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Bears Welcome No. 4/3 Ohio State This Week

Bears look for first win over a top-5 team since 2003.
By Cal Athletics on Tue, September 10, 2013

Kickoff – Cal vs. Ohio State (Sat., Sept. 14, 4:00 p.m. PT)\

Memorial Stadium is expected to be filled to capacity Saturday when Cal welcomes No. 4/3 (AP/USA Today) Ohio State to Berkeley to conclude a season-opening three-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. and the game can be seen nationally on FOX. The Buckeyes lead the series, 6-1, after escaping with a 35-28 victory last year in Columbus. Cal running back Brendan Bigelow had a breakout game for the Bears with four carries for 160 yards and two scores, including a spectacular 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. This week’s game marks Ohio State’s first visit to Memorial Stadium since 1972 when the Buckeyes prevailed, 35-18. Cal picked up its win in the series, 28-0, in the Bears’ first Rose Bowl appearance in 1921. Cal and Ohio State also met in the 1950 Rose Bowl, which resulted in a 17-14 Buckeye victory. On Saturday, Cal will be looking for its first win over a top-5 team since the Bears outlasted then-No. 3 USC, 34-31, in triple overtime on Sept. 27, 2003. Ohio State is coming off a 42-7 decision over San Diego State, while the Bears were a 37-30 winner over Portland State. At No. 4 in this week’s AP poll, the Buckeyes are the highest ranked non-conference team to play in Berkeley since then-No. 4 Nebraska in 1998 (Nebraska 24, Cal 3). The big matchup of the day should be a Cal offense that leads the nation in passing yards per game (472.5 ypg) behind the nation’s leading passer true freshman Jared Goff against an Ohio State defensive unit that ranks 18th in total defense.

Quick Hitters
• Sonny Dykes got his first head coaching win at Cal, and the 23rd of his career, last Saturday against Portland State.

• True freshman Jared Goff became the second Cal quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games with his 485 passing yards against Portland State last Saturday after throwing for 450 in the season opener against Northwestern. Goff currently leads the nation in passing yards (935), passing yards per game (467.50) and total offense (458.00). Goff leads his closest competitor, Sean Mannion of Oregon State, by 70.5 passing yards per game. Goff stands second and third on Cal’s all-time single-game passing yards list with his totals the last two games.

• True freshman Khalfani Muhammad carried the ball 13 times for 68 yards and his first collegiate touchdown against Portland State. Muhammad also caught four passes for 85 yards, including a 62-yarder that is Cal’s second-longest play of the season.

• Bryce Treggs has paced Cal in receptions each of the team’s first two games, picking up 13 for 145 yards against Northwestern and eight for a team-high 121 yards against Portland State. One of his receptions against the Vikings was good for a career-long 50 yards that went to the one-yard line. Already equaling his 21 receptions from all of last season, Treggs is tied for second in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-12 in receptions per game, while ranking eighth in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per contest.

Offensive Outburst

In the season opener against Northwestern, Cal posted 548 yards of total offense on 99 plays from scrimmage. Last Saturday against Portland State, the Bears put together even more offensive production in an encore performance. Cal produced 616 offensive yards topped by Jared Goff’s 485 passing yards. Cal and Portland State combined for 1,169 total offensive yards that ranks second all-time at Cal. Some of the big plays in the Portland State contest were a 75-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Richard Rodgers that was the longest from scrimmage since Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen connected for a school-record 90-yard touchdown reception at Washington in 2011. Other big plays against Portland State included a 50-yard Goff reception to Bryce Treggs, which was a personal best long reception by Treggs, and a one-handed catch by Maurice Harris for his first career touchdown. The memorable catch was dubbed “The Grab” and ranked third on Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays on Saturday.

Defense Rebounds

After allowing three touchdowns on Portland State’s first four drives, the Cal defense clamped down and held the Vikings off the scoreboard for 10 of the next 12 drives, including the last six in a row. During those 12 drives, the Bears allowed just 10 points while forcing two turnovers. At halftime, Portland State had compiled 434 total yards but were held to 119 in the second half. Hardy Nickerson led all defenders on the day with a career-high 11 tackles, while Kameron Jackson hauled in his fourth career interception and his first since snagging a career-high three against UCLA last year that tied for the most in the conference a season ago. Through two games thus far, Michael Barton is the team’s leading tackler with 17 takedowns. He ranks tied for ninth in the Pac-12 in that category.

