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2004 California Golden Bears football team

The 2004 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach Jeff Tedford, the Golden Bears compiled a 10–2 record (7–1 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in second place in the Pac-10, and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 441 to 192.[1][2]

2004 California Golden Bears football
Holiday Bowl, L 31–45 vs. Texas Tech
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
2004 record10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachJeff Tedford (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorGeorge Cortez (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Gregory (3rd season)
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 67,537)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 USC † $   8 0         13 0  
No. 9 California   7 1         10 2  
No. 19 Arizona State   5 3         9 3  
Oregon State   5 3         7 5  
UCLA   4 4         6 6  
Oregon   4 4         5 6  
Washington State   3 5         5 6  
Stanford   2 6         4 7  
Arizona   2 6         3 8  
Washington   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • † – USC later vacated 2 wins (1 in conference), as well as the BCS and Pac-10 Championships, due to NCAA sanctions.
Rankings from AP Poll

The Golden Bears were ranked No. 4 at the end of the regular season, its only loss having been No. 1 USC by a 23–17 score. In that game, quarterback Aaron Rodgers set a school record for consecutive completed passes with 26 and tied an NCAA record with 23 consecutive passes completed in one game. He set a Cal single-game record for passing completion percentage of 85.3. Rodgers' performance set up the Golden Bears at first and goal with 1:47 remaining and a chance for the game-winning touchdown. On the first play of USC's goal-line stand, Rodgers threw an incomplete pass. This was followed by a second-down sack by Manuel Wright.[3] After a timeout and Rodgers' incomplete pass on third down, USC stopped Cal's run play to win the game.[3] Rodgers commented that it was "frustrating that we couldn't get the job done."[3]

After Texas was picked over Cal for a Rose Bowl berth, the fourth-ranked Bears were awarded a spot in the Holiday Bowl, which they lost to Texas Tech, 45–31. After the season, Rodgers decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2005 NFL Draft.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Aaron Rodgers with 2,566 passing yards, J. J. Arrington with 2,018 rushing yards, and Geoff McArthur with 862 receiving yards.[5] Three California players received first-team honors on the 2004 College Football All-America Team: running back J. J. Arrington (AP, FWAA, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS); offensive lineman Marvin Phillip (SI); and defensive lineman Ryan Riddle (TSN, SI). Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 49:00 a.m.at Air Force*No. 12ESPN2W 56–1450,075
September 113:30 p.m.New Mexico State*No. 12KRONW 41–1458,949
October 21:00 p.m.at Oregon StateNo. 10FSNW 49–736,003
October 912:30 p.m.at No. 1 USCNo. 7ABCL 17–2390,008
October 164:00 p.m.UCLANo. 8
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA (rivalry)
TBSW 45–2869,898
October 234:00 p.m.at ArizonaNo. 7W 38–052,049
October 307:00 p.m.No. 20 Arizona StateNo. 7
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
TBSW 27–052,652
November 612:30 p.m.OregonNo. 4
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
ABCW 28–2765,615
November 1312:30 p.m.at WashingtonNo. 5W 42–1263,451
November 2012:30 p.m.StanfordNo. 4
FSNW 41–672,981
December 44:30 p.m.at Southern Mississippi*No. 4ESPNW 26–1627,480
December 305:00 p.m.vs. No. 20 Texas Tech*No. 4ESPNL 31–4563,711
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

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Game summariesEdit

StanfordEdit

1 234Total
Stanford 3 030 6
California 10 01021 41

RosterEdit

2004 California Golden Bears football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Noah Smith   Fr
RB 2 Marcus O'Keith   So
QB 3 Steve Levy   So
WR 4 David Gray   So
QB 8 Aaron Rodgers Jr
RB 24 Marshawn Lynch Fr
RB 30 J. J. Arrington Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Worrell Williams Fr
DB 2 Bernard Hicks Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 5 Anthony Binswanger   Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • George Cortez (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
  • Bob Gregory (Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers)
  • Pete Alamar (Special Teams/Tight Ends)
  • Ken Delgado (Defensive Line)
  • Ron Gould (Running Backs)
  • Eric Kiesau (Wide Receivers)
  • Jim Michalczik (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line)
  • Justin Wilcox (Linebackers)
  • J. D. Williams (Secondary)
  • Mike McHugh (Director of Football Operations)
  • Bert Watts (Graduate Assistant - Defense)
  • Kevin Daft (Graduate Assistant - Offense)
  • Jim Sterbick (Offensive Assistant)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: January 18, 2017

See alsoEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2004 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "California 2015 Football Information Guide" (PDF). CalBears.com. Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 166. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Trojans' defense stymies Cal QB at first-and-goal". ESPN. October 9, 2004. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  4. ^ CN&R Staff. "Who to watch in 2005". News Review. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "2004 California Golden Bears Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  6. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com