Oct. 1, 2012
Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (1-4, 0-1) vs. UCLA (4-1, 1-1)
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Ted Robinson (Play-by-Play), Glenn Parker (Analyst), Ryan Nece (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Matt Foley (^Postgame Show)
*Pregame Show: Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, Memorial Stadium;^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), +KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego)
^Primary, *Secondary; +joined in progress after Notre Dame-Miami (FL) game on Saturday, Oct. 6
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast of the Golden Bears' game against UCLA can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page at CalBears.com.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Josh Toyofuku (Play-by-Play), Cliff Zimmerman (Analyst), Sam Gall (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-UCLA game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 94 on Sirius and channel 193 on XM.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
THE LAST MEETING
October 29, 2011
Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium)
Golden Bears Fall to UCLA 31-14
Zach Maynard, who was 14 of 30 for 199 yards but UCLA freshman safety Tevin McDonald made the first three interceptions of his college career, Derrick Coleman scored three touchdowns, and UCLA beat California 31-14 on Saturday. McDonald's interceptions set up two touchdowns and a field goal for the Bruins (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12), who took the heat off much-maligned coach Rick Neuheisel, at least for the time being, with their most impressive performance of the season. The Bruins scored 24 of their 31 points after turnovers in handing Cal (4-4, 1-4) its fourth loss in five games. The Bears committed five turnovers, four on interceptions thrown by .
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 80-52/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Kickoff - Cal vs. UCLA (Sat., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. PT)
Games Played: 82
Series Record: UCLA leads series, 50-31-1
First Meeting: 11/4/33, 0-0 Tie
Last Meeting:10/29/11, at UCLA 31, Cal 14
Tedford vs. UCLA 6-4
Current Streak: UCLA win 1
Cal returns to Memorial Stadium for the second straight game, taking on No. 25 (AP) UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. PT. The contest will be the Golden Bears' first night game of the season. The Bruins come to Berkeley ranked first in the conference and fourth nationally in total offense, averaging 560.4 yards per game, and a scoring offense that is third in the Pac-12 at 36.8 points per game. Defensively, the Bruins lead the conference in interceptions with nine and are third in sacks (3.60 per game). UCLA tailback Johnathan Franklin is the Pac-12's leading rusher, averaging 139.4 yards per game. Cal has won six straight games against UCLA at home and has not lost to the Bruins at Memorial Stadium since 1998. In the Jeff Tedford
era, Cal is a perfect 5-0 against UCLA at home. The last time the Bruins came to Berkeley in 2010, the Bears were 35-7 winners in a game that featured Keenan Allen's
third career touchdown reception. UCLA is the fourth conseuctive opponent Cal is facing that has at least been receiving top-25 votes. Earlier this season, Cal played Ohio State and USC on the road when they were both ranked in the top 15 in the country, and last week's opponent Arizona State was receiving top-25 votes. UCLA is one of six Pac-12 teams currently ranked in either the AP or USA Today polls, with two others receiving votes.
Standout wide receiver/returner Keenan Allen currently ranks tied for 25th nationally in receptions (6.60 rpg) and 22nd in punt returns (13.55 ypr). Allen is also 50th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (77.60 rpg), and tied for 67th nationally and 12th in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (115.20 ypg). He has moved up to fourth all time at Cal in career receptions with 177 and is 25 shy of all-time leader Geoff McArthur (202, 200004), while his 2,221 career receiving yards ranks seventh in school history. He is Cal's leading receiver in 2012 with 33 catches for 388 yards. Last week against Arizona State, Allen registered a season-high 44-yard reception among his team highs of four catches and 79 receiving yards. He also notched his team co-leading second receiving TD of the season and 13th of his career, which ties him for eighth all time at Cal. Allen has caught at least one pass in every game he's played at Cal (29), which ranks tied for eighth nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12.
