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Cal jumps out early, crushes Arizona

Sep 23, 2007 - 5:21 AM BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- California opened its Pac-10 Conference slate in impressive fashion, pounding Arizona, 45-27, on Saturday.

Justin Forsett rushed 23 times for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Nate Longshore completed 16-of-30 passes for 235 yards, a touchdown and one interception for the Golden Bears (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10), who jumped out to a 28-3 lead in the first quarter and cruised to their 21st victory in their last 23 home games.

"He's been nursing an ankle all week long and he had a quad contusion but he really gave us a spark when we needed it down the stretch there," California coach Jeff Tedford said about Forsett. "We needed to eat some clock and we had to drive the ball and keep our defense off the field. He's so reliable and solid as far as hanging on to the football. He has great vision and runs so hard. He's a warrior."

Cal also exacted some revenge for last season, when a 24-20 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on November 11 in Tucson knocked the team out of the Pac-10 title picture and and ruined a possible trip to the Rose Bowl.

"It's always great to start out like that," Tedford said. "We had some things going on defense and we got a touchdown, but offensively, I thought we moved the ball pretty well. We threw it, ran it and mixed it up pretty good. The guys did a good job of executing and we didn't stop ourselves so it was really good to jump out like that."

The Golden Bears looked as if they might take a step back in the running game prior to the season, with 2006 top rusher Marshawn Lynch moving on to the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

But Forsett, a senior, has filled in capably and entered Saturday's contest leading the conference at 122.3 yards per game.

"He is a really good player," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "He reminds you a lot of Marshawn (Lynch), he is not as big, but certainly as quick."

Forsett rushed for 23 yards on the Golden Bears' first scoring drive, capping the possession with a nine-yard touchdown run. He added a three-yard score with 8:53 remaining in the final quarter to push Cal's advantage to 45-27.

Longshore had his best drive in the first quarter, completing 3-of-4 passes for 78 yards - including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Lavelle Hawkins - to open up a 14-3 advantage.

A junior, Longshore was efficient in the second half, needing just seven pass attempts to guide his team to victory.

Arizona had a hard time getting anything going in the running game, gaining just 21 yards on 20 total rushing attempts.

With his team struggling on the ground and forced to overcome a huge deficit early, Wildcats quarterback Willie Tuitama attempted 61 passes in the contest, completing 42 for 309 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for a score.

"They were doing a good job of keeping some stuff away from us down field," Tuitama said. "I think they saw the stuff from last week against New Mexico when we had taken a lot of shots. They did a good job of taking away some of the deep stuff for us. We had some good plays underneath.

We just didn't do enough. We expected them to take stuff away from us downfield. That's why we had the short little crossing routes. We tried to get the ball downfield, but they were taking it away."

Tuitama made his job harder by turning the ball over three times. His fumble in the first quarter was returned four yards for a touchdown by defensive tackle Tyson Alualu to make the score 28-3.

The Golden Bears were 6-of-11 on third-down conversions and scored four touchdowns on the ground, outrushing Arizona, 188-21.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 3 7 7 10 27
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 3 7 7 45 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, JUSTIN FORSETT 9 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK), 3:14.
    CALIFORNIA 7-0
    ARIZONA - FG, JASON BONDZIO 31 YD, 5:57.
    CALIFORNIA 7-3
    CALIFORNIA - TD, LAVELLE HAWKINS 18 YD PASS
    FROM NATE LONGSHORE (

    Sep 22 9:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    JUSTIN FORSETT 2 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 27
    CALIFORNIA (6) 45 8:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 9:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARIZONA
    JASON BONDZIO 32 YD
    ARIZONA 27
    CALIFORNIA (6) 38 13:01 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 9:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARIZONA
    MICHAEL THOMAS 4 YD PASS FROM WILLIE TUITAMA
    (JASON BONDZIO KICK)
    ARIZONA 24
    CALIFORNIA (6) 38 14:56 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 9:01 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 3 7 7 17
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 3 7 38 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, JUSTIN FORSETT 9 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK), 3:14.
    CALIFORNIA 7-0
    ARIZONA - FG, JASON BONDZIO 31 YD, 5:57.
    CALIFORNIA 7-3
    CALIFORNIA - TD, LAVELLE HAWKINS 18 YD PASS
    FROM

    Sep 22 8:57 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARIZONA
    WILLIE TUITAMA 1 YD RUN
    (JASON BONDZIO KICK)
    ARIZONA 17
    CALIFORNIA (6) 38 7:58 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 8:32 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    JAMES MONTGOMERY 3 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 10
    CALIFORNIA (6) 38 10:53 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 8:23 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 3 7 10
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 3 31 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, JUSTIN FORSETT 9 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK), 3:14.
    CALIFORNIA 7-0
    ARIZONA - FG, JASON BONDZIO 31 YD, 5:57.
    CALIFORNIA 7-3
    CALIFORNIA - TD, LAVELLE HAWKINS 18 YD PASS
    FROM NATE LON

    Sep 22 7:52 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG CALIFORNIA
    JORDAN KAY 42 YD
    ARIZONA 10
    CALIFORNIA (6) 31 0:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 7:46 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARIZONA
    NICHOLAS GRIGSBY 3 YD RUN
    (JASON BONDZIO KICK)
    ARIZONA 10
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 13:45 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 7:10 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 3 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 28 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, JUSTIN FORSETT 9 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK), 3:14.
    CALIFORNIA 7-0
    ARIZONA - FG, JASON BONDZIO 31 YD, 5:57.
    CALIFORNIA 7-3
    CALIFORNIA - TD, LAVELLE HAWKINS 18 YD PASS
    FROM

    Sep 22 7:08 PM


  • CORRECTION
    NCAAF ARIZONA 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 0:39 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 7:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    TYSON ALUALU 4 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 35 2:12 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 7:00 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    TYSON ALUALU 4 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 28 2:12 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 6:59 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    JAHVID BEST 1 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 21 3:20 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 6:51 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    LAVELLE HAWKINS 18 YD PASS FROM NATE LONGSHORE
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 14 8:29 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 6:32 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARIZONA
    JASON BONDZIO 31 YD
    ARIZONA 3
    CALIFORNIA (6) 7 9:03 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 6:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CALIFORNIA
    JUSTIN FORSETT 9 YD RUN
    (JORDAN KAY KICK)
    ARIZONA 0
    CALIFORNIA (6) 7 11:46 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Arizona vs. California(6)Sep 22 6:19 PM