Bears Seek First Win of 2013 Vs. Portland State
California Golden Bears (0-1, 0-0) vs. Portland State Vikings (1-0, 0-0)
Saturday, September 7, 2:00 p.m. PT
Berkeley, CA – Memorial Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks – Kevin Calabro (Play-by-Play), Yogi Roth (Analyst), Jill Savage (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco)
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Kickoff – Cal vs. Portland State (Sat., Sept. 7, 2:00 p.m. PT)
One game into his collegiate career and true freshman quarterback Jared Goff is already in the Cal record books in multiple passing categories. Despite being defeated by then-No. 22 Northwestern last Saturday, 44-30, Goff and the new Bear Raid offense under head coach Sonny Dykes put up big numbers. The Golden Bears look to keep the offensive momentum going when they host Portland State on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2:00 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks. The game is the second of three straight at Memorial Stadium to open the campaign. Cal and Portland State will be meeting for the second time ever, with the first meeting a 42-16 Cal victory on Sept. 16. 2006. Last week, Portland State rolled to a 57-17 win over Eastern Oregon. The Vikings produced 672 yards of offense in the convincing victory. Cal’s new high-tempo offense got started with a bang on the first drive of the season when the Bears scored a touchdown on a fake field goal. Holder Jackson Bouza flipped the ball back to kicker Vincenzo D’Amato who then threw a pass to Bouza that went for a 10-yard touchdown. It was the first collegiate touchdown pass for D’Amato and first scoring catch for Bouza. Combined with going 3-for-3 on field goals, D’Amato earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Northwestern. The three field goals tied D’Amato’s personal best.
• Jared Goff produced the second-most single-game passing yardage in the history of Cal football against Northwestern. Goff, Cal’s first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener, completed 39 of 64 passes for 450 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against the Wildcats. Pat Barnes’ 503 passing yards in a quadruple overtime victory over Arizona in 1996 sits atop the chart for single-game passing yardage. Goff’s 64 attempts set an individual record for single-game pass attempts.
• Chris Harper had personal bests in catches (11), receiving yards (148) and touchdown receptions (2) against Northwestern, with the latter two also team bests. The last time a Cal player had 10 catches was Keenan Allen when he had 11 in 2012 at Washington State. The last time a Cal receiver had 100 receiving yards was Harper with 101 against Washington last year.
• Bryce Treggs notched a personal-best 13 catches for a career-high 145 yards against Northwestern. The 13 receptions tied for third all-time in Cal single-game history. The record is 16 catches – Geoff McArthur against Stanford in 2003. Treggs’ previous personal best was four which he posted in the first quarter.
• Despite allowing 44 points, the Bears still had some impressive defensive performances. Jalen Jefferson had nine tackles and set a personal best in tackles for loss with 1.5. Avery Sebastian posted his first career interception and had a game-high 10 tackles, while Alex Logan picked up his first interception in the fourth quarter. In his first collegiate game, Hardy Nickerson recovered his first career fumble on a kickoff return in the third quarter.
Exciting New Offensive Gets Off On The Right Foot
Cal fans finally got to witness the new high-tempo Bear Raid offense under first-year head coach Sonny Dykes, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and the rest of the new coaching staff. Although the Wildcats won the contest, the future looked promising for the Bears after they produced 548 yards of total offense. The Cal offense ran 99 plays against Northwestern, which ranks third all-time for a single-game in school history. The 2012 season high was 79 plays at Ohio State. The school record for most offensive plays in a game is 102, which was set in 1968 against San Jose State. The game, which lasted three hours and 50 minutes, also saw the Bears produce 30 first downs. Signature plays of the game included a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Chris Harper, a fake field goal that resulted in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Vincenzo D’Amato to Jackson Bouza, a 36-yard reception from Goff to Bryce Treggs and a 32-yard rush by Brendan Bigelow. In addition, the efficient Bears were 10-of-21 on third down conversions and scored on all five of their trips into the red zone.
