Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Bears Down Cats, 38-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 25, 2004
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz.--No. 7 California and its highly rated offense lived up to its billing and its defense pitched a shutout to give Arizona a sixth consecutive loss Saturday, 38-0, before a crowd of 52,049 on UA's Family Weekend.

The Bears accumulated 424 yards led by quarterback Aaron Rogers, receiver Geoff McArthur and tailback J.J. Arrrington and their defense held Arizona to a missed field goal attempt and only one excursion into the red zone.

Rogers completed 20 of 27 throws for 235 yards and three touchdowns, while McArthur snagged six balls for 94 yard to become the Bears' career receiving yards leader and scored one of the touchdowns. Arrington carried 24 times for 135 yards and a score.

UA freshman cornerback Antoine Cason intercepted two of Rogers' passes to help thwart other possessions by Cal, which scored five of six times its penetrated UA's 20 yard-line.

UA junior tailback Mike Bell carried 17 times for 99 yards, but couldn't help the Cats get into scoring position. Placekicker Nick Folk had a 45-yard attempt blocked by Donnie McCleskey. Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, UA took the ball and drove to the Cal 14 yard-line but a personal foul pushed the ball back to the 29 yard-line and Folk had to attempt the long try.

UA scored an apparent touchdown in the first half on a fumble recovery by Tony Wingate, but officials ruled a pass from Rogers to Makonnen had been broken up rather than caught and fumbled.

Arizona redshirt freshman quarterback Richard Kovalcheck played the entire game in his first collegiate start after seeing his first action a week previsouly at Oregon. He finished with 13 completions in 32 attempts, for 159 yards, and was intercepted once. UA was held to 245 net yards in offense and punted nine times. Three of those were returned by Cal's Tim Mixon for a total of 61 yards. Mixon also had the interception for the Bears.

Wildcat linebacker Kirk Johnson led the team with 10 tackles, while safeties Lamon Means and Darrell Brooks had nine each. UA managed one sack against Rogers, a team effort by Copeland Bryan and Marcus Smith. UA's offensive line held the Bears to a pair of sacks but Kovalcheck was under pressure much of the game.

The Cats have lost six consecutive games for the second time in two seasons. UA will face Oregon State on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in Arizona Stadium.


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