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Starkey Set for NFF On-Campus Salute Nov. 27 (Sept. 21)
Cal Football Weekly Press Conference Quotes (Sept. 21)
Vereen and Jones Pick up CFPA Honors (Sept. 19)
Nevada Outscores Cal, 54-31 (Sept. 18)
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Mohamed Named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Sept. 14)
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2010 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. (PT)
California (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) vs. Arizona (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
TV (Cal.): Comcast SportsNet California (Comcast Channel 410, DirecTV Channel 699, Dish Channel 452, AT&T Channel 768) - Jim Kozimor (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst); TV (Ariz.): Fox Sports Arizona - Dave Sitton (Play-By-Play), John Fina (Analyst) 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. 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) - KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger, Elliott Schwimmer. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The Arizona broadcast feed of the game can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on Sirius channel 214 (also a best of XM channel) and XM channel 193.
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Cal Coaches Corner: This week's Cal Coaches Corner features four guests from the Golden Bears -- football coach Jeff Tedford, women's tennis coach Amanda Augustus, women's soccer coach Neil McGuire and senior defensive end Cameron Jordan. The show airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910 AM) live from the Paragon in the Claremont Hotel. Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont, while those who want to submit questions to Coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
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GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 69-36/9th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 29
Series Record: Cal leads series, 14-13-2
First Meeting: 10/14/78, 33-20 Cal
Last Meeting: 11/14/09, 24-16 Cal
Current Streak: Cal win 1
Tedford vs. Arizona: 5-3
Kickoff - Cal at No. 14/16 Arizona (Sat., Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT)
Cal (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) visits Arizona (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams on Saturday, Sept. 25 (7:00 p.m. MT/PT) at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats moved up 10 spots to No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and two places to No. 16 according to USA Today after knocking off Iowa (previously No. 9 AP/No. 10 USA Today) in a thrilling 34-27 win over the Big Ten opponent. Cal, which was ranked 24th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll last week, fell out of the ratings following its 52-31 loss at Nevada last Friday.
The Cal defense will be facing one of the nation's top offenses for the second consecutive week, matching up with a Wildcat passing game that leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 6 nationally with an average of 330.33 yards per game. Last week, the Golden Bears squared off against a Nevada squad that came into the game No. 1 in the country in total offense.
The current long-range forecast for Tucson is calling for a 30 percent change of isolated thunderstorms on gameday with a high of 95 degrees and a low of 70.
For (Pac-10) Openers
Cal has a 6-2 all-time record in Pac-10 openers under head coach Jeff Tedford. The Golden Bears had won six straight from 2003-08 (USC, at Oregon State, at Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State) before dropping their 2009 Pac-10 debut at Oregon. Cal also lost Tedford's first-ever game as a Pac-10 head coach to Washington State in 2002. The victory over Arizona was a 45-27 decision in Berkeley on Sept. 22, 2007.
Cal Falls out of National Rankings
After the entering the national rankings for the first time in 2010 at No. 24 after a 2-0 start in the week three USA Today Coaches' Poll, the Golden Bears fell out of the organization's ratings after last Friday's 52-31 loss at Nevada. The Bears have been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the last seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002. Cal also dropped out of both the ESPN.com Power Rankings and the ESPNU Fan Rankings, where the Bears had been No. 24 and No. 25, respectively, the previous week.
Cal-Arizona Series Notes
Cal leads the all-time series with Arizona, 14-13-2, having edged ahead of the Wildcats with a classic 24-16 victory over a then No. 18-ranked Arizona team at Memorial Stadium last Nov. 14. Giorgio Tavecchio put the Bears ahead, 16-15, on a 22-yard field goal with 4:46 to go to cap a 13-play, 72-yard drive. Shane Vereen then clinched it on a 61-yard touchdown run with 1:21 remaining. In between the two Cal scores, Arizona had moved the ball to the Golden Bears 25-yard line only to have quarterback Nick Foles catch a batted down pass and try to throw it again. The Wildcats lost 14 yards and a down on the play to fall out of a potential game-winning field goal position.
