Football Prepares for Arizona
Bears host No. 9 Arizona.
Cal-Arizona: The Series
Bears TV Favorite in '98
With the Cal-Arizona game being picked up by the Fox Sports Syndicated Package Network, it means that eight of Cal's 11 games this season will be shown live. The Bears were on ABC regional TV twice (Washington State, UCLA), on Fox Sports Net once (Nebraska) and on the Fox Syndicated Network twice (Washington, Arizona). In addition, Fox Sports Bay Area aired the Oklahoma and USC games live, while KGO TV in San Francisco will show the 101st Big Game next week. Cal's games at Oregon State and Arizona State were also shown on a delay basis by FSBA, meaning the Bears final 10 games were on some type of TV.
Cal and Arizona meet for the 20th time, with the Wildcats owning a narrow 8-8-2 series edge. The game has features several close games, especially the last two seasons when both contests when into overtime. On Nov. 2, 1996, Cal outlasted Arizona, 56-55, in four overtimes. The game featured more than 1200 yards of total offense, and Cal QB Pat Barnes set a Pac-10 record with 8 TD passes. Last Nov. 15 in Tucson, the Wildcats beat the Bears, 41-28, in double OT. Cal scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 31-31, but Mark McDonald's 43-yard field goal in the second extra period proved to the the difference.
Douglas Nears Pac-10 Record
Senior wide receiver Dameane Douglas will have an opportunity to put his name atop the Pac-10 record book this Saturday. He enters the game with 81 catches on the season, just nine shy of the conference mark of 90 set by USC's Keyshawn Johnson in 1995. Douglas has had at least 10 catches in each of his last three games, including 15 at Oregon State Oct. 31. His OSU total and his 81 catches on the year are both Cal records. For his career, Douglas has 176 receptions, just four shy of Bobby Shaw's school career mark of 180.
Game No. 10 Arizona Wildcats (9-1, 5-1 Pac-10)
California Golden Bears (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10)
Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998, Memorial Stadium (75,028 - Grass)
Kickoff 3:30 p.m.
Television Televised live on the Fox Sports Syndicated Package
Attendance A crowd of 40,000 is expected.
Complete Cal Football information can be found on Cal's official web site at www.calbears.com. Arizona's web site is www.arizcats.com.
Cal Radio Network
The game will be aired live over KGO Radio (810 AM) San Francisco and the five-station Cal Radio Network. Other stations on the network are: 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 Radio on the Internet
All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard on the Internet at www.broadcast. com/sports/ncaa/california. Visit the site and download the necessary software, then log on at game time to catch the Bears live
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.
W L W L
UCLA 6 0 8 0
Arizona 5 1 9 1
USC 5 2 7 3
Oregon 4 2 7 2
Arizona State 4 2 5 4
California 3 3 5 4
Washington 3 3 5 4
Oregon State 1 6 4 6
Washington State 0 6 3 6
Stanford 0 6 1 8
Around the Pac-10
Arizona State at Oregon; Washington State at Stanford; UCLA at Washington. Oregon State and USC are idle.
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 8-12 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.
Dick Tomey, Arizona (DePauw '60) is in his 12th season at Arizona, having compiled an 81-52-4 record. In 22 years at the collegiate level, he is 144-98-7. After serving as an assistant coach at Miami, OH (1962-63), Northern Illinois ('64), Davidson ('65-66), Kansas ('67-70) and UCLA ('71-76), Tomey took over as head coach at Hawaii in 1977. The 1981 WAC Coach of the Year, he guided the Rainbows to a 33-24-2 record through the 1986 season. Since he has been at Arizona, Tomey has taken the Wildcats to six bowls and a tie for the 1993 Pac-10 title.
The first 8,000 fans 14 and under at Saturday's Cal-Arizona game will receive a free Cal Bean Bear. In addition, Saturday is Alumni Band Day.
Arizona Road Accommodations
The Arizona travel party will arrive in the Bay Area Friday and will stay at the Concord Hilton (925-827-2000). Sports Information Director Tom Duddleston and Assistant SID Dave Hardee will accompany the team.
