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Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
California (2-2, 0-1 Pac-10) vs. UCLA (3-2, 2-1 Pac-10)
Mermorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net / Comcast SportsNet Bay Area - Barry Tompkins (Play-By-Play), Petros Papadakis (Analyst), Rebecca Haarlow (Sideline) 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) - Elliott Schwimmer (Play-By-Play), Beni Shpringer (Analyst). Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The Cal commercial radio 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 195. The UCLA commerical radio version of the broadcast can be heard on Sirius channel 121 and XM channel 141.
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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: 69-37/9th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 80
Series Record: UCLA leads series, 49-30-1
First Meeting: 11/04/33, O-O tie
Last Meeting: 10/17/09, 45-26 Cal
Current Streak: Cal win 2
Tedford vs. UCLA: 5-3
Kickoff - UCLA at Cal (Sat., Oct. 9, 12:41 p.m. PT)
Cal (2-2, 0-1 Pac-10) resumes action against Pac-10 foe UCLA (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) in the Homecoming game for the Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9 (12:41 p.m. PT). Prior to its bye this past week, Cal dropped a pair of road contests at Nevada and Arizona, both currently ranked in the top 25. The Bears will return home for the first time in four weeks to host the Bruins. Cal has won both of its home games this season in convincing fashion over UC Davis and Colorado. UCLA will come to Berkeley with three straight wins - vs. Houston, at Texas and vs. Washington State - after having opened the season with losses at Kansas State and vs. Stanford. Neither team is nationally ranked although UCLA is among those receiving votes, picking up eight in the AP Top 25 and one in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. Statistically, both teams rank near the middle of the Pac-10 in most categories. The most intriguing matchup is arguably a Bruin running game that is third in the conference in rushing offense at 218.8 yards per game against a Cal defense that is third in the conference in total defense, allowing 282.5 yards per contest. Saturday's forecast for Berkeley is calling for a high of 75 degrees, a low of 60, and zero chance of precipitation.
Joe Roth Game
The UCLA contest will also serve as Cal's annual Joe Roth Game to honor the former Cal quarterback who passed away from melanoma in February of 1977, three months after his final regular-season game with the Bears. Roth led Cal to a co-Pac-8 title in 1975 and was an All-American in 1976 despite playing with his disease. Roth's No. 12 jersey is the only retired number in the history of Cal football. He is a member of the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.
For (Pac-10 Home) Openers
Cal had put together seven straight victories in Pac-10 home openers from 2002-08 (Washington State, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State, Arizona) before finally losing its first home league game of the season for the first time under Jeff Tedford when USC was a winner over Cal in 2009.
Coming Off a Bye Week
Cal has had mixed results in games coming off a bye weeks during the Jeff Tedford era, posting an 8-6 record in 14 regular-season games in which the Golden Bears have had more than the standard one week of preparation.
Cal Stays out of National Rankings
After its first and only stint in the 2010 national rankings at No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following a 2-0 start, the Golden Bears lost Sept. 17 at Nevada to fall out of the rankings and have yet to return. Still, the brief appearance meant 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 2002.
Cal-UCLA Series Notes
UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal, 49-30-1, but the Golden Bears have won two in a row and are 5-3 against the Bruins in the Jeff Tedford era. Cal hasn't lost to UCLA at Memorial since 1998, rolling off a current streak of five straight home victories. The Bears were a 41-20 winner the last time the teams met in Berkeley in 2008 and extended that win streak to two in a row overall with a 45-26 victory at UCLA in 2009. The Cal offense has scored at least 38 points on the Bruins in five of the last six contests, averaging 38.3 ppg during the stretch.
Big Games Against the Bruins
Shane Vereen and Kevin Riley have both put together big games against UCLA in the last two years with the Golden Bears victorious on both occasions. Vereen has rushed for a combined 253 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries to average 8.2 yards per rush, while Riley is 25-of-45 for 358 yards but more impressively has thrown for five TDs without an interception. In a 45-26 win at the Rose Bowl the last time the teams met on Oct. 17, 2009, Vereen rushed for a game-high 154 yards and a score on 17 carries, while Riley completed 14-of-23 passes with three TD passes and no interceptions. Marvin Jones caught a pair of touchdown passes in the victory, while Mychal Kendricks returned an interception 68 yards for the game's final score, Bryan Anger averaged 50.0 yards per punt on seven attempts, Mike Mohamed posted a game-high-tying and team-high nine tackles, and D.J. Holt recovered a fumble and returned in 16 yards. Vereen rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries the first time he saw UCLA in a 41-20 Cal victory at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 25, 2008. Riley was only 11-of-22 in the air but threw a pair of TDs without a pick, while Jeremy Ross returned a kick 47 yards, Sean Cattouse came up with an interception and the Cal defense limited the Bruins to 16 rushing yards. Other significant career stats by current Cal players against UCLA include a perfect 11-11 on kicks (3-3 FG, 8-8 PAT) and a 63.6-yard kickoff average by Tavecchio, 18 tackles from Mohamed and six pass breakups by Darian Hagan. Chris Conte, Cameron Jordan and Mohamed will all be playing against the Bruins for the fourth and final time of their career.