Isi Sofele reached 2,000 career rushing yards last week and now has 2,075 after racking up 105 yards vs. ASU - his seventh career 100-yard outing. He is 429 yards shy of Cal's all-time top-10 list in career rushing yards.
Avery Sebastian notched a personal-best 14 tackles last week against ASU.
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Marc Anthony and Steve Williams - rank in the top 25 in the Pac-12 in tackles per game. Hill is tied for sixth (7.6 tpg), while Mullins is 14th (7.0 tpg), Anthony is tied for 17th (6.6 tpg) and Williams tied for 22nd (6.4 tpg).
The Bears have been facing successful teams through the season's first five weeks. The four teams that Cal has suffered losses to - Nevada (4-1), Ohio State (5-0), USC (3-1) and Arizona State (4-1) - have a combined record of 16-3. This week's opponent, UCLA, is 4-1.
Keenan's Countdown on All-Time Charts
Keenan Allen continued to move up Cal's all-time charts with his performance last Saturday against Arizona State. Allen finished the day with four catches for 79 yards and his second receiving touchdown of the season. In the process, he moved up to seventh in career receiving yards with 2,221 yards for his career. He remained fourth all time at Cal in career receptions but crept closer to the all-time record and is now 25 shy of Geoff McArthur's school mark of 202 receptions from 2000-04. Dameane Douglas (195, 1995-98) and Bobby Shaw (180, 1994-97) are the only two others still ahead of Allen on the list. Allen also extended his streak to 29 straight contest with a reception - every game he's played at Cal. That streak currently ranks tied for eighth in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-12.
Allen is tied for 25th nationally and fourth in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (6.60 rpg), 22nd in the nation and third in the conference in punt returns (13.55 ypr), tied for 50th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (77.60 rpg), and tied for 67th nationally and 12th in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (115.20 ypg).
Against the Sun Devils last week, Allen recorded a season-high 44-yard reception, and later scored in the fourth quarter when he snagged a 10-yard TD in the corner of the end zone. He is the Bears' leading receiver through five games with 33 receptions for 388 yards, co-leads the squad with two receiving touchdowns and has a team-high four total scores in 2012, adding two others on a 39-yard run and a 69-yard punt return. Allen also became the fastest Cal player to reach the 2,000-yard career receiving mark when he reached the milestone against Ohio State.
2012 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada 6-67-0-32 ... 2 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD
Southern Utah 5-69-1-29 ... 69-yard punt return TD
Ohio State 9-80-0-18 ... 1-1 passing, 8 yards
USC 9-93-0-17 ... 2 punt returns, 15 yards
Arizona State 4-79-1-44 ... season-high 44-yard catch
Near the halfway point of the 2012 season, there are six Pac-12 teams ranked among the nation's top 25 - Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), Oregon State (No. 14 AP/No. 17 USA Today), Stanford (No. 18 AP/No. 18 USA Today), Washington (No. 23 AP) and UCLA (No. 25 AP). This is the first time since 2002 that the Pac-12 has had six teams ranked in the AP poll, and it has only happened four times since 1989 when the poll expanded from 20 to 25 teams.
Arizona State and Arizona are also receiving votes. The combined Pac-12 record in non-conference games through the season's first five weeks is 23-9.
Close Battles to the End
Despite being 1-4, all five games Cal has played have been within one scoring in the fourth quarter. In the season opener, the Bears were edged by Nevada, 31-24, but the game was tied until Nevada's game-winning touchdown with 0:36 remaining. In their win over Southern Utah, Cal led 20-17 after three quarters before putting up 30 fourth-quarter points in an eventual 50-31 victory. The Bears nearly pulled off an upset at No. 12 Ohio State, tying the game at 28-28 in the fourth quarter before being beat on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 3:26 to go in regulation. A pair of Vincenzo D'Amato field goals in the third quarter brought Cal to within 17-9 of USC the following week before the Trojans put the game away with 10 fourth-quarter points. Last Saturday against Arizona State, the Bears pulled within three of the Sun Devils with Keenan Allen's touchdown reception at the 9:33 mark in the fourth quarter before eventually falling, 27-17.
