The Wildcats and Bears continued their strange, unpredictable rivalry in a game that saw three special teams scores, a defensive score and a player who sparked the controversy have the best game of his Wildcat career.
The dormant Arizona offense came to play, racking up almost 500 yards, despite having next to no running games. Jason Johnson shattered his own single game passing mark with 492 yards and four touchdown passes. Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman each eclipsed the century mark. Wade surpassed Dennis Northcutt's career receptions mark in the game.
The Wildcat defense also played very well. They held the potent Cal offense to just 58 yards rushing and put a ton of pressure on Cal quarterback Kyle Boller.
Tight end Justin Levasseur scored a pair of touchdowns and had another one called back to lead the Wildcats. The junior was the focus of the media after Mackovic admitted to making an insulting comment to Levasseur last week. With his play against the Bears, Levasseur may be known for his receiving and not for being the brunt of his coach's fury.
The Wildcats scored on three straight second half drives to pull away from the resurgent Bears. Cal took the lead with a field goal following a Wildcat fumble at their own eleven-yard line. After that it was all Arizona.
Levasseur's second score gave the Wildcats the lead and they added touchdowns from Wade and Beau Carr to ensure the victory.
Both teams got huge plays from their special teams units. The Bears score a pair of touchdowns and the Cats one. Cal ran back a kickoff and returned a blocked FG for first half touchdowns, while Lamon Means recovered a Spencer Larsen punt block and scored the first touchdown of his young career. The Cats also recovered an on-side kick, which set up another scoring drive.
Johnson was incredible in the first half. He threw for 291 yards and tossed a pair of touchdown passes. After having one called back earlier in the game, Johnson and Levasseur connected on a one-yard scoring strike. Late in the half Johnson found Thurman on the sideline and the junior scooted 31-yards to give the Wildcats a 24-17 lead.
The defense played very well in the half as well. The front line put a load of pressure on Kyle Boller and allowed just one long drive in the first 30 minutes. Ray Wells picked Boller off and turned the miscue into a 42-yard touchdown.
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