCLA has won the 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 State     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, click on the 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 Standings

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

Around the Pac-10

Sept. 25 - Arizona at Washington State, Arizona State at California, USC at Oregon, UCLA at Stanford, Colorado at Washington. Oregon State 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 9-15 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.

Bruce Snyder (Oregon '63) is in his eighth season as head coach at Arizona State, leading the Sun Devils to a 47-33 record. Before accepting the position at ASU, Snyder was head coach at Cal for five years and led the Golden Bears to a 29-24-4 record. His last two seasons at California included two bowl victories and an overall record of 17-6-1. In 1991, he took the Bears to a No. 8 national ranking and a 10-2 record, the first time the team had achieved 10 victories since 1949. Snyder began his collegiate coaching career in 1965 as the running backs and quarterbacks coach at Oregon. He spent the next five years as offensive coordinator at New Mexico State, Utah State and USC before settling as head coach at Utah State for seven seasons. There, he amassed a 39-37-1 record and earned Big West Coach of the Year honors in 1978 when his team had a 7-4 record. He spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams from 1983-86 before he was hired as head coach at Cal.

Homecoming Rally at RSF
A Homecoming Rally, featuring head coach Tom Holmoe and the Cal Band, will take place Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recreational Sports Facility's Fieldhouse.

Arizona State Road Accommodations
The ASU travel party will depart for Cal Friday afternoon. Media Relations Director Mark Brand and Assistant Director Doug Tammaro 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 Nebraska game, the play was Andre Carter's 18-yard sack of NU quarterback Bobby Newcombe in the first quarter.

The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 1999 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. This winner for the Nebraska game is defensive end Andre Carter, who had eight tackles, including four for loss.

Cal-Arizona State Media Notes

Cal Begins Pac-10 Campaign in What Looks Like Wide-Open League Race
California opens up its conference slate Saturday when the Bears host Arizona State in Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. The Bears can elevate themselves from a Pacific-10 "pretender" label to legitimate "contender" status in just two short weeks, if they can get out of the blocks with a pair of wins vs. Arizona State and at Washington State. This season, more than any other in recent history, there appears to be a wide-open battle for Pac-10 supremacy - with as many as eight or nine of the 10 teams in the league harboring serious title aspirations. A quick start in league play could give a team like Cal the momentum to become the latest in the line of many Pac-10 teams who have come out of nowhere to earn a berth in the Rose Bowl. Cal was picked No. 7 in the league's preseason media poll, but the conference has a history in recent years of seeing underdog teams emerge as the league's top dog. Examples include the 1997 Washington State team that was picked No. 7 in the media poll, but went on to the Rose Bowl with a final 10-2 record, the 1994 Oregon team that was picked No. 8 in August but appeared in Pasadena and finished with a 9-4 record, and the 1993 UCLA team that was picked No. 6 in the preseason but won the conference and ended up in the Rose Bowl with a 9-4 mark. However, there's a long road ahead for a Cal team that enters Pac-10 play with a 1-1 record and an offense that has been largely inconsistent in averaging just 10.5 points and 205.5 yards a game thus far. Those figures will need to improve dramatically if the 1999 Golden Bears hope to join the long list of this decade's surprise teams.

Cal-ASU Series Has Been Full of Blowouts in First 20 Games
Cal's game last Nov. 7 at Arizona State was somewhat similar to the Bears outing at Nebraska two weeks ago. The Cal defense completely dominated action in the early going, until the floodgates opened and ASU went on to an easy victory. Last year, the Sun Devils were held to minus-six yards on the first three series of the game, but exploded for 31 points in the second quarter en route to a 55-22 victory over the Golden Bears. Mistakes fueled the rout as a Cal team that entered the game ranked seventh nationally in turnover margin threw five interceptions and coughed up one fumble. The 33-point scoring differential was typical of the Cal-ASU series, as only three of the 20 games have been decided by less than a touchdown. In the series, Arizona State team that has won six of the last seven contests. Overall, ASU has a 12-8 series advantage and the two schools are 4-4 in games played between the two schools in Berkeley.