Bears Nearly Upset Ohio State On The Road In 2012

When Cal traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for last season’s tilt against Ohio State, the Bears almost pulled off the upset over the eventual 12-0 Buckeyes. Ohio State won the game, 35-28, but Brendan Bigelow burst onto the scene in that game when he ripped off touchdown runs of 81 and 59 yards. The 81-yarder was the longest run ever by an opposing back at Ohio Stadium and the longest by a Cal player since Jahvid Best’s 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009.
Cal amassed 512 yards of offense and outgained the Buckeys by 100 yards, including 331 yards to 178 for Ohio State in the second half alone. The Bears were victimized by three missed field goals and a touchdown that was called back by a penalty. Ohio State built a 20-7 lead at half, but the Cal defense held the Buckeyes to just 25 yards and no first downs on 14 plays in the third quarter. After Bigelow’s 59-yard touchdown run had tied the game at 28 in the fourth quarter, a 72-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devon Smith with 3:28 to go in the game proved to be the gamewinner.

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 2013 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. Six of Cal’s games in 2013 come against squads that were ranked at the time of the game in Northwestern (No. 22 AP/No. 22 USA Today) or currently ranked for those still remaining on the schedule in Oregon (No. 2 AP/USA Today), Ohio State (No. 3 USA Today/No. 4 AP), Stanford (No. 4 USA Today/No. 5 AP), UCLA (No. 16 AP/No. 17 USA Today) and Washington (No. 19 AP/No. 23 USA Today). The Bears were also the only team in the nation who had seven teams on its schedule ranked in the preseason top 25.

Youthful Squad

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. Currently on the Cal depth chart, only one senior is listed as a starter (Jackson Bouza), while a combined eight freshmen and sophomores are listed as starters. On defense, only three listed starters are seniors (Dan Camporeale, Deandre Coleman, Alex Logan).

Home Field Advantage

Cal is 44-16 in its last 60 home games and 40-15 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.

Efficient Offense

In addition to the massive yardage totals that the offense has produced in the first two games, the Bears have also been very efficient. Cal is a perfect 10-10 on red zone scoring chances, which leads the country. Cal has scored five touchdowns and made five field goals. Cal is nearly 50 percent on third down conversions, currently sitting at 20-for-41 in that category.

Points Off of Turnovers

The Cal defense has caused four turnovers thus far, and the Bears went on to score on three of the four ensuring drives after those turnovers. Cal has posted 17 points off of turnovers in total thus far. In last week’s win over Portland State, Cal scored a touchdown and a field goal after the two turnovers the defense secured.

Goff Leads Nation After First Two Weeks

Through the first two weeks of the 2013 season, Jared Goff leads the nation in passing yardage (935), passing yards per game (467.50 ypg) and total offense (458.00 ypg). Goff has completed 72-of-115 passes (62.6%) for 935 yards with four touchdowns, three interceptions for a 137.17 passer efficiency rating. After throwing for 485 yards last Saturday against Portland State, Goff became just the second Cal quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in back-to-back games. He also has thrown for the second and third most passing yards in a single game at Cal and the two most in regulation. In 1996, Pat Barnes became the first Cal quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. Barnes also owns the school record for the most passing yards in a game, which is 503 set in a quadruple overtime victory over Arizona in 1996. Goff has four completions of 50 or more yards to four different receivers in the first two games, finding Richard Rodgers (75-yard TD), Khalfani Muhammad (62 yards), Chris Harper (52-yard TD) and Bryce Treggs (50 yards). Goff has completed passes to a total of 13 different receivers. He also scored his first rushing touchdown against Portland State.

2013 Goff Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) 

Northwestern 39-64-3-450-2-52

Portland State 33-51-0-485-2-75

Cal’s 400-Yard Passing Performances

Player (Opponent-Year) Passing (C-A-Yds)

Pat Barnes (Arizona-1996) 35-46-503 - 4OT

Jared Goff (Portland State-2013) 33-51-485

Jared Goff (Northwestern-2013) 39-64-45

Pat Barnes (UCLA-1996) 26-57-435

Kevin Riley (Maryland-2008) 33-58-423

Rich Campbell (Florida-1980) 43-53-421

Harper and Treggs Create One-Two Punch

Sophomore wide receivers Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper have combined for 36 catches, 475 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in the first two games. Treggs has already equaled his number of catches from 2012 with 21 receptions for 266 yards, while Harper has 15 receptions for 209 and two scores.

Treggs ranks tied for second in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (11.5 rpg), as well as eighth in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (133.0 ypg).

