Washington-Cal Game Notes
Nov. 13, 2004
Today's game was the final home game for 16 Husky seniors. However, due in part to several injuries, only three members of the senior class started the game - offensive tackle Ryan Brooks and cornerbacks Derrick Johnson and Sam Cunningham.
Casey Paus' 77-yard touchdown pass to Craig Chambers was the longest play of the year for Huskies, from scrimmage or otherwise (i.e., passes, rushes, and returns). It was also the longest pass of Paus' career and, obviously, the longest reception for Chambers, a redshirt freshmen. The play was also tied for the 14th-longest pass play in Washington history and was the longest play from scrimmage against Cal this season.
Chambers, who only caught his first career pass two weeks ago vs. Oregon, finished the game with 189 yards on 8 receptions, the best day of the season by Husky receiver in terms of yardage.
Paus finished with 328 passing yards, his career high and the most by a Washington quarterback this season. Isaiah Stanback's 219 passing yards against Oregon State had stood as the top outing this year by a Husky QB, in terms of passing yardage.
Today's game marked only the second time this season that the Golden Bears were held scoreless in the opening quarter. In the only other such occurrence, Cal trailed USC 10-0 at the end of the first quarter of that game.
UW linebacker Scott White's second-quarter interception was the first pick of White's career. That interception also broke Cal QB Aaron Rodgers' string of 82 straight pass attempts without an interception.
Rodgers threw two interceptions in today's game, matching his high for a game this season. He also threw two picks against Oregon State and Arizona, but didn't throw any in the season's other six games and thus had only four all year entering today's game.
Rodgers' 36-yard run in the third quarter was the longest rush of his career.
Cal tailback J.J. Arrington finished the first half with only 37 yards on 10 carries, his lowest first-half output of the season. Arrington entered the afternoon ranked fourth in the nation in rushing with 161.75 yards per game. He was also averaging 7.0 yards per carry for the year.
Arrington recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing game in nine games this season. The Pac-10 record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games is 11, set by USC's Marcus Allen.
Washington had a punt blocked for a TD for the second time this season in the third quarter when Justin Forsett covered a blocked Sean Douglas punt in the endzone. Earlier this season at Stanford, Nick Sanchez picked up a blocked Douglas punt and ran in for a score.
Douglas' 59-yard punt in the third quarter, which came as he was rolling out in an unorthodox play, was the longest of his career.
After missing his first two field goal attempts of the season, junior placekicker Evan Knudson had made five in a row, including a 36-yarder today. Knudson broke that streak with a 36-yard miss in the second quarter, but then made a 26-yarder in the waning seconds of the first half. After missing his two attempts in the season opener vs. Fresno State, Knudson didn't kick again till the Oregon game. He made two in that game two weeks ago and then another two last Saturday against Arizona.
Washington posted four quarterback sacks against Cal the second highest any Bears opponent recorded this season. USC had five sacks in the Trojans' win.