New Defense Comes Up With Big Plays
After allowing two first-half touchdowns, the Cal defense clamped down on Northwestern in the second half by allowing only a single touchdown in the second half, which came with 1:51 remaining in the game. The Cal defense also produced two interceptions as the Bears totaled three with another on special teams. Avery Sebastian, who led all defenders with 10 tackles, picked up his first career interception, while Alex Logan also picked up his first career pick. Dan Camporeale notched the Bears’ lone sack of the night. Hardy Nickerson recovered his first career fumble in the third quarter on a kickoff return. Michael Barton, Jalen Jefferson and Michael Lowe produced nine tackles each, with Lowe tying a career high and Jefferson one shy, to round out the top defenders on the night for the Bears.
Bears vs. FCS Schools
Saturday’s tilt with Portland State marks the seventh time that Cal will face an FCS opponent. The Bears are 6-0 against FCS teams, with the most recent game a 50-31 victory over Southern Utah last season. In 2011, the Bears defeated Presbyterian, 63-12, at AT&T Park.
Bears Face Third Toughest Schedule
With a docket that features eight teams that played in bowl games a year ago, Cal faces a schedule that heading into the season ranked as the nation’s third-most difficult by Phil Steele and was No. 4 in the country according to Sporting News. The 2012 bowl schools on the Bears’ slate are Arizona, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington. In addition, Ohio State was a perfect 12-0 last season but ineligible to go to the post season. Seven of Cal’s games in 2013 will come against squads that were ranked in both the preseason AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford, No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Northwestern, No. 24 USC and No. 25 Oregon State). The Bears are the only team in the nation who have seven preseason top-25 teams on their schedule.
Cal’s 2013 squad is one of the nation’s youngest with a preseason experience rating that is No. 12 in the Pac-12 and No. 125 out of No. 126 teams according to Phil Steele’s combined experience chart. Ironically, head coach Sonny Dykes’ former school, Louisiana Tech, is the only team in the nation according to Steele with less experience than the Bears.
Home Field Advantage
Cal is 43-16 in its last 59 home games and 39-15 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch. The Bears were 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated and have gone 2-6 since returning to Strawberry Canyon at the beginning of the 2012 campaign.
Goff Shines in First Collegiate Game
Goff did everything he could to get the Bears an opening-night victory over Northwestern last Saturday. He finished 39-for-64 for 450 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of Goff’s three interceptions came on tipped balls. The 450 yards is the most-ever by a Cal freshman quarterback and ranks second all-time in school single-game history. He currently ranks first in the conference and third in the nation in passing, while also ranking seventh in the nation in total offense. Goff’s 64 pass attempts, combined with the one pass attempt from Vincenzo D’Amato set a new school single-game record at 65. The previous team record was 60 by Cal against Maryland in 2008 with Kevin Riley’s 58 attempts in that contest the individual high.
After scoring on the opening drive, the Cal offense punted on five consecutive possessions before marking 84 yards on 10 plays on its final drive of the first half for a field goal. On the first drive of the third quarter Goff connected with Harper for a 52-yard touchdown strike. Following a Northwestern fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Goff hit Harper three plays later for a second touchdown pass, this one from seven yards out.
2013 Goff Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Northwestern 38-63-3-450-2-52 ... 445 yards ranks second all-time for a single game at Cal, while 63 attempts are school individual record
Harper and Treggs Dazzle in 2013 Opener
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs exploded onto the collegiate scene as true freshmen a year ago when both caught touchdown passes in their first collegiate game in the season-opener against Nevada. The duo found a way to top that in the 2013 opener as sophomores.
Harper had personal bests in catches (11), receiving yards (148) and touchdowns, with the first two also team bests, which were also team bests. The last time a player had 10 catches in a game was Keenan Allen with 11 at Washington State last year, while Harper was the last Cal receiver with 100 receiving yards when he picked up 101 against Washington last year.