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 Arizona State game, the play was a 72-yard touchdown run by tailback Marcus Fields. The play was the longest of his career and the longest for Cal this season.
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 Arizona State game is sophomore tailback Marcus Fields, who ran six times for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 49 yards and a TD.
This Week Next Game
Arizona (9-1, 5-1) Stanford (1-8, 0-6)
Sept. 3 at Hawaii, 27-6 Sept. 5 San Jose State, 23-35
Sept. 12 at Stanford, 31-14 Sept. 12 Arizona, 14-31
Sept. 19 Iowa, 35-11 Sept. 19 North Carolina, 37-34
Sept. 24 at San Diego St., 35-16 Sept. 26 at Oregon, 28-63
Oct. 3 at Washington, 31-28 Oct. 3 at Notre Dame, 17-35
Oct. 10 UCLA, 28-52 Oct. 10 Oregon State, 23-30
Oct. 17 at Oregon State, 28-7 Oct. 22 at Arizona State, 38-44
Oct. 24 NE Louisiana, 45-7 Oct. 31 at UCLA, 24-28
Oct. 31 Oregon, 38-3 Nov. 7 USC, 9-34
Nov. 7 Washington State, 41-7 Nov. 14 Washington State
Nov. 14 at California Nov. 21 at California
Nov. 27 Arizona State
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Cal-Arizona Media Notes
Bears Return Home for Final 2 Games, Host 3rd Top 10 Team in 9-1 Arizona
After playing through a challenging streak of four road contests in the last five games, the Cal Football team returns home to Memorial Stadium to close out the season with a pair of crucial match-ups. This week's game against No. 9 ranked Arizona marks the third time this year Cal has hosted a nationally ranked team the first time in history that the Bears have taken on a trio of teams ranked the Associated Press Top 10 in Berkeley. Earlier this season, Memorial Stadium was the site when Cal took on No. 4 ranked Nebraska and No. 2 ranked UCLA. While Cal lost those games, the Bears are generally tough to beat at home, having won 27 of their last 44 games in Memorial Stadium. Below is a list of the seasons in which Cal has faced three or more A.P. Top 10 teams.
Cal's Schedules Facing Associated Press Top 10 Teams
1998 vs. No. 4 Nebraska (24-3L), vs. No. 4 UCLA (28-16L), vs. No. 9 Arizona
1976 at No. 4 Oklahoma (28-17L), vs. No. 4 UCLA (35-19L), at No. 4 USC (20-6L)
1972 at No. 2 Colorado (20-10L), vs. No. 3 Ohio State (35-18L), at No. 1 USC (42-14L)
1969 vs. No. 4 Texas (17-0L), at No. 8 UCLA (32-0L), vs. No. 6 USC (14-9L)
1967 at No. 1 Notre Dame (41-8L),at No. 4 UCLA (37-14L), vs. No. 1 USC (31-12L)
Cal-Arizona Hook Up In One of College Football's Most Exciting Rivalries It is truly unfortunate that this Saturday's game between Cal and Arizona this Saturday will be the last between the two schools until 2001. As part of the Pac-10's schedule rotation, the two schools miss each other the next two seasons and that's too bad because Cal and Arizona have put on one entertaining show after another during the 19-game series. Being a favorite in the exciting Cal-Arizona series isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Point spreads in the rivalry are practically meaningless as the underdog has come away the victory 6 of the past 10 games and the favorite almost never has won by as many points as the odds-makers have predicted. The favorite has walked away with a win just 7 times in the 19 games between the two schools. The Bears hold a 9-8-2 lead in a series which dates back to 1978 and have won 6 of the past 10 games. On the other hand, Arizona has won three of the last four games. There have been an uncanny number of last-second decisions in the series with no less than 16 of the 19 games being decided by a touchdown or less and the outcome in doubt in the last two minutes of the game. The last 10 games have been decided by a cumulative 35 points. Last year, the two teams played their second consecutive overtime game with the Cats escaping with a 41-38 decision in two overtimes. When tailback Tarik Smith dropped a sure game-winning 5-yard TD pass at the goalline with less than a minute to go and UA eventually won it, it started a Wildcat run that has seen them win 12 of their last 13 games. In the last meeting in Berkeley, Cal QB Pat Barnes set a Cal record with 503 passing yards while he also set a Pac-10 mark with 8 touchdown passes in a wild 56-55 four-overtime Cal win. Arizona lost when it elected to fake an extra point and was unsuccessful in a two-point conversion attempt in the final overtime. Arizona receiver Jeremy McDaniel had a school record 283 receiving yards on 14 catches wile Wildcat QB Keith Smith threw for 418 yards (25-35-0 interceptions) with 4 touchdowns. The series in Berkeley stands dead even at 3-3-2.
