Kerwin Roach, a four-star shooting guard from Houston, has committed to Texas.
Cal and Wichita State were Roach’s other two finalists.
Kerwin Roach, a four-star shooting guard from Houston, has committed to Texas.
Cal and Wichita State were Roach’s other two finalists.
After its 59-41 loss to No. 6 Oregon at Levi’s Stadium, Cal can make this double-edged claim: No college football team in the country plays higher-scoring games than the Bears.
The average combined scoring total of Cal’s first eight games is 82.5 points, sure to exceed any weekly over/under listing from Las Vegas. The Oregon game was the third in which the Bears and their opponent reached 100 points.
That equation of potent offense and porous defense also has netted a 4-4 overall record (2-4 in Pac-12) after a 4-1 start, meaning the Bears’ road to six wins and bowl eligibility no longer has an express lane. They need to go at least 2-2, and the remaining schedule includes USC on the road and Stanford at home.
“We’ve got a confident bunch of guys in that locker room,” safety Stefan McClure said late Friday night. “We know we’re 4-4 and we’ve got four games left. We’ve got some winnable games coming up. We’ll be ready to go.”
Next up is a Saturday game at Oregon State, which scored 111 points against the Bears the past two seasons. But fans shouldn’t expect another offensive free-for-all in Corvallis. The Beavers have been better on defense than offense this season, and entered Saturday’s game at Stanford having neither scored nor allowed more than 38 points in a game.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who passed for 360 yard and two touchdowns against the Ducks, said the Bears emerged with a boost of self-esteeem.
“We learned we can compete with anybody,” he said.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was impressed after the Bears scored 10 more points on his team than any opponent this season.
“Offensively, those guys are lights out,” he said.
Stats, notes and leftovers from Cal’s 59-41 loss to No. 6 Oregon on Friday night at Levi’s Stadium:
* Jared Goff’s 360-yard passing night was his school-record 11th 300-yard game — in just 20 games over two seasons – breaking the mark of 10 set by Pat Barnes (1993-96).
* With two more touchdown passes, Goff has 26 on the season, which ranks third on Cal’s all-time list. Barnes holds the record with 31. Goff also hiked his career total to 44, moving past Aaron Rodgers (2003-04) into seventh.
* With 2,842 passing yards in eight games, Goff is on pace to pass for 4,263 yards, which would shatter his year-old school record of 3,508.
* Running back Daniel Lasco had career-high totals of eight receptions for 101 yards. He also rushed for 85 yards on 15 carries, giving him 608 yards on the season. He now has seven touchdowns.
* After averaging just 60.7 rushing yards over the previous three games, the Bears had 193 yards on the ground. Their four rushing touchdowns were the most they’ve had in a game in two seasons under Sonny Dykes.
* Cal’s 41 points marked the fifth time in 2014 the Bears have topped 40 in a game, a total the Bears never achieved last season. They hadn’t reached 40 points five times in a full season since 2006.
* The Bears have now scored 332 points — 56 more than they totaled all last season. Their 41.5 scoring average is on pace to be their highest since World War II.
* Cal was 6 for 6 in the red zone — all touchdowns. That improves its season mark to 30 for 34 (88.2 percent), including 24 touchdowns. In 2013, the Bears had 21 red-zone TDs all season and ranked last overall in the Pac-12 at 72.1 percent.
* Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, in three career games against the Bears, has thrown for 817 yards with 13 TDs and just one interception, sparking totals of 59, 55 and 59 points.
* This was the third game this season in which Cal and its opponent combined for at least 100 points — the others were the Bears’ 60-59 win at Washington State and their 59-56 overtime win over Colorado. Previously, dating back to 1937, Cal had taken part in just five games where at least 100 points were scored.
The first college football game at Levi’s Stadium featured 100 points, thousands of green-and-gold clad Oregon fans and Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota’s first intercepted pass in 11 months.
The Bears put up 28 first-half points, but the No. 6 Ducks never stopped scoring on the way to a 59-41 victory.
Mariota threw five touchdown passes – three in the first half – and the Ducks (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) beat Cal for the sixth straight time. Oregon has scored 173 points in the past three meetings.
The Bears (4-4, 2-4) had their highest point total against Oregon since 2006, but never were closer than 17 points after Mariota’s 54-yard TD pass to San Jose native Byron Marshall just 95 seconds into the third quarter.
“They’ve got a couple speeds – their NASCAR super-fast speed and their normal tempo speed,” Cal safety Stephen McClure said. “We just couldn’t get off the field on third down.”
