Oct. 13, 2001
No. 5-ranked Oregon defeated Cal 48-7 in today's game. The win moves Oregon to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-10. Cal drops to 0-5 overall, 0-3 in the Pac-10. It is the first time Cal has started a season 0-5 in school history. The loss also is the eighth straight loss for the Golden Bears including last season - matching the school record for consecutive losses.
Biggest Margin of Victory in Series
The 41-point margin of victory is the largest by either team in the 102-year history of the Cal-Oregon rivalry, beating the previous record of 40 points in a 47-7 Bears win in Portland in 1952. Oregon's previous best margin of victory in the series was a 41-10 Ducks win in Eugene in 1973.
The margin of victory for the Ducks is also the largest margin of defeat for the Bears at Memorial Stadium in 23 years, when UCLA defeated Cal 45-0 in 1978.
Cal leads the overall series against Oregon, 35-28-2, but Oregon has now won six straight and seven of the past eight games in the rivalry. Oregon's current winning streak in the series ties for the longest win-streak by either team since the Bears won six straight from 1927 through 1938. Cal last won vs. Oregon in 1993, when the Bears came back from a 30-0 deficit at Memorial Stadium to win 42-41 (#3 all-time NCAA Record).
Oregon has now won 21 of its last 23 games dating back to 1999 - the best span in Oregon's 106-year history, and tied for the best NCAA Division I mark in the country over the past 23 games (tied with Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech will also tie this mark if they win today).
Big First Quarter Dooms Cal
The 21 points allowed by Cal in the first quarter were the most yielded by the Bears in the opening period this year. It marks the fourth time this season the Bears have allowed 21 points in a quarter. The school record for most points yielded in a quarter is 31 at Arizona State in 1998.
The score at halftime was Oregon, 28-0. Cal was shutout in the first half for the first time since Cal played at Washington State on Oct. 2, 1999. It's the first time Cal has been shutout in the first half in Berkeley since Cal played Nebraska on Sept. 12, 1998.
Igber Moves Up Cal Career Rush List
Cal tailback Joe Igber's 34-yard rush in the second quarter was the longest rush for the Bears this season. With that rush, Igber moved past John Tuggle (1979-82) into 7th place on the Cal career rushing list. Igber had 11 rushes for 56 yards in today's game. He now has 1853 career rushing yards (337 yards behind Lindsey Chapman, who rushed for 2190 yards from 1991-93).
Igber's 6-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his fourth TD catch of his career. He now has two touchdown receptions this season to lead all Cal receivers.
Arnold Has Big Day Receiving
Cal wide receiver Charon Arnold entered today's game ranking as the No. 2 wide receiver in catches in the Pac-10. Arnold made 7 catches for 94 yards today, giving him 28 receptions for 343 yards this season.
Turnovers Continue to Hamper Bears
Cal recovered two fumbles by the Ducks today - marking the first time the Bears have recovered a fumble by an opponent this season. However, Cal lost the ball five times today (two fumbles, three interceptions). For the season, Cal now has forced only three turnovers in five games (two fumble recoveries and one interception) while losing the ball 19 times (11 fumbles, 8 interceptions).
Three Dot Data
Oregon tailback Onterrio Smith's 35-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter was the longest kickoff-return against Cal this season...Cal quarterback Kyle Boller had 171 passing yards to give him 4,406 passing yards in his career. Boller needs 29 yards to move past Steve Bartkowski (1972-74) to move into 9th place on the Cal career passing yardage list...Despite Cal's difficulties on offense this season, the Bears are an impressive 33-of-78 (42.3%) on third down conversions this season.