Cal at Oregon State notebook

News, notes and statistics on the California at Oregon State contest on Sept. 30.

Head coach: Jeff Tedford (5th season)
(Career: 36-18 | At Cal: 36-18)
Current ranking: #20 in both polls
Current record: 3-1
Streak: Three game winning streak


Last time Oregon State and Cal met...
Oct. 15, 2005 in Berkeley - Oregon State 23, California 20
Oregon State broke an eight-game losing streak to nationally ranked opponents with a 23-20 victory over California. The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Bears. Running back Yvenson Bernard rushed for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his teammates linebacker Keith Ellison and punter Sam Paulescu who later earned Pac-10 Players of the Week honors. Ellison had nine tackles, including three-for-loss and two sacks -- he also had a fumble recovery.  Paulescu averaged 49.9 yards per punt and had six downed inside the 20. OSU forced five turnovers in the game.... more from


Last time Oregon State and Cal met in Corvallis...
Sept. 2, 2004 - California 48, Oregon State 7
Then No. 10 California rolled to a 49-7 victory last season at Reser Stadium (Oct. 2) and dropped the Beavers to 1-4 for the year. Bear receiver Chase Lyman had five receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns (all in 1st half). JJ Arrington added 108 yards on the ground. Cal out-gained OSU 433-302 in what was the lowest point of the season for the Beavers ... more from


Last time Cal played...
Sept. 23, 2006 - California 49, Arizona State 21
Speed kills. Absolute speed kills absolutely. With apologies to Nicolo Machiavelli, nothing could sum up Saturday's 49-21 Cal victory better or more concisely. The #21-ranked Golden Bears allowed ASU to rip off a 12-play, 74 yard touchdown drive to open the football game ... more from


Last time Oregon State played...
Sept. 23, 2006 - Oregon State 38, Idaho 0
For the first time in over 20 years the Oregon State defense pitched a shutout as the defense forced six turnovers while limiting the Vandals to just 185 total yards.  RB Yvenson Bernard led the Beavers with 117 carries and two touchdowns ... more from


Series history (32-26 overall, 13-13 in Oregon, OSU leds 11-10 in Corvallis).
California and Oregon State have met 58 times dating to 1905.  Oregon State has won six of the last seven, although Cal won the last game at Corvallis, 49-7, in 2004.  The programs have split the last two games, but before 2004 it was one of streaks.

OSU went 5-0 from 1999-2003; Cal was 6-0 from 1991-98; OSU went 5-0 from 1984-89; and Cal was 6-0 from 1977-83. There were also streaks of OSU winning five straight between 1955-59 and 1939-46, and Cal had a six-game winning streak from 1948-54.

Conference openers.
The opening game of the Pac-10 Conference slate has not been particularly good for Oregon State of late. The Beavers have won just one of the last five openers - Sept. 27, 2003 vs. Arizona State (45-17). The last three conference openers have been against the Sun Devils, losing last season at home to No. 18 ASU (42-24) and in 2004 at No. 22 ASU (27-14). This is the first time the Beavers have opened Pac-10 action against Cal since losing in triple-overtime 48-42 Sept. 28, 1996 in Berkeley -- the longest game in OSU history.

California has posted an all-time mark of 15-13-1 (.534) record in Pac-10 opening games and a 54-33-4 (.604) all-time record in conference openers. Under head coach Jeff Tedford, the Golden Bears are 4-1 in league openers, including wins in each of the last four years (Arizona State in 2006; Washington in 2005; Oregon State in 2004; and USC in 2003).


Cal 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.  Riley also has another connection.  He was a defensive graduate assistant in 1975, the last time Cal won the conference title.  Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik was Oregon State's offensive line/special teams coach from 1999-2001 while wide receivers coach Dan Ferrigno coached in Corvallis from 1987-95 serving stints at running back, defensive back, linebacker and special teams.

Two of the best.
Two of the best running backs in the nation will be on the field Saturday. Marshawn Lynch of California is second in the Pac-10 and 12th in the nation for yards per game at 112.3 and Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State is third in the conference and 13th nationally at 110.0. Lynch will mark the second nationally ranked back the Beavers have faced in their first four games.  Bernard is averaging 5.0 ypc while Lynch's average of 7.2 yards per carry is tops among Pac-10 leading rushers.


