MATCHUP NOTEBOOK: Cal at #23 Oregon State

THE MEN IN Black have won seven of the last ten clashes in the series versus Cal, but haven't won against the Bears in Reser Stadium since 2002. The last time each team played, a statistical comparison of the two teams and more inside this week's matchup notebook.

Bears at Beavers
Where: Reser Stadium
Capacity:
45,674
When:
12:30 PM
Line: OSU by 3
TV: ABC (regionally)
Radio: OSU Radio Network
Series: Cal leads 33-27

COACHES

Head coach: Mike Riley
(8th season)
Career: 53-41 | At OSU: Same | vs. Cal: 3-4
Current ranking: #23/25
Current record: 6-3, 5-1
Streak: Four game winning streak

Head coach: Jeff Tedford (7th season)
Career: 56-29 | At Cal: Same | vs. OSU: 2-4
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 6-3, 4-2
Streak: One game losing streak


TEAM CAPTAINS

OSU: WR Sammie Stroughter (2nd year), DE Victor Butler, OT Andy Levitre and CB Brandon Hughes. Riley also announces a team captain for each game.


Cal: Game time decision


ON WATCH LISTS

OSU: DE Victor Butler (Ted Hendricks), CB Brandon Hughes (Lott & Jim Thorpe), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Doak Walker) and OT Andy Levitre (Outland & Lombardi).

Cal: LB Zack Follett (Bednarik & Lott) and P Bryan Anger (Ray Guy).

Last time Oregon State and Cal met...
Oct. 13, 2007 in Berkeley - Oregon State 31, No. 2 Cal 28
Oregon State and undefeated No. 2-ranked California met in front of a sellout crowd at Berkeley and the Beavers deprived the Golden Bears of an opportunity to rise to No. 1 (top-ranked LSU had lost earlier in the day) by winning a 31-28 thriller.

OSU took a 31-21 lead midway through the fourth quarters only to see Cal backup QB Kevin Riley mount a comeback. Cal scored a touchdown to draw within three points with 2:31 to play. The Bear defense forced an OSU punt and Cal took over at its own 5-yard line with 1:27 to play and no timeouts.

Riley drove the Bears all the way to the OSU 12-yard line with 14 seconds left, but was forced to scramble and was tackled with no timeouts and Cal did not have enough time left to get the field goal unit on the field.... more from BF.com

 

Last time Cal played in Corvallis...
Sept. 30, 2006 in Corvallis - #20 California 41 , Oregon State 13
California and Oregon State met early in the season at Corvallis and the Golden Bears jumped out to a 31-0 first-half lead and cruised in with a 41-13 victory.

Cal QB Nate Longshore completed 22-of-31 passes for 341 yards and four TDs to spearhead the Bear attack. WR Lavelle Hawkins had 128 receiving yards and a TD on six receptions.

California's defense limited OSU to 56 yards rushing and posted four QB sacks. Beaver PK Alexis Serna hit a 58-yard field goal to tie the school record for longest field goal. ... more from BF.com.

 

Last time Cal played...
Nov. 8, 2008 in Los Angeles - No. 7 USC 17, No. 21 Cal 3
Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes, and No. 7 USC's defense battered No. 21 California in a 17-3 victory.

The win was the sixth straight for the Trojans (8-1, 6-1 Pac-10), who have outscored the opposition 231-23 since losing 27-21 as 25-point favorites at Oregon State. The Trojans came in averaging 40.25 points and the Bears (6-3, 5-1) were averaging 36.4, with a single-game low of 24 ... more from CalBears.com.

 

Last time Oregon State played...
Nov. 8, 2008 in Pasadena - Oregon State 34, UCLA 6
FLEXING THEIR DEFENSIVE muscles, and capitalizing on the legs of record setting sensation Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State overcame key first half mistakes to win going away 34-6 over UCLA on Saturday to become bowl eligible. OSU's stop corps owned the line of scrimmage, DT Stephen Paea and DE Victor Butler spent so much time in UCLA's backfield their mail will probably be delivered there next week.

And sometimes, stats don't lie. Quizz went over the 1,000 yard mark on the season in the first half, over the 100-yard mark for the game near the end of the third quarter, (finishing unofficially with 144 hashes on the day) and then in the fourth quarter, Quizz broke the all-time ... more from the BeaverFootball.com.

