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Saturday, Sept. 11, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
California (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) vs. Colorado (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA Live Coverage
TV: Fox Sports Net / Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area - Steve Physioc (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Michael Eaves (Sideline) Cal Commercial Radio: *Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Pregame Show, Sideline), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Kate Scott Postgame Show)Each broadcast begins with a 60-minute pregame show, with Todd McKim hosting the first 30 minutes live from Maxwell Family Field adjacent to Memorial Stadium for home games. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott. ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger, Elliott Schwimmer .Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on Sirius channel 215 and XM channel 194.
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Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems will bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replayed several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 68-35/9th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 4
Series Record: series tied, 2-2-0
First Meeting: 9/28/68, 10-0 Cal
Last Meeting: 9/11/82, 31-17 Cal
Current Streak: Cal win one
Tedford vs. Colorado: 0-0
Kickoff - Colorado at California (Saturday, Sept. 4, 12:30 p.m.)
California (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) hosts Colorado (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11 (12:30 p.m. PT), with the future Pac-12 member making its first visit to Berkeley since 1968. Long-range forecasts show sunny weather conditions but with a high of only 62 degrees expected. Both teams started their 2010 seasons with victories last Saturday. Cal was a 52-3 winner over UC Davis at Memorial Stadium, while Colorado knocked off Colorado State at home, 24-3.
Cal averaged 8.4 wins per season in the first eight years under head coach Jeff Tedford to rank second among Pac-10 teams behind only USC with 68 victories during that period.
Cal-Colorado Series Notes
Cal and Colorado have split the four previous meetings between the schools with the last coming before any of the players on either team were born, exactly 28 years prior to the 2010 meeting on Sept. 11, 1982. Cal was a 31-17 winner in Boulder in that contest. Colorado also hosted the Golden Bears in 1975 and 1972, winning those games by respective scores of 34-27 and 20-10. The only previous meeting in Berkeley was a 1968 game in Memorial Stadium, with the Bears victorious, 10-0.
Cal against the Big 12
Cal has a record of 15-20-1 record in 36 all-time games against schools currently in the Big 12. Here's the breakdown against the 11 teams the Bears have played: Baylor (1-2), Colorado (2-2), Iowa State (1-0), Kansas (3-2), Kansas State (0-1), Missouri (4-2-1), Nebraska (0-3), Oklahoma (2-2), Texas (0-4), Texas A&M (2-1) and Texas Tech (0-1). The Bears have never played Oklahoma State. Cal is 2-2 against Big 12 schools under Jeff Tedford, with wins over Baylor (70-22, 2002) and Texas A&M (45-10, 2006, Holiday Bowl) and losses to Kansas State (42-28, 2003) and Texas Tech (45-31, 2004, Holiday Bowl).
Cal Begins Season Unranked Nationally
Cal started the 2010 campaign unranked for only the fourth time since Jeff Tedford took over as head coach in 2002. The Bears' highest ranking during this time came in 2006, when Cal was listed at No. 9 by AP. The Bears have started the season No. 12 on four occasions: 2004, 2007 and 2009, while they were 19th in 2005. The next set of national polls will be released after games taking place Labor Day on Sept. 6, 2010.
Cal Picked Seventh in Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
After being picked to finish second in the Pac-10 preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league five of the previous six years, Cal was chosen seventh in 2010. Defending Pac-10 champion Oregon narrowly edged USC as the choice to win the 2010 Pac-10 title. The Ducks received 15 of the 25 first-place votes, snapping USC's eight-year run at the top, and were chosen to win the conference for only the second time (also in 2001) in the second-closest voting since the poll began in 1961. USC was tabbed to finish second in the poll and was followed by Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Washington, Cal, UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State. Each of the top eight teams other than Cal received at least one first-place vote as a record seven teams received at least one first-place vote in the balloting.
