Gameday: Cal vs. Arizona
RB Shane Vereen to start in place of Jahvid Best.
RB Shane Vereen to start in place of Jahvid Best.
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Posted Nov 13, 2009


California has lost two of its last three home games, and it doesn't get any easier with No. 17 Arizona coming to Berkeley this Saturday for the final home game of 2009...

California (6-3, 3-3 Pac-10) vs. Arizona (6-2, 4-1 Pac-10)

Saturday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. (PT)
Berkeley, Calif. - Memorial Stadium

TV: Versus - Ted Robinson (Play-By-Play), Glenn Parker (Analyst), Lewis Johnson (Sideline)
Radio: *Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline). *Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott. ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), XSURF 540 AM (San Diego), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Dan Fiedler, Danny Friesinger, Richard Parks. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 217 (Sirius) and 195 (XM).
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.

Cal-Arizona Series Notes

The all-time series between Cal and Arizona is tied, 13-13-2. Cal has won four of the last six overall, including three straight in Memorial Stadium. Both teams have won each of their last two contests against the other on their home fields, most recently with Arizona's 42-27 victory in Tucson last season. Cal was a 45-27 winner the last time the teams played in Berkeley in 2007. Saturday's game marks the first time the Bears will play a ranked Arizona team since 1998. For more information on the Cal-Arizona series, see page 30.

Series Facts
Games Played: 28
Series Record: series tied, 13-13-2
First Meeting: 10/14/78, 33-20 Cal
Last Meeting: 10/18/08, 42-27 Arizona
Current Streak: Arizona win two
Tedford vs. Arizona: 4-3

Cal had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 31-14 home loss to Oregon State in its most recent contest. The Golden Bears also have lost standout running back Jahvid Best for at least the Arizona game with an injury sustained on a scary fall in the second quarter against the Beavers on Nov. 7.

Trailing 14-0, the Bears drove 15 plays and 81 yards over 7:33 in an impressive drive that was capped off by Best's 7-yard TD run. But when Best leaped in for his 16th touchdown of the season, he was hit and landed hard in the end zone. Best, briefly knocked unconscious, was attended to by medical personal on the field before being transported to Highland General Hospital in Oakland. He remained at the hospital overnight for observation and tests before being released on Sunday. CT scans and x-rays came back normal.

Arizona has been one of the nation's hottest teams of late and currently sits in second place in the Pac-10 only one-half game behind league leader Oregon.

The Wildcats are coming off a three-game home sweep of Stanford, UCLA and Washington State, and have won four of their last five. Arizona opened its Pac-10 action with an impressive 37-32 road win at Oregon State.

The Wildcats' only two losses of the season have come at Iowa (ranked No. 4 and undefeated until losing to Northwestern last Saturday) and Washington. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in total offense (448.6 ypg) and rank second in total defense (298.6 ypg).

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