No. 5 California Travels to Washington
Nov. 7, 2004
Game No. 9: California Golden Bears (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10) at Washington Huskies (1-8, 0-6 Pac-10)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 13, Husky Stadium (72,500 ¡V FieldTurf), Seattle, WA
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
Radio: KGO Radio (810 AM) with Joe Starkey, Mike Pawlawski, Roxy Bernstein and Lee Grosscup
This Week¡¦s Game
With a 7-1 record for the first time in 13 years, California (#5 Associated Press/#6 ESPN/USA Today) returns to the road where the Bears will battle the Washington Huskies Saturday afternoon in Seattle.
After posting back-to-back shutout victories over Arizona (38-0) and Arizona State (27-0), Cal escaped with a 28-27 nail-biter over Oregon last weekend. The win, however, gave the Bears sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 standings, just one game behind top-ranked USC.
Against the Ducks, Cal surrendered 302 yards and 27 points in the first two quarters ¡V more points than the Bears allowed in six of their first seven games this season ¡V and fell behind, 27-14, late in the second period. But Cal turned the contest around after halftime, outgaining Oregon, 230-57 yards, over the final 30 minutes.
In fact, the Bears have been particularly tough in second halves this year, outscoring their foes by a 132-28 margin. Cal has not allowed a point after the break in any of its last three games and only three teams have reached the end zone in the second half all year (New Mexico State, USC and UCLA).
Overall, the Bears rank 13th nationally in total defense (291.88 ypg) and ninth in Division I-A in scoring defense (14.13 ppg)
On offense, senior TB J.J. Arrington is creeping closer to Chuck Muncie¡¦s school season rushing record. After a 26-carry, 188-yard performance vs. the Ducks, Arrington has gained 1,294 yards this year, just 166 yards behind Muncie¡¦s 1975 mark of 1,460 yards. Arrington ¡V who has run for at least 100 yards in all eight games ¡V now ranks second nationally with an average of 161.8 ypg.
Junior QB Aaron Rodgers also continues his ascent up the Cal record book. With his season-high 275 yards last Saturday, he jumped over Craig Morton and into ninth place on the school¡¦s career passing list with 4,708 yards. This season, Rodgers has completed 70.3 percent of his attempts for 1,816 yards with 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His 167.92 QB rating is fifth in the NCAA standings.
WR Geoff McArthur is also taking aim at Dameane Douglas¡¦ Cal career receptions record. With 185 to date, he needs 10 more to tie for the top spot. After an injury-hampered start to ¡¦04, McArthur has 33 catches and six TDs over his past five games.
The Huskies lead the all-time series, 45-34-4, including a 19-game winning streak over the Bears from 1977-2001. However, Cal snapped the run in its most recent visit to Seattle when the Bears held on for a 34-27 victory in 2002. Last year in Berkeley, Cal set a school record with 729 yards of total offense in a 54-7 rout. WR Geoff McArthur caught six passes for 180 yards, including a 79-yarder on the first play of the game, and TB J.J. Arrington rushed 14 times for 185 yards and a score. QB Aaron Rodgers was 20-of-33 for 348 yards through the air.
A Quick Look at Washington
Washington has struggled to a 1-8 overall record this fall, including an 0-6 mark in Pac-10 play. Last week, UW built a 13-9 halftime lead on Arizona, but the Wildcats came back for a 23-13 victory. Injuries have played a key role in the Huskies season, as all four of the team¡¦s senior captains have missed playing time, and five offensive starters have also been sidelined at various points. Junior Casey Paus has been the lead quarterback, having completed 41.7 percent of his pass attempts for 1,074 yards and three touchdowns, while Kenny James is UW¡¦s top rusher, averaging 66.4 ypg. The Huskies are last in Division I-A in scoring at just 13.0 ppg. However, they rank 17th nationally in pass defense by allowing 181.0 ypg through the air.
Jeff Tedford, California (Fresno State ¡¦83), who has orchestrated one of the greatest recent turnarounds in college football during his brief tenure in Berkeley, has led Cal to a 22-12 mark. After taking over as the program¡¦s 32nd head coach in December 2001, he transformed Cal from a 1-10 team in 2001 to a 7-5 club in ¡¥02 and claimed Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. Last fall, Tedford directed the Bears to an 8-6 mark and the school¡¦s first bowl win ¡V 52-49 over Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl ¡V in 10 years. He began his coaching career in 1989 as an offensive assistant with the CFL¡¦s Calgary Stampeders. In 1992, he returned to his alma mater, Fresno State, as quarterback coach. A year later, he was elevated to offensive coordinator, a position he held through 1997. Tedford then served four seasons as offensive coordinator at Oregon, helping the Ducks to a combined 38-10 record and a Pac-10 title in 2001. A native of Downey, Calif., Tedford was a record-setting quarterback as a player at Fresno State, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1983.
Keith Gilbertson, Washington (Central Washington ¡¥71) is in his second season as head coach of the Huskies and owns a 7-14 record in Seattle. Gilbertson also served as head coach at Cal from 1992-95, where he compiled a 20-26 record, while he was 28-9 at Idaho from 1986-88. During his tenure with the Bears, he led Cal to a 37-3 victory over Iowa in the 1993 Alamo Bowl to cap a 9-4 season. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Gilbertson was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Washington (1989-91). Following his stint with the Bears, he was an assistant coach with the NFL¡¦s Seattle Seahawks (1996-98) and held several assistant positions at Washington (1999-02).
IKON Office Solutions Play of the Week
Each week throughout the 2004 football season, IKON Office Solutions salutes the Golden Bear Play of the Week. Against Oregon, WR Geoff McArthur caught a 19-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to give the Bears a 28-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Times Player of the Game
Each week throughout the 2004 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. Against Oregon, LB Joe Maningo had six unassisted tackles, including a pair of sacks for minus-10 yards.
