Oct. 31, 2004
Cal (6-1, 4-1 Pac-10) defeated Arizona State (6-2, 3-2 Pac-10), 27-0, marking the first time since 1968 that the Golden Bears have shut out back-to-back opponents. That year, Cal defeated Colorado, 10-0, and San Jose State, 46-0, in consecutive weeks in Berkeley. That "Bear Minimum" defense had three shutouts on the year. ASU had not been shut out since 1995 (USC, 31-0), ending its school-record 109-game streak without a shutout. Today's attendance was 52,652.
Today's Cal victory also means several things for the Bears, most notably that they are bowl-eligible. Cal improves to 6-1 for the first time since 1991 when the Bears finished 10-2, ranked eighth in the final AP poll and defeated Clemson, 37-13, in the Citrus Bowl. Finally, Cal is guaranteed three straight winning seasons for the first time since Pappy Waldorf's juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52.
Arrington Becomes Fastest Bear to 1,000 Yards
With a nine-yard run with 10:09 left in the second quarter, Cal TB J.J. Arrington reached 1,002-yards rushing in 2004, becoming the fastest Cal player (7 games) to reach the 1000-yard season rushing plateau. Chuck Muncie, who set the school record with 1,460 yards during the 1975 season, reached the 1,000-yard barrier in his eighth game. Against ASU, Arrington carried the ball 30 times for 188 yards (16th single-game rushing effort in Cal history) and one TD and has rushed for 1,106 yards in 2004, ranking No. 5 in school history for single season rushing yards. This also marks the seventh consecutive game Arrington has rushed for 100 yards in a game, extending his school record. Arrington has now rushed for at least 170 yards in five of his 19 career games and owns five of the Bears' 25 all-time best rushing games.
Jordan Has Breakout Game
Cal WR Robert Jordan, a true freshman, led Cal's receiving corps with seven catches for a career-best 116 yards and his first collegiate TD. He entered the game with five catches for 40 yards in two games, with all of his catches coming against Arizona last week. Jordan scored his touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers 10 seconds into the game, the Golden Bears' fastest score this season. In the first minute of the second half, Jordan caught a 27-yard pass from Rodgers.
Cal's Defense Excels in First Half
Cal held ASU scoreless in the first two quarters, giving the Bears' six consecutive shutout quarters. It was the first time this season an opponent has shut out the Sun Devils for the entire first half. ASU also failed to cross midfield in the first half and had only four first downs.
Bears Cause Five Turnovers, Score 21 Points off Them
Cal forced five turnovers (four fumbles, one INT) for the first time since the game at Arizona State in 2002 (Cal won 55-38). The Golden Bears scored 21 points off those turnovers today. ASU's Josh Golden fumbled the ball on the opening kickoff at the Sun Devils' 24-yard line and Cal's Thomas DeCoud recovered the ball. Cal's Marcus O'Keith forced the fumble. This is the second time in as many weeks DeCoud has come up big on special teams. He blocked a field goal against Arizona to preserve the 38-0 shutout. With 14:07 to play in the second quarter, Preston Jones committed ASU's second fumble of the game. Cal's Ryan Gutierrez caused the fumble with the hit on the run, and Cal's Lorenzo Alexander recovered the ball. CB Tim Mixon intercepted an Andrew Walter pass, his second INT of the season and his career, and returned the ball 58 yards for a TD and a 20-0 lead after the extra point. With 2:29 left in the third quarter, SAF Matt Giordano forced WR Terry Richardon to fumble the ball on his tackle, and DE Ryan Riddle recovered the ball. With 14:07 left in the fourth quarter, Riddle forced ASU QB Andrew Walter to fumble the ball and Alexander recovered his second turnover.
Cal's Tom Schneider converted on a 48-yard field goal, which hit the crossbar and then was heading over the crossbar but didn't clear it because it hit a TV camera. The referee ruled the field goal was good because of the interference...Schneider's next attempt from 36 yards with 11:08 left in the second quarter was short, but he capped the first half with a successful 42-yard kick with 10 seconds to play to give the Bears a 13-0 lead...Wendell Hunter posted two sacks today and now has three this second sack of the season...Hunter, the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, had seven tackles (as did Ryan Gutierrez) to lead or tie the Bears in that department for five straight games...ASU finished with 125-yards rushing, the first time in the last six games a Cal opponent has topped the 100-yard rushing mark...Cal recorded a season-high five sacks today (Hunter 2, Joe Maningo 2, Ryan Riddle 1).
Other Arizona State Notes
Andrew Walter moved into eight on the Pac-10 career passing chart, passing Stanford's John Elway who had 9,349 yards (1979-82)...Hakim Hill's 57-yard run in the third quarter was his career long and ASU's season long...ASU had a season-high five turnovers in the game. The team also lost its first fumble of the year. Prior to the game, ASU had been the only team in the country to have yet to lose a fumble...Zach Miller's six catches on the night give him 32 for the season, which ties the ASU freshman single-season record held by Derek Hagan who had 32 in his rookie year in 2002. He has also moved into seventh on the ASU single-season list for receptions by a tight end.