Bears Lose Major Cog in Defensive Unit with Matt Beck Injury
If linebacker Matt Beck wasn't the heart, he certainly was the soul of Cal's defensive unit in 1999. Thus, his season-ending injury in the first quarter of Cal's outing at Nebraska is clearly a major blow. His leadership and productivity will be hard to replace. However, the coaching staff believes the defense has enough star quality to compensate for his absence. Beck was knocked out with ligament damage to his left foot when he was blocked low at Nebraska. He finished his career with 48 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, which puts him tied for third on Cal's career list. He finished with 238 total tackles, good for 10th on Cal's all-time list. Beck started three games against Arizona State during his career, finishing with 11 tackles as a freshman in 1996, 7 tackles as a soph in '97 and 9 tackles (including 4 behind the line of scrimmage) last season as a junior. His linebacker spot will likely be filled by more than one player. Among those who will be expected to contribute at the spot are junior J.J. Jimenez, freshman Matt Nixon and freshman Calvin Hosey.

Quarterback Performance Could Hold the Key to Cal's Fortunes in 1999
The play at the quarterback position could spell the difference between victory and defeat this week for the Golden Bears. While the coaching staff hasn't yet decided on the starter for the Pac-10 opener, it's clear that more production is needed out that position. In the first two games, sophomore Samuel Clemons and freshman Kyle Boller have struggled while completing just 18-of-43 passes for 208 yards. Cal has had only two completions over 20 yards all season. More frustrating has been the missed opportunities for big plays due to faulty checks or the inability to find receivers that have broken free. That's all a part of the learning curve for the two players who entered the 1999 season with virtually no collegiate experience. It's also clear that Cal will need improved quarterbacking performance if the Bears hope to have an impact in the Pac-10 race. One interesting side note to this week's game concerns Arizona State sophomore QB John Leonard, who was one of three quarterbacks targeted by the Cal coaching staff during the 1999 recruiting effort. When the Bears were successful in landing Ryan Sorahan and Kyle Boller, they had no scholarships left for Leonard, who had a strong interest in coming to Berkeley. Since that time, Sorahan decided he may have a better opportunity for playing time at San Jose State and never enrolled at Cal. Also, another veteran QB David Page left school due to the same fear of lack of playing time. However, Leonard had long since left for ASU, where he is listed as the top reserve behind Ryan Kealy for the Sun Devils.

Cal Needs Boost at Home Before Beginning Challenging Road Trip
If Cal hopes to survive the next month, a win over Arizona State this Saturday is a critical step. That's because an unenviable three-game road trip looms on the horizon. After the game this week, Cal won't return to Memorial Stadium for a period of 28 days. That's a long time for a young team without the benefit of familiar surroundings. The Bears take to the road for consecutive games in Pullman against Washington State, where the Bears have not won in 20 years. Then comes a road date at BYU on Oct. 9, where the ranked Cougars have posted a 19-3 home record over the last four years. Finally, Cal travels to Pasadena to meet UCLA, where the Bruins have posted a 22-2 record against Cal since 1951. The Bears will try to develop a Road Warrior mentality for the challenging October road swing, but a win at home this week could provide an important momentum builder.

Andre Carter Begins to Exert Himself at Defensive End
Andre Carter earned second team All-Pac-10 honors last fall and entered this season rated as the No. 4 defensive end in all of college football by The Sporting News. But the 6-4, 255-pound junior has not let any of those accolades get to his head. Through Cal's first two games this season, Carter has accumulated 12 tackles, including six for loss (minus 46 yards) and three sacks (minus 40 yards). He had eight tackles for loss and four sacks all of last year. At Nebraska, Carter was clearly Cal's most dominant defensive player. Not only did he help hold the potent Cornhusker rushing attack to just 114 yards on 48 attempts (2.4 yards per rush), but he came up with a pair of sacks. Among his four tackles for loss in the game was an 18-yard sack of NU quarterback Bobby Newcombe on third down that pinned the Huskers back on their own four yard-line.

