California (2-2, 0-1 in Pac-12) vs. No. 18 Utah Utes (4-0, 1-0)
Weekly Press Conference Thread (members)
When: Sat., Oct. 1, 3:00 p.m.
Where: California Memorial Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks -- Ted Robinson (play by play), Yogi Roth (analyst), Cindy Brunson (sideline)
Radio: KGO 810 AM - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), former Cal QB Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline)
Sirius/XM Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 137, XM 197, Internet 959
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM - David Straub (play by play), George Littlefield (analyst), Derek Topper (analyst)
Series History: Tied, 5-5
Last Meeting: at Utah 30, Cal 24 (10/10/15)
Last Meeting at Cal: Cal 34, Utah 10 (10/22/11 ... San Francisco, Calif., AT&T Park)
First Meeting: at Cal 63, Utah 0 (Oct. 23, 1920)
Current Win Streak: Utah, 2
Injuries: Cal -- CB Darius Allensworth (questionable; leg), S Evan Rambo (questionable; knee), Khalfani Muhammad (probable; leg); Utah -- DT Lowell Lotulelei (questionable; shoulder), DE Kylie Fitts (out)
- Cal ranks third nationally and first in the Pac-12 in total offense (594.5 ypg) and 11th nationally and first in the conference in passing yards (459.3 ypg). The Bears also rank 10th in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (45.5 ppg)
- Davis Webb leads the nation in passing yards (1,387), passing touchdowns (18), completions (138) and passing attempts (222), while he is second in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game (459.3 ypg) and completions per game (34.5)
- Through four games as Cal’s starter, Webb has completed 138-of-220 for his 1,837 yards and 18 passing touchdowns with four interceptions for a 156.23 passer efficiency rating.
- Chad Hansen (his untold story can be found here) currently leads the nation in per-game receptions (12.5 rpg) and is second in receiving yards (164.0 rpg). He is also tied for second in touchdown receptions (6). Hansen also ranks 16th in the nation in all-purpose yardage. His 50 receptions through four games equal or exceeds Cal’s full-season leader in 25 of the previous 50 seasons. In each of the first four games of the season, Hansen hauled in double-digit receptions and 100 yards receiving. He was added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Sept. 20 following his performance against Texas. Heading into this week’s games, Hansen leads the nation in receptions while former Cal receiver and current Detroit Lions’ receiver, Marvin Jones, leads the NFL in receiving yards. With his 50 receptions thus far, Hansen is 12 shy of making Cal’s single-season top-10 list (Jones, 62 - 2011). The single-season leader is Dameane Douglas with 100 catches in 1998.
- Cameron Saffle, who debuted against Utah last season as a true freshman, is coming off of a big game at Arizona State last Saturday in which he tied his career high with eight tackles, along with tying his career-high with two sacks against the Sun Devils. He is second on the team in tackles with 28, and second in the Pac-12 and tied for third nationally in tackles, as well. He is also tied for third in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss (1.12 tflpg).
- Utah's defense is third in the Pac-12 in points allowed (15.8 ppg) and pass defense (182.3 ypg).
- With 11 takeaways (6 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries), Utah is tied for No. 4 in the nation (No. 2 Pac-12)
- Utah is No. 6 in the nation and leads the Pac-12 in total sacks (16).
- The Utes are tied for No. 8 in the nation and is No. 2 in the Pac-12 in fumbles recovered (5).
- Utah is No. 9 in the nation and leads the Pac-12 in sacks per game (4.00).
- Utah is tied for No. 10 in the nation (No. 1 Pac-12) with six interceptions.
- The Utes are tied for the Pac-12 lead in tackles for loss (30) and TFL per game (7.5)
- Defensive backs Marcus Williams and Reginald Porter are tied for first in the Pac-12 with two interceptions. Williams is also second in the Pac-12 in fumbles recovered (2).
- Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is one win away from his 100th career win as a head coach. There are 23 other active FBS coaches with 100 career victories. In his 23rd season with the Utes, Whittingham has participated in more wins (184) than any football coach—head or assistant—in school history.
- Utah is 1-4 in road games against Cal.
- Utah is tied for No. 1 in the nation and leads the Pac-12 in fourth down conversion percentage (1.000, 5-for-5).
- The Utes lead the Pac-12 in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.25).
- Utah leads the Pac-12 in time of possession (34:37 per game).
- The Utes have passed for more yards than their opponents in all four games
- Quarterback Troy Williams has completed 75-of-120 pass attempts (62.5%) for 993 yards and six touchdowns (4 INT) and has three 200-plus yard passing games this season and in his career: 272 vs. Southern Utah, 270 vs. USC and 257 vs. San Jose State
- Williams is the only Pac-12 quarterback this season with six completions of 40 yards or longer
- Williams ranks fifth in the conference in touchdown passes (6), yards per completion (13.24) and yards per attempt (8.28).
- True freshman Zack Moss (47 rushes), sophomore Armand Shyne (34 rushes) and junior Troy McCormick (31 rushes) are sharing the load at running back after Joe Williams retired earlier this season due to injury.
- Tim Patrick has three 100-yard receiving games this season, and leads Utah in receptions (20), receiving yards (385), yards per catch (19.2), yards per game (96.2) and touchdown catches (5). Patrick is tied for second in the Pac-12 in touchdown receptions (tied for No. 5 in the nation) and is also second in receiving yards and receiving yards per game. He is fourth in yards per catch.
- Patrick leads Utah with three receptions of 40 yards or longer: 57 vs. Southern Utah, 54 vs. San Jose State and 40 vs. USC.
- After some legal trouble, Cory Butler-Byrd has played in the last two games and is second on the team in catches (9) and receiving yards per game (57.5). He is third on the team in receiving yards (115).
- Senior tight end Evan Moeai leads Utah’s tight ends with eight catches for 78 yards (9.8 average). He is tied for third on the team in receptions.
- Utah leads the Pac-12 in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.25). Utah has allowed five sacks total. Senior center (the right tackle in 2015) J.J. Dielman, senior left guard Isaac Asiata, junior right guard Salesi Uhatafe and junior left tackle Garett Bolles have started every game.
- Dielman has played 294 snaps (second on the team) without giving up a sack.
- Four-year starting guard Asiata has played in 36 games in his career with 34 starts.
- Safety Khari Vanderbilt and linebacker Devante Downs are tied for 13th in the Pac-12 in tackles, while linebacker Ray Davison is second, with 34.
- Allensworth, before he went down, was 10th in the Pac-12 in passes defended (4).
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