A Closer Look: Cal 38, Arizona 0

Cal and Arizona have not played each other in Arizona since 1997. It was a nice trip back for the Golden Bears as they trip up the Wildcats 38-0. The Bears tied up the series at 11-11-2.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Aaron Rodgers had another stellar passing night. The Cal QB was 21-29 for 258 yards and three scores.

ARIZONA PLAYER OF THE GAME

Freshman DB Antoine Cason had two interceptions. Safety Darrell Brooks had nine tackles and a number of big time hit.

TURNING POINT

Cal showed up for the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME

During Cason's second interception return Marcus Smith leveled a Cal receiver with a block that was so vicious that it knocked his helmet off.

FAN SUPPORT

Before the game the student section chanted "Kovalcheck, Kovalcheck!"

TRICKERY

Cal opened the game with a trick play. With no one in the backfield, Rogers hit Terrell Williams on a backwards pass and the running back found TE Garrett Crosson on a seam route for a 28-yard gain. The capped the drive with a one-yard scoring run.

NEW STARTERS

Along with QB richard Kovalcheck, Erick Levitre also got his first career start. He got the call at left guard.

ABOUT TIME

Antoine Cason's first quarter interception was the defense's first pick since the season opener against NAU. The pick also snapped a streak of 72 passes in a row without an interception by Rodgers dating back to the Oregon State game.

A BIT LOPSIDED

Cal's offense outgained Arizona 131-4 in the first quarter. The Wildcats failed to pick up a first down, while Cal had nine.

JOBBED AGAIN?

Tony Wingate appeared to recover a second quarter fumble and race for a score, but the officials ruled it an incompletion. The replay showed that the receiver had possession of the ball and both feet on the ground before he lost it, but it was a bang-bang play.

Later in the quarter Darrell Brooks broke up a pass play with what appeared to be a vicious shot with the shoulder pads. The officials ruled that he used his helmet and called a personal foul. Instead of third and ten, the Bears had first and 10 at the 11 and scored on the next play.

GOOD TO A POINT

Richard Kovalcheck led the Wildcats down the field on the first drive of the second half. He drove the Cats down to the 24-yard line. The next four plays were all passes. The first three were all batted at the line. On fourth down Kovalcheck had a passes broken up in the endzone.

CAL'S BEST

Geoff McArthur became the Bears' all-time receiving yardage leader. His 11-yard second quarter touchdown put him past Bobby Shaw.

IN THE STANDS

Wildcat QB recruit William Tuitama was on hand. He was the only known official visitor for the Cats. Tuitama was the first player to verbally commit to the team this year.

Passing                  
 California Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD In
 A. Rodgers 21 29 258 72.4 8.9 0 0 3
 R. Robertson 1 2 5 50.0 2.5 0 0 0
 Arizona Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int 
 R. Kovalcheck 13 32 158 40.6 4.9 0 0 0
 Rushing            
 California Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL 
 J. Arrington 24 140 5.8 21 1
 M. O'Keith 3 20 6.7 16 0
 A. Rodgers 5 14 2.8 8 0
 M. Lynch 4 14 3.5 5 1
 C. Manderino 2 8 4.0 6 0
 B. Storer 1 4 4.0 4 0
 T. Williams 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
 Arizona Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL 
 M. Bell 17 98 5.8 17 0
 C. Henry 8 11 1.4 7 0
 S. Steptoe 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
 R. Kovalcheck 3 -13 -4.3 0 0
 Receiving            
 California Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL 
 G. McArthur 6 93 15.5 25 1
 J. Makonnen 4 67 16.8 29 1
 R. Jordan 5 40 8.0 19 0
 C. Manderino 2 30 15.0 21 1
 G. Cross 2 18 9.0 11 0
 N. Smith 2 12 6.0 10 0
 M. Lynch 1 3 3.0 3 0
 Arizona Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL 
 S. Fleming 4 71 17.8 49 0
 R. Williams 3 43 14.3 23 0
 S. Steptoe 2 21 10.5 13 0
 M. Jefferson 2 13 6.5 7 0
 A. Johnson 1 6 6.0 6 0
 P. Limon 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 

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