In 2013, California's defense was historically bad. How bad? There are, of course, the numbers in the record books, for starters.
Andy Buh's defense broke school records for most points allowed per game (39.2 in 2001; 45.9 in 2013), most touchdowns allowed (56 in 2001; 72 in 2013); most yards given up (5388 in 2003; 6355 in 2013), most passing yards given up (3516 in 2003; 4092 in 2013), fewest interception return yards (10 in 1997; 0 in 2013) and opponent completion percentage (63.6 in 2009; 64.7 in 2013), while tying the most touchdown passes surrendered (32 in 2012).
There have been those who have said that no Jeff Tedford defense was this bad, and while that is true, Tedford defenses still hold program records for most first downs allowed (298 in 2012), fewest interceptions returned for touchdowns (0 in 2007, tied with many, including 2013), most touchdown passes allowed (32 in 2012) and fewest fumbles recovered (7 in 2006).
The 2013 Bears also tallied the fewest turnovers produced (13) in program history, after the 2001 team previously held that record (18, with 8 picks and 10 fumble recoveries). The 2013 Bears had five interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.
In 2013, 11 opposing wide receivers had 100-yard receiving games against Cal's defense. Seven running backs had 100-yard rush games (3 more with 90+ yds).
Nine times the Bears gave up 40+ points in 2013, and not once did they allow as few as 30 points (against Portland State). Four times, Cal gave up 50 or more points, a feat unprecedented in program history. The only year that comes close was 1973, when the Bears surrendered 50 points or more three times, including 60 or more twice, en route to a 4-7 year under Mike White. The next season, Cal was 7-3-1, and the year after that, the Bears tied for the Pac-8 title. In 2001, Tom Holmoe's team gave up 50 or more points three times.
Apart from giving up 120 more points than Holmoe's Bears did in 2001 and giving up a school record 551 total points this season, the Bears were, game-by-game, a career-high machine for opposing offensive players. Let's take a look at some of the more notable highs for opposing teams.
-- Junior running back Treyvon Green ran for a career high 129 yards on 16 carries (8.1 average). His previous single-game best of 70 yards was posted against Eastern Illinois in his second career game on Sept. 10, 2011. Green also notched his first career two-touchdown performance.
-- Quarterback Kieran McDonagh threw for a career-high 308 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
-- Kasey Closs had five catches for a then-career high 160 yards.
-- The Vikings' D.J. Adams had a career-high 21 carries for 139 yards and two touchdown trips. He later topped all of those against Ron Gould's UC Davis (14 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns).
-- Junior wide receiver Devin Smith totaled a career-high 149 receiving yards on three catches. He had TD catches of 90 and 47 yards in the first quarter. His 149 yards receiving marked the third 100-yard game of his career.
-- Byron Marshall sets career highs for touchdowns (2) and rushing yards (130).
-- Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday completed a career-high 41 passes, second-most in Washington State single-game history.
-- Halliday passed for a career-high 521 yards in his ninth 300-yard game, the fourth this season.
-- Marcus Mason became the first Cougars running back to record 100 receiving yards since Deon Burnett had 101 yards against Arizona in 2000.
-- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley threw for a career-high 410 yards, the third-highest passing yardage total for one game in school history. Only Cade McNown (513 vs. Miami, 1998) and Drew Olson (510 vs. Arizona State, 2005) had more. Hundley surpassed the 5,000-yard career mark in passing yards (5,209).
-- Sophomore Devin Fuller had a career-best 98 receiving yards.
-- Brandin Cooks' 13 receptions were the second-most in a single game at Oregon State and just one shy of the record Cooks himself holds along with Mike Hass.?
-- Cooks' 232 yards receiving were also the second-most in a single game at Oregon State, just ahead of Robb Thomas' 230 yards against Akron in 1987. Mike Hass holds the school record of 293 yards against Boise State in 2004.?
-- Bishop Sankey's 241 rushing yards were a career high.
-- Quarterback Keith Price's day was good for the second-highest single-game passing total of his career (376).
-- Price's 68-yard pass to Jaydon Mickens was a career-long for the sophomore wideout, who's 180 yards receiving were a career-high.
-- Freshman wide receiver Samajie Grant set a career-high with nine catches for 78 yards.
-- Javorious Allen scored a career-high three touchdowns, and ran for a career-high 135 yards on the ground. Running back Ty Isaac also set career-highs in rushing yards (87) and touchdowns (2).
-- Redshirt senior De'Vo Flournoy had a career-high three catches for career-high 63 yards after catching just one ball for 21 yards last season – his only career catch before this season.
-- Paul Richardson tied his own school record with 11 receptions. His eight first downs receiving tied the mark for the most in a game held by himself and two others.
-- This was the 15th time in school history that two Colorado players had over 100 yards receiving in the same game (last time: twice in 2009, by Markques Simas & Scotty McKnight at Iowa State and versus Nebraska).
-- Richardson (11-140) and Nelson Spruce (8-140) are just the second pair to do it with each at 140-plus yards (joining Derek McCoy, 6-171, and D.J. Hackett, 4-143, at Baylor in 2003). Richardson and Spruce combined for the seventh most yards (280) out of the 15.
-- Spruce also set a career-long with a catch of 62 yards.
-- Spruce's onside kickoff return for a touchdown was the first such return in Buffaloes history.
-- Saturday was the biggest Big Game loss in history, by either team.
-- The Cardinal's 63 points were the most points scored by a team in Big Game history.
-- Ty Montgomery tied a school record for scoring the most touchdowns in a single game.
-- Montgomery also tied the school record for most points (30) in a single game.
-- The 42 points Stanford scored in the first half were the most that the Cardinal have scored in a single game in school history.
-- Michael Rector set a career-high with 104 yards receiving.
-- Quarterback Kevin Hogan set a career-long with a 72-yard pass to Montgomery, and threw for a career-high 295 yards and five touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing in the first half alone. Hogan finished a career-best 17-for-26 for 329 yards.
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