Sept. 1, 2012
BERKELEY -With today's 31-24 Nevada victory over California, the Bears currently have an all-time record of 73-41-4 in season openers over the first 117 campaigns of Cal football that began in 1882. In the 2011 season opener, Cal defeated Fresno State, 36-21, at Candlestick Park in the Battle By the Bay. The Bears' most recent season-opening win at Memorial Stadium was a 52-3 victory over UC Davis on Sept. 4, 2010.
Today's game was the first game played in the newly-renovated California Memorial Stadium since a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010. The most-recent win by the Bears in Memorial Stadium was a 50-17 win over Arizona State on Oct. 23, 2010.
Today's game was a sellout, all 63,186 seats were filled. Cal had a streak of 43 consecutive games of at least 50,000 fans that was snapped in the 2010 season finale against Washington. The last Cal sellout came against USC on Oct. 3, 2009 (71,799).
Cal leads the all-time series with Nevada, 22-3-1 (not including an additional 7-1 mark against the Wolf Pack from 1906-14 when both schools played rugby instead of football). Prior to today, the teams had played only twice since 1945, a 33-15 Cal win in Berkeley on Sept. 21, 1996, and a 52-31 victory by Nevada in Reno on Sept. 17, 2010.
Keenan Allen extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 25, every game he's played at Cal. Allen scored his first touchdown of 2012 on a reverse that went for 39 yards in the third quarter. It was Allen's second rushing TD of his career, with the first one coming against UC Davis in 2010. On the receiving end, Allen paced the Bears with five catches for 69 yards.
After sitting for the majority of the first quarter, Zach Maynard completed 17 of 30 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
Bryce Treggs' first career reception was good for a 37-yard touchdown reception from Maynard. Treggs joins Spencer Hagan as the only active Bears to score a touchdown on their first career receptions. Hagan's came last season against Presbyterian. Treggs caught three passes in the game for 63 yards and the score.
Another true freshman wide receiver, Chris Harper, hauled in a big touchdown for the Bears halfway through the fourth quarter on a 13-yard pass from Maynard. Harper finished the day with five catches for 58 yards and the TD. The last time two Cal true freshmen both scored in their first game at Cal was Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett on Sept. 4, 2004, at Air Force.
Josh Hill was Cal's leading tackler on the day with a career high 9.5 tackles, including one for loss. Other Bear defenders who reached new career highs in tackles were Steve Williams (9), Brennan Scarlett (8), Chris McCain (7.5), Robert Mullins (7.5), Alex Logan (4.5), Kameron Jackson (4.5) and Nick Forbes (2.5).
Marc Anthony collected a career-high three tackles for loss. J.P. Hurrell forced the first fumble of 2012 on the kickoff following Allen's touchdown. It was recovered by Jackson. Playing in his first career game, Todd Barr secured 1.5 tackles, including a 0.5 sack and a 1.5 tackle for loss. Keni Kaufusi notched his first career forced fumble, to go along with a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss.
Making their first career starts today were Jordan Rigsbee, Chris Adcock, Bryce Treggs, Richard Rodgers, Brennan Scarlett, Alex Logan and Allan Bridgford. Also, Matt Summers-Gavin started his 26th game, the most among active Cal players, and Brian Schwenke started his 25th game.