Year, Final Score, Favorite, Notes
1978 Cal 33-20 Cal by 2 Win gives Cal 2-0 conference
record, both games on the road.
1979 Cal 10-7 UA by 7 Joe Cooper's 31-yard field goal
with 2 seconds left gives Cal win in Tucson; Rich Campbell sets Cal completion percentage record (22-26, .846), 200 yards.
1980* Arizona 31-24 Cal by 6 Cal blows 21-3 halftime and 24-10
4th quarter leads and fumbles at own 2-yard-line with just over a minute to play to set up winning Cat TD.
1981 Cal 14-13 UA by 5 Arizona opts for 2-point conversion
try with 4:52 left but a Tom Tunnicliffe pass is batted down by John Sullivan.
1983* Tie 33-33 UA by 11 Bears battle back from a 26-3 halftime
deficit vs. No. 3 ranked Arizona to post a tie on Randy Pratt's 22-yard FG with 48 seconds left; his 62-yarder at end is short
1984 Arizona 24-13 UA by 4 Arizona holds potent "Air Cal" attack
to just 174 yards in both teams' opener.
1985* Arizona 23-17 UA by 5 UA's Allen Durden intercepts Cal bid
for upset with a pick of Kevin Brown pass at the Arizona 6-yard-line with less than 2 minutes in the game.
1986 Arizona 33-16 UA by 21 Arizona scores on first 4 possessions of
2nd half to take charge of a 13-10 game.
1987* Tie 23-23 AU by 10 Bears come back from a 16-7 deficit to tie
on a Troy Taylor to Rob Bimson TD with 3:36 left; UA fumbles away potential win at Cal 26 with 42 seconds left.
1988 Cal 10-7 UA by 10 Troy Taylor hits Vince Delgado with 55-yard
TD with 8:21 to post upset.
1989* Cal 29-28 UA by 12 Bears post then-biggest come-from-behind win
in Memorial Stadium history as they rally from 21-0 deficit as Taylor throws for 372 yards.
1990 Cal 30-25 UA by 12 Cal upsets undefeated 16th-ranked Cats but
UA has the ball at the Cal 14 in the final minute before a 4th down pass attempt is intercepted by Ray Sanders at the 8.
1991 Cal 23-21 Cal by 3.5 Cal blows 17-0 lead, but marches from own 3
to UA 15 in last 2:02 and Doug Brien hits 33-yard field goal at gun to provide 23-21 victory.
1992* Arizona 24-17 Cal by 3 After Arizona built a 24-3 3rd quarter lead,
Cal cut the margin to a TD with 1:11 left but Cal missed on the ensuing on-side kick attempt and UA ran out the clock.
1993* Cal 24-20 UA by 8 Cal rallies from 20-0 deficit with 2 TDs in
last 5 minutes and holds off final UA threat as Wildcat drive ends at Cal 19 in final minute of play.
1994 Arizona 13-6 UA by 18 Cal gave No. 18 ranked Arizona a scare but
a pair of officials' decisions cost the Bears; the Bears drove to UA 20 with 2:25 left in game, but couldn't convert.
