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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:15 p.m. (PT)
Cal (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) vs. Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12)
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
TV: ESPN - Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Brock Huard (Analyst), Shelley Smith (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show)
^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Stanford game 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.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-by-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst), Beni Shpringer (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The home team's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Stanford game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The home Stanford feed of the contest is available on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 192.
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.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
|Big Game History|
|First Meeting:|| 1892|
|Series Record:|| Stanford leads, 56-46-1|
|Last Five Games:||Cal leads 3-2|
|Last 10 Games:||Cal leads 7-3||
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 78-46/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Kickoff - Cal at Stanford Sat., Nov. 19 (7:21 p.m. PT)
Games Played: 113
Series Record: Stanford leads series, 56-46-11
First Meeting: 3/19/1892, Stanford 14, Cal 10
Last Meeting: 11/20/10, Stanford 48, at Cal 14
Current Streak: Stanford win 1
Tedford vs. Stanford: 7-2
Cal (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) and Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12) will square off for the 114th time in school history when the teams meet Saturday at Stanford Stadium. Both teams have already become bowl eligible in 2011.
The Bears accomplished the feat in their most recent game with a victory over Oregon State in their home finale to conclude a five-game home slate with a 4-1 mark at San Francisco's AT&T Park. The Bears played their home contests in the venue of the 2010 World Championship San Francisco Giants while Memorial Stadium in Berkeley is undergoing an extensive renovation and retrofit. The Bears will return to Memorial Stadium for their 2012 home contests. Cal is also 1-0 in neutral site games in 2011 (a 36-21 win over Fresno State in the season-opening Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park) but 1-3 in four road games. The Bears have won three of their last four overall after posting a 3-3 record in the first six contests.
Stanford had won its first nine contests of the 2011 campaign and had the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games before the Cardinal was defeated at home by Oregon in its most recent contest last Saturday. Stanford entered the showdown against the Ducks with national title aspirations and ranked as high as No. 2 by USA Today (No. 3 AP/No. 4 BCS), while Oregon was sixth in both the AP and USA Today polls and seventh in the BCS standings. But the loss has dropped the Cardinal to No. 8 (AP) and No. 9 (USA Today/BCSD) heading into Saturday's game with Cal.
Stanford holds an all-time series lead of 56-46-11 over the first 113 Big Games played between the teams. The 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 is now the 10th-longest rivalry in NCAA Division I FBS football. Cal has won seven of nine since Jeff Tedford
became the Bears' head coach in 2002, but the teams have split the last four contests between them including a 48-14 Stanford win in Berkeley last season. Cal's last victory over the Cardinal came on The Farm in 2009 in dramatic fashion when Mike Mohamed
sealed a 34-28 victory by intercepting Andrew Luck at Cal's three-yard line in the waning moments of the game as the No. 14 Cardinal was driving for a potential game-winning score. 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 Bears also had an eight-year unbeaten string from 1947-54, winning six and tying twice.
Bowling and Winning
Cal has done a lot of both lately with the Bears becoming bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons in 2011 and needing one more victory to guarantee a winning record for the ninth time in the last 10 campaigns. Cal qualified for school-record string seven straight bowls from 2003-09 and equaled another school record with eight consecutive winning seasons before both runs finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7. In its its seven consecutive bowl appearances, all under head coach Jeff Tedford, Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Tedford is only Cal head coach to ever record more than two bowl game victories.
The Bowl Picture
At this stage of the season, there are still numerous possible scenarios that can play out with Cal's bowl picture. The Pac-12 is affiliated with the seven different bowls listed below in their selection order. All bowls must make their selections by Sunday, Dec. 4, but can make them earlier.
2011 Pac-12 Bowl Arrangements
Bowl Game Site Opponent Date (Time) TV
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio Pasadena, CA Big Ten Jan. 2 (2:00 p.m. PST) ESPN
Valero Alamo San Antonio, TX Big 12 Dec. 29 (8:00 p.m. CST) ESPN
Bridgepoint Education Holiday San Diego, CA Big 12 Dec. 28 (5:00 p.m. PST) ESPN
Hyundai Sun El Paso, TX ACC Dec. 31 (12:00 p.m. CST) CBS
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV MWC Dec. 22 (6:00 p.m. MST) ESPN
Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco, CA Army Dec. 31 (12:30 p.m. PST) ESPN
Gildan New Mexico Albuquerque, NM MWC Dec. 17 (12:00 p.m. MST) ESPN
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. The Bears have won six of their first 10 games in 2011 to move within two victories of reaching their average of the last nine seasons, with three regular-season contests and a possible bowl game remaining in 2011.
