Nov. 20, 2004
With today's 41-6 victory over Stanford, Cal (9-1, 7-1 Pac-10) finishes the regular season with a 5-0 home record, its first undefeated home season since the 1950 squad finished 6-0-1 in Memorial Stadium. The last undefeated and untied Cal home campaign came in 1949 (6-0). Jeff Tedford also becomes the first Cal coach to orchestrate three straight wins over Stanford since Pappy Waldorf directed the Bears to three straight Big Game triumphs in each of his first three seasons at the helm (1947-48). The last time the Cal football team posted three consecutive wins in the Big Game series was 1958-60, but it came under two different head coaches (Pete Elliott in 1958 and 1959 and Marv Levy in 1960). Stanford tallied only two field goals today, marking the third time this season Cal has held an opponent without a touchdown and since the 1968 Bear Minimum defense posted three shutouts.
Today's 35-point victory is the biggest point differential in the Big Game since Stanford defeated Cal 41-0 in 1930. It marks the biggest Cal victory in the Big Game since Cal defeated Stanford 72-7 in 1921. With today's 41 points, the Bears have now scored 40 or more points six times this season. Cal rushed for 307 yards in today's game, the fourth time this season the Bears have rushed for 300+ yards in a game. With today's loss, Stanford finishes its season with a 4-7 record, 2-6 in the Pac-10. Stanford accumulated 180 yards of total offense and was penalized 14 times for 126 yards.
Bears Set Home Attendance Average Record
With today's sellout crowd of 72,981, Cal sets a new season home attendance average record of 64,019. The previous record of 59,571 was set in 1949. Today also marks the first Big Game sellout since 85,500 watched the 1997 contest at Stanford and the first capacity crowd in Berkeley since 1994 when Memorial Stadium held 75,662.
Arrington Rushes to New Cal Single Season Record
Cal TB J.J. Arrington surpassed Chuck Muncie's 1975 school rushing record of 1,460 yards with his 169 yards rushing today. After carrying the ball 27 times for 169 yards, Arrington owns the school season rushing mark with 1,584 yards. Arrington surpassed Muncie with a 33-yard rush to the Cal 49-yard line with 26 seconds left in the first quarter. With a 22-yard rush late in the third quarter, Arrington surpassed the 100-yard mark for the 10th-consecutive game, extending his own Cal consecutive 100-yard rushing game record and breaking Muncie's record for 100-yard rushing games in a season (9 in 1975). Arrington needs one more 100-yard game to tie the Pac-10 single season record of 11 100-yard games in a single season held by Marcus Allen (USC, 1981). Arrington now has 12 100-yard rushing games during his career, a mark that stands behind only Russell White and Muncie's 15 100-yard career rushing games. Arrington had one rushing touchdown today to give him 14 rushing touchdowns for the season, tying the school record held by three Cal players (Adimchinobe Echemandu in 2003, Lindsey Chapman in 1993, Russell White in 1991). In only 11 career starts, Arrington has now rushed for 169+ yards a remarkable seven times.
Lynch Continues Torrid Average Yards Per Carries Mark
Cal TB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 9 times for 122 yards today, for 13.6 yards per carry. Lynch entered the game having rushed for 440 yards on 52 carries for 8.5 yards per carry. With 122 yards rushing today, Lynch and Arrington have now each rushed for over 100 yards in a game two times this season (also last week at Washington). Lynch has now rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games becoming the first Cal freshman to accomplish the feat since Terrell Williams rushed for 104 at Oregon State and 108 yards vs. Arizona during the 2001 season. For the second game in a row, Lynch threw a complete pass. With 9:26 left to play in today's game, Lynch threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Burl Toler.
McArthur Becomes Cal's Career Reception Leader
WR Geoff McArthur became Cal's all-time leading career receiver with his five catches today. McArthur now has 196 catches, surpassing Dameane Douglas (195 receptions, 1995-98) for the career reception lead. McArthur caught a 3-yard pass from QB Reggie Robertson in the fourth quarter to break the Cal career reception record.
Cal QB Aaron Rodgers had an extremely efficient day passing the ball, completing 11 passes in only 14 attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown. Rodgers now has thrown 21 touchdown passes this season. Cal's 17 pass attempts are the fewest pass attempts since the Bears threw the ball 18 times vs. Southern Miss and Arizona last year.
Riddle Nears School Season Sack Record
Cal DE Ryan Riddle recorded two sacks today and now has 12.5 on the season, moving him up to a tie for fourth on the Bears' single season chart with Mawuko Tugbenyoh (1999). Andre Carter set the Cal record of 13.5 in 2000. Riddle began the day as the Pac-10's sack leader with 10.5.
Cal's LB Wendell Hunter recovered a fumble in the first quarter after LB Joe Maningo sacked Stanford QB T.C. Ostrander...the Bears' fumbled on their first drive of the game...with 2 passes broken up today, CB Harrison Smith has recorded 12 passes defensed this season. That total moves Smith up to a tie for No. 4 on Cal's single-season passes broken up list. Smith is tied with Isaac Booth who broke up 12 passes in 1993 and trails Jemeel Powell who holds the single season record with 16 passes broken up in 2000.
PK Tom Schneider was 2-of-2 on field goal attempts today (42 and 28 yards), equaling the season-high two field goals Cal converted against Arizona State (2-of-4)...12 penalties today is a season high for the Bears, and Stanford's 14 penalties sets a Cal opponent high...Cal's (7) and its opponent's (9) previous most penalized game was against Oregon State this year.