Harper is fifth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (104.5 ypg) and tied for fifth in receptions (7.5 rpg).

Treggs and Harper 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 touchdown catches (2), which were also team bests in the season opener against Northwestern. Treggs also notched personal bests of 13 catches and a career-high 145 yards against the Wildcats. The 13 receptions ranks tied for third all-time in Cal single-game history. The record is 16 catches by Geoff McArthur against Stanford in 2003. Their performances marked the 11th time in school history that Cal had two receivers go over 100 yards receiving in the same game. The 293 yards receiving by Harper (148) and Treggs (145) against Northwestern rank tied for second on the school’s all-time list for yards receiving by two receivers in a game. The record is 327 set by Wesley Walker (8-289) and Jesse Thompson (4-38) on Oct. 2, 1976, against San Jose State.
Treggs was Cal’s leading receiver against Portland State last week with eight catches for 121 yards, including a career-long 50-yard reception. Harper caught four balls for 61 yards.

2013 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) 

Northwestern 11-148-2-52

Portland State 4-61-0-37

2013 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)  

Northwestern 13-145-0-36

Portland State 8-121-0-50

Bigelow Gets Back-To-Back Career Highs In Carries

Brendan Bigelow finished the 2012 season with 44 carries. Through the first two games of 2013, he already has team highs of 33 carries and 136 yards rushing. Bigelow has set personal bests in rushing attempts in each of the first two games this season. He posted a career-high 18 carries for 75 yards on the ground against Portland State. In the opener against Northwestern, the Bears ran three straight running plays to start things off. Bigelow ripped off runs of 19 and 32 yards in those first three plays and at the end of that first drive was already at 55 rushing yards. He ended the game with a career-high 83 yards on the ground on 15 carries.

2013 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) 

Northwestern 15-83-0-32

Portland State 18-75-0-11 

Muhammad Makes Most Of Opportunity

Khalfani Muhammad leads Cal, ranks third in the Pac-12 and tied for 19th nationally with an average of 163.0 yards per game. Muhammad has a team-high total of 326 all-purpose yards (76 rush, 103 receiving, 147 kick return).

Muhammad had a team-high 174 all-purpose yards against Porltand State. He carried the ball 13 times for 68 yards and his first collegiate touchdown on a four-yard scoring run that capped Cal’s first drive of the game, while half of his rushing yards came on a career-long 33-yarder. Muhammad also caught four passes for 85 yards, including a 62-yarder, and added one kick return for 21 yards. All of his numbers were career highs. With his average of 21.0 per kick return, Muhammad currently leads the Pac-12 in that category.

Muhammad 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.

2013 Muhammad Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) 

Northwestern 3-8-0-8

Portland State 13-68-1-33

Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)  

Northwestern 1-15-0-15

Portland State 4-85-0-62

Opponent All-Purpose Yardage 

Northwestern 149 Portland State 174

Young Defenders Rise

With injuries to Nick Forbes, Avery Sebastian, Brennan Scarlett and others keeping the defensive depth chart thin, some young defenders for Cal have stepped up in the first two weeks of the season. Redshirt freshmen Michael Barton and Hardy Nickerson have been two of the leading tacklers on the squad. Barton leads the team in tackles with 17 and ranks tied for ninth in the Pac-12 with 8.5 stops per contest. Nickerson led all defenders with 11 tackles against Portland State last week and is third on the team with 13 behind Barton and Stefan McClure (14).

In the secondary, Alex Logan and Kameron Jackson have each recorded interceptions thus far, along with Sebastian who is out for the rest of the year with an injury. The interception was the fourth of Jackson’s career after he notched three against UCLA last year that equaled the most by a Pac-12 player in 2012. After allowing touchdowns on three of the first four drives Portland State, the defense held the Vikings off the scoreboard for 10 of their last 12 drives and the last six in a row.

D’Amato Among NCAA And Pac-12 Leaders In Field Goals Made And Scoring

Through the first two games this season, Vincenzo D’Amato has been good on six of his seven field goal attempts. He has tied his career high with three makes in each of the first two games, including a season-high 39-yarder against Portland State last Saturday. Last year’s conference leader in kicking currently ranks tied for third nationally and first in the Pac-12 in field goals made with an average of 3.0 per game. He is also tied for 12 th nationally in scoring with an average of 12.5 points per game, ranking second in the conference among kickers and third overall.

In addition, D’Amato threw his first career touchdown pass against Northwestern. 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 the opening week of the season against D’Amato.

