Cal vs. Oregon State Game Notes
Oct. 4, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -
The Records:With Oregon State's 35-21 win, Cal has lost five consecutive games to the Beavers. Oregon State is now 5-1, 2-0 in the Pac-10 on the season, while Cal falls to 3-4, 1-1. The 14-point deficit ties for the largest margin of defeat in the Jeff Tedford era at Cal. Earlier this year, the Bears lost to Kansas State by 14 points, 42-28.
Cal's Passing Offense Stifled by Beavers Defense: Coming into today's game, Cal's passing game ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a 269.7 yard average. Golden Bear QB Aaron Rodgers mustered only 52 yards in the air, marking the first time Cal had been held to less than 100 passing yards since 2000 when Washington State allowed only 89. Rodgers, who threw for 200+ yard games against Cal's last two opponents (Illinois, USC), was just 9-of-34 for 52 yards and no touchdowns. Rogers did rush for 34 yards on 6 carries. Senior WR Vincent Strang led Cal in receiving yards (25) and receptions (3) for the first time in his career today.
Echemandu Rushes For Third 100 Yard Game:While Cal's passing game struggled, Cal TB Adimchinobe Echemandu turned in another strong game. The senior carried the ball 19 times for 146 yards (7.7 yard per carry) and 2 TD for his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He now has 5 rushing touchdowns on the season. Today's performance for Echemandu comes on the heels of last week's career-best 147-yard effort from him. Echemandu finished with a better yards per carry average (7.7 to 6.5) than Oregon State's Steven Jackson.
Hughes Grabs First Career INT: With 1:49 to play in the first quarter, Cal CB Daymeion Hughes intercepted OSU QB Derek Anderson's pass and ran the ball back 72 yards for a TD. The interception was Hughes' first of his career and the Bears' first returned for a TD this season. Seven different players have accounted for Cal's seven interceptions in 2003.
More Defensive Notes: In the second quarter, OLB Francis Blay-Miezah recorded his first career sack for Cal...six different Bears accounted for a total of 8.0 tackles for loss for 25 yards...Ryan Gutierrez led the group with 2.5 TFL for 5 yards.
OSU'S Jackson Victimizes Cal, Again: In the past two seasons, All-American Steven Jackson has rushed for a combined total of 466 yards against Cal. After rushing for a career-best 239 yards in Oregon's State's 24-13 win in Corvallis in 2002, Jackson rushed for 227 yards and 2 TDs on 35 carries today. He also had 2 catches for 12 yards and a TD. Cal had held its last two opponents (Illinois and USC) under 100 yards rushing for the game.
Bear Bits: For the sixth time in seven games this season, Cal's opponent has scored first...OSU's 21 points in the first quarter is the most an opponent has posted against the Bears this season..in the first quarter, James Bethea posted a season-best 53-yard punt return...OSU's 28-14 lead, the most points Cal has given up in any half this season, tied the largest deficit Cal had been down after two quarters this season...the Beavers' two touchdown lead equaled the deficit Cal was down at the half at Utah (21-7) on Sept. 11...Cal was a combined 4-of-18 on third and fourth down efficiency against OSU...the Beavers' 151 penalty yards almost makes Cal's Top 5 list for most yards penalized by an opponent (No. 5 is 153 vs. Arizona on Nov. 14, 1998).