Jeff Tedford Passes Pappy Waldorf on Coaching Wins Leaderboard
Ninth-year head coach Jeff Tedford recorded his 68th career victory at Cal with a 52-3 win over UC Davis on Sept. 4, 2010, passing the legendary Pappy Waldorf on the school's all-time list. Tedford also equaled Waldorf's all-time school record of games coached in the contest as he walked the sidelines for the 103rd time. Tedford now has both an all-time and Cal coaching record of 68-35 (.660). He ranks third on the school's all-time win list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). In addition, Tedford has led his team to a current string of seven consecutive bowl appearances (2003-09) to set a school record and eight straight winning seasons (2002-09) to tie another school mark. He is one of only eight current FBS coaches to have an active string of at least eight consecutive winning seasons. In addition, his teams won a school-record four bowl games in a row (2005-08) and have registered a 7-1 mark in Big Games to equal Waldorf's seven victories over Stanford. His win totals for conference games (41) and road contests (23) are already the most ever by a Cal coach.
Most Wins in Cal History
Coach Record Seasons
Andy Smith 74-16-7 1916-25
*James Schaeffer 73-16-8 1909-15
Jeff Tedford 68-35-0 2002-Current
Pappy Waldorf 67-32-4 1947-56
*Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
Leading Rusher, Receiver, Passer and Tackler All Return
Cal has its leading rusher, receiver, passer and tackler from 2009 all back on the squad in 2010 in tailback Shane Vereen, wide receiver Marvin Jones, quarterback Kevin Riley and linebacker Mike Mohamed.
After Jahvid Best suffered a season-ending injury against Oregon State, Vereen became the team's primary ball carrier over the final four games of 2009 and rushed for 566 yards and six touchdowns on 108 carries during that stretch, averaging 141.5 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry. Vereen earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and finished the 2009 campaign as Cal's leading rusher with 952 yards on 183 carries. He also tied for the team lead with 12 rushing scores, equaling the total posted by Best. Among the Pac-10's per-game leaders, Vereen finished sixth in rushing yards (73.23), tied for sixth in all-purpose running (135.15), tied for 10th in scoring (6.46) and 15th in total offense. He was also sixth in the league in kick return average (23.0 ypr), leading Cal in that category as well as with 1,757 total all-purpose yards (952 rush, 244 receive, 10 punt return, 551 kick return).
Jones paced the club in receptions (43), receiving yards (651) and receiving touchdowns (6). He had at least one reception in all 13 games and ended the campaign with four receptions or more in each of the final four contests, including career highs of six receptions and 107 receiving yards at Washington in the regular-season finale. Riley completed 209 of 382 passes (54.7%) for a career-high 2,850 yards, which ranks as the fourth-best single season in school history. He finished fourth in the Pac-10 in passing average (219.2 ypg) and passing touchdowns (18), as well as sixth in pass efficiency (128.7) and total offense (223.2 ypg).
Mohamed was a first-team All-Pac-10 and postseason Phil Steele All-Pac-10 first-team selection after leading the conference with 112 tackles, 16 more than the 96 posted by USC's Taylor Mays. Mohamed also earned District 8 All-Academic first-team honors from CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine for the first time and Pac-10 All-Academic first-team honors for the second year in a row. The quartet is part of a total of 19 players returning that started at least five games and 54 letterwinners that return in 2010.
Anger, Miller, Mohamed and Riley Preseason All-Americans Punter Bryan Anger, tight end Anthony Miller, linebacker Mike Mohamed and quarterback Kevin Riley have been named preseason All-Americans by at least one media outlet prior to the start of the 2010 season to lead Cal's preseason honors. A full listing of all preseason honors and rankings for Cal players can be found on the sidebars of pages two and three of game notes. Mohamed was the most decorated Cal player prior to the 2010 campaign, having been selected to the prestigious Playboy All-America team, while also earning a second-team nod by The Kickoff, third-team honors from NationalChamps.net, Phil Steele and Rivals, and honorable mention from the College Football Insiders and Consensus Draft Services. He is also on 2010 preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, The Lott Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award, in addition to being listed as a preseason favorite for the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy. Anger also earned several preseason All-America honors, including a third-team selection from Phil Steele and honorable mention recognition from the College Football Insiders and NationalChamps.net.
