Oct 4, 1997
California vs. Louisiana Tech
The Cal defense which had hoped to solve a problem of giving up big plays failed in that attempt as the Bears allowed Louisiana Tech's wide-open offense pass plays of 52, 39, 36 and 27 yards in the first 10 minutes of the game, allowing the Bulldogs to jump out to a 21-7 lead. By halftime, Cal had given up six plays over 20 yards. However, the Bears did perform much better after the opening problems.
Bobby Shaw, who set a Cal record with his ninth 100-yard receiving game of his career (Wesley Walker had the previous record with eight 100-yard games), had his longest reception of his career when he hauled in a 66-yard TD pass in the second quarter. It was also Vedder's longest completion of the season. Shaw had 3 catches for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns by halftime. He now has 7 touchdown receptions this season through the first four games.
The Cal coaching staff elected to sit starting tailback Tarik Smith down, in favor of sophomore Deltha O'Neal and freshman Marcus Fields and they responded by rushing for 198 yards on 31 carries. O'Neal's 66-yard TD run in the first quarter was the longest of his career and the longest by a Cal back since Smith went 90 yards against San Diego State on Sept. 14, 1996.
The game featured 54 first downs (28 by Cal and 26 by Louisiana Tech). The most first downs in any game Cal has ever played in was against Missouri on October 5, 1985 when the Bears (24) and the Tigers (35) combined for 59 first downs during 39-32 Cal victory in Columbia, MO.
Vedder's 21-yard scramble in the third quarter was his longest of the sesaon. It was the longest by a Cal quarterback since Pat Barnes also went 21 yards on a scramble in 1993.
When Deltha O'Neal's 74-yard touchdown catch was called back due to a holding penalty, it was the fourth touchdown Cal has had called back due to penalties this season. O'Neal has had some tough luck in that department as he also had an 86-yard punt return for a TD against Oklahoma. The Bears had a pair of TDs called back against Houston and a successful two-point conversion against USC negated by a penalty.