Nov. 11, 1997
California-Arizona Media Notes
Cal-Arizona Series Resumes in Desert with Anticipation of Another Wild Finish
In what can best described as one of the most thrilling series in college football, Cal and Arizona hook up for the 19th time this Saturday evening in Tucson. Being a favorite in the exciting 17-game Cal-Arizona series isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Point spreads in the rivalry are practically meaningless as the underdog has come away the victor 6 of the past 9 games and the favorite almost never has won by as many points as the odds-makers have predicted. The favorite has walked away with a win just 7 times in the 18 games between the 2 schools. The Bears hold a 9-7-2 lead in a series which dates back to 1978 and have won 6 of the past 9 games. There have been an uncanny number of last-second decisions in the series with no less than 15 of the 18 games being decided by a touchdown or less and the outcome in doubt in the last 2 minutes of the game. The last 10 games have been decided by a cumulative 35 points. Last year was one of the more remarkable games in college football history. Cal dominated on the offensive end, but lost 3 fumbles inside the Arizona 20-yard-line and saw a 35-21 fourth quarter lead dissipate into a 4-overtime thriller. Arizona scored a TD first in the initial overtime, but Cal responded. After the Wildcats missed a 41-yard FG in second OT, Cal responded by missing a 39-yard FG. A pair of TDs in the third OT set up a dramatic finish. Cal scored first on a 5-yard TD pass, but Arizona came back to get in the endzone. With the score 56-55, Arizona tried a fake extra point, but Andre Rhodes stayed at home and tackled Matt Peyton well short of the endzone to end the game. Cal QB Pat Barnes set a Cal record with 503 passing yards (35-46-0 interceptions) while he also set a Pac-10 mark with 8 touchdown passes. Arizona receiver Jeremy McDaniel had a school record 283 receiving yards on 14 catches wile Wildcat QB Keith Smith threw for 418 yards (25-35-0 interceptions) with 4 touchdowns.
Year Final Score Favorite Notes 1978 Cal 33-20 Cal by 2 Win gives Cal 2-0 conference record, both games on the road. 1979 Cal 10-7 UA by 7 Joe Cooper's 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left gives Cal win in Tucson Rich Campbell sets Cal completion % record (22-26, .846), 200 yards. 1980* Arizona 31-24 Cal by 6 Cal blows 21-3 halftime and 24-10 4th quarter leads and fumbles at own 2-yard-line with just over a minute to play to set up winning Cat TD. 1981 Cal 14-13 UA by 5 Arizona opts for 2-point conversion try with 4:52 left but a Tom Tunnicliffe pass is batted down by John Sullivan. 1983* Tie 33-33 UA by 11 Bears battle back from a 26-3 halftime deficit vs. No. 3 ranked Arizona to post a tie on Randy Pratt's 22-yard FG with 48 seconds left; his 62-yarder at end is short 1984 Arizona 24-13 UA by 4 Arizona holds potent "Air Cal" attack to just 174 yards in both teams' opener. 1985* Arizona 23-17 UA by 5 UA's Allen Durden intercepts Cal bid for upset with a pick of Kevin Brown pass at the Arizona 6-yard-line with less than 2 minutes in the game. 1986 Arizona 33-16 UA by 21 Arizona scores first 4 possessions of 2nd half to take charge of a 13-10 game. 1987* Tie 23-23 AU by 10 Bears come back from a 16-7 deficit to tie on a Troy Taylor to Rob Bimson TD with 3:36 left; UA fumbles away potential win at Cal 26 with 42 seconds left. 1988 Cal 10-7 UA by 10 Troy Taylor hits Vince Delgado with 55-yard TD with 8:21 to post upset. 1989* Cal 29-28 UA by 12 Bears post then-biggest come-from-behind win in Memorial Stadium history as they rally from 21-0 deficit as Taylor throws for 372 yards. 