MISC NOTES: Bowl eligible
BF.C Associate Editor
Posted Nov 8, 2009

OREGON STATE HAS now won nine of the last 11 against Cal and five straight in Memorial Stadium. With the victory the Beavs now sit at 6-3 and are eligible for a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season - a school record. More special teams, series and miscellaneous notes inside.

Pregame notes:

  •  Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • Captains for OSU were Sean Canfield, Keaton Kristick, Stephen Paea and Suaesi Tuimauei.

  • Oregon State wore its all white uniforms while Cal sported  yellow tops with white bottoms.

  • The announced attendance was 56, 496.

  • Weather: 58 degrees, Wind: swirling, clear

  • The game took three hours and 16 minutes to play.


Series notes:

  • Cal still leads the series 33-29 including 19-15 in Memorial Stadium.

  • The Beavers have won five in a row in Berkeley.  The longest winning streak against the Bears by a Pac-10 team.  The last time Cal won at home versus OSU was in 1997.

  • OSU has won three straight against the Bears and nine of the last 11.


Special teams notes:

  • K Justin Kahut made one of two field goal attempts, making his kick from 24 yards out, but pushing his 50-yard boot to the left. 

    He made all four extra points.

  • P Johnny Hekker booted the pigskin four times for a 40.2 average.  Two of his kicks landed inside the twenty.

    Hekker has averaged over 40 yards a punt in every game this year except against Arizona.

  • Cal chose to kick away from James Rodgers on punts and kickoffs as he returned just one punt for nine yards.

  • The usually reliable PR Taylor Kavanaugh fumbled one punt, but fortunately recovered his own miscue.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • The Beavers are now 6-3 overall on the season and are bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season, a school record.

    "Now we're just going to keep going and try to get better and play our best game next week, that's a beautiful way to live," coach Mike Riley said.  "I'm really proud of our team because they focused and played hard in every game.

    "I think we have gotten better in a lot of ways and I think if we can keep doing that, who knows what can happen."

  • The average starting position for OSU - its own 35.  For Cal, its own 22. 

  • Cal converted just 1 of 6 third downs in the second half.

  • In Cal's last 39 home games, the Bears are 0-7 against Southern California and Oregon State and 32-0 against all other opponents.

  • The Beavs have won seven of its last 13 games against nationally ranked opponents, including four on the road – at No. 24 Hawai’i in 2006 (35-32), at No. 2 Cal in 2007 (31-28), at No. 18 Oregon in ’07 (38-31, OT) and at No. 23 Cal in '09 (31-14).

  • Oregon State has outscored its opponents 266-85 in the 1st quarter over the last 49 games, 231-61 in the last 24. The Beavers have allowed just 17 points (USC-7, ARIZ-7, ASU-3) in the last 10 first quarters combined, dating back to last year.

  • The Beavers have won four of their last five games.

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