|2004 California Golden Bears football|
|2004 record||10-2 (7-1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Jeff Tedford (3rd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||George Cortez (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bob Gregory (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||California Memorial Stadium|
|2004 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 1 USC + $||8||–||0||13||–||0|
|No. 9 California||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|No. 19 Arizona State||5||–||3||9||–||3|
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.
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. After a timeout and Rodgers' incomplete pass on third down, USC stopped Cal's run play to win the game. Rodgers commented that it was "frustrating that we couldn't get the job done."
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.
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. 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).
|September 4||9:00 a.m.||at Air Force*||No. 12||ESPN2||W 56-14||50,075|
|September 11||3:30 p.m.||New Mexico State*||No. 12||KRON||W 41-14||58,949|
|October 2||1:00 p.m.||at Oregon State||No. 10||FSN||W 49-7||36,003|
|October 9||12:30 p.m.||at No. 1 USC||No. 7||ABC||L 17-23||90,008|
|October 16||4:00 p.m.||UCLA||No. 8||TBS||W 45-28||69,898|
|October 23||4:00 p.m.||at Arizona||No. 7||W 38-0||52,049|
|October 30||7:00 p.m.||No. 20 Arizona State||No. 7||TBS||W 27-0||52,652|
|November 6||12:30 p.m.||Oregon||No. 4||ABC||W 28-27||65,615|
|November 13||12:30 p.m.||at Washington||No. 5||W 42-12||63,451|
|November 20||12:30 p.m.||Stanford||No. 4||FSN||W 41-6||72,981|
|December 4||4:30 p.m.||at Southern Mississippi*||No. 4||ESPN||W 26-16||27,480|
|December 30||5:00 p.m.||vs. No. 20 Texas Tech*||No. 4||ESPN||L 31-45||63,711|