Bear Rookies Rank With Most Productive Frosh Group in the Country When Cal's coaching staff signed what many regarded as the school's finest freshman recruiting class in over two decades last February, many believed Cal's future was bright. Few, however, believed the future was instantaneous. After two games, it's apparent that the coaches are not only willing to let the first year players make an immediate mark, but that those players are capable of contributing in a major fashion. Eleven of Cal's 19-member first-year freshman class have already seen significant action in Cal's first two games. Their playing time only figures to increase as the season evolves, and a handful will likely find their way into Cal's starting line-up. When you add in redshirt-freshmen like future stars, such as LaShaun Ward, it's easy to see why Cal observers are so optimistic about the future. Below is a list of Cal's freshmen who have made or will shortly make significant contributions on the playing field in 1999.

Cal's Freshman Players Making an Impact in 1999
Nnamdi Asomugha - Safety has seen primarily special teams action thus far, is a likely starter in 2000.
Tully Banta-Cain* - Mainly special teams performer who has fine pass-rushing skills at defensive end.
Nolan Bluntzer - A promising center who hasn't played yet this fall, but is projected as a starter in 2000.
Kyle Boller - Highly recruited QB who connected on his first five college passes and may get first start vs. ASU.
Joseph Echema - A tailback with good size at 210 pounds who had four carries at Nebraska.
Jeremy Hershey - Earned starting placekicking job during fall camp and continues to contend for duties.
Calvin Hosey - Smart linebacker on several Cal special teams, playing time at LB figures to increase.
Wayne Hunter - Massive defensive lineman made his debut at Nebraska and will soon be starting candidate.
Joe Igber - Increasingly prominent tailback who broke loose for a scintillating 35-yard run on his first college carry.
Mark-Christian Jensen* - Has handled all Cal kickoff duties this year and may get other opportunities soon.
John Klotsche* - Named Cal's special teams Player of the Game vs. Rutgers.
Matt Nixon* - Coming off a knee sprain in fall camp, but will see increasing duty at LB in Beck's absence.
Daniel Nwangwu - Solidly in playing rotation at defensive tackle and many consider him a future star.
Jemeel Powell* - Saw a good amount of action in '99 opener before groin injury sidelined him.
Scott Tercero - A precocious offensive lineman who could end up in the starting line-up in 1999.
Paul Ugenti* - Sees action on a few Cal special teams and provides depth at safety.
LaShaun Ward* - Perhaps the best athlete on the Cal team who the coaches think could be a future Chris McAllister.
* indicates redshirt-freshman

Cal Defense Assumes Complete Dominance in Second Half
The Cal defense has been a dominant unit for large portions of the first two games. The 45 points that Nebraska put on the board two weeks ago is completely misleading. Cal not only held the Cornhuskers to just 301 yards of total offense, but the vaunted Nebraska rushing game to just 114 yards on 48 attempts (an average of just 2.4 yards per rush). Take away three big pass plays of 70, 60 and 32 yards, and Cal's defense held Nebraska to just 139 yards on the other 54 offensive plays. Cal has been particularly effective in the second half. In two games, Cal has given up only 123 net yards in the second half on 63 plays (an average of 1.95 per play). Even more remarkable has been the Bears third quarter performance where Cal has given up a grand total of 10 yards on nine opponent offensive drives. The average per play by Cal opponents in the third quarter is an amazing 0.3 yards per play (on 33 plays).

Miscellaneous Notes, Et Cetera, Three-dot Data
Arizona State head coach Bruce Snyder, who spent five seasons as Cal's head coach from 1987-91, has been practically unbeatable in the Cal-ASU series, as he was 3-0 against the Sun Devils while the Cal coach and is 6-1 against the Golden Bears while the head coach at Arizona State...ASU assistant coaches Dick Arbuckle, Dan Cozzetto and Phil Snow all were assistants at Cal before leaving with Snyder to go to ASU, while secondary coach Ron english lettered at Cal as a defensive back from 1987-90...Cal tailback Marcus Fields now has 1,305 career rushing yards, needing just 60 yards to move past Howard Strickland (1973-74) into the No. 15 spot on Cal's all-time rushing chart...if Kyle Boller does start the conference opener, he would become the first true-freshman to start at quarterback for Cal since Troy Taylor was called upon in the fifth game of the 1986 season against Oregon State...Lashaun Ward will celebrate his 19th birthday on Wednesday (Sept. 22) before the Arizona State game.