The Bears have a 5-3 record against Arizona since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002, but have dropped each of their last two games and three of four overall in Tucson. Arizona won a 42-27 shootout the last time the teams played in the desert on Oct. 18, 2008, scoring 28 third-quarter points to erase a 24-14 Cal halftime lead.
Vereen, Jones Pac-10 Leaders
Tailback Shane Vereen and wide receiver Marvin Jones are now leading the Pac-10 in individual stat categories. Vereen paces the conference in rushing (108.0 ypg, 49 rushes, 324 rushing yards, No. 20 NCAA) and scoring (16.0 ppg, 48 points, No. 2-T NCAA), while Jones has more receptions (21, 7.0 rpg, No. 15 NCAA) than any other player in the league and is second with 109.33 receiving yards per game (No. 12 NCAA). The Bears have never had the Pac-10's top rusher and receiver in the same season, with Jahvid Best (2008) and Geoff MacArthur (2003) the last players to lead the Pac-10 in rushing and receiving, respectively.
Cal has had the Pac-10's rushing leader in three of the past six years, with J.J. Arrington (2004, 168.2 ypg), Marshawn Lynch (2006, 104.3 ypg) and Jahvid Best (2008, 131.7 ypg) taking the conference's rushing crowns.
MacArthur caught 85 passes for 1,504 yards in 13 contests for an average of 115.4 receiving yards per game in 2003.
Vereen and Jones both had the most productive game of their collegiate career in a 52-31 loss at Nevada last Friday. Vereen ran for a career-high 198 rushing yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns on 19 carries, while Jones put up career bests with 12 receptions for 161 yards.
Vereen, Jones on Brink of Career Milestones
Both Shane Vereen and Marvin Jones nearly reached career milestones during the Nevada game with Vereen's updated career total of 1,991 rushing yards leaving him nine shy of the 2,000 mark, while Jones now has 987 career receiving yards and needs only 13 more to hit 1,000.
Vereen Tied for Second Nationally in Scoring
Tailback Shane Vereen has found the end zone often in the team's first three games, with eight touchdowns for 48 points and a 16.0 points per-game scoring average that, in addition to leading the Pac-10, ranks him tied for second nationally in scoring. Vereen has scored six rushing touchdowns and added two more on catches. He had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) during the team's season opener against UC Davis, equaling his previous career game high of three (all rushing) against both Eastern Washington and Stanford in 2009. He came back with two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) against Colorado and then added three more (all rushing) at Nevada to once again match both career highs. Vereen now has 22 career rushing touchdowns and is tied for sixth on Cal's all-time list with Paul Jones (1975-77, 1979) and Lindsey Chapman (1991-93). Justin Forsett (26 TDs, 2004-07) is his next target. Vereen has a career total of 162 points, adding five receiving touchdowns to his 22 on the ground. He has scored multiple touchdowns in games seven times, including five of the last six contests dating back to last season. Vereen also has at least one catch in all 29 of his collegiate contests.
Jones on Pace for One of Best Seasons by Cal Receiver
The team-leading 21 receptions and 328 receiving yards posted by wide receiver Marvin Jones through the team's first three games have him on pace for one of the best seasons by a Cal receiver in school history. If he were to continue his current pace for a 13-game season that would include a postseason bowl game, Jones would end up with 101 receptions and 1,422 receiving yards, which would be the best and second-best seasons ever posted by a Cal receiver in those two categories, respectively. Jones also has two touchdown grabs in 2010 as well as the two longest catches of his career, with a 62-yarder against Colorado after having hauled in a 51-yard catch vs. UC Davis. Ironically, neither of those catches were for touchdowns, with his two scores coming on a 13-yarder against UC Davis and a four-yarder vs. Colorado. After opening with five catches for 81 yards and a TD against UC Davis, he came back with four catches for 86 yards against Colorado before exploding for his career highs of 12 catches and 161 yards at Nevada.
More on Marvin
Marvin Jones' performance of 12 catches for 161 receiving yards at Nevada tied for the seventh-most catches by a Cal receiver in school history and were the most since Geoff MacArthur hauled in a school-record 16 at Stanford on Nov. 22, 2003. His yardage total was the most since Lavelle Hawkins had 192 yards vs. Oregon State on Oct. 13, 2007.
