Bears Fall In Final Minutes To Utah 31-24
Sept 11, 2003
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Brandon Warfield scored his third touchdown of thegame on a 14-yard run with 1:06 remaining as Utah rallied to beat California31-24 Thursday night.
Warfield was held well below his average of 177 yards per game, finishingwith 94 on 30 carries, but he could not be stopped in the fourth quarter. Hecarried seven times for 46 yards on the final drive, ending it by breaking anoption around the right side and diving across the goal line.
Alex Smith was 18-of-27 for 136 yards and ran for a touchdown in his firststart for the Utes (2-1), who won in front 46,768 red-clad fans - the largestcrowd to see a football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Smith was starting for Brett Elliott, who broke his wrist last week in aloss at Texas A&M and is out for a month.
The Utes, who led 21-7 at halftime, were forced to rally after allowing 17straight points in the third quarter.
Aaron Rodgers replaced Reggie Robertson at quarterback after just two seriesfor Cal (1-2) and led the Bears, going 15-for-25 for 224 yards and twotouchdowns. Adimchinobe Echemandu ran for 80 yards and a touchdown and GeoffMcArthur had 130 yards on eight catches, including two touchdowns for theBears, who wore down in the fourth quarter.
Cal cut Utah's lead to 21-10 on Tyler Frederickson's 21-yard field goal,then got a huge break when Utah punter Matt Kovacevich's kick went just 19yards and gave the Bears the ball at the Utah 28.
Echemandu scored on a 1-yard run to make it 21-16 with 3:18 left in thethird. The Bears' 2-point conversion attempt failed, but Cal forced Utah into athree-and-out on the next series and once again Kovacevich couldn't get off agood kick. This one went just 24 yards and gave the Bears the ball at the Utah34.
Rodgers hit McArthur with a 21-yard touchdown pass and Cal made the 2-pointconversion for its first lead at 24-21. That was about all for the Bears.
Utah tied it on Borreson's 35-yard yard field goal, capping a 16-play,62-yard drive that included two conversions on third-and-long and another onfourth down. After a Cal punt to the Utah 37, Warfield and Smith led the Uteson the final scoring drive.
The Utes ended Cal's last chance when Lewis Powell forced Rodgers to fumbleand Utah recovered.
The crowd topped the previous high of 45,634 for the 1998 game againstinstate rival Brigham Young.
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