Football (4-1) Visits Washington (3-2)

The Bears seek third road win of 1998.

October 12, 1998

Game No. 6- California Golden Bears (4-1, 2-0) at Washington Huskies (3-2, 1-1)
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998, Husky Stadium (72,500 - AstroTurf), Seattle, WA
Kickoff - 3:30 p.m.
Television - Televised live on the Pac-10/Fox Syndicated Package (locally on KICU Channel 36).
Attendance - A crowd of 72,000 is expected.
Complete Cal Football information can be found on Cal's official web site at Washington's web site is

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: KANM (660 AM) in Modesto, KRCK (1490 AM) in King City; KJAX (1280 AM) in Stockton, KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka, KYOS (1480 AM) in Merced; and KMET (1490 AM) in Riverside. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO is in its 24th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 24th season handling play-by-play duties, and Lee Grosscup, who is in his 10th year in the booth, joins him with color commentary. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Wednesdays at 5:20 p.m.

Cal Highlight Show
The weekly one-half hour Cal Football Highlight Show, hosted by Tim Sharp, will air each Sunday afternoon during the season on Fox Sports Bay Area. The program will be shown on Sundays at 4:30 p.m., with a repeat showing Mondays at 3 p.m.

Cal-Washington: The Series

Sekou Sanyika Chasing Tackle-for-Loss Record
Junior outside linebacker Sekou Sanyika, who has 13 tackles for loss (minus 62 yards) through five games, is almost halfway to the Cal record of 26.5 set by Ron Rivera in 1983. Sanyika added 3 TFL, including one for a safety, at USC last week. For his career, Sanyika's 35 TFL tie him with Brandon Whiting (1994-97) for sixth at Cal. The school career mark is 54 by linebacker Jerrott Willard ('91-94).

Washington, on the strength of winning the last 15 games in the series, holds a 41-32-4 all-time lead over Cal. The Bears last victory over the Huskies was a 7-0 shutout in Seattle in 1976 - one of only two times UW has been shut out in the past 22 seasons. Last year in Berkeley, Cal had more yards (344-336), more first downs (21-17) and ran more plays (78-67), but still fell, 30-3. On the Bears most recent trip to Seattle in 1994, Cal QB Pat Barnes threw for 389 yards (fourth best in Cal history) in a 31-19 loss.

Dameane Douglas Ties Cal Game Receiving Mark
Senior wide receiver Dameane Douglas, who has jumped from 19th to sixth on Cal's career receiving list this season, tied the Cal record for most catches in a game when he had 13 for a career-best 151 yards at USC last Saturday. Jack Schraub (1964 vs. Illinois) and Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (1994 at Washngton) also had 13 receptionsin a game.

Cal Career Receiving List
                              Rec   Yards   Avg   TD
3. Na'il Benjamin (1993-96)   165   2196   13.3   13
4. Mike Caldwell (1989-93)    139   1999   14.4   13
5. Steve Rivera (1973-75)     138   2085   15.1   9
6. Dameane Douglas (1995- )   135   1706   12.6   11

1998 Cal Schedule, Results & Notes
Sept. 5   Houston                   14-10        Douglas scores winning TD on
                                                 34-yard reception with 2:07 left.
Sept. 12  #4 Nebraska (Fox)          3-24        Nebraska scores 10 points in
                                                 final 3:54 to break open 14-3 game.
Sept. 19  at Oklahoma (FSBA)        13-12        Wolleck kicks game-winning FG
                                                 with 5:56 left; Bears rush for 178 yds
Sept. 26  Washington State (ABC)    24-14        Defense scores three TDs on one
                                                 fumble and two interception returns.
Oct. 10   at #19 USC (FSBA)         32-31        Cal overcomes 31-10 second half
                                                 deficit; Fields scores game-winner.
Oct. 17   at Washington (Fox-Synd.) 3:30 p.m.    Bears looking to break 15-game
                                                 losing streak to Huskies.
Oct. 24   UCLA                     12:30 p.m.    After Cal won 5 straight from 1990-94,
                                                 UCLA has taken last 3 games.
Oct. 31   at Oregon State           1:00 p.m.    Cal built 33-0 lead before
                                                 winning 33-14 last year.
Nov. 7    at Arizona State          3:00 p.m. PT 15 of last 19 games have been
                                                 decided by more than 7 points.
Nov. 14   Arizona                  12:30 p.m.    Cal won, 56-55, in 4 OT in '96,
                                                 but UA won, 41-38, in 2 OT last year.
Nov. 21   Stanford (KGO TV, Ch. 7) 12:30 p.m.    101st  renewal of Big Game; 10th
                                                 most-played rivalry in NCAA.