Challenging Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal has played two teams ranked in the top 15 in the last three weeks in Ohio State (No. 12 AP) and USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), and still has five teams currently in the top 25 remaining on the schedule - Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Oregon State (No. 14 AP/No. 17 USA Today), Stanford (No. 18 AP/No. 18 USA Today), Washington (No. 23 AP) and UCLA (No. 25 AP). The Bears have already faced some successful teams through the season's first five weeks. The four teams that Cal has lost to - Nevada (4-1), Ohio State (5-0), USC (3-1) and Arizona State (4-1) - have a combined record of 16-3. Cal next takes on a UCLA squad that is 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12. The Bears essentially do not have a bye week during their 12-game regular-season schedule because their bye comes in the week after their regular-season finale.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Jeff Tedford
Cal averaged 7.9 wins per year in the first 10 seasons (2002-11) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Bears back to a bowl game in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. It was Cal's third appearance in the Holiday Bowl with Tedford at the helm. Tedford's most recent victory was his 80th career win at Cal when the Golden Bears knocked off Southern Utah on Sept. 8, 2012. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Year Record Final Rankings Bowl
2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected
2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31)
2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28)
2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10)
2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36)
2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17)
2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27)
2010 5-7 None None
2011 7-6 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10)
2012 1-4 Season in progress Season in progress
Zach Maynard's Second Season as Starting QB
Zach Maynard has completed 87-of-151 passes for 1,053 yards in 2012, with five passing touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 121.82. Maynard's career passer efficiency mark of 125.58 ranks ninth all-time at Cal. Maynard's top game of 2012 arguably came when he completed a career-high 26-of-37 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and his first rushing score of the season at Ohio State. Maynard also came on strong at the end of 2011, completing 68.1 percent of passes, throwing for five touchdowns to one interception, and posting a 154.25 rating over the final four regular-season games.
2012 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Southern Utah 17-23-1-229-1-29 ... 6 rushes, 39 yards
Ohio State 26-37-1-280-1-36 ... rushing TD
USC 18-33-2-173-0-17 ... career-high 19 rushes
Arizona State 9-28-0-126-1-44
Sofele and Anderson Spark against Arizona State
Last week against Arizona State, Isi Sofele reached 2,000 career rushing yards to move within 429 yards of cracking into Cal's all-time top-10 list in career rushing yards. Against the Sun Devils, Sofele posted 105 yards - his seventh career 100-yard performance that ranks 10th all time at Cal - and also scored his second touchdown of the season, which the 13th of his career to move within three spots of the school's all-time top-10 list. It was his second 100-yard rushing performance this season (104 vs. Southern Utah). Sofele has played in all 43 games possible during his tenure with the Golden Bears. He is Cal's leading rusher this season with 333 yards on 68 carries.
Sofele wasn't the only Cal rusher who had a strong game against ASU. C.J. Anderson notched a career-best 44-yard run in the fourth quarter against the Sun Devils to set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard to Keenan Allen to cut the Arizona State lead to 20-17. Anderson, who finished with a season-high 78 yards rushing on eight carries against ASU, has 235 rushing yards and one touchdown on 36 rushes in 2012. He has been the Bears' leading rusher twice, going for 66 yards vs. Nevada and 32 at USC. He also posted a career-high four receptions for a season-high 65 receiving yards at Ohio State.
Earlier this season, Brendan Bigelow rushed for a career-high 160 yards on only four carries at Ohio State, including an 81-yard touchdown that was the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best at UCLA in 2009, the longest run by an opponent in the history of Ohio Stadium, and the second-longest run by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Bigelow also had another score of 59 yards against the Buckeyes.