Golden Bear Notes
Tedford¡¦s Bears (7-1) Off to Their Best Start Since 1991,Ranked No. 5 in This Week¡¦s Associated Press Poll
Jeff Tedford and his California football team are breathing rarified air these days. By virtue of Saturday¡¦s 28-27 come-from-behind victory over Oregon in Berkeley, the Bears have improved their 2004 ledger to 7-1¡Xthe best start by the school since 1991, when Bruce Snyder¡¦s club plowed out to a 9-1 start and finished 10-2, ranked eighth in the final Associate Press poll and clobbered Clemson, 37-13, in the Citrus Bowl. The Bears dropped one spot to No. 5 in the AP poll this week but retained their No. 6 standing in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The last time Cal was ranked as high as either fourth or fifth was 52 years ago, when Pappy Waldorf¡¦s 1952 unit drew a No. 4 ranking in the AP poll after the fifth week of the season. Entering this weekend¡¦s Washington skirmish, Cal is outscoring its opponents by more than three touchdowns per game (23.5 ppg) and outgaining its foes by more than two full lengths of a football field (201.0 ypg).
California Rallies From 27-14 Deficit to Edge Ducks, Overcomes 2 Fumbles, 2 Missed Field Goals to Register 4th Straight Win
It was a tale of two halves for the Golden Bears last Saturday. In the first half, Oregon blistered Cal for 27 points and 302 yards of offense, keeping possession of the ball for 19:26. The Ducks, in fact, rattled off 20 unanswered points in seizing a 27-14 lead with 2:17 left before intermission. But the Bears turned the tables in the second half, thanks to a Cal defense that allowed no points, 57 yards and four first downs in the final two quarters, and the All-Star offensive triumvirate of tailback J.J. Arrington (188 yards, 1 TD), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (21-of-32 for season-high 275 yards, 3 TDs) and wide receiver Geoff McArthur (8 rec., 121 yards, 2 TDs). In snapping a seven-game losing streak to Oregon that dated back to 1994, the Bears persevered despite losing two fumbles and missing field goals from 37 and 40 yards in the second half by freshman Tom Schneider.
With 7 Victories to Date, California is Assured Its 3rd Straight Winning Football Season for 1st Time Since 1952
After wallowing in the Pac-10¡¦s lower division for more than a decade, Cal football was in dire need of dynamic leadership following an ulcerating 1-10 season in 2001. The not-so-Golden Bears endured the worst record at the school in 104 years that season and were outscored by their opponents by an average margin of three touchdowns. In December of 2001, Jeff Tedford was introduced as Cal¡¦s new head coach. Inheriting one of the nation¡¦s biggest challenges, the former Oregon offensive coordinator addressed that December press conference by calmly saying, ¡§We plan on having a winning record next season.¡¨ That 2002 club, comprised of mostly players from the 2001 squad that had gone 0-8 in the Pac-10, proceeded to post a 7-5 record ¡V the school¡¦s first winning mark in nine years. Then last fall, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year took a Cal team with the fewest returning starters (nine) in the nation and molded it into an 8-6 club that tied for third in the conference (5-3), hung the season¡¦s only defeat on co-national champion USC (34-31 in triple OT). The Bears went on to claim back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 12 years and a bowl game victory for the first time in 10 years. Now, eight games into the 2004 season, Tedford¡¦s club has already clinched a third straight winning campaign for the Golden Bears, the first time that has been accomplished at Cal in 52 years (Pappy Waldorf¡¦s juggernaut teams reeled off six straight winning marks from 1947-52).
Churning Out 492.9 Yards & 37.6 Points Per Outing, Bears Rank5th in Both Total Offense & Scoring in NCAA Division I-A
Scoring at least 38 points five times this year¡Xand nine times in the last 14 games dating back to 2003¡XCalifornia¡¦s lethal offense enters the Washington game with some weighty statistics for the season. Nationally, head coach Jeff Tedford¡¦s offense ranks second in passing efficiency (172.9), fifth in total offense (492.9), fifth in scoring (37.6) and ninth in rushing (240.8). The Bears¡¦ 492.9 yards-per-game average is 34.4 yards above the school¡¦s all-time single season record of 458.5, set 29 years ago by the Chuck Muncie-led team of 1975. And if Cal were to continue to lead the Pac-10 in scoring and claim the conference title, it would mark only the second time in history that a Bear offense led the league in scoring. The first time? That Muncie team of 1975, which averaged 30.0 points per game.
Balancing Act: Cal Offense Averages 252 Passing, 241 Rushing
One of the nation¡¦s most balanced offenses will be on display this Saturday as Cal¡¦s multi-pronged attack¡Xthe brainchild of head coach Jeff Tedford¡Xspews out a Pac-10 best 240.8 yards per game and 5.85 yards per attempt on the ground, while also averaging 252.1 yards through the air. With the conference¡¦s No. 1 rusher J.J. Arrington (161.8 ypg) and true freshman Marshawn Lynch (39.9 ypg, 13th in Pac-10) paving the way with gaudy averages of 7.0 and 7.4 yards per carry, respectively, the Bears have visions of repeating as Pac-10 rushing leaders in 2004. And Cal¡¦s passing game is also in good hands with junior Aaron Rodgers, who ranks first in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally in passing efficiency (167.9), completing 70.3 percent of his passes (147-of-209) for 1,816 yards, 18 TDs and four INTs.
Dating Back to 2003, California Has Averaged 38.9 Points & 500.9 Yards in Winning 10 of 11 and 12 of its Last 14 Games
Picking up where it left off last season, California¡¦s dismantling its seven 2004 victims (Air Force, New Mexico State, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon) by a combined 301-113 margin only adds more juice to the rising reputation of Jeff Tedford and his Bears. One of the hottest teams in college football dating back to last year, Cal has cashed in victories in 10 of its last 11 games and 12 of its last 14 contests. During that stretch¡Xa period in which they have mowed down the likes of Virginia Tech (52-49), Washington (54-7), Arizona State (51-22 and 27-0), Air Force (56-14) and Arizona (38-0)¡Xthe Good News Bears have averaged 38.9 points and 500.9 yards.
Cal¡¦s Potent Offense Scores in 7 of 8 1st Possessions This Year
With tailback J.J. Arrington¡¦s 30-yard touchdown jaunt on Cal¡¦s first offensive drive of the game last Saturday, the Golden Bears have now scored on their first possession in seven of their eight games this year. The only game in which the Bears did not score on the first possession was in their sole loss of the season, a 23-17 heartbreaker at No. 1 USC.
