The 1996 game against Tennessee set an attendance record with a crowd of 106,297 at Neyland Stadium. [28] In the fourth quarter, Ducks cornerback Jairus Bryd fumbled a punt which was recovered by the Bears, allowing Vereen to score on a 2-yard run to put the game away.

2008 Pacific-10 Conference football standings, 2008 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team, 2008 Washington State Cougars football team, 2008 California Golden Bears football team, 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, 2008 Arizona State Sun Devils football team, "UCLA 27, NO. Both teams then traded field goals into the fourth quarter. UCLA coach Neuheisel had been fired in the summer of 2003 from the University of Washington in relation to his participation in a neighborhood pool for the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and lies he told about his actions. Ringer, who completed 1,447 yards rushing during the 2007 season, was held to 81 yards, which included 2 touchdowns. Jahvid Best was able to break free for a 50-yard run from the Cal 20-yard line, but fumbled the ball in Ducks territory. 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. They successfully recovered an onside kick to score again on a 10-yard run by Gerhart. Another Bruins' fumble gave Hall his 5th pass touchdown. Both Stevens and Cook are former quarterbacks for UCLA. [33] Jahvid Best took the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to help set up a 5-yard pass from starter Kevin Riley. Citation error. [19] Cal's Rulon Davis left after half-time with an undisclosed foot injury. See our list of forfeits and vacated games for more details. X-rays showed that there were no fractures and an MRI revealed no ligament damage. On October 27, 2008, the University of Washington announced that he will not be retained as head coach after the completion of Washington's 2008 football season. [37] Cal started a drive late in the first quarter that was halted early in the second when Bo McNally intercepted Kevin Riley on the Stanford 24-yard line. Other available quarterbacks were Chris Forcier (#8), Osaar Rasshan (#11), and Nick Crissman (#18). The Cardinal had won the Axe back the previous year, snapping a five-game losing streak, and came in looking to get their sixth win to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2001. [25] Longshore threw for 218 yards, including two touchdowns and one pick, while Riley threw for 97 yards and one interception. The Bears had last played the Spartans in Michigan in 2002, defeating them 46–22 in Tedford's first year as head coach. 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. Kevin Riley stepped in for Longshore during the fourth quarter but was unable to lead the Bears to a comeback, and both teams failed to score. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? [13] The win enabled the Bears to get back into the AP Top 25 at #23. However Cal linebacker Zack Follett was able to sack Huskies quarterback Taylor Bean and force a fumble, which the Bears recovered, setting up a field goal from 23 yards.

Riley threw for 117 yards, was sacked five times, and was picked off once. Pritchard was intercepted on Stanford's next possession on the Cal 27-yard line and then again in the final minutes of the quarter to seal the victory for Cal, with the crowd rushing the field in celebration. Kahlil Bell scored with 27 seconds left in the third quarter to close the gap at 21–14. Ludwig had previously worked alongside Cal head coach Jeff Tedford at Oregon and Fresno State, becoming the fifth offensive coordinator at Cal in five years.[45]. Cal's offseason also was noted by the Kevin Hart controversy, where the small town offensive linemen would claim he had been recruited by the Golden Bears, although the athletic department claimed never to be involved with him. Marcus Ezeff then intercepted a pass by Bruins quarterback Kevin Craft which he was able to return for a 69-yard touchdown. 2008 UCLA Statistics. Former BYU quarterback Ben Olson did not play due to injuries. [35] Riley was then intercepted by Keenan Lewis for a 25-yard touchdown to seal the victory for the Beavers. Although the Bears still controlled their destiny in the Pac-10 after two more home wins against UCLA and Oregon, two close losses to Pac-10 champion contenders USC and Oregon State on the road put an end to those hopes. The only touchdown for UCLA came from Korey Bosworth, who recovered a Wildcat fumble and rolled one yard into the end zone for the score. In addition to the games on TV, the football games were broadcast on the UCLA ISP Sports Network (AM570 Sports, in Los Angeles), with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook. [16], 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. Cal hosted Stanford for the 111th Big Game. The Bears fumbled again on a rushing attempt by Shane Vereen but the Ducks were stopped cold on a fourth down conversion attempt in Cal territory. [34] The Beavers immediately responded when James Rodgers returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, the first kickoff return for a score in the Pac-10. The Bears ended the regular season with 23 interceptions, the most since 1953. The Bruins also ranked second in tackles for loss per game (8.7), third in thirddown conversion defense (29.1%), tied for 15th in sacks per game (3.0) and tied for 17th in fumbles caused (14). This set up the Sun Devils' final score of the game on an 8-yard run by Keegan Herring. He did not return to the game and Nate Longshore stepped into the game.

