Both teams come off big wins as Pac-10 rolls on
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California might be enjoying on some big-time momentum, but the Golden Bears have to make sure they don't get complacent against Oregon State.
The Beavers (4-1, 1-0 Pacific-10) visit California (3-3, 1-0) Saturday at Memorial Stadium, with Cal coming off one of the biggest upsets in school history -- a 34-31 win over then-No. 3 Southern California.
The Golden Bears beat the Trojans on Tyler Fredrickson's 38-yard field goal in the third overtime. They had not defeated a top-5 opponent since 1975, when Cal beat the then-No. 4 Trojans 28-14.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford has worked this week to make sure his team is not too pumped up from the win to focus on the Beavers. He ran them especially hard on Monday.
"I am doing my best every day so that they know that game is over," he said.
The Golden Bears' offense -- as Southern California found out -- presents some challenges to Oregon State's defense, which leads the Pac-10 by allowing an average of just 16 points a game.
Cal uses a two-quarterback system in Aaron Rodgers and Reggie Robertson, who rank first and second in the Pac-10 in completion percentage and passing efficiency.
On the ground, tailback Adimchinobe Echemandu rushed for 147 yards in the Southern California game, becoming the first to rush for more than 100 yards against the Trojans in 17 games.
Wide receiver Geoff McArthur has 40 catches for 682 yards this season.
"They do a nice job of formationing you and giving you runs and passes and screen passes off of it. Those are all the things that you've pretty much got to be ready for everything, and that's one of the keys to being good offensively, is having that balance," Beavers coach Mike Riley said.
Oregon State, meanwhile, will need greater road production out of Derek Anderson, who is making just 38 percent of his passes away from Reser Stadium. He has thrown 13 interceptions in his last three road games.
Riley said it comes down to the whole team's performance on the road, not just Anderson's.
"I think it's all just a matter of preparation. He's had some success, which he should be able to build on. Then it's just being able to do it in another arena," Riley said. "We're going to practice right here and get ready to go, so we've just all got to be able to perform when we get down there."
Oregon State, coming off a 45-17 victory over Arizona State, will no doubt lean on Steven Jackson, who averages 130 yards a game to lead the Pac-10. Jackson's 650 yards on the ground this season are more than the total rushing yards for six conference teams.
"He cannot be tackled by one guy. You must gang tackle him, because he is so strong and physical," Tedford said. "He catches the ball well out of the backfield, too. Simply put, he is a big-time back."
The Beavers have also seen the sudden emergence of freshman cornerback Brandon Browner, who had three interceptions and four tackles, three solo, in Oregon State's win over Arizona State. Overall, the Beavers' defense forced six Sun Devil turnovers.
Cal and Oregon State have met 55 times since 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 31-24. Oregon State has won the last four straight games, while California won the previous six straight.
Last year the Beavers beat Cal 24-13 at Reser Stadium. Jackson had 35 carries for 239 yards and three touchdowns.
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