Sunday, December 10, 2023

Cal Hosts No 15 Oregon State For Homecoming

BERKELEY The California football team concludes its two-game homestand with a 7 pm PT Homecoming matchup on Saturday, October 7 against No. 15 Oregon State from California Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) and Beavers (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) will meet for the 76th time in history.

California Memorial Stadium
Time: 7 pm PT
Television (Pac-12 Network): JB Long (play-by-play), Max Browne (analyst)
Cal Bears Sports Network Powered by Northern California Auto Dealers: 810 AM
Justin Allegri (play-by-play), Mike Pawlawski (analyst), Kevin Danna (sideline reporter);
SiriusXM Ch. 158 or 197 SXM App 959, The Varsity App

– Saturday will be the 76th all-time meeting between California and Oregon State
– The Bears lead the series 39-36
– The two teams have split the last six meetings, but Cal has won three of the last four in Berkeley, including a 39-25 victory in 2021

– Bears average 212.6 yards per game rushing, Cal’s most since 2005 team averaged 235.3 ypg
– Cal outgained its opponents 1063-492 (212.6 ypg to 98.4 ypg), which is third best in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally
– The Bears rank second in the conference and 12th in the nation in rushing offense (212.6 ypg)
– Three Bears averaged at least 45 yards per game rushing through the first five weeks of the season, led by Jayden Ott (117.7), Isaiah Ifanse (52.4) and Ashton Stredick (45.5)
– Cal’s three players averaging 45+ yards per game rushing are tied for second in the nation behind three teams with four players averaging 45 yards or more per game ( Air Force, Nebraska, UCLA)
– Ott (473), Ifanse (262) and Stredick (182) have combined for 916 yards through five games. The last time Cal had three rushers with 500+ yards in a season was 2015 (Khalfani Muhammad, Tre Watson and Vic Enwere)
– Ott made his presence known among Cal’s greats through his first 16 games as a Golden Bear. His 1,368 rush yards in 16 games are the most at Cal since 1996 (Joe Igbor, 1,138; JJ Arrington, 1,073; Marshawn Lynch, 1,063). Ott ranks sixth nationally among active FBS running backs in rushing yards through 16 career games
– The sophomore leads the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game and ranks sixth in the NCAA (118.2). His 473 rushing yards are second in the conference and 19th nationally, while he is also second in the Pac-12 and 24th in the NCAA with five rushing touchdowns.
– Ifanse surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards (4,004) in last Saturday’s win over Arizona State (3742 at Montana State, 262 at Cal)

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– Cal leads the Pac-12 and is second in the NCAA with 13 turnovers, one behind Western Kentucky (14)
– The Bears lead the conference and are tied for fourth in the nation in fumbles recovered (6), while sitting tied for third in the conference and tied for 11th in the NCAA with seven interceptions
– The defense gets the ball while the offense protects it as Cal sits second in the Pac-12 and 12th nationally in turnover margin (1.00)
– Cal leads the Pac-12 and ranks 25th in the nation in fourth-lowest conversion percentage defense (.357)
– The Bears have two of the top three tacklers in the Pac-12 at linebackers Kaleb Elarms-Orr (9.4 tpg, 2nd) and Jackson Sirmon (8.4 tpg, 3rd)
Nohl Williams tied for second in conference and 22nd in nation in total interceptions (2)
Myles Jernigan second in the Pac-12 and tied for 16th in the NCAA with two forced fumbles

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