Oct. 19, 2002
Cal vs. UCLA Game Notes, Oct. 19, 2002
Memorial Stadium (Today's attendance of 46,697 is a Cal season home best and the most since it had 53,000 against UCLA on Oct. 14, 2000.)
Cal Betters Win Total of Last Two Seasons
Cal's 17-12 win today improves the Bears record to 5-3, surpassing the four combined wins they had the last two seasons (1-10 in 2001 and 3-8 in 2000). Cal won despite posting its lowest point total of the season (previous 21). UCLA also had its lowest of the season (previous 17). The teams' combined 29 points also was the lowest for a Cal game in 2002. The previous low was 44 in the Air Force game. UCLA was 3-0 on the road prior to today's loss. The Bears allowed the Bruins only 29 yards rushing, far below their season avg of 161.0 entering the game. Overall, UCLA had 226 yards of offense, also below its season average of 437.3.
Boller Sets Cal Record for Career TD Passes
Kyle Boller became Cal's all-time leader for career TD passes (55) with his 24-yard TD pass to Tom Swoboda with 10:01 to play in the second quarter. The TD pass broke Boller's tie with Pat Barnes (1993-96). For the game, Boller was 13-of-30 for 133 yards and 1 TD.
Cal Go-Ahead TD Comes After UCLA Turnover
Cal has scored 91 points off turnovers this season. None were more important than Cal TB Joe Igber's 4-yard TD run with 12:08 left in the game, putting the Bears up 16-10 and 17-10 after the PAT.
Cal Improves Turnover Margin to +16
Cal forced two fumbles and grabbed one INT today, while committing 0 turnovers, to improve to a +16 turnover margin this season. This surpasses Cal's +14 turnover margin at the end of the 1991 season. The last time Cal's TO margin was better was at the conclusion of the 1951 season when it was +21. In the 2nd quarter, Tom Canada forced UCLA QB Cory Paus to fumble the ball and Jamaal Cherry recovered it. Canada forced UCLA into a critical fumble in the final 2 minutes of the game on a 4th down play, but the Bruins recovered it to negate the TO. In the 4th quarter, Tully Banta-Cain sacked UCLA reserve QB John Sciarra, forcing him to fumble the ball, and Lorenzo Alexander recovered the fumble. Overall, UCLA committed four fumbles but only lost two of them. Cal's James Bethea snared his fourth interception of the season with 5:29 left in the game. The Bears began the day as the Pac-10's leader for turnover margin at +13.
Swoboda Builds on Career Year
Senior TE Tom Swoboda continued to build on his all-time best collegiate season today. Swoboda caught 2 passes today for 32 yards, including 1 TD. In his first three seasons at Cal when the tight end position wasn't an integral part of the offense, he caught 8 passes for 89 yards and had no TDs.
Jensen Continues FG Dominance
With 12:20 to play in the first quarter, Cal kicker Mark Jensen converted a 33-yard field goal to put the Bears up 3-0. It was Jensen's fifth straight successful attempt and his first attempt in the last three games. He has made 12-of-15 FG attempts and 34-of-34 PATs, increasing his Cal career point total to 207 (7th) and 17 points behind Chuck Muncie (224, 1973-75) for sixth.
Bears Score on First Possession in Six of Eight Games in 2002
With Mark Jensen's 33-yard FG in the first quarter, Cal has now scored on its first possession in six of eight games this season (4 TDs, 2 FG). The only two games the Bears didn't strike first were at Michigan State and at Washington, both Cal victories.
Cal Limits Bruins to 3-Points in First Half, Maintain Huge First Half Scoring Edge
UCLA's three points in the first half was the second-lowest total Cal has limited an opponent to at halftime. Cal led Michigan State 25-0 at halftime at Spartan Stadium, and allowed only three points to both Air Force and New Mexico State at the half of those games. The 10 points Cal scored marked the second-lowest point total for the Bears in the first half, with a 9-3 lead against Air Force being the lowest this season. Overall this season, Cal has outscored its opponents, 173-58, in the first half.
Cal Records Seven Sacks Today, Equals Most in Two Years
Cal had 7 sacks today, which is the most by the Bears since they also had 7 at USC, Oct. 28, 2000. Tom Canada led the way with 2 sacks, upping his season total to 6. Tully Banta-Cain had 1 sack, improving his career total to 21.5, which is sixth all-time at Cal and .5 sack behind Ron Rivera (1980-83) for fifth.
Jamaal Cherry had a fumble recovery and a critical blocked FG with 7:54 left in the game...it was the Bears first blocked FG since Matt Nixon had one vs. Stanford in 2001...TB Terrell Williams ran for a season-best 38 yards today with his previous best being 23 at Michigan State...Cal ended the game by surrendering a safety on a 38-yard loss when Kyle Boller lateraled the ball backwards to Jonathan Makonnen, who was waiting for the ball in the endzone...KR LaShaun Ward improved his Pac-10-leading (was 16th NCAA) KOR average to 27.4 ypg after returning two kicks for a combined 69 yards today.
Dave Ball has a sack in five straight games...Tyler Ebell has three straight 100-yard rushing games after having 102 yards today (school record for a season-7 Gaston Green, 1986)...Craig Bragg has back to back 100-yard receiving games (113 today)...the school record for a season is 4 straight, last by Freddie Mitchell in 2000...this was Matt Ware's third game in which he has played both ways, also vs. Oregon and USC in 2001.