|2005 California Golden Bears football|
Las Vegas Bowl champion
|2005 record||8–4 (4–4 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Jeff Tedford (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||George Cortez (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bob Gregory (4th season)|
|Home stadium||California Memorial Stadium|
|2005 Pacific-10 football standings|
|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|
Rankings from AP Poll
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.
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. The team ended up in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, where they beat BYU, 35–28.
|September 3||2:00 PM||Sacramento State*||No. 19||Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||CSN||W 41–3||65,938|
|September 10||12:30 PM||at Washington||No. 16||Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA||ABC||W 56–17||57,775|
|September 17||2:00 PM||Illinois*||No. 15||Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||W 35–20||57,657|
|September 23||7:00 PM||at New Mexico State*||No. 13||Aggie Memorial Stadium • Las Cruces, NM||ESPN||W 41–13||11,312|
|October 1||2:30 PM||Arizona||No. 12||Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||TBS||W 28–0||55,944|
|October 8||4:30 PM||at No. 20 UCLA||No. 10||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA||TBS||L 40–47||84,811|
|October 15||12:30 PM||Oregon State||No. 18||Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||ABC||L 20–23||57,174|
|October 22||7:15 PM||Washington State||No. 25||Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||FSN||W 42–38||52,569|
|November 5||12:30 PM||at No. 15 Oregon||No. 23||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||ABC||L 20–27 OT||58,309|
|November 12||12:30 PM||No. 1 USC||Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||ABC||L 10–35||72,981|
|November 19||4:00 PM||at Stanford||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (The Big Game)||ABC||W 27–3||71,743|
|December 22||5:00 PM||vs. BYU*||Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV (Las Vegas Bowl)||ESPN||W 35–28||40,053|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.|
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. 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.
Steve Levy had 125 yards passing and Marshawn Lynch had 123 yards running.
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