Top performances of 2012: K. Jackson

March, 6, 2013
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We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.

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Who and against whom: California cornerback Kameron Jackson made life miserable for UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley in a shocking 43-17 Bears victory, one of the oddest results of the 2012 Pac-12 season.

The numbers: Jackson had four tackles for the Bears. Oh, and he also had three interceptions.

A closer look: California had a rotten season, but just about everything went right -- at least after the first two possessions -- in this game. The opposite, of course, could be said for UCLA, which has lost seven consecutive games in Berkeley. Hundley surrendered four of his 11 interceptions in 2012 in this game. He threw just seven in the other 13 games. In fact, the Bruins had six total turnovers -- another was a Hundley fumble -- which certainly made things easier for Cal. One can suppose that the Bruins thought they had a big opportunity when starting Bears CB Marc Anthony got hurt -- ergo, they targeted Jackson, a promising if undersized, 5-foot-9 sophomore. They were wrong. Further, these weren't throw-away picks from Jackson by any means. The first came in the endzone -- a tiptoe effort on a broken read from the Bruins -- and ended a drive deep into Cal territory late in the second quarter. The other two came in the fourth quarter, preventing any hope for a Bruins rally. These were Jackson's only three interceptions of the season.

Ted Miller | email

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