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Adimchinobe Echemandu rushed for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns as Cal dominated the Wildcats on the ground.
Arizona had the game's first real scoring opportunity. After a short Cal punt, the UA drove from its own 42 to the Cal seven, but freshman quarterback Kris Heavner threw an interception--his ninth of the season--to Joe Domingo, who returned it to the Arizona 44 yard line. JJ Arrington scored from a yard out as Cal drew first blood early in the second quarter. It marked the 69th point directly attributed to 13 UA turnovers.
Echemandu scored Cal's second TD of the game on a two-yard plunge. The drive was set up by virtue of a poor Danny Baugher punt. Cal took over near midfield and found the end zone shortly thereafter.
Arizona had an opportunity late in the first half, but the drive stalled at the Cal 33. Bobby Gill missed a 50-yard field goal attempt.
On the ensuing possession, Echemandu took over. The tailback surpassed the 100-yard mark in the first half with a 49-yard TD scamper with four minutes left before intermission that gave Cal a 21-0 advantage.
Arizona had another shot just before the half. It drove to the Cal 13, but Gill missed his second field goal of the afternoon.
The Wildcats stormed out of the locker room in the second half. After getting good field possession on the opening kickoff, Mike Bell rushed for 45 yards to the Cal 20 on the first play from scrimmage. A Ricky Williams reception placed the ball at the four. Steve Fleming capped the drive with a tightrope TD catch. Gill added the extra point to trim the lead to two touchdowns early in the third.
Bell finished the day with a career high 183 rushing yards.
But from that point on, Cal took control. Echemandu's third TD, this one from six yards out, capped an impressive nine-play, 71-yard drive later in the third to snuff any miracle hopes Arizona might have held.
Arrington added a 45-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to up the margin to 35-7, the 11th time this season Arizona has given up a score of 30 or more yards this season.
Backup quarterback and Tucson native Reggie Robertson added a quarterback keeper for Cal's sixth score of the afternoon.
Bell added a late touchdown, but it wasn't close to enough.
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