2008 California Golden Bears football team


2008 California Golden Bears football team

NCAATeamFootballSeason
Year=2008
Team=California Golden Bears



ImageSize=
Conference=Pacific Ten Conference
ShortConference=Pac-10
Division=
CoachRank=25
APRank=
BCSRank=
Record=4-1
ConfRecord=2-0
HeadCoach=Jeff Tedford
OffCoach=Frank Cignetti
DefCoach=Bob Gregory
OScheme=Multiple
DScheme=3-4
Stadium=California Memorial Stadium
Champion=
BowlTourney=
BowlTourneyResult=

The 2008 California Golden Bears football team represents the University of California, Berkeley in the college football 2008-2009 season. They play their home games at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California and are coached by Jeff Tedford. California plays host to Michigan State to begin the season on August 30, 2008 and closes the season at home against the University of Washington on December 6, 2008. In addition to the slate of nine conference games, five at home and four on the road, the Golden Bears traveled to College Park, Maryland to play the University of Maryland Terrapins, while hosting Michigan State and Colorado State.

chedule

CFB Schedule Entry
date = August 30
time = 5:00 p.m. [ [http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/cal-m-footbl-sched.html CalBears site] ]
w/l = w
nonconf = yes
away =
rank =
opponent = Michigan State
opprank =
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
gamename =
tv = ABC
score = 38-31
overtime =
attend = 62,956cite web |url=http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/083108aad.html |title=Cal-Michigan State Game Notes |publisher=University of California |accessdate=2008-08-31]
CFB Schedule Entry
date = September 6
time = 3:30 p.m.
w/l = w
nonconf = no
away = yes
rank =
opponent = Washington St.
opprank =
site_stadium = Martin Stadium
site_cityst = Pullman, WA
gamename =
tv = CSN West
score = 66-3
overtime =
attend = 27,906
CFB Schedule Entry
date = September 13
time = 9:00 a.m.
w/l = l
nonconf = yes
away = yes
rank = 25
opponent = Maryland
opprank =
site_stadium = Byrd Stadium
site_cityst = College Park, MD
gamename =
tv = ESPN
score = 27-35
overtime =
attend = 49,527
CFB Schedule Entry
date = September 27
time = 3:00 p.m.| w/l = w
nonconf = yes
away =
rank =
opponent = Colorado State
opprank =
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
gamename =
tv = CSN West
score = 42-7
overtime =
attend = 63,970cite web |url=http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2008-2009/csucal.html |title=Cal-Colorado State Final Statistics |publisher=University of California |accessdate=2008-09-27]
CFB Schedule Entry
date = October 4
time = 12:30 p.m.
w/l = w
nonconf =
away =
rank =
opponent = Arizona State
opprank =
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
gamename =
tv = ABC
score = 24-14
overtime =
attend = 58,302cite web |url=http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/100408aaa.html |title=Cal-ASU Game Notes |publisher=University of California |accessdate=2008-10-04]
CFB Schedule Entry
date = October 18
time = 7:00 p.m.
w/l =
nonconf =
away = yes
rank = 25
opponent = Arizona
opprank =
site_stadium = Sun Devil Stadium
site_cityst = Tempe, AZ
gamename =
tv = CSNW/FSN AZ
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = October 25
nonconf =
time =
rank =
away =
opprank =
opponent = UCLA
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
tv =
score =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 1
time =
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away =
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Oregon
opprank =
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =

CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =
date = November 8
nonconf =
time = 5:00 p.m.
rank =
away = yes
opprank =
opponent = USC
site_stadium = Memorial Coliseum
site_cityst = Los Angeles, CA
tv = ABC
score =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 15
time =
w/l =
homecoming =
away = yes
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Oregon State
opprank =
site_stadium = Reser Stadium
site_cityst = Corvallis, OR
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =
CFB Schedule Entry
date = November 22
time = 12:30 p.m.
w/l =
nonconf =
away =
rank =
opponent = Stanford
opprank =
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
gamename =
tv = CSN West
score =
overtime =
attend =

