Aaron Rodgers had another stellar passing night. The Cal QB was 21-29 for 258 yards and three scores.
ARIZONA PLAYER OF THE GAME
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.
Before the game the student section chanted "Kovalcheck, Kovalcheck!"
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.
Along with QB richard Kovalcheck, Erick Levitre also got his first career start. He got the call at left guard.
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.
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.
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.