Cal Game Facts and Factors

Cal, under Jeff Tedford, is currently experiencing one of the most successful stints in their football history, but this year's Bears are a split-personality team...

-- UCLA travels to face the California Bears Saturday in Berkeley, with the game kicking off at 12:30 and being televised nationally by FSN (Prime Ticket in Los Angeles). Barry Thompkins and Petros Papadakis will be in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline.

-- UCLA is 3-2, winning its last three games in a row.

-- Cal is 2-2, having started out the season with wins over UC Davis (52-3) and Colorado (52-7), before losing its last two games to Nevada (31-52) and Arizona (9-10).

-- Cal edged into the Top 25 after its first two wins of the season, at #25, but then fell out of the rankings.

-- Last week, Cal had a bye.

-- UCLA leads the all-time series, 49-30-1, but the Bruins have dropped the last two contests. Last season UCLA lost 45-26 in the Rose Bowl, and in Berkeley in 2008, 41-20. Cal has won the last five meetings in Berkeley.

-- Cal is averaging 38 points per game in the last five games against UCLA.

-- In last season's game, UCLA gave up 289 yards rushing and allowed 494 yards of total offense. The Bears had a 35-20 advantage at halftime. UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career (311) and Johnathan Franklin ran for 101 yards. Kai Forbath also connected on all four of his field goal attempts.

-- Prior to its bye week, Cal dropped a heartbreaker against Arizona, when the Wildcats drove the field with a couple of minutes left and Arizona quarterback Nick Foles threw a touchdown pass with 1:11 left to play for #14 Arizona to pull out the win. Cal's field goal kicker, Giorgio Tavecchio, missed two field goals in the game, one being a 40-yarder with just 2:37 to play that could have sealed the win for the Bears. Tavecchio did make three field goals to account for Cal's only scoring.

-- The week before Cal was trounced by Nevada, who happens to be the originators of the Pistol offense, which UCLA now runs.

-- Cal suffered both of its losses on the road, and had its big, convincing wins at home in Berkeley.

-- Cal is coached by Jeff Tedford, in his ninth year at Berkeley, and he's led the Bears through one of the most successful eras in their college football history. Tedford is Cal's leader in victories as a coach in the modern era with a record of 69-37. He's also the all-time leader in games coached at Cal. He's led the team to a current streak of seven consecutive bowl appearances, which is a school record, and eight straight winning seasons, also a school mark. Tedford, who is considered an offensive-minded coach and a quarterback guru, though, has been on a slightly downward slide in the last several seasons. After he came to Cal in 2002, he had them at 10-2 in 2004, second in the Pac-10 and finishing the season ranked 9th. In 2005 he finished 25th in the polls and in 2006, he finished 10-3, 14th in the country, and won Cal's first share of the conference title since 1975 (with a little help from UCLA, of course; when the Bruins beat USC, 13-9, it enabled Cal to share the conference championship). Since then, Cal has gone 7-6 (2007), 9-4 (2008) and 8-5 (2009) and haven't finished the season ranked in the AP top 25.

-- In the Tedford era, the Bears are 5-3 against UCLA, and they haven't lost to UCLA in Memorial Stadium since 1998.

-- Cal has a mixed results coming off bye weeks with Tedford as coach, posting a 8-6 record.

-- Cal is 53-5 under Tedford when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard in a game.

-- The Bears currently are on a streak of 39 home games with at least 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium, a streak which goes back seven seasons.

-- California Memorial Stadium is in the area of Berkeley called Strawberry Canyon, seats 71,799, and has a turf field.

-- A good bit of trivia: The Hayward Fault passes directly under the playing field, from goal post to goal post. A 1998 seismic study at the Berkeley campus gave the stadium a "poor" rating, which means the stadium represents an "appreciable life hazard" in an earthquake.

-- Cal is currently in the beginning of a $321-million renovation project that will give Memorial a facelift, a retrofit and add more facilities. The Bears will play in AT&T Park in San Francisco for the 2011 season while renovations are being done.

-- UCLA kicker Kai Forbath, who is the Lou Groza Award winner from last season, is on track to break both the UCLA and NCAA records for career field goals. He currently has 80, which trails John Lee (1982-85), who has 85, for the UCLA record. The NCAA record is 87.

-- UCLA is on a three-game winning streak, but hasn' won four games in a row since 2005.

-- Cal is currently favored by 7½ points over UCLA.

-- Saturday's weather forecast calls for clear skies and a high of 75 degrees.


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