Gameday: Cal at UCLA

Just a few weeks ago, no one would have predicted such a rapid decline in Cal football. But the Golden Bears can turn it around the season at a venue where head coach Jeff Tedford has never won -- the Rose Bowl...

California (3-2, 0-2) at UCLA (3-2, 0-2)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Pasadena, Calif. - Rose Bowl

TV: ABC - Terry Gannon (Play-By-Play), David Norrie (Analyst)
Radio: ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), XSURF 540 AM (San Diego), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger, Elliott Schwimmer, Beni Shpringer. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 219 (Sirius) and 193 (XM). Visit for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.

UCLA leads the all-time series against Cal, 49-28-1, but the series has been even in recent years with each team holding serve on their home court this decade. The last road team to win a game was a 17-0 Cal victory at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 16, 1999, but the Bears would have to later forfeit the win due to the use of ineligible players. Including the forfeit victory, the Bruins have taken seven straight from Cal at the Rose Bowl since the Bears were a 27-25 winner on Sept. 4, 1993. Cal has won five straight at Memorial Stadium.

Games Played: 78
Series Record: UCLA leads, 49-28-1
First Meeting: 11/4/1933, 0-0 tie
Last Meeting: 10/25/08, Cal 41-20
Current Streak: Cal win one
Tedord vs. UCLA: 4-3

California and UCLA will square off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this Saturday, Oct. 17, in a game to be televised live by ABC. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The two teams have much in common with both still looking for their first Pac-10 win after posting promising 3-0 non-conference marks.

The Golden Bears are hoping to return to the form they exhibited during their three impressive non-conference victories over Maryland, Eastern Washington and Minnesota that moved them up to a No. 6 national ranking. The Bears were dominant in those contests, outscoring opponents by a 146-41 margin. Cal started its season with home wins over Maryland (52-13) and Eastern Washington (59-7) - the Bears' first back-to-back 50-point efforts since 1973. The Bears then took their show on the road with a convincing 35-21 win at Minnesota as Heisman Trophy candidate TB Jahvid Best broke a modern-era single-game school record with five rushing TDs.

But after the 3-0 start, Cal suffered shocking back-to-back blowout losses at Oregon (42-3) and at home against USC (30-3) before a bye last week. The Bears struggled in all facets of the game in both contests as the Ducks and Trojans nearly doubled Cal's offensive output with a combined 981 yards of total offense compared to 492 for the Golden Bears.

UCLA also started its 2009 campaign with a 3-0 mark, posting home victories over San Diego State (33-14) and Kansas State (23-9) sandwiched around an impressive road win at Tennessee (19-15).

But the Bruins have struggled as well the last two weeks in Pac-10 tilts, falling at Stanford (24-16) and against Oregon (24-10) at home in the Rose Bowl. UCLA was able to muster only one offensive touchdown in the two contests and was held to under 300 yards of total offense in both games.

UCLA does feature an impressive defense that ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.2 ppg) and leads the conference against the pass, allowing only 162.0 yards per game and a total of three touchdowns all season through the air.

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