Gregory¡¦s Unheralded Unit Taking Its Place among NCAA¡¦sFinest; Ranks 9th in Scoring Defense, 13th in Total Defense
Under coordinator Bob Gregory, the Cal defense emerged last year as one of the Pac-10¡¦s finest units by season¡¦s end. Featuring nine new starters, that 2003 defense endured early-season growing pains and gained valuable experience that has served this year¡¦s unit well. After being gouged for 423.0 yards and 26.9 points per game in their first seven contests last year, the Bears rose up and held opponents to a mere 312.7 yards and 17.3 points per outing in the final six games of the regular season. Nine starters¡Xlinemen Lorenzo Alexander and Tosh Lupoi (albeit injured), linebackers Wendell Hunter, Joe Maningo and Francis Blay-Miezah, and defensive backs Donnie McCleskey, Ryan Gutierrez, Harrison Smith and Daymeion Hughes¡Xreturn from that 2003 group. Since a wobbly first half at Air Force in the opener, Gregory¡¦s defensive unit has shined this year. Allowing only 15 TDs in seven games, the Bear hitmen have parcelled out 14.1 points and 291.9 yards per game in 2004, which rank ninth and 13th, respectively, among NCAA Division I-A schools. Listed below is the night-and-day tale of Cal¡¦s defense, a unit that has yielded 122.2 less yards and 11.4 less points per game in its last 14 regular-season games dating back to last year, compared to the previous seven regular-season contests (the opening seven games of 2003).
A Far Cry From 2001: Bears Defense Shaves Off 25.1 Points & 154.4 Yards From Per-Game Yields of That 1-10 Team
The arrival of Bob Gregory¡Xand a talented staff that includes Ken Delgado, J.D. Williams and Justin Wilcox¡Xhas transformed Cal¡¦s defense into one of the nation¡¦s finest. To truly appreciate the turnaround, simply peel back the pages of time to the Year 2001. That last Tom Holmoe-coached team was fleeced for 39.2 points and 446.3 yards per game, both low-water marks in the Pac-10 that season. Every year since, the Gregory-directed group has improved its standing in the league. And thus far in 2004, the Cal defense ranks second to No. 1 USC in the Pac-10 in both total defense (291.9 ypg) and scoring defense (14.1 ppg). If Cal were to finish the campaign as the Pac-10 leader in total defense, it would mark only the second time the Bears have claimed that feat since 1968 (they also led the conference in 1999 at 352.6 ypg). One key statistic that has aided Cal¡¦s resurgent defense this year is third-down conversions. In their past four games vs. UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon, Gregory¡¦s men have held the opposition to a 27.2% success rate in third-down conversions (15-for-55). For the season, the Bears rank fifth in the Pac-10 in that category at 33.1% (39-for-118).
Bears Looking to Lead Pac-10 in Rush Defense for 1st Time Since ¡¦68, Have Held 4 of Last 6 Foes Under 100 Yards Rushing
Cal¡¦s conference-leading rush defense has suffocated 2004 opponents for only 97.7 yards per game (13th in NCAA) and 3.0 yards per carry. Only two of the Bears¡¦ last six opponents have cleared the 100-yard plateau, with those century efforts coming the past two weeks by Oregon (141 yards) and Arizona State (125). The Bears have produced stop jobs of 37 yards vs. New Mexico State, 41 at USC and 79 vs. UCLA this fall. Cal, which has allowed only 600 yards on 207 carries over the past seven games¡Xan average of 85.7 yards per game and 2.89 yards per carry¡Xis vying to become the first Bear offense to lead the conference in rush defense in 36 years. The 1968 defense, nicknamed the ¡§Bear Minimum,¡¨ parcelled out 108.1 rushing yards per game. The 2004 Cal defense has not yielded a rushing touchdown in its last five games and only three ground TDs all season.
Goose Eggs Deluxe: Cal Defense Spins 1st Back-to-Back Shutouts in 36 Years (38-0 at Arizona, 27-0 vs. Arizona State)
The State of Arizona could not muster a single point against Cal¡¦s suffocating defense this season. In consecutive weeks, the Bears hung shutout victories on Arizona (38-0) Oct. 23 and Arizona State (27-0) Oct. 30 in Pac-10 games that could go a long way in establishing California as a legitimate national title contender. It marked the first time since 1968 that the Golden Bears blanked back-to-back opponents (10-0 vs. Colorado and 46-0 vs. San Jose State), and was the first time Cal posted consecutive conference shutouts since 1948 (42-0 vs. Oregon State and 21-0 at Washington). The 38-0 whitewash of Arizona was the Bears¡¦ first shutout since 1999.
Averaging 240.8 Yards Per Game & 5.85 Yards Per Carry, Bear Running Game Aims to Defend Pac-10 Rushing Title This Year
While Jeff Tedford has gained a gilded reputation as a quarterback guru¡Xhe¡¦s recruited and developed five QBs into eventual NFL first-round selections¡Xthere is much more to the Cal head coach than a passing fancy. A closer examination reveals that Tedford offenses have featured a balanced attack for many years. In fact, Tedford has been the architect behind offenses that have produced 1,000-yard rushers six times in the past six years at Cal and Oregon. He has featured 1,000-yard backs (Joe Igber in 2002 and Adimchinobe Echemandu in 2003) in his two seasons in Berkeley, and the next possible back to reach a grand very well may be senior J.J. Arrington. While the Bears lost Echemandu (7th round pick, Cleveland Browns) from last year¡¦s backfield¡Xwhich averaged 168.3 yards-per-game to become Cal¡¦s first team to lead the conference in rushing since Joe Kapp¡¦s 1958 club churned out 238.0 ypg en route to the school¡¦s last Rose Bowl¡Xthe cupboard is far from bare. Besides the shifty Arrington (1,106 yards), the Bears feature at least five other quality tailbacks in their 2004 stable. That fact has been underscored in Cal¡¦s first eight 2004 games, as the running game has averaged 5.85 yards per carry and an eye-bulging 240.8 yards per game to lead the Pac-10. With seven rushing touchdowns in the Air Force opener and another four TDs via the ground vs. New Mexico State, the Bears¡¦ 20 rushing TDs to date have already surpassed the total rushing TDs scored by Cal in five of the last six seasons (2002: 14; 2000: 12; 1001: eight, 1999: six, 1998: seven). Cal rushed for a Pac-10 best 28 touchdowns last season, while the school record is 34 rushing TDs, set in 1951. Rushing for more than 300 yards in each of their first two games this season, the Bears have now gained 3,054 ground yards over the past 13 games, an average of 234.9 per game over that stretch.
