Oct. 16, 2012
Saturday, Oct. 20, 12:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (3-4, 2-2) vs. Stanford (4-2, 2-1)
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: FOX - Craig Bollerjack (Play-by-Play), Joel Klatt (Analyst), Petros Papadakis (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)
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; +game will be preempted on Saturday, Oct. 20
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast of the Golden Bears' game vs. Stanford 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) - Isaac Wolf (Play-by-Play), Josh Toyofuku (Analyst), Anthony Manzella (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio:Cal's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Big Game against Stanford can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 137 on Sirius and channel 195 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
November 19, 2011
Stanford, Calif. (Stanford Stadium)
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 82-52/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 114
Series Record: Stanford leads series, 57-46-11
First Meeting: 3/19/92, Stanford 14, Cal 10
Last Meeting:11/19/11, at Stanford 31, Cal 28
Tedford vs. Stanford 7-3
Current Streak: Stanford win 2
Kickoff - Cal vs. Stanford (Saturday, Oct. 20, Noon PT)
California, winners of its last two games over UCLA and Washington State, will try to make it three in a row when the Golden Bears host Stanford (No. 20 BCS/No. 22 AP/No. 23 USA Today) this Saturday in the 115th edition of the Big Game. The Cardinal comes to Berkeley having played overtime contests in each of its last two games, winning at home against Arizona before losing last Saturday at Notre Dame. Stanford enters the Big Game in third place in the North Division in the Pac-12, with Cal a half-game behind the Cardinal in fourth.
A key to this season's Big Game could be the effectiveness of a rejuvenated Cal rushing attack against a Stanford defense that ranks second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally against the run, allowing only 89.5 yards per contest. Cal has averaged 220.7 yards rushing per game over its past three contests, including a season-high 318 yards in its most recent outing at Washington State that were the most since the Golden Bears rolled up 342 against Eastern Washington in 2009. For the season, Cal is averaging 195.0 yards per game on the ground and is ranked third in the Pac-12 and No. 38 nationally.
The Cal defense has also forced eight turnovers in the past two weeks, including six interceptions, with the Cardinal giving up only eight turnovers all year (second lowest in the Pac-12).
Keenan Allen has moved up to second all time at Cal in career receptions with 196 and is six shy of all-time leader Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04), while his 2,466 career receiving yards rank third in school history, his seven 100-yard games are sixth and his 16 touchdown catches are seventh. Allen has caught at least one pass in every game he's played at Cal (31), which ranks tied for eighth nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12. He is Cal's leading receiver in 2012 with 52 catches for 633 yards and five touchdowns.
Cal rushed for 318 yards as a team last Saturday at Washington State, surpassing the 300-yard mark for the first time since 2010 against UCLA (304) and racking up the most since 342 vs. Eastern Washington in 2009. In the last three games, the Bears have averaged 220.7 rushing yards per contest.
The Cal defense has held its last two opponents, UCLA and Washington State, to 17 points each. In addition to the low scoring totals, the Bears have forced six interceptions in those two games, with eight turnovers total.
Cal has 11 defenders with at least 30 tackles. Josh Hill is Cal's leader with 47, with Steve Williams (46) and Nick Forbes (43) ranking a close second and third.
Cal has won its past two games, both conference games. If Cal wins on Saturday, it would mark the Bears' first three-game winning streak since the first three contests of the 2011 season. The last three-game conference winning streak happened in 2009 when Cal beat UCLA, Washington State and Arizona State in consecutive weeks.
Head coach Jeff Tedford is 7-3 all-time in the Big Game and needs one more victory to become Cal's all-time leader in victories over Stanford. He is currently tied with the legendary Pappy Waldorf at seven.
The 115th Big Game marks the 30th anniversary of "The Play" that gave Cal an improbable 25-20 victory over Stanford in 1982.
