Fifth-Ranked Bears Cruise Past Washington
Nov. 13, 2004
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - J.J. Arrington ran for 84 of his 121 yards in the second halfand Aaron Rodgers shook off a slow start to throw two touchdown passes to helpNo. 5 California beat Washington 42-12 on Saturday.
Marshawn Lynch added another 121 yards rushing with TD runs of 32 and 70yards and a 29-yard scoring reception as the Golden Bears (8-1, 6-1 Pac-10) wontheir third straight over the Huskies (1-9, 0-7).
Washington, which will mercifully close its worst season in 35 years nextweek at rival Washington State, hasn't finished winless in conference playsince going 0-7 in the old Pac-8 back in 1973.
Arrington, who came in as the nation's No. 4 rusher with a 161.8 average,has posted 100-yard efforts in all nine games this season, a school record. ThePac-10 record is 11 by Southern California's Marcus Allen in 1981, when he wonthe Heisman Trophy.
Arrington is 45 yards from breaking Chuck Muncie's 29-year-old school recordof 1,460 yards rushing. He'll get another shot when the Bears play rivalStanford next weekend.
The Bears didn't play their best, but their 35 second-half points were morethan enough. Rodgers had two silly interceptions and Arrington was held to 37yards rushing when Cal led 7-6 at the break, his lowest first-half output thisseason.
The Huskies pulled to 14-12 early in the third on a 77-yard catch-and-runfrom Casey Paus to Craig Chambers, giving Washington fans reason to believe anupset was possible.
Those hopes were flattened when Cal scored twice in a span of just over aminute late in the third.
Lynch broke a 32-yard scoring run, faking out one would-be tackler andbeating another to the corner of the end zone. Paus then threw an interceptionto Cal's Wendell Hunter, leading to Arrington's 5-yard TD run and a 28-12 lead.
Rodgers made it 35-12 early in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard TD striketo Garrett Cross. Lynch broke into the secondary for a 70-yard run late in thefourth period to cap the scoring.
Rodgers finished 12-of-23 for 161 yards passing with two TDs and twointerceptions.
Paus was 20-of-44 for 328 yards with three interceptions and one TD.Chambers had eight receptions for 189 yards, while Kenny James finished with 96yards rushing on 23 carries.
Cal was a 31-point favorite, but it was clear the Huskies would giveeverything they had for a possible upset.
It was the final home game for coach Keith Gilbertson, who is stepping downafter the season, as well as 15 seniors. Before kickoff, the captains gavetheir departing coach an honorary letterman's jacket.
Emotion carried the Huskies in the first half. Washington's defense wascharged up, holding the Golden Bears scoreless in the first period for thefirst time since Cal's narrow loss to USC on Oct. 9.
The Huskies couldn't maintain their momentum. Paus finished with threeinterceptions and kicker Evan Knudson, who was good on first-half field goalsof 36 and 26 yards, missed another 36-yard try and botched a PAT kick.