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2010 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
California (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10) vs. ASU (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10)
Memorial 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). All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on the Internet thorugh the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page. ESPN National Radio: Bill Rosinski (Play-By-Play), David Norrie (Analyst), Joe Schad (Sideline Reporter). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Ruben Domingeuz (Analyst), Danny Freisinger (Play-By-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (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 216 (also a best of XM channel) and XM channel 194.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: Cal fans are invited to tune into Monday's Cal Coaches Corner for interviews with head football coach Jeff Tedford, junior punter Bryan Anger, volleyball coach Rich Feller and former football star Jack Hart, who will be inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night.
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.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems will bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replayed several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 70-38/9th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 29
Series Record: Cal leads series, 15-14
First Meeting: 9/25/76, 31-22 Cal
Last Meeting: 10/31/09, 23-21 Cal
Current Streak: Cal win 2
Tedford vs. ASU: 6-1
Kickoff - Arizona State at Cal (Sat., Oct. 23, 12:41 p.m. PT)
Cal (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10) will return home to face Arizona State (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10) in a critical contest for a pair of teams that are tied for seventh place in the Pac-10 and have posted identical records halfway through the 2010 season. Cal has been a tale of two teams. The Golden Bears are a perfect 3-0 at home and have dominated opponents by a combined score of 139-17. On the road, Cal is 0-3 and has been outscored 110-54 in three contests.
At halftime, the new class of Cal Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized
Arizona State had dropped three in a row but played competitively each time (at Wisconsin, vs. Oregon, at Oregon State) before snapping the skid with an impressive 24-14 win at Washington in their most recent game Oct. 9. The Sun Devils had a bye last week.
Cal will take on an Arizona State offense that has done most of its damage through the air as the Sun Devils rank second in the league and No. 15 nationally in pass offense (299.0 ypg). ASU's passing attack has led the Sun Devils to 32.8 points per contest and an average of 455.2 yards of total offense, both fourth in the Pac-10. Despite allowing 48 points in its most recent outing at USC, Cal's defense is still second in the Pac-10 and No. 24 nationally in total defense (312.7 ypg). The Bears have been equally effective against both the run (123.5 ypg) and pass (189.2 ypg), ranking second in the Pac-10 in both.
Cal's offense that is fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (32.2 ppg) and seventh in total offense (378.2 ypg) will go up against an ASU defense that is fourth in the league in both scoring defense (22.7 ppg) and total defense (349.3 ppg). The Sun Devils have been more effective stopping the run (123.8 ypg, No. 3 Pac-10) than the pass (225.5, No. 7 Pac-10), while Cal's offense has been more effective in the run game (186.0 ypg, No. 5 Pac-10) than through the air (192.2 ypg, No. 9 Pac-10).
Saturday's forecast in Berkeley is calling for a 40 percent chance of showers and a high of 62 degrees (low 58).
Cal-Arizona State Series Notes
Cal has had a great deal of success against Arizona State since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford in 2002, winning six of the last seven meetings between the clubs, as well as a current run of four in a row, with the only Sun Devil victory coming with a 31-20 ASU triumph in Tempe in 2007. Last year in Tempe, quarterback Kevin Riley led the Bears on a dramatic 11-play, 74-yard drive over 2:55 to set Giorgio Tavecchio for a game-winning 24-yard field goal with 0:21 remaining in the game. Riley finished with a season-high 351 yards in the air (second-best yardage total of his career), completing 27-of-44 passes with two TD's and no interceptions. Cal has won each of the last four meetings in Berkeley but did have to forfeit the 1999 contest due to playing with an ineligible player. The last time the Sun Devils won a game on the field at Memorial Stadium was in 1997.
Cal leads the all-time series, 15-14. The Bears longest win streak came at the start of its current stretch since 2002 with four consecutive wins from 2002-06 (the teams did not play in 2005). The longest Arizona State win streak is four in a row on the field (1995-98) and six straight from 1995-2000 when the 1999 forfeit is included.