1995 Arizona 20-15 UA by 6 Cal receivers drops three straight first down
passes in UA territory in the final 3 minutes of game and Arizona holds on for a 5-point victory.
1996* Cal 56-55(4ot) UA by 11 Cal and Arizona combine for 12 TD passes with
0 interceptions; Bears blow 35-21 4th qtr lead, but win when fake UA extra point in 4th OT fails & Cal escapes with 56-55 win.
1997 Ariz. 41-38(2 ot) UA by 11.5 Cal marches 75 yards (20 plays) in final 4:27,
but Tarik Smith drops game-winning TD pass at goal line with 0:43. Cal settles for tying FG in regulation, eventually losing on 43-yd FG.
* indicates Cal home game
Bears Need Home Cooking As Winning Record, Possible Bowl Berth On Line Cal's loss last week at Arizona State was disappointing in many ways as the Bears fell to 3-3 in conference play. However, the Bears remain just one game out of third place and have a lot to play for as the school bids for its first winning record in three seasons and the program's fifth bowl berth of the current decade. The Pac-10 has five guaranteed bowl berths, but there are many variables. If UCLA can sneak into the national championship Fiesta Bowl and Arizona can move into the Bowl Championship Series, the league would then have six guaranteed bowl spots. In addition, the Las Vegas Bowl may have an interest in a Pacific-10 team as it selected a 6-5 Oregon squad last year despite a 3-5 conference record.
Pac-10 Race - The November Stretch Run
Team Pac-10 Record of Opponents Remaining Games
USC 5-2 8-0 at 8-0 UCLA, (vs. Notre Dame)
Oregon 4-2 9-10 vs. 5-4 Arizona State, at 4-6 Oregon State
Arizona St. 4-2 16-3 at 7-2 Oregon, at 9-1 Arizona
Cal 3-3 10-9 vs. 9-1 Arizona, vs. 1-8 Stanford
Washington 3-3 16-7 vs. 8-0 UCLA, at 3-6 Washington State
The Big Match-up: Cal WR Dameane Douglas vs. Arizona DB Chris McAlister
While football is a quintessential team game, this week's match-up between Cal and Arizona offers one of the most exciting match-ups of the college football season. Cal receiver Dameane Douglas is clearly one of the top receivers in the nation and is in the midst of a sensational three-game streak that has seen him catch 35 passes. He'll go against Arizona cornerback Chris McAlister, who many consider the top defensive back in the nation. McAlister is on a hot streak of his own as he intercepted a pass last week in the game against Washington State and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. Earlier this season he had a kickoff return for a TD against Hawaii and a punt return for a TD against NE Louisiana. He has 13 career interceptions. It may be a little misleading to cast this as simply a McAlister-Douglas battle as the Bears West Coast offensive system will move Douglas around in motion and put him in situations where it's virtually impossible for one player to cover him on every play. Still, the two players will have plenty of opportunity to test their skills against each other. Below is a list of what each players has done during their two games in the Cal-Arizona series (neither played in 1994 game).
Dameane Douglas vs. Arizona Chris McAlister vs. California
1995 6 Catches, 83 Yards, 2 Touchdowns 4 Unassisted Tackles (2 for loss),
1 break-up, 2-59 ko returns
1996 12 Catches, 143 yards, 0 Touchdowns 6 Unassisted Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble,
6-148 ko returns
Dameane Douglas Taking Dead Aim at Keyshawn Johnson's Pac-10 Record
Cal senior Dameane Douglas claimed another school record last week as he became Cal's all-time single-season receiving leader with 81 catches on the current season. He is on the best three-game streak in Cal history as he came up with 10 catches against UCLA, followed it up with a school-record 15 catches at Oregon State (tied for the second best single-game mark in Pac-10 history) and came back last week with 10 catches against Arizona State. He now ranks No. 2 in the nation in receiving with 9.0 receptions per game and is No. 13 in receiving yardage (103.1 yards per game). Because he got hot late, he has missed out on a lot of national attention as he is not even listed among the 10 semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver. However, his stats are getting harder and harder to ignore. He'll likely break another Cal record this week as he needs five catches to overtake Bobby Shaw's Cal career receiving record (180). More significantly, he is taking aim at the Pacific-10 single-season record of 90, set by USC's Keyshawn Johnson in 1995.