Treggs notched a personal-best 13 catches for a career-high 145 yards. The 13 receptions ranks tied for third all-time in Cal single-game history. The record is 16 catches – Geoff McArthur against Stanford in 2003. Treggs’ previous personal best was four, which he earned in the first quarter.
2013 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Northwestern 11-148-2-52 ... career high receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns
2013 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Northwestern 13-145-0-36 ... career high receptions and receiving yards
Dykes Comes Up Short in Head Coaching Debut
The Bears fought hard to pull off the upset over No. 22 Northwestern last Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to get head coach Sonny Dykes his first win at Cal in his debut in Berkeley. Despite producing 549 yards of total offense, Cal also gave up 44 points, 14 of which came on two interceptions returned for touchdowns on deflected passes. Dykes’ loss snapped a streak of the past six head coaches winning their Cal debuts.
Players Debut In Addition to Coaches
Besides Sonny Dykes and his coaching staff, a number of players also made their Cal debuts last weekend. Seven Cal players garnered their first career starts in Matt Cochran, Khairi Fortt, Jared Goff, Isaac Lapite, Steven Moore, Hardy Nickerson and Freddie Tagaloa. Cochran, Fortt, Goff, Lapite, Moore and Nickerson were also making their first Cal appearances along with Michael Barton, Cedric Dozier, Damariay Drew, Dan Fadelli, Lucus Gingold, Kyle Kragen, Jacobi Hunter, Kenny Lawler, Khalfani Muhammad, Christian Okafor, Johnny Ragin III, Chad Whitener and Drake Whitehurst to give the Bears a total of 19 players that made their Cal debuts against Northwestern.
Bigelow Makes First Impression on First Drive
With all the preseason hype surrounding the new Cal passing attack, Northwestern may not have been expecting Jared Goff to spend the majority of the opening drive of the season handing off to Brendan Bigelow. On that opening drive, the Bears ran three straight running plays to start things off, and Bigelow wasted no time in getting Cal fans out of their seats. He ripped off runs of 19 and 32 yards in those first three drives. At the end of that first drive, which ended with the fake field goal touchdown, Bigelow was already at 55 rushing yards on the night. A combination of Goff exploding with the pass attack and Northwestern stopping the rush attack caused Bigelow to end the night with just 83 yards on the ground on 15 carries. The 15 carries were a personal best for Bigelow, though, after garnering 44 carries for the entire 2012 campaign.
2013 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Northwestern 16-65-0-32 ... 65 yards earned in first quarter
Muhammad Impresses With Kick Returns
While Brendan Bigelow was getting the lions’ share of the carries against Northwestern, Khalfani Muhammad was impressive on kick return duties. Muhammad, who made his collegiate debut as a true freshman last Saturday, returned six kicks for 126 yards for an average of 21.0 yards per retgurn, including a 34-yard kick return that was his longest. Muhammad definitely has speed on his side as he is only the third person ever to win back-to-back individual California boys state titles in the 100 and 200 meters during his 2012 junior and 2013 senior prep campaigns.
Avery Sebastian Leads All Defenders
Avery Sebastian led all defenders against Northwestern with 10 tackles. In addition, Sebastian also notched his first career interception in the first quarter before leaving the game at the end of the second half with a season-ending ACL injury. The Bears’ next leading tacklers were Michael Barton, Jalen Jefferson and Michael Lowe, each with nine as Lowe’s equaled a career best. Jefferson also tallied a new career high in tackles for loss with 1.5 (-3 yards). In addition to Sebastian’s first career interception, Alex Logan also posted his first career pick in the fourth quarter.
After allowing two offensive touchdowns in the first half, the Bears made some second-half adjustments at halftime and shut down the Northwestern offense for the most part the remainder of the way. The Wildcats only managed one offensive touchdown in the second half, which came in the game’s final two minutes. Northwestern ended the night with 508 yards of total offense, but limited to 215 in the second half.