Arrington Zooms to 188 Yards for 2nd Straight Game, Rushes for 8th Consecutive 100-Yard Game to Extend His Own Cal Record
Could J.J. Arrington be the most productive¡Xand consistent¡Xrunning back in the nation this year? There is no denying his gargantuan rushing statistics this year for the No. 5 ranked Bears, as he¡¦s on pace to obliterate Chuck Muncie¡¦s school-single season rushing record (1,460 in 1975) with his current 161.8 yards-per-game average. Smoking the Memorial Stadium turf for 188 yards and one touchdown for a second straight week, J.J. has now rushed for 100 yards or more in eight consecutive games, extending his own school record. Muncie held the previous mark with four straight 100-yard rushing games, which he accomplished on two separate occasions during that 1975 season. Arrington¡¦s eight 100-yard efforts are also the second most 100-yard games by a Cal player in a season. He has three more regular season games to equal or surpass the all-time school mark of nine 100-yard games, set by Muncie in that 1975 season.
Cal¡¦s ¡¥A-Train¡¦ Steams Into 2nd Place on Cal¡¦s Single Season Rushing List, Becomes Earliest Bear Ever to Pierce 1,000
The ¡§A-Train¡¨ Express continues to break school records and threaten other long-standing marks. Two weeks ago, the Bears¡¦ gifted tailback cleared the 1,000-yard mark in his seventh game¡Xthe earliest any Cal player has ever reached the coveted rushing milestone. Chuck Muncie vaulted the 1,000-yard barrier in his eighth game in 1975, while no other Cal player has cleared the magic number before their 10th contest. Averaging 161.8 yards per game, Arrington enters the Bears¡¦ final three regular-season games with a full head of steam that could obliterate Muncie¡¦s single season rushing standard of 1,460 set in 1975. At his current pace, Arrington would rush for 1,780 yards this season, not counting a bowl appearance. Currently ranking No. 2 on Cal¡¦s single season rushing list with 1,294 yards on 184 carries, he needs only 167 yards to become the greatest single season rusher in school history.
J.J. Gaining 7.0 Yards Per Carry as NCAA¡¦s No. 2 Rusherwith 1,294 Yards and 12 TDs in 1st 8 Games of 2004
Adimchinobe who? Last year, first team All-Pac-10 tailback Adimchinobe Echemandu finished second in the conference rushing race with 1,195 yards and 13 touchdowns. One would think his departure to the NFL this year would have left a large void in the Bears¡¦ ground game. Not so. In fact, J.J. Arrington seems intent on making his senior year even more eventful that Echemandu¡¦s was. Thus far, the 5-11, 210-pound back has flattened Cal¡¦s first eight opponents for 1,294 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 184 carries, including breathtaking runs of 89 (at Air Force) and 69 (vs. NMSU) yards. He enters the Washington game ranked second in the nation in rushing (161.8 ypg), eighth in all-purpose rushing (170.4 ypg) and stands 16th in scoring (9.0 ppg). He bolted for 181 yards and three TDs on 16 carries at Air Force Sept. 4¡Xthe second most rushing yards in a season opener in Cal history¡Xand for encore performances, has jetted for 177 yards and three TDs vs. New Mexico State, 108 yards and one TD at Oregon State, 112 yards at USC (the first back to rush for 100 vs. the Trojans in 14 games), 205 and two TDs vs. UCLA, 135 at Arizona, and 188 vs. both Arizona State and Oregon. His 7.03 yards-per-carry average leads the Pac-10 and ranks first nationally among the Top 40 rushers. J.J. (which, incidentally, stands for Jonathan Jerome) leads the conference¡¦s No. 2 rusher, Oregon¡¦s Terence Whitehead by more than 60 yards per game.
Arrington Can Become 5th Bear to Win Conference Rushing Title, 1st Since Joe Kapp in 1958
If senior tailback J.J. Arrington continues to blaze to a Pac-10 rushing title this season, it would mark the sixth time a Cal player has been crowned the league-rushing champion. Amazingly, it would be the first time a Cal player has claimed the title in 46 years¡Xnot since quarterback Joe Kapp rushed for 616 yards to pace the conference in 1958, which was the last season the Golden Bears went to the Rose Bowl.
Arrington Now Owns 6 of Top 26 Rushing Efforts in Cal History, 1st Bear to Run for 3 TDs in Back-to-Back Games Since 1993
Although he¡¦s only played in 21 games and made 10 starts in his brief Cal career, J.J. Arrington certainly has made his mark. He¡¦s already rushed for 100 yards or more 10 times in his career (tied for third in Cal history), and owns a record six of the Top 26 all-time single game rushing efforts in Golden Bear history. Arrington, who transferred to Cal from College of the Canyons in Southern California last year, has been the author of rushing outbursts of 205 (tied for 9th, vs. UCLA), 188 twice (16th vs. Arizona State and Oregon), 185 (18th, vs. Washington, 2003) and 181 (24th, at Air Force, 2004) and 177 (26th, vs. New Mexico State, 2004) yards. His 188-yard outburst vs. Oregon Saturday marked the fifth time this season and sixth time in his career that Arrington has rushed for at least 170 yards in a game. By rushing for three touchdowns in each of his first two 2004 contests, J.J. also became the first Bear to accomplish that feat in back-to-back games since Lindsey Chapman turned the trick during the 1993 season. With 12 scores to date, Arrington is only two away from the school¡¦s record for rushing TDs in a season (14), held by both White (1991) and Chapman. Interestingly, in his last nine starts at tailback, Arrington is averaging 164.4 yards per carry in gaining a robust 1,479 yards and 13 touchdowns on 198 carries. Those starts occurred against Washington (54-7) last year, and all eight games this season, contests in which Cal has outscored its opponents by a whopping 356-120 count.
