3:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
"We wanted to throw the ball down the field, and we were able to do that," Rodgers said Cal routed the Sun Devils 51-23 Saturday. "A good rushing game also helped. We got both things going early."
Rodgers threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, and Adimchinobe Echemandu became the 10th California runner to have a 1,000-yard season.
He also went a third consecutive game without an interception, running his string to 79 passes without one, in a 17-for-22 performance.
"When you stop yourself, it's hard," McArthur said. "But when you go out there and perform and execute, that's when you drive the ball like we did."
Echemandu had a career-high 201 yards last week. This time, he gained 128 yards on 21 carries, scoring on runs of 3 and 2 yards, and finished with 1,009 yards for the season.
"That was one of my goals for the season," said the senior, who missed the last two years with academic and medical problems. "From the adversity I've faced in my life, getting a thousand yards meant a lot to me."
J.J. Arrington had a 24-yard scoring run and Tyler Fredrickson kicked three field goals for the Bears (5-5, 3-2 Pac-10).
Geoff McArthur also hit a milestone in the Bears' biggest offensive showing since humbling Arizona State 55-38 last year. He had four grabs for 160 yards, reaching 1,037 yards for the season -- fourth-best in school history.
Cal scored 30 unanswered points after Arizona State trimmed its deficit to 21-17 on a 2-yard run by Loren Wade with 9:32 left in the second quarter.
"There's no way to sugar-coat it," Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said. "We got our butt kicked in every phase. It's pathetic."
He said the fact Andrew Walter wasn't 100 percent was no excuse.
Walter, who ignored sprained ligaments in his right ankle to start for the Sun Devils (4-5, 1-4), threw a 32-yard TD pass to Skyler Fulton before the swelling and pain forced him out after three quarters.
Walter was 11-of 26 for 170 yards, but was intercepted twice.
The Bears had a season-high 41 points in the first half, covering 240 yards on 14 plays on their first three scoring drives.
The first took two plays -- Rodgers' 37-yard pass to Toler, and the 43-yarder to McArthur with 9:01 left in the first quarter.
Echemandu broke a 48-yard run to set up his 3-yard TD run with 3:22 left, and the Bears took a 21-10 lead on Toler's 5-yard scoring grab 1:34 into the second quarter.
McArthur had a 47-yard catch on that drive, with 10 yards to the 10 tacked on by a facemask penalty on cornerback Josh Golden.
Arizona State, which never managed better than a 7-all tie in the game, got back within four points on the scoring run by Wade, who had 107 yards for his third straight 100-yard game.
But Arrington broke away for his TD, Rodgers passed to Strang for another and Fredrickson had 29- and 33-yard field goals in the final 6:41.
Walter's ankle wasn't an issue on Arizona State's first drive -- he handed off eight straight times as the Sun Devils moved 47 yards to the Cal 11. And his first pass was well-thrown, but Cal rover Donnie McCleskey wrestled it away from Lewis in the end zone for an interception.
"I threw it inside and behind him, and (McCleskey) made a good play," Walter said. "Obviously, it didn't work out."
Cal coach Jeff Tedford said not falling behind was a key.
"They were moving the ball pretty well, and that was huge for us," Tedford said. "We wanted to come out and start fast, and it wasn't looking like we were doing that, so coming up with that interception was big."
On the next drive, Walter was 6-of-9, finishing with the scoring toss to Fulton to tie the game before Cal's firepower took over.