Big Game Series History
Stanford holds an all-time series lead of 57-46-11 over the first 114 Big Games played between the teams in a series that began in 1892 with a 14-10 Stanford victory before an overflow crowd of 20,000 at the Haight Grounds in San Francisco. Cal has won seven of the 10 meetings since Jeff Tedford became the Bears' head coach in 2002, but the Cardinal has won two in a row, including a 31-28 win on The Farm last season and a 48-14 victory the last time the teams met in Berkeley in 2010. In last season's matchup, the Bears just missed pulling off an upset over an eighth-ranked Cardinal team. The last time Cal beat Stanford was a 34-28 triumph in 2009 on The Farm when the Bears beat a 14th-ranked Cardinal squad that was armed with the likes of current NFL players Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart. The victory came in dramatic fashion when Mike Mohamed intercepted Luck at Cal's three-yard line in the waning moments of the game as the Cardinal was driving for a potential game-winning score. Cal's last victory over the Cardinal in Berkeley came in 2008 with a 37-16 win over a Jim Harbaugh-coached squad. Prior to Tedford's arrival, Stanford had its longest win streak of the series with seven consecutive Big Game victories from 1995-2001. Cal has won five in a row twice, from 1919-23 and 2002-06, the latter during Tedford's first five seasons as Cal's head coach. The Bears also had an eight-year unbeaten string from 1947-54, winning six times and tying twice. The teams have played every season since that first meeting in 1892 other than during World War I (1915-17) and World War II (1943-45). The schools also met 10 times between 1906-18 that are not counted in the official series records because they played rugby rather than football.
Saturday's game also marks the 30th anniversary of "The Play". In the 1982 version of the Big Game, Cal beat Stanford on a five-lateral, 57-yard kickoff return that will forever be remembered as "The Play." Trailing 20-19, the Bears received Stanford's kickoff with just four seconds left. Cal proceeded to travel the length of the field and march through both the Stanford defense and the Stanford Band to produce an improbable 25-20 victory. "The Play" has gone down as one of, if not the most, memorable and spectacular plays in the history of college football.
Keenan Allen Nears School Receptions Record
Keenan Allen continues to move up Cal's all-time charts and is now second on the school's all-time list for receptions and six shy of Geoff McArthur's school record of 202 catches from 2000-04. Allen now has 196 receptions after his performance last Saturday at Washington State when he posted season highs of 11 catches for 166 yards and also had his team-leading fifth receiving touchdown of the campaign - 16th of his career - that came on a season-long 69-yard reception. He also moved up to third in career receiving yards with 2,466 yards and extended his streak to 31 straight contests 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 the Bears' leading receiver through seven games with 52 receptions, 633 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. Allen ranks tied for 11th nationally and is third in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (7.43), while he is 18th nationally and leads the conference in punt returns (13.07 ypr). Allen is also 25th nationally and sixth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (90.43 rpg), and 56th nationally and eighth in the Pac-12 in all purpose yardage (122.10 ypg). He is tied for seventh in the conference in scoring touchdowns with seven (6.0 ppg), adding two others on a 39-yard run vs. Nevada and a 69-yard punt return against Southern Utah.
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
UCLA 8-79-2-34 ... first career two-receiving TD game
WSU 11-166-1-69 ... season-high 69-yard catch
Close Battles to the End in All Four Losses
In each of the four games Cal has lost this season, the Golden Bears have been within one score in the fourth quarter. In the season opener, Cal was edged by Nevada, 31-24, but the game was tied until Nevada's game-winning touchdown with 0:36 remaining. The Bears nearly pulled off an upset at then-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. 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. Against Arizona State, the Bears pulled within three of the Sun Devils on Keenan Allen's touchdown reception at the 9:33 mark in the fourth quarter before eventually falling, 27-17.
Tough Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal's strength of schedule for its seven games played is currently rated 12th nationally in the Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The team was as high as second through the first six games that included four losses to teams that have combined to post a record of 23-3 (.885) in Ohio State (7-0), Nevada (6-1), USC (5-1) and Arizona State (5-1). The Golden Bears have played three teams ranked in the top 25 this season at the time of their contest in Ohio State (then No. 12 AP), USC (then No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP) and UCLA (then No. 25 AP). Cal still has three teams currently in the top 25 remaining on the schedule in Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today/No. 3 BCS), Oregon State (No. 8 BCS/No. 8 AP/No. 11 USA Today) and Stanford (No. 20/No. 22 AP/No. 23 USA Today) that have combined for a record of 15-2 (.882). Also, 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 at Oregon State on November 17.