23 in a Row at Home in Even Years
The last time Cal lost a home game during an even year came during a 52-41 loss to Arizona at Memorial Stadium way back on Nov. 16, 2002. Since then, the Golden Bears have won 23 consecutive home games with the calendar on an even year - last game of 2002 vs. Stanford, 5-0 in 2004, 7-0 in 2006, 7-0 in 2008 and 3-0 so far this season.
Cal has had big seasons overall each of the previous three even years, posting records of 10-2 (2004), 10-3 (2006) and 9-4 (2008). Including a 3-3 mark in its first six games of 2010, Cal is now a combined 32-12 (.727) over the last four campaigns taking place in even years.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has an overall record of 36-6 (.857) at Memorial Stadium over its last 42 home games. In fact, the Golden Bears are a perfect 36-0 in Berkeley 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 posted unbeaten home seasons three times (2004, '06, '08) during the period and has won its first three games at home in 2010. The Bears also have a current streak of 40 games with at least 50,000-plus fans at Memorial Stadium (every contest over the last seven seasons), including a total of 175,144 over the team's first three home games of 2010 for an average of 58,831. Cal drew a season-high 61,664 in its most recent home game vs. UCLA. In 2009, Cal just missed averaging a home crowd of 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years with its average per-game attendance figure of 59,472 over six dates. The team's biggest numbers during the Tedford era came in 2006, when the Bears drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest. Cal's most recent sellout was a crowd of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3, 2009.
Away from Memorial
Cal has lost five straight games away from Memorial Stadium, with 2010 road defeats at Nevada, Arizona and USC, following losses 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 on the road 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.
Coming Off a Bye Week
Cal faces the unenviable task of facing back-to-back opponents that are coming off bye weeks during its next two games against Arizona State and at Oregon State. Washington will also have a bye prior to its game at Cal on Nov. 27. The three Pac-10 opponents Cal must face after their bye weeks tie UCLA for the most in the conference. Cal has already played its only game after coming off a bye in 2010, an impressive 35-7 win over UCLA on Oct. 9 that improved the Golden Bears' record to 9-6 during games when coming off a bye week during the Jeff Tedford era.
Brief Appearance in the National Rankings
Cal has been ranked nationally for a single week during the 2010 season, when the Golden Bears climbed to No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following a 2-0 start. However, Cal lost its next game at Nevada on Sept. 17 to fall out of the rankings and has 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.
Losses to Tough Teams
Cal's three losses in 2010 (all on the road) were against Nevada, Arizona and USC, three teams that have combined for a 15-4 record this season. Nevada is currently 6-1, while Arizona (No. 15 AP/No. 18 USA Today Coaches Poll) is 5-1 and USC 4-2.
The notes for Cal's defense in 2010 have been plentiful. Below are some of the most crucial ones.
Cal's defense ranked among the nation's top-10 teams in five team categories - pass efficiency defense, pass defense, total defense, sacks and turnover margin prior to its most recent game at USC. Despite allowing 48 points and giving up a season-high 602 total yards of offense to the Trojans, the Golden Bears still rank high in several defensive categories both in the conference and nationally. Cal is second in the Pac-10 in total defense (312.67 ypg, No. 24 NCAA), pass efficiency defense (113.89, No. 30 NCAA) and pass defense (189.17 ypg, No. 34 NCAA), as well as third in rush defense (123.50 ypg, No. 33 NCAA) and scoring defense (21.17 ppg, No. 41 NCAA).
Cal has put up significantly better numbers and ranks higher both nationally and in four of the five categories compared to 2009 - total defense (378.85 ypg, No. 7 Pac-10, No. 72 NCAA), pass defense (266.85 ypg, No. 9 Pac-10, No. 111 NCAA), pass efficiency defense (137.58, No. 7 Pac-10, No. 91 NCAA) and scoring defense (25.46, No. 7 Pac-10, No. 60 NCAA). The Bears' rushing defense did finish with slightly better numbers (112.0 ypg) and rankings (No. 2 Pac-10, No. 23 NCAA) than the 2010 team currently has.