All-American McArthur Owns Cal¡¦s Career Receiving Mark with 2,923 Yards, Needs 11 Catches to Surpass Reception Record
Rebounding from an abdominal strain in the early season that has impacted his 2004 numbers, All-American wide receiver Geoff McArthur has begun to look like his old self the past five games. He¡¦s snared 33 passes for 523 yards and five TDs during that period, averaging 6.6 receptions and 104.6 yards per contest. The Bear senior made school history three weeks ago in Arizona, as his six-catch, 94-yard effort propelled him past Bobby Shaw (2,731, 1994-97) to claim Cal¡¦s all-time receiving yardage record. The new mark was set when McArthur corralled an 11-yard scoring strike from Aaron Rodgers with 11 seconds left before halftime, which gave Cal a 28-0 lead at intermission. Despite his early physical handicap, he ranks fourth in yardage (74.6) and fifth in receptions (5.0) per game in the Pac-10 this year and now has 2,923 career yards. His recent five-game tear comes on the heels of a phenomenal 2003 season for McArthur, who arguably posted the finest all-around receiving statistics in the Pac-10 with 85 grabs for 1,504 yards and 10 TDs last year. His 1,504 yards were a school record, while his 85 catches were the second most in Cal annals. Named a second team All-American last season¡Xand 2004 preseason first team All-American by Sports Illustrated¡Xhe ended his remarkable run by breaking the Cal single-season record for most receptions with 16 for 245 yards and two TDs in the Bears¡¦ 28-16 victory over Stanford in the 2003 Big Game. Had it not been for a freak injury (fractured arm) in practice Dec. 21, McArthur would have shattered the Pac-10 season receiving yardage record during the Insight Bowl. He fell 16 yards shy of Johnnie Morton¡¦s 10-year-old mark of 1,520 yards. Entering Week 9 of the 2004 season, McArthur (185 for 2,923 yards) now needs only 11 catches to set Cal¡¦s career reception record, currently held by Dameane Douglas at 195 from 1995-98.
McArthur Ranks 2nd in 100-Yard Games (10), 4th in TD Receptions (19) among Cal Career Leaders
Besides his lofty standing in career receptions and receiving yards among Cal¡¦s all-time pass-catchers, Geoff McArthur also ranks highly in other career categories. With his 8-catch, 121-yard display Saturday, he has now registered 10, 100-yard games in his career. That¡¦s only one less than the Cal record of 11, held by Bobby Shaw (1994-97). And his two touchdown catches against Oregon inflated his career total to 19, which ranks fourth on the school¡¦s all-time list. He needs three more TD receptions to vault Steve Sweeney (1970-72) into third place. The all-time record is 27 by Shaw.
McArthur Heads One of Deepest Receiving Corps in Cal History
Position coach, Eric Kiesau, calls them a ¡§special group,¡¨ a collection of players he might not see again if he ¡§coaches for another 30 years.¡¨ A close knit unit that hangs together in off hours¡Xthey even took a yoga class en masse this summer¡Xthis year¡¦s Cal wide receiver corps is much more than All-American Geoff McArthur. The unit lost only 17 of 165 receptions (10%) from last year¡¦s unit through graduation, and is ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 4 nationally by Athlon Sports in its preseason magazine. A blend of veterans and youth, the group includes five seniors, as well as three redshirt-freshmen, creating a veritable logjam at wideout. Tedford must now dip into the depth of this unit this Saturday, as three of his veteran receivers are banged up. Chase Lyman is lost for the season with ACL knee surgery, while Jonathan Makonnen is doubtful for at least another week due to an internal contusion suffered in the Arizona game. Burl Toler, who started 10 games last year, may return this week after sitting out the past three games with knee tendonitis.
Lyman Averaged 103.5 Receiving Yards Per Game & NCAA-Leading 29.6 YPC Before Knee Injury vs. USC Ended Season
Saddled with injuries throughout his career, senior wide receiver Chase Lyman had apparently turned over a new leaf in 2004. Finally healthy, Lyman was inserted into the starting lineup for an injured Geoff McArthur in last year¡¦s Insight Bowl and he had played like a man possessed after since. He set a Cal bowl game receiving record with five catches for 149 yards and one TD in the Bears¡¦ 52-49 win over Virginia Tech, and he has thrived as a starter along side McArthur this season. With his five-catch, 176-yard day at Oregon State¡Xthe 176 yards were the 11th most by a Cal player in school history¡Xthe receiver entered the USC tilt with 17 passes for 535 yards and six TDs in his last four games dating back to the bowl game (interestingly, Lyman had managed only 526 yards and three TDs on 63 receptions during his Cal career prior to the Insight Bowl). But a hyperextended knee sidelined the Bear wideout for most of the second half at USC. X-rays after the game confirmed that Lyman will be lost for the season. He underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Monday, Oct. 11. Until the injury, Lyman ranked first in yards per reception (29.6 yards per grab) and 10th in yards per game (103.5), respectively, among Division I-A receivers.
Every Which Way But...Lose? Cal Dominates the Statistical Battle Only to Fall 9 Yards Short From Upset of No. 1 USC
In a game for the ages, the California Golden Bears came within an eyelash of scoring one of the biggest road victories in the school¡¦s 122-year history Oct. 9. But what made the 23-17 loss to nationally No. 1 ranked USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum so disheartening for Cal fans was simply this: the Bears were the runaway winners in the final stat sheet. Cal won virtually every statistical category, outdistancing the Trojans by wide margins in total yards (424 to 205), rushing yards (157 to 41), passing yards (267 to 164), first downs (28 to 12) and time of possession (37:11 to 22:49). Yet, facing a fast-charging Bears¡¦ offense at its own nine-yard line with 1:47 left in the game, the USC defense rose to the occasion to snuff out a brilliant Aaron Rodgers-led rally by denying the Bears one final touchdown that would have given Cal one of its greatest wins in school history. The six-point loss halted a six-game winning streak for California, dating back to last year, and marked the only time this year that the Bears¡¦ offense failed to reach the 40-point plateau. Continually handed short fields to defend, the Bear defense proved extremely stingy in Los Angeles. They limited the explosive USC offense to 205 totals yards, 12 first downs, 41 rushing yards and a minuscule 1.6 yards-per-carry on the ground. They harnessed Matt Lienart & Co. to 3-for-11 in third-down conversions, and set season highs for sacks (four) and tackles-for-loss yardage (41).
