Nov. 1, 1997

California-Oregon State Game Notes

  • California (3-5, 1-4) returned home to Memorial Stadium for the first time in three weeks and defeated Oregon State (3-5, 0-5), 33-14. It was the Bears first conference win after seven straight league losses dating back to last season. Cal's last league win was Nov. 2, 1996 in the triple overtime victory over Arizona (56-55). The Bears now have a 30-20 edge in the rivalry versus Oregon State, which dates back to the 1905 season. The Bears have won five straight and 14 of the last 20 games versus the Beavers. Cal has won 21 of the 31 games played in Berkeley, including 11 of the past 13 tilts.

  • Cal's 26 points in the second quarter were the fifth-most points the Bears have ever scored in a quarter. It was the most points Cal scored in a single quarter since the Bears tallied 24 points versus Washington State Nov. 4, 1995 at Memorial Stadium.

  • For the game, Cal had 423 yards of total offense. That represents the fifth time this season the Bears have had over 400 yards of total offense.

  • Oregon State only had six yards of total offense in the first quarter and the Beavers didn't complete their first pass until 1:19 left in the first half. For the game, Oregon State only had 207 yards, the fewest yards since Cal allowed 165 yards at Houston Sept. 6. The Beavers 14 points are the fewest points the Bears have yielded to a conference opponent since Cal gave up 11 points to Washington State in a 27-11 victory at Memorial Stadium Nov. 4, 1995.

  • Cal, which entered the Oregon State game with just 16 sacks on the season, had five sacks for minus 35 yards today. Senior Brandon Whiting had one sack today and now has five sacks for the '97 season. Whiting is currently in third place on the Cal all-time career sack list with 21.5 sacks. He needs only one more sack to move past Ron Rivera (1980-83) for second place on the career sack list.

  • Senior wide receiver Bobby Shaw, who led the Pac-10 and ranked third in the country with an average of 8.14 receptions per game entering today's game, finished the contest with four catches for 27 yards. Shaw needs just two more catches to pass Brian Treggs for Cal's all-time reception mark. He now has 166 receptions in his career, while Treggs grabbed 167 catches from 1988-91.

  • A semifnalist for the 1997 Fred Biletnikoff Award, Shaw already owns the school mark for receiving yardage with 2,586 yards. He also has 11 100-yard receiving games, better than the previous Cal mark of eight set by Wesley Walker from 1973-76. With a total of 61 receptions this season, Shaw is just five catches shy of setting a new school record for single season receptions set by Sean Dawkins (65 in 1992). In terms of yards, Shaw now has 948 yards and needs just 123 yards to pass Dawkins (1070 yards in 1992) for the top spot.

  • Junior Dameane Douglas had a season-best day yardage-wise with 85 yards on five catches and two touchdown receptions. It was Douglas' third 80-yard plus day of his career.

  • Today, Tarik Smith had a season-high 90 yards in the first half and finished the day with 125 yards on 25 carries. It was Smith's best rushing performance since Sept. 14, 1996 when he had 174 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. It was his third 100-yard plus rushing effort of his career. Fellow tailback Marcus Fields 31-yard touchdown run with 12:57 in the second quarter was a career-long run from scrimage. Fields had 54 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.

  • Cal quarterback Justin Vedder threw four touchdowns in the first half, which was the most touchdowns he has thrown in a single game as the Bears quarterback. Vedder finished the day 16-for-28 for 215 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He had now thrown for 2,092 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Vedder needs 251 more yards in the next three games to move into the Cal Top 10 single season list for passing yards.