A Derrick Coleman fumble in the redzone in the fourth quarter took away the Bruins' hope of keeping the Bulldogs from winning a game in the Rose Bowl stadium. [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. 2008 Pacific-10 Conference football standings, 2008 Michigan State Spartans football team, 2008 Washington State Cougars football team, 2008 Arizona State Sun Devils football team, Riley wins Cal's starting quarterback job, Nevada high school football recruit made up story, "Cal gets big late TD run, beats Michigan St. 38–31", "Maryland provides wake-up call to No. Jeff Miller caught a touchdown pass for the Bruins and Blount had a touchdown for the Ducks.

Under the direction of quarterback Kevin Craft, the Bruins drove 80 yards in 12 plays.

The game was originally scheduled for September 6. [40] Vereen was then able to score on a two-yard run. But Kai Forbath kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Bruins a 27–24 lead in overtime. Kai Forbath kicked three field goals, including a 53-yarder, for all of the Bruins' points. The Bruins again fumbled and Hall had his 4th touchdown pass to Michael Reed. The Bruins took their only lead of the game at the beginning of the second quarter by managing to block a punt attempt by Bryan Anger and recovering the ball in the end zone to go up 7–3. In the early third quarter, Derrick Coleman scored a touchdown for UCLA, but the Ducks answered with a LeGarrette Blout touchdown within 90 seconds. On the opposite side, Miami started freshman backup quarterback Jacory Harris after starter Robert Marve was suspended for academic reasons.[42]. USC led the series, 42–28–7, but UCLA had an 8-5 record over the Trojans in the Rose Bowl. 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. [9] Willingham became the third Washington coach to be fired (out of the last four) since Hall of Fame coach Don James resigned in 1993 because of pending NCAA and Pac-10 sanctions against his team[10] where his players were determined to have "accepted substantial and illegal benefits under James, likely with his knowledge".[11].

Cal took advantage of the free kick to advance down the field, during which Riley sustained a concussion when he failed to slide while attempting to gain a first down and was sandwiched between three defenders. Longshore got the start over Riley for his final collegiate game. 23 Oregon", "Riley to start at QB for Cal against Oregon State", "Stanford falls short of bowl berth once again", "Best burns Stanford for 3 TDs in Cal's 37–16 win", "Washington finishes 0–12 season with loss to Cal", "Miami snapper is 5th Hurricane suspended for bowl", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2008_California_Golden_Bears_football_team&oldid=945290995, 2008 Pacific-10 Conference football season, Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from September 2019, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox college sports team season with no sport parameter, Pages using CFB schedule with named parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 March 2020, at 01:00.

Running back Derrick Coleman rushed for a touchdown in the first half. UCLA finally scored on a run by Bell, taking the 24–7 lead.[14]. [8], Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham already had been fired from his position. [1] The Bruins played six of the Top 25 teams in the 2007 final Associated Press rankings. [15][16] Both schools wore their home colorful uniforms, the first time since 1982.

However Cal's special teams struck again as Syd'Quan Thompson ran a punt return for a touchdown. Cal scored again on a field goal by freshman kicker David Seawright in the second quarter. UCLA ranked 14th in rushing defense (109.2 yds/game) and 29th in total defense (343.23) in 2007. [39], The Bears faced the Miami Hurricanes on December 27 in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California (just across the bay from Berkeley), marking the first appearance by either team in this bowl series. Before the season, this game garnered interest in seeing how coach Rick Neuheisel would perform in his battle to gain supremacy in Los Angeles.

Oregon capitalized on an interception at midfield on Cal's first possession with a 17-yard run by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli with the PAT missing. Do you have a blog? Defensive Coordinator Walker's defensive unit ranked best in each of his first two seasons. [36] Pritchard outpassed Riley, throwing for 306 yards and a touchdown, while Gerhart ran for 103. Kevin Riley started for the Bears, his first since nearly a month before against Colorado State on September 27.

[12] 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. Verran Tucker was the Bears' leading receiver with 83 yards. In the third quarter, Best rushed for his final touchdown of the game on an 84-yard run. Both teams were scoreless until a blocked Spartans punt resulted in a Bears touchdown in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, Cal's offense finally clicked when Longshore hit Jeremy Ross for an 11-yard touchdown and Cameron Morrah for another 16-yard touchdown. [13] 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. 59, U.C.L.A. The 2008 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. [43] He was invited to the NFL Combine alongside Rulon Davis, Anthony Felder, Zack Follett, Alex Mack, and Worrell Williams. Both Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley appeared to be at a standstill through fall practice. Riley was sacked three times.

The Bears won two straight home games against Colorado State and Arizona State but fell in the desert to Arizona. [2] However, Tedford indicated that the quarterback competition was not over, and that Longshore would also see action against Michigan State (he would appear in the second quarter). Michael Mohamed then intercepted a Craft pass for a 19-yard score. Verner majors in mathematics and Perez is a sociology major.