Cal Career Receiving
1. Bobby Shaw (1994-97) 180 2731 15.2 27
2. Dameane Douglas (1995-) 176 2113 12.0 13
Pac-10 Single-Season Receiving Pac-10 Career Receiving
1. Keyshawn Johnson (1995) 90 n 1. Darrin Nelson (1977-81) 223
2. Troy Walters (1997) 86 2. Johnnie Morton (1990-93) 201
3. Dameane Douglas (1998) 81 T5. Dameane Douglas (1995-) 176*
*Could move up this week as Bobby Shaw is No. 4
at 180 and Brad Muster is No. 3 at 194.
Cal Single-Season Receiving
1. Dameane Douglas (1998) 81 928 11.5 4
2. Bobby Shaw (1997) 75 1093 14.6 10
Despite Poor Outing at Arizona State, Cal Defense Still Rates Highly in Pac-10
Without question, Cal's defensive outing at Arizona State was the team's worst of the season. The Bears dominated action early in the game, holding the Sun Devils to a minus six yards in their first three offensive drives and shutting them out in the first quarter. Cal actually held 33 of Arizona State's 42 rushing attempts to 2 yards or less. However, an early injury to tackle Jerry DeLoach and poor secondary coverage finally caught up to the Bears and the Sun Devils exploded for 52 points to win going away. However, the final stats showed the Bears didn't give up an inordinate amount of yardage as Arizona State only had 355 yards of total offense. With Cal giving up six turnovers (5 interceptions and a fumble), ASU had scoring drives of 1 yard, 37 yards, -10 yards, 32 yards, 2 yards and 58 yards). Still, Cal clearly didn't play or tackle well and will need to bounce back this week against an Arizona offense that is on a roll. The Wildcats have one of the nation's most balanced offensive attacks, averaging more than 200 yards on the ground and through the air. Overall, Arizona is No. 21 in NCAA total offense, averaging 434.6 yards a game. How Cal finishes this season will tell a lot about the Bears future as Cal will return a minimum of eight players from this defense next season, including several potential All-America candidates (Matt Beck, Sekou Sanyika, Jerry DeLoach, Andre Carter). Other returning starters will be Jacob Waasdorp, Pete Destefano, Chidi Iwuoma and Mawuko Tugbenyoh, with Deltha O'Neal rating as a part-time starter.
Cal Career Receiving 1. Bobby Shaw (1994-97) 180 2731 15.2 27 2. Dameane Douglas (1995-) 176 2113 12.0 13
Pac-10 Single-Season Receiving Pac-10 Career Receiving 1. Keyshawn Johnson (1995) 90 n 1. Darrin Nelson (1977-81) 223 2. Troy Walters (1997) 86 2. Johnnie Morton (1990-93) 201 3. Dameane Douglas (1998) 81 T5. Dameane Douglas (1995-) 176* *Could move up this week as Bobby Shaw is No. 4 at 180 and Brad Muster is No. 3 at 194.
