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1970 California Golden Bears football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1970 record6–5 (4–3 Pac-8)
Head coachRay Willsey (7th season)
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Stanford 6 1 0     9 3 0
Washington 4 3 0     6 4 0
Oregon 4 3 0     6 4 1
UCLA 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
#15 USC 3 4 0     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Washington State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1970 college football season. In their seventh year under head coach Ray Willsey, the Golden Bears compiled a 6–5 record (4–3 against Pac-8 opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Pac-8, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 272 to 249.[1][2]

At home for the Big Game, Cal defeated #11 Stanford 22–14,[3][4] the Pac-8 champion led by Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. On New Year's Day, Stanford upset undefeated Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and quarterback Plunkett was the first pick in the 1971 NFL Draft.

California's statistical leaders included Dave Penhall with 1,785 passing yards, Stan Murphy with 603 rushing yards, and Steve Sweeney with 679 receiving yards.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 12at OregonL 24–3126,556[6]
September 19at No. 2 Texas*L 15–5661,000[7]
September 26Indiana*W 56–1429,857[8]
October 3at Rice*L 0–2822,000[9]
October 10at WashingtonW 31–2854,000[10]
October 17No. 19 UCLA
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA (rivalry)
L 21–2442,178[11]
October 24Washington State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 45–026,101[12]
October 31at No. 18 USCW 13–1054,750[13]
November 7at Oregon StateL 10–1620,202[14]
November 14San Jose State*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 35–2816,841[15]
November 21No. 11 Stanford
W 22–1476,799[16]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[17]

RosterEdit

1970 California Golden Bears football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 36 Curtis, IsaacIsaac Curtis So
WR 88 Sweeney, SteveSteve Sweeney So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 69 Kampa, BobBob Kampa So
LB 60 Croyle, PhilPhil Croyle Sr
LB 18 Toews, LorenLoren Toews So
DT 74 White, ShermanSherman White Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 2 Wersching, RayRay Wersching So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1970 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1970-schedule.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  2. "California 2015 Football Information Guide". Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 165. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. "Bears upset Stanford as Penhall leads way". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 6B. November 22, 1970. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MedVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IeEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6641%2C5305444.
  4. "Some finish: Indians fall to Cal 22-14". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 10, sports. November 22, 1970. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-OwjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3ewDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5452%2C2174451.
  5. "1969 California Golden Bears Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1969.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  6. "Oregon vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026406.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. "Texas vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026410.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. "California vs Indiana Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026402.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. "Rice vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026408.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. "Washington vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026411.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. "California vs UCLA Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026401.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. "California vs Washington State Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026405.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  13. "USC vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026409.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  14. "Oregon State vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026407.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  15. "California vs San Jose State Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026403.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  16. "California vs Stanford Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=6026404.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  17. 2015 Football Information Guide. Cal Athletics. 2015. p. 165. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf.
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