Nov. 6, 2004
Cal (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10) defeated Oregon (5-4, 4-2 Pac-10), 28-27. It was the first Cal victory vs. Oregon since the Bears rallied from a 30-0 deficit to defeat the Ducks in a 42-41 heart-stopper in 1993. The Bears lead the all-time series with the Ducks, 36-29-1. Going back to last season, the Bears have now won 12 of their last 14 games and 10 of their last 11.
Today's attendance was 65,615. Today's game marks the fourth time in four games this season the Bears have drawn more than 52,000 fans to Memorial Stadium, and the second time this season more than 65,000 fans have attended a Cal game.
A Tale of Two Halves
Through the first half, Oregon scored 27 points and accumulated 302 total yards while keeping possession of the ball for 19:26. In the second half, however, it was a 180-turnaround as the Bear defense allowed 0 points, 57 yards, and allowed the Ducks to hold the ball for only 8:40. In the third quarter, the Cal defense allowed only 22 yards and one first down on 8 plays.
Cal's "A-Train" Moves Into Second Place on Cal Single-Season Rushing List
Cal TB J.J. Arrington had another big day rushing the ball with 188 yards on 26 carries. He climbed into second-place on the Cal single-season rushing list with 1,294 yards on 184 carries and now stands 166 yards away from eclipsing Chuck Muncie's (1973-75) school record of 1,460 rushing yards in a season. It was Arrington's eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game this season, extending his school record for 100-yard rushing games in a row and one shy of matching Muncie's school record of nine 100-yard rushing games in a season. Arrington scored his 12th touchdown of the season when he rambled 30 yards for a touchdown on Cal's first drive of the game. His 12 touchdowns are two shy of the school record for most touchdowns in a season. Arrington's 188-yard day was his fifth 170+ yard performance this season and the sixth of his career.
McArthur Moves Up Career Reception and Touchdown Lists
Cal WR Geoff McArthur had 8 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns in today's game. His 30-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter gave him sole possession of second place on the Cal career reception list. McArthur passed Bobby Shaw (1994-97) who had 180 career catches. McArthur now has 185 career receptions, 10 receptions away from first-place Dameane Douglas (1995-98) who finished his career with 195 receptions. McArthur recorded his 3rd 100-yard receiving game of the season and his 10th 100-yard receiving game of his career, one behind Shaw who holds the Cal record with 11 career 100-yard games. McArthur now has 2,923 yards in his career, extending his school record, and he has 19 career touchdown catches to rank fourth on the Cal career touchdown list - he needs two more touchdown receptions to tie Steve Sweeney (1970-72) with 21.
Rodgers Continues Ascent
Cal QB Aaron Rodgers threw for a season-high 275 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-32 passing. He made his first career catch from himself after his pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage and he caught it off his own foot and ran for a 10-yard gain in the second quarter. Rodgers has now thrown 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. He moved into ninth place on the Cal career passing list with 4,708 yards, passing Craig Morton (1962-64) who threw for 4,501 yards. Rodgers trails Justin Vedder (1997-98) who had 5,040 yards. Rodgers also moved into eighth place on the career total offense list with 4,974 yards, passing Vedder (4,865 yards). He needs 44 yards to catch up to No. 7 Mike Pawlawski (1988-91, 5,018 yards).
Cal Scores in Seven of Eight First Possessions
With RB J.J. Arrington's 30-yard touchdown run on Cal's first offensive drive of the game, the Golden Bears have scored on their first possession in seven of their eight games this year. The only game in which the Golden Bears did not score on the first possession was in their sole loss of the season, at USC. Other first possessions:
Air Force (9/4): J.J. Arrington 11-yard touchdown run
New Mexico State (9/11): J.J. Arrington 2-yard touchdown run
Oregon State (10/2): Chase Lyman 11-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers
USC (10/9): Turned over on downs (Cal recovered own fumbled long snap)
UCLA (10/16): Geoff McArthur 20-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers
Arizona (10/23): J.J. Arrington 1-yard touchdown run
Arizona State (10/30): Robert Jordan 24-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers
Oregon (11/6): J.J. Arrington 30-yard touchdown run
Cal's Defensive Shutout Streak Ends
After shutting out opponents for eight straight quarters, Cal's defensive streak ended when Oregon scored a touchdown on their second possession with 6:59 left in the first quarter on QB Kellen Clemen's 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Tim Day. The Ducks went on to score 20 points in the first quarter, the most points Cal had given up in a quarter and in a half all season. (Cal went on to give up 27 points in the first half.) The previous high for points given up in a quarter was 14 to UCLA (second and fourth quarters). Cal's previous high for a half was also 14 points, given up three times: in the first half at Air Force and in the first and second halves of the UCLA game.
DE Ryan Riddle at least one tackle for loss in every game this season and recorded 1.5 sacks today... In relief of an injured, Garrett Cross, TE Craig Stevens scored the first touchdown of his career on a 26-yard pass from Rodgers with 5:59 left in the first quarter...Oregon QB Kellen Clemens is the second QB to throw four touchdowns against Cal. UCLA QB Drew Olson also threw four touchdown passes against the Bears when the Bruins came to Berkeley, Oct. 16.