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 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 31 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-18 record in those contests, with the Bears loss at then No. 9 Oregon (AP and USA Today) on Oct. 6 their only game to this point against a ranked team in 2011. Cal's only remaining game against a currently ranked team is its next contest at Stanford (No. 8 AP/No. 9 BCS/No. 9 USA Today/No. 3 AP). 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 (Nov. 14) before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21). Cal has dropped four consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then to Oregon again in 2011.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked 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. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four.
Rejuvinated Run Game
Cal has rushed for an average of 294.0 yards per game in its last two contests against Washington State (296) and Oregon State (292), nearly doubling its average of 148.3 over its first eight games. Isi Sofele (328) and C.J. Anderson (147) have led the way, both establishing new career highs in each contest and combining for 475 of the 588 yards. However in the Washington State game, the Bears had nine different players carry the ball, including four that set new career highs for rushing yards in Sofele (138), C.J. Anderson (51), Will Kapp (43) and Mike Manuel (29). Sofele (190) and Anderson (96) set new career highs against Oregon State.
The Other Side of the Ball
Cal's defense has allowed only 13 points in the last two games. While the Bears' rushing game has been in high gear, its defense has been limiting the rushing games of opponents. Cal's last two opponents have averaged only 48.0 yards per game, more than 200 yards less than the Bears' running game. After holding Washington State to 69 yards, Cal's gave up only 27 to Oregon State. Cal has held five opponents under 70 yards rushing in 2011.
Sofele Gets to 1,000 Yards
Isi Sofele gave Cal it's ninth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 years when he reached the mark while rushing for a career high 190 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in his most recent game against Oregon State. Sofele now has 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground over 190 carries for an average of 5.4 yards per rush. His 102.90 yard per-game average has him ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 23rd nationally. He is currently on pace for 1,338 yards rushing over a 13-game schedule which would give him the sixth-best single-season ever at Cal. Sofele has posted at least 74 yards rushing in nine of his 10 contests in 2011, reaching the mark in every game other than USC. The Bears are 6-0 when he has at least 18 carries.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 24-88-2-39
at Colorado 20-84-0-29
at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards
at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards
USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 receptions, 6 yards
Utah 26-84-1-17 ... 1 kick return, 26 yards
at UCLA 15-74-1-15
Washington State 23-138-1-22
Oregon State 23-190-1-56
Allen Stays Among National and Pac-12 Leaders
Although All-American candidate Keenan Allen is among the nation's top 10 in both receiving yards and receptions, ranking eighth in receptions with 7.80 per contest and 10th in receiving yards with 110.30 per game. The numbers are also second and third in the Pac-12, respectively. Allen also paces the Bears this season with his totals of 78 receptions, 1,103 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. The receptions and receiving yards are career highs, while the touchdowns equal a career mark. His average of 14.1 yards per reception is also a career best and second on the team. Allen posted career highs of 10 catches and 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time on Cal's single-game list) against Washington, with the 197 receiving yards marking the fifth most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He then set another career-high two games later against USC with 13 grabs for 160 yards, with the 13 receptions tying for third on school's all-time single-game list. His five 100-yard receiving games are second in the Pac-12. He had at least six catches and 78 yards receiving in each of his first nine games in 2011, before being held to season lows of three catches and 29 receiving yards against Oregon State. Allen also paces the club with 1,176 all-purpose yards and an average of 117.60 per game that ranks 10th in the Pac-12 and 60th nationally. In addition, he is tied for third on the team in scoring with 30 points.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards
at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards
at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards
at Oregon 9-170-1-31
USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards
at UCLA 7-83-0-27 ... 1 rush, 12 yard
Washington State 8-85-0-29 ... 1 rush, 8 yards; 2 punt returns, 20 yards
Oregon State 3-29-0-19
Allen Chasin' and Breakin' Records
Keenan Allen's per-game averages of 119.33 receiving yards and 8.33 receptions per contest have him on pace to finish a 13-game season that would include a bowl game with 101 receptions and 1,434 receiving yards. Cal's current records in those categories were set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). Allen's 10-game totals of 78 receptions and 1,103 receiving yards already both rank third on Cal's all-time single-season lists. Through his first 21 games at Cal, Allen now has career totals of 124 receptions, 1,593 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth all-time at Cal. Allen has already set one record in 2011 when he caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard at Washington that was the longest pass play in school history.
