Cal vs. Arizona Football Game Notes
Oct. 1, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal vs. Arizona Football Game Notes
Oct. 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Today's Attendance: 55,944
The Records: With today's 28-0 victory over Arizona, Cal is off to a 5-0 start (2-0 Pac-10) for the first time since the 1996 season and for only the fifth time since 1950. Arizona falls to 1-3 overall (0-1 Pac-10). The Golden Bears have won 12 straight regular season games dating back to Oct. 9, 2004, when seventh-ranked Cal lost to No. 1 USC, 23-17. Cal also has won 10 straight home games dating back to an Oct. 4, 2003, loss to Oregon State. Cal now leads the series with Arizona, 12-11-2.
Cal Blanks Arizona in Back-to-Back Years: Cal shut out Arizona, 38-0, in Tucson last year and 28-0 today, marking the first time Cal has held an opponent scoreless in back-to-back years since the Bears accomplished that feat vs. Washington State in 1969 (W, 17-0) and 1970 (W, 45-0). The shutout today was Cal's first since the Bears defeated Arizona State, 27-0, Oct. 30, 2004, in Berkeley. Last year, Cal held Arizona to 245 total yards (86 rushing, 159 passing). In today's game, the Wildcats tallied 206 total yards (37 rushing, 169 passing). Cal entered the game ranked 15th in the nation in scoring defense at 13.25. Through five games, Cal has surrendered 10.6 points per game.
Tedford Third-Fastest Cal Coach to 30 Wins: With today's victory, coach Jeff Tedford's Cal record improved to 30-13, making him the third fastest Cal football coach to reach 30 wins. He trails only Pappy Waldorf (33 games) and Stub Allison (37 games).
Lynch Extends Cal's 100-Yard Rusher Streak to 17: Sophomore TB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 20 times for 107 yards and one TD (one-yard rush in first quarter) in his first playing time since breaking his pinky finger on his left hand against Washington. This marks the 17th consecutive game Cal has had a 100-yard rusher. In the first quarter, Lynch recorded a season-long 29-yard rush.
Arizona Ends Cal's 200-Yard Rushing Streak at 10 Games: Arizona snapped Cal's streak of 10 straight games rushing for at least 200 yards. The Wildcats held the Bears to 194-yards rushing. Arizona was the last team prior to Cal's streak to hold the Bears under 200 yards rushing (192 on the ground in 2004).
Ayoob Delivers Balanced Game: QB Joe Ayoob completed 14-of-20 passes for 137 yards and two TDs and rushed for another nine yards on 10 carries. He also notched his fourth rushing TD in the last two games - a one-yard play in the second quarter to help put Cal up 14-0. Ayoob's first five passes were caught by five different receivers. Overall, six Cal players caught passes against Arizona.
Jordan Tallies Fourth TD Catch of Season: With 9:45 left in the third quarter, sophomore WR Robert Jordan caught a 39-yard TD pass from Joe Ayoob, who had to scramble to get free for the pass. The TD was Jordan's fourth of the season and sixth of his career, propelling Cal to a 21-0 advantage.
Mixon, Hughes Post Interceptions in Consecutive Games: CB Tim Mixon posted his second interception (returned nine yards) in as many weeks in the first quarter today. In the third quarter with Arizona driving into Cal territory, Daymeion Hughes snared his third interception of the season and returned the ball 20 yards. With under five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Hughes grabbed his second interception and returned the ball 21 yards. The interceptions gave Hughes three in the last two games. Mixon and Hughes have accounted for all six of Cal's interceptions this year. Mixon also did a good job returning punts today. In the first quarter, he returned one for 27 yards. He returned three punts for a total of 45 yards today.
Bishop Leads Cal In Tackles in Four of Five Games: Junior LB Desmond Bishop paced Cal with six tackles today. This marked the fourth time in five games this year Bishop has led the Bears in tackles. He is Cal's overall tackle leader this season with 38.
Special Teams Highlights: In the final three minutes of the first quarter, Abu Ma'afala blocked Arizona's 50-yard field goal attempt, which was Cal's third blocked kick of the season. Justin Moye' blocked a punt in week one and Thomas DeCoud blocked a FG in week four.
Bear Bits: Junior TE Eric Beegun caught his first career pass (7 yards) in the first quarter on Cal's first touchdown drive of the game...Beegun finished the day with two catches for 18 yards...Cal has scored in 18 of 20 quarters this season, with Chris Manderino icing the win over Arizona with a 10-yard TD reception with 1:51 left in the contest...the TD was Manderino's second of the year (the other was rushing)...the Bears haven't given up an offensive TD since the second quarter of the Illinois game (10 quarters)...Cal had only one turnover in the last three games (interception on the first play from scrimmage at Washington) but had two today (1 INT, 1 fumble)...Arizona's Antoine Carson tallied his third interception against Cal in the last two years today...Mike Bell led Arizona with 60-yards rushing on 19 carries, marking the ninth time in the last 10 games Cal has held its opponent without a 100-yard rusher...Arizona sacked Cal QB Joe Ayoob five times today...prior to today, Cal had allowed four sacks through its first four games...Cal punter David Lonie launched six punts for an average of 44.5 yards, with a long of 51 yards. He put two punts inside the 20...Lonie had a 67-yard punt nullified due to an Arizona penalty.