Going For Three in a Row
If Cal beats Stanford, it would mark the Bears' first three-game winning streak since the first three contests of 2011. The most-recent three-game conference winning streak happened in 2009 when Cal beat UCLA, Washington State and Arizona State on the last three Saturdays in October.
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 Golden Bears back to a bowl game in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. Tedford's most recent victory when the Bears won at Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012, was his 82nd career win and also his 50th conference triumph. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 82-52 (.612) and has an opportunity on Saturday to also become the school's all-time leader in Big Game wins. He is currently tied with the legendary Pappy Waldorf, posting a 7-3 mark in the Big Game. 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 3-4 Season in progress Season in progress
Zach Maynard's Second Season as Starting QB
Zach Maynard has completed 126-of-204 passes for 1,537 yards in 2012, with 10 touchdown throws, including at least one in six of seven contests, and seven interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 134.37, which ranks 56th nationally while his career passer efficiency mark of 129.55 is eighth all-time at Cal. Maynard's top game of the season came when he completed 25-of-30 passes (career high 83.3%) for 295 yards, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in a win against UCLA, with the five touchdowns he was responsible for a career best. It was the second time of his career (at Colorado, 2011) and the first time in a non-overtime game that Maynard threw four touchdown passes. The passing yards were also a season high. Maynard continued his strong play in his following game at Washington State, connecting with Keenan Allen for a 69-yard touchdown while going 14-of-23 for 189 yards. He also rushed 10 times for a career-best 78 yards and his third rushing score of the season as well as the seventh in his career.
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
UCLA 25-30-1-295-4-50 ... 5 total TDs (1 rushing)
WSU 14-23-2-189-1-69 ... career-high 78 rushing yds.
Top Three Rushers Reach 1,000 Yards on The Ground
Cal's top three rushers - C.J. Anderson (72-498-4TD), Isi Sofele (87-417-2TD) and Brendan Bigelow (23-277-2TD) - have combined for 1,192 yards on the ground through the first seven games of the regular season. Collectively, Cal's rushing attack ranks third in the Pac-12, with Sofele, Anderson and Bigelow accounting for 170.3 of the team's 195.0 yards per game rushing average. Cal has had nine 1,000-yard rushers in the last 10 campaigns and had its top two rushers combine for 1,500 or more yards in each of the last nine seasons. Anderson paced the Bears in rushing for the third time this season and the second consecutive game at Washington State with 112 yards on 15 carries and a career-high-tying two touchdowns. The game before he posted career highs of 151 rushing yards and 21 carries against UCLA in a contest in which he also had a career-long 68-yard run and a receiving touchdown. Sofele has a pair of 100-yard rushing games this season (105 vs. Arizona State; 104 vs. Southern Utah), while Bigelow rushed for a career-high 160 yards on only four carries at Ohio State. One of Bigelow's runs was 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. In the last three games, Cal has averaged 220.7 yards rushing as a team.
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada 14-66-0-13 ... 1 reception, 12 yards
Southern Utah 5-46-1-35
Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 receptions, 65 yards
USC 5-32-0-13 ... 1 reception, 7 yards
Arizona State 8-78-0-44
UCLA 21-151-1-68 ... career high yds. and car.