Releases Available on InfoConnection
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Cal Radio on the Internet
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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 Video Feed
The Pacific-10 Conference provides a weekly satellite feed every Wednesday throughout the season, featuring game highlights and interviews. The feed, at Telstar 4, Transponder 20 (C-Band), airs from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PT. In case of trouble with the feed, call the Pac-10 Conference office at (925) 932-4411.

Pac-10 Standings

Pac-10 Overall W L W L California 2 0 4 1 UCLA 2 0 4 0 Oregon 2 0 5 0 Arizona 2 1 5 1 USC 2 1 4 2 Washington 1 1 3 2 Oregon State 1 2 4 2 Arizona State 1 2 2 4 Washington State 0 3 3 3 Stanford 0 3 1 5

Around the Pac-10
Arizona at Oregon State, Oregon at UCLA, USC at Washington State. Bye - Arizona State, Stanford.

The Coaches
Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his second year as head coach of the Bears and third with the Cal program. He has a career record of 7-9 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.

Jim Lambright, Washington (Washington '60) is in his sixth season at Washington, having compiled a 41-21-1 record and directed the Huskies to three bowl berths. The 1998 season mark's Lambright's 30th year of coaching at UW. Prior to taking the helm, he served as assistant head coach for six seasons and as defensive coordinator for 16 years.

IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 1998 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the USC game, the honor goes to Sekou Sanyika's sack of USC quarterback Carson Palmer for a safety.

The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 1998 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. The winner for the USC game is wide receiver Dameane Douglas, who tied a Cal record with 13 catches vs. USC.

This Week                           Next Game
Washington (3-2, 1-1) UCLA (4-0, 2-0)
Sept. 5   at Arizona State, 42-38   Sept. 12   Texas, 49-31
Sept. 19  BYU, 20-10                Sept. 19   at Houston, 42-24
Sept. 26  at Nebraska, 7-55         Sept. 26   at Miami, ppd.
Oct. 3    Arizona,  28-31           Oct. 3   Washington State, 49-17
Oct. 10   Utah State, 53-12         Oct. 10   at Arizona, 52-28
Oct. 17   California                Oct. 17   Oregon
Oct. 24   Oregon State              Oct. 24   at California
Oct. 31   at USC                    Oct. 31   Stanford
Nov. 7    at Oregon                 Nov. 7   at Oregon State
Nov. 14   UCLA                      Nov. 14   at Washington
Nov. 21   at Washington State       Nov. 21   USC

Pac-10/Fox Syndicated Stations Anchorage, AK KTBY (4) Phoenix, AZ KTVK (3) Chico, CA KRVU Portland, OR KWBP (32) Colorado Springs, CO KWHS Reno, NV KREN (27) Denver, CO KWHD (53) Sacramento, CA KTXL (40) Detroit, MI WADL (38) Salt Lake City, UT KUWB Eugene, OR KVAL (13) San Diego, CA KUSI (51) Fox Sports Bay Area Delay (12:30 a.m.) San Francisco, CA KICU (36) Fox Sports New England Live Santa Barbara, CA KKFX Fresno, CA KAIL (53) Seattle, WA KTZZ (22) Honolulu, HI KWHE (14) Spokane, WA KREM (2) Las Vegas, NV KVWB (33) Tucson, AZ KTTU (11) Los Angeles, CA KCAL (9) Yakima, WA KIMA (29) Palm Springs, CA KPSP

