2004 California Golden Bears Football Team
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2004 California Golden Bears Football Team
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 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]

The Golden Bears were ranked No. 4 at the end of the regular season, its only loss having been 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).

After the season, Rodgers decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2005 NFL Draft. He was drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers.[6]

Schedule

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 summaries

Stanford

1 234Total
Stanford 3 030 6
California 10 01021 41

Roster

See also

References

  1. ^ "2004 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 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 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 2012.
  4. ^ CN&R Staff. "Who to watch in 2005". News Review. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "2004 California Golden Bears Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "NFL 2005 draft results (Round One)". National Football League (NFL). Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com

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