NOTES: 'That was a game of guts'

Yvenson Bernard and Alexis Serna move up Pac-10 lists...Sean Canfield plays an efficient game...Bernard tops the 100-yard mark again...recapping the goal line stand...Darlin dominates and more inside.

Pregame Notes:

  • California won the toss and chose to receive.

  • The announced attendance was 63,995

  • Weather: 69 degrees, Wind: 5-7 mph NW, clear


Series Notes:

  • Cal continues to led the series 33-27, including 19-14 in Berkeley

  • The Beavers have won the last four in Memorial Stadium - the longest winning streak by a Pac-10 team at Cal - with the last Cal home win coming in 1997.


Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 339 total yards of offense, 153 on the ground and 186 through the air, while picking up 17 first downs, eight via the run, seven via the pass and two by penalty.

  • The offense converted just 4 of 16 on third downs, but 2 of 2 on fourth downs for touchdowns.

  • The offense scored on all five of its opportunities inside the redzone.

  • For the first time this year the offense scored more points in the second half than the first half (13-18).

  • The offense had one of their best drives this season to open up the second half as they went on a 12-play, 76-yard drive that took 5:46 on the clock and gave the team a six point led.

  • The offense held the ball for 11:24 in the fourth quarter. Cal had the ball for just 3:36 in the final frame.

  • QB Sean Canfield completed an efficient 18 of 33 (54.5%) for 186 yards and no interceptions. He was not helped by several drops either. The Beavers averaged 10.3 yards per completion, just the second time this year that they have averaged double digits per completion. It is also just the second time this season, the other being against Idaho State, that Canfield did not throw an interception.

    For the second straight game Canfield finished on the positive side of rushing as he was sacked once, but ran twice for two yards. He once again had all day to throw and did a nice job of looking downfield as he completed three passes of 20 yards or longer.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard ran 33 times for 110 yards, his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game this year and 17th of his career, and two touchdowns. He averaged 3.3 yards per carry with a long of 21. Twenty four of his carries came in the second half when the team need his tough running.

    He also had a team high 8 catches for 53 yards as well. into Bernard move into 14th place in Pac-10 career rushing yards with 3,400 yards.

  • FB Andy Stewart grabbed his second touchdown of the year on a 1-yard plunge on fourth and goal in the first quarter for the game's first touchdown.

  • WR Chris Johnson grabbed his first catch of the season - a six yard catch in the first quarter. Johnson was also responsible for securing the ball on the on side kick in the fourth quarter.

  • WR Anthony Brown had three catches for 32 yards. Brown also caught the two point conversion in the fourth quarter to put the Beavers up by seven with 8:30 left to go. He is the team's leading receiver with 29 catches for 387 yards.

  • WR James Rodgers continued to kill defenses with his speed as he ran two times for 33 yards, one on a 17-yard end around and another on a 16-yard reverse, while adding one catch for 22 yards. Each time Rodgers touched the ball, it resulted in a first down.

  • WR Darrell Catchings had two catches for 43 yards, but fumbled deep in Cal territory during the Beavers first possession of the game, and dropped several easy passes.

  • TE Gabe Miller had an up and down game. Canfield missed him in the endzone for an easy touchdown early the game, but Canfield found him again on 3rd and 5 that would have resulted in a touchdown, but he dropped the pass forcing the Beavers to punt from their own endzone. He finished with one catch for five yards.


Defense Notes:

  • The Beaver defense gave up 478 total yards, 184 on the ground and 294 through the air, along with 23 first downs.

  • They added seven more tackles for loss and three more sacks. Cal's offensive line had given up just 4 sacks in five games before facing OSU.