Vereen, Jones Near Top of Pac-10 in Rushing, Receiving
Shane Vereen and Marvin Jones are attempting to do something no two Cal players have ever done before - respectively lead the Pac-10 in rushing and receiving. For one week following Cal's game at Nevada on Sept. 17, Vereen was the league's leading rusher while Jones paced the conference in receptions per game. Vereen is now third in rushing (106.5 ypg, 76 rushes, 426 rushing yards, No. 22 NCAA), while Jones continues as the conference leader in receptions per game (6.25 rpg, No. 23 NCAA) with his total of 25 catches in four games ranking behind only the 26 compiled by USC's Ronald Johnson in five contests. Jones is also second in the league with 92.25 receiving yards per game (No. 21 NCAA) behind only Washington's Jermaine Kearse (107.5 ypg). The last time the Bears had the conference's leading rusher was Jahvid Best in 2008, while Marshawn Lynch (2006, 104.3 ypg) and J.J. Arrington (2004, 168.2 ypg) have also won the league's rushing title in recent history. Geoff MacArthur was the last Cal player to lead the Pac-10 in receiving in 2003. MacArthur caught 85 passes for 1,504 yards in 13 contests for an average of 115.4 receiving yards per game.
Vereen Leads Pac-10, Tied for Fourth Nationally in Scoring
Despite not scoring in Cal's most recent game at Arizona, tailback Shane Vereen continues to lead the Pac-10 and is now tied for fourth nationally in scoring with an average of 12.0 points per game. Vereen has found the end zone eight times for 48 points, with six rushing touchdowns and two more on catches. He had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) during the team's season opener against UC Davis, two scores (one rushing, one receiving) vs. Colorado and three more (all rushing) at Nevada, matching his single-game career high of three scores in a game twice. 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 rushing TDs, 2004-07) is his next target. Vereen has a career total of 162 points on 27 touchdowns, adding five receiving TDs to his 22 on the ground. He has scored multiple touchdowns in games seven times, including five of his last seven contests dating back to last season. Vereen also has at least one catch in all 30 of his collegiate contests, which is the longest by a Football Bowl Subdivision running back and the ninth-longest of all FBS players.
Jones on Pace for One of Best Seasons by Cal Receiver
The team-leading 25 receptions and 369 receiving yards posted by wide receiver Marvin Jones through Cal's first four games have him on pace for one of the best seasons by a Bear receiver in school history. If he were to continue his current rate for a 13-game season, which would include a postseason bowl game, Jones would finish with 81 receptions and 1,199 receiving yards, with both totals ending up as the third-highest ever posted by a Cal player. 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, neither for touchdowns. His two scores have come on a 13-yarder against UC Davis and a four-yarder vs. Colorado. Jones exploded for career highs of 12 catches and 161 yards at Nevada. The 12 catches 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.
Vereen, Jones Reach Career Milestones
Both Shane Vereen and Marvin Jones also reached career milestones in their most recent game at Arizona, hitting the 2,000-yard mark in rushing and the 1,000-yard mark in receiving, respectively. Vereen reached his milestone in his 30th career game and now has an updated total of 2,093 rushing yards. Jones' milestone came in the 22nd game of his Cal career and he now has an updated total of 1,028 career receiving yards.
Vereen Moving in on All-Time Lists
In addition to currently tying for sixth in rushing touchdowns with 22 and ranking ninth with seven 100-yard games, Shane Vereen is moving in on Cal's all-time top-10 lists in scoring, rushing yards and all-purpose yards.