Rodgers¡¦ Stock Soars in Last-Second Loss at USC; Cal¡¦s Junior QB Sets and Ties NCAA Records for Consecutive Completions
Before a sellout crowd of 92,000 in the L.A. Coliseum, Cal junior quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed his first 23 passes en route to one of the greatest passing exhibitions in Bears¡¦ football history. Carving up the Trojans¡¦ vaunted defense for 267 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on 29-of-34 accuracy, Rodgers showed the nation why he¡¦s one of the top quarterbacks in NCAA Division I-A football. His 23 consecutive completions tied the single game NCAA record (Tennessee¡¦s Tee Martin vs. South Carolina, 1998), while the Cal QB set a NCAA mark for most consecutive completions in a season (Martin, 24 in 1998) with 26, dating back to the Oregon State game Oct. 2. What¡¦s more, Rodgers established a new Cal record for completion percentage, as his .853 figure eclipsed the previous best of .852, set by Gale Gilbert (23-of-27) against Oregon State in 1983. Remarkably, Rodgers entered that fateful first-and-goal at the nine yard-line in the game¡¦s final two minutes, having completed 29 of 31 attempts with both incompletions resulting in intentional throw-aways by the Bears¡¦ quarterback.
In Less Than 2 Seasons, Rodgers Already Ranks Among Golden Bears¡¦ Top 10 in Both Career Passing and Total Offense
Despite starting only 18 games and playing in 21 contests in his brief Cal tenure, Rodgers is already perched among Cal¡¦s career Top 10 in both career total offense and passing yards. He currently sits in eighth place on the school¡¦s career total offense chart with 4,974 yards. Rodgers, who needs only 44 yards to leapfrog Mike Pawlawski (1988-91, 5,018 yards), has already eclipsed such legends as Chuck Muncie (3,205 yards), Russell White (3,381), Joe Roth (3,447), Steve Bartkowski (3,938) and Craig Morton (4,130) in the process. On the career passing ladder, he¡¦s perched at No. 9 with 4,719, needing only 322 yards to surpass Justin Vedder (1997-98, 5,040 yards) to claim the eighth spot.
Ranking No. 5 Nationally in Pass Efficiency, Rodgers Launches 11 TD Passes During California¡¦s Current 4-Game Winning Skein
Complementing a dominant ground game thus far in 2004, Aaron Rodgers has served as a highly-efficient field general for Cal. The junior signal-caller has completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 1,816 yards, while throwing 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Rodgers, who owns the nation¡¦s second-best passing efficiency rating (172.9), has thrown 11 TD passes in his last four games (4 vs. UCLA, 3 at Arizona, 1 vs. ASU and 3 vs. Oregon). Dating back to last year, he owns a 14-4 career record¡Xa .778 winning percentage¡Xas the Bears¡¦ starting quarterback and has connected on 69.4 percent (252-of-363) of his attempts in averaging 243.9 passing yards with 30 TDs and only six interceptions in his last 13 games. His numbers are even better over the last 11 games: 70.1 percent (220-of-314), 265.2 ypg, 26 TDs, 5 INTs.
First Halves Continue to Be Mister Rodgers¡¦ Neighborhood
Aaron Rodgers has particularly shined in first halves during his two years in Berkeley. Remarkably, Rodgers has completed 70.4 percent of his passes (95-of-135) for 1,225 yards, 13 TDs and three interception in first halves this year. That 1,225 yards represents 67.5 percent of Rodgers¡¦ total 2004 output of 1,816 yards.
Rodgers¡¦ 70.3 Completion Percentage (147-of-209) Threatens Pacific-10 Single-Season Mark of 70.7 by Cal¡¦s Rich Campbell
By connecting on 70.3 percent of his passes (147-for-209) thus far in 2004, Rodgers is on pace to challenge the Pacific-10 Conference single-season records for completion percentage. The Pac-10 standard is held by a fellow Golden Bear, Rich Campbell, who completed 70.7 percent of his attempts (193-of-273) in 1980.
Cal QB Also Eyes Pac-10 Career INT Percentage MarkAaron Rodgers, benefiting under the tutelage of Jeff Tedford and his QB legacy of developing five previous NFL first-round draft picks, tied a school record with five 300-yard passing games and set a Cal record for lowest interception percentage (1.43%) last fall. But most importantly, he inherited a 1-3 team and led it to a 7-3 record as the Bears¡¦ starting quarterback. Four of his 300-yard efforts came in the final five games of the season, capped by a classic performance that won him the Offensive MVP Award in the Insight Bowl. In arguably the finest passing display in Cal bowl history, Rodgers set school bowl records for yards and completion percentage in slicing up favored Virginia Tech for 394 yards and two TDs on 27-of-35 passing with no interceptions, while also rushing for 30 yards and two more scores. And he did all that on an injured left knee that would require surgery after the season. Rodgers, who entered his junior year having been named the preseason 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year by Athlon Sports, has already developed a reputation for mistake-free football. Dating back to his only season at Butte College (28 TDs, 4 INTs in 2002), Rodgers has thrown 65 touchdown passes and only 13 interceptions combined over the past two-plus years (including 2004). Despite throwing two picks at both Oregon State and Arizona, his current career interception percentage is a microscopic 1.61 (9 INT, 558 attempts). That¡¦s a figure that is well below the Pac-10 career mark of 2.59 (13 INT, 501 att.) set by USC¡¦s Paul McDonald in 1976-79 and the Cal record of 2.74 (26 INTs, 950 att.) by Pat Barnes in 1993-96. The NCAA career record for interception percentage, minimum 1,050 attempts, is 2.12 by Jeff Kingsbury of Texas Tech, who threw 40 picks in 1,883 attempts from 1999-2002. In the category 600-1,049 attempts in a career, the record holder is Billy Volek of Fresno State, who was intercepted 12 times in 934 attempts (1.28%) from 1997-99. And who was Volek¡¦s offensive coordinator in 1997? A guy named Tedford.