Washington Media Notes

Cal Travels to the Unfriendly Confines of Husky Stadium vs. Washington California takes to the road for the second consecutive week this Saturday when the Bears travel to Washington for a 3:30 p.m. contest. While the Bears have to be buoyed by a surprising 4-1 start, including last week's dramatic come-from-behind 32-31 win over USC, there is the sobering news that Washington has won 15 consecutive games against Cal. The Bears last win in the series came way back in 1976 when Cal produced a 7-0 shutout in Seattle before 39,086. That game was obviously a defensive battle as the only score was a 2-yard run by fullback Tom Newton in the fourth quarter. Washington quarterback Warren Moon completed just 5-of-11 passes for 71 yards in that game. Last season, Cal ran more plays, had more first downs and more total offense than Washington, but still saw itself on the losing end of a 30-3 decision to the 10th-ranked Huskies in Berkeley. After missing 35- and 39-yard field goals in the first half, the Bears were down 7-3 at the half. Deltha O'Neal fumbled the second half kickoff, which Washington recovered at the Cal 24 and scored two plays later to set the stage for the rout. Overall, Washington holds a 41-32-4 advantage in a series that dates back to 1904. In games played in Seattle, Washington has a 21-14-3 series advantage and has won seven straight games.

Cal-Washington: A Series of Recent Frustrations for the Golden Bears During Washington's current 15-game winning streak over the Golden Bears, there have been games of every type. There have been some blowouts, including three games in which the Huskies have scored 50 points (50-31 in Berkeley in 1977; 50-7 in Seattle in 1982; 50-18 in Seattle in 1986) along with a 46-7 victory in 1990. However, there have also been a number of games in which Cal had probable victories snatched away in the final minutes. Five of those games are listed below.

Washington's Come-from-behind Victories over Cal in Current 15-game Winning Streak
Cal had a 417- to 252-yard advantage, but Mark Lee returned a punt 64 yards for winning score with 6:04 left in game to provide a 28-24 victory. Cal jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and led virtually the entire game until Chuck Nelson hit a 21-yard field goal with 0:11 left to give the Huskies a 27-26 win.

Cal built a 27-3 lead in Seattle midway through the third period before Washington scored 25 straight points culminating on a 25-yard John McCallum field goal with 0:02 left to give the Huskies a 28-27 victory. Cal took a 7-0 lead against the nation's No. 3-ranked Huskies and the teams were tied 21-21 going into the fourth quarter before Washington emerged with a 28-21 victory, with Cal on the Husky 23-yard-line at the finish.

1993: Cal had a 23-3 lead in the third quarter, but Washington scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 2:06 to post a 24-23 victory and ruin Cal's bid to go to 6-0 on the season.

Cal Rates As One of Surprise Teams in College Football with 4-1 Start Entering the 1998 season,
It's safe to say that Cal didn't get a lot of respect in college football circles. For the most part, most of the pre-season predictions put the Bears in ninth place in the Pacific-10. The San Jose Mercury projected a 2-9 season for the team. It's also safe to say that nobody believed that Cal would reach the midpoint of the season with a 4-1 record, but that's exactly where the team is entering this week's game at Washington. Cal is in the midst of a murderous stretch in which the Bears play four of five games on the road against teams that have a cumulative 15-6 record (USC at 4-2, Washington at 3-2, UCLA at 4-0 being the lone home game in this stretch, Oregon State at 4-2), but it's unlikely that the Cal detractors will be very vocal at Cal's prospects through the remainder of the season.

The Bears haven't received much attention from the polls as of yet with Cal remaining unranked in the Top 25 by both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, but have fared much better in the three computer polls (Seattle Times, New York Times, Sagarin). Cal received 62 votes in the AP poll this week to rank 27th nationally after not receiving a single vote a week ago. The Bears had a single vote to rank tied for 42nd in the USA Today poll last week, but moved up to the No. 31 spot this week with 29 votes. However, the computers take the Bears success more seriously. On September 26, the New York Times computer poll had the Bears No. 10 in the nation (Cal was No. 25 last week). Last week the Seattle Times poll rated the Bears No. 11 nationally while the Sagarin poll had the Bears No. 24.

