Bears Cut To Chase In 49-7 Thumping Of Oregon State

Oct. 2, 2004

AP Sports Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - A long layoff didn't slow No. 10 California.

The Golden Bears (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10) jumped out to a 28-7 lead over OregonState before halftime and never let up in a 49-7 rout of the Beavers (1-4, 0-2)on Saturday.

Chase Lyman had five catches for a career-high 176 yards and threetouchdowns, while Aaron Rodgers completed 12 of 16 passes for 140 yards andthree scores.

Cal had not played for 20 days. A game against Southern Mississippi,originally scheduled for Sept. 16, was postponed by Hurricane Ivan. Then theBears had a bye week.

But Cal showed no lethargy against the Beavers, with Marshawn Lynch's69-yard kickoff return to start the game. Rodgers capped the opening drive withan 11-yard scoring pass to Lyman, who pulled down the ball while sprintingthrough the end zone.

The Beavers responded with Dwight Wright's 45-yard touchdown run, eveningthe score. But it was as much as overmatched Oregon State could muster.

The Golden Bears' offense was not only faster than the Beavers, but OregonState's normally capable defense left open big holes that Cal exploited.

California made it 14-7 on its second series when Rodgers handed off toTerrell Williams, who tossed it to Lyman for a 79-yard score.

Lyman added a 31-yard touchdown catch with seven seconds left in the firstquarter to make it 21-7. Rodgers had a 1-yard keeper early in the second tomake it 28-7, where it remained at halftime.

It was the 25th straight sellout at Reser Stadium, but many of the OregonState fans either left by the third quarter or stayed to boo the home team.

The target of some of those boos was quarterback Derek Anderson, whocompleted 14 of 34 passes for 137 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Chris Maderino caught a 7-yard scoring pass from Rodgers, J.J. Arrington ranfor a 1-yard touchdown and Byron Storer caught a 58-yard scoring pass fromReggie Robertson to round out the scoring for Cal.

The Beavers were the only team in the league to beat Cal twice since coachJeff Tedford took over in 2002. After upsetting then-No. 3 Southern Californialast season, Cal lost 35-21 at home to Oregon State.

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