Nov. 16, 2002
Cal vs. Arizona Notes -- Nov. 16, 2002
Cal Loses After Allowing An Opponent Most Points in 2002
Cal fell to 6-5 overall (3-4 Pac-10) after losing to Arizona, 52-41, today. The 93 combined points is No. 5 all-time for combined points in a Cal game. The Wildcats first Pac-10 win improved their record to 4-7 (1-6 Pac-10). The 52 points is the most points Cal has allowed all season and the most points the Wildcats have scored since their 53-47 win over Washington State, Oct. 14, 2000. Arizona entered the game averaging only 15.5 ppg. Cal has now scored 34 or more points in seven of 11 games this season.
Bears Surrender Almost 1000 Passing Yards in Last Two Games
Cal's pass defense has given up a whopping 969 yards over the last two games. After giving up 477 passing yards to Arizona State last week, Arizona threw for 492 yards today. The Cal school record for passing yards given up in a game is 513 to Washington State in 2001. In contrast, Cal has held its last two opponents to a combined -7 yards rushing (ASU (-2), Arizona (-5) ). The -5 yards tied for the fifth lowest opponent rushing yards in a game in Cal history.
Boller Moves Into Sixth on Cal's Season Passing Yard Chart
Kyle Boller was 22 for 45 today for 298 yards, including 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. He has moved into sixth on the Cal all-time single season passing chart with 2,627 yards, surpassing Dave Barr's 1993 mark of 2,619.
Bears-Wildcats Equal for Turnovers
Nnamdi Asomugha's interception (third of the season) in the opening minutes of the first quarter improved Cal's turnover margin to +18 (32 turnovers gained, 14 lost). The Bears entered today's game ranked second in the nation for turnover margin at +1.70 per game, behind Arkansas (+2.0). The margin didn't last long as Arizona LB Ray Wells snared two interceptions (one in the second quarter, one in the third). Today's game is only the second one this season in which Boller has thrown two interceptions (the other WSU). Late in the third quarter, Tully Banta-Cain forced Arizona QB Jason Johnson to fumble the ball and Paul Ugenti recovered the fumble, bringing the turnover margin equal. The Bears tallied six points off the Wildcats' two turnovers today.
Jensen Sets Cal Record for PATs
Mark Jensen tallied five PATs today, giving him the school record for PATs in a season with 47. Jensen surpassed Doug Brien who had 43 during the 1993 season. Jensen gave Cal a 3-0 lead with 8:18 left in the first quarter with a 43-yard field goal and helped the Bears regain the lead at 34-31 with a 19-yard FG with 14:57 to go in the game. He is now 18-of-23 on the year for field goals. Jensen ranks sixth all-time in Cal history with 238 points, four points away from fifth-place Russell White (242). Jensen is now the fourth player in school history to score 100 or more points in a season, as he has 101 from 47 PATS and 18 FGs. He is the first Cal player to score 100 points in a season without the benefit of a TD.
Ward Moves Within One Yard of Cal KOR Yard Season Record
LaShaun Ward is one yard shy of the Cal record for KOR yards in a season with his four kick returns for 150 yards today. He now has 798 yards, just behind Isaac Curtis (799, 1971). With 12:15 to play in the second quarter, LaShaun Ward returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, the seventh longest KO return in school history. It was the Bears' first KO return for a TD since 1999 when Deltha O'Neal returned a kick 100 yards for a TD in 1999 against Stanford. Ward tied the game at 17-17 with 3:15 before the halftime horn, with a 25-yard TD reception from Boller. He jumped from eighth to fourth today for all-purpose season yards at Cal with 1,489. Ward had 233 all-purpose yards today (150 KOR, 80 receiving and 3 rushing).
Cal Posts Seventh Blocked Punt or Field Goal in 2002
With 13:44 to play in the third quarter, Lorenzo Alexander blocked a field goal and James Bethea returned the ball 60 yards for a TD. This is Cal's eighth blocked punt or field goal (3 punts, 5 kicks) this season and second that the Bears returned for a TD, the other being a blocked punt at Arizona State last weekend. The last time a Cal player returned a blocked field goal for a TD was in 1979 when Darnell Chapman ran one back 76 yards against USC.
Three Dot Data
Cal has scored first in all 11 games this season...with 8:50 left in the second quarter, Arizona already had two receivers with over 100 receiving yards (Thurman-5 for 111, Wade 4 for 101)...Thurman finished with 151 yards receiving on 9 catches, while Wade made 11 catches for 222 yards and 1 TD...for Wade, it's his ninth 100-yard receiving performance in his last 15 games...Arizona posted 24 points against Cal in the second quarter, the most the Bears have given up to a team this year in the second quarter and in the first half...Cal's Joe Igber tied the game at 33-31 with a 38-yard TD run, equaling Cal's longest of the year...Igber led the Bears with 90 yards rushing on 19 carries, putting him 32 yards shy of No. 3 on Cal's career rushing chart with 2,898...Tom Swoboda led Bear receivers with 7 catches for 83 yards and 1 TD (7 for his career).