Cal Offense Has Coming Out Party vs. USC After Early Season Frustrations
To say that the Cal offense had struggled in the team's first four games is clearly an understatement. That's why expectations for a breakout game last week against a USC defense that was leading the Pac-10 in total defense were modest entering the game. However, the Bears responded with one of the program's best offensive games in recent history, particularly in the second half when Cal rallied from a 31-10 deficit to pull out a one-point victory. The Bears rolled up 424 yards of total offense, including 250 in the second half. Cal had seven different offensive drives in the second half and only one time did the Bears fail to gain at least two first downs. Cal scored touchdowns on three of its four drives late in the game to spark the comeback and then ran out the final 2:53 by rushing the ball six straight times and picking up two first downs and watching the game end at the Trojan 22-yard-line.

The Cal offense set the tone early in the game by driving 51 yards to the Trojan 15-yard-line before a sack pushed the Bears back and a 38-yard field goal attempt sailed left. On the next drive, Cal went 60 yards for a touchdown. After entering the game averaging only 255.8 yards a game, Cal exceeded that figure by almost 170 yards. The Bears also were averaging only 13.5 points a game, meaning the Bears scored almost three touchdowns more than their average. Cal had 24 first downs against a staunch Trojan defense, after averaging just 12.5 the first four games. The bye week obviously helped the offensive attack as offensive coordinator Doug Cosbie threw in some new wrinkles with some four-wide receiver sets and a no huddle offense early in the game, but ultimately it was superior performances by a number of individuals - Dameane Douglas, Justin Vedder, Marcus Fields and the best outing by the offensive line that made the biggest difference. Cosbie called plays from the coaches' press box booth after spending the first four games on the Cal sidelines.

Dameane Douglas Deserving of National Attention
In the pre-season, Cal wide receiver Dameane Douglas was listed by The Sporting News as one of college football's 40 most underrated players. After five games, it's becoming harder and harder to ignore the accomplishments of the speedy senior. His stats are impressive enough as he leads a receiver-rich Pac-10 Conference and is sixth nationally in receiving (8.0 receptions per game) and is 17th in NCAA receiving yardage (104.2 yards per game). However, it is his ability to take over a game when it is on the line that sets him apart from other receivers who may build their stats in less meaningful parts of games. In Cal's opening game against Houston, the Bears found themselves down 10-7 with 3:25 left in the game. They elected to go to Douglas and he responded with 3 catches for 49 yards (out of Cal's total yardage of 56 in that winning drive), including a 34-yard TD pass with 2:07 left in the game to give Cal a 14-10 victory. Last week against a vaunted USC defense that includes potential first round draft choice Daylon McCutcheon, Douglas caught more passes than any other opponent in SC history. His 13 catches also tied the Cal school record and tied for the 10th best mark in Pac-10 history and his 151 yards were a career best.

More importantly, he came up with perhaps the key catch of the game. Facing a 3rd-and-7 at the Trojan 15-yard-line with 4:00 left in the game, he caught a 12-yard slant pattern to move the ball to the 3-yard-line and Cal scored on the next play. Douglas has now accounted for 43 percent of all Cal receptions on the season (40 of Cal's 92 catches) and 51 percent of Cal's receiving yardage (521 of 1016 yards). With 135 catches for 1706 yards, he now ranks sixth on Cal's career list and figures to move into fourth place this week if he catches five balls. He is on pace for 88 catches in 1998 which would not only give him the Cal single-season record (75 by Bobby Shaw last season), but could challenge Keyshawn Johnson's Pac-10 record of 90 set in 1995. If he is able to finish as the Pac-10's leading receiver, it would mark the third straight season a Golden Bear had finished in the No. 1 position, something that has happened only twice in conference history (Stanford had three straight running backs win the receiving title from 1981-83 and UCLA had three straight titles from 1942-44).

If You Can't Find Deltha O'Neal, It's Hard to Stop Him
Head coach Tom Holmoe pledged to use the multi-talented Cal junior Deltha O'Neal in a number of different ways in 1998 and he has stayed true to that promise. His move from tailback to cornerback during the off-season was a major transition, but the coaching staff believed he could still be a factor in occasional stints on offense in addition to his many return duties.