Cal has shut out its opponent in the first half in four of six games in 2010, sending UC Davis, Colorado, Arizona and UCLA into the break without a point. Cal has also held all four of those opponents to 10 points or less to mark the first time the Bears have accomplished that since 2004, when Cal also held four of its opponents to fewer 10 points or less. Cal still has six more regular-season games plus a possible bowl game on the schedule in 2010 to improve on the statistic. No Bear team has held five or more opponents to 10 points or under in a season since the "Bear Minimum" defense limited seven opponents to 10 or fewer points in 1968.
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 after forcing a turnover in five of its six games in 2010. The team's total of 55 points after forcing turnovers this season include 31 against Colorado, seven against UC Davis, Nevada and UCLA, and three at Arizona.
Cal has kept opponents below 150 yards of total offense twice in 2010, holding UC Davis to a Pac-10 season-low 81 and UCLA to 144.
Big Numbers against Arizona State
Below are some of the best cumulative numbers or performances against Arizona State by current Cal players.
Kevin Riley had the second-highest single-game passing yardage total of his career in a 23-21 victory at Arizona State in 2009, completing 27-of-44 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. The effort came in his only career game against the Sun Devils.
Giorgio Tavecchio made three of his career-high-tying five field goal attempts (and both of his extra points) at Arizona State in 2009, including a game-winning 24-yarder with 0:21 remaining in the contest and an earlier attempt of 51 yards that is the longest of his career.
Bryan Anger punted five times for 265 yards for an average of 53.0 yards per punt and pinned the Sun Devils inside their 20-yard line three times in 2009 to earn Punter Co-Performer of the Week from the College Football Performance Awards.
Marvin Jones caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown at Arizona State in 2009.
Jeremy Ross caught three passes for 67 yards at Arizona State in 2009, including a 56-yarder, and also returned three punts for 23 yards.
Anthony Miller had three catches for 47 yards at Arizona State in 2009.
Alex Lagemann had a career-high 38 yards receiving and a career-high-tying three receptions at Arizona State in 2009.
Mike Mohamed was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance at Arizona State in 2009 when he registered a season-high-tying 12 tackles.
Josh Hill forced the lone fumble of his career at Arizona State in 2009.
Shane Vereen had a big game vs. Arizona State at Memorial Stadium in 2008, rushing for 93 yards on 27 a season-high 27 carries and catching five balls for 51 yards to lead the team in both categories as well as all-purpose yards with 144.
Cameron Jordan recorded a game-high-tying eight tackles, 2.0 sacks (-7 yards) and 3.0 TFL (-8 yards) against Arizona State in 2008, after recovering a fumble and returning it 13 yards, while adding a half-sack at ASU in 2007.
Sean Cattouse had one of his four career interceptions vs. Arizona State in 2008.
Chris Conte had one of his two career interceptions vs. Arizona State in 2008.
Darian Hagan recorded a game-high-tying eight tackles and a fumble recovery, while also bringing back two of his three career kick returns for 44 yards against Arizona State in 2008, including a career-best 28-yarder.
Vereen Third in Pac-10, Ninth Nationally in Scoring
Shane Vereen has been a scoring machine for Cal in 2010 with 66 points on 11 touchdowns in six games. Vereen is third in the Pac-10 in scoring and tied for ninth nationally with an average of 11.0 points per game. Eight of his 11 touchdowns are rushing, while he has added three on receptions. He had three touchdowns during the team's season opener against UC Davis (two rushing, one receiving), two scores vs. Colorado (one rushing, one receiving), three at Nevada (all rushing), two vs. UCLA (both rushing) and one at USC (receiving). The two games with three scores matched his single-game high, while he has multiple-touchdown games four times this year, six of his last nine games dating back to last season and eight times in his career.