  • California converted just 3 of 5 inside the redzone. One of the failed conversions came with the ball inside the OSU 1-yard line. Here's the scintillating sequence:

    C 1-G O02 Forsett, Justin rush over left tackle for 1 yard to the OSU1 (Greg
    Laybourn;Brandon Hughes).
    C 2-G O01 Forsett, Justin rush over right guard for no gain to the OSU1 (Al
    Afalava;Brandon Hughes).
    C 3-G O01 Forsett, Justin rush over right guard for no gain to the OSU1 (Alan
    Darlin;Dorian Smith).
    C 4-G O01 Forsett, Justin rush left for no gain to the OSU1 (Brandon Hughes;Greg

  • LB Alan Darlin led all players with 14 tackles, six solo, including one sack. He also had one forced and recovered fumble.

  • SS Greg Laybourn reached double digit in tackles for the second straight week grabbing 10 tackles giving him 43 for the year. He did miss a tackle on DeSean Jackson late in the fourth quarter on fourth down that would have ended the game though.

  • SS Daniel Drayton missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury.

  • FS Al Afalava tallied nine tackles, including one for loss, and had several bone jarring hits.

  • LB Joey LaRocque had nine tackles, including one for loss.

  • CB Tim Clark in his first career start had a decent game grabbing four tackles and a team high two pass breakups. He kept DeSean Jackson in check not allowing him to reach the endzone and not catch a pass over four yards.

  • LB Keith Pankey recovered his first career fumble on a kickoff return.

  • DE Dorian Smith grabbed his third sack this year. He also had a sack last week against Arizona making it the first time this year he has made a sack in back to back games.

  • DE Victor Butler had his first career interception after Slade Norris hit Kevin Riley as he threw sending the ball up in the air. Butler rumbled 30 yards inside Bear territory. He looked good running ball as he faked out one defender with a stutter step. Many fans commented he looked like an athletic outside linebaker.

  • DE Jeff Van Orsow harnessed a sack, his second of the year and first since the Cincinnati game.


Special Teams Notes:

  • K Alexis Serna made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 52-yard boot to end the first half, and all, and his two extra points to give him 11 points moving him into 10th place on the Pac-10 scoring list with 331 points.

  • Despite averaging 38.3 yards per kick Serna had his best punting performance this year as he got of a 47-yard boot and had two downed inside the 20, including a key punt late in the fourth that was downed at the Bear five yard line.

  • KR Gerard Lawson continued to perform well returning kickoffs after his debacle against UCLA. He returned three kickoffs for 84 yards, including a long 39-yard return that setup the go ahead touchdown.


Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Cal got three first downs because of a Beaver penalty.

  • The team's opening offensive drives in the second half took a combined 12:58. The big difference was the Beavers scored on their drive and Cal did not.

  • Cal QB Kevin Riley made some amazing plays, especially one in the fourth quarter. Backed up at their own five yard line Riley dropped back to pass in his own endzone. Victor Butler burst through the line and had two hands on Riley that would have resulted in a sack, but Riley somehow spun out of the tackle and got rid of the ball.

    Another play came earlier in the game in third quarter on 3rd and 5. With Gerard Lee on Riley's back he amazingly got rid of the ball completing a 23-yard pass to tight end Craig Stevens to move the offense inside the redzone.

  • Cal had more offensive yards and first downs than Oregon State, but also had more turnovers losing two fumbles and one interception.

  • Former Beaver linebacker Keith Ellison was on the sidelines watching the game.

  • Oregon State has outscored opponents 85-6 in the first quarter this season.

  • Oregon State improved to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Cal dropped to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in Pac-10 play. OSU has sole possession of sixth place in the conference, Cal is tied with Oregon for fourth.

  • The last time OSU won on the road against a No. 1 or No. 2 team was Oct. 21, 1967 at second-ranked Purdue (22-14).

  • Cal is the 10th team ranked in the top 10 this year to lose to an unranked team.

  • The Kentucky/LSU score was announced early the in the first half prompting the fans to start chanting "We're No. 1! We're No. 1!"

  • The Beavers are 3-6-1 against No. 2 teams.


