Sept. 9, 2001
The Cal Football team looks to halt an 0-2 streak to start the season when the Golden Bears travel 2,900 miles across the country to Rutgers for a Saturday night game. This week's contest marks Cal's first venture to the East Coast since the Bears blanked Temple, 58-0, in 1993.
In its opening losses to Illinois and BYU, Cal has demonstrated an ability to move the ball, averaging 396.0 yards per game, far better than the 317.5 ypg the Bears averaged last year. In fact, Cal's 411 total yards last week gave the Bears their first 400-yard game since late in the 1998 season. However, Cal has been victimized by eight turnovers that have kept the Bears from scoring more often.
Individually, Cal's backfield of TB Joe Igber and FB Marcus Fields may soon prove to be one of the school's best in many years. Igber rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns against Illinois, passing former Cal great Jackie Jensen for eighth place on Cal's career rushing list with 1,753 yards. Fields came through with 79 yards on five catches vs. BYU, including a 25-yard scoring pass. Fields (9 total catches) and Igber (7) rank 1-2 in receiving for the Bears.
At quarterback, junior Kyle Boller already has shown improvement from last year, increasing his completion percentage from 46.7 percent to 57.4 percent (35-61, 411 yards). Last weekend, Boller moved into 10th on Cal's all-time passing yards chart, and he enters the Rutgers contest with 3,835 yards.