Arizona Defeats Cal, 38-24
Nov. 3, 2001
BERKELEY - Cal rallied in the fourth quarter Saturday, but lost the battle of winless Pac-10 teams as the Arizona Wildcats defeated the Bears, 38-24, at Memorial Stadium.
Cal (0-8, 0-6 Pac-10) pushed the ball inside the Arizona (4-5, 1-5) 30-yard-line on its first two drives of the game, but came away with only three points. Mark Jensen missed a 48-yard field goal attempt on the Bears' opening drive and connected on a 43-yard try with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
Arizona had a chance to tie the game minutes later, but Cal's Nnamdi Asomugha blocked Sean Keel's 29-yard field goal attempt.
The Bears held the Wildcats scoreless in the opening period, but in the second quarter, Arizona scored quickly and often. On Arizona's third play of the period, Wildcat halfback Clarence Farmer scrambled 65 yards into the end zone. Following Keel's extra-point, Arizona took a 7-3 lead.
On Arizona's next drive, quarterback Jason Johnson hit wide receiver Brandon Marshall for a 28-yard gain. Three plays later, Johnson connected with tight end Justin Levasseur on a three-yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats up 14-3.
Cal regrouped and, after starting on its own 33-yard-line, drove deep into Arizona territory. The Bears faced a 3rd-and-3 on the Wildcats 8-yard-line when Arizona's Lance Briggs forced Cal quarterback Reggie Robertson to fumble the football. Following the Bears' 24th turnover of the season, the Wildcats regained possession on their own 26-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, Arizona wide receiver Bobby Wade caught a Johnson pass at midfield. The next play Wade caught a pass on the far sideline, broke a Dewey Hale tackle and rambled 50 yards for his first of two second quarter touchdowns. With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Arizona grabbed a 21-3 lead.
Quarterback Kyle Boller entered the game on the Bears next series and strung together a drive, but it stalled before Cal could score. Following a Tyler Fredrickson punt, Arizona took over on its own 29-yard-line with under a minute to go in the half. A defensive pass interference penalty and a face mask penalty assisted the Wildcats' march down the field. With one second left in the half, Johnson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Wade. At halftime, Arizona led 28-3 and had accumulated nearly twice as many yards as Cal. The Wildcats' 28 second quarter points tied for the third-most points allowed by Cal in a single quarter.
Out of the locker room, Arizona's Gary Love returned the kickoff 59 yards and the Wildcats threatened to score again. However, Cal's John Klotsche forced an Arizona fumble, which was recovered by the Bears' Tom Canada. Cal couldn't capitalize on the turnover and was forced to punt.
Arizona started with a short field on the Cal 29-yard line. Cal's defense contained the Wildcats and allowed just a 38-yard field goal. With 11:03 remaining in the third quarter, Arizona increased its lead to 31-3.
Late in the third quarter, Johnson completed a 40-yard pass to Levasseur and a 27-yard pass to Malosi Leonard to pull the Wildcats inside the red zone. Johnson found Wade across the middle for a 16-yard touchdown reception with 52 seconds left in the quarter. Keel's point-after put Arizona on top 38-3.
Cal rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points while holding Arizona scoreless. On the Bears first drive of the period, Boller threw his only interception of the game on a pass intended for LaShaun Ward. Arizona, however, fumbled two plays later and Cal's Chris Ball recovered on the Bears 35-yard line.
This time Cal capitalized on the Arizona turnover and found the end zone with 8:36 left in the game on a 2-yard run by Terrell Williams. Jensen's extra point narrowed the Wildcats lead to 38-10. Williams finished the day rushing for 108 yards on 28 carries.
Cal's Jemeel Powell intercepted an Arizona pass on the next drive that resulted in another Bear score. Boller completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Ward for the touchdown and with 6:47 remaining in the game, Cal trailed 38-17. Ward ended the day with four catches for 135 yards.
Following another Arizona punt, Cal's Boller connected again with Ward for a 44-yard touchdown strike. The three-play drive took just 17 seconds and with 4:52 left in the game, it was 38-24 Arizona.
Cal attempted an onsides kick, but the ball rolled out of bounds and Arizona took possession. The Wildcats ran off most of the rest of the clock to seal the win.
Arizona tallied 474 total yards, compared to Cal's 354. The Wildcats Johnson passed for a career-best 315 yards and threw four touchdowns.