Miller was an honorable mention choice of the College Football Insiders, while Riley was picked as an honorable mention selection of Consensus Draft Services. The preseason All-America nods were the first for both players.
14 Pick Up 2010 Preseason All-Pac-10 Honors
Preseason All-America honorees Bryan Anger, Anthony Miller, Mike Mohamed and Kevin Riley were joined by 10 teammates that also notched preseason All-Pac-10 honors, including Sean Cattouse (Jr., DB), Chris Guarnero (Sr., OL), Derrick Hill (Sr., DL), Marvin Jones (Jr., WR), Cameron Jordan (Sr., DL), Mychal Kendricks (Jr., LB), Jeremy Ross (Sr., WR/RET), Mitchell Schwartz (Jr., OL), Matt Summers-Gavin (So., OL) and Shane Vereen (Jr., TB).
Cal allowed only 81 total yards of offense (14 rushing, 67 passing) in the debut of first-year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast in the team's 2010 season opener against UC Davis, marking the first time Cal had held its opponent to fewer than 150 yards of total offense since San Jose State totaled 147 on Oct. 1, 1994. The Aggies managed only four first downs and averaged just 1.8 yards on 45 plays. The Bears surrendered a first down to UC Davis on the first play of the game, then didn't give up another one until the Aggies' first drive of the third quarter. UC Davis' four total first downs tie for the third fewest ever by a Cal opponent and is the lowest total since San Jose State had just one in 1968 against Cal's Bear Minimum defense.
Cal scored 50 or more points in a season opener for the second consecutive year and for the third time since Andy Ludwig became the team's offensive coordinator in 2009 with its 52-3 victory over UC Davis on Saturday, running its string of victories when the team scores at least 30 points to 29 in a row. It was the 10th time under head coach Jeff Tedford the Bears have reached the 50-point plateau. Cal's 517 yards of total offense - equally balanced with 287 passing and 230 rushing - were the most since the Golden Bears amassed 559 against Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009. The 500-plus yard effort marked the fourth time in 14 games over the last two seasons that Cal has reached the mark. In 2009, Cal's fate largely rested on the performance of its offense as the Bears averaged 40.1 points per outing in the team's eight wins, while scoring only 11.4 points per contest in its five losses.
Final Season in Current Memorial Stadium Configuration
The 2010 season will be Cal's final campaign in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium. Cal will host its 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park, playing its home games away from Memorial Stadium for the first time ever since the facility opened in 1923. Cal will return to a renovated and retrofitted venue in 2012.
The 52-3 final score in Cal's win over UC Davis was not deceptive. Here's a quick look at some of the key categories on the stat sheet.
Category UCD CAL
First Downs 26 4
Net Yards Rushing 14 230
Net Yards Passing 67 287
Total Offensive Yards 81 517
Possession Time 21:34 38:26
Sparkling Debut for Keenan Allen
True freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen made one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history. Allen caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown reception. His 120 receiving yards were the most by a Cal wide receiver since LaReylle Cunningham had 138 yards at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008, and only 10 shy of the single-game true freshman school record set twice by DeSean Jackson at UCLA (Oct. 8, 2005) and in the Las Vegas Bowl versus BYU (Dec. 22, 2005). Allen also had three rushes for 38 yards, including one on an option in which he reversed field and went 18 yards for a score after the play had broken down, as well as another on a 17-yarder that was ruled a lateral. He added one kick return for 18 yards.
Kevin Riley continued to climb in Cal's career record book after completing 14-of-20 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the season opener versus UC Davis. The three touchdown throws gives him 40 for his career to tie Mike Pawlawski (1988-91) for seventh place all-time at Cal, with Riley having now thrown three or more TDs in a game on six occasions. He also notched his sixth career 250-yard game to move into 10th on the school's all-time list, while moving past the 5,000 mark for career passing yards. His new total of 5,031 is only nine short of Justin Vedder in 10th place. Riley continues to lead the Pac-10's active quarterbacks in career victories (16-8 in 24 starts), touchdowns and games played (tied with Washington's Jake Locker at 29).
