Sept. 1, 2001
****Tuesday, Sept. 4 Media Lunch Time Change ****
The Sept. 4 media lunch to preview the BYU game will begin at 11:30 a.m., instead of 11:45 a.m.
Cal's 44-17 loss to Illinois snapped a streak of five-consecutive season opening wins for the Golden Bears. It's the first season-opening loss for Cal under head coach Tom Holmoe. Cal's all-time record vs. Illinois falls to 1-7.
38,150 fans attended today's season-opener.
44 Points Surrendered in Game Rarity for Cal
The 44 points scored by Illinois in today's game are the most points surrendered by Cal since Nebraska defeated Cal 45-0 on September 11, 1999. It's the most points scored against Cal in a season opener since Alabama scored 66 points in a shutout victory against the Golden Bears on September 15, 1973.
The 31-point lead by Illinois at halftime (38-7) was the biggest lead by an opponent since Washington State held a 36-point halftime lead (42-6) against Cal on October 18, 1997. The 38 points scored by Illinois in the first half ties for the fourth-most points scored against Cal in a half in school history.
Turnovers and Blocked Punt Spell Doom for Bears
Two fumbles (Atari Callen, Kyle Boller) and one blocked punt (P Tyler Fredrickson) led to 21 of Illinois' 38 first half points. In the second half, a Boller interception led to a field goal for the Fighting Illini. In all, 24 of Illinois' 44 points came after Cal miscues. Cal had five turnovers in today's game (two interceptions and three fumbles).
Igber's Performance a Bright Spot for the Bears
Igber put together an impressive performance in today's season-opener. He ran for 116 yards on 21 carries, including two rushing TDs. He also caught three passes for 34 yards.
Igber's two-yard TD run in the third quarter was his 9th rushing touchdown of his career and 11th touchdown overall.
Igber now ranks 7th on the Cal career rushing list with 1,711 yards. He needs 103 yards to move past John Tuggle (1979-82, 1813 yards) into 6th place on the career list. Igber has now rushed for six 100-yard games in his career, ranking him tied for fifth on the all-time list of 100-yard rushers in Cal history.
Fields' Return and Addition of Williams Help Move Offense
Senior fullback Marcus Fields had a big day receiving the ball, gaining 54 yards on four catches in today's game to lead all Cal receivers. He missed the last 10 games of last year after fracturing his shoulder in the season opener.
True freshman tailback Terrell Williams had an impressive collegiate debut, rushing for 43 yards on five carries. Williams also caught two passes for 13 yards.
Three Dot Data
Surprisingly, Cal lost by 24 points but had 381 net yards to Illinois' 373...Junior QB Kyle Boller threw for 184 yards on 17-of-29 passing with one interception...Backup QB Eric Holtfreter entered the game in the fourth quarter and was 5-of-6 for 30 yards and had a career-long 20-yard run in his only drive...Wide receiver Charon Arnold tied his career high with six receptions in today's game...Wide receiver Geoff McArthur also tied his career-high with four receptions...Cal converted 9-of-15 third-down conversions against Illinois and rushed for 167 yards today...Nnamdi Asomugha led Cal with 8 tackles (6 solo, 2 assisted), including 1 tackle for loss (1 yard).
Running back Antonio Harvey's three TD runs ties his career-high for rushing TDs in a game (he had three vs. SDSU in 2000)...Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's 178 receiving yards today ranks fifth on the single game list for receiving yards in a game in school history...Lloyd's two touchdowns catches today matches his season total from last year...Placekicker J.J. Tubbs kicked a career-long 42-yard field goal today...Defensive end Terrell Washington's two sacks ties his career-high for sacks in a game...Illinois has now scored 40 or more points in seven games since the 1999 season.