Oct. 25, 2003
Cal vs. Arizona Game Notes
Oct. 25, 2003
Attendance: 33,249 (smallest crowd of the year)
With today's 42-14 victory over Arizona, Cal posted its first win over the Wildcats since a 56-55 4OT game in 1996. The Wildcats, who have now lost seven straight games, had won the previous four meetings between the schools, including three games at Memorial Stadium. The Bears' 42 points surpassed the team's previous season high of 34 against Southern Miss. This is the second-biggest win (28 points) in the Jeff Tedford era, with the biggest being a 70-22 victory (48 points) over Baylor in the 2002 season opener.
Echemandu Becomes 10th Bear To Rush For 200 Yards
Adimchinobe Echemandu, who redshirted the 2002 season with a knee injury, continues to put together a stellar 2003 campaign. Echemandu carried the ball 30 times for a career-best 201 yards, which is the 10th best game effort in school history, and a career-best three rushing TDs (1 yard, 49 yards and 6 yards). This is the 11th time overall that a Cal player has rushed for 200 yards in a game. Russell White, who was inducted into the 2003 Cal Hall of Fame and was present at today's game, owns two of them. One hundred thirty-seven of Echemandu's yards came in the first half. He now has four 100-yard rushing games this season and has moved into 12th place on Cal's all-time season rushing chart with 881 yards. Echamandu now has 1,120 yards for his career, 11 rushing TDs and 2 receiving TDs.
Arrington Also Rushes Well Today
Echamandu wasn't the only Bear who recorded a strong rushing effort today. J.J. Arrington carried the ball 11 times for 92 yards and 2 TD. This is Arrington's second-best rushing effort of the season with his best being a career-best 114-yard performance against Southern Miss.
Cal Team Offensive Notes
Cal's 327 team rushing yards today is the first time Cal has surpassed the 300 yard plateau since the Bears recorded 352 yards against San Jose State in 1992. Cal's 59 rushing attempts marks the first time Cal has had at least 50 attempts since the Bears had 50 vs. Oregon State in 2001. Cal's six rushing TDs today ties for the third most in a game in school history, with the others coming against San Jose State in 1994, Pacific in 1991 and Oregon State in 1981.
MacArthur Moves Into Ninth on Cal's Career Reception List
With his four receptions today, WR Geoff McArthur has 114 career catches and has moved into a tie for 10th place with David Lewis (1980-83) on Cal's all-time list. McArthur finished the day with 54 receiving yards and ranks ninth for career receiving yards with 1,699 yards, eclipsing Iheanyi Uwaezuoke (1992-95).
McGrath Becomes First Bear to Post 2 Interceptions in 2003
Joe Maningo grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter and ran it back 51 yards, which was the Bears' second-longest interception return of the season (Daymeion Hughes posted a 72-yard INT return against Oregon State). Mike McGrath's interception in the third quarter was his second of the season and the team's ninth. Cal's first eight interceptions of 2003 were by eight different players.
Second Quarters Key Cal's Four Wins
In Cal's four wins this season, Cal has outscored its opponents 69-0. Cal's 21 points in the second quarter today is the most points the Bears have tallied in a quarter this season. The previous best was 20 in the second quarter of the Southern Miss game. In the Bears' five losses, they have been outscored 38-21 in the second periods. Cal's 17 pass attempts today is a season low (previous low was 18 vs. Southern Miss).
The last time Cal scored no points in the first quarter was against Oregon State Oct. 27, 2001...today marks the second time in the last 10 games dating back to last year's Big Game that the Bears have scored first...the only other time Cal has scored first this year was against USC...today also marked the first time since game three of last year against Michigan State (Sept. 14, 2002) that Cal has held an opponent scoreless at the half...Cal excelled in third and fourth down situations today (10/16 third downs - 62.5 percent season best, 1/1 fourth downs)...Sophomore QB Richard Schwartz saw his first game action this season.