California Golden Bear Preview

The tenth ranked California Golden Bears roll into Corvallis this weekend with a perfect record. After a long layoff the Bears will be looking to snap a five game losing streak to the Beavers. Here's a look at Cal's offense, defense and special teams.

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Head coach:  Jeff Tedford (3rd year at Cal)
(Career: 114-71-2 | At Cal: 17-11 | Pac-10 record: 0-2)

Current ranking: #10 in the AP and the Coaches Poll
Current record: 2-0, 0-0
Last year's record: 7-5, 5-3 in Pac-10
Bowl game: Defeated Virginia Tech 52-49 in the Insight Bowl
Streak:  5 game overall...one game road win streak

 

Last time Cal and OSU met...
Oct. 4, 2003, Oregon State 35, California 21
Steven Jackson rushed for 227 yards on 35 carries and scored three touchdowns as Oregon State defeated California for the fifth straight time, 35-21 Saturday on a day when both teams showcased their star running backs.

Beavers quarterback Derek Anderson, who has struggled on the road, completed 18 of 27 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State (5-1, 2-0 Pac-10) controlled the clock to win its fourth in a row since a 16-14 loss at Fresno State.

 

Series history (Cal leads 31-25):
The Bears lead the all-time series, 31-25, but the Beavers have won the past five meetings.  The last time Cal prevailed against the Beavers was Oct. 31, 1998, a 20-19 victory in Corvallis. Historically, the Cal-OSU match up has been a series of streaks. Cal won six consecutive meetings from 1977- 83, with the Bears taking five in a row from 1984-89. The Bears then claimed six straight from 1991-98, followed by OSU’s current five-game run.

Streaks: 1999-current: OSU 5-0 | 1991-1998 Cal 6-0 | 1984-1989 OSU 5-0 | 1977-1983 Cal 6-0 | 1955-1959 OSU 5-0 | 1948-1954 Cal 6-0 | 1939-1946 OSU 5-0

 

More on the series:
Oregon State enters Saturday’s game looking for its sixth consecutive victory over the Bears and its fourth in a row at Reser Stadium -- OSU is the only program to beat Cal in each of the last two seasons. The current streak started in one of the most memorable games in the program’s history when OSU won 17-7 Nov. 6, 1999 in Corvallis -- that victory clinched OSU’s first regular season winning mark since 1970. The Beavers have done most of their damage on offense on the ground in recent seasons in this series. A closer look:

  • Oct. 4, 2003 at Berkeley Steven Jackson 227 yds, 2 tds
  • Oct. 26, 2002 at Corvallis Steven Jackson 239 yds, 3 tds
  • Oct. 27, 2001 at Corvallis Ken Simonton, 110 yds, 0 tds
  • Nov. 4, 2000 at Berkeley Ken Simonton, 125 yds, 3 tds
  • Nov. 6, 1999 at Corvallis Ken Simonton, 134 yds, 0 tds

California connections:
Oregon State mentor Mike Riley coached then quarterback and current California head coach Jeff Tedford during the 1988 Canadian Football League season in Winnipeg. The Bombers won the Grey Cup title that season and Riley was named the Coach of the Year. Oregon State linebackers coach Charlie Camp played at Arizona in 1995 when Cal special teams/tight ends coach Pete Alamar was on the staff. Camp was the linebackers coach at San Diego State in 2000 and ‘01 when Cal
defensive line coach Ken Delgado was the Aztecs’ defensive coordinator. Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik was Oregon State’s offensive line/special teams coach from 1999-2001.

 

Players to watch:

QB Aaron Rodgers (6-2. 200) - as all Beaver fans know the defense has had trouble controlling mobile quarterbacks...Rodgers is perhaps one of the more talented players the defense will face, luckily he is coming off of a long layoff...good arm strength and has a host of talented players to throw to.

TE Garrett Cross (6-5, 230) - big, talented and one of Rodgers' favorite targets...look for him to do damage on short routes and patterns in the middle of the field.

FS Matt Giordano (6-0, 190) - leads the team in tackles and interceptions...smart player with good instincts, will provide the Beaver offense a challenge when going deep.

DE Ryan Riddle (6-3, 250) - speedy end who leads the team in tackles for loss and sacks...active and relentless.

 

Miscellaneous Golden Bear Notes:

  • Cal has not played a football game since Sept. 11. Their match-up with Southern Miss was canceled due to Hurricane Ivan.
  • The Bears own a #10 ranking, its highest since the 1991 season.
  • Running back J.J. Arrington leads the nation in scoring with 18.0 points per game.
  • Cal has averaged 42.6 points and 531.6 yards in seven of their last eight games.
  • The Bears returned 16 starters from last season.
  • Cal has not been to the Rose Bowl in 45 years.
  • Wide receiver Geoff McArthur recently moved into the No. 2 spot on California's career receiving list.
  • California has produced 20 NFL Draft picks in its history.
  • Cal has scored 37 of the last 38 time it has made a trip to the redzone.
  • Bears rank No. 1 in 12 of the listed 30 team statistical categories in this week’s Pac-10 release: total offense, total defense, scoring offense, rushing offense, pass efficiency, pass defense, punt returns, punting, fewest opponents first downs, third down conversions, fourth down conversions and red zone offense.
  • 11 of Cal’s 14 TDs have been registered via the rush.
  • OSU’s defense has allowed only seven points in the first quarter this fall--a touchdown at Arizona State last week--while the Bears’ offense has scored a combined 20 first-period points in their first two games.
  • The Bears are one of seven Division I-A teams which has yet to throw an interception this year.
  • The Bears have tallied 28 points or more in 20 of the 28 games of the Tedford Era; prior to Tedford taking over the program in 2002, the Bears had reached the 28-point plateau only 10 times in their previous 48 contests.
  • Cal’s reserve tight end John Rust is the lone Bear with Oregon roots. Rust, an all-region performer at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High School, is the son of former Oregon football player Jack Rust (1966-68), who served as the Ducks’
    team captain for the first football game ever played at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 23, 1967.
  • Oregon State backup offensive tackle Chris Miller once protected Cal QB Aaron Rodgers. Both were teammates for Butte College’s 2002 club that posted a 10- 1 record and No. 2 national JC ranking.

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