More on Allen
Allen became the fastest Cal player to reach 100 receptions in his career when he made it to mark in his 18th game for the Bears vs. Utah on Oct. 22. He also equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Golden Bear to reach 1,000 career receiving yards when he accomplished the feat in his 16th career game at Cal, which Jackson also did in 2006.
Jones Having Another Solid Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another big season with 46 receptions, 652 receiving yards and three touchdown catches that are all second on the team behind Keenan Allen. Jones also leads all of Cal's regular receivers with an average of 14.2 yards per catch. In addition, he paces the team while ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 40th nationally by averaging 7.0 yards per punt return with 84 yards on 12 punt returns, including a career-long 37-yarder against USC.
Jones is ninth in the Pac-12 and 70th nationally with his 65.20 receiving yards per game average, while his 4.60 receptions per contest are 13th in the conference and tied for 91st nationally. Despite being limited to a combined six catches and 53 receiving yards over the last three games, Jones' is still on pace for career highs in both receptions and receiving yards with projected 13-game totals of 60 catches and 848 receiving yards.
Jones is also Cal's active career leader in receptions (140), receiving yards (2,076) and receiving touchdowns (13). The receptions and touchdown catches are eighth on the school's all-time list, while the receiving yards are 10th. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards
at Colorado 5-55-0-21
Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards
at Washington 6-79-0-16
at Oregon 6-66-0-18
USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards
Utah 5-69-0 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards
at UCLA 1-11-0 ... 3 punt returns, 9 yards
Washington State 2-19-0-10 ... 1 rush, 23 yards; 1 punt return, 14 yards
Oregon State 3-23-0-9
Jones and Allen Catch Streaks
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen both have current streaks in which they have made at least one reception in a game. Jones has a string of 35 straight contests with a catch in every Cal game over the last three years. Allen's run covers each of the 21 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Maynard's First 10 Games
Zach Maynard has completed 173-of-317 passes for 2,285 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 122.76 passer efficiency rating. Maynard had thrown for at least 200 yards and completed at least 15 passes in each of his first seven starts, but has not reached the mark in any of his last three games. With Cal's running game kicking into gear, his workload through the air has also decreased significantly in the last two contests. Maynard averaged 18 pass per game against Washington State and Oregon State after having thrown the ball an average of 35.1 times per contest over the first eight games. He has either thrown or run for a touchdown in nine of 10 contests, with the only exception coming at UCLA. He has both thrown and run for a score three times all in home games against USC, Utah and Oregon State. He has also rushed 63 times for 111 yards and four touchdowns. On three occasions, he has rushed for over 35 yards including a career-high 52 in the season opener vs. Fresno State. He had a career-long 43-yard against the Bulldogs and a 39-yard run at UCLA.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards
at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards
Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards
at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards
at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards
USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards, TD
Utah 19-29-255-1-44 ... 10 rushes, 36 yards, TD
at UCLA 14-30-4-199-0 ... 9 rushes, 39 yards
Washington State 10-17-0-118-1 ... 5 rushes, 4 yards
Oregon State 13-19-1-128-1 ... 6 rushes, 3 yards, TD
Kendricks and Holt Continue Tight Races in Defensive Stats
Mychal Kendricks (75) and D.J. Holt (71) remain in a tight race for the team's tackle lead with Cal's top two tacklers also ranking among the top per-game tacklers in the Pac-12, with Kendricks fourth in the conference with an average of 7.50 stops per game, while Holt is seventh at 7.10. In addition being in a tight race for the team lead in tackles, Holt (-37 yards) and Kendricks (-26 yards) are tied for second on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss a half TFL behind team leader Trevor Guyton.
