Sept. 15, 1997
Shaw, Cal Defense Rate No. 1 in NCAA Rankings
The current NCAA statistics show Cal very prominent in several categories. Senior wide receiver Bobby Shaw ranks No. 1 in both receptions per game and receiving yardage per game. Cal quarterback Justin Vedder is fourth in passing efficiency and is fifth in total offense. The Cal defense, obviously improved from a year ago, ranks No. 1 (tied with Michigan) in scoring defense at 3.0 points a game and is second in total defense, allowing 165.0 yards a game. The Bears will be tested this Saturday by an Oklahoma team that ran 60 of its 66 offensive plays two weeks ago in the Sooners win over Syracuse. The game is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. at Cal's Memorial Stadium and tickets can be purchased by calling 510-64-BEARS or 1-800-GO-BEARS.
Below is a list of Cal and Oklahoma rankings in the current NCAA stats...
NCAA Team Statistics: California Oklahoma Rushing Offense 39th (176.0 ypg) 14th (246.0 ypg) Passing Offense 6th (321.0 ypg) 102nd (119.0 ypg) Total Offense 8th (497.0 ypg) 53rd (365.0 ypg) Scoring Offense 16th T (35.0 ppg) 89th (18.0 ppg) Rushing Defense 6th (74.0 ypg) 58th (133.5 ypg) Pass Efficiency Defense 3rd (58.6 rating) 51st (117.7 rating) Total Defense 2nd (165.0 ypg) 64th (365.0 ypg) Scoring Defense 1st T (3.0 ppg) 84th (29.0 ppg) Turnover Margin 9th (+2.0 topg) 103rd T (-2.0 topg) NCAA Individual Statisics: California Oklahoma Justin Vedder - xth pass eff. (179.2 rating) Demond Parker - 3rd rushing (158.5 ypg) Justin Vedder - 5th total off. (314.0 ypg) Demond Parker - 11th all-purpose rush (196.5 ypg) Bobby Shaw - 1st receiving (11.0 rpg) Bobby Shaw - 1st receiv. yds (204.0 ypg) Bobby Shaw - 8th all-purpose rush (214.0 ypg) Derrick Gardner - 3rd T interceptions (1.0 ipg)