CFB Schedule Entry
date = December 6
time =
w/l =
nonconf =
homecoming =
away =
neutral =
rank =
opponent = Washington
opprank =
site_stadium = Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Berkeley, CA
gamename =
tv =
score =
overtime =
attend =

Game notes

Michigan State

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Spartans
R1=0
R2=7
R3=7
R4=17
Home=Golden Bears
H1=7
H2=10
H3=7
H4=14

The Bears had last played the Spartans in Michigan in 2002, defeating them 46-22 in Tedford's first year as head coach. Both teams were scoreless until a blocked Spartans punt resulted in a Bears touchdown in the first quarter. Cal scored again on a field goal by freshman kicker David Seawright in the second quarter. Michigan State responded when Otis Wiley intercepted a Nate Longshore pass and returning it for a touchdown, while Cal was able to counter with a touchdown run by Jahvid Best prior to the half.

The second half saw both teams score back and forth. The Spartans struck first with a touchdown run by Javon Ringer, followed by Cal QB Kevin Riley connecting with Cameron Morrah for a touchdown. Ringer made his second touchdown run of the game in the fourth quarter, while Riley made his second touchdown pass of the game to Will Ta'ufo'ou. After a Spartans field goal, freshman running back Shane Vereen scored on an 81 yard touchdown run that gave the Bears their final score of the game. The Spartans countered with a touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer to Mark Dell to get within 7 points and had a chance to tie the game with seconds left, but Hoyer threw four straight incompletions from midfield. [cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200808300059&prov=ap |title=Cal gets big late TD run, beats Michigan St. 38-31 |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-08-31]

Longshore, who lost the starting quarterback job to Riley, threw for 62 yards with 2 interceptions. Riley threw for 202 yards with 2 touchdowns. The game marked the first time that two Cal running backs had completed over 100 yards rushing since the 2006 Holiday Bowl, with Best at 111 yards and Vereen at 101, respectively. Spartans quarterback Hoyer finished with 321 yards passing, including a touchdown and an interception. Ringer, who completed 1,447 yards rushing during the 2007 season, was held to 81 yards, which included 2 touchdowns.

Washington State

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Golden Bears
R1=21
R2=21
R3=10
R4=14
Home=Cougars
H1=3
H2=0
H3=0
H4=0
The Cougars hosted the Bears in Pullman, Washington for the first conference game of the season for both teams as well as first year Cougars head coach Paul Wulff. Cal scored early, with Jahvid Best breaking free for an 80 yard touchdown run on the Bears' first possession.cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/boxscore?gid=200809060066&page=plays |title=California 66, Washington St. 3 |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-09-10] This was followed by an interception by Syd'Quan Thompson deep in Washington State territory, setting up a touchdown pass from Kevin Riley to Sean Young. Shane Vereen made a 39 yard touchdown run on the next possession for the Bears' third touchdown of the first quarter. A Cougar field goal would prove to be their only score for the game.

The Cougars had another chance at scoring in the second quarter, but had a field goal blocked that linebacker Zack Follett was able to return for a 65 yard touchdown. Riley was able to run in for a touchdown from 27 yards out, while Thompson made an 89 yard interception that set up another Best touchdown.

After the half, Nate Longshore led the Bears in the third quarter. The Cougars were intercepted in the Cal red zone, setting up an 86 yard touchdown run by Best. This marked the first time that Cal had two runs of more than 80 yards in a single game, as well as in a single season.cite web |url=http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/090608aab.html |title=Cal-Washington State Game Notes |publisher=University of California |accessdate=2000-09-10]

Cal used its commanding lead in the fourth quarter to give more of its backup players some experience. Following a touchdown by sophomore running back Tracy Slocum, freshman quarterback Brock Mansion was able to take his first career snap. An interception of a Cougars pass in WSU territory gave Mansion the opportunity to make his first rushing touchdown for the final score of the game.