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 catches, 33 yards
Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 ... 1 catch, 14 yards
Ohio State 21-86-0-26 ... 1 catch, 5 yards
USC 8-16-0-9 ... 1 catch, 4 yards
Arizona State 15-105-1-32 ... 13th career rushing TD
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada 14-66-0-13 ... 1 catch, 12 yards
Southern Utah 5-46-1-35
Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 catches, 65 yards
USC 5-32-0-13 ... 1 catch, 7 yards
Arizona State 8-78-0-44 ... career-high 44-yard rush
2012 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada 1-3-0-3 ... 2 kick returns, 59 yards
Southern Utah 1-12-0-12 ... 1 kick return, 27 yards
Ohio State 4-160-2-81 ... 3 kick returns, 74 yards
USC 4-31-0-11 ... 3 kick returns, 66 yards
Arizona State 0-0-0
Freshmen Harper and Treggs Among Receiving Leaders
True freshmen Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs rank second and third in receptions and receiving yards behind Allen after five games. Harper currently boasts 17 catches for 203 yards and has equaled Allen's two touchdown receptions, scoring in the season opener against Nevada and adding another at Ohio State, while hauling in career highs of seven receptions for 94 yards against Southern Utah. Treggs has 12 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown with a 13.9 yard average that is the highest of the three and third among all Cal receivers behind fellow freshman receiver Darius Powe (2 catches, 44 yards) and tailback C.J. Anderson (6 catches, 84 yards). Treggs caught three passes in each of the first three contests vs. Nevada (62 yards, TD) and Southern Utah (38 yards), and at Ohio State (28 yards). Harper and Treggs became the first pair of true freshmen at Cal to score touchdowns in a season opener since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett against Air Force in 2004. Both of them have caught at least one pass in each of their first five contests.
2012 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Southern Utah 7-94-0-21
Ohio State 3-32-1-19
Arizona State 1-11-0-11
2012 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Southern Utah 3-38-0-23
Ohio State 3-28-0-15
Arizona State 2-22-0-14
D'Amato Good on Last Four Field Goal Tries
Vincenzo D'Amato tied his career best by making three of his four field goals attempts at USC, equaling a mark he had previously set two games earlier by hitting all three of his attempts vs. Southern Utah. D'Amato was also good on his only attempt vs. Arizona State to run his streak to four straight makes.
In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato is tied for 18th nationally and tied for second in the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.60 fgmpg), and tied for 79th nationally and ninth in the conference in scoring at 7.6 ppg.
2012 D'Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO ... Other
Nevada 1-2-40 ... 3-3 ... 5-310-62.0
Southern Utah 3-3-47 ... 5-6 ... 9-528-58.7
Ohio State 0-3 ... 4-4 ... 5-323-64.6
USC 3-4-35 ... 0-0 ... 4-260-65.0
Arizona State 1-1-35 ... 2-2 ... 4-253-63.2
Quartet in Top 25 in Pac-12 in Tackles
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Marc Anthony and Steve Williams - rank in the top 25 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Hill is tied for sixth (7.6 tpg), Mullins is 14th (7.0 tpg), Anthony is tied for 17th (6.6 tpg) and Williams is tied for 22nd (6.4 tpg).
Anthony, Hill and Williams - Active Career Leaders
The defensive backfield trio of Marc Anthony, Josh Hill and Steve Williams each rank as Cal's active career leader in at least one category.
Hill, who has played in 41 career games with 25 starts, has 165 tackles to lead all players on the roster, while his 38 stops on the season also paces the Bears. His three career forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries are both the most among active Cal players. Hill is also tied for second among the team's active players with four career interceptions, second with 46 interception return yards and third with 22 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 35 career games with 27 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (93), passes defended (24) and pass breakups (20), while totaling 119 tackles to rank second to Hill in that category and four interceptions to rank tied for second with Hill one behind Williams. In the last two games, Anthony has racked up 22 tackles. He set a new personal best with 13 at USC before picking up nine more last Saturday against Arizona State. He also leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss in 2012 and is second among all active Cal players in that category with 11.0 for his career.