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 placekicker in the nation prior to the season according to Phil Steele. He is also one of 30 final candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award given to a player for notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

2013 D’Amato Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO 

Northwestern 3-3-38 ... 3-3 ... 7-429-61.3

Portland State 3-4-39 ... 4-4 ... 8-517-64.6 

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. Through the first two games of 2013, Leininger has improved his average to 41.9 yards per punt and is fourth in the Pac-12 in punting. His first punt of the season went for a personal-best 70 yards.

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. The Bears fell to then-No. 22 Northwestern to open the 2013 season by a final of 44-30 to fall to a ranked team for the ninth time in 10 games. 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 seasons from 2002-10.

Stripe Out Memorial Stadium

Golden Bear fans have the opportunity to join the excitement in Berkeley on Saturday by participating in the first-ever stadium-wide “Stripe Out” at Memorial Stadium.
All those in attendance are asked to wear either blue or gold depending on which section they sit in for the game. Color designations for the “Stripe Out” can be found on a Memorial Stadium map.

Fans sitting in single-lettered sections and the ESP/Premium seats are asked to wear BLUE. Fans sitting in double-lettered sections are asked to wear GOLD. The Cal Student Section is asked to wear their GOLD Gameday t-shirts. New Alumni sitting in the Cal GOLD section QQ are asked to wear their GOLD “Always Sonny in Berkeley” t-shirts. Cal gear such as t-shirts, scarves, hats, jerseys, jackets and sweatshirts can be purchased online at

Fans are also encouraged to share their gameday photos displaying their colors by using the hashtag #StripeMemorial on Twitter or Instagram.

FOX College Saturday Tour

Part of the Cal-Ohio State broadcast on FOX will include the FOX College Saturday Tour pregame show which will take place at Kroeber Plaza on Bancroft Avenue, the morning of the game from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Some of the events that will take place at the event include the Ford Tailgate Zone which will centerpiece 13-foot mega corn hole boards, ladderball games and a comfortable viewing area. The Academy Sports + Outdoor Skills Challenge is where fans can test their skill and agility in a battle against the clock that includes a high-knees ropes course, blocking dummies and lateral & downfield passing accuracy tests. Fans are invited to come down, join the action and show their Cal spirit on national television. There will be free hats, t-shirts and more for the first 250 fans. The Cal band and spirit teams will be in attendance, along with Oski.

Cal-Ohio State Connections

• Former Cal offensive linemen Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz currently play for the Cleveland Browns.

• Defensive coordinator Andy Buh spent the 2012 season in the Big Ten Conference as the linebackers coach at Wisconsin.


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.

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 320-219-16 (.591) 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 Debut Episode of The Drive Wednesday

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 episode making its debut on Wednesday with the first full show airing on 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 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 Beyond the Gridiron takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Cal players and coaches. The week’s installment will feature offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tony Franklin, his coaching history and the two books that he has written.

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, running backs coach Pierre Ingram and running back Brendan Bigelow 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 continues 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.

Cal in the NFL

Cal had 34 players on NFL rosters for Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season, which ranks second in the Pac-12 behind USC and fifth in the nation. Some of the Bears in the NFL had a big Week 1 like DeSean Jackson catching seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, helping the Philadelphia Eagles garner a victory over Washington. Despite losing to the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdown passes.

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 Ohio State for the third consecutive contest. They will wear gold jerseys and blue pants for one home game during the season. An update on their uniforms will be provided on a weekly basis.

Brazinski Nominated For NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award

Mark Brazinski has been nominated for a National Football Foundation 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 currently 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 In 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 sixth-longest tenured radio announcer in the country and the longest tenured among Pac-12 announcers.

Cal Foootball in the Social Media and Online World

Fans can visit and various award-winning social media pages for comprehensive coverage of Cal football with a wide array of engaging content. Find out more by visiting, Facebook (CalAthletics), Instagram (CalAthletics), Twitter (@CalAthletics, @CalFootball, @CalCoachDykes) and YouTube (CalAthletics). In addition, Cal fans can access the complete 2013 Cal football information guide, the Gameday page with helpful hints about Memorial Stadium on gamedays and check out clips with what media outlets are saying about the Golden Bears on Be sure to follow @calfootball for extensive coverage and @calfbnotes on gamedays for news and notes.

Visit GoldenBearSports For Cal photos

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A Look Back at the Jeff Tedford Era

Jeff Tedford was head coach at Cal from 2002-12 and ended his career as Cal’s all-time leader in wins with a record of 82-57, including a 5-3 mark 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.


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