Key Quotes:

  • Coach Mike Riley - "That was a game of guts. Our theme was 64 for 60. We needed everybody for 60 minutes, and we got it."

    On his team - “I’m just proud of our football team and coaches. We have gone through some hard times. This was really good for this team. I’m hoping this game becomes a real catalyst. What it does, it confirms what we are working on and they can get better from here.We haven’t arrived. We had some other opportunities that we didn’t cash in. But there were a lot of good things we can build on.”

    On Canfield's play - “It’s a major step for Sean to play in this kind of arena against a good team and handle the game like he did."

    On the final play of the game - "It was like so many of our games last year- right down to the last play. It looked like overtime, but that's why you play all 60 minutes. When he started running I knew they didn't have a chance."

    On opening the second half with a scoring drive - “It was all real important right then with all the little spots to gain momentum in the third quarter. That was important to come out and score right away and take the lead.”

    On special teams - "That part of the game worried me more than anything else with punt returns and what it was going to look like. But our coverage teams and Alexis stepped up with the returning weapons they have. Alexis stepped up and punted nicely. They weren’t all great, but he did a very good job.”

  • LB Joey LaRocque - “A great finish to a great game. Cal has a great team and it was awesome. That’s what college football is all about. I’m just glad to be a part of it. It’s SC all over again. I’m feeling deja vu right now. It’s like baseball in the bottom of ninth, bases load and 3-2 count. It’s a great feeling to be part of that.”

    On the final play - “The coverage was great. Riley had to scramble, and the only way to go was toward me and he kind of just feel in my lap. Thank goodness I made a play.”

    On what the coaches said at halftime - “One of the coaches yelled out, ‘LSU’s no longer No. 1. That means Cal’s No. 1,’ That inspired us a little bit more. we had to finish the game, and we did.”

    On Canfield's play - “Sean played absolutely fantastic. That’s what we need, a guy who can back us up. He backed us up in the biggest game of his career. He did an excellent job.”

  • LB Alan Darlin - “This one’s right up there with USC last year. With the start we had this year and our disappointment with some of our losses early on, it’s huge. It’s great momentum for us to carry on with.”

    On Cal's offense - “They’re a really physical team with a tremendous offensive line. We had so much respect for their offensive line and Forsett. That was tremendous for our confidence and for the outcome of the game. It was kind of out of character for us to give up that many rushing yards, but the biggest statistic was on that scoreboard at the end of the game.”

    On the goal line stand - "We got our backs against the wall and they're on the 1-yard line and guys aren't flinching."

    On the Beaver defense - "We just do a great job of rotating our defensive linemen, guys are fresh and they're all relentless," Darlin said. "We didn't run a whole lot of pressure, but the four-man rush got to him because we have guys who have such a tremendous mix of speed and power."

    On the final play of the game - "That was the last thing I expected him to do, to run," OSU middle linebacker Alan Darlin said. "I think he's going to be kicking himself for not throwing it away, but that's how it goes."

  • QB Sean Canfield - “To come in here and beat Cal is even bigger than SC. The Bears are No. 2, and to come in here and do it in Strawberry’s just a big, big win for us. Defensively, the Bears were good, too. They got after me a few times. They had some athletes in their secondary. I tried to make some plays with my feet, scrambled around a little, and made a play or two. I’m pleased with the way I played.”

    On no interceptions - "That was a big focus for me, not to turn the ball over. I realized I don't have to win games for our team. We have so much talent on defense and offense, there are other guys to pick up the pace. It was a matter of being smart. I hit Yve on a couple check downs that were big. Statistically no passing touchdowns. But all that matters is getting my team in the end zone, and that's what we did."

  • PR Gerard Lawson - “We knew if we played a full 60 minutes we could win this. Special teams had to step it up this week. We haven’t been doing as much as we could. We wanted to impact the game, too. All the guys got together and we wanted to do the best we can out there.”

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