A game after picking up Pac-10 special teams Player of the Week honors for his superior performance in Cal's win over Washington State (returned an interception 76 yards for a TD, 6 punt returns for 87 yards, 1 kickoff return for 49 yards), he came back with an even bigger performance against USC. He opened Cal's scoring with a 20-yard TD pass to A.J. Kunkle on a halfback pass, returned 6 kickoffs for 183 yards including a season-long 57-yarder, had 2 punt returns for 23 yards, had 2 receptions for 12 yards, had 1 carry for 5 yards, had 4 unassisted tackles and had 2 pass deflections - all that for a player who isn't in the starting line-up. His 183 yards of kickoff returns was just 3 yards off his own school record of 186 set in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. O'Neal now ranks 11th nationally in kickoff returns (31.0 ypr which is challenging one of the longest standing records in the Cal record books as Frank Brunk had a season average of 29.5 in 1949). He also is 20th in punt returns (12.4 ypr) and is tied for 33rd nationally in interceptions (.33 per game).

Sekou Sanyika, Matt Beck Just Keep Making Big Play After Big Play
While many Pac-10 teams have one premier linebacker to spotlight, Cal has a wealth of talent at that position, making it hard for one player to get the type of spotlight that may boost All-America attention. However, the play of Sekou Sanyika and Matt Beck is getting harder and harder to ignore. Sanyika is having an unbelievable season, piling up one big play after another. The 6-3, 230-pound junior leads the league with 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 62 yards. The school record is 26.5 by Ron Rivera in 1983, while Duane Clemons had 26 in 1995, and it's significant to note that both those players earned first team All-America honors those seasons.

Sanyika's sack of USC quarterback Carson Palmer late in the third quarter that resulted in a safety started Cal's dramatic comeback and ultimately provided the margin of victory. Sanyika not only has at least one tackle for loss in each of the five games this season, but he has now contributed one tackle for loss in 14 of his last 16 games, dating back to the start of last season. Beck, who entered the season rated the No. 15 inside linebacker in the country by The Sporting News, has done nothing to dispel those accolades as he has been all over the field since he returned in the Oklahoma game after missing virtually the entire first two games with a hamstring problem. He won a personal battle with USC's Chris Claiborne last week as he recorded 7 tackles (6 unassisted) and had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including an 8-yard sack. By the way, Cal's leading tackler on the '98 season is fellow Cal linebacker Albert Dorsey, who has 39 on the year. Below is a list of the dominant games Sanyika and Beck have put together in their careers.

Impact Games for Sanyika and Beck (1996-98)

Sekou Sanyika's Impact Games San Diego State 9/14/96 Had 5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including three sacks for -29 yards Oklahoma 9/20/97 Had 4 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for -23 yards Arizona 11/15/97 Had 8 tackles, including 6 unassisted, and caused a fumble on sack that was returned for TD Houston 9/5/98 Had 2 interceptions which gave Cal the ball at the Houston 40 and 30-yard lines Oklahoma 9/19/98 Had 3 tackles for loss for -20 yards and caused a fumble recovered at OU 4-yard-line USC 10/10/98 Had 3 tackles for loss for -20 yards including a sack of QB for safety that started Cal comeback

Matt Beck's Impact Games San Jose State 9/7/96 Had 13 tackles (2 for loss) and caused fumble that Cal recovered at SJS 9-yard-line Oregon State 9/28/96 Had 11 tackles and intercepted two passes, returning one 31 yards for a TD Oklahoma 9/20/97 Had a school record 6 tackles for loss for -17 yards Arizona 11/15/97 Had 11 tackles, 8 unassisted, including 4 behind the line of scrimmage Oklahoma 9/19/98 Had a career high 14 tackles, one for loss, and returned an interception 9 yards USC 10/10/98 Had 7 tackles (6 unassisted) including 3 tackles for loss for -16 yards

Cal Defense Continues Breakthrough Season in Second Half vs. USC
Cal's defense is still a work in progress as the 1998 season evolves. Clearly, it is the strength of the program right now and has been a huge part of the Bears success thus far. As defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich has said, "We're playing better for longer periods of time, but we still have a long ways to go to be considered a dominant defense." Last week was a case in point.

