2005 California Golden Bears football team

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The 2005 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California and were coached by Jeff Tedford.

2005 California Golden Bears football
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Las Vegas Bowl champion vs. BYU
Las Vegas Bowl, W 35–28
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
CoachesNo. 25
APNo. 25
2005 record8–4 (4–4 Pac-10)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGeorge Cortez (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Gregory (4th season)
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 67,537)
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2005 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 USC † $   8 0         12 1  
No. 13 Oregon   7 1         10 2  
No. 16 UCLA   6 2         10 2  
No. 25 California   4 4         8 4  
Arizona State   4 4         7 5  
Stanford   4 4         5 6  
Oregon State   3 5         5 6  
Arizona   2 6         3 8  
Washington State   1 7         4 7  
Washington   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • † – USC later vacated 12 wins (8 in conference) due to NCAA sanctions.
Rankings from AP Poll

At the beginning of the season quarterback Nate Longshore was chosen to succeed Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback. However he was injured during the first game of the season and replaced by Joe Ayoob for the next nine games. The Bears got off to their best start, at 5–0, since Steve Mariucci coached them in 1996. But then stumbled and lost four of their next five games. Third string quarterback Steve Levy, replaced Ayoob, and was named as the starter for the Big Game. Levy played as fullback during the previous season, in his first time as a starter he led the team to defeat Stanford 27-3.[1] The team ended up in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, where they beat BYU, 35–28.



September 32:00 p.m.Sacramento State*No. 19CSNW 41–365,938[2]
September 1012:30 WashingtonNo. 16ABCW 56–1757,775[2]
September 172:00 p.m.Illinois*No. 15
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 35–2057,657[2]
September 237:00 New Mexico State*No. 13ESPNW 41–1311,312[2]
October 12:30 p.m.ArizonaNo. 12
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
TBSW 28–055,944[2]
October 84:30 No. 20 UCLANo. 10TBSL 40–4784,811[2]
October 1512:30 p.m.Oregon StateNo. 18
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
ABCL 20–2357,174[2]
October 227:15 p.m.Washington StateNo. 25
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
FSNW 42–3852,569[2]
November 512:30 No. 15 OregonNo. 23ABCL 20–27 OT58,309[2]
November 1212:30 p.m.No. 1 USC
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
ABCL 10–3572,981[2]
November 194:00 StanfordABCW 27–371,743[2]
December 225:00 p.m.vs. BYU*ESPNW 35–2840,053[2]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summaries


#16 California at Washington
1 234Total
California 7 21721 56
Washington 7 370 17
Scoring summary
114:40WashingtonSonny Shackleford 56-yard pass from Isaiah Stanback (Evan Knudson kick)Washington 7-0
12:16CaliforniaRobert Jordan 9-yard pass from Joseph Ayoob (Tom Schneider kick)Tie 7-7
211:43CaliforniaRobert Jordan 24-yard pass from Joseph Ayoob (Tom Schneider kick)California 14-7
28:25WashingtonEvan Knudson 46-yard field goalCalifornia 14-10
22:50CaliforniaRobert Jordan 58-yard pass from Joseph Ayoob (Tom Schneider kick)California 21-10
21:57CaliforniaDavid Gray 14-yard pass from Joseph Ayoob (Tom Schneider kick)California 28-10
311:07WashingtonCraig Chambers 39-yard pass from Isaiah Stanback (Evan Knudson kick)California 28-17
31:43CaliforniaMarcus O'Keith 5-yard run (Tom Schneider kick)California 35-17
47:20CaliforniaMarcus O'Keith 71-yard run (Tom Schneider kick)California 42-17
46:25CaliforniaDante Hughes 41-yard interception return (Tom Schneider kick)California 49-17
4:00CaliforniaJustin Forsett 35-yard run (Tom Schneider kick)California 56-17


#1 USC at California
1 234Total
USC 7 1477 35
California 3 007 10

Cal then hosted the #1-ranked USC Trojans, led by head coach Pete Carroll and an offense including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush.[3] The Trojans scored first after Ayoob's first of four interceptions in the game, on a LenDale White rush. Ayoob recovered after the interception, and led the Bears to a field goal to cut their deficit to four at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Leinart rushed for a pair of touchdowns to give the Trojans a 21–3 lead at half-time. After a pair of White rushing touchdowns, the Bears scored again on a Chris Manderino rush that ended scoring in the game, with the Trojans winning 35–10. With the win, the Trojans clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title.[4]


1 234Total
California 6 0714 27
Stanford 0 300 3
Scoring summary
19:05CALDeSean Jackson 56-yard pass from Steve Levy (kick blocked)CAL 6-0
29:54STANMike Sgroi 37-yard field goalCAL 6-3
39:33CALJustin Forsett 21-yard run (Tom Schneider kick)CAL 13-3
47:14CALMarshawn Lynch 3-yard run (Tom Schneider kick)CAL 20-3
43:31CALCraig Stevens 14-yard pass from Terrell Williams (Tom Schneider kick)CAL 27-3

Steve Levy had 125 yards passing and Marshawn Lynch had 123 yards running.[1]


  1. ^ a b "California vs. Stanford - Game Recap - November 19, 2005 - ESPN" . 2017-12-28. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-28.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "California Game Results" (PDF). University of California-Berkeley Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Golden Bears know USC can be beaten" . ESPN. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
  4. ^ "Leinart, Trojans get latest win at site of last loss" . ESPN. November 12, 2005. Retrieved August 20, 2007.


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