Cal-UCLA Game Notes
Oct. 16, 2004
The Records and Attendance
California improves to 4-1 (2-1 Pac-10) with a 45-28 victory over UCLA today, while the Bruins fall to 4-2 (2-1 Pac-10). UCLA leads the all-time series, 47-27-1, but Cal holds a 9-6 edge since 1990. The Bears' 17-point margin of victory is their biggest since a 17-0 triumph in Pasadena in 1999. Cal has now won seven of its last eight games and nine of its last 11 contests. The Bears have scored at least 40 points four times this year and eight times in the last 11 games.
Today's attendance of 69,898
is the largest for a non-Stanford home game since Oct. 19, 1991, when 74,500 watched No. 3 Washington defeat No. 7 Cal, 24-17.
Arrington Sets Cal's Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Record
Cal TB J.J. Arrington ran for a career-high 205 yards today on 29 carries and two TDs for his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance. With the effort, he surpasses Chuck Muncie who had four consecutive 100-yard rushing games during the 1975 season. His 205-rushing yard performance ties Tyrone Edwards (vs. Stanford, 11/19/94) for the ninth best output in school history and is also Cal's best rushing effort since Edwards' Big Game performance. This marks the third time this season and fourth time in his career Arrington has rushed for at least 170 yards, in only seven career starts. Arrington's 29 carries is a career high, surpassing his previous high of 22 at Oregon State earlier this season.
Arrington now has 783 yards rushing through five games in 2004, averaging 156.6 yards per game.
Arrington scored on a one-yard TD run with 7:19 to play in the second quarter and on a run with 1:29 left in the game, giving him nine rushing TDs for the season. The Cal record of 14 was set by Russell White in 1991 and Lindsey Chapman in 1993.
Rodgers Moves Up Cal Career Offense List
Cal QB Aaron Rodgers moved up from 10th to ninth on Cal's all-time offense list. After throwing for 260 yards (19-of-29) and rushing for 22 yards (four carries), Rodgers has 4290 yards of total offense, surpassing Craig Morton (1962-64) who has 4130.
Rodgers' four TD passes today is his career high for a game. He previously threw for three TDs in four games, including against Oregon State this season. Rodgers' 80-yard TD pass to Geoff McArthur is the longest of his career, with his previous bests being a 79-yarder to McArthur against Washington in 2003 and a 78-yarder to Chase Lyman in the season opener at Air Force.
McArthur Creeps Up Receiving Charts
Cal WR Geoff McArthur caught a season-high nine passes today for 163 yards and two TDs, helping him move up Cal's career record book in several categories. The 163 yards gives McArthur nine 100-yard games in his career, moving him into sole possession of second place for 100-yard receiving games. Bobby Shaw (1994-97) holds the record of 11.
The 163 yards receiving is McArthur's fourth-highest effort of his career. The three higher receiving games came in 2003 at Stanford (245), vs. Washington (180) and vs. Kansas State (169).
McArthur's two TD catches today - a 20-yarder with 10:55 to play in the first quarter and a career-best 80-yarder with 14:07 left in the game - moved him into fourth place with 16 career TD receptions. The three players ahead of McArthur are Sean Dawkins (1990-92) with 31, Bobby Shaw (1994-97) with 27 and Steve Sweeney (1970-72) with 21. McArthur also moved up to third on Cal's career reception list with his nine receptions today. He has 168 for his career, surpassing Na'il Benjamin (1993-96, 165) and Brian Treggs (1988-91, 167). McArthur is 28 receptions shy of breaking Dameane Douglas' (1995-98) school record of 195.
McArthur is in second place on Cal's career receiving yards list with 2674 yards and is 58 yards away from surpassing Bobby Shaw (1994-97, 2731) as Cal's all-time leader.
Cross Breaks Deadlock
Cal TE Garrett Cross had a big day, posting four catches for 53 yards, including a 26-yard TD reception which propelled the Bears to a 21-14 halftime lead. The TD was his second the season.
Lynch Hauls In First Career TD Reception
Cal TB Marshawn Lynch entered today's contest averaging 8.2 yards/carry and more than kept up that torrid pace against UCLA. He had a 42-yard carry on Cal's first play of the second quarter. Lynch also corralled his first career TD reception (27 yards with 9:34 to play) to put Cal ahead 28-14. For the game, he had five rushes for 46 yards for a 9.2 average.
McCleskey Steps Up
Cal's Sid Slater forced UCLA's Michael Pitre to fumble the ball in the final 10 seconds of the second half, and the Bears' ROV Donnie McCleskey recovered the ball. McCleskey tallied one sack today, his second of the season, and his 7.5 of his career.
Cal's defense prevented Cal from earning a first down in the first quarter...UCLA rushed for only 79 yards today, marking the fourth straight game Cal has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing...UCLA TB Maurice Drew scored on a 27-yard TD reception to tie the game at 14-14 in the second quarter...The Bruins gained possession after Cal's Terrell Williams fumbled the ball on the kickoff after UCLA cut the deficit to 14-7.