Tedford Has Perpetuated Cal¡¦s Quarterback Tradition
Since the days of All-American John Meek, who led Cal to an unbeaten season and Rose Bowl title in 1937, the Bears have been a cradle for college quarterbacks. Twelve years later in 1949, Bob Celeri also earned All-American honors after guiding the Bears to a 10-1 mark and Rose Bowl appearance. In the past four decades, Cal has produced an extraordinary list of polished passers. They include such legends as Joe Kapp (1956-58), Craig Morton (1962-64), Steve Bartkowski (1972-74), Pat Barnes (1993-96), Joe Roth (1975-76), Rich Campbell (1977-80), Gale Gilbert (1980-84), Troy Taylor (1986-89), Mike Pawlawski (1988-91) and Pat Barnes (1993-96). Perhaps, the best is yet to come in Berkeley, thanks to the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford in 2002. Tedford has recruited and/or developed five quarterbacks who have become first-round draft choices in the NFL. As offensive coordinator at Fresno State, he worked his magic with Trent Dilfer (No. 6 pick by Tampa Bay, 1994) and David Carr (No. 1 by Houston, 2002). As offensive coordinator at Oregon, he transformed Akili Smith (No. 3 by Cincinnati, 1999) and Joey Harrington (No. 3 by Detroit, 2002) into college superstars. And in 2002 at Cal, he inherited senior Kyle Boller, who after three previous seasons of frustration, blossomed into perhaps the nation¡¦s most improved quarterback. Boller, who later would become a first-round draft choice of the NFL¡¦s Baltimore Ravens, finished his Cal career ranked first in TD passes (64) and second all-time in passing yards (7,980) in school history. Now, the latest big-time QB to fall off the Tedford assembly line is Aaron Rodgers, now one of the nation¡¦s top collegiate passers and field generals.
Returning 16 Starters from 2003 Insight Bowl Champions,California Eyes 1st Rose Bowl Berth in 45 Years
It has been 45 long years since the California Golden Bears have made an appearance in the coveted Rose Bowl, but Old Blues are holding out hope that this may be the season Cal returns to Pasadena. With memories of Joe Kapp¡¦s 1959 Rose Bowl team beginning to fade, the Bears surprised college football last year by coming oh-so-close to a return visit. Had it not been for a 23-20 overtime loss at UCLA and an ulcerating 21-17 setback at Oregon¡Xthe Bears blew a 17-7 fourth-quarter lead¡XCal¡¦s 5-3 conference record would have improved to 7-1, sealing the Bears¡¦ first trip to the Rose Bowl in more than four decades. While those bitter defeats still serve as a reminder of how close they came to Pasadena, Tedford¡¦s club has made the most of its opportunities this fall. Returning 16 starters from last year¡¦s 8-6 team that earned the school¡¦s first bowl appearance in seven years, California¡¦s experience and maturation has placed the Bears in a position to become Cal¡¦s first team to make bowl appearances in back-to-back years since the 1990 (Copper) and 1991 (Citrus) teams.
Pac-10¡¦s Premier Sack Men on Display This Saturday, as Cal¡¦s Riddle and Washington¡¦s Hopoi Could Influence Game¡¦s Outcome
The Pac-10 top two leading sack artists will be showcased in Seattle this weekend, as Cal defensive end Ryan Riddle (10.0 sacks) and Washington defensive end Manase Hopoi (9.0 sacks) plan on taking the fastest route to the quarterback. Riddle, who transferred from El Camino JC in Southern California last year, has corralled 16.5 sacks for the Bears during the past two seasons. Hopoi, who hails from Sacramento, has countered with 20 sacks in his three seasons at UW. Interestingly, the offensive lines of both Washington and Cal have been quite stingy with allowing sacks this year. The Bears rank second (15) and the Huskies are tied for third (17) in sacks against in the current Pac-10 team comparisons.
It Came to Pass: In National Rankings, Cal is No. 2 in Pass Efficiency and Washington is No. 17 in Pass Defense
Perhaps the most intriguing match-up in Saturday¡¦s game will be Cal¡¦s precision passing attack vs. Washington¡¦s barb-wired pass defense. The Bears, led by All-America quarterback candidate Aaron Rodgers, are averaging 252.1 yards per game through the air and are ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 nationally in passing efficiency with a 172.9 rating. The Huskies, meanwhile, have allowed only 181.0 aerial yards per outing to rank first in the Pac-10 and 17th nationally. However, Washington¡¦s pass defense efficiency of 119.0 ranks only eighth in the conference and 52nd in the country.
Golden Bears vs. Gilby: Cal Faces Former Coach One Last Time
Keith Gilbertson, who will step down as head coach of the Washington Huskies at the end of this season, is certainly no stranger to this week¡¦s opponent, as he served as Cal¡¦s head coach from 1992-95. Following that stint in Berkeley, ¡§Gilby¡¨ held the post of offensive coordinator at Washington for three seasons. He was promoted to Huskies¡¦ head coach prior to the 2003 season, replacing Rick Neuheisel. This is Gilbertson¡¦s third head coaching stint, having posted a combined 28-9 record in three seasons at Idaho in 1986-88 (including Big Sky titles in ¡¦87 and ¡¦88), registering a 20-26 mark as the Cal skipper, and currently owning a 7-14 ledger at UW. This Saturday marks the second time Gilbertson has faced his old team as a head coach. He and his 2003 Huskies absorbed a 54-7 shellacking in Berkeley, which was Gilby¡¦s last appearance as a head coach at Memorial Stadium since 1995 when his Bears dropped a 38-29 decision to Arizona State. Gilbertson¡¦s top season at the helm of California was 1993 when the team chiseled out a 9-4 record and pummeled Iowa, 37-3, in the Alamo Bowl. It was the Bears¡¦ last winning season before Tedford led the school to a 7-5 mark in 2002 and subsequent winning campaigns in both 2003 and this fall.
Three Epic Streaks Came to an End When Bears Upset Nationally No. 12 Ranked Huskies, 34-27, in Last Seattle Meeting in 2002
Three monumental streaks came to a crashing halt in Cal¡¦s most recent visit to Husky Stadium in 2002. By virtue of its stirring 34-27 victory over nationally No. 12 ranked Washington, Cal stopped 26 years of utter futility by ending the Huskies¡¦ 19-game win streak against the Bears. It was Cal¡¦s first triumph over the Dawgs since 1976, when Joe Roth and the Bears edged UW, 7-0, in Seattle. The victory also marked the first time California had won in the state of Washington since that 1976 win at Husky Stadium, as the Bears had lost 10 in a row in Pullman against WSU and nine straight to the Huskies before last year¡¦s verdict. And to score a hat trick, Cal¡¦s win also stopped a 17-game home victory skein for Washington at Husky Stadium. In beating the 12th-ranked Huskies, the 2002 Bears became the first team in Cal history to post two road victories over Top 15 opponents in the same year. In fact, since national rankings started in 1936, Cal had beaten two Top 15 foes in the same regular season¡Xhome or away¡Xonly once previously. That occurred in 1951, when Pappy Waldorf¡¦s club topped No. 6 Oregon State, 35-14, in Berkeley and bested No. 3 Stanford, 20-7, in Palo Alto. Actually, California did turn the trick one other time in 1937, but the second Top 15 conquest did not occur in the regular season¡Xcoming in the postseason, a 13-0 win over No. 4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl.