 

Series history (Cal leads 33-27, 11-11 in Corvallis).
California and Oregon State have met 60 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 33-27.

The teams have split the last four matchups with the road team winning each time. Before that OSU had a five game winning streak in the series. OSU is 7-2 versus the Bears since 1999.

Cal has won the last two games in Reser Stadium in convincing fashion recording a 41-13 win in 2006 and a 49-7 victory in 2004.

 

The last 10 OSU/Cal  matchups.

 

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.

Tedford signed his first professional contract in 1983 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who were coached by Bud Riley (Mike’s father).

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 defensive back coach Al Simmons coached in Corvallis from 2001-02 as the secondary coach.

 

2008 statistical leaders.

OSU
Rushing
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 228 att, 1089 yds, 10 TD
James Rodgers ... 26 att, 228 yds, 3 TD
Ryan McCants ... 47 att, 222 yds, 1 TD
Passing
Lyle Moevao ... 152 of 240, 1822, 14 TD, 8 INT
Sean Canfield ... 36 of 52, 479, 5 TD, 2 INT
Receiving
Sammie Stroughter ... 50 rec, 659 yds, 6 TD
James Rodgers ... 42 rec, 553 yds, 4 TD
Shane Morales ... 39 rec, 529 yds, 6 TD
Scoring
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 11 TD, 66 pts
Justin Kahut ... 10 FG, 26 EXP, 56 pts
Tackles
Greg Laybourn ... 39 (s), 36 (a), 75 tot, .5 TFL, 2 FR
Keaton Kristick ... 29 (s), 30 (a), 59 tot, 11.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 2 SACKS
Dwight Roberson ... 23 (s), 18 (a), 41 tot, 5.0 TFL, 2 FF
Interceptions
Greg Laybourn ... 3 for 81
Al Afalava ... 2 for 26
Keenan Lewis ... 2 for 4
Sacks
Slade Norris ... 6.5 for 57 yds
Victor Butler ... 4.5 for 36 yds
Punting
Johnny Hekker ... 34 for 37.8 avg, long of 59
Kicking - Field goals
Justin Kahut ... 10-15, long of 45
Sean Sehnem ... 1-2, long of 32
 
Cal
Rushing
Jahvid Best ... 121 att, 766 yds, 6 TD
Shane Vereen ... 106 att, 558 yds, 3 TD
Tracy Slocum ... 16 att, 89 yds, 1 TD
Passing
Kevin Riley .. 91 of 178, 1124 yds, 10 TD, 4 INT
Nate Longshore ... 78 of 133, 846 yds, 8 TD, 4 INT
Receiving
Jahvid Best ... 24 rec, 211 yds, 1 TD
Nyan Boateng ... 23 rec, 367 yds, 4 TD
Cameron Morrah ... 22 rec, 284 yds, 6 TD
Scoring
David Seawright ... 5 FG, 26 EXP, 41 pts
Cameron Morrah ... 6 TD, 36 pts
Jahvid Best ... 6 TD, 36 pts
Tackles
Mike Mohamed ... 41 (s), 25 (a), 66 tot, 5.0 TFL, 1 QBH
Anthony Felder ... 29 (s), 31 (a), 60 tot, 5.0 TFL, 1 QBH
Zack Follett ... 36 (s), 18 (a), 54 tot, 12.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 3 FF
Interceptions
Sean Cattouse ... 3 for 24 yds
Syd'Quan Thompson ... 3 for 108 yds
Sacks
Zack Follett ... 5.0 for 45 yds
Tyson Alualu ... 5.0 for 39 yds
Punting
Bryan Anger ... 51 for 43.4 avg, long of 72
Kicking - Field goals
David Seawright ... 5-7, long of 37, 1 BLK
Giorgio Tavecchio ... 6-8,. long of 42

 

OFFENSE
DEFENSE

OSU

Cal

OSU

Cal
169.6
Rushing/game
155.7
112.0
Rushing/game
116.6
4.3
Rushing/att
4.8
3.4
Rushing/att
3.1
294-188-10
Passing
316-170-8
259-134-11
Passing
299-150-17
255.7
Passing/game
220.0
183.2
Passing/game
195.8
425.2
Total/game
375.7
295.2
Total/game
312.3
5.9
Total/att
5.6
4.8
Total/att
4.4
33.7
Scoring/game
32.7
21.9
Scoring/game
20.6
+5
Turnover margin
+8

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