1990 Cal 30-25 UA by 12 Cal upsets undefeated 16th-ranked Cats but UA has the ball at the Cal 14 in the final minute before a 4th down pass attempt is intercepted by Ray Sanders at the 8. 1991 Cal 23-21 Cal by 3.5 Cal blows 17-0 lead, but marches from own 3 to UA 15 in last 2:02 and Doug Brien hits 33-yard field goal at gun to provide 23-21 victory. 1992* Arizona 24-17 Cal by 3 After Arizona built a 24-3 3rd quarter lead, Cal cut the margin to a TD with 1:11 left but Cal missed on the ensuing on-side kick attempt and UA ran out the clock. 1993* Cal 24-20 UA by 8 Cal rallies from 20-0 deficit, with 2 TDs in last 5 minutes and holds off final UA threat as Wildcat drive ends at Cal 19 in final minute of play. 1994 Arizona 13-6 UA by 18 Cal gave No. 18 ranked Arizona a scare but a pair of officials' decisions cost the Bears; the Bears drove to UA 20 with 2:25 left in game, but couldn't convert. 1995 Arizona 20-15 UA by 6 Cal receivers drops three straight first down passes in UA territory in the final 3 minutes of game and Arizona holds on for a 5-point victory. 1996* Cal 56-55 (4ot) UA by 11 Cal and Arizona combine for 12 TD passes with 0 interceptions; Bears blow 35-21 4th qtr lead, but win when fake UA extra point in 4th OT fails & Cal escapes with 56-55 win. * indicates Cal home game
BEARS HOPE TO FINISH STRONG AND MOVE UP IN PAC-10 STANDINGS
BEARS NEW EMPHASIS ON RUNNING THE FOOTBALL PAYING DIVIDENDS
CAL SCORING SUCCESS CAN BE TIED TO EFFICIENCY INSIDE OPPONENT RED
BOBBY SHAW CONTINUES ASSAULT ON CAL AND PAC-10 RECEIVING MARKS
Pac-10 Career Receiving List Name (Years) Receptions 3. Brad Muster, Stanford (1984-87) 194 (1669 yds) 4. Hugh Campbell, WSU (1960-62) 176 (2452) 5. Bobby Shaw, Cal (1994-present) 172 (2662) Pac-10 Single-Season Receiving List Name (Year) Receptions (yds) 1. Keyshawn Johnson, USC, 1995 90 (1218) 2. Johnnie Morton, USC, 1993 78 (1373) 2. Dave Montagne, OSU, 1986 78 (862) 2. Brad Muster, Stanford, 1985 78 (654) 5. Kevin Jordan, UCLA, 1994 73 (1228) 6. Troy Walters, Stanford, 1997 72 (988) 7. Gene Washington, Stanford, 1968 71 (1117) 8. Vern Burke, OSU, 1962 69 (1007) Three tied at 68, five tied at 67 12. Bobby Shaw, Cal, 1997 67 (1024) Pac-10 Career Name (Year) Receiving Yards 1. Johnnie Morton, USC (1990-93) 3201 (194) 2. Keith Poole, ASU (1993-96) 2691 (140) 3. Bobby Shaw, Cal (1994-present) 2662 (172)
CAL FANS HAVE AN EYE TOWARD NEXT SEASON AS 16 STARTERS RETURN IN
ARIZONA NATIVE NICK HARRIS BEGINNING TO SHOW HIS HUGE POTENTIAL Coming off what clearly was his best game of the season, freshman punter Nick Harris (who hails from Westview HS in Phoenix and was recruited by Arizona 2 years ago) is starting to show signs that he is ready to emerge as one of the elite punters in college football. Harris was called upon to punt 10 times vs. Arizona State last week and he responded with a big night, averaging 45.7 yards on those kicks. Not only did he nail a career best 63-yarder and have a 55-yarder as well, but he was consistent as all 10 of his kicks were for 40 yards or longer. Always noted for his powerful leg, Harris only needs to develop consistency to make a name for himself nationally and the ASU game could be a turning point in that regard. While he has had his ups and downs during the '97 season, he has let loose with at least one punt in every game thus far. His best punt in each of the first 9 games are as follows: 48, 53, 52, 49, 48, 53, 52, 56 and 63. Harris is now ranked 32nd nationally with a 42.97 ypp average. That would rank him fourth on Cal's all-time single-season punting list.
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