10. Sean Dawkins (1990-92) 186
Shane Vereen (2008-Present) 162 28 points away
10. Reynard Rutherford (1992-95) 2256
Shane Vereen (2008-Present) 2093 159 yards away
10. Dwight Garner (1982-85) 3307
Shane Vereen (2008-Present) 3187 120 yards away
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 a record at Cal of 69-37 (.651), only five victories behind the school's all-time 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 Coaching Wins in Cal History
Coach (Seasons) Record
1. Andy Smith (1916-25) 74-16-7
2. James Schaeffer (1909-15)* 73-16-8
3. Jeff Tedford (2002-Present) 69-37-0
4. Pappy Waldorf (1947-56) 67-32-4
*Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
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 points 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 has shutout its opponent in the first half in three of four games in 2010, sending UC Davis and Colorado into the halftime break scoreless at home as well as Arizona on the road.
Cal's 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.
Cal has scored 48 points after forcing turnovers this season, picking up 31 against Colorado after producing seven against UC Davis and then adding seven more at Nevada and three at Arizona.
After each of its first two games, Cal led the nation in total defense and still ranks 15th (282.5 ypg). The Bears are also 14th nationally in pass defense (156.5 ypg) and 15th in pass efficiency defense (102.19).
Special Teams Improvement
The 2010 Cal special teams have shown a significant improvement under first-year special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, especially in net punting and punt returns. The Bears are 14th nationally in punt returns (15.0 ypr) and 16th in net punting (40.0 ypp), ranking fourth in the Pac-10 in both. Last year, the Bears were 24th nationally in punt returns (12.35 ypr) and 30th in net punting (37.31 ypp).
Rolling with Riley
For the second consecutive season, the Bears fate has depended largely on the performance of quarterback Kevin Riley. Riley has recorded dramatically different statistics in the team's two wins compared to its two defeats. In the two victories over UC Davis and Colorado, he has completed 29-of-44 passes (65.9%) for 455 yards, with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 205.27. In two losses at Nevada and Arizona, Riley is 36-of-63 (57.1%) for 393 yards, with one touchdown and four interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 102.08.
2010 Kevin Riley Game-By-Game Passing
Wins C-A-I-Yds-TD-Pct-Effic Losses C-A-I-Yds-TD-Pct-Effic
UC Davis 14-20-0-258-3-70.0-227.86 at Nevada 23-37-3-277-1-62.2-117.15
Colorado 15-24-0-197-4-62.5-186.45 at Arizona 13-26-1-116-0-50.0-79.78
Overall, Riley is fifth in the Pac-10 and No. 34 nationally with a passer efficiency rating of 144.53, having completed 65-of-107 (60.7%) passes for 848 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions. Riley's season highlights have included throwing a career-high-tying four touchdowns against Colorado and a season-high 277 yards at Nevada. He also continues to climb Cal's career record book and is currently sixth in touchdown passes (45), seventh in passer efficiency (131.16), eighth in passing yardage (5,621), 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 (17-10 in 27 starts), touchdowns, and is tied for first in games played (32).
Mohamed Returns after Missing First Collegiate Game
Mike Mohamed was back as a starting linebacker in Cal's most recent game at Arizona, making two tackles in limited work while Cal played mostly nickel defense against the Wildcats' spread offense. Mohamed's return came after he missed the first game of his collegiate career due to a sprained toe at Nevada to snap a string of 41 consecutive contests he played in beginning with the 2007 season opener. Despite totaling only the two tackles in his last two games, Mohamed is second on the club with 23 stops and co-leads the squad with an interception. One year after leading the Pac-10 in tackles with 112 and an average of 8.62 per game, Mohamed is currently 11th in the conference with his average of 7.7 tackles per contest. His 0.33 interceptions per-game average is tied for ninth in the Pac-10. In the game against Colorado, during which Mohamed suffered the injury, he equaled a career best with 14 tackles and also returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles and in a tie for seventh on Cal's all-time list with a total of 268. He is also Cal's active career leader in interceptions (7) and interception returns for a touchdown (2).
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's 17.6 yards-per-catch average leads the team, while his two receiving scores equal Marvin Jones at the top of the club's list. He is second behind Jones in both receptions (11) and receiving yards (194).
Anger off to Best Start of Great Career
Bryan Anger is averaging 45.1 yards per punt during the first four games 2010, which is 2.5 yards better than his career average of 42.6, a figure that ranks second all-time at Cal. The 2009 first-team All-Pac-10 selection and two-time member of the Ray Guy Award watch list is fourth in the Pac-10 in punting. He has not recorded the minimum number of punts (3.6 per game) to qualify for the national rankings but would be No. 14. Anger has five punts of 50+ yards (tied for third in the Pac-10) and has also pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on three occasions. He had a 66-yarder against Colorado, the best in the Pac-10 this season, that followed a 63-yarder that was called back due to a penalty.