Vereen Cracks Career Rushing List, Near Scoring
In addition to already being on Cal's all-time lists for rushing touchdowns (25, No. 6), 100-yard rushing games (8, No. 9) and all-purpose yardage (3,487, No. 10), Shane Vereen moved on to another list when he became Cal's No. 10 all-time leading rusher during the Golden Bears' most recent game at USC with an updated total of 2,297 all-time rushing yards. Vereen is poised to enter another list soon as his career total of 180 points on 30 touchdowns, adding five receiving TDs to his 25 on the ground, has him only six points away from 10th place on Cal's all-time scoring list and the 186 points produced by Sean Dawkins from 1990-92. Check out where Vereen and other current Cal players stand in the record book on a full list on page 13 of the game notes.
In addition to his penchant for finding the end zone, Vereen is third in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally in rushing with his team-highs of 630 yards and 111 carries giving him a per-game average of 105.0. He has also caught the ball out of the backfield to the tune of at least one reception in each of his 32 career collegiate contests, the longest current streak by an active Football Bowl Subdivision running back and the ninth-longest among all FBS players. Vereen is second on the team with his three receiving touchdowns, as well as third in both receptions (14) and receiving yards (164). His combination of rushing and receiving makes him the third-leading all-purpose runner in the Pac-10 and No. 34 nationally with an average of 132.3 all-purpose yards per game (794 total) although none of those come from kick or punt returns.
Jones Leading Club in Receiving for Second Straight Year
The team-leading totals of 29 receptions and 398 receiving yards posted by wide receiver Marvin Jones through Cal's first six games have him as the team's leading receiver for the second consecutive year (2009: 43 receptions, 651 receiving yards, 6 TDs). He currently ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (66.33) and seventh in receptions per contest (4.83). 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 are tied for the most by a Pac-10 player in a game this season and tied for the seventh-most catches by a Cal receiver in school history, as well as the most since Geoff McArthur hauled in a school-record 16 at Stanford on Nov. 22, 2003. His yardage total was the most since Lavelle Hawkins had 192 yards vs. Oregon State on Oct. 13, 2007.
Tedford Hits 70 Wins, Approaching Cal's All-Time Mark
Ninth-year head coach Jeff Tedford hit the 70-win mark at Cal with his most recent victory over UCLA after having previously become Cal's all-time leader in games coached and its modern-era victory leader earlier in 2010. Tedford sports an all-time record of 70-38 (.648), only four victories behind the school's all-time leader, Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and three 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 (42) 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) 70-38-0
4. Pappy Waldorf (1947-56) 67-32-4
*Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
Rushing Attack on Track
Cal ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and No. 34 nationally in rushing offense with an average of 186.0 yards on the ground per game. Cal rushed for a season-high 304 yards vs. UCLA and has been over 200 yards on the ground three times, adding 230 vs. UC Davis and 225 at Nevada. Cal's rushing total vs. UCLA marked the fifth time the Bears have eclipsed the 300-yard mark on the ground since 2008.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 54-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, reaching the mark most recently with a 35-7 win over UCLA on Oct. 9. The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 16-33.
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 second in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally in net punting (40.92 ypp), while checking in at No. 4 in the conference and No. 21 nationally in punt returns (12.21 ypr). Last year, the Bears were 30th nationally in net punting (37.31 ypp) and 24th in punt returns (12.35 ypr).
