Nov 1, 2003
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. - Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, and Adimchinobe Echemandu became the 10th California runner to have a 1,000-yard season in the Golden Bears' 51-23 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.
Rodgers also went a third consecutive game without an interception, running his string to 79, in a 17-for-22 performance.
Echemandu had a career-high 201 yards last week. This time, he gained 128 yards on 21 carries, scoring on runs of 3 and 2 yards, finishing with 1,009 yards for the season.
Geoff McArthur also hit a milestone in the Bears' biggest offensive showing since humbling Arizona State 55-38 last year. He had four grabs for 160 yards, reaching 1,037 yards for the season - fourth-best in school history.
Cal scored 30 unanswered points after Arizona State trimmed its deficit to 21-17 on a 2-yard run by Loren Wade with 9:32 left in the second quarter.
Andrew Walter, who ignored sprained ligaments in his right ankle to start for the Sun Devils (4-5, 1-4), threw a 32-yard TD pass to Skyler Fulton before the swelling and pain forced him out after three quarters.
Walter was 11-of 26 for 170 yards, but was intercepted twice.
Freshman Sam Keller threw an 11-yard pass to Jamaal Lewis for Arizona State's final TD.
The Bears had a season-high 41 points in the first half, covering 240 yards on 14 plays on their first three scoring drives.
The first took two plays - Rodgers' 37-yard pass to Toler, and the 43-yarder to McArthur with 9:01 left in the first quarter.
Echemandu broke a 48-yard run to set up his 3-yard TD run with 3:22 left, and the Bears took a 21-10 lead on Toler's 5-yard scoring grab 1:34 into the second quarter.
McArthur had a 47-yard catch on that drive, with 10 yards to the 10 tacked on by a facemask penalty on cornerback Josh Golden.
Arizona State, which never managed better than a 7-all tie in the game, got back within four points on the scoring run by Wade, who had 107 yards for his third straight 100-yard game.
But Arrington broke away for his TD, Rodgers passed to Strang for another and Fredrickson had 29- and 33-yard field goals in the final 6:41.
Walter's ankle wasn't an issue on Arizona State's first drive - he handed off eight straight times as the Sun Devils moved 47 yards to the Cal 11. And his first pass was well-thrown, but Cal rover Donnie McCleskey wrestled it away from Lewis in the end zone for an interception.
On the next drive, Walter was 6-of-9, finishing with the scoring toss to Fulton to tie the game at 7 before Cal's firepower took over.