The Bears had their poorest half of the season in the first half against USC. Cal gave up 296 yards of total offense, 12 first downs and did not create a turnover while facing a 24-10 deficit. In the second half, the Cal defense came to life, allowing USC only 69 yards of total offense and came up with two key fumble recoveries to set up Cal's final two touchdowns. The first fumble was returned by safety Damian Marzett 40 yards to the USC 37 to set up a TD drive. Pete Destefano recovered the second at the Trojan 43 to set up Cal's game-winning TD march. After five weeks of the season, Cal is second in the Pac-10 in total defense (41st nationally), allowing 337.0 yards a game.

The Bears lead the league in three other key defensive categories: scoring defense (18.2 ppg which ties for 22nd nationally), pass efficiency defense (95.2 rating which ranks 11th nationally) and turnover margin (+1.60 which ranks tied for 8th nationally). Cal is only 9th in Pac-10 rushing defense, but the Bears have held opponents to 2 yards or less on running plays on 51.0 percent of their attempts this season. Below is a comparison of how Cal has improved in key defensive categories over the last three seasons along with a look game-by-game on how Cal has stifled a large percentage of opponent rushing attempts.

Cal's Dramatic Turnaround over the Last Three Years
                   1996 (11 games)*            1997 (11 games)             1999 (5 games)
Scoring Defense    33.2 ppg (9th in Pac-10)    30.8 ppg (10th in Pac-10)   118.2 ppg (1st Pac-10)
Total Defense      460.3 ypg (10th in Pac-10)  381.4 ypg (8th in Pac-10)   337.0 ypg (2nd Pac-10)   
Pass Eff. Defense  137.8 rating (10th in Pac)  139.9 (10th in Pac-10)      95.2 rating (1st Pac-10)
Rushing Defense    189.5 (9th in Pac-10)       144.4 ypg (7th in Pac-10)   174.8 ypg (9th in Pac-10)
Turnover Margin    -0.6 topg (9th in Pac-10)   +0.0 topg (7th in Pac-10)   +1.60 topg (1st in Pac-10)

* does not include bowl game

Cal Against the Run through Five Games in 1998 No. of Carries APC vs. Cal* Runs 2 yds or less Pct. Runs 10 yds or more Pct. Houston 32 2.97 13 .406 4 .125 Nebraska 60 4.23 30 .500 8 .133 Oklahoma 56 4.55 30 .536 12 .214 Washington St. 26 4.50 12 .462 3 .115 USC 34 4.50 21 .618 3 .088 Season 208 4.20 106 .510 30 .144

* Average per carry

Quick Starts Are No Stranger to Cal Team During the Current Decade
Although almost everybody in the nation is surprised at Cal's 4-1 start to the 1998 season, recent history show that the Bears have charged out of the gates in a strong fashion several times this decade. This marks the fourth time in the last eight years Cal has been 4-1 or better after five games. The Bears went to a bowl game in each of those previous years with the quick starts, so that may be a very good omen for this Cal team. Below is a list of where Cal has stood after five games in each of the current decade's seasons, along with the team's final record.

Cal's Record After Five Games This Decade With Final Season Record
1990 -   3-2   7-4-1 (bowl)
1992 -   3-2   4-7
1994 -   3-2   4-7
1996 -   5-0   6-6   (bowl)   
1991 -   5-0   10-2  (bowl)
1993 -   5-0   9-4   (bowl)
1995 -   1-4   3-8
1997 -   2-3   3-8

Miscellaneous Notes, Et Cetera, Three-dot Data
Cal quarterback Justin Vedder had one of the finest games of his career last week against USC as he completed 28-of-39 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown; most importantly he was nearly perfect in the fourth quarter when he was 9-for-11 for 60 yards and a TD; in the final winning drive, he completed three straight passes in crucial third down situations; he now has thrown for 3,711 yards in his career which ranks him 9th on Cal's all-time list; however, he'll have to go some to catch 8th place Steve Bartkowski who threw for 4,434 yards in his careerSaturday's game will be televised to a network of 25 stations, including ones in Detroit and New England, marking the fifth time in six games that Cal has been on live local, regional or national TV this year; with the UCLA game also slated for the tube the following week, it will make is six times in the seven gamesAlthough it should be a hostile environment for the Bears in Seattle this week with more than 72,000 on hand, Cal is used to playing before large, loud crowds this season; the Bears quieted a raucous crowd of 74,235 in a 13-12 win at Oklahoma and last week, the Bears won before a hostile crowd of 65,678 in Los Angeles; even the home game against Nebraska, which saw 67,000 in Memorial Stadium, presented some problems as an estimated 30,000 Cornhusker fans were in attendanceWashington running back coach Wayne Moses spend one season as an assistant coach at Cal during the 1996 season under Steve MariucciA win this week would give Cal three road victories this season, the most since the Bears won three in 1993Starting nose tackle Jacob Waasdorp will celebrate his 19th birthday on Sunday, the day after the Washington game.