Mohamed Returns to Form after Missing First Collegiate Game
Mike Mohamed has been back in the starting linebacker during Cal's last three games after missing the only game of his collegiate career due to a sprained toe in the third game of the season at Nevada, snapping a string of 41 consecutive contests he had played in beginning with the 2007 season opener. Despite missing the game at Nevada and being limited to primarily nickel situations at Arizona, Mohamed had 38 tackles and is only one stop behind the 39 recorded by team co-leaders Chris Conte and D.J. Holt (both of whom have played in one more game than Mohamed. One year after leading the Pac-10 in tackles with 112 and an average of 8.62 per game, Mohamed is currently seventh in the conference with his average of 7.6 tackles per contest. He is also one of nine players on the team with a forced fumble and one of five with an interception, returning it 41 yards for his second career touchdown vs. Colorado. In addition, he has a team-high two quarterback hurries. In the game against Colorado, during which Mohamed suffered the injury, he equaled a career best with 14 tackles. He added 10 in his most recent game at USC to hit double figures in a contest for the eighth time in his career. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles and seventh on Cal's all-time list with a total of 283 tackles, needing just six more to move into sole possession of fifth. In addition, he is Cal's active career leader in interceptions (7), interception returns for a touchdown (2) and forced fumbles (3).
Mohamed Semifinalist for Prestigious Campbell Trophy
Mike Mohamed is a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy. The honor formerly known as the Draddy Trophy and often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" was won by former Cal center Alex Mack in 2008. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Mohamed has a cumulative 3.43 GPA and is on track to graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He has been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, including first-team recognition in each of the last two years. He added District 8 All-Academic first-team honors from CoSIDA/ESPN in 2009.
Kendricks Emerging Near Top of Pac-10 Stats
Mike Mohamed's fellow linebacker Mychal Kendricks is emerging in 2010 as one of the top big-play players in the Pac-10. Kendricks is tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in fumble recoveries (3, 0.50 per game), while ranking tied for second in both sacks (4.0, 0.75 per game) and tackles for loss (8.5, 1.42 per game). He is also ranked tied for 30th nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss. The NCAA does not track leaders in fumble recoveries. He is fourth on the team in tackles with 31.
Holt a Steady Leader
D.J. Holt co-leads the team with 39 tackles, while adding 2.0 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. When Mohamed missed the game at Nevada with an injury, Holt delivered a career-high 16 tackles - equaling the most by a Cal player since 2007 and tied for the second-most in the Pac-10 this season - to go along with his first career forced fumble.
Conte Coming On
Chris Conte is having the biggest season of his collegiate career as a senior, co-leading the team with 39 tackles and adding 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Conte has spent most of the past three seasons as a reserve defensive back, primarily at cornerback, playing in 38 of 39 possible games but starting only five. He has started all six games in 2010 at safety and had the biggest contest of his career in his most recent outing against USC, recording career-highs of 16 tackles and 1.5 tackle for loss. The 16 tackles are tied with D.J. Holt for the most by a Cal player in a game this season and tied for the second most in the Pac-10.
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 three wins compared to its three defeats. In the victories over UC Davis, Colorado and UCLA, Riley completed 38-of-60 passes (63.3%) for 538 yards, with eight touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 182.65. In three road losses at Nevada, Arizona and UCLA, Riley was 51-of-92 (55.4%) for 586 yards, with three touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 106.66. His season highlights have included throwing a career-high-tying four touchdowns against Colorado and passing for a season-high 277 yards at Nevada. He is among Cal's all-time leaders in touchdown passes (48, No. 5-T), passer efficiency (130.43. No. 7), passing yardage (5,897, No. 8), 300-yard games (2, No. 9-T) and 250-yard games (7, No. 10). Riley continues to lead the Pac-10's active quarterbacks in career victories (18-11 in 29 starts) and is tied for first in games played (34).
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
UCLA 9-16-0-83-1-56.2-120.45 at USC 15-29-2-193-2-51.7-116.59
Sparkling Debut, Good Start for Allen
True freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen made one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history in the season opener 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. On the season, Allen leads the Golden Bears in both touchdown receptions (4) and yards-per-catch average (15.2), while his 18 receptions and 274 receiving yards are both second behind Marvin Jones. He is among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in receiving yards per game (45.67, No. 12), receptions per game (3.00, No. 18-T) and scoring (5.00 ppg, No. 19-T) and currently on pace to put up the team's best receiving numbers by a true freshman since DeSean Jackson led the squad with 38 receptions, 601 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches in 2005.