Tedford Approaching Cal's All-Time Wins Mark
Ninth-year head coach Jeff Tedford has already become Cal's all-time leader in games coached and its modern-era victory leader in 2010 and now sports an all-time record at Cal of 69-36 (.657), only five victories behind leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and four shy of James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). In addition, Tedford has led his teams 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), are 5-2 overall in bowls and have registered a 7-1 mark in Big Games to equal the legendary Pappy 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 69-36-0 2002-Current
*Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
Balanced Offensive Production
Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 45.0 points per game in its first three contests of 2010. The Bears boast an equally balanced attack that is also third in the league in both rushing (204.67 ypg, No. 27 NCAA) and passing (253.67 ypg, No. 34 NCAA), while ranking fourth in total offense (458.33 ypg, No. 22 NCAA). Cal has surpassed 500 yards of total offense twice in 2010 against UC Davis (517 - 230 rush, 287 pass) and at Nevada (502 - 225 rush, 287 pass).
30-Plus Point Win Streak Ends
Cal had won 30 consecutive games when the team scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17. The last time the Bears had lost a contest when scoring at least 30 came when they fell, 47-40, at UCLA on Oct. 8, 2005. Cal is now 53-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Cal is tied for the Pac-10 lead in red-zone production. The Bears have scored on each of their 15 trips into the red zone, with 12 touchdowns and three field goals for a total of 81 points. Stanford (16 TD, 105 points) is the only Pac-10 team that has found the end zone more times and scored more points than the Bears once in the red zone.
Although Cal gave up 52 points and 497 yards of total offense in its most recent game at Nevada, the team's defense has still had some stellar accomplishments in 2010. Cal allowed only 81 total yards of offense (14 rushing, 67 passing) in a season-opening 52-3 victory against UC Davis on Sept. 4, marking the first time the Bears had held an opponent to fewer than 150 yards 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 tied for the third fewest ever by a Cal opponent and were the lowest total since San Jose State had just one in 1968 against Cal's "Bear Minimum" defense. The Bears followed that performance by limiting Colorado to 241 yards of total offense (75 rushing, 166 passing) in a 52-7 victory against the Buffaloes on Sept. 11. At the end of the first quarter, Cal held an 88 to minus-8 total yards advantage, as well as a 14-0 lead on the scoreboard. The Cal defense put up more points (12) than it allowed (10) to the first two offenses it faced this season with a pair of defensive touchdowns against Colorado on a 41-yard interception return by Mike Mohamed and an 82-yard fumble return from Darian Hagan. The Bears have a total of 45 points after forcing turnovers this season, picking up 31 against Colorado after producing seven against UC Davis and then adding seven more at Nevada. After each of its first two games, Cal led the nation in total defense and still ranks 21st (273.0 ypg).
Special Teams Improvement
The 2010 Cal special teams have shown a significant improvement, especially in net punting and punt returns. Under first-year special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, the Bears are ninth nationally in punt returns (17.6 ypr) and 17th in net punting (41.22 ypp). Cal is second in the Pac-10 in punting and third in punt returns. Last year, the Bears were 24th nationally in punt returns (12.35 ypr) and 30th nationally in net punting (37.31 ypp).
Despite throwing three interceptions in a game for the first time in his career at Nevada in his most recent contest Sept. 17, Kevin Riley still ranks second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation with a passer efficiency rating of 165.29. Riley has completed 52-of-81 (64.2%) passes for 732 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions. In the season opener against UC Davis, Riley completed 14-of-20 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns for a 227.86 rating. He then completed 15-of-24 passes for 197 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns against Colorado for a 186.45 efficiency rating. He was 23-of-37 for a season-high 277 yards at Nevada. Riley continues to climb Cal's career record book. He is fourth in passer efficiency (133.0), sixth in touchdown passes (45), ninth in passing yardage (5,505) having moved past Aaron Rodgers against Nevada, tied for ninth in 300-yard games (2) and 10th in 250-yard games (7). Riley continues to lead the Pac-10's active quarterbacks in career victories (17-9 in 26 starts), touchdowns, and is tied in games played (31).