WSU 15-112-2-29 ... career-high-tying rush TD
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 receptions, 33 yards
Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 ... 1 reception, 14 yards
Ohio State 21-86-0-26 ... 1 reception, 5 yards
USC 8-16-0-9 ... 1 reception, 4 yards
Arizona State 15-105-1-32 ... 13th career rushing TD
WSU 14-63-0-16 ... 1 kick return, 12 yards
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
UCLA 5-12-0-7 ... 2 receptions, 35 yds, TD
WSU 8-59-0-25 ... 1 kick return, 29 yards
New Heroes Emerge
There have been several players emerge for the Golden Bears over the past few games. In the Arizona State contest it was Avery Sebastian who picked up a career-high 14 tackles in his first career start that are also tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Against UCLA, players that had breakout games included Kameron Jackson, Michael Lowe and Richard Rodgers. Jackson equaled a Pac-12 season high with three interceptions, while Lowe had a career-high nine tackles and an interception that he returned 57 yards and Rodgers posted career bests of seven catches for 135 yards, including a 50-yarder that was the longest reception of his career and at the time the longest by a Cal player this season. Also, inside linebackers Nick Forbes and Jalen Jefferson shared the team lead in tackles against the Bruins as each recorded a career-high 10, with Forbes also adding his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery. Neither was in the starting lineup when the season began. Lowe added another interception at Washington State.
D'Amato Leads Pac-12 in Field Goal Percentage
Vincenzo D'Amato has made each of the last six field goals he has attempted and now leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (10-15, 66.7%) on the footsteps of 2011 placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who became the first Cal player to ever lead the conference in field goal percentage last season. D'Amato started his current streak at USC when he tied his career best by making teh final three of his four field goals attempts, 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 attempts vs. Arizona State and UCLA, and at Washington State when he connected on a career-long 52-yarder, which is also the second-longest in the Pac-12 in 2012. In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato is tied for 24th nationally and tied for second in the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.43 fgmpg), and tied for 84th nationally and 10th in the conference in scoring (7.43 ppg). He is also fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring among kickers. D'Amato has a team-high 52 points, adding 22-of-25 extra points to his 10 field goals.
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
UCLA 1-1-26 ... 4-6 ... 8-504-63.0
WSU 1-1-52 ... 4-4 ... 6-378-63.0 ... career-long FG
Leininger Improving With Punts
True freshman Cole Leininger has continued to improve in his role taking over for Cal's former standout punter and this year's NFL punting leader Bryan Anger now of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In particular, Leininger has posted four consecutive punting averages of 41.8 yards or better in his last five contests. Against Washington State, he booted a career-long 61-yard punt with an average of 45.5. He booted punts of 54 and 51 yards vs. Arizona State. At Ohio State, he recorded his best average on the year at 47.0. He also had a 43.0 average at USC and 42.0 versus UCLA. For the season, he is averaging 41.2 yards per punt despite averages of 38.6 and 30.7 over 10 punts in his first two games.
Four Bear Defenders Rank in Pac-12's Top 30 in Tackles
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Steve Williams, Jalen Jefferson and Nick Forbes - rank in the top 30 in the Pac-12 in tackles per game. Hill is tied for 13th (6.7 tpg), while Williams is tied for 17th (6.6 tpg), Jefferson is tied for 22nd (6.3 tpg) and Forbes is 29th (6.1 tpg).
Stingy Defense Sparked By Turnovers
The Cal defense has held its last two opponents, UCLA and Washington State, to 17 points each. In addition to the low scoring totals, the Bears forced six interceptions in those two games, eight turnovers total.
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 43 career games with 27 starts, has 174 tackles to lead all players on the active roster, while his 47 stops on the season pace the Bears. His three career forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries are also both the most among active Cal players, while his one interception return for a touchdown is tied for first. In addition, Hill is tied for second among the team's active players with four career interceptions and third with 46 interception return yards, 18 pass breakups and 22 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 37 career games with 28 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (93), while ranking tied for first in interception return touchdowns (1), second in passes defended (24), pass breakups (20) and tackles (120), and third in tackles for loss (11.0, -26 yards). Anthony is tied for first with 5.5 tackles for loss (-16 yards) in 2012.
