Wednesday, September 2, 2009

College football
California University
Opponent: Bloomsburg
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5
Where: Hepner-Bailey Field in California
Records: California is 0-1 overall; Bloomsburg is 1-0
Television: FSN
On the air: WCAL-FM 91.9
Noteworthy: The Vulcans are coming off a stinging 23-17 loss to Saginaw Valley State in the season-opener last Thursday. The game marked the start of Josh Portis at quarterback for the Vulcans. Portis, cousing of Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, completed 14 of 31 passes for 140 yards. He was intercepted twice on deflections. ... Cal running back Windell Brown injured his ankle in the first quarter against Saginaw Valley and is not expected to play against Bloomsburg. But he is expected back for the Sept. 12 game at West Chester. Freddie Bacco will start and Dane Conwell will spell Bacco in the backfield. ... Cal's first three non-conference opponents - Saginaw Valley, Bloomsburg and West Chester - are ranked in the AFCA Top 25 poll. Cal is 18th, Saginaw Valley is 24th, Bloomsburg is sixth and West Chester 14... California defensive nose tackle Sam Fikaris started his 28th straight game since winning the position as a freshman. He had a career-best 10 tackles against Saginaw Valley. ... Counting last season's loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Division II national semifinals, Cal has lost two straight games for the first time since October of 2004.

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