Mohamed Misses First Collegiate Game
Mike Mohamed missed the first game of his collegiate career due to a sprained toe at Nevada after having appeared in 41 consecutive contests beginning with the 2007 season opener. In his previous game against Colorado, during which he suffered the injury, he equaled a career best with 14 tackles and also returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown. Mohamed is in eighth place on Cal's all-time tackles list with a total of 266. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles, interceptions (7) and interception returns for a touchdown (2). The 2009 Pac-10 leader in tacklers was fifth in the conference and No. 29 nationally with an average of 10.5 stops per game prior to his injury, but needs to play at Arizona on Sept. 25 to move back into the conference and national rankings, which require a player to play in 75 percent of his team's games to qualify. His 0.50 interception average was tied for third in the Pac-10 and tied for No. 26 nationally.
Sparkling Debut for Allen
True freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen made one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history against UC Davis on Sept. 4 when he 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 (since surpassed by Marvin Jones' 161 yards at Nevada), and only 10 shy of the single-game true freshman school record set twice by DeSean Jackson in 2005. Allen has a team-high 18.5 yards per catch average, and is second behind Jones in both receptions (10) and receiving yards (185), while equaling his two TDs.
Anger off to Best Start of a Great Career
Bryan Anger is averaging 46.9 yards per punt during the first two games 2010, which is 4.3 yards better than his career average of 42.6, a figure that ranked him second all-time at Cal entering this season. The 2009 first-team All-Pac-10 selection and two-time member of the Ray Guy Watch List is second in the Pac-10 in punting but has not recorded the minimum number of punts (3.6 per game) to qualify for the national rankings. Anger has three punts of 50+ yards and has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on three occasions. His season best is a 66-yarder against Colorado that followed a 63-yarder that was called back due to a penalty.
Tavecchio Still Perfect
Placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio has made each of the 21 kicks he has attempted this year, converting 18-of-18 extra points and all three of his field goals. Tavecchio has twice tied a single-game career high by converting all seven of his extra-point attempts against both UC Davis and Colorado, then was 4-of-4 at Nevada. He has made the only field goal attempt he had in each game, hitting a 23-yard field goal against UC Davis, a 31-yarder vs. Colorado and a 22-yarder at Nevada. The 10-point efforts against both UC Davis and Colorado mark the fourth and fifth time in his career he has reached double digits in points. In addition, Tavecchio's 17 kickoffs this season have averaged 65.6 yards, a sharp improvement from his average of 58.1 yards per kickoff in 2009.
Holt Has Career Day at Nevada
With Mike Mohamed missing the game at Nevada due to injury, linebacker D.J. Holt picked up the slack and recorded a career-best 16 tackles. His number of stops was the most by a Cal player since Thomas DeCoud also had 16 at Washington on Nov. 17, 2007.
Action Spread Around
Cal's cumulative stats through three games include 12 players who have rushing stats, 15 who have caught at least one of the team's 58 pass completions, 36 who have made a tackle and three quarterbacks who have seen action among the 77 players who have participated, including 23 for the first time in their collegiate careers.
Success in Even-Numbered Years
Cal has had big seasons in each of the previous three even years on the calendar, posting records of 10-2 (2004), 10-3 (2006) and 9-4 (2008). Including a 2-1 mark in 2010, Cal is now a combined 31-10 (.756) over the last four campaigns occurring in even years. The Bears are a perfect 21-0 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 2-0 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.
Bears Coming Off Best Road Record Since 2004
Cal lost its first road game of 2010 at Nevada on Sept. 17 after having posted a 4-2 record in true road games last year to register its best mark in those contests since 2004. Cal 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.