After starting the season 4-1, the Bears have dropped three straight, meaning they must win two of their final four games to become bowl eligible.
Cal lost its 15th straight game to a team ranked in the top-10 of the Associated Press poll, its 47th in 48 such matchups dating back to 1977. The Bears haven’t beaten a top-10 team other than USC since 1969.
Five-star East Bay basketball prospect Ivan Rabb has trimmed his list of potential colleges from seven to five, and Cal remains in the hunt, his high school coach confirmed Friday.
Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward from Bishop O’Dowd High and a top-10 national recruit, eliminated North Carolina and Georgetown from consideration.
Still in play are Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA . . . and Cal. It’s heady competition for the Bears, but new coach Cuonzo Martin has made Rabb a priority since he was hired last spring.
“He seemed very relieved today to have it down to five,” O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said. “He called all the schools before it went public. It’s taking a long time, but he’s handling it the right way.”
Richie said Rabb is making his first official campus visit this weekend, leaving Saturday for Kentucky. He has not yet scheduled his other four trips.
Rabb was not available for comment.
Cal junior receiver Trevor Davis, who injured his neck in an incident against UCLA last Saturday that hushed the crowd at Memorial Stadium, said he feels “a lot better,” but still has some pain and stiffness and has no timetable to return to action.
In his first meeting with reporters since the injury, Davis said he has more rotation in his neck and is getting regular treatment. But he still appeared a bit stiff, even rotating his shoulders a bit – not just his head — as he turned to one direction or another.
“There’s still some pain I have to work out,” Davis said. “It’ll get better with time I think.”
Davis took a knee to the back of the neck while being tackled on a kickoff return with 3½ minutes left in the 36-34 loss to UCLA. He remained on the ground for at least 10 minutes, but said he knew sooner than that he was in no grave danger.
“Yeah, I was in shock for a while,” he explained. “I didn’t pass out or anything. It was pretty scary. After I started moving, I was really calm after that.”
By that time, with the crowd chanting “Tre-vor Dav-is,” he knew he’d better give them a quick diagnosis. He raised one arm and flashed a thumbs-up sign.
His dad was among those in the stadium, while his mother was watching on TV from home.
“I wanted everybody to know I’m OK, I could still move,” said Davis, who grew up in Martinez. “Family, too, they’re probably worrying. They probably want to see that, to know that I’m OK and my mom would stop freaking out.”
Davis was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be checked out, then was sent home around midnight. Coach Sonny Dykes said doctors confirmed Davis did not suffer an injury to his head, just a jammed neck.
By Sunday afternoon he was back at Memorial Stadium, greeting his teammates to make sure they knew he was OK.
Since then he’s received countless text messages, tweets and support from people he knows and those he’s never met.
“All the care from the Cal family . . . that’s crazy,” he said.
It won’t be surprising if Davis gets a few more cheers Friday night. Although it’s unclear when he will resume playing, Davis will be on the sideline at Levi’s Stadium for the Bears’ game against No. 6 Oregon.
He said he intends to try to help as a coach or a cheerleader. “At least as much as Coach will let me.”
The old Cal basketball coach has met the new Cal coach and he likes what he sees.
Both Mike Montgomery and Cuonzo Martin were at Pac-12 basketball media day on Thursday, and Cal senior forward Kravish was a bit amused by the new assignment his former coach has taken on as a TV analyst for the Pac-12 Networks.
“It’s interesting to see him with a little media tag on,” Kravish said. “He would always answer your guys’ questions a little sarcastically and now he’s on the questions end.”
Montgomery, who worked in TV before his six-year stint as coach at Cal, said he always knew he’d try to land back in that role.
“I was on the beach in Mexico last week. I’ve never been on the beach in October before,” he said. “It’s a nice change, but a little bit of that goes a long ways.”
Montgomery met Martin for the first time on campus during the offseason and is impressed.
”He seems like a first-class guy. He’s quiet, doesn’t say very much. He watches before he speaks, which is a good thing,” Montgomery said. “But he has the players’ respect. He’s no-nonsense. That’s good – that’s what that group needs.”
Martin’s first Cal team features veterans in Kravish and junior guard Tyrone Wallace, along with a promising sophomore class.
“He inherited a very good group. He’s got a very good locker room, great leadership,” Montgomery said. “They’ve been getting up at 6 to practice and I was, `Yup, they’ll do it.’ In years past we’d have had a little trouble getting everybody up at 6.”
The Bears have minimal frontline depth, but Montgomery believes that can be overcome. “If they stay healthy,” he said, “I think they can compete.”