Williams, who has played in 32 games with 23 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interceptions with six after snagging one in each of the last two games at Washington State and vs. UCLA. His three interceptions in 2012 are tied for first on the team. He also collected four pass breakups against the Cougars to become the Bears' active career leader with 22 (tied for 10th on all-time list) to give him a total of 28 passes defended to also pace the Bears' active players. He is also tied for second with two forced fumbles, third in tackles (116) and fourth in interception return yards (45). He currently ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in passes defended (1.43 pdpg) and tied for seventh in interceptions (0.43 ipg).
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 46-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 19-11 when turnovers are equal and 17-32 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 29-7 with a positive margin in turnovers, 11-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-26 with a deficit. A big key to the Bears' win against UCLA was forcing six turnovers, including the first three career interceptions by Kameron Jackson, which tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season and are the most by a single player in a game in the Tedford era. The six turnovers tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season and are the most the Bears have caused in the Tedford era. Last Saturday at Washington State, the Bears notched two more interceptions. Cal is tied for 44th in the nation in turnover margin (+.29), with 15 takeaways and 13 lost.
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 in a row 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 in 2011 with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record. 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 Notes From Washington State
Cal held Washington State to an opponent 36 yards rushing as a team ... Keenan Allen recorded his first tackle since 2010 ... Nathan Broussard, Darius Powe and Kameron Jackson posted their first career starts, and Broussard also garnered a sack ... Cal had 507 yards of total offense for its third game with 500 or more in 2012 ... Cal was successful on 6-of-12 third-down conversions and is now 12-of-23 (52.2%) in its last two contests ... Cal did not allow a sack for the first time in 2012 after giving up 26.0 in its previous four contests.
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 became the head coach in 2002, while the Bears are 14-22 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. Cal snapped an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams with a win over No. 25 UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012. 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 64-5 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.
Bears Strong On Punt Returns
Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 and 23rd nationally in punt returns with an average of 13.07 yards per return. Keenan Allen is the Bears' punt returner, ranking 18th nationally and first in the conference in punt returns (13.07 ypr). He is the only Cal player with a punt return in 2012, returning 14 punts for 183 yards including one 69 yards for a touchdown.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has a 43-12 record in its last 55 home games and is 39-11 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch, going 2-2 at Memorial Stadium in 2012 and also going 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated.
Cal's current two-deep features 30 of the 56 positions manned by either a freshman (10) or sophomore (20).
Cal's Stanford Connections
Eight Cal players - Stephen Anderson (San Jose, CA/Piedmont Hills HS), Noah Beito (Scotts Valley, CA/Scotts Valley HS), Kyle Boehm (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS), Jonah Hodges (Santa Cruz, CA/Santa Cruz HS), J.P. Hurrell (San Mateo, CA/Juniperro Serra HS), Duke Moran (Menlo Park, CA/Sacred Heart Prep HS), Bradley Northnagel (San Carlos, CA/Junipero Serra HS) and Ikem Okwudiafor (Fremont, CA/Mission San Jose HS/St. Mary's College HS) - played prep football and list hometowns in the South Bay or the Peninsula near Stanford.
Pass game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo played at San Jose State in 1998 and from 2000-02. He also was on the Spartans' coaching staff as an undergraduate assistant in 2003 and from 2005-08, spending his final two seasons as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Wide receivers coach Wes Chandler spent the 1988 season during his NFL career playing for the San Francisco 49ers, who have headquarters are in Santa Clara.
Associate director of athletic communications Kyle McRae spent eight seasons on the Stanford media relations staff (1999-2007) and one campaign (2008) on the media relations staff of the San Francisco 49ers.
Associate head coach/recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson spent six seasons on the coaching staff at San Jose State (2001-06).
Freshman longsnapper Duke Moran has relatives that played for Stanford, with his grandfather playing college football for Pop Warner, and aunt, Noel, swimming for the Cardinal and setting an American record in the 200 breast.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 31 players on NFL rosters as of Oct. 15, 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.
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 in 2012.
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. The building was then rededicated during halftime of Cal's game against UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012. Cal boasts an all-time record of 319-215-16 (.595) 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 and is 2-2 in its return to Memorial Stadium in 2012. 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 that will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Saturday.
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 and 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).