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California: By the Numbers

9/20/2012

8: Games in a row that California has dropped to USC

The Golden Bears haven’t defeated the Trojans since a 34-31 triple-overtime thriller in 2003. California has averaged just 10 points per game in the eight consecutive losses.

40: Brendan Bigelow’s average yards per carry against Ohio State

The sophomore running back had a coming-out party against the Buckeyes, racking up 160 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries. Bigelow also had 74 yards on kickoff returns.

3-4: The style of defense primarily employed by California

Similar in look to the Stanford defense that USC faced last week, the Golden Bears’ defensive line is a big and physical group that’s primary duty is to get a push up front and tie up the offensive linemen so that the linebackers can roam free and make plays. The Trojans will also see a 50 front at times.

85: Ranking of California’s pass defense

The Golden Bears have given up an average of 257 yards a game through the air, and they’ve been especially susceptible to the big play, evidenced by Ohio State’s game-winning 72-yard scoring strike last weekend.

27: Games in a row in which Keenan Allen has had at least one reception

The Golden Bears’ most dangerous and reliable weapon, the junior wide receiver has caught at least one pass in all 27 games that he’s played in at California, a streak that ranks tied for eighth nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12.