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October 23, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday's 34-10 victory was California's first meeting against Utah since the Utes defeated the Bears, 37-27, in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl. This was also the first-ever Pac-12 conference meeting between the two schools, and marks the Bears' first conference win in the new 12-team format. With the Bears' win, Cal now leads the all-time series, 5-3.
Sophomore wide receiver Keenan Allen finished the night with eight catches for 78 yards and one touchdown. Allen -- who entered the game leading the nation in receiving yards per game (138 ypg) -- has now scored in five of the last six games. Allen made Cal's single-season top-10 lists in two categories: receptions (60, 7th) and yards (906, 8th).
Allen also hauled in his 100th career catch with his second grab of the day. Earlier this season, Allen equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Bear to reach 1,000 career receiving yards when he accomplished the feat in his 16th career game at Cal, which Jackson also did in 2006.
Going into Saturday's game, Cal had recorded 37 plays this season of over 20 yards, with 28 passing and nine rushing. Against Utah, the Bears had three plays of 20-plus yards: 22-yard reception by senior Michael Calvin, a 30-yard reception by senior Marvin Jones and a 44-yard reception by senior tight end Anthony Miller.
Miller's 44-yard grab in the third quarter was the longest of the season for him and the second longest of his career. His longest was a 45-yard TD catch last season against Oregon State on a pass from Brock Mansion.
Jones is now Cal's active career leader in receptions (134), receiving yards (2,023) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 134 receptions are two shy of the career top-10 at Cal, and the 2,023 receiving yards are just 24 yards short. He also extended his run of 32 consecutive games (every contest the last three years) with at least one reception, while Allen's streak covers each of the 18 games he has played in over the past two seasons.
Junior quarterback Zach Maynard completed 19-of-29 passes for 255 yards and one passing touchdown. In each of his seven starts as a Bear, Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards, completed 15 passes and tallied a touchdown either passing or rushing. Maynard also scored his second career rushing touchdown in as many games on Saturday.
Senior placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio hit two of three field goal tries (35 and 27 yards), and has now been good on 11 of 13 this season. He made Cal's all-time top-10 list in scoring with 214 points, ranking him ninth.
Senior punter Bryan Anger booted a season-high 62-yard punt on Saturday. His previous season best was a 61-yarder last week against USC. He has now kicked nine punts 50 or more yards this year.
Redshirt freshman outside linebacker David Wilkerson -- who had been hobbled by ankle trouble for the first six games -- notched his second career sack late in the fourth quarter. The forced fumble by defensive tackle Aaron Tipoti was the first of the season for him, second of his career. That fumble was recovered by D.J. Campbell, his first fumble recovery of the season, third of his career. True freshman cornerback Stefan McClure garnered his first career interception in the third quarter.
Late in the first half, senior Pac-12 tackles leader Mychal Kendricks intercepted his first pass of the season -- the third of his career -- and returned it 32 yards, the longest interception return of the season for Cal.
At the outset of the fourth quarter, defensive back Josh Hill returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown, his first pick of the season, third of his career, and also his first career touchdown. They were the longest interceptions returned for a touchdown since Mike Mohamed returned a pick 41 yards for a score against Colorado on Sept. 11, 2010.
The Bears defense held the Utes to negative rushing yards in the first half (-6 yards). Utah finished the game with 13 yards rushing. The last time Cal allowed fewer than 25 yards rushing was against Presbyterian (20). Overall in the first half, Cal held the Utes to 35 yards of total offense, never allowing them to cross midfield, and Utah was also held to two first downs. It was the second time this season that Cal has held an opponent to less than 50 yards in the first half (Presbyterian -- 8 yards). It was the first time a Cal opponent was held scoreless in the first half since last year's season finale against Washington (3-0).
The Bears scored 17 points off of their four turnovers.
The last time that Utah lost four straight conference games was in 2002, when the Utes fell in four straight in Mountain West play.
Utah tailback John White scored his team-best eighth TD of the season in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard rush. White led the Utes in rushing with 39 yards on 15 carries.
Utah quarterback Jon Hays went 11-for-22 for 148 yards, with three picks, falling to 1-2 as the Utes starting QB.
Griff Robles made his second appearance at QB this season, going 0-for-1 passing.
Kenneth Scott led Utes receivers with 39 yards on two catches.
Dexter Ransom made a career-long 35-yard reception for Utah.
Utes kicker Coleman Petersen made a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to get the Utes on the board. Petersen has now made seven straight field goal tries, including four against Pitt last week.
Mo Lee tied for the Utah team lead with Chaz Walker with eight tackles, a career-high.
Trevor Reilly added to his team-high sack numbers with two first-half sacks on Maynard. he now has six sacks this year. He also had a career-high seven tackles.
Sean Sellwood completed his first career pass on a fake punt for a first down. Defensive lineman Star Lotulelei was on the receiving end for his first career reception.
Sellwood -- who averaged 45.5 yards per punt on six punts on Saturday, put two inside the 20-yard line with a long of 55 yards.
Wide receiver and kick returner Reggie Dunn had a career-high 159 yards on six kick returns, wih a season-long 45-yard take back late in the game.
Griff McNabb -- who came into the game averaging 2.0 yards per punt return -- returned three punts for 18 yards.