Cal's Dramatic Turnaround over the Last Three Years
1999 (9 games)
23.8 ppg (T3rd in Pac-10)
338.7 ypg (3rd in Pac-10)
105.4 rating (3rd in Pac-10)
146.0 ypg (6th in Pac-10)
+0.67 topg (4th in Pac-10)
1996 (11 games)* 1997 (11 games)
Scoring Defense 33.2 ppg (9th in Pac-10) 30.8 ppg (10th in Pac-10)
Total Defense 460.3 ypg (10th in Pac-10) 381.4 ypg (8th in Pac-10)
Pass Eff. Defense 137.8 rating (10th in Pac) 139.9 (10th in Pac-10)
Rushing Defense 189.5 (9th in Pac-10) 144.4 ypg (7th in Pac-10)
Turnover Margin -0.6 topg (9th in Pac-10) +0.0 topg (7th in Pac-10)
* does not include bowl game
Sophomore Duo of Jacob Waasdorp and Nate Geldermann Playing Big at NT
Two of the more undersized players on any Pac-10 defensive line are Cal sophomores Jacob Waasdorp and Nate Geldermann. The two have split nose tackle duties this season with solid results. However, with the loss of massive defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach on the first play of the ASU game last week, the two had to man both interior defensive line positions for the rest of the contest in Tempe. That was a tall order in view of the fact that Waasdorp weighs 250 pounds and Geldermann is 245 pounds, meaining both give up an average of 50 pounds against opponent offensive linemen on every play. However, the weight measurement ignores the size of each player's heart and desire. That tends to even the playing field and both players have more than held their own this season. Waasdorp has been coming on in a big way late in the year. He was the team's highest grading defensive lineman the last three games. At Oregon State, he sacked Beaver QB Jonathan Smith on the final series of the game to help clinch a Cal victory. Last week, he had a career-best five tackles for loss (minus 24 yards), including two sacks, and forced a fumble. Geldermann also contributed a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a four-yard loss. With DeLoach's status this week in doubt, Waasdorp and Geldermann will be asked to take on an Arizona interior offensive line that features 337-pound offensive guard Yusuf Scott.
1999 (9 games) 23.8 ppg (T3rd in Pac-10) 338.7 ypg (3rd in Pac-10) 105.4 rating (3rd in Pac-10) 146.0 ypg (6th in Pac-10) +0.67 topg (4th in Pac-10)
Bear Defenders Get Stronger in the Second Half A mark of a good defense is one that gets stronger as the game goes on, and dominating play in the second half has been a hallmark of the Golden Bear defense this season. The Bears have held opponents to fewer yards in the second half in seven of Cal's nine games thus far, including five straight games. Below is a comparison of what opponents have gained in the first half vs. the second half and a list of Cal's opponent drives in the second half this season.
Cal Defensive Performance First Half vs. Second Half and Opponent 2nd Half Drives
Opponent 1st Half Yards 2nd Half Yards 2nd Half Drives (yards and result)
Houston 145 yards 76 yards -10 (punt), 35 (punt), 26 (fg) /
5 (punt), 13 (punt), 8 (punt), -1
(punt), 0 (downs)
Nebraska 284 yards 150 yards -16 (punt), 0 (punt), 31 (punt) / 64
(missed FG), -1 (punt), 64 (TD),
9 (downs), -1 (fg)
Oklahoma 162 yards 170 yards 47* (fg), 1 (punt), 31 (interception) /
83 (fg), 2 (punt), 16 (game over)
*roughing punter penalty
WSU 64 yards 269 yards 75 (td), 50 (interception), 4 (punt),
60 (td) / 5 (punt), 37 (punt), 9 (punt),
17 (downs), -4 (interception), 16 (game over)
USC 296 yards 69 yards 7 (punt), -8 (safety), 50 (fumble) /
7 (punt), 13 (fumble), 0 (punt)
Wash. 176 yards 70 yards 9 (punt), -1 (punt), 27 (punt), 20 (punt) /
14 (punt), 1 (fumble), 0 (interception),
3 (punt), 7 (punt), -10 (downs).
