Most exciting game
Ohio Bear: 2007. Oregon State 31, #2 Cal 28. This...hurts...to...write. The Bears ascended to second in the polls and had a chance to get to numero uno with a home win over Oregon State. But the Mike Riley–led Beavers, who always seemed to have a little somethin’-somethin’ for Jeff Tedford’s Bears, took a 31–21 lead late into the 4th quarter. Cal redshirt freshman QB Kevin Riley, starting in the place of injured starter Nate Longshore, led the Bears on a furious late comeback, which looked promising after he completed a long pass deep into OSU territory to Robert Jordan with time running down. But Riley infamously ran out the clock a couple of plays later, robbing the Bears a chance at the game-tying field goal.
Best Cal performance
Avinash: 2006. Cal 41, Oregon State 13. One of Nate Longshore’s finest games (341 yards, four touchdowns) coupled with Beast Mode at his best. This was a runaway. Cal went up 31–0 in Corvallis, and hit a stride that would be coupled with an obliteration of Oregon at home the subsequent week. That stretch against the Oregon schools culminated perhaps the best month of Cal football we’ll ever see (five straight 20+ point wins in a row against the likes of Minnesota, Arizona State, Oregon State, and Oregon).
Ohio Bear: 2004. #9 Cal 49, Oregon State 7. Because of a scheduled bye week and an unscheduled bye week due to the hurricane postponement of a game at Southern Mississippi, Cal went into Reser Stadium having not played in three weeks. Cal quickly dispelled the notion that it would be a trap game. Aaron Rodgers and Chase Lyman torched the Beaver secondary and Cal also added a trickeration TD on a halfback pass by Terrell Williams to jump out to a huge first half lead that it never relinquished. To make it an all-around performance, Cal’s defense and special teams also contributed to the rout.