Vereen Scores Three Times, Extends Catch Streak
Senior tailback Shane Vereen continued to find the end zone with three touchdowns during the team's season opener against UC Davis, recording a multiple-touchdown game for the fifth time in his career and equaling his previous career game-high of three against both Eastern Washington and Stanford in 2009. Vereen scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground - on a pair of seven-yard runs - to move into sole possession of eighth-place on Cal's career list with 18 scores. He was also on the receiving end of a 23-yard pass to lift his all-time total to 22 touchdowns and 132 points. Last year, Vereen equaled the 12 touchdowns scored on the ground by Jahvid Best and added another two on scoring grabs. For good measure against UC Davis, Vereen also extended his string of consecutive games with at least one catch in all 27 of his collegiate contests, with two grabs for 28 yards.
Mohamed Moves onto Top-10 List for Career Tackles
Preseason All-American linebacker Mike Mohamed has moved into 10th place on Cal's all-time list of tacklers. The 2009 Pac-10 leader paced Cal with a team-high seven stops in the season-opener against UC Davis to give him 252 for his career. Eighth place is within reasonable reach for Mohamed during his next game vs. Colorado with Syd'Quan Thompson (257, 9th) and Donnie McCleskey (258, 8th) the next two players in front of him.
Backup Backs Post Career Bests
Backup tailback Isi Sofele had the biggest rushing game of his Cal career in the season opener versus UC Davis, setting new highs with nine carries and 58 yards rushing. Dasarte Yarnway also rushed five times for 23 yards in his first collegiate contest.
Jones Has Big Day
Marvin Jones, the team's leading receiver last year, started the 2010 campaign with a team-high five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. One of his catches was of the spectacular variety, when he came down with a career-long 51-yarder from Kevin Riley at the UC Davis 29-yard line despite a pass interference penalty called on a defender who was draped on him.
Sweeney's Significant Stats
Backup quarterback Beau Sweeney had his biggest day as a college player after entering the game for the second series of the second half. Sweeney completed 6-of-8 attempts for 29 yards and added six carries for 34 yards and his first career touchdown, all career highs.
Tavecchio Ties Career Mark
Placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio tied a single-game career high by converting on each of his seven extra-point attempts. He added a 23-yard field goal on his only attempt to give him 10 points, marking the fourth time in his career he has reached double digits. Perhaps more significantly, Tavecchio's kickoffs reached an average of the 5-yard-line, a marked improvement from last season when his average kick landed near the opponents' 12.
Action Spread Around
Cal's stat sheet against UC Davis included nine players that had rushing stats, 11 that caught at least one of the team's 20 completions, 24 tacklers and three quarterbacks that saw action among the 73 players that participated.
Success in Even-Numbered Years
Cal has had big seasons in each of the previous three even years, posting records of 10-2 (2004), 10-3 (2006) and 9-4 (2008). After a victory in its 2010 season-opener versus UC Davis, Cal is now a combined mark of 30-9 (.769) over the last four campaigns occurring in even years. Even more impressive, the Bears are a perfect 20-0 at home during the period with a 5-0 record at Memorial Stadium in 2004, followed by 7-0 marks in both 2006 and 2008, and a current 1-0 tally in 2010.
One Rushing Streak Ends, Another Trend Continues
Cal's string of seven straight seasons in which a running back gained over 1,000 yards ended in 2009, but the Bears did have two players rush for 600 or more yards for the sixth time in the last seven seasons in a testament to the program's two-tailback philosophy. Shane Vereen led the team with a career-high 952 yards on the ground, while Jahvid Best added 867 despite missing the final four games due to injury. Cal got off to a good start in making that seven of the last eight years with two backs recording at least 600 yards on the ground as Shane Vereen had 67 and Isi Sofele added 52 in the 2010 season opener against UC Davis.
