Oct. 23, 2004
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers threw three first-half touchdowns and J.J. Arrington topped 100 yards rushing for the sixth consecutive game to lead No. 7 California to a 38-0 rout of Arizona on Saturday.
Geoff McArthur broke the Cal record for career yards receiving with his 11-yard TD reception 11 seconds before halftime. McArthur caught six for 94 yards to give him 2,768 career yards, breaking Bobby Shaw's record of 2,731 set from 1994 through 1997.
Rodgers completed 20 of 27 for 235 yards but was intercepted twice - both by Antoine Cason. They were just the third and fourth picks he has thrown this season.
Arrington gained 135 yards in 24 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Bears (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) posted its first shutout since a 17-0 victory over UCLA on Oct. 16, 1999.
Cal (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10), averaging 518 yards and 41.6 points per game going into the contest, had touchdown drives of 80, 80 and 82 yards in the first half. Arizona (1-6, 0-4) lost its sixth in a row.
The Bears scored twice in the final 1:38 of the first half to surge to a 28-0 lead.
California needed just 2 minutes, 32 seconds to go 82 yards in seven plays. Rodgers threw 21 yards to Chris Manderino for the score to make it 21-0 with 1:38 left in the half. Arrington carried four times for 56 yards on the drive.
Cal's Tim Mixon made an acrobatic interception on the sidelines at the Arizona 48 with 35 seconds to play in the half. Rodgers threw 25 yards to McArthur, then Darrell Brooks was called for an illegal use of his helmet on a tackle to set up Rodgers' TD pass to McArthur that made it 28-0.
Cason's second interception came on Rodgers' 50-yard throw that Wilrey Fontenot deflected out of the hands of the hands of McArthur in the end zone.
The Bears took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 11 plays, capped by Arrington's 1-yard run. The drive began when Rodgers threw a lateral to Terrell Williams, who passed 28 yards to Garrett Cross.
Rodgers was 4-for-4 for 40 yards on the drive.
Rodgers completed all five of his passes on Cal's second scoring drive, capped by a 15-yarder to Jonathan Makonnen for the touchdown to make it 14-0 with 13:54 left in the first half.
Arizona's offense finally got moving when redshirt freshman Richard Kovalcheck, in his first collegiate start, threw 48 yards to Steve Fleming. The Wildcats advanced to the Cal 23, but Donnie McCleskey soared to block Nick Folk's 46-yard field goal attempt with 10:41 left in the second quarter.
Makonnen did not return to the game after he was flattened by a vicious block by Marcus Smith on Cason's second interception return.
Down 14-0, Arizona had a touchdown nullified. Rodgers threw to Makonnen, who lost the ball for what appeared to be a fumble. Arizona's Tony Wingate picked it up and returned it to the end zone, but it was ruled an incomplete pass.