Cal Sets School¡¦s Total Offense Record (729 Yards) in Last Year¡¦s 54-7 Victory over Washington in Berkeley¡¦s Memorial Stadium
It was an offensive explosion of historic proportions for Jeff Tedford¡¦s Golden Bears the last time they squared off against the Huskies. In a 54-7 rout last season that ended a 28-year home victory drought to Washington, the Bears cranked out 729 yards in total offense to set an all-time school record. It was pure heaven for Cal stat lovers, as wide receiver Geoff McArthur snared six passes for 180 yards¡Xincluding a 79-yard touchdown reception in the opening seconds¡Xquarterback Aaron Rodgers threaded 20 of 33 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns while running for another score, and backup tailback J.J. Arrington fueled a 381-yard team rushing effort with 185 yards on only 14 carries. The 729-yard eruption obliterated the old Cal mark of 670 yards, set against Utah in 1958. What¡¦s more, the 54-7 verdict was the Bears¡¦ first victory over Washington in Berkeley in 28 years (last Memorial Stadium win: 27-24 in 1975), and the 47-point margin of victory was the biggest win by a Bear team in a conference game since 1922 (Cal beat Washington State, 61-0, when both teams played in the old Pacific Coast Conference, he forerunner to the Pac-8 and Pac-10). The 47-point differential also marked California¡¦s widest margin of victory over Washington since 1921 (72-3). In last year¡¦s triumph, the Bears scored on each of their first six possessions of the game, as McArthur chased down four passes for 131 yards in the first quarter alone.
Huskies Feature 7 Players, 3 Coaches With NorCal Roots
Seven Washington players and three coaches feature Northern California pasts. The players include tight end Jon Lyon (Carmel/Saddleback CC), defensive ends Manase Hopoi (Sacramento/Valley HS) and Greyson Gunheim (Sebastopol, Analy HS), guard Rob Meadow (San Francisco/De La Salle HS), tailback Louis Rankin (Stockton/Lincoln HS), and defensive backs Matt Fountaine (Oakland/Bishop O¡¦Dowd) and C.J. Wallace (Sacramento/Grant Union HS). Offensive coordinator/QB coach John Pettas also hails from Northern California, as the Monterey, Calif., native attended Monterey High School, was a defensive assistant for one season (1992) with the San Francisco 49ers, and served as quarterback/kicker coach for one year (1994) at the University of Pacific. Co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Phil Snow was born in Woodland, Calif., and attended both Sacramento State and Cal State Hayward. Snow¡¦s first coaching job was at Berkeley High School, later served as an assistant at Laney College, before finally coaching the secondary at Cal from 1987-91, where he was part of Bruce Snyder¡¦s bowl teams in 1990 and 1992. And cornerbacks coach Jimmy Lake is a San Francisco native.
In relief of an injured Garrett Cross (bruised hamstring suffered in practice last week), redshirt freshman TE Craig Stevens scored the first touchdown of his career on a 26-yard pass from Rodgers with 5:59 left in the first quarter of the Oregon game....Cal extended its home winning streak to six games with the Oregon victory, the Bears¡¦ longest home win string since 1975-76. Berkeley is 4-0 this year at Memorial Stadium...Cal and USC dominate the Pac-10 team rankings this week, with the Bears and Trojans both ranking No. 1 in nine of the listed 30 team statistical categories in the Pac-10 release. Cal heads the following categories: total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense, pass efficiency, fewest opponents first downs, third down conversions, time of possession, red zone offense and red zone defense. Conversely, Washington ranks last in the Pac-10 in seven team categories: scoring offense, scoring defense, punt returns, pass efficiency, turnover margin, third down conversions and red zone offense...Washington enters this weekend¡¦s game with the dubious distinction of leading the nation in turnovers (44)...The Bears are outscoring their opponents by a 132-28 margin in the second half this year, as Cal¡¦s defense has allowed one touchdown in the third quarter (at USC) in 2004...Cal has scored 28 points or more in 24 of 34 games of the Tedford Era; prior to Tedford taking over the program in 2002, the Bears had reached the 28-point plateau only 10 times in their previous 48 contests...Arrington¡¦s 7.0 ypc average this season is within range of the Cal single season mark of 7.3, set by Bear legend Jackie Jensen in 1948...Third-string tailback Terrell Williams, a former high school quarterback, has completed four of five passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns on halfback pass plays during his Cal career...The Golden Bears are the Pac-10¡¦s most veteran team, leading the circuit in both senior starters (12) as well as seniors on the two-deep (19)...With a 1-8 record this season, the Huskies are assured of their first losing record since 1976, when they 5-6¡KWashington¡¦s 38-0 loss at USC Oct. 23 severed the Huskies¡¦ streak of scoring in a game at 271 games, which had been the longest active streak in NCAA Division I-A football¡KKyle Boller¡¦s five touchdown passes in Cal¡¦s 2002 win over Washington were the third most in school history and tied the most ever by a Husky opponentf|f|f|The 2004 Huskies feature two players who are the younger brothers of notable quarterbacks. Junior Casey Paus, who relieved All-American candidate Cody Pickett when he suffered a concussion in the Oregon game two weeks ago, is the brother of former UCLA quarterback Cory Paus. And senior fullback Zach Tuiasosopo¡¦s older sibling is QB Marques Tuiasosopo, former Husky star and current Oakland Raider QBf|f|f|Some of UW¡¦s more famous alumni included TV and motion picture stars Dyan Cannon and Patrick Duffy, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, jazz musician Kenny ¡§G¡¨ Gorelick, Saturday Night Live¡¦s Julia Sweeney, and Dennis the Menace cartoonist Hank Ketcham.