Bears Coming Off Best Road Record Since 2004
Cal will play twice at home before hitting the road for the first time in 2010 at Nevada on Friday, Sept. 17, in a nationally-televised ESPN2 contest. Last year, Cal posted a 4-2 record in true road games to register its best mark in those contests since 2004. The Bears won at Minnesota (Sept. 19), UCLA (Oct. 17), Arizona State (Oct. 31) and Stanford (Nov. 21), with the two losses coming at Oregon (Sept. 26) and Washington (Dec. 5). The 2004 squad was 5-1 in true road contests. Prior to 2009, Cal hadn't posted a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2 in true road games.
The Cal offense was known for the big play in 2009, and the Bears came up with five plays of at least 20 yards in their 2010 season-opener. Quarterback Kevin Riley connected three times on passes of at least 45 yards, with Marvin Jones (career-high 51 yards) and Keenan Allen (career-high 48-yard TD, 45 yards) the recipients. The other two plays of 20 or more yards were a 37-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Riley to tailback Shane Vereen.
On the Tube
Cal has appeared on live television 45 times in its last 46 contests with the lone exception the Bears' home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009, snapping a string of 38 straight games on television. A total of 87 games have been televised over the last nine seasons during the Jeff Tedford era. Cal had every game of a season televised for the first time in 2007 and then repeated the feat in 2008.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has posted an overall record of 34-6 (.850) at Memorial Stadium over its last 40 games dating back to the final two home contests of 2003. In fact, Cal is a perfect 34-0 at home over this period against teams other than Oregon State (0-4) and USC (0-3), who have combined to go 7-0 at Memorial Stadium since the Bears knocked off the Trojans at home in 2003. Cal has been unbeaten at home in a season three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford. The Golden Bears' appeal is shown by a current streak of 38 games with at least 50,000-plus fans in attendance at Memorial Stadium (every contest over the last seven seasons), including 58,040 in its 2010 season opener against UC Davis. Cal just missed averaging a home crowd of 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years in 2009 with its average crowd of 59,472 over six dates. The team's best attendance numbers during the Tedford era came in 2006, when the Bears drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest. The Bears most recent sellout was a crowd of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3, 2009.
Looking for School Record Ninth Winning Season in a Row
Cal is looking for its ninth consecutive winning season in 2010 to establish a school record. The Bears current run of eight straight winning seasons from 2002-09 has tied an 85-year-old school mark that was set 1918-25 under head coach Andy Smith. The Bears did record 10 straight winning seasons from 1907-16 but those were split between rugby (8, 1907-14) and football (2, 1915-16).
Cal has played in a bowl game for each of the last seven seasons to set a school record, recording a 5-2 record in those contests and winning a school record four in a row from 2005-08. Head coach Jeff Tedford is the only Cal coach to have ever won more than two bowl games. Each of Cal's seven bowl appearances under Tedford are listed below.
Year - Bowl (Result)
2003 - Insight Bowl (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
2004 - Holiday Bowl (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31)
2005 - Las Vegas Bowl (Cal 35, BYU 28)
2006 - Holiday Bowl (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10)
2007 - Armed Forces Bowl (Cal 42, Air Force 36)
2008 - Emerald Bowl (Cal 24, Miami 17)
2009 - Poinsettia Bowl (Utah 37, Cal 27)
Being the Best, Beating the Best
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-20 when the club is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 27 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-14 record in those contests. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams - defeating then-No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) and then winning at then-No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 28) - for the first time since 1950.
Turnover Margin a Key
Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and the Golden Bears had another excellent season in 2009 with a +.31 per-game margin (21 takeaways, 17 turnovers). The Bears are 38-4 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 16-9 when tied and 14-22 when opponents win the battle. In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 23-2 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-6 when the turnover table is tied and 8-19 with a deficit. In the first game of 2010 against UC Davis, both the Bears and the Aggies had a single giveaway.
Cal has two new coaches on board in 2010 with the addition of defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Genyk. Pendergast is in his 20th season of coaching at either the professional or collegiate level in 2010, including the last six campaigns as an NFL defensive coordinator with Kansas City (2009) and Arizona (2004-08). He served as the defensive coordinator for the 2008 Arizona team that reached Super Bowl XLIII after capturing the NFC title. Genyk is in his 19th season of collegiate coaching in 2010, most recently having served as a head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2004-08. He previously had a 12-year stint as an assistant at Northwestern from 1992-2003.
