Nov. 15, 2003
California vs. Washington Game Notes
November 15, 2003 - Memorial Stadium - Berkeley, CA
Cal is now 6-6 overall (4-3 Pac-10) on the season, while Washington falls to 5-6 overall (3-4 in the Pac-10). The Bears last home win over the Huskies was in 1975 when Cal defeated Washington, 27-24. The victory also marked Cal's biggest win against Washington since 1922, when the Bears won 45-7. This is also Cal's biggest conference win since 1922, when the Bears defeated Washington State, 61-0, in the old Pacific Coast Conference.
Jeff Tedford Notches 13th Career Win
Today's win was the 13th victory overall for Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. If the Bears win next week's Big Game at Stanford, Tedford would have the most wins in his first two seasons since Pappy Waldorf's 19-2 record in his first two years as a Cal head coach (1947-1948).
Cal Opens with Longest Play of the Year
Cal QB Aaron Rodgers' 79-yard TD pass to WR Geoff McArthur on Cal's first play from scrimmage was Cal's longest play of the year (previous - 65-yard pass from QB Reggie Robertson to McArthur vs. Kansas State Aug. 23) and Cal's longest completion in any game since Kyle Boller threw an 81-yard pass to Derek Swafford vs. Oregon State on Nov. 4, 2000. It also tied for the seventh-longest pass play in school history. The play was Cal's quickest score in a game (14:42 of the 1st quarter) since Cal scored a TD with 14:43 on the clock vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 1994.
McArthur Breaks Cal Single-Season Receiving Mark
With his 79-yard touchdown from QB Aaron Rodgers on the first play of the game, WR Geoff McArthur broke the Cal single-season receiving yardage mark on the pass. He entered the game with 1,079 yards and the play gave him 1,158 yards, vaulting him past Bobby Shaw (1,093 in 1997) and Dameane Douglas (1,150) on Cal's all-time list. McArthur finished with 180 yards on six catches and one TDs against the Huskies. He now has 1,259 career yards and 129 career catches. He currently ranks eighth on Cal's career reception list. McArthur is the first player in Cal history to ever have four games with 150+ receiving yards.
Arrington Shines in Echemandu's Absence
TB J.J. Arrington's 68-yard run in the second quarter was the longest for Cal this season. He also had a 51-yard run in the first quarter. This season, the Bears have put together seven 100+-yard rushing games. Arrington's 185 rushing yards was a career-high and marked his second 100+ rushing yard game this year (16-144 vs. Southern Mississippi). With his one touchdown, Arrington now has seven TDs (5 rushing) this season. His 185 rushing yards ties for 14th most in a game in Cal's history. With 14 carries, Arrington's yards per carry average was 13.2.
Reliable Rodgers Passes for Most Yards This Season
Cal QB Aaron Rodgers had his finest passing game this year, going 20-of-33 for 348 yards with three touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Rodgers' totals on the season are 162-of-277 for 2,150 yards with 14 TDs and 4 interceptions.
Cal Breaks Total Yards Record
Cal's 729 total yards today against Washington broke the Bears' former record of 670 against Utah, Oct. 11, 1958. The QB/SAF for the Utes that game was none other than Cal's radio announcer Lee Grosscup. Against the Huskies, Cal had 348 yards in the air and 381 yards on the ground.
Defense Holds Washington to 7 Points
After scoring a touchdown in the second quarter, the Huskies were unable to muster any other scores against Cal's defense. SAF Ryan Gutierrez led the Bears with 10 total tackles. Cal also tallied five sacks and 9 total tackles for loss. With two interceptions today, the Bears' defense has now made 13 picks this season. CB Daymeion Hughes grabbed his second of the year today against Washington, while CB James Bethea snatched his first, returning it for 21 yards. Overall, nine different Bear have intercepted passes.
Fredrickson-6-for-8 in Field Goals in Last Three Games
With two early field goals today (20, 20), P/PK Tyler Fredrickson's had made six straight, before missing two field goals later in the game. Since going 2-for-6 at UCLA on Oct. 18, he was 3-for-3 at Arizona State (29, 33, 47), 1-for-1 at Oregon (53) and 2-for-4 today.
Second Quarter Key in Cal's Victories
Cal's play in the second quarter has been a key factor in their six wins this season. Today, the Bears outscored the Huskies, 20-7, in the second stanza, giving Cal a remarkable 116-14 edge in the second quarter of its victories. The following marks the Bears' lead in the second quarter of their five other wins: 20-0 over Southern Mississippi, 14-0 over Illinois, 14-0 over USC, 21-0 over Arizona and 27-7 over Arizona State.
With wins against USC, Arizona State and now Washington, Cal has defeated the three teams that were picked to finish at the top of the Pac-10 Conference...Cal's 54 points was the most this season...Cal's 20 points in the second quarter gave the Bears their largest lead at the half this season (33-7)...FB Chris Manderino's 15-yard rush in the third quarter was the longest of his career. His previous long was for seven yards...TB J.J. Arrington's 185 rushing yards and WR Geoff McArthur's 180 receiving yards, marks the second time this season that Cal has had a receiver and rusher both tally 100+ yards in a game...Cal's 381 yards rushing is the second 300+ rushing yard game for the Bears this season.