Williams, who has played in 30 games with 21 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interceptions with five after one in back-to-back games at Ohio State and USC, with his two interceptions leading the team and ranking tied for ninth in the Pac-12 (0.5 ipg). He is also tied for second among all active Cal players with 18 career pass breakups and 23 passes defended, tied for second with two forced fumbles, and third in tackles (102) and interception return yards (45).
Sebastian Paces Bears
While he did not technically start the game because he was not on the field for the first defensive play of the contest, Avery Sebastian saw his first substantial amount of playing time on defense last Saturday against Arizona State. After finishing the 2011 freshman season with nine tackles, Sebastian garnered a personal-best 14 tackles against the Sun Devils to lead all players. His previous career high was four tackles, which came in the 2011 contest against Arizona State. Sebastian has played in 17 of 18 possible games over the last two seasons but had primarily worked on special teams prior to last Saturday's tilt vs. Arizona State.
Coleman Leads Defensive Line
Deandre Coleman leads the defensive line with 28 tackles, while adding 3.5 tackles for loss (-12 yards), 1.5 sacks (-9 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Coleman, who is on the watch list for the Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end, registered a career-high-tying eight tackles against Nevada, including a half-sack and tackle for loss (-1 yard). He followed that with six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 1.0 sack (-8 yards) against Southern Utah before recording two tackles at Ohio State and three more with 0.5 tackles for loss (-0 yards) and his first career pass breakup at USC. Last Saturday against Arizona State, Coleman tied his personal best with eight tackles, including one for a one-yard loss. Coleman leads all active Cal players with 12.5 career tackles for loss (-42 yards).
Leininger Improving With Punts
True freshman Cole Leininger has done a nice job taking over for Cal's former standout punter and this year's second-ranked NFL punter Bryan Anger. In particular, Leininger has posted three consecutive punting averages of 41.8 yards or better in his last three contests. Last Saturday against Arizona State, he recorded a season-high nine punts with an average of 41.8, including two punts of more than 50 yards (54, 51). He booted a season-high punt of 55 yards at Ohio State when he also recorded his best average on the year at 47.0. He also had a 43.0 average at USC. For the season, he is averaging 40.4 yards per punt despite averages of 38.6 and 30.7 over 10 punts in his first two games. In addition, Leininger has also placed five punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line in 2012 and has forced opponents into fair catches on 13 of his 26 punts.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has a 42-12 record in its last 54 home games and is 38-11 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch, also going 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated. The Bears will get to enjoy some home cooking for a while as two of the next three and four of the next six games will be played at Memorial Stadium.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game appearance streak of seven straight from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record in 2011. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) mark in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
Other Cal Player Individual Notes From Arizona State
Nick Forbes notched Cal's first blocked first goal since Rulon Davis registered a block against Washington State in 2008 and the first blocked kick since Richard Rodgers blocked a Presbyterian punt in 2011 ... Mike Manuel had a career-high six kick returns for 99 yards ... Richard Rodgers posted his first multi-reception contest with two grabs for a career-high-tying 14 yards ... Brennan Scarlett and Todd Barr secured their first career full sacks, with Scarlett also recording a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss and Barr a career-high-tying 1.5) ... Villiami Moala and Maximo Espitia recorded their first career starts ... Michael Lowe had a career high eight tackles, while eight tackles for both Deandre Coleman and Jalen Jefferson eight tackles equaled personal bests.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top 10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002, while the Bears are 13-22 against ranked teams. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford, but Cal has dropped eight consecutive games against ranked teams since. Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 or 2012 campaigns, Cal had been among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 62-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-47.
Under the Lights
Cal will be playing its' first night game of the year this Saturday against UCLA at 7 p.m. PT. The Bears will have at least two more night games this season (Oct. 13 at Washington State, 7:30 p.m. PT; Nov. 2 vs. Washington, 6 p.m. PT).