Tavecchio's Perfect Run Comes to End
Placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio made each of the first 23 kicks he attempted in 2010 before missing on two of his final three field goal tries among his career-high-tying and Pac-10 season-high-tying five attempts in his most recent outing at Arizona. Prior to the misses from 33 and 40 yards against the Wildcats in the third and fourth quarter, respectively, Tavecchio was good on attempts of 25 and 40 yards to improve to 5-of-5 on the season. He has made at least one field goal in each of his four of his contests this year and did also hit on one from 23 yards in between his two misses at Arizona. He is now 6-of-8 overall on the season to rank third in the Pac-10 with a 75.0 field goal percentage. Tavecchio did not have an extra-point attempt against the Wildcats and is still a perfect 18-of-18 on points after touchdowns. He 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. In addition, Tavecchio's 26 kickoffs this season have averaged 66.3 yards, a sharp improvement from his average of 58.1 yards per kickoff in 2009.
Action Spread Around
Cal's cumulative stats through four games include 13 players who have rushing stats, 15 who have caught at least one of the team's 71 pass completions, 37 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 2-2 mark in its first four games of 2010, Cal is now a combined 31-11 (.738) 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. This year, Vereen has 426 yards through the team's first four games for an average of 106.5 yards per contest that has him on pace for a career-high total of 1385 yards that would be the fifth-highest total in Cal history. Unlike most seasons in recent history, Cal's second-leading rusher is significantly behind Vereen as Isi Sofele has 110 yards through four games.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has posted an overall record of 35-6 (.850) at Memorial Stadium over its last 41 home games. In fact, the Golden Bears are 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 in a season three times (2004, '06, '08) under head coach Jeff Tedford. The 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.
Winning Away from Memorial
Cal has now lost four straight games away from Memorial Stadium, with 2010 road losses at Nevada and Arizona following defeats at Washington and against Utah in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to wrap up the team's 2009 schedule. The recent skid followed what had been a stellar road mark in 2009 when Cal won four of its first five games away from Memorial Stadium and finished with a 4-2 record in true road games for its best mark since Cal was 5-1 in 2004. Cal won at Minnesota, UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford in 2009, with the two losses coming at Oregon and Washington. 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 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 head coach to have ever won more than two bowl games.
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, Fla. 17
2009 Poinsettia Bowl Utah 37, Cal 27
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 from 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.
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 also played 28 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-15 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.
On the Tube
Cal has appeared on live television 48 times over its last 49 contests heading into its upcoming game against UCLA at Memorial Stadium. The lone exception during the run was a non-televised home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009 that snapped a string of 38 straight games on TV. A total of 89 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.
Significantly off Last Year's Big-Play Pace
The Bears have not produced nearly as many big plays so far in 2010 as they did at this point in the season in 2009 with 15 plays (11 passing, four rushing) from the line of scrimmage having covered 20 or more yards, compared to 25 (15 passing, 10 rushing) through the first games of 2009. In its most recent game at Arizona, Cal had only one play of 20 or more yards. Quarterback Kevin Riley has accounted for the longest two plays of the season from the line of scrimmage to wide receiver Marvin Jones for 62 (Colorado) and 51 (UC Davis) yards, the two longest catches of Jones' career, in addition to finding Jones for two other big shots of 39 and 24 yards at Nevada, as well as one at Arizona for 22 yards. 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. Ross has all of the team's kickoff (6) and punt (2) returns that have gone for at least 20 yards.
Turnover Margin a Key
Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 and No.12 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 39-5 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 23-3 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 gave up the ball only once. The five turnovers by Colorado were the most a Cal team had forced since the Bears also forced five (all interceptions) vs. Washington on Oct. 21, 2006. Cal did suffer its defeat at Arizona despite winning the turnover battle, forcing a pair of Wildcats turnovers while committing only one.
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
Six Cal players - Keenan Allen (Fr., WR), Marc Anthony (So., CB), Spencer Ladner (So., TE), Ernest Owusu (Jr., DL), Brian Schwenke (So., LG) and Eric Stevens (So., FB) - have made their first collegiate start in 2010. Other 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 Arizona Game
The 10-9 one-point loss marked the first time Cal has been beaten by a single point since falling at Stanford, 21-20, in the Big Game on Nov. 22, 1997.