Cal vs. Oregon
KICKOFF: Friday, 7 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
TV/RADIO: FoxSports1; 810-AM.
RECORDS: Cal 4-3, 2-3 in Pac-12; Oregon 6-1, 3-1.
SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads 39-35-2. Oregon has won five straight, including 55-16 in 2013.
STORYLINES: Cal faces its biggest challenge of the season to date in the first college game ever played at the 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium. No. 6 Oregon has won by a combined margin of 87-50 the past two weeks against UCLA and Washington teams that beat Cal. . . . The Bears’ pass defense, which has allowed more yards per game (391.7) than any team in the country, will be severely tested by Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota, who needs just 45 passing yards to become the Ducks’ all-time yardage leader. Mariota has thrown a touchdown in 33 consecutive games. . . San Jose native Byron Marshall, who led the Ducks with 1,038 rushing yards last season, now is splitting time between running back and wide receiver. He has 249 rushing yards, leads the Ducks with 34 catches for 388 yards.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal: OG Chris Borrayo (head) will play; WR Chris Harper (back) is probable; S Avery Sebastian (quad), WR Trevor Davis (neck) and DE Brennan Scarlett (knee) are out. Oregon: RB Thomas Tyner (shoulder) is probable; WR Keanon Lowe (hamstring) is questionable; OT Tyler Johnstone (knee), WR Bralon Addison (knee) and OT Andre Yruretagoyena (knee) are out.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: While Mariota is the headliner, Oregon’s ground attack is a silent killer. The Ducks have led the Pac-12 in rushing offense eight straight seasons, and are on top this fall at 217.3 yards per game. Cal rates fourth in the conference defending the run, but will be challenged by the threesome of freshman Royce Freeman, Thomas Tyner and Marshall, who have combined to rush for 1,164 yards this season. The return of starting OT Jake Fisher from injury two weeks ago has helped spark the offense.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal outscored its first three opponents by a combined 56-0 in the first quarter, but has been shut out in the first quarter of its past three games and outscored 52-7 in the opening period the past four outings. . . . The Bears are averaging just 60.7 yards rushing the past three games. . . . Oregon is the first ranked opponent Cal has faced this season. . . . Oregon is the only team in the Pac-12 that has not thrown an interception this season. . . . Quick-strike Ducks lead the conference in scoring (43.6 ppg) despite being last in time of possession.
The setting will be merely a subplot when Cal faces No. 6 Oregon on Friday night in the first college football game at Levi’s Stadium.
Quarterback Jared Goff said the Bears haven’t given much thought to playing in the 49ers’ fancy, new digs. But he acknowledged, “When we walk on the field it’ll be, ‘Wow, this is pretty sweet.’ ”
A year ago at Eugene, Oregon, the environment wreaked as much havoc as the Ducks. Relentless sheets of rain and swirling winds contributed to Cal losing four fumbles in the opening nine minutes on the way to a 55-16 loss.
Even the home team was astonished.
“As a native Oregonian, growing up in an area where storms are frequent, that was unbelievable,” Ducks coach Mark Helfrich recalled. “I’ve never seen that before or since.”
Neither had Goff, who arrived at Autzen Stadium as the nation’s passing leader, averaging 435 yards through his first three collegiate starts as a freshman. He lasted only 14 snaps before being pulled.
“I couldn’t control the weather and I couldn’t control the way the ball was coming out of my hands,” said Goff, who lost two fumbles in the splashy conditions.
“That game was rough. It wasn’t a good one for me or anyone else, really. It’s in the past. I’ve got a chance to prove myself again against them.”
Cal coach Sonny Dykes said there’s little connection between last year’s game and what might happen Friday night.
“Obviously, last year was a disaster,” he said. “We anticipate playing better.”
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Arizona was a near-unanimous pick to win the Pac-12 men’s basketball championship, according to a poll of 32 media members who cover the conference.
Cal was voted seventh.
The Wildcats, picked for the third straight year to win the league, collected 31 of 32 first-place votes to easily outdistance Utah and Colorado in the Pac-12 poll, announced Thursday at media day.
Arizona accumulated 383 total points, with Utah second at 317 and Colorado one point back in third. UCLA, which secured the only other first-place vote, was fourth with 290 points.
Stanford, coming off a Sweet 16 appearance, was picked fifth with 264 points and Cal, under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin, is tabbed to finish seventh. Washington was picked sixth with 189 points, one more than Cal totaled.
Finishing eighth through 12th are Oregon, Arizona State, USC, Washington State and Oregon State.
The media have correctly picked the conference winner 13 times over the past 22 seasons.