Lots of New Faces
Cal had five players make their first collegiate start and four true freshmen play in the 2010 season opener against UC Davis, and a total of 21 players see their first collegiate action. Wide receiver Keenan Allen became the first true freshman to start in his first game at Cal since wide receiver DeSean Jackson in 2005. Others making their first collegiate start were Marc Anthony (So., CB), Ernest Owusu (Jr., DL), Brian Schwenke (So., LG) and Eric Stevens (So., FB). True freshman that played in addition to Allen included linebackers Nick Forbes and David Wilkerson, and tight end Jacob Wark. Others who saw their first collegiate action were Mark Brazinski (RFr., OL), Dan Camporeale (RFr., LB), Austin Clark (RFr., DL), Deandre Coleman (RFr., DL), Ryan Davis (Jr., LB), Sam DeMartinis (Jr., OL), Nico Dumont (RFr., FB), Coleman Edmond (Jr., WR), Tyré Ellison (So., DB), Justin Gates (Jr., OL), Spencer Hagan (RFr., WR), Alex Logan (RFr., DB), Dash Oliver (Fr., DB), Tyler Rigsbee (So., OL), Charles Siddoway (RFr., OL), Steve Williams (RFr., DB) and Dasarte Yarnway (RFr., TB).
More Notes from the UC Davis Game
Cal led 35-0 at halftime to mark the first time Cal had shut out an opponent through the first half since Oct. 1, 2005, when the Bears led Arizona, 14-0, at halftime in an eventual 28-0 win. The last time Cal led by 35 at halftime was Sept. 6, 2008, when Cal was ahead 42-3 at Washington State during a 66-3 victory.
Cal scored 28 points in the second quarter, marking the first time Cal had scored that many in a single period since they tallied 28 points in the first quarter of a 49-17 victory over Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal players have earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors 83 times in the past eight years from 2002-09 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal players were recognized on the 2009 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Mark Boskovich, Alex Lagemann and Mike Mohamed were first-team selections. Ernest Owusu, Matt Summers-Gavin and Giorgio Tavecchio were named to the second team, while Skylar Curran, Chris Guarnero and Mitchell Schwartz received honorable mention recognition. Boskovich and Mohamed also earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 first-team honors, while Syd'Quan Thompson was named one of 22 national winners of the Academic Momentum Award as part of the Scholar-Baller Program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). After a period on academic probation following his first year at Cal, Thompson's GPA improved to 2.995 during the spring of 2009. In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete. Of the 163 seniors who have played for Tedford, 144 (88%) have earned their degrees and/or gone on NFL careers. The Cal football team was second in the Pac-10 in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released in June of 2010.
Cal's Colorado Connections
Three Cal players - Chris Guarnero (Westminster, CO/Mullen HS), Austin Hinder (Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs HS) and Alex Logan (Denver, CO/Mullen HS) - list cities in Colorado as their hometown. Guarnero and Logan both hail from the same high school.
Offensive line coach Steve Marshall was the offensive line coach at Colorado for two seasons from 2000-01, helping lead the Buffaloes to the Fiesta Bowl following a 2001 Big 12 title.
Strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Colorado State from 1993-96, helping the Rams to the Holiday Bowl in following the 1994 season in which CSU won the Western Athletic Conference and the 1995 campaign in which the Rams tied for the league title.
Cal improved to 72-39-4 (.644) in season openers with its UC Davis win and has now won six of its last seven. Cal also upped its perfect home record when opening the season in Berkeley since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival. The Bears had previous home victories over Baylor (2002), Sacramento State (2005), Tennessee (2007), Michigan State (2008) and Maryland (2009). Cal is 7-2 overall in season openers under Tedford, also with a victory at Air Force (2004), and losses vs. Kansas State (2003, in Kansas City) and Tennessee (2006).