Against the Wildcats' passing attack, which entered the contest leading the Pac-10 and ranking No. 6 nationally with an average of 330.33 yards per game, Cal yielded just 212 yards through the air.
The total of 19 points were the lowest in the series since Arizona won, 13-6, on Nov. 5, 1994. The Bears had scored 20 of more points in the past 12 contests.
The 3-0 lead Cal took in the first quarter signified the first time Arizona trailed in a game in 2010.
More Notes from Nevada Game
Linebacker Keith Browner forced the first fumble of his career when he sacked Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick with 5:19 remaining in the second quarter. Defensive lineman Deandre Coleman was credited with his first career 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-best 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.
The five turnovers Cal forced were the most the Bears had recorded since picking off five passes against Washington on Oct. 21, 2006. In addition to Hagan and Mohamed, the other turnovers came 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 Dec. 6, 2008, when the Bears led Washington, 31-0, in an eventual 48-7 win. The last time Cal led by 35 at halftime was Sept. 6, 2008, when Cal was ahead 42-3 at Washington State midway through 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 allowed only 81 total yards of offense (14 rushing, 67 passing), 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 number of total yards, total offensive yards per play (1.8, tied), rushing yards, rushing attempts (19), yards per rush (0.7), longest rush (7), first downs, first downs rushing (1) and first down penalty (0, tied) are all the lowest by a Pac-10 opponent in 2010.
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. 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.
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 Southern California Connections
Cal has plenty of connections to Southern California with 27 players listing a city south of the Grapevine as their hometown, including Bryan Anger (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS), Mitchel Bartolo (San Diego, CA/Westview HS), Allan Bridgford (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS), Trajuan Briggs (Pacoima, CA/Birmingham HS), Keith Browner (Los Angeles, CA/Dorsey HS), Tevin Carter (Los Angeles, CA/Santee HS), Kaelin Clay (Long Beach, CA/Poly HS), Chris Conte (Los Angeles, CA/Loyola HS), Vincenzo D'Amato (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS), Ryan Davis (Los Angeles, CA/Cerritos College/Artesia HS), Sam DeMartinis (Sun Valley, CA/Notre Dame HS), Darian Hagan (Los Angeles, CA/Crenshaw HS), D.J. Holt (Santa Clarita, CA/Crespi Carmelite HS), Langston Jackson (Simi Valley, CA/Simi Valley HS), Marvin Jones (Fontana, CA/Etiwanda HS), Cary Kriegsman (Pacific Palisades, CA/Loyola HS), Brandon Madueno (West Covina, CA/Damien HS), Mike Mohamed (Brawley, CA/Brawley HS), Terrance Montgomery (Los Angeles, CA/West Adams Prep), Robert Mullins (Los Angeles, CA/Dorsey HS), Clark Porter (Pacific Palisades, CA/Harvard-Westlake School), Mitchell Schwartz (Pacific Palisades, CA/Palisades Charter HS), Brian Schwenke (Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS), David Seawright (San Diego, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS), Eric Stevens (San Pedro, CA/Peninsula HS), Shane Vereen (Valencia, CA/Valencia HS) and Ryan Wertenberger (Mission Viejo, CA/Laguna Hills HS). Two others - Alejandro Crosthwaite (Cathedral Catholic HS in San Diego) and Coleman Edmond (Pierce College in Woodland Hills) - played high school and junior college ball in the Southland, respectively.
In addition to the long list of players hailing from Southern California, the coaches who list hometowns in SoCal include head coach Jeff Tedford (Downey, CA/Cerritos College/Warren HS) and wide receivers coach Kevin Daft (Tustin, CA/Foothill HS)
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast spent one season as a defensive assistant at USC in 2002.
Offensive line coach Steve Marshall spent one season in the same role at UCLA in 1996.
Director of Student-Athlete Development Keiko Price earned 22 All-America honors as a swimmer at UCLA before graduating cum laude in 2001.
Offensive administrative assistant Akili Smith spent the 2008 and 2009 football seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Grossmont College in San Diego, where he also played from 1995-96.
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.
Active Players in Cal Record Book
The following active players are listed in the Cal record book. For career categories, the all-time leader and anybody that an active player could reasonably pass during the Arizona game are also listed. A full list of records can be find in the 2010 Cal football information guide online at CalBears.com.