Oct. 28, 2001
Cal starts its final month of the season, hosting Arizona at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. Both teams enter the game seeking their first conference victories of the year, as they are tied for ninth in the league standings with 0-5 Pac-10 marks.
Cal is coming off a 19-10 defeat at Oregon State last weekend. Despite the loss, the Bears put forth their strongest defensive effort of the season, particularly on the ground. OSU tailback Ken Simonton ran for 110 yards on 21 carries, but half of those came on one rush. Cal held the Beavers to opponent season lows in points, first downs (17) and total yards (364).
On the offensive end, Cal has some good news mixed in with the bad. Behind a career-best 104 yards on 26 carries, freshman TB Terrell Williams led the team to a season-high 225 yards on the ground - Cal's highest total since the Bears ran for 255 yards at Arizona State on Oct. 7, 2000 and only Cal's third 200-yard effort over the last four seasons. At quarterback, redshirt-freshman Reggie Williams performed well in his first start, throwing for 120 yards and rushing for 27 yards and a touchdown. LaShaun Ward, in his first game at wide receiver after switching from cornerback earlier in the week, paced the team with four catches for 55 yards and added a 39-yard run on an end-around.
However, the Bears lost junior TB Joe Igber for the rest of the year with a broken right clavicle, which he suffered in the second quarter. Igber, who may undergo surgery this week, ends the season with 399 yards on the ground.
Cal could also see the return of junior QB Kyle Boller against Arizona after missing the previous two games with a form of sciatica. Boller's status will be evaluated as the week progresses.
Cal-Arizona: The Series
After a two-year hiatus, Cal and Arizona renew their rivalry with the series tied at 9-9-1. The last 12 games have been decided by seven points or less, including a four-overtime contest in 1996 (Cal, 56-55) and a double-OT game in '97 (UA, 41-38). The last time the school's met, Arizona emerged with a 27-23 win in 1998 in Berkeley. The Wildcats went up, 27-10, early in the fourth quarter, but Cal scored a pair of touchdowns, the second coming with 3:16 left. However, Arizona recovered an onsides kick and ran off most of the clock.
A Quick Look at Arizona
Arizona opened the year with wins in all three of its non-conference contests. But since the start of Pac-10 play, the Wildcats are 0-5, tying with Cal for ninth place in the league standings. Most recently, USC's Kris Richard scored on a 57-yard interception return with 1:50 left to lift the Trojans to a 41-34 victory in Tucson Saturday night. Individually, sophomore RB Clarence Farmer ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing with 95.6 ypg, while junior receiver Bobby Wade is fourth in the conference in catches per game (4.75), just behind Cal's Charon Arnold (4.86). On the defensive side, Michael Jolivette has five interceptions this season, best in the Pac-10 and tied for seventh nationally.