Oct. 17, 1998 - 3:30 p.m. PT - HUSKY STADIUM (72,500), SEATTLE, WA

GOLDEN BEAR OFFENSE WR 81 DAMEANE DOUGLAS (6-1, 195, SR, 3V) 7 Ronnie Davenport (6-2, 180, FR, HS) LT 64 JOHN WELBOURN (6-5, 315, SR, 3V) 68 Robert Truhitte (6-5, 290, JR, JC) LG 76 TATE McCALLISTER (6-3, 285, SR, 3V) 60 Reed Diehl (6-4, 285, SO, 1V) C 73 JOHN ROMERO (6-3, 315, JR, 1V) 63 Caleb Brown (6-4, 305, SR, 3V) RG 71 Kevin Doherty (6-5, 300, JR, 1V) 60 Reed Diehl (6-4, 285, SO, 1V) RT 66 LANGSTON WALKER (6-8, 340, FR, RS) 71 Kevin Doherty (6-5, 300, JR, 1V) TE 45 A.J. KUNKLE (6-2, 230, SR, 1V) 32 Corey Smith (6-4, 250, FR, RS) / OR 87 Brian Surgener (6-4, 220, SO, 1V) WR 6 JOEL YOUNG (6-2, 180, JR, 1V) 88 Phillip Pipersburg (5-10, 180, SO, 1V) 1 Bruce Pierre (6-1, 195, SR, 1V) QB 10 JUSTIN VEDDER (6-0, 200, SR, 1V) 5 Samuel Clemons (6-2, 210, FR, RS) FB 46 MIKE FREEMAN (6-1, 240, SR, 1V) 38 Saleem Muhammad (6-0, 195, FR, HS) TB 4 MARCUS FIELDS (6-2, 210, SO, 1V) 35 Marcus Oliver (5-11, 200, SO, 1V) GOLDEN BEAR DEFENSE DE 33 John McLaughlin (6-4, 240, SR, 1V) 58 Mawuko Tugbenyoh (6-1, 235, JR, 2V) / OR 47 Josh Trowridge (6-5 225, SR, 3V) NT 94 JACOB WAASDORP ( 6-2, 250, SO, 1V) 99 Nate Geldermann (6-1, 245, SO, 1V) DT 98 JERRY DeLOACH (6-4, 310, JR, 2V) 99 Nate Geldermann (6-1, 245, SO, 1V) DE 95 JEREMIAH PARKER (6-5, 300, JR, 2V) 97 Andre Carter (6-4, 245, SO, 1V) OLB 13 SEKOU SANYIKA (6-3, 230, JR, 2V) 49 Scott Fujita (6-5, 235, FR, RS) ILB 59 MATT BECK (6-4, 230, JR, 2V) 53 Keith Miller (6-2, 240, JR, RS) ILB 44 Albert Dorsey (6-2, 235, SR, 1V) 43 Jamaal Cherry (6-3, 255, FR, HS) LC 31 DERRICK GARDNER (6-0, 185, SR, 3V) 11 Drae Harris (5-10, 175, JR, RS) FS 2 DAMIAN MARZETT (6-0, 200, JR, JC) / OR 20 PETE DESTEFANO (6-2, 215, JR, 2V) SS 9 MARQUIS SMITH (6-3, 220, SR, 3V) 19 Don Smith (6-2, 210, JR, 1V) RC 25 CHIDI IWUOMA (5-9, 175, SO, 1V) 8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V)