Anger and Hagan Named Pac-10 Players of the Week
Bryan Anger (Special Teams) and Darian Hagan (Defensive) picked up Cal's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2010 for their performances against UCLA on Oct. 9. Anger punted five times for a season-high average of 50.4 yards per punt. Hagan had the first two sacks of his collegiate career while adding an interception, a pass breakup and a team-high-tying five tackles.
Anger off to Record-Setting Start
Bryan Anger is averaging 45.8 yards per punt during his first six games and 25 punts of 2010, which is ahead of the single-season school-record mark of 45.3 set by Scott Tabor in 1987. Anger's 2010 mark is 3.0 yards better than his career average of 42.8, 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 and eighth nationally in punt average. Anger has 10 punts of 50+ yards, including a 66-yarder against Colorado that is the best in the Pac-10 this season. He has also pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on nine occasions. Anger had a season-high average of 50.4 yards per punt against UCLA on Oct. 9 and was subsequently named the National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards as well as the Pac-10's Special Teams Player of the Week.
Tavecchio's Perfect Run Comes to End
Placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio made each of the first 23 kicks he attempted in 2010 before missing on three of his last four field goal attempts (he did not have an opportunity in his most recent game at USC). Two of his three misses came among his final three field goal tries during his career-high-tying and Pac-10 season-high-tying five attempts at Arizona. He also had a 48-yard attempt hit off the right upright the only time he tried a field goal against UCLA. He is now 6-of-9 overall on field goals to rank sixth in the Pac-10 with a 66.7 field goal percentage. He is a perfect 25-25 on extra-point attempts and has twice tied a single-game career high by converting all seven of his PATs against both UC Davis and Colorado. In addition, his 35 kickoffs this season have averaged 65.7 yards, a sharp improvement from his average of 58.1 yards per kickoff in 2009.
Pass Protection Improves
Cal's pass protection has been significantly improved statistically through the first six games of 2010 compared to the first six games last year. This season, the Bears have allowed only 10 sacks for 51 yards through six contests to rank fifth in the Pac-10 for fewest sacks against (1.67 spg). Through the first six games of 2009, Cal allowed 14 sacks for 77 yards (2.33 spg) to rank tied for sixth in the conference.
Cal has played in a bowl game for each of the last seven seasons to set a school record, posting a 5-2 mark 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.
Current Cal Bowl Streak
Year Bowl Result
2003 Insight Bowl Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49
2004 Holiday Bowl Texas Tech 45, Cal 31
2005 Las Vegas Bowl Cal 35, BYU 28
2006 Holiday Bowl Cal 45, Texas A&M 10
2007 Armed Forces Bowl Cal 42, Air Force 36
2008 Emerald Bowl Cal 24, Miami, 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 campaign 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. 21) - for the first time since 1950.
On the Tube
Cal has appeared on live television 50 times over its last 51 contests heading into its FSN nationally-televised game (locally on CSNBA) against Arizona State at Memorial Stadium this Saturday. The lone exception during the period 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 91 games have been televised in the ninth season under Jeff Tedford. Cal had every game televised for the first time in 2007 and then repeated the feat in 2008.
Turnover Margin a Key
Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 and No. 28 nationally in turnover margin with a +0.67 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 40-5 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 16-9 when tied and 14-24 when opponents win the battle. In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 24-3 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-6 when the turnover table is tied and 8-20 with a deficit. In its three victories this year, Cal forced eight turnovers and gave up the ball only twice. 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. Overall in its three losses, Cal has lost the ball six times while taking it away on four occasions.