D’Amato Named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Last Saturday against Northwestern, Vincenzo D’Amato picked up where he left off last year when he led the Pac-12 in kicking. He nailed all three of his field goal attempts, including a 38-yarder. In addition, D’Amato threw his first career touchdown pass. On the opening drive of the season, Cal lined up for a field goal, only to run a fake when holder Jackson Bouza flipped the ball back to D’Amato who then passed it back to Bouza who ran in for the score to open the Sonny Dykes era. Those efforts helped Cal garner its first conference player of the week honors as D’Amato was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for week 1.
D’Amato is a preseason first-team All-Pac-12 choice of Lindy’s and Sporting News, a second-team selection according to Athlon and College Sports Madness, and a third-team pick by Phil Steele. D’Amato is also on the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker Trophy, a candidate for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker and the No. 8 draft eligible place kicker in the nation prior to the season according to Phil Steele. He is also a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
2013 D’Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO ... Other
Northwestern 3-3-38 ... 3-3 ... 7-429-61.3
Leininger Returns After Promising Freshman Season
Cole Leininger is a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele and a candidate for the Ray Guy Award in 2013 after a solid freshman season when he played in all 12 games and averaged 39.9 yards per punt. Leininger booted six punts last Saturday against Northwestern. His first punt went for a personal-best 70 yards. He also pinned the Wildcats inside their own 20-yard line three times, including twice on their own three-yard line.
Solid Home Attendance
Cal opened the 2013 season at Memorial Stadium (capacity 62,467) with a crowd of 58,816 at last Saturday’s season opener against Northwestern. In seven home games in 2012, Cal had an average attendance of 55,876, including a sellout and season-high attendance of 63,186 in the first game of the campaign and the first after playing its 2011 home slate at AT&T Park against Nevada. Six of the seven games in 2012 had an attendance of over 50,000.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 37-24 when the opponent is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since 2002. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford. The Bears lost eight straight games against ranked teams after that before a convincing 43-17 victory over No. 25 UCLA at Memorial Stadium for its lone win in six tries against top 25 opponents in 2012. Last week, the Bears fell to then-No. 22 Northwestern by a final of 44-30. Cal was last ranked in 2010 after having been among the nation’s top 25 teams at one point in seven consecutive campaigns from 2004-10 and eight times in nine season from 2002-10.
Cal-Portland State Connections
• Barry Sacks collegiate coaching career started with seven seasons as the defensive line coach at Portland State (1986-92), where he coached on five teams that reached the NCAA Division II playoffs.
• Joey Mahalic (Portland, OR/Wilson HS) was Oregon’s Gatorade State Player of the Year in baseball and a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.
• Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) was the No. 2 ranked player overall in the state of Oregon as a senior.
• Cal has a total of eight players who list an Oregon city as their hometown with others including Maximo Espitia (Salem, OR/South Salem HS), Isaac Lapite (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS/South Eugene HS), Johnny Ragin III (Wilson, OR/Wilsonville HS), Jacob Wark (Tualatin, OR/Jesuit HS) who was the No. 6 overall ranked player from the state as a senior, and Drake Whitehurst (Portland, OR/Lincoln HS).
• Cal’s Harrison Wilfley and Portland State’s Jaycob Shoemaker both attended Casa Robles High School in Sacramento, and were four-time league champions while they were there.
• Cal’s Tony Mekari and Portland State’s Justin Lilley both attended Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks.
• Cal’s Kameron Jackson and Portland State’s Jeremy Lutali both attended Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach.
