Cal vs. Nebraska Game Notes
Tidbits from today's game.
September 12, 1998
Game Notes California vs. Nebraska September 12, 1998
Streaks and W/L Notes Nebraska's 21-3 victory over Cal today marks the 17th-straight win for the Cornhuskers and their 63rd victory in their last 66 games. 67,397 fans attended today's game, the second-largest crowd in Memorial Stadium for a non-conference game since Notre Dame defeated Cal 28-6 before 68,500 fans on October 10, 1959. The last time Cal faced a defending national champion, Miami came away with a 52-24 victory in the home-opener of the 1990 season. Nebraska now owns a 2-0 record against California (the Cornhuskers defeated Cal 36-26 on September 9, 1978 in Lincoln in their only other meeting). Cal had opened the season with 2-0 records each of the two previous seasons.
Nebraska's 24 points in today's game represents the lowest point total for the Cornhuskers since it won 17-12 over Colorado, Nov. 29, 1996. Over the past 13 seasons, Nebraska has averaged at least 35 points per game. In fact, prior to today's game the Huskers had scored at least 35 points in all but 12 of their previous 53 games.
Scoring Drive Tidbits After Nebraska scored a touchdown on its opening possession, the Cal defense rose to the occasion and held Nebraska scoreless on its next two possessions. On Nebraska's fourth possession, however, QB Eric Crouch scored his second TD of the game to put Nebraska up 14-0.
Cal missed a golden opportunity to get on the scoreboard with 7:02 left to play before halftime when junior kicker Ignacio Brache missed a 36-yard field goal.
Cal got on the board with 6:42 to go in the third courtesy of a 38-yard field goal by senior Tim Wolleck. This marks the second FG of his career and the longest. His other conversion was 22 yards at Arizona, Nov. 15, 1997, with time winding down in regulation to send the game into overtime. Cal is now 1-for-3 on field goals this season. Kicking Game Notes --O'Neil Makes Impact Cal's junior play-maker Deltha O'Neal returned a Nebraska kickoff 49 yards. It was Cal's longest kickoff return since O'Neal returned a kickoff 53 yards against Oklahoma last season. In the second quarter, O'Neil also returned a punt 18 yards.
Receiving Notes -- Douglas Shines Again Senior wide receiver Dameane Douglas finished the day with 5 catches for 124 yards to move into a tie with George Freitas (1974-77) for 12th place on the Cal career receiving list with 110. He now needs only two more catches to move into the top 10 on the receiving chart (Iheanyi Uwaezuoke had 112 receptions from 1992-95). Over Cal's last four games (including the last two games of last season), Douglas has caught 38 passes for 543 yards (averaging 9.5 catches and 135.8 yards per game over that stretch). Douglas now has four 100+ yard receiving games in his career. Douglas's 40 yard catch in the third quarter was his longest reception of the season.
Freshman wide receiver Ronnie Davenport made his first career reception with under five minutes to go for 22 yards.
Positive Passing Plays Vedder's 44-yard completion to A.J. Kunkle with under 2 minutes left in the third quarter was Cal's longest pass-play of the season.
With 0:19 left in the game, redshirt-freshman quarterback Samuel Clemons saw action on the field for the first time in his career. He was promptly sacked on the last play of the game.h
Defensive Gems Cal junior free safety Pete Destefano had a career-high 14 tackles, 10 by halftime. Cal's defense had 3 sacks in today's game. In Nebraska's two previous games this season, the Cornhuskers had only allowed one sack. With only 6 seconds left before halftime, Cal DB Deltha O'Neal intercepted a pass, the first of his career and Cal's third interception of the season. The Bears had only four interceptions all last year. Sekou Sanyika followed up his three-tackle, two-interception performance last week with 11 tackles, including four for a loss, in today's game. Andre Carter recorded his first sack of the season and the 4 1/2 of his career late in the fourth quarter.