Aug. 18, 1999
TURLOCK - After giving up an impressive 70-yard touchdown march on the opening drive, the No. 1 Cal defense dominated the team's first major scrimmage in training camp in Turlock Wednesday afternoon.
Quarterback Sam Clemons culminated the first drive by connecting on a 39-yard TD pass to tailback Marcus Fields. Fields earlier had a 12-yard rush during the drive. Clemons ended the day 4-for-8 for 64 yards and the score.
However, Cal's highly rated defense had the lion's share of big plays. Senior defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh accounted for three sacks among his four tackles. Junior noseguard Jacob Waasdorp also wreaked havoc with five tackles, three coming behind the line of scrimmage. The Cal defense also registered interceptions by Dewey Hale, Nnamdi Asomugha and Atari Callen.
Cal's tailbacks each had their moments. Fields finished with seven rushed for 18 yards and the long TD catch. Freshman Joseph Echema broke the longest run of the day when he scampered 64 yards for a touchdown. In addition, freshman Joe Igber ran for 20 yards on six carries and added a spectacular 15-yard TD catch and run.
Freshman QB Kyle Boller also had a big afternoon, going 5-for-9 for 95 yards and a six-yard TD pass to Joel Young.
Freshman Jeremy Hershey was the most impressive of Cal's three kickers, making all four of his attempts, including a 40-yarder.
"I saw some real good things on both sides of the football," said head coach Tom Holmoe. "Our defense was dominant, but we managed to make some big plays. Our offense made some strides today, but obviously, there's a lot of work to be done. The quarterbacks looked poised, stood in the pocket, made some good reads, and got the ball downfield. I was pretty happy for a first scrimmage. Jacob Waasdorp was just outstanding. Everybody's going to have trouble with him this year."
Cal will continue with its fall camp in Turlock through Saturday, with the Bears will wrap up their visit with a 9 a.m. scrimmage.