Cal announced its season captains following its workout on Friday, Aug. 23, after a vote earlier in the day was tabulated with Jackson Bouza, Deandre Coleman, Stefan McClure and Freddie Tagaloa were selected as the Golden Bears’ season captains. Offensive lineman Mark Brazinski was also announced as a game captain for the team’s season opener against Northwestern, while Austin Hinder will be a game captain for the Portland State contest.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 319-219-16 (.590) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three in the past decade (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history – “The Play” – Cal’s five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
Pac-12 Networks To Air First Look At The Drive Thursday
Pac-12 Networks will air a special first look of its new docu-series The Drive on Thursday, Sept. 5, immediately following Arizona State’s home opener versus Sacramento State that kicks off at 5:00 p.m. PT. Cal fans will have the opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the first season of the Sonny Dykes era through the show that will air in 14 episodes on Pac-12 Networks this fall with each new episode making its debut each Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT. Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. PT. The program will be 30 minutes and air twice each Wednesday across all seven networks (7 and 9:30 p.m.). Check the Pac-12 Networks TV Schedule for additional repeats of the show, or visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get the Pac-12 Networks.
Beyond The Gridiron
Every Wednesday during the season, Cal fans can check out a new installment of Beyond the Gridiron on CalBears.com. Beyond the Gridiron takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Cal players and coaches. The week’s installment will feature backup quarterback Joey Mahalic and playing five seasons of professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians organization.
Listen To Cal Football On Inside The Locker Room
Cal fans can listen to head football coach Sonny Dykes, as well as assistant coaches and Cal football players throughout the season on Inside the Locker Room, formerly known as Cal Coaches Corner. On this Wednesday’s show, outside receivers coach/assistant head coach Rob Likens and wide receiver Chris Harper are scheduled to appear along with Dykes. Inside the Locker Room will air during the football season on Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. on KGO Radio 810 AM, and is hosted by Todd McKim. Coaches and student-athletes from the other 28 Golden Bear sport programs, as well as athletic department staff will also appear on the show that continue into March. The winter portion of the show will feature head coaches Mike Montgomery and Lindsay Gottlieb from the Cal men’s and women’s basketball programs.
What The Bears Will Be Wearing
The Bears, who are sporting brand new jerseys and helmets this year, will be wearing blue jerseys and gold pants for most home games this season, including this Saturday’s contest against Portland State. They will wear gold jerseys and blue pants for one home game during the season, while an update on their home uniforms will be provided on a weekly basis.
Brazinski Nominated For NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award
Mark Brazinski has been nominated for an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award. Among the senior offensive lineman’s academic accomplishments at Cal include being the youngest person to ever be admitted to an information technology master’s program in Silicon Valley at the age of 20 (most of his classmates are in their mid-late 30’s). Branziski received two bachelor’s degrees (Business Administration, Media Studies) in his first three years at Cal and is current a graduate student in information technology. He was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2011. Brazinski is also a member of Mensa International, which is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
Starkey Enters 39th Season
Long-time Cal radio play-by-play announcer Joe Starkey is enjoying his 39th season of calling Cal football. Starkey is currently the seventh-longest tenured radio announcer in the country. Washington State’s Bill Robertson tops the list in his 47th season.
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A Look Back at the Jeff Tedford Era
The 2013 season opener vs. Northwestern marked the first time the Bears took the field without Jeff Tedford as their head coach since the beginning of the 2002 season. The all-time leader in head coaching wins in the history of Cal football, Tedford was head coach from 2002-12 ending his tenure at Cal with a record of 82-57, including a 5-3 record in bowl games and seven wins over Stanford. Cal averaged just under eight wins per year in the first nine seasons under Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. Tedford led the Bears to eight bowl games in the 11 seasons when he was at the helm – the 2002 team was also bowl eligible but couldn’t play in a bowl game due to an NCAA violation. In addition to the numerous postseason appearances, the Bears were a mainstay in the national top-25 rankings for the majority of Tedford’s tenure, and 40 of players went on to be selected in the NFL Draft during his tenure, including Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Desean Jackson and Jahvid Best. Approximately 90 percent of his players were either drafted or earned their degrees. Tedford was twice named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002, 04) and he led the Bears to a co-Pac-10 title in 2006.