Sun Dec 04 09:05pm EST
Cal Press Release, complete with quotes based off of questions submitted by BearTerritory.net and other local media:
(BERKELEY) — Cal (7-5) has accepted a bid to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl against Texas (7-5) of the Big 12 Conference at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The game will be televised live nationally by ESPN and kick off at 5 p.m. PT.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to play in the Holiday Bowl," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, who is 79-47 (.627) in his 10th season at Cal. "They do a great job of putting on a first-class event both for our players and fans. We look forward to playing a university with a great tradition such as Texas."
"The future of the Cal football program is bright and stable under the leadership of Jeff Tedford," Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said. "I have confidence that coach Tedford and his staff have our program headed in the right direction. The way we finished the regular season to improve our bowl prospects and earn a Holiday Bowl selection reflects that."
Cal won three of its final four games, including a 47-38 victory over Arizona State in the regular-season finale to post a 7-5 overall mark and a 4-5 record in Pac-12 action. Texas is also 7-5 overall and finished 4-5 in Big 12 contests.
The Golden Bears have been bowl eligible nine of the last 10 seasons and been selected for a bowl in eight of the past nine campaigns. Cal owns a 5-2 postseason record in seven previous bowl appearances under Tedford, including a school-record string of four consecutive bowl victories from 2005-08. One of those wins came the last time the Bears played in the Holiday Bowl in 2006 when Cal defeated Texas A&M, 45-10. Cal suffered a 45-31 loss to Texas Tech the only other time the Bears played in the Holiday Bowl in 2004.
"The University of California is thrilled to be participating in the Holiday Bowl once again," Barbour continued. "The bowl organizers do a fantastic job, and we have had a wonderful experience every time we have turned San Diego into Bear Territory."
Cal has an all-time bowl record of 10-9-1 dating back to its first game, a 28-0 victory over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1921. In addition to their two previous Holiday Bowl appearances, Cal also played in San Diego in its most recent bowl contest in 2009, falling 37-27 to Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Texas holds an all-time series lead of 4-0, and was ranked in the nation's top 10 in each previous meeting, including the last matchup in 1970 in Austin when the Longhorns prevailed, 56-15. UT also took the first matchup in 1959 in Austin, 33-0, while the other games were contested in Berkeley — 28-3 in 1961 and 17-0 in 1969.
Cal and Texas have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, with the Bears visiting Austin on Sept. 12, 2015, and UT making a return trip to Berkeley on Sept. 10, 2016.
This year, the Longhorns boast a strong defense that leads the Big 12 in total defense (315.33 ypg), rushing defense (103.67 ypg) and passing defense (211.67 ypg) while allowing 23.25 ppg. On offense, Texas averages 210.42 ypg on the ground and is scoring at a 28.67 ppg clip.
The 2011 Holiday Bowl will be the 34th annual occurrence of an event that began in 1978.
Holiday Bowl Ticket Information
The only way to reserve seats in the Cal rooting sections is to purchase tickets through the Cal Athletic Ticket Office. Cal's ticket allotment is located on the north side of Qualcomm Stadium, and prices are $60 in the Field, Plaza, Loge and View levels.
All donors at the $100 and above giving level (gifts received 7/1/10 — 6/30/11), as well as all 2011 Cal football season-ticket holders, receive priority for tickets through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and can log onto CalBears.com/bowl to request bowl game tickets.
Cal student season-ticket holders may buy tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, while the general student ticket on-sale begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 9 a.m. Monday (Dec. 12) through the tickets link at CalBears.com or at the Cal Athletics Ticket Office (800-GO BEARS, 2223 Fulton St.).
Holiday Bowl Travel Packages
Special fan travel packages to the Holiday Bowl are available through GET Travel Sports, the official fan travel partner of Cal Athletics. For more information, visit gettravel.com/cal or call 888-877-4445. The Cal Alumni Association will provide a list of Cal alumni activities in San Diego at alumni.berkeley.edu.
Head Coach Jeff Tedford Quotes
Below are comments from Cal head coach Jeff Tedford on Sunday regarding Cal's upcoming contest against Texas in the 2011 Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 28 (5 p.m. PT).
On his reaction about being selected for the Holiday Bowl and playing Texas
"We're very excited about the opportunity to play in the Holiday Bowl. They do a great job of putting on a first-class event both for our players and fans. We look forward to playing a university with a great tradition such as Texas."
On what he knows about Texas at this point in time
"Not much. I haven't had a chance to see much of them yet this year, but obviously we'll get to know them a lot in the upcoming weeks of film study. I know they're always very athletic, very physical and well-coached. I'm anxious to start watching the tape and learning about them."
On Texas head coach Mack Brown
"I've gotten to know Mack over the years. We've had chances to visit and hang out. I would call Mack a friend and somebody in the college profession whom I have visited with and spent time with."
On if he sees any similarities with Cal and Texas considering both schools were 5-7 in 2010
"I do. Uncharacteristically, we missed out on bowls last year. I don't know what Texas' run had been, but I know it was pretty extensive. I know we had been bowl eligible every year that we've been here. So now, we've been bowl eligible for nine of the last 10 years. It's great to be back and to be able to practice and compete against such a great team like Texas."
On the Holiday Bowl
"They've done a great job there. There is a great tradition of exciting games, and the city of San Diego does a great job of putting the games on. They run a first-class operation; they're very hospitable and great to our fans."
On playing Texas after the BCS Rose Bowl selection in 2004
"2004 is a long time ago. I don't remember much about it except for feeling like there was a great opportunity there. We all felt like we were going to the Rose Bowl. However it unfolded, we were left scratching our heads as to how that happened. But that was a long time ago. I felt bad for our team because I really felt like we deserved to be in the Rose Bowl that year, but we're in 2011 now and it is a whole different situation."
On the Cal fan support at the Holiday Bowl
"The game being played in the state of California makes it accessible to our fans. It's great that there will be a lot of energy and excitement surrounding the game. Our fans have typically traveled very well down there. It's been a first-class bowl experience, and we've had good success there. I'm sure our fans will do the same. I encourage our fans to come out and support the team and make it a great bowl experience."
On how much the team has accomplished in the last month of the season
"I'm really proud of the strong finish of our team. It shows a lot of character to fight through some adversity earlier in the year to play well down the stretch. That's the mark of a quality football team, one that continues to improve and get better. I think this team did that. We will continue to grow through the preparation for the bowl game and have one more opportunity to play together as the 2011 Cal football team. I know we'll be excited to play. We'll prepare well and go out and give it our best effort."