New Coaches and Coaching Responsibilities in 2012
Wes Chandler (wide receivers) and Todd Howard (defensive line) joined the Cal staff in 2012. Also, Marcus Arroyo added pass game coordinator to his duties while he continues to work with the team's quarterbacks. Kenwick Thompson is also now an associate head coach in addition to his positions as the team's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Cal's Southern California Connections
Cal has plenty of connections to Southern California with 28 players listing a city south of the Grapevine as their hometown or attending high school in the region, including Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS), Mitchel Bartolo (San Diego, CA/Westview HS), Allan Bridgford (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS), Brett Buchanan (Encinitas, CA/San Diego/Santa Fe Christian HS), Jeffrey Coprich (Stevenson Ranch, CA (West Ranch HS/Golden Valley HS), Vincenzo D'Amato (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS), Brian Farley (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry HS), Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero HS), Chris Harper (Encino, CA/Crespi HS), Kameron Jackson (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS), Mustafa Jalil (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS), Jalen Jefferson (Ventura, CA/St. Bonaventure HS), Cary Kriegsman (Pacific Palisades, CA/Loyola HS), Kenny Lawler (Pomona, CA/Upland HS), Brandon Madueño (West Covina, CA/Damien HS), Mike Manuel (Carson, CA/Golden West College/Los Alamitos HS/Carson HS), Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), Steffan Mos (San Diego, CA/Grossmont College/Clairemont HS), Robert Mullins (Los Angeles, CA/Dorsey HS), Darius Powe (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS), Vachel Samuels (Compton, CA/Lynwood HS), Brian Schwenke (Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS), Chad Smith (Los Angeles, CA/Loyola HS), Eric Stevens (San Pedro, CA/Peninsula HS), Bryce Treggs (Inglewood, CA/St. John Bosco HS), Cecil Whiteside (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor HS) and Joel Willis (Garden Grove, CA/Pacifica HS). Alejandro Crosthwaite lists his hometown as Rosarito Beach in Mexico but attended high school at Cathedral Catholic in San Diego.
In addition to the long list of players hailing from Southern California, head coach Jeff Tedford is from Downey, CA (Cerritos College/Warren HS).
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast spent one season as a defensive assistant at USC in 1992.
Wide receivers coach Wes Chandler played seven seasons with the NFL's San Diego Chargers (1981-87).
Defensive line coach Todd Howard was at UCLA as the defensive line coach and associate head coach on defense for five seasons (2006-10) with the Bruins going to bowls during three of the first four years of his tenure.
Assistant football athletic trainer Julie Guzman was the Medical Director of Summer Sports Camps at UCLA in 2010.
Director of student-athlete development Keiko Price earned 22 All-America honors as a swimmer at UCLA before graduating cum laude in 2001.
Offensive graduate assistant Matt Wiegand and defensive graduate assistant Jon Farmerie both graduated from La Verne College.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 32 players on NFL rosters as of Oct. 1, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC, while the team's 25 former players on active 53-player rosters (does not included players on injured reserve and physically unable to perform lists) at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season was tied for ninth nationally. Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round, although Guyton was cut prior to the season. This past week, Mike Mohamed (Denver), Andre Carter (Oakland) and Nick Harris (Detroit) were either signed or promoted back to the active roster.
Academic Success Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the Academic Heisman in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 All-Academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award® and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced 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 facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 318-214-16 (.594) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park.
Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. The Simpson Center provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment
Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal Football Gameday Experience
In addition to all of the information listed on CalBears.com, Cal fans and media have other options to obtain information about Cal football. Cal Athletics recently released a Cal football gameday website - which includes all kinds of useful information like an A to Z guide, disability access, transit information, maps, tickets, promotions and much more. Besides the gameday specific website on CalBears.com, there is also a free Cal gameday mobile app that can be downloaded from the Itunes App Store where all of the same information can be delivered directly to your phone.