Cal has been known for big plays and the 2010 team has been no different. The Bears have come up with 14 plays from the line of scrimmage of more than 20 yards, with half of those passes by quarterback Kevin Riley. Riley's longest two connections of the season have been to wide receiver Marvin Jones for 62 (Colorado) and 51 (UC Davis) yards, the two longest catches of Jones' career, in addition to finding him for two big shots of 39 and 24 yards at Nevada. Riley has also hit Keenan Allen three times for over 20 yards, with a career-high 48-yard TD against UC Davis, another 45-yarder vs. the Aggies and a 27-yarder against Colorado. Anthony Miller (career-long-tying 32 yards at Nevada), Jeremy Ross (27 yards vs. Colorado) and Shane Vereen (23-yard TD vs. UC Davis) have been his other completions of at least 20 yards. A 23-yard gain on a reverse by Jones was the team's only rush for 20 or more yards until Vereen came up with three at Nevada, including touchdowns of 59 and 50 yards, as well as another 35-yard chunk. The team's biggest play of the season is actually on defense, an 82-yard fumble recovery touchdown return by Darian Hagan against Colorado, while Mike Mohamed brought an interception back 41 yards for a score vs. the Buffaloes. Jeremy Ross also has all five of the team's returns that have exceeded 20 yards, with punt returns of 37 yards against UC Davis and 23 vs. Colorado as well as kick returns of 22, 21 and 20 yards at Nevada.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has posted an overall record of 35-6 (.850) at Memorial Stadium over its last 41 home games. In fact, Cal is a perfect 35-0 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 three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford. The Golden Bears also have a current streak of 39 games with at least 50,000-plus fans at Memorial Stadium (every contest over the last seven seasons), including 58,040 in its 2010 season opener against UC Davis and 55,440 vs. Colorado. 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.
On the Tube
Cal has appeared on live television 47 times over its last 48 contests with the lone exception a home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009, snapping a string of 38 straight games on TV. A total of 88 games have been televised over the last nine seasons under Jeff Tedford. Cal had every game televised for the first time in 2007 and then repeated the feat in 2008.
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 the first eight were rugby rather than football.
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.
Current Cal Bowl Streak
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 36-21 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
Cal currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and No. 23 nationally in turnover margin with a +1.00 per-game average. Cal had led the Pac-10 and was ranked No. 6 in the nation in turnover margin heading into its game at Nevada, but lost the turnover battle to the Wolf Pack when Nevada forced three turnovers (all interceptions) while committing only one (fumble) in its victory. Winning the turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 39-4 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 16-9 when tied and 14-23 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 its two victories this year, Cal forced six turnovers and did not give up any. The five turnovers by Coloradowere the most a Cal team had forced since the Bears also forced five (all interceptions) vs. Washington on Oct. 21, 2006.
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 has had six players make their first collegiate start in 2010, including wide receiver Keenan Allen, who became the first true freshman to start in his first game at Cal since wide receiver DeSean Jackson in 2005. Others who have made their first collegiate start include Marc Anthony (So., CB), Spencer Ladner (So., TE), Ernest Owusu (Jr., DL), Brian Schwenke (So., LG) and Eric Stevens (So., FB). True freshman that have played in 2010 in addition to Allen have included linebackers Nick Forbes and David Wilkerson, and tight end Jacob Wark. A total of 23 players have seen their first action at Cal in 2010, with the four true freshmen being joined by 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), Steven Fanua (RFr., LB), Justin Gates (Jr., OL), Spencer Hagan (RFr., WR), Alex Logan (RFr., DB), Dash Oliver (Fr., DB), Clark Porter (Jr., LS/LB), Tyler Rigsbee (So., OL), Charles Siddoway (RFr., OL), Steve Williams (RFr., DB) and Dasarte Yarnway (RFr., TB).
More Notes from Nevada Game
Linebacker Keith Browner forced the first fumble of his career when he sacked Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick to fumble with 5:19 remaining in the second quarter. Defensive lineman Deandre Coleman was credited with a fumble recovery on the play.
Defensive back Marc Anthony forced his first career fumble and recorded a career-high nine tackles, while defensive backfield teammate Josh Hill equaled a career-high eight stops.
More Notes from Colorado Game
Colorado became the first team to score a touchdown on Cal in 2010 when the Buffaloes reached the end zone with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter, marking the end of more than 102 minutes of football Cal played without allowing a touchdown to open the 2010 campaign.
