BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 09: Shane Vereen #34 of the California Golden Bears runs against the UCLA Bruins in the first half at California Memorial Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Cal Rides Shane Vereen, Strong QB Pressure In 35-7 Defeat Of UCLA

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California Golden Bears Get 202 Total Yards From Shane Vereen In 35-7 Romp Of UCLA

The California Golden Bears bounced back from a two game losing streak with a 35-7 domination of the UCLA Bruins. Cal was led by strong performance from running back Shane Vereen as he had 151 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards, and two rushing touchdowns. The Cal defense brought the pressure as they were able to get to UCLA QB Kevin Prince on a regular basis, totaling five sacks and numerous QB pressures.

Cal more or less had this game in the bag by the end of the first half as they went on a 28-0 tear by halftime. Shane Vereen rushed for both his touchdowns in the first quarter, while Kevin Riley threw and ran for touchdowns to stretch the lead to 28 before the end of the half.

Cal seemed to take their foot off the gas on offense in the third quarter, but UCLA was never able to take advantage. UCLA got a big kickoff return to start the third quarter and turned it into a touchdown. They forced a Cal punt but Kevin Prince followed that up with an interception. Cal missed a subsequent FG and UCLA had a nice little drive scoring. However, the Cal defense stiffened up to force the punt and would never really let UCLA get going after that. UCLA did get down into Cal territory late in the game but couldn’t get the garbage time TD.

The Bears had been riding a two game losing streak and now gets to head down to USC with a bit of momentum. The Bears haven’t beaten USC since their triple overtime upset in 2003 of the then #3 Trojans down at the Coliseum. It’s safe to say Cal will need a monster effort from Shane Vereen and some semblance of competence from Kevin Riley.

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Nelson Rosario Ruled Out Of Cal Game, Owamagbe Odighizuwa Will Start

The LA Daily News reports that UCLA’s most reliable pass-catching option will be out of action.

Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario missed practice with a severe ankle sprain, though Neuheisel said it did not fall under the dreaded “high ankle sprain” category. Rosario is all but ruled out for UCLA’s visit to Cal on Saturday, however.

Probably of more interest is that a highly touted defensive end Cal was seeking last season will be facing off against the Golden Bears this Saturday.

Freshman phenom Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who was rated the No. 2 defensive end in the country by Rivals.com and No. 8 by Scout.com, is slated to move into the starting lineup opposite redshirt freshman Keenan Graham.

Former starting defensive end Nate Chandler, who converted from tight end during the offseason, will slide into the starting defensive tackle role next to senior David Carter, and former starter Justin Edison will move to the second unit.

“We’re trying to create some more depth there, and some more energy up the field,” UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said. “It’s great to have competition, so we’re going to continue to compete there and see us who can give us our best four, and spell them as often as we need to.”

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Kevin Prince Likely Starter For Bruins; Mike Mohamed, Keenan Allen Looking Healthy Again

The UCLA incumbent starter should be back for Saturday’s game, the LA Times reports.

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince was medically cleared to play and is expected to start against California on Saturday.

“He said he feels good. Now we have to be careful we don’t overwork him” in practice, Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Prince’s return will be huge, especially for a UCLA offense that’s expected to try and run the ball down Cal’s throats. Considering they run the same Pistol that Nevada gashed Cal for 50 points and hundreds of rushing yards, Prince’s legs will be crucial. Richard Brehaut is not the same type of running threat.

Cal should also have a few critical Golden Bears back in action. Both Allen and Mohamed did play against Arizona, but were fairly limited due to lingering injury issues. Jonathan Okanes of Bear Talk reports.

Coach Jeff Tedford said the time off has definitely helped some of his banged-up players, most notably linebacker Mike Mohamed and wide receiver Keenan Allen. Of Allen, Tedford said “It’s nice to see him not limping anymore.”

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Cal-UCLA to be a national telecast

Jonathan Okanes reports:

The Pac-10 announced the UCLA-Cal game on Oct. 9 will begin at 12:30 p.m. and be Fox Sports Net’s national telecast. It will air locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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