Wildcats Beat Bears, 38-24
Nov 3, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Jason Johnson passed for a career-best 315 yards andfour touchdowns as Arizona snapped a 10-game conference losing streak with a38-24 victory over winless California on Saturday.
In a meeting of the Pac-10's bottom-dwellers, Bobby Wade caught TD passes of50, 13 and 16 yards from Johnson, and Clarence Farmer ran for a career-best 165yards and a score.
The Wildcats (4-5, 1-5) had 474 yards of total offense while rolling tocoach John Mackovic's first conference victory. Arizona scored 38 straightpoints after going scoreless in the first quarter.
Cal's nightmare season under coach Tom Holmoe reached another low point witha listless loss to the Pac-10's second-worst team. The Golden Bears (0-8, 0-6)made it reasonably close with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, but earlypenalties and an untold number of dropped passes kept Cal on pace for theschool's first winless season since 1897.
Arizona was stung by last-second losses in its previous two games, but theWildcats got a lead too big to lose against Cal, even after quarterback KyleBoller rallied the Bears to three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Cal led 3-0 on Mark Jensen's 43-yard field goal, but Farmer got Arizona onthe scoreboard with a 65-yard TD run through the heart of the Bears' defenseearly in the second quarter.
Johnson threw TD passes on the Wildcats' next three drives, hitting JustinLevasseur for a 3-yard score and finding Wade twice. Arizona made a methodicaldrive in the closing moments of the half, with Johnson hitting Wade for a13-yard TD with a second left.
In keeping with Holmoe's plan to give playing time to more young players atthe end of this lost season, freshman Reggie Robertson - a Tucson native -started at quarterback for the Bears. Robertson completed just 5-of-14 passes,however.
Boller, who missed the previous two games with a back injury, took over andthrew TD passes of 38 and 44 yards to LaShaun Ward in the fourth quarter.Terrell Williams also had a 2-yard TD run.
Not even picturesque weather and thousands of giveaway bobblehead dolls ofCal's mascot, Oski, could attract more than a few thousand fans to MemorialStadium. Even Arizona's cheering section, normally filled with San FranciscoBay area alumni, had only a few hundred fans.
Cal lost its 11th straight game dating back to last season, but there's aflicker of hope: The Bears' three remaining games include a trip to New Jerseyto face Rutgers, which lost 80-7 to West Virginia on Saturday.