Sept. 12, 2010
BERKELEY - Four Cal players earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards at their respective positions for their performances in Cal's 52-7 victory over Colorado at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11.
Junior punter Bryan Anger had a big day, averaging 48.2 yards per punt on four tries, including a season-long boot of 66 yards and another of 58. He also had a 63-yarder called back due to a Cal penalty but followed it with the 66-yarder on his second try. He is second in the Pac-10 this season with a 48.6 average on seven punts, has three punts of 50 or more yards and has trapped opponents inside their 20 on three occasions.
Senior defensive back Darian Hagan put the finishing touches on the win with 0:34 remaining by returning a fumble 82 yards for his first career touchdown after teammate Robert Mullins had stripped the ball away from Colorado's Ryan Deehan, causing the ball to fly into Hagan's hands. Hagan also had four tackles and a pass breakup.
Senior linebacker Mike Mohamed had a huge game with a career-high-tying 14 tackles and his seventh career interception (Cal's active leader) that he returned 41 yards for his second career touchdown with 0:11 seconds remaining in the first half to give Cal a 31-0 lead at the break. He added a quarterback hurry and 0.5 tackles for loss. On the season, he is fifth in the Pac-10 and No. 29 nationally with an average of 10.5 tackles per game. He has moved into eighth on Cal's all-time tackles list with 266. Last year, Mohamed led the Pac-10 with 112 stops.
Senior quarterback Kevin Riley tied a career-high with four touchdown passes and completed 15 of 24 passes for 197 yards and no interceptions for his second consecutive solid game leading a team that is averaging 52.0 points per contest. He leads the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally in passing efficiency (205.27), having completed 29 of 44 passes for 455 yards with seven touchdowns with no interceptions. His seven TD passes in the first two games of 2010 have moved him to No. 6 on Cal's list of all-time leaders with his career total of 44 having most recently moved him past Aaron Rodgers. He has also moved into ninth on Cal's all-time list for passing yards with a career total of 5,228.
Cal returned to the national rankings on Sunday for the first time in 2010 at No. 24 with the release of the week three USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Bears were also among those receiving votes in the AP Top 25 while adding a No. 25 ranking in the ESPNU Fan Poll.
Cal has jumped off to a 2-0 start with blowout 52-3 and 52-7 home victories over UC Davis and Colorado, respectively.
The Bears will be on the road for five of their next seven games including a nationally televised ESPN2 contest next up at Nevada this Friday, Sept. 17 (7:00 p.m. PT).
Season tickets are still on sale with all five of the team's exciting Pac-10 home games still on the docket against UCLA (Oct. 9), Arizona State (Oct. 23), Oregon (Nov. 13), Stanford (Nov. 20) and Washington (Nov. 27) for Cal's final year in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium.
Season tickets in the Gold Zone and Blue Zone begin at $115 for youth and seniors, while season tickets also remain in the donor section comprising the best seats in the house.
Call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or visit CalBears.com to purchase your 2010 Cal football tickets now.
2010 REMAINING CAL FOOTBALL HOME SCHEDULE
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