Cal produced 505 total yards of offense (114 passing and 391 rushing) and allowed only 167 total yards (110 passing and 57 rushing) to the Cougars, who committed four turnovers. The game marked the first time since 1921 and 1923 that the Bears had won back to back games at Pullman. It was the Cougars' worst loss since a 1976 loss to UCLA 62-3 and the first time that WSU opened the season with two losses since 1999.cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200809060066 |title=Best leads Cal rout over Wash. State |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-09-10] Best had exactly 200 yards rushing on 14 carries for three touchdowns, the most by a Cal player since Justin Forsett had 235 against New Mexico State in 2005. He also became the first player since J.J. Arrington to start the season with consecutive 100 yard rushing games. The win enabled the Bears to get back into the AP Top 25 at #23.

Maryland

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Golden Bears
R1=3
R2=3
R3=0
R4=21
Home=Terrapins
H1=14
H2=7
H3=7
H4=7
Cal headed east for its second road game in a row in the first ever meeting between the Bears and the Terrapins with a noon kickoff. The Terrapins jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it, with Da’Rel Scott scoring a rushing touchdown on their first possession. Kevin Riley was intercepted on the ensuing Cal possession, setting up another touchdown run by Scott. Terrapins quarterback Chris Turner threw a touchdown pass to open the second quarter.cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/boxscore?gid=200809130005&page=plays |title=Maryland 35, California 27 |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-09-15] The Bears were limited to a pair of field goals in the first half, with a possible third one from 25 yards out bouncing off the left upright in the closing seconds of the second quarter.cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200809130005 |title=Maryland provides wake-up call to No. 23 Cal |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-09-15] Maryland had only scored 21 points combined in their first two games.

In the third quarter, Cal recovered a Maryland fumble, but failed to score and turned the ball over on downs. Maryland extended its lead to 28-6 on a 28 yard touchdown strike from Turner to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Riley was sacked three times. Cal was shut out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, when Riley connected with Cameron Morrah. The Terrapins recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able to respond with a touchdown for their final score of the game. Riley threw two more touchdown passes to bring the Bears within 8 points, but Maryland recovered the ensuing onside kicks and Turner was able to end the game by taking three straight knees.

Jahvid Best, coming from back to back games with over 100 yards rushing, was held to 25 on ten carries, with the Bears producing only 38 net rushing yards. Riley passed for 423 yards on 58 attempts, a school record for the most pass attempts.cite web |url=http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/091308aac.html |title=Cal-Maryland Football Postgame Notes |publisher=University of California |accessdate=2000-09-15] Terrapins quarterback Turner passed for 156 yards and two touchdowns, while running backs Scott and Davin Meggett rushed for 87 and two touchdowns, and 82 yards and a touchdown, respectively. The Bears also gave up five sacks, the most since October 1, 2005 against Arizona. Humidity was cited as the biggest adjustment that Cal failed to make more so than the time change and Maryland's performance in its first two games. [cite web |url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/13/SPI412TMAH.DTL |title=Weather and not time change factor in Cal's loss |publisher=sfgate.com |accessdate=2000-09-15] The loss brings the Bears' record to 3-7 in its last ten trips to the East Coast and also snaps a ten game winning streak in the month of September.

Colorado State

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Rams
R1=0
R2=0
R3=0
R4=7
Home=Golden Bears
H1=14
H2=7
H3=7
H4=14
Although Cal struggled on pass offense and Cal's two running backs both committed a fumble early on, the defense and special teams put Cal on the board early in the first half. A Rams punt was blocked and and Bryant Nnabuife ran it in for a touchdown, his second of the season. In the same quarter Cal's Brett Johnson intercepted Colorado State's Billy Farris' pass for a 43 yard touchdown. In the second quarter Riley threw an 11 yard pass to Nyan Boateng for the score after a pass interference call on Colorado State gave Cal a first down. The defense was able to shut out Colorado State for another quarter.

