3:30 PM ET, November 13, 2004
CenturyLink Field, SEATTLE, WA
SEATTLE (AP) -- California was flat in the first half. Good thing for the Golden Bears that J.J. Arrington, Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch can turn it on in a hurry.
Arrington ran for 84 of his 121 yards in the second half and Rodgers shook off a slow start to throw two touchdown passes, helping Cal (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat woeful Washington 42-12 on Saturday.
"We were so subdued in pregame," Bears coach Jeff Tedford said. "It didn't seem like there was a lot of excitement out there. I gave them a talking-to before the game, but obviously that didn't work."
Lynch also had 121 yards rushing, including TD runs of 32 and 70 yards, and added a 29-yard scoring reception as Cal (8-1, 6-1 Pac-10) defeated the Huskies (1-9, 0-7).
"It's a great feeling to have J.J. going for 100 yards but even better when you've also got the No. 2 running back getting 100," center Marvin Philip said. "We dominate the line of scrimmage. We have a lot of confidence."
Washington, which will close its worst season in 35 years next week at rival Washington State, hasn't finished winless in conference play since going 0-7 in the old Pac-8 back in 1973.
"I went out there and played my hardest for the seniors," junior linebacker Joe Lobendahn said. "It's sad to see them go out like this. I'm not planning on having to do this next year."
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. The Pac-10 record is 11 by Southern California's Marcus Allen in 1981, when he won the Heisman Trophy.
It's a statistic that means a lot to Arrington's linemen.
"They really focus on it more than me," Arrington said. "They ask me, 'You got 100 yet?' They love it when I get the ball. When coach calls for a pass, sometimes they tell him, 'You should run the ball.' So I do it for them."
While Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson has generated more Heisman talk, Arrington's numbers are solid. He's on target to become Cal's first conference rushing champion since Joe Kapp in 1958.
He needs just 45 yards to break Chuck Muncie's 29-year-old school record of 1,460 yards rushing, and he'll get another shot when the Bears play rival Stanford next weekend.
How does Arrington rate his Heisman chances?
"I'm not into that," he said. "If I was, I'd like it, but I'm not disappointed. Whatever I can do to help my team win."
The Bears didn't play their best. Rodgers had two silly interceptions and Arrington was held to 37 yards rushing when Cal -- a 31-point favorite -- led 7-6 at the break.
"We were just flat in the first half," Rodgers said. "We didn't play with any heart. I think we expected to win. We expected them to kind of fold their tent but they played hard. It was senior day."
Cal woke up in the third quarter, starting with a blocked punt in Washington's end zone by Greg Van Hoesen. Justin Forsett recovered for a touchdown.
"We saw that formation and knew they had one blocked a week or two ago," Tedford said. "We felt we could get after one. Sure enough, the guys came hard and did a nice job of making a play."
The Huskies pulled to 14-12 early in the third quarter on a 77-yard catch-and-run from Casey Paus to Craig Chambers, giving Washington fans reason to believe an upset was possible.
"Casey threw the perfect ball," said Chambers, who had eight catches for 189 yards. "That was the most beautiful ball I've seen him throw this year. It hit me right on stride. It gave me the perfect angle to turn and just go."
Those hopes were flattened when Cal scored twice in a span of just over a minute late in the third.
Lynch broke a 32-yard scoring run, faking out one would-be tackler and beating another to the corner of the end zone. Paus then threw an interception to 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 strike to Garrett Cross. Lynch capped the scoring with his 70-yard run late in the fourth period.
"We were in a funk. They stopped us," said Rodgers, who was 12-of-23 for 161 yards with two interceptions. "We were just waiting for someone to make a big play to get us going."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-12||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-2|
|FG||2:02||EVAN KNUDSON 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||1:09||MARSHAWN LYNCH 29 YD PASS FROM AARON RODGERS (TOM SCHNEIDER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||0:02||EVAN KNUDSON 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yards.
|TD||13:23||JUSTIN FORSETT 0 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (TOM SCHNEIDER KICK)||14||6|
|TD||10:28||CRAIG CHAMBERS 77 YD PASS FROM CASEY PAUS (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 87 yards.
|TD||2:13||MARSHAWN LYNCH 32 YD RUN (TOM SCHNEIDER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||1:09||J.J. ARRINGTON 5 YD RUN (TOM SCHNEIDER KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 8 yards.
|TD||10:46||GARRETT CROSS 13 YD PASS FROM AARON RODGERS (TOM SCHNEIDER KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||3:31||MARSHAWN LYNCH 70 YD RUN (TOM SCHNEIDER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yards.