Cal had two defensive touchdowns in the game on an 82-yard fumble return by Darian Hagan and a 41-yard interception return from Mike Mohamed. The last time the Bears scored two or more defensive touchdowns came at UCLA on Oct. 25, 2008, when Marcus Ezeff and Mohamed ran interceptions back for 69 and 18-yard scores respectively.
Cal's five turnovers were the most the Bears had recorded since picking off five passes against Washington on Oct. 21, 2006. In addition to the turnovers recorded by Hagan and Mohamed, the others were on the first career interceptions by Bryant Nnabuife and Steve Williams, as well as a fumble recovery by Mychal Kendricks. The two forced fumbles were credited to Jarred Price (Kendricks) and Robert Mullins (Hagan).
More Notes from 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 Sept. 7, 2008, when the Bears led Colorado State, 21-0, in an eventual 42-7 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.
Cal Features 2009 Statistical Leaders
Cal has its leading rusher, receiver, passer and tackler from last year's squad all back 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 were 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 2010 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).
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.
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 Memorial Stadium in 2012.
Memorial Stadium Retrofit and Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football.
Now, work is underway to retrofit and renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure.
Construction on the $321 million project began in earnest in early June 2010 and is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener. After playing in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium one last time in 2010, the Golden Bears will move to temporary quarters at San Francisco's AT&T Park in 2011 before returning to campus for the following campaign and providing new generations of Cal fans the opportunity to treasure the venue for years to come.
Student-Athlete High Performance Center
The Student-Athlete High Performance Center, under construction since late 2008, is scheduled to open prior to the 2011 football season and will become a modern new home for approximately 450 student-athletes in football and 12 other sports to use on a daily basis. The 142,000-square-foot facility will house locker rooms, offices and meeting rooms, as well as areas for strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition and academics.
The building is the physical manifestation of Cal's High Performance Initiative, a nontraditional approach to excellence that challenges conventional ways of thinking about and delivering high performance in an intercollegiate setting. In an effort to take Cal to the highest level, the HPI applies worldwide best practices in sport and human performance to all aspects of the athletic department. This commitment creates and sustains high performance across Cal Athletics and maximizes the potential of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff.
The High Performance Initiative has three primary objectives - to maximize competitive advantage, to efficiently use available resources and to optimize the student-athlete experience - which will be attained primarily through applying a different mindset to intercollegiate athletics and by delivering world-class advanced support services and facilities.
Cal's Arizona Connections
Four Cal players - Marc Anthony (Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS), Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (Chandler, AZ/Hamilton HS), Cameron Jordan (Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS) and Matt Rios (Phoenix, AZ/North Canyon HS) - list cities in Arizona as their hometown and played prep football in the state. However, all four are from the Phoenix area.
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has significant history in Arizona. Pendergast lists his hometown as the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson, Ariz., and attended nearby Glendale High School before moving to Tucson and graduating from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a bachelor's in agriculture. Pendergast returned to the state as a defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons from 2004-08, helping to lead the squad the NFL squad to an NFC title and the lone Super Bowl in franchise history in his final season on the job.
Associate head coach/running backs coach Ron Gould lists his hometown as Tucson and went to high school at Santa Rita High School. He also played community college football in the Phoenix area at Scottsdale Community College.
Defensive backs coach Al Simmons spent two seasons on an Arizona State coaching staff that its squads to bowl games in 2006 and 2007, working with the team's defensive backs both seasons and adding co-special teams coordinator duties in his final season with the Sun Devils.
Strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski was in the same role at Northern Arizona from 2000-02.
Defensive administrative assistant Ronnie Bradford played one season with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in 2006.
Assistant athletic trainer Matt Havranek has worked with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League and also picked up a master's degree from A.T. Still University while in the state of Arizona in 2007.
Football athletic trainer Wes McGaugh earned a master's in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004.
Cal Picked Seventh in Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
After being picked to finish second in the Pac-10 preseason poll of media five of the previous six years, Cal was chosen seventh in 2010.