BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Geoff McArthur had six catches for a
career-high 180 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown reception in
the opening seconds, and California set a school record with 729
total yards in a 54-7 rout of Washington on Saturday.
Aaron Rodgers was 20-for-33 for a career-high 348 yards and
three touchdowns and also ran for a score in one of Cal's most
dominating games of the season.
Cal ended a 28-year home losing streak to the Huskies with the
Golden Bears' most lopsided victory in the series since 1921 when
they won 72-3.
J.J. Arrington carried 14 times for 185 yards in place of
starter Adimchinobe Echemandu, the Pac-10's second-leading rusher
held out with a sprained ankle, and the Bears averaged more than 10
yards per carry while rushing for 381 yards.
The Huskies couldn't do anything right in the first half as
Washington coach Keith Gilbertson returned to Memorial Stadium to
face his former team for the first time since taking over as coach
when Rick Neuheisel was fired during the summer.
And a sour reunion it was.
With a bowl berth on the line for both teams, the Huskies (5-6,
3-4 Pac-10) struggled to protect quarterback Cody Pickett and
routinely missed tackles on the way to giving up a season high in
yards, 378 more than they allowed No. 2 USC last month.
Washington now must beat powerful Washington State in the Apple
Cup next weekend at Husky Stadium to make the postseason.
Cal (6-6, 4-3) scored on its first six possessions in a game it
had to win to avoid being eliminated from the bowl picture all
together. The Bears need to beat Stanford in the Big Game next
Saturday. The Pac-10 has six bowl berths and a chance at a seventh
if the conference can get two teams into the BCS.
McArthur, the nation's second-leading receiver, had four catches
for 131 yards in the first quarter and broke the school's all-time
single-season record for receiving yards. McArthur now has 1,259
yards and has gone over 150 yards receiving four times this season.
Zach Tuiasosopo, with big brother Marques of the Oakland Raiders
watching from the sideline, scored Washington's lone touchdown on a
3-yard run in the second quarter. The Huskies suffered their worst
loss of the year are on the brink of their first losing season
Cal punted for the first time midway through the third quarter --
drawing loud cheers from the Huskies' faithful -- but Charles
Frederick muffed the return to give the Bears the ball back at the
The Bears have won the last two against Washington, including a
34-27 victory in Seattle last season to snap a 19-game, 26-year
losing streak in the series. Washington had won 10 in a row in
Berkeley. Four of the previous five meetings had been decided by
eight or fewer points.
Cal leveled Pickett several times with its aggressive blitzing
defense that led to three first-half sacks, and the Bears often
used double coverage on star Washington receiver Reggie Williams,
who was held to four catches for 23 yards.
This was the second straight embarrassing loss for Washington,
stunned 27-22 at Arizona last week. Pickett struggled against the
Wildcats and Gilbertson said he had considered going to backup
Casey Paus but didn't.
Paus did play Saturday, relieving an unproductive Pickett in the
fourth quarter. Pickett was 22-of-39 for 225 yards and threw two
Cal's third- and fourth-string running backs scored
fourth-quarter touchdowns, with Michael Porter capping the blowout
with a 51-yard TD run with 2:44 left. Fans chanted "We love
Tedford!" for second-year coach Jeff Tedford as the school
compiled its most yards since gaining 670 against Utah in 1958.
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