UCLA 208 yards 173 yards -5 (punt), 7 (punt), 8 (punt), 67 (TD) /
57 (punt) 31 (game over)
Oregon St 220 yards 161 yards 1 (punt), 1 (punt), 44 yards (interception),
48 (punt), -2 (fumble), 0 (punt),
46 (fumble), 10 (end of game)
ArizonaSt 210 yards 145 yards 10 (punt), 37 (TD), 3 (punt), 59 (TD),
2 (field goal), 2 (punt), 32 (TD),
4 (punt), 19 (end of game)
Sanyika and Beck May Rate as Top Linebacker Duo in the Pac-10
Sekou Sanyika continued his streak of having at least one tackle for loss in every game this season with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage. He has a stranglehold on the Pac-10 lead in tackles for loss with 22 for minus 121 yards. The closest competitor is teammate Matt Beck, who has 15 for minus 57 yards. He had another huge game last week as he was not only credited with 9 tackles at Arizona State, but he recorded 4 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 11 yards. The Cal single-season record for tackles for loss is 26.5 held for the past 15 years by Ron Rivera (1983). Below is a list of the impact games Sanyika and Beck have had during their Cal careers.
Impact Games for Sekou Sanyika and Matt 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
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
USC 10/10/98 Had 3 tackles for loss for -20 yards,
including a sack of QB for safety
that started Cal comeback
Washington 10/17/98 Had 4 tackles for loss for -20 yards,
including a pair of sacks, one of which
caused a fumble
UCLA 10/24/98 Had 2 tackles for loss for -6 yards,
including one for a safety
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
Oregon State 10/31/98 Had 8 tackles, including 3 behind the line
(1 sack), forced one fumble &
Arizona State 11/7/98 Had 9 tackles, including 4 behind
the line of scrimmage for -11 yards.
Miscellaneous Notes, Et Cetera, Three-dot Data Deltha O'Neal has a Cal school record for kickoff returns that has stood for almost 50 years (29.5 ypr by Frank Brunk in 1949) in his sights as 29.2 ypr average ranks No. 7 in the NCAA; he also is nationally ranked (No. 32) in punt returns with a 10.6 average)...Cal may only rank sixth in the league in rushing defense, but an analysis of the stats shows that Cal has held opponents to two yards or fewer on 55.2 percent of their rushing attempts (206 of 373 rushes; including 33 of 49 ASU rushes last week); however the leading rusher in the Pac-10 Conference comes to Berkeley this week in Arizona's Trung Canidate, who is averaging 94.2 yards a game; Candidate has broken TD runs of 75 and 45 yards last week vs. Washington State, in addition to a 67-yard run vs. UCLA and a 71-yard TD run vs. Oregon
GOLDEN BEAR OFFENSE
GOLDEN BEAR SPECIALISTS
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 65 BRANDON LUDWIG (6-4, 280, FR, RS)
76 Tate McCallister (6-3, 285, SR, 3V)
C 73 JOHN ROMERO (6-3, 315, JR, 1V)
63 Caleb Brown (6-4, 305, SR, 3V)
RG 75 KEVIN SWILLIS (6-5, 315, SR, 3V)
71 Kevin Doherty (6-5, 300, JR, 1V)
RT 66 LANGSTON WALKER (6-8, 340, FR, RS)
