Cal Football Hosts Washington
Sept. 23, 2001
Cal returns home to Memorial Stadium for the first time since Sept. 8 when the Bears host 13th-ranked Washington Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Bears, who are off to an 0-3 start, begin the toughest part of their schedule against the 2-0 Huskies. Each of Cal's next four opponents is ranked in the Top 20, including No. 6 Oregon.
Although the Bears have not beaten Washington since 1976, a streak that numbers 18 consecutive games, Cal has had its chances in recent years. In 1998, the Bears scored with 1:38 to go, but UW recovered an onsides kick and held on for a 21-13 win in Seattle. Two years ago, Maurice Shaw scored with 50 seconds left to lift the Huskies to a 31-27 triumph. In that game, tailback Joe Igber rushed for a Cal freshman-record 182 yards.
Last year, the Bears built a 24-13 lead entering the fourth quarter. However, a series of mistakes led to 23 Washington points in a six-minute stretch and resulted in a 36-24 UW victory.
This season, the Bears have shown they can move the football, averaging 386.3 ypg (5th in the Pac-10) and ranking second in the league in total first downs (66). But a usually reliable defense has surrendered more than 46 points and 488 yards per game.
Cal hopes to have a healthy Igber back in the lineup this week. The junior saw limited action at Washington State as he continued to heal from a sprained ankle suffered in the BYU game. In his place, true freshman Terrell Williams ran for 63 yards and scored on a 15-yard pass play.
Cal-Washington: The Series
Washington leads the overall series against Cal, 43-32-4, and enters Saturday's game having won 18 straight over the Bears. Last year in Seattle, Cal took a 24-13 lead into the fourth quarter. However, UW rang up 23 points in the final period for a 36-24 win. The Bears' last victory was a 7-0 decision on Nov. 6, 1976 in Seattle.
A Quick Look at Washington
Washington enters this week's game ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll and 12th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' ratings after posting wins over Michigan (23-18) and Idaho (53-3). The Huskies are last in the Pac-10 in total offense (351.0 ypg), but have averaged 38.0 ppg by already scoring four touchdowns on defense (fumble return, interception return) and special teams (punt return, kickoff return) already. At quarterback, sophomore Cody Pickett has replaced the graduated Marques Tuiasosopo and provided solid play early on. He is completing 66.7 percent of his passes and averaged 178.5 ypg, although he is yet to throw his first touchdown toss. True freshman receiver Reggie Williams has nine catches for 211 yards (23.4 yards per catch). Charles Fredrick leads the nation in punt returns (34.0 ypr) and the UW is 12th in the country in scoring defense (10.5 ppg)
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