Cal vs. BYU Game Notes

BYU's 44-16 victory over Cal today improves the Cougarbs' record to 3-0 this season. The Golden Bears fall to 0-2 for the year, the first time Cal has started the season 0-2 since 1995. BYU improves t
By Cal Athletics on Sat, September 08, 2001

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Sept. 8, 2001

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The Records
BYU's 44-16 victory over Cal today improves the Cougarbs' record to 3-0 this season. The Golden Bears fall to 0-2 for the year, the first time Cal has started the season 0-2 since 1995. BYU improves to 2-0 in the series between the two schools.

In the history of Cal football, which dates back to 1882, the Bears have never given up 40 or more points in the first two games of a season. The last time Cal gave up 40 or more points in back-to-back games was in the last three games of the 1996 season.

Today's attendance is 33,043.

Turnovers, Special Teams Miscues Haunt Bears Again
The Golden Bears fumbled the ball twice and had two significant special teams breakdowns in the 2nd quarter. The sequence of events dramatically altered the course of today's game:

  • Junior PK Mark Jensen missed a 27-yard field goal following a bad snap. It would have given the Bears a 10-0 lead,
  • On the ensuing drive, the Cougars successfully faked a punt that continued a 63-yard scoring drive to even the score at 7 apiece,
  • On the Bears' final two drives of the quarter, junior TB Joe Igber and junior QB Kyle Boller each fumbled the ball, allowing BYU to score two touchdowns before halftime to take a 21-7 lead. The Cougars scored these two touchdowns in the final 2:04 of the first half.

    Another turnover in the 3rd quarter on an interception by Boller helped BYU increase its lead to 28-7. Overall, BYU scored 21 of their 44 points after Cal turnovers in today's game. In two games, 45 of the 88 points Cal has given up have come as a result of turnovers. For the season, the Bears have turned the ball over eight times (5 fumbles, 3 INTS) and have forced no turnovers.

    Boller Moves Into 10th Place on Cal's Career Passing Chart
    Junior QB Kyle Boller was 19-for-33 for 242 yards, moving him past Joe Roth (3669 yards, 1975-76) into 10th place on Cal's career passing chart with 3,850 yards. Boller also rushed for 42 yards on 13 carries in today's game. He had a career-long 29-yard scramble in the third quarter.

    Fields Continues His Torrid Return
    After missing the final 10 games of last season with a fractured shoulder, Cal senior FB Marcus Fields has made his presence felt this year. He put the Bears up 7-0 with a 25-yard TD reception in the first quarter. On the day, he caught 5 passes for 79 yards. Fields has now caught 9 passes this season for 133 yards.

    Igber Moves Closer to 7th on Cal's Career Rushing Chart
    Junior TB Joe Igber rushed for 42 yards on 16 carries in today's game, giving him 1830 yards in his career. Igber now needs 80 yards to move past John Tuggle (1909 yards, 1979-82) into seventh place on Cal's career rushing chart. He also caught 4 passes for 36 yards today.

    Igber left the game in the 4th quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return.

    Terrell Williams Makes Most of Each Carry
    For the second-straight week, true freshman TB Terrell Williams made the most of his opportunities to rush with the ball. He rushed for 24 yards on 5 carries today and is now averaging an impressive 6.7 yards per carry on 10 carries (67 yards) this season.

    Reserve QB Holtfretter Effective In Limited Action
    Senior back-up QB Eric Holtfretter has performed admirably in limited minutes in the fourth quarter in each of the Bears games this season. He was 4-of-5 for 49 yards passing and completed his first career TD pass, a 19-yard pass to FB Ryan Stanger. Last week, Holtfretter was 5-of-6 for 30 yards.

    Three Dot Data
    By holding BYU scoreless in the first quarter, Cal became the first team to hold the Cougars scoreless in a quarter this season...Cal kicker Mark-Christian Jensen is 2-for-3 on field goal attempts this year...Cal has yet to record a sack this season ...the Bears won the time of possession battle for the second-straight week (33:12 to 26:48)...Cal's defense held BYU to 2 of 10 on 3rd-down conversions and is now holding opponents to 7-of-25 (28.0 percent) on 3rd downs...conversely, today Cal was 9-of-15 on 3rd-down conversions and is 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) on 3rd downs in two games.


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