No. 13 Cal Runs Over New Mexico State, 41-13
Sept. 23, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Justin Forsett ran for a career-high 234 yards and Joe Ayoob rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another score to help No. 13 California beat New Mexico State 41-13 on Friday night.
Cal (4-0) scored on its first two possessions and was never in trouble, but the four-touchdown underdog Aggies (0-4) kept it interesting in the first half.
New Mexico State freshman Chris Williams' 94-yard kickoff return and Conor Foley's 28-yard field goal pulled the Aggies to 20-10 late in the second quarter.
A pair of second-half touchdowns by Ayoob from 5 and 8 yards broke it open. The Golden Bears, who came in averaging 264 yards rushing, had 311 yards rushing and 595 yards of total offense.
The Aggies made it tough on Cal kicker Tom Schneider. They blocked Schneider's first PAT attempt and Schneider missed a 40-yard attempt just before halftime after first-year coach Hal Mumme called three straight timeouts to try to ice him.
The Aggies also blocked Schneider's 28-yard attempt in the third quarter. The ball was blocked by Tim McManigal and returned to near midfield by linebacker Jimmy Cottrell.
That set up a 32-yard field goal by Foley on the last play of the third quarter to trim Cal's lead to 27-13. Foley could have kept the Aggies closer in the first half but missed from 42 and 38 yards.
Ayoob scored on runs of 1, 5 and 8 yards and threw a 41-yard TD pass to DeSean Jackson.
Forsett scored from a yard out to finish Cal's opening drive that included a 54-yard pass from Ayoob to Chris Manderino to NMSU's 13.
Forsett, who rushed for 187 yards last week in Cal's win over Illinois, had 153 yards against the Aggies by halftime and his total was the fourth best ever for a Cal running back.
Ayoob's scoring pass to Jackson came on Cal's second possession and was the second play of a drive that took just 36 seconds.
Ayoob, who took over when Nate Longshore broke his left leg in the season opener against Sacramento State, was 17-of-26 for 284 yards. Jackson caught nine passes for 130 yards.
New Mexico State's Justine Buries ran for 107 yards on 20 carries to become the first back in nine games to run for more than 100 yards against the Golden Bears.
New Mexico State quarterback Joey Vincent was 18-for-39 for 164 yards in his first start of the season.