GOLDEN BEAR SPECIALISTS P 89 NICK HARRIS (6-3, 205, SO, 1V) PK 29 TIM WOLLECK (6-0, 220, SR, 1V) KO 27 IGNACIO BRACHE (6-0, 210, JR, 1V) HOLD 89 NICK HARRIS (6-3, 205, SO, 1V) SNAP 94 Jacob Waasdorp (6-2, 250, SO, 1V) PR 8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V) KOR 8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V) 81 DAMEANE DOUGLAS (6-1, 195, SR, 3V)

HUSKY OFFENSE SE 4 JA'WARREN HOOKER (5-11, 165, SO, 1V) /OR 84 TODD ELSTROM (6-3, 190, FR, HS) WT 68 ELLIOT SILVERS (6-6, 300, SO, 1V) 69 Kurth Connell (6-5, 300, JR, 2V) WG 67 TONY COATS (6-7, 310, SR, 3V) 54 Matt Fraize (6-4, 300, SO, 1V) C 51 BRAD HUTT (6-3, 285, SR, 1V) 70 Ben Kadletz (6-2, 310, SR, 3V) SG 71 CHAD WARD (6-5, 315, SO, 1V) 60 Dominic Daste (6-3, 320, SO, 1V) ST 75 AARON DALAN (6-7, 325, SR, 3V) 55 Rock Nelson (6-5, 290, FR, RS) TE 5 REGGIE DAVIS (6-3, 230, SR, 3V) 81 Anthony Mizin (6-4, 255, JR, 2V) QB 11 MARQUES TUIASOSOPO (6-2, 215, SO, 1V) 12 J.K. Scott (6-3, 210, FR, RS) TB 1 WILLIE HURST (5-10, 200, FR, HS) 18 Jason Harris (6-0, 210, SR, 3V) HB 21 JOE JARZNKA (5-7, 175, JR, 2V) 89 Chris Juergens (6-3, 210, FR, HS) FL 80 DANE LOOKER (6-1, 19, JR, TR) 3 Andre DeSaussure (6-2, 205, SR, 3V)

HUSKY DEFENSE SLB 4 JEREMIAH PHARMS (6-1, 235, SO, 2V) 53 Odell George (6-2, 225, SO, TR) DE 99 JOSH SMITH (6-4, 255, SR, 3V) 90 Nick Feigner (6-4, 255, FR, RS) DT 78 MAC TUIAEA (6-6, 290, JR, 2V) 70 Larry Tripplett (6-2, 285, FR, RS) NT 95 JABARI ISSA (6-6, 295, JR, 2V) 76 Ryan Julian (6-6, 275, SO, 1V) ILB 27 MARQUES HAIRSTON (6-2, 235, JR, 2V) 58 Chris Waddell (6-1, 220, SO, RS) ILB 17 LESTER TOWNS (6-3, 240, JR, 2V) 42 Jeff Johnson (6-2, 225, JR, 1V) WLB 23 TODD JOHNSON (6-2, 225, SR, 2V) 24 Derrell Daniels (6-1, 215, SO, 1V) ROV 8 NIGEL BURTON (5-9, 180, SR, 2V) 28 Hakim Weatherspoon (6-0, 185, SR, 1V) FS 13 BRENDAN JONES (5-11, 190, SR, 3V) 5 Hakim Akbar (6-1, 195, FR, HS) CB 11 WONDAME DAVIS (5-11, 170, FR, RS) 3 Renard Edwards (6-2, 195, JR, TR) CB 10 TOURE BUTLER (5-9, 160, SO, 1V) 12 Omare Lowe (6-0, 190, FR, RS)

HUSKY SPECIALISTS P 16 RYAN FLEMING (6-3, 180, JR, SQ) PK 21 JOE JARZNKA (5-7, 175, JR, 2V) HOLD 17 RYAN MILETICH (5-10, 195, SR, SQ) SNAP 77 SCOTT ASK (6-3, 270, FR, HS) KOR 10 TOURE BUTLER (5-9, 160, SO, 1V) 21 JOE JARZYNKA (5-7, 175, JR, 2V) PR 10 TOURE BUTLER (5-9 160 SO), 1V / OR 21 JOE JARZYNKA (5-7, 175, JR, 2V)