Cal Suffocates UCLA 17-0
Oct. 16, 1999
Berkeley - California 17 UCLA 0 Rose Bowl (55,559)
LINESCORE 1 2 3 4 F California 7 0 0 10 17 UCLA 0 0 0 0 0
There was an 7.0 earthquake early Saturday morning that shook up the Los Angeles area, but it was nothing compared to the damage a spirited Cal defense did in posting a 17-0 shutout of a UCLA team that entered the game averaging 31 points a game.
The Bears shut down the Bruins for the entire game, allowing them only 168 yards of total offense and just 12 first downs. Offensively, Cal got just enough big plays to key the victory. Cal moved its record to 3-2 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10, while UCLA fell to 3-4, 1-3 in league games.
Cal's defense completely dominated the early part of the game, forcing four staight three-and-outs at the start of the contest. The Bruins did not get a first down until the second quarter and two of the six UCLA first downs in the first half came by benefit of penalties and the Bruins managed only 72 yards of total offense. Aside from a 27-yard quarterback scramble, UCLA had only 3 yards on its other 15 rushing attempts before halftime.
After Cal stopped UCLA's first drive, the Bruins got a break on Cal's first play from scrimmage when an errant Kyle Boller pass was picked off by Eric Whitfield at the UCLA 49-yard-line. However, the Bruins were unable to take advantage and had to punt the ball from midfield.
Cal had an apparent Cal touchdown when Deltha O'Neal returned a punt 40 yards into the Bruin endzone midway through the first period. However, a questionable penalty was called on an illegal back at the 13-yard-line and the ball was set back to the 28-yard-line. It didn't matter as Boller found fellow freshman Joseph Echema two plays later for a 27-yard touchdown pass
The lone UCLA threat of the first half was ended with 1:41 left in the second quarter, when Jacob Waasdorp stripped the ball away from Cory Paus and fell on the ball at the Cal 42-yard-line.
The defensive struggle continued into the second half. The inexperience of Boller showed midway through the third quarter when he attempted to force a pass into double coverage and Ryan Roques intercepted the ball and returned it to the Cal 38-yard-line. However, Cal's Damian Marzett returned the favor by picking off a 3rd down pass and returning to the Cal 21-yard-line.
Early in the fourth quarter, a 50-yard punt by Nick Harris was followed by a defensive stand and a short UCLA punt. That presented Cal with a golden opportunity at the Bruin 42-yard-line. Four Cal penalties shoved the Bears back into their own territory, but Boller completed a 39-yard pass to Sean Currin on a 2nd-and-26 situation, moving the ball to the Bruin 18-yard-line.
After an offensive pass interference penalty put Cal in a 3rd-and-25 situation, the Bears caught UCLA flat-footed on a draw play and Saleem Muhammed went 33 yards up the middle for a touchdown. The conversion gave Cal a 14-0 lead with 10:45 left in the game.
The Bears continued to dominate defensively and the Bears put the game out of reach after fullback Joshua White broke loose late in the fourth quarter for a 62-yard run all the way to the Bruin 5-yard-line. The Bears moved the ball to the 1-yard-line and then settled for a 18-yard field goal by Mark-Christian Jensen to make the score 17-0 with 2:42 left in the game.
The only drama remaining was whether Cal would get its shutout. UCLA moved the ball in the final minute to the Cal 4-yard-line, but the Bears kept the Bruins out of the endzone and had its first conference shutout since a 42-0 victory over Oregon State in 1992.
Sekou Sanyika broke Cal's career tackle-for-loss record late in the first quarter with a stop of Keith Brown for a six-yard loss. He finished the day with four tackles behind the line of scrimmage to push his career total to 58.
The Bears controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football, as evidenced by a huge time of possesion differential, controling the ball for 38:18 compared to just 21:42 for the Bruins.
Cal Notes: Joe Igber had his second straight 100-yard rushing game...Cal tailback/wide receiver Marcus Fields did not make the trip to UCLA as he has a shoulder injury in addition to missing a day of practice on Thursday to attend the funeral of his grandmother...Drae Harris, who moved from cornerback to wide receiver earlier in the week, made his first collegiate catch midway through the first quarter of the game...After two pooch punts to open the game (one which was downed on the UCLA 1-yard-line), Nick Harris unleashed a career best 68-yard punt midway through the second quarter, he also had a 60-yarder late in the second quarter which was downed at the Bruin 3-yard-line.
GAME STATISTICS Qtr Time Play Score C 1 6:12 Echema 27 pass Bolero 7-0 Scoring Drive: 28 yards on 2 plays, 0:42 C 4 10:45 Muhammad 33 run (Jensen kick) 14-0 Scoring Drive: 42 yards in 6 plays, 4:01 C 4 2:42 M. Jensen 18 field goal 17-0 Scoring Drive: 86 yards in 10 plays, 6:05
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS RUSHING: CAL: Igber 20-113 Muhmmad 16-77 J. White 2-63
UCLA: Paus 11-67 K. Brown 8-21
PASSING CAL: Boller 9-20-3-113 yds-1TD Clemons 2-2-0-10 yds-0TD
UCLA: Paus 9-28-1-81yds-0TD
RECEIVING CAL: Echema 4-44 Pipersburg 2-23 Harris 2-9 Currin 1-39
UCLA: Farmer 3-32 Melsby 3-31 Mitchell 2-19
Team Statistics Cal UCLA First Downs (Rush-Pass-Pen) 16 (12-4-0) 12 (5-4-3) Rushing (Att-Net Yds.) 48-248 26-87 Passing (PC-PA-Int) 11-22-3 9-29-2 Passing Yards 123 81 Total Offensive Plays 70 55 Total Offensive Yards 371 168 Punts-Average 7-53.1 9-44.0 Penalties-Yards 14-117 3-15 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1 Time of Possession 38:18 21:42