Sept. 21, 2002 at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Today's Attendance: 31,816 (6000 walk-up)
Cal Loses First Game of 2002 Despite Holding Air Force Under Scoring Average
In a battle of unbeaten high-scoring teams, Air Force improved to 3-0 with a 23-21 win, while Cal fell to 3-1. The Falcons entered the game averaging 45.0 ppg (tied for 8th in nation), 441.5 total yards/game, and 368.5 rushing yards/game (1st in the nation). They finished the game with 317 total yards and 295 rushing yards. Cal entered the game second in the nation at 50.0 ppg. The Bears still lead the all-time series with the Falcons, 4-2.
Cal Continues to Hold TO Advantage
Cal forced two turnovers (both fumbles) today and threw one INT for a +1 margin. On the season, Cal has forced 14 turnovers (6 INT, 8 FR), while committing only three (2 INT, 1 FL) for a +11 TO margin. The Bears entered the game ranked second in the nation in TO ratio.
Jensen Sets School Record for FG in a Game
Mark Jensen converted 5-of-6 FG attempts (42, 31, 37, 44 and 29) today, giving him the Cal record for FGs made in a game. UCLA's John Lee holds the Pac-10 record for FGs made in a game at 6 (vs. San Diego State in 1984), while the NCAA record of seven has been accomplished twice. Five previous times a Cal kicker had four field goals in a game with the last being Doug Brien in a 46-17 win at Stanford, Nov. 20, 1993. Jensen began the day ranked ninth all-time in Cal career scoring with 171 points and finished the day in a tie for seventh with Sean Dawkins (1990-92) with 186. Jensen is 10-of-13 (.769) on FG attempts this season. Today's record-breaking performance by Jensen comes on the heels of a 3-of-4 game at Michigan State.
Igber Jumps to Fifth All-Time for Cal Career Points
Joe Igber moved from sixth to fifth in career rushing at Cal today with his 18 carries for 74 yards. He now has 2328 yards for his career on 507 carries. He is 176 yards away from John Olszewski (1950-52), who is fourth with 2504 yards.
Boller Has Worst Statistical Game this Season, Not Helped by Dropped Passes
Kyle Boller had his worst statistical game of the 2002 season, completing only 13-of-37 passes for 216 yards with 1 INT and 1 TD, but he wasn't helped by unofficially at least 10 dropped passes by several different receivers. On the last drive of the game, there were several dropped passes.
Makonnen Scores First TD of the Season
Just when it seemed Cal would be held without a TD for the first time in almost two years, JC wide receiver transfer Jonathan Makonnen scored on a 17-yard TD catch with 31 seconds left in the game. The TD was his first as a Golden Bear and brought Cal within two points at 23-21. Makonnen finished the day with Cal's best receiving game this season as he had five catches for 92 yards.
Air Force Becomes First Cal Opponent to Block FG in Four Years
Air Force's Eric Thompson blocked Cal's 38-yard FG attempt late in the second quarter, becoming the first Cal opponent to block a FG since Washington State's Jesse Ratcliff did it in 1998.
Bears Fail to Score in Red Zone For First Time All Year
Cal entered the game 16-of-16 (12 TDs, 4 FG) in red zone scoring opportunities and nearly remained perfect after today's game if it weren't for a block field goal by Air Force. Today, Cal was 4-of-5 on red zone scoring opportunities with three FGs and 1 TD. Prior to the blocked FG attempt from Air Force's 22-yard line, Cal had advanced to the Falcons 12-yard line but was pushed back by a 10-yard holding penalty.
Cal Holds Opponents Scoreless in the Second Quarter
Cal opponents have yet to score in the second quarter, while the Bears have tallied 38 points. Today, Cal had six second quarter points.
2002 Air Force Football Post-Game Notes
Vs. California (Sept. 21)
Air Force has defeated a team from the Big 10 (Northwestern) and the Pac-10 (California) this season for the first time in school history.
This season marks the first time since 1998 that Air Force has beaten two teams from BCS conferences in a single season. In 1998, the team beat Wake Forest from the ACC, 42-0, and Washington of the Pac-10, 45-25.
Today's win over 23rd-ranked California is AFA's first on the road over a ranked team since beating No. 25 Wyoming, 10-3, in Laramie in 1998. The 23rd-ranked Bears are the highest-ranked team AFA has beaten on the road since beating eighth-ranked Notre Dame, 20-17, in overtime in South Bend in 1996.
Air Force improves to 3-0 this season to mark the seventh time in the Fisher DeBerry era (1980) that the Falcons have opened a season 3-0. In the previous six times, AFA has averaged 10 wins per season and gone to a bowl game each year. The Falcons have won 10 or more games four of the years. The other 3-0 starts under DeBerry follow: '85 (12-1), '89 (8-4-1), '91 (10-3), '97 (10-3), '98 (12-1), '00 (9-3).
Today's win makes Air Force just the second MWC team to defeat a ranked non-conference opponent in the conference's four years. The win improves the league to 5-17 (Utah) all-time. Colorado State has the other four wins.
Air Force has now won 21 of its last 25 non-conference games.
Air Force has now won 19 of its last 30 road games dating back to 1997.
The Falcons improve to 25-30-2 all-time against teams from the Pac-10 Conference. Today is the school's third straight win over a Pac-10 team.
Air Force improves to 14-10-1 all-time under Fisher DeBerry following an open week.
The Falcons improve to 46-18 since 1997, ranking them 12th nationally in total wins over that span.
California's first quarter field and 3-0 lead marks the first time this season that Air Force has trailed in a game.
Air Force's blocked field goal in the second quarter is the team's second blocked kick this season. AFA also blocked a punt in the season opening win over Northwestern. Eric Thompson blocked the field goal to record the first block of his career. The Falcons have blocked 77 kicks since 1990 which ranks second nationally to Virginia Tech, who has 80.
The fullback position recorded a season-high in yards rushing today. Since 1990, Air Force is 32-7 when the fullback position gains 100 or more yards. AFA hit the 100-yard mark just once last season. The team rushed for 170 yards at Hawaii, but lost 52-30.
Today marks the first time Air Force has held a team without a touchdown since beating Tennessee Tech, 42-0, last season in the second game of the year.
Wes Crawley's interception is his first this season and fourth of his career. He is AFA's active career leader in interceptions.
Adam Cole's 40-yard run in the second quarter is the longest of his career. He entered today's game with one carry for two yards. The 40 yard run is the third longest by a Falcon this season.
Matt McCraney's quarterback sack in the second quarter is his second this season and third of his career.
Steve Massie's 49-yard run in the third quarter is the longest of his career. The 49 yard run is also the second longest by a Falcon this season.
Chance Harridge rushed for a career-high in yards today to record the first 100-yard game of his career. He also rushed for a career-high three touchdowns vs. Cal to mark his second multiple-touchdown game of the season. He also had two touchdowns rushing vs. Northwestern.