Oct. 23, 1999
BERKELEY - The Records
Washington's 31-27 victory today over Cal marks the 17th-straight victory by the Huskies over the Golden Bears. The last time Cal beat Washington was in 1976 when the Bears prevailed 7-0 in Husky Stadium. Washington is now 4-3 overall (3-1 Pac-10) while Cal drops to 3-4 overall (2-2 Pac-10). Washington now leads the series vs. Cal 43-32-4.
For the first time this season, Cal lost the game after scoring first. Previously this season, Cal defeated both Rutgers and UCLA after scoring first. Despite a superior rushing performance in today's game by Cal freshman running back Joe Igber (182 yards), Cal drops to 41-9-1 in games in which the Bears have rushed for 150 or more yards since the beginning of the 1990 season.
Bears Score Most Points in a Game this Season
The 27 points scored by the Golden Bears in today's game are the most points scored by a Cal team since the Bears scored 32 points at USC on October 10, 1998.
Igber Continues To Ignite Cal Offense
Freshman running back Joe Igber continued to shine with a career-best 184 rushing yards on 35 carries in today's game. Igber's 182 yards is the 15th-best rushing performance in Cal history, and the most by a Cal running back since Tyrone Edwards rushed for 205 vs. Stanford (November 19, 1994). It's also the most rushing yards ever by a freshman running back at Cal (old record was 139 yards by Marc Hicks at Missouri on October 5, 1985).
Igber's performance marks the first time a Cal running back has put together three-consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Brandon Willis (1994, 96-97) put together 107-, 129-, and 150-yard performances against Nevada, Oregon State, and USC during the 1996 season. Igber previously had 116 yards at BYU and 113 yards at UCLA over the past two weeks. On the Bears drive to end the first quarter today, Igber caught a career-best 19-yard pass from Kyle Boller. The reception helped key a one-yard Igber TD run, the second rushing touchdown of his career.
Sanyika's Two Interceptions Lead to 10 Points For Bears
In the first minute of the game, senior linebacker Sekou Sanyika corralled his first interception of the season, taking it 34 yards to Washington's one-yard line. Three seconds later, Joshua White ran the ball for his second touchdown of the season and fifth of his career. With 7:27 left in the first half, Sanyika caught his second interception of the game, and fourth of his career, returning it three yards to the Huskie 17-yard line. Cal freshman placekicker Mark-Christian Jensen ended the drive for Cal with a 33-yard field goal. Sanyika's four career interceptions have come in two games, today and versus Houston in 1998.
Carter Recovers Fumble On Critical 4th and One (Ball on 12) Defensive Stance
With Washington deep in Cal territory and the Bears clinging to a 14-10 lead with 9:41 left in the second quarter, junior defensive end Andre Carter recovered Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo's fumbled snap on the Bears 12-yard line on a 4th and one attempt. The fumble recovery was Carter's first of the year and seventh for the Bears this season.
Deltha O'Neal Makes Big Plays
Senior defensive back/return specialist made his fifth interception of the season in the fourth quarter to key a Cal field goal drive to put the Bears ahead 27-24. O'Neal now has seven interceptions in his career.
Cal Makes Field Goals
Freshman placekicker Mark Christian-Jensen made field goals from 33- and 22-yards in today's game. It's the first time Cal converted two field goals in a game since the Bear's 20-19 victory over Oregon State on October 31, 1998. Christian-Jensen also missed a 48-yard attempt and is now 3-of-4 on field goal attempts this season. As a team, Cal is 4-of-11 on field goal attempts this year.
Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo's 83-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom ties for the second longest touchdown pass in Washington history. In 1996, Brock Huard and Corey Dillon connected on an 83-yard touchdown pass against San Jose State. Washington slot back Dane Looker made season-long receptions of 39 and 36 yards in today's game. Tuiasosopo threw for a career-best 300 yards in today's game. Senior flanker Gerald Harris had a career-best 111 receiving yards on five catches today.
Three Dot Data
The Bears scored 14 points in the first quarter for the first time since a 42-37 victory over San Diego State, Sept. 14, 1996...converted wide receiver Jemeel Powell's 19-yard reception in the first quarter was his first of his career...another former defensive back turned wide receiver, Drae Harris, caught a 14-yard pass for his longest reception of his career...Cal had four sacks for 15 yards in today's game...ILB Keith Miller had a career-best 13 tackles.