2003 California Golden Bears football team

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2003 California Golden Bears football
Insight Bowl champion
Conference Pacific-10
2003 record 8–6 (5–3 Pac-10)
Head coach Jeff Tedford (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator George Cortez (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory (2nd season)
Captain Lorenzo Alexander
Captain Adimchinobe Echemandu
Captain Donnie McCleskey
Captain Aaron Rodgers
Home stadium California Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 67,537)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 USC $   7 1         12 1  
No. 9 Washington State   6 2         10 3  
Oregon   5 3         8 5  
California   5 3         8 6  
Oregon State   4 4         8 5  
Washington   4 4         6 6  
UCLA   4 4         6 7  
Arizona State   2 6         5 7  
Stanford   2 6         4 7  
Arizona   1 7         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second year under head coach Jeff Tedford, the Golden Bears compiled an 8–6 record (5–3 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in a tie for third place in the Pac-10, and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 457 to 341.[1][2]

The team was led by a junior college transfer student Aaron Rodgers who was named the starting quarterback in the fifth game of the season, against Illinois.[3] In his second start, Rodgers led the team to a 21–7 halftime lead against USC (then ranked No. 3) before being replaced due to injury in the second half by Reggie Robertson.[4] The Bears won in triple overtime, 34–31.[5] Cal defeated Virginia Tech, 52–49, in the 2003 Insight Bowl, as Rodgers passed for 394 yards and was named game MVP. During the 2003 season, Rodgers tied a Cal season record with five 300-yard games and set a Cal record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted at 1.43%.[6]

The team's statistical leaders included Rodgers with 2,903 passing yards, Adimchinobe Echemandu with 1,195 rushing yards, and Geoff McArthur with 1,504 receiving yards.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 23 6:45 PM vs. No. 7 Kansas State* Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, Missouri (BCA Classic) ESPN L 28–42   50,823
August 30 1:00 PM Southern Miss* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California HDNet W 34–2   33,552
September 6 3:00 PM Colorado State* California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, California FSN L 21–23   34,096
September 11 4:45 PM at Utah* Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City ESPN L 24–31   46,768
September 20 9:00 AM at Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois ESPN+ W 31–24   58,363
September 27 3:30 PM No. 3 USC California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, California FSN W 34–31 3OT  51,208
October 4 2:00 PM Oregon State California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, California L 21–35   39,150
October 18 12:30 PM at UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, California ABC L 20–23 OT  53,825
October 25 12:30 PM Arizona California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, California W 42–14   33,249
November 1 12:30 PM at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona W 51–23   48,452
November 8 7:00 PM at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, Oregon TBS L 17–21   57,511
November 15 12:30 PM Washington California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, California W 54–7   38,576
November 22 12:30 PM at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, California (The Big Game) ABC W 28–16   67,950
December 26 5:00 PM vs. Virginia Tech* Bank One BallparkPhoenix, Arizona (Insight Bowl) ESPN W 52–49   42,364
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

USC[edit]

#3 USC at California
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
USC 7 0 14 3 0 7 0 31
California 7 14 0 3 0 7 3 34
  • "They always take us lightly", said receiver Jonathan Makonnen, who had seven catches for 104 yards. "They really don't respect us. They're a talented team, but they were kind of lackadaisical out there."
  • "I'm not knocking Leinart or their running backs, but I didn't see a whole lot of firepower from them", said Echemandu, the first player to rush for 100 yards against USC in 16 games. "Mike Williams is basically their whole offense."
  • The loss was USC's last until the 2006 National Championship Game, in which Texas snapped USC's 34-game win streak.

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 7 0 0 7
• California 13 20 7 14 54

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Stanford[edit]

California at Stanford
1 2 3 4 Total
California 0 0 7 21 28
Stanford 10 0 0 6 16
  • CAL: Aaron Rodgers 26/37, 359 Yds
  • CAL: Geoff McArthur 16 Rec, 245 Yds (single game record – Dameane Douglas, 1998)
  • CAL: bowl eligible for first time since 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "California 2015 Football Information Guide" (PDF). CalBears.com. Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 166. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Player Bio:Aaron Rodgers". University of California. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cal-USC Postgame Quotes". Cal Athletics. September 27, 2003. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cal fans storm field after win". ESPN. September 27, 2003. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cal Records". University of California. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2003 California Golden Bears Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ 2011 California football information guide
  9. ^ "California 54, Washington 7". ESPN. November 15, 2003. Retrieved December 28, 2014.