100 yard rusher equals an OSU victory?
In six of the last seven games vs. California, Oregon State has had a running back eclipse 100 yards on the ground.  The only time a Beaver back did not rush for 100 yards was in 2004 when OSU lost. Here is a closer look.

  • Oct. 15, 2005 at Cal Yvenson Bernard, 42 att., 194 yds, 2 tds
  • Oct. 2, 2004 at OSU Dwight Wright, 72 yds, 1 td
  • Oct. 4, 2003 at Cal Steven Jackson, 227 yds, 2 tds
  • Oct. 26, 2002 at OSU Steven Jackson, 239 yds, 3 tds
  • Oct. 27, 2001 at OSU Ken Simonton, 110 yds, 0 td
  • Nov. 4, 2000 at Cal Ken Simonton, 125 yds, 3 tds
  • Nov. 6, 1999 at OSU Ken Simonton, 134 yds, 0 td


Tale of the quarters.
Oregon State has outscored its first three opponents 49-7 in the first quarter. In fact, the Beavers have scored 15 touchdowns this season, seven in the first quarter.  California has scored 42 first quarter points and a whopping 70 second quarter points.

Oregon State is 26-5 when leading after three quarters under head coach Mike Riley, including 12-1 in the combined 2004, ‘05 and ‘06 seasons.


Longshore on fire.
Quarterback Nate Longshore has guided California to three straight victories by tallying some fantastic numbers from under center. Over the last three games, the sophomore has completed 55-of-80 passes (68.8%) for 795 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions. His passing efficiency for the last three games is 188.48. In Saturday's victory over Arizona State in the Bears' Pac-10 opener, Longshore completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, Longshore has a Pac-10 best 166.92 efficiency rating (ninth in the nation).


Additional notes.

  • The Bears have averaged 44.3 points in their last three games, all at home
  • OSU safety Sabby Piscitelli and Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes are tied for second in the nation for career interceptions by active players with 12. Hughes has five this season while Piscitelli has two. Hughes also has two touchdowns this year and Piscitelli one
  • Junior Sammie Stroughter is third in the nation for punt return yards per game at 22.9 and junior Coye Francies is 14th for kickoff return yards per game at 28.3. Overall, OSU is first in the conference for punt return average (19.3), third for kickoff return average (22.4) and fifth for kickoff coverage
  • With 199 points, PK Alexis Serna, last year's Lou Groza Award winner, is about to become just the fifth Beaver and third OSU place kicker to top 200 career points scored
  • Cal's 42 first-half points in win against Arizona State was a school record for points in a half in a Conference game
  • All-Pac-10 CB Daymeion Hughes has five interceptions in his last three games and has returned a pick for a TD in each of the last two games
  • Arizona State entered last week's game leading the nation in QB sacks with 18 in three games, but the Cal O-line allowed just one
  • The 42 points by the Golden Bears on Saturday in the first half set a school record for most points scored in one half in a Pac-10 game
  • WR DeSean Jackson leads the league in TD receptions with 10 and his 18.5 yards per reception is tops among the Pac-10's leading receivers.  He has scored seven touchdowns in four games this year
  • Oregon State and California are two of the four teams in the Pac-10 on the plus side for turnover margin. The Beavers are second (13th in the nation) at plus-4 while Cal is third at plus-3. USC leads the league at plus-6 and UCLA is fourth at plus-2. OSU was last in the conference a year ago at minus-14
  • Oregon State's ability to run the ball has enabled it to earn first downs on the ground. The Beavers ratio on first downs is nearly 1:1 (27 rush, 29 pass). Last year's team had 153 first downs via the air to just 71 on the ground (2:1)
  • Oregon State enters this week's game tied for 12th in the nation for quarterback sacks, averaging 3.7 per game. The Beavers have 11 overall, equating to a loss of 83 yards. DT William `Akau'ola Vea leads the team with two
  • P Andrew Larson and the Bears lead the Pac-10 in net punting at 39.0 net yards per punt
  • Cal's opponent has scored first in every game this season
  • The Golden Bears led the Pac-10 in scoring defense in 2005, allowing just 21.2 points per game
  • Tedford, now in his fifth year at Cal, ranks fourth in seniority among Pac-10 coaches



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