71 Kevin Doherty (6-5, 300, JR, 1V)
TE 87 BRIAN SURGENER (6-4, 220, SO, 1V)
45 A.J. Kunkle (6-2, 230, SR, 1V) / OR
32 Corey Smith (6-4, 250, FR, RS)
WR 6 JOEL YOUNG (6-2, 180, JR, 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 40 JOSHUA WHITE (5-11, 240, JR, 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 58 MAWUKO TUGBENYOH (6-1, 235, JR, 2V)
33 John McLaughlin (6-4, 240, SR, 1V)
NT 94 JACOB WAASDORP ( 6-2, 250, SO, 1V)
85 Eric Brandon (6-5, 260, SR, 2V)
DT 99 NATE GELDERMANN (6-1, 245, SO, 1V)
85 Eric Brandon (6-5, 260, SR, 2V)
DE 97 ANDRE CARTER (6-4, 245, SO, 1V)
95 Jeremiah Parker (6-5, 300, JR, 2V)
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)
8 Deltha O'Neal (5-11, 190, JR, 2V)
FS 20 PETE DESTEFANO (6-2, 215, JR, 2V)
2 Damian Marzett (6-0, 200, JR, JC)
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)
11 Drae Harris (5-10, 175, JR, RS)
P 89 NICK HARRIS (6-3, 205, SO, 1V)
PK 27 IGNACIO BRACHE (6-0, 210, JR, 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)
WR 15 JEREMY McDANIEL (6-1, 198, SR, 1V)
19 Brandon Nash (6-1, 202, SO, 1V)
LT 79 EDWIN MULITALO (6-4, 345, SR, 1V)
76 Makai Freitas (6-7, 283, SO, 1V)
LG 66 STEVEN GRACE (6-2, 271, FR, RS)
77 Makoa Freitas (6-4, 280, FR, HS)
C 70 BRUCE WIGGINS (6-3, 275, SO, AV)
66 Steven Grace (6-2, 271, FR, RS)
RG 72 YUSUF SCOTT (6-3, 337, JR, 2V)
71 Marques McFadden (6-4, 316, SO, SQ)
RT 67 Manuia Savea (6-2, 296, JR, JC)
71 Marques McFadden (6-4, 316, SO, SQ)
TE 88 MIKE LUCKY (6-7, 274, SR, 3V)
90 Brandon Manumaleuna (6-2, 286, SO, 1V)
QB 12 KEITH SMITH (5-11, 202, JR, 2V) / OR
16 ORTEGE JENKINS (6-2, 224, SO, 1V)
RB 30 TRUNG CANIDATE (5-11, 199, JR, 2V)
38 Kelvin Eafon (5-11, 217, SR, 2V)
RB 38 KELVIN EAFON (5-11, 217, SR, 2V)
32 Paul Shields (6-1, 229, SR, 1V)
WR 8 DENNIS NORTHCUTT (5-11, 172, JR, 2V)
13 Brad Brennan (5-10, 173, JR, 2V)
DE 99 JOE TAFOYA (6-4, 255, SO, 1V)
54 Alex Luna (6-1, 224, FR, RS)
DT 48 DANEIL GREER (6-2, 264, SR, 3V)
94 James Lewis (6-5, 280, JR, 1V)
DT 56 KEONI FRASER (6-0, 287, FR, HS)
58 Anthony Thomas (6-1, 282, SO, 1V)
DE 91 ELI WNEK (6-2, 240, FR, RS) / OR
55 MIKE ROBERTSON (6-2, 225, SO, JC)
OLB 31 DaSHON POLK (6-2, 230, JR, 2V)
82 Robert Bonillas (6-1, 233, SR, 3V)
ILB 40 MARCUS BELL (6-2, 231, JR, 2V)
52 Adrian Koch (5-8, 212, SO, 1V)
ILB 6 SCOOTER SPROTTE (5-11, 219, JR, 2V)
46 Stadford Glover (6-0, 230, JR, 1V)
CB 5 KELVIN HUNTER (5-9, 169, JR, 2V)
7 Charles Nash (5-10, 184, FR, RS)
SS 24 GREG PAYNE JR. (5-10, 192, JR, JC) / OR
2 LaCHAUX RICH (5-10, 192, SR, 3V)
FS 1 RAFELL JONES (5-10, 193, JR, 2V)
18 A.J. Brown (5-11, 196, FR, RS)
CB 11 CHRIS McALISTER (6-1, 206, SR, 2V)
20 Manuel Golden (5-10, 188, Fr, RS)
P 17 RYAN SPRINGSTON (5-11, 210, SR, 1V)
PK 39 MARK McDONALD (6-1, 200, JR, 2V)
KO 39 MARK McDONALD (6-1, 200, JR, 2V)
HOLD 17 RYAN SPRINGSTON (5-11, 210, SR, 1V)
SNAP 84 NATE CAMPBELL (6-2, 205, SO, SQ)
PR 8 DENNIS NORTHCUTT (5-11, 172, JR, 2V)
KOR 8 DENNIS NORTHCUTT (5-11, 172, JR, 2V)
15 JEREMY McDANIEL (6-1, 198, SR, 1V)
GOLDEN BEAR SPECIALISTS