Kendricks also co-leads the Bears with two interceptions that he has returned for a team-high 62 yards (32 vs. Utah, 30 vs. Oregon), while adding 1.0 sack (-5 yards), two pass breakups and a fumble recovery, which he picked up at Washington along with a career-high-tying 15 tackles. He has played in all 48 games possible and made 26 starts during his career at Cal. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (227), tackles for loss (30.5), sacks (11.5) and fumble recoveries (6), while tying for team's active career lead in interceptions (4) and blocked kicks (1).
Holt was second in tackles on the 2010 squad with 85 tackles to rank ahead of Kendricks and behind only leader Mike Mohamed. He is also second behind Kendricks among active Cal players with 207 career tackles. In addition, he has three career forced fumbles that are the most by any active Cal player, 18.5 tackles for loss that are third, two fumble recoveries that are tied for third and eight pass breakups that are fifth. Holt has played in 47 consecutive games after not participating in the first contest of his 2008 redshirt freshman season. He has started all 22 games possible over the last two campaigns and 30 overall.
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays
Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU
at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards)
Presbyterian 3 tackles
at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR
at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU
USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard)
Utah 2 tackles, 1 INT (32-yard return)
at UCLA 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3 yards)
Washington State 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Oregon State 10 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard), 1 INT (30-yard return)
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays
Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards)
at Colorado 9 tackles
Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU
at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards)
USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Utah 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
at UCLA 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-7 yards), 1.0 SK (-6 yards)
Washington State 6 tackles, 1.0 SK (-6 yards), 1.0 TFL (-6 yards), 1 QBH
Oregon State 10 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-4 yards), 1 PBU
Anger Again Among Nation's Best
Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has moved up 51 spots from where he was after the season opener into the No. 12 position nationally with a 44.40 yard per punt average that is also fourth in the Pac-12 and the fifth-best single-season average all-time at Cal. Should Anger finish above Scott Tabor's 45.3 average posted in 1987 he would end up with the top two seasons in Cal history in his final two campaigns, as well as three of the top six in his career.
Now in his fourth season as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 244 times for 10,614 yards and an average of 43.5 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20
at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20
Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20
at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+
at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+
USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 FC, 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards
Utah 5-231-46.2-62 ... 1 50+, 2 I-20
at UCLA 5-248-49.6-64 ... 2 FC, 3 50+, 3 I-20
Washington State 4-165-41.2-60 ... 2 FC, 1 50+, 3 I-20
Oregon State 3-118-39.3-54 ... 2 I-20
Tavecchio Having Memorable Senior Season
Giorgio Tavecchio leads Cal in scoring with 67 points through the team's first 10 games and has made 13-of-16 field goal attempts to rank second in the conference in field goal percentage (81.2%). Tavecchio's current per-game averages also rank among the Pac-12's leaders in field goals (4th, 1.30 fgpg, scoring among kickers (7th, 6.7 ppg) and PAT kicking percentage (9th, 82.4%). He also has a 54-yarder at Oregon in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season. His nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyterian both equal the most by a conference player in 2011.
Tavecchio was also a national semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards to continue Cal's strong tradition with the NFF honors in recent years. In 2008, Alex Mack won the Campbell Trophy (named the Draddy Trophy at the time). Mike Mohamed was one of 16 Campbell Trophy finalists in 2010. Both were recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tavecchio has an interesting Cal football story, having joined the Bears as a walk-on three days before the 2008 season-opener against Michigan State and then handling the team's kickoff duties against the Spartans in his first collegiate contest. He has played a primary role in the team's kicking game ever since and been a full-time starter each of the past two campaigns.
On the field, Tavecchio has played in 43 contests at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Golden Bears' active career leader with 227 points. Tavecchio has recently moved past four household Cal football names - Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch, Chuck Muncie and Shane Vereen - into eighth place on the school's all-time record book for scoring. Tavecchio has made 41-of-57 (71.9%) field goal attempts and 104-of-112 (92.9%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 227 times in his career for 13,649 kickoff yards and an average of 60.1 yards per kickoff with 13 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category. Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.
In the classroom, Tavecchio has a 3.711 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Political Economy in May of 2012. He earned Capital One Academic All-District 8 First-Team honors for the first time in his career in 2011 after previously picking up second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors each of the last two seasons in 2009 and `10.
