Sept. 19, 1998
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Senior Tim Wolleck kicked two field goals, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter, to lead Cal to a 13-12 victory over Oklahoma Saturday night. The Bears also found their running game, rushing for 178 yards with sophomore tailback Marcus Field picking up 140 on his own.
The Cal defense also came up big on the night, forcing three turnovers and stopping several key OU drives throughout the game.
After the opening kickoff, Cal moved the ball from its own 20 to the Oklahoma 27-yard-line, but the drive stalled when a first down pass inside the Sooner 20 was negated by an offensive interference penalty. Cal came up empty when Tim Wolleck shanked a 44-yard field goal attempt.
Oklahoma struck quickly on its first offensive drive. After an 18-yard run by fullback Seth Litterell, the Sooners converted a 3rd-and-13 situation when QB Brandon Daniels rolled to his right and then threw the ball back across the field to tight end Matt Anderson. Oklahoma had a wall of blockers set up in front of him for a 58-yard touchdown. After a false start, the extra point was missed and the score remained 6-0. It was the third consecutive game Cal's staunch defense gave up a long offensive drive on the opponent's opening drive.
Cal got a break on Oklahoma's next possession when Andre Carter pounced on an Oklahoma fumble, recovering the ball at the Cal 36-yard-line. The Bears, though, were unable to capitalize on the turnover.
Cal got a huge break late in the first quarter when Sekou Sanyika tackled Oklahoma QB Brandon Daniels behind the line of scrimmage, forcing a fumble on the play. Andre Carter picked up the ball at the Oklahoma 10-yard-line and returned it to the Sooner 5-yard-line. A two-yard gain by Joshua White set up a touchdown pass to Dameane Douglas from three yards out. The conversion made it 7-6 Bears with 1:22 left in the first quarter.
Oklahoma drove as deep as Cal's 11-yard-line on its next drive, but a holding penalty pushed the Sooners back and a 38-yard field goal by Jeff Ferguson sailed wide left.
Oklahoma was right back in business after Cal's offense was stopped in three plays. OU's Jarrall Jackson then returned Nick Harris' punt 54 yards to put the ball at the Cal 12-yard line. Cal's defense rose up and stopped the Soooners after three plays netted only two yards. A short Oklahoma field goal failed when Kevin Swillis broke through and blocked Ferguson's 28-yard kick, helping Cal maintain its lead.
After taking over on its own 23-yard-line, Cal used 13- and 20-yard completions to Douglas followed by a 27-yard run by Marcus Fields to push to the Sooner 18-yard-line. Tim Wolleck calmly knocked through a 35-yard field goal with 4:26 left in the half to give the Bears a 10-6 lead.
Oklahoma got a big break on its first possession of the second half. After going nowhere on three plays, the Sooners benefited from a roughing the punter penalty that gave them new life. A long run on a 3rd-and-4 situation by DeMond Parker put the ball at the Cal 16-yard-line. Cal's defense stiffened and forced a 37-yard field goal that Matt Reeves converted to make the score 10-9 with 10:03 left in the third quarter.
Cal's defense gave the Bears a break when a Brandon Daniels pass was deflected and Matt Beck picked the ball off for the Bears and returned the ball into Sooner territory. A penalty for an illegal push in the back on the runback meant the drive started at the Cal 39-yard-line. Cal drove as far as the Oklahoma 35-yard-line, but penalties pushed the Bears back and they had to punt the ball away.
Oklahoma put together its most impressive drive of the night to start the fourth quarter, driving 83 yards to the Cal 12-yard-line on 12 plays. Reeves came on to nail a 30-yard field goal and the Sooners had regained a 12-10 lead with 10:09 left in the game.
Cal responded on its next play from scrimmage as Marcus Fields scampered 24 yards to the Oklahoma 46-yard-line. Two plays later, he broke loose for another long-gainer, this one chewing up another 24 yards to the Sooner 19-yard-line. Cal got one more first down, but the drive stalled and Tim Wolleck calmly knocked through a 27-yard field goal with 5:56 left in the game to give the Bears back a 13-12 lead.
Cal's defense then stopped OU, forcing a punt with three and a half minutes left. The Bears, keyed by a 22-yard bootleg by Vedder, were able to run the clock down to a minute before having to punt, and Harris' boot pinned the Sooners back on their 12-yard line. With Jarrod Reese in at quarterback, the OU moved the ball to their 42-yard line. However, Reese was sacked for a 19-yard loss and a desperation pass on the game's final play fell incomplete.
Fields finished the night with a career-high 140 yards on 21 carries, the most for a Cal running back since Brandon Willis rushed for 150 yards in a win at USC in 1996. As a team, the Bears, who entered the game averaging just 8.5 ypg, had 178 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. Vedder was 10-for-26 for 118 yards, including six passes for 66 yards to Dameane Douglas.
GAME NOTES: Cal's defense was hurt by the loss in the first quarter of free safety Pete Destefano with a knee sprain. JC transfer Damian Marzett replaced the hard-hitting Destefano and went the rest of the wayfullback Joshua White also went down with a knee injury midway through the third quarter and Mike Freeman replaced himalthough Tate McCallister started at offensive guard, redshirt-freshman Brandon Ludwig was in on Cal's second offensive series and saw the bulk of the actionCal was hurt throughout the game with penalties, finishing the night with 16 penalties for 130 yards.
Qtr Time Play Score
O 1 8:00 Anderson 58-yard pass from Daniels (kick missed) 0-6
Scoring Drive: 73 yards in 4 plays, 1:36
C 1 1:22 Douglas 3-yard pass from Vedder (Wolleck kick) 7-6
Scoring Drive: 4 yards in 2 plays, 0:18
C 2 4:26 Wolleck, 35-yard field goal 10-6
Scoring Drive: 69 yards in 8 plays, 2:27
O 3 10:03 Reeves 37-yard field goal 10-9
Scoring Drive: 57 yards in 10 plays, 4:48
O 4 10:09 Reeves 30-yard field goal 10-12
Scoring Drive: 83 yards in 12 plays, 4:52
C 4 5:56 Wolleck, 27-yard field goal 13-12
Scoring Drive: 60 yards in 10 plays, 4:02
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS RUSHING
CAL: Fields 21-140
OKLAHOMA: Parker 17-114 Daniels 22-67 Littrell 10-37
PASSING CAL: Vedder 10-26, 118 yards, 1 TD, 0 int
OKLAHOMA: Reese 1-5, 16 yards
Daniels 2-5, 61 yards, 1 int
RECEIVING CAL: Douglas 6-66, 1 TD
Anderson 1-58, 1 TD
Team Statistics CAL OKLAHOMA
First Downs (Rush-Pass-Pen.) 13 (7-5-1) 15 (12-2-1)
Rushing (Att-Net Yds.) 35-178 56-255
Passing (PC-PA-Int.) 10-26-1 3-10-1
Passing Yards 118 77
Total Offensive Plays 61 66
Total Offensive Yards 296 332
Punts-Average 8-40.3 3-38.0
Penalties-Yards 16-130 6-56
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2
Time of Possession 28:21 31:39