Cal off Last Year's Big-Play Pace
The Bears have not produced nearly as many big plays so far in 2010 as they did through the first six games of 2009, with 22 plays (16 passing, six rushing) from the line of scrimmage having covered 20 or more yards, compared to 30 (19 passing, 11 rushing) through the first six games of last year. Kevin Riley has accounted for the longest two plays of the season from the line of scrimmage with pass completions to wide receiver Marvin Jones for 62 (Colorado) and 51 (UC Davis) yards, also 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 four times for over 20 yards, with a career-high 48-yard TD against UC Davis, another 45-yarder vs. the Aggies, a 32-yarder at USC and a 27-yarder against Colorado. Shane Vereen has three receptions from Riley (31 yards for a TD at USC, 31 yards vs. UCLA, 23 yards vs. UC Davis for 20 or more yards, while two to Jeremy Ross (30 yards at USC, 27 yards vs. Colorado) and one to Anthony Miller (career-long-tying 32 yards at Nevada) have been the other Riley completions that have covered at least 20 yards. Cal's running backs have only four rushes of 20 or more yards, with three of those coming by Vereen at Nevada, including touchdowns of 59 and 50 yards, as well as another 35-yard chunk. Sofele had a career-long 24-yard rush vs. UCLA, while Jones (48-yard TD vs. UCLA, 23-yard rush vs. Colorado) has done it twice on end around runs. 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. Sofele has the team's biggest kick return with a 41-yarder at USC, while a 37-yard punt return from Ross against UC Davis is the squad's best.
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 already surpassed the 600-yard mark and is on track to reach 1,000 for the first time in his career, with a current total of 630 through the team's first six contests. Should the Bears make a bowl and Vereen maintain his current pace of 105.0 rushing yards per game, he would reach a career-high total of 1,365 yards, which would be the fifth-highest single-season total in Cal history. The Bears' second-leading rusher is Isi Sofele with 204 yards through six games for an average of 34.0 rushing yards per game that has him on track for a 442-yard season.
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).
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 returned for 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 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, while Mike Mohamed is a semifinalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010. 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 Picked Seventh in Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
After being picked to finish second in the Pac-10 preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league five of the previous six years, Cal was chosen seventh in 2010. Defending Pac-10 champion Oregon narrowly edged USC as the choice to win the 2010 Pac-10 title. The Ducks received 15 of the 25 first-place votes, snapping USC's eight-year run at the top, and were chosen to win the conference for only the second time (also in 2001) in the second-closest voting since the poll began in 1961. USC was tabbed to finish second in the poll and was followed by Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Washington, Cal, UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State. A record seven teams received at least one first-place vote in the balloting.
Cal's Arizona Connections
Four Cal players - Marc Anthony (Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS), Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (Chandler, AZ/Hamilton HS), Cameron Jordan (Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS) and Matt Rios (Phoenix, AZ/North Canyon HS) - list cities in Arizona as their hometown and played prep football in the state. Anthony and Jordan were high school teammates and their mothers grew up together, with Anthony's mother, Loretta Evans-Janson, serving as a godmother for Jordan.
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has a significant history in Arizona. Pendergast lists his hometown as the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson, Ariz., and attended nearby Glendale High School before moving to Tucson and graduating from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a bachelor's in Agriculture. Pendergast returned to the state as a defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons from 2004-08, helping lead the NFL squad to an NFC title and the lone Super Bowl in franchise history in his final season on the job.
Associate head coach/running backs coach Ron Gould lists his hometown as Tucson and went to high school at Santa Rita High School. He also played community college football in the Phoenix area at Scottsdale Community College.
Defensive backs coach Al Simmons spent two seasons on an Arizona State coaching staff that led its squads to bowl games in 2006 and 2007, working with the team's defensive backs both seasons and adding co-special teams coordinator duties in his final campaign with the Sun Devils.
Strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski was in the same role at Northern Arizona from 2000-02.
Defensive administrative assistant Ronnie Bradford played one season with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in 1996.
Football athletic trainer Wes McGaugh earned a master's in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004.