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other
Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0
at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB
Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle
at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles
at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6
USC 1-2-27 0-1 3-199-66.3
Utah 2-3-37 4-4 7-439-62.7-1TB
at UCLA 0-1-NA 2-2 3-191-63.7
Washington State 1-1-43 3-4 6-341-56.8
Oregon State 1-1-32 2-3 5-307-61.4
Other Individual Notables
C.J. Anderson has rushed for a combined 147 yards in his last two contests after rushing for 146 over his first eight. For the season, he is second on the club with 293 yards rushing and five scores on the ground.
Trevor Guyton continues to lead the team's defense in the trenches, pacing all of the team's defensive linemen with 36 tackles. He is also the team's leader in tackles for loss (9.0, -35 yards) and tied for the team lead along with Ernest Owusu in sacks (4.5, -23).
Sean Cattouse has 22 tackles in his last three games and 54 on the season to rank third on the club. He started his current stretch with a season-high 10 stops at UCLA.
Steve Williams and Marc Anthony are making a run at the school's all-time single-season list in pass breakups. Williams is already tied for 10th with 11, while Anthony is just behind at nine. Anthony is actually ahead of Williams on the Pac-12's per-game list, averaging 1.12 over eight games to rank fourth while Williams has averaged 1.10 in 10 to rank sixth.
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 53 plays (36 passing, 17 rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, already easily surpassing the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular-season games all of last year. With an average of 5.3 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first nine contests of 2011, Cal is only slightly behind the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 35 of the 53 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (15), Isi Sofele (12), Marvin Jones (11), Anthony Miller (4), C.J. Anderson (3), Allan Bridgford (3), Michael Calvin (3) and Will Kapp (1).
Big Plays Are Back on Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first 10 games of 2011, the Bears are third in the Pac-12 and 14th nationally in sacks per game (2.90) with a total of 29.0. A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked No. 13 nationally with an average of 2.86 sacks per game. Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 with a total of 80.0 as the Bears lead the Pac-12 and rank seventh nationally (8.00). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out the Sacks
A group of 15 players have contributed at least a half sack to combine for 29.0 total sacks in 2011. Trevor Guyton and Ernest Owusu co-lead the team with 4.5 sacks and an average of .45 per game that is tied for eighth in the Pac-12 and tied for 92nd nationally. David Wilkerson had added 4.0 sacks and is the only other Cal player to rank among Pac-12 leaders with a per-game average of .44 that is tied for 12th. Others that have recorded sacks in 2011 include Cecil Whiteside (3.0), D.J. Holt (2.0), Kendrick Payne (2.0), Chris McCain (1.5), Aaron Tipoti (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Mychal Kendricks (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Cal Second in Pac-12, Eighth Nationally in Net Punting
Cal's is ranked second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally in net punting, two spots better in the conference and four nationally from the No. 4 and No. 12 spots punter Bryan Anger holds. The Bears have a net yards per punt average of 40.14 and have improved significantly in each of the two seasons under special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, picking up 11 spots from their No. 30 position (37.31 nypg) the year before Genyk's arrival to No. 19 in 2010 (38.51 nypg) and another 11 spots to their current No. 8 position.
Cal Offense Much Improved in 2011
Cal's offense has improved significantly through the team's first 10 games of 2011. Below is a look at numbers in each four key categories over the past two seasons.
Offensive Comparison - 2011 vs. 2010
Category 2011 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) 2010 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank)
Rushing Offense 167.40 ypg (No. 4/49) 158.92 ypg (No. 6/52)
Passing Offense 250.10 ypg (No. 7/43) 175.08 ypg (No. 9/94)
Total Offense 417.50 ypg (No. 7/42) 334.00 ypg (No. 7/90)
Scoring Offense 28.30 ppg (No. 8/58) 25.83 ppg (No. 6/73)
Cal Ties for Nation's Lead in 90-Plus Yard Scoring Drives
Cal ties for the national lead with five scoring drives of more than 90 yards that have all resulted in touchdowns in 2011. The Bears had drives of 92 and 91 yards in the season opener against Fresno State, 91 on its first possession at Washington, and 91 and 96 vs. Oregon State. The second drive against the Bears established season highs in plays (16), yards (96) and time (9:01).