In the third quarter Riley was replaced with Nate Longshore who was unable to produce any offense although running backs Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen were consistently gaining first downs. However Cal's special teams struck again as Syd'Quan Thompson ran a punt return for a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter Cal's offense finally clicked when Longshore hit Jeremy Ross for a 11 yard touchdown and Cameron Morrah for another 16 yard touchdown. The Rams avoided being shut out with a 1 yard touchdown run by John Mosure which followed a long pass by backup quarterback Klay Kubiak. The final score was 42-7.

In addition to the struggles on offense, Cal's Jahvid Best walked off the field after dislocating his elbow following a tackle. X-rays showed that there were no fractures and an MRI revealed no ligament damage.cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=rivals-242417&prov=rivals&type=lgns |title=Best shooting for Oct. 18 return |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-10-02] Cal's Rulon Davis left after half-time with an undisclosed foot injury.

Arizona State

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Sun Devils
R1=0
R2=7
R3=7
R4=0
Home=Golden Bears
H1=10
H2=7
H3=7
H4=0

The Bears resumed conference play at home against the Sun Devils following week off. Nate Longshore started for the Bears, after Jeff Tedford had him and Kevin Riley compete for the starting position during the week. [cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-california-qbquandary&prov=ap&type=lgns |title=Tedford reopens Cal’s quarterback competition |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-10-04] Cal took an early lead with a field goal in the first quarter followed by a touchdown pass from Longshore to LaReylle Cunningham that resulted from a fumble on the Sun Devils' first possession. Longshore threw an interception in the closing minutes of the first quarter, but the Sun Devils were unable to capitalize on it. The Bears struck again in the second quarter with a 22 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Morrah, which the Sun Devils responded to with a 30 yard touchdown pass from Rudy Carpenter to Kyle Williams.

Cal scored first in the second half, when Longshore connected with Nyan Boateng for a touchdown. Cal was able to block a field goal attempt by Arizona State, but was penalized for jumping on the line, resulting in a first down. This set up the Sun Devils' final score of the game on an 8 yard run by Keegan Herring. The Bears defense was able to shut out the Sun Devils in the fourth quarter, intercepting Carpenter for a second time and forcing a fumble that forced them to punt. A Sun Devils field goal attempt in the final minute of the quarter missed. Cal only made one first down in the fourth quarter and spent the rest of the time successfully running out the clock. [cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/boxscore?gid=200810040059&page=plays |title=California 24, Arizona St. 14 |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-10-04]

Longshore finished with 198 yards, including three touchdowns and an interception, moving him up to fifth place on the Cal career touchdown list with 46. Running back Shane Vereen, stepping in for an injured Jahvid Best, had 93 yards rushing. Tight end Cameron Morrah caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season, the most by a tight end since Garrett Cross in 2004. Carpenter finished with 165 yards passing, including one touchdown pass and two picks. He injured his ankle in the final minutes and had to leave the game on crutches. [cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-arizonast-carpenter&prov=ap&type=lgns |title=Arizona St QB Carpenter on crutches after Cal loss |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-10-04] The loss marks the Sun Devils' first three game losing streak since Dennis Erickson's tenure as head coach. [cite web |url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200810040059 |title=Longshore leads Cal past punchless Arizona State |publisher=Yahoo! Sports |accessdate=2000-10-04] The victory allowed the Bears to break into the Coaches' Poll at #25.

Arizona

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Golden Bears
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Wildcats
H1=
H2=
H3=
H4=

UCLA

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Bruins
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Golden Bears
H1=
H2=
H3=
H4=

Oregon

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Ducks
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Golden Bears
H1=
H2=
H3=
H4=

USC

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Golden Bears
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Trojans
H1=
H2=
H3=
H4=

Oregon State

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Golden Bears
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Beavers
H1=
H2=
H3=
H4=

tanford

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Cardinal
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Golden Bears
H1=
H2=
H3=
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Washington

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Huskies
R1=
R2=
R3=
R4=
Home=Golden Bears
H1=
H2=
H3=
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