Cal-New Mexico State Postgame Notes
Sept. 12, 2004
With today's 41-14 victory, No. 12 Cal improves to 2-0 on the season while New Mexico State falls to 0-2. Cal is 2-0 all-time vs. New Mexico State, its first meeting coming in Coach Jeff Tedford's first season on Sept. 7, 2002 when the Bears beat the Aggies 34-13 in Berkeley. Today was the Golden Bears' fifth win a row dating back to last season, and Cal's seventh victory in its last eight games. Cal has won three home openers in a row under Coach Tedford. The Golden Bears have won four of their last five home openers. The Bears have now scored 40 or more points in three straight games and in six of their past eight games.
Today's attendance of 58,949 was the largest home-opener crowd in Cal history. The former record for attendance at a home opener stood at 56,000, set on Sept. 5, 1992 when the Bears defeated San Jose State, 46-16. It was also the largest crowd to attend a non-"Big Game" at Memorial Stadium since 67,000 attended the Cal v. Nebraska game on Sept. 12, 1998. Today's attendance also surpassed last year's highest attendance of 51,208 v. USC. Memorial Stadium has a total capacity of 67,537.
With his first reception of the game, for 15 yards, senior wide receiver Geoff McArthur became the second-all time leading receiver in Cal history. McArthur had two receptions for 31 yards today and now has 2,364 yards, passing Brian Treggs (1988-91) and Dameane Douglas (1995-98) who both had 2,335 career receiving yards. The all-time leader in career receiving yards is Bobby Shaw (1994-97) with 2,731 yards.
Junior quarterback Aaron Rodgers moved up from No. 15 to No. 11 all-time at Cal in career total offense with 3,595 yards, passing such legends as Russell White and Joe Roth. Rodgers surpassed Paul Larson who had 3,519 yards from 1951-54.
Junior quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 254 yards passing yards in the first half marked his second-best passing performance in a first half. Rodgers' passed for 257 yards versus Washington on Nov. 15, 2003. Rodgers completed 16-of-19 passes (84.2%) and threw two touchdowns in the first half today.
With his four-catch, 111-yard receiving game today, senior wide receiver Chase Lyman has 359 yards in his last three games. Lyman had 526 career yards before the Insight Bowl last season, where he exploded for 149 yards in relief of an injured Geoff McArthur on Dec. 26, 2003 v. Virginia Tech. Today marks Lyman's second 100-yard receiving game of his career; he came close last weekend, catching three balls for 99 yards at Air Force. Lyman is averaging 30 yards per reception this season.
With his three rushing touchdowns today, senior tailback J.J. Arrington is the first Cal running back to have three rushing touchdowns in consecutive games since Lindsey Chapman accomplished the feat v. Stanford (Nov. 20) and Hawaii (Nov. 27) during the 1993 season. Arrington's third touchdown for 69 yards with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter was his sixth rushing touchdown on the year. Today marked Arrington's fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career. With 177 yards on 15 carries today, Arrington has now rushed for 358 yards in the last two games and is already more than halfway to reaching his rushing total of 607 yards last year. Arrington has now has now rushed for 170+ yards in a game on three occasions (185 v. Washington last year, 181 v. Air Force last week, and 177 today). Arrington is averaging 11.5 yards per rush this season.
With four rushing touchdowns today, Cal now has 11 rushing touchdowns in its first two games, a total that eclipses the total rushing touchdowns scored by the Bears in three out of the last six seasons (2001: eight, 1999: six, 1998: seven).
Cal rushed for 336 yards today; the Bears have now rushed for 2,040 yards over the past eight games, averaging 255 rushing yards per game over that stretch. It is the second consecutive game Cal has rushed for 300+ yards in a game.
For the second week in a row, Cal punted for the first time in the third quarter. Out of the five punts junior David Lonie has kicked this season, three have been inside the 20-yard line and two have been inside the 10-yard line.
With its two scores inside the red zone today, Cal has converted 37 of its last 38 trips inside the twenty-yard line into points.
Cal had 611 yards of total offense today. The last time Cal had 600 or more yards total offense was last season v. Washington (Nov. 15) when Cal had 729 yards of total offense. Cal has now gained 1,184 yards of total offense through two games this year (an average of 592 yards per game).
With 2:41 left in the half, Cal committed its first offensive penalty of the season, a false start for five yards.