Veteran Offensive Line Now at 135 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features a significant amount of starting experience. The Bears have had the same five starters in nine of their first 10 games in 2011, with the only exception Brian Schwenke being replaced at left guard by Justin Gates in the ninth game of the season against Washington State when Schwenke missed the game due to an illness. The six players that have starting experience for Cal having combined to make 135 collegiate starts - Mitchell Schwartz (48), Justin Cheadle (32), Matt Summers-Gavin (22), Schwenke (21), Dominic Galas (11) and Gates (1).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 60-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 5-0 mark in 2011. Cal has scored 30 or more points in five of its six victories in 2011 over Presbyterian (63), Colorado (36), Fresno State (36), Utah (34) and Washington State (30). 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, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-41, including a 1-4 mark in 2011 with losses at Washington (23), at Oregon (15), at UCLA (14) and vs. USC (9). The Bears did defeat Oregon State, 23-6, despite not scoring 30 or more points.
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 44-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 17-27 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 27-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-23 with a deficit. However, the numbers in 2011 have not following the trend as strongly as in previous seasons as the Bears have won three games (Fresno State, at Colorado, Washington State) despite not winning the turnover battle. Cal did win the turnover battle in victories over Presbyterian, Utah and Oregon State. Turnovers did play a critical role in losses against USC and at UCLA, with Cal turning the ball over a season-high-tying five times. Cal has won the turnover battle twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its four losses.
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 64 of its last 66 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). Each of the team's final two regular season games at Stanford and Arizona State are scheduled to be telecast by ESPN and all bowl contests are also televised. A total of 104 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Winning the Time of Possession Game
Cal is second in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 32:12. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in seven of its first 10 games in 2011, as well as five of its first six wins.
Cal's Stanford Connections
Seven Cal players - FB David Aknin (San Carlos, CA/San Mateo College/Carlmont HS), WR Stephen Anderson (San Jose, CA/Piedmont Hills HS), QB Kyle Boehm (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS), LB Steven Fanua (Milpitas, CA/Milpitas HS), TE Anthony Ferrario (Saratoga, CA/Lynbrook HS), LB J.P. Hurrell (San Mateo, CA/Juniperro Serra HS), FB Will Kapp (Los Gatos, CA/Los Gatos HS) and TE Anthony Miller (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) - played prep football and list hometowns in the South Bay or the Peninsula near Stanford.
Football athletic trainer Wes McGaugh spent time on the San Francisco 49ers training staff. The 49ers headquarters are in Santa Clara.
Associate media relations director Kyle McRae spent eight and a half years on the Stanford media relations staff (1999-2008) and one season (2008) on the media relations staff of the San Francisco 49ers.
Recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson spent six seasons on the coaching staff at San Jose State, which is just over 15 miles southeast of Stanford.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Nov. 14, 2011, including 32 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 24-25.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 94 Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2002-10 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Mike Mohamed was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third time in 2010, leading a group of 11 Cal student-athletes honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team.
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. Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
The 2011 class included six players who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Back to Berkeley in 2012
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. Work has been underway since June 2010 to 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 is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. The framework for the press box was put into place by a giant crane in Oct. 2011 and four tower cranes rise from what was the field as the stadium is beginning to take shape.
The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this season. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. This new company will control and distribute on its platforms and on all devices, the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports, and will hold other media and event rights. This entity will be wholly owned and controlled by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist side-by-side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the first time ever, share equally in the revenue from the new arrangement, and that the equal revenue distribution would start immediately when the deal goes into effect in 2012.
Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance
The Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, which will house football and 12 other sports, opened the Olympic wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 12, 2011, after more than two years of construction. The month of September was used to get the Olympic wing ready for occupancy, such as bringing in furniture, establishing phone service, and setting up computers and other technology requirements. Move-ins are being conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football will move into the building from its temporary headquarters just east of Memorial Stadium in December or January contingent upon its bowl game schedule and full building completion. Final phase construction will continue throughout many portions of the building, much of it in the football offices and the central High Performance Zone, throughout most of the fall.
The SAHPC is a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that embodies the High Performance Initiative (see CalHighPerformance.com), 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 SAHPC is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes.