March 15, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The lesson after Cal beat Arizona 69-11 Sunday is that you may be able to rock the Bears, but you can't roll them.
The Wildcats took the game to Cal from the kick-off and spent the first ten minutes of the match deep in Bear territory. But the offensive foray was point-less and Cal was no sooner out of defense than Bear flanker Kort Schubert scored a try. It was the first of 11 tries in the match, three to wing Marc Vera who also scored a hatrick on Saturday. The Cal defense held for most of the match, despite a number of unforced errors by the Bears and a 18-4 penalty count in favor of Arizona. At least twice Cal held the Wildcats in seemingly certain scoring positions, defending a 5 meter scrum and holding up one would-be Wildcat try scorer who managed to cross the line. Undaunted by an 18 point deficit at the half, Arizona scored their only try of the match early in the second period, and for a moment the game was close again. But the challenge seemed to rile the Cal players who improved as the game went on. "It is a pattern with us," said lock Sam Enochian whose strong game was rewarded with a try. "We always get better as the game progresses. We don't come off the pace."
During recent weeks, Cal head coach Jack Clark has emphasized the need for an 80-minute performance, and he was happy with what he saw: "The last 20 minutes were excellent," he told his team. In the Invitational's consolation match, Simon Fraser University beat Kansas, 39-15.
1st Half 2nd Half Final Cal 28 41 69 Arizona 6 5 11
Scoring First Half: Kort Schubert, try (5), 10th minute; Dave Stroble, penalty kick (3), 13th min.; Arizona, pen. (3), 16th min.; Marc Vera, try (5), 19th min.; Stroble, pen. (3), 26th min.; Sam Enochian, try (5), 32nd min.; Arizona, pen. (3), 34th min.; Vera, try (5), 39th min., Stroble, conv. (2).