Pac-10: California shocks Trojans in three overtimes
By Wire services
Published September 28, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - Tyler Fredrickson made a 38-yard field goal to end a third overtime as California upset Southern California 34-31 Saturday.
Ryan Killeen, who tied it with a 33-yard field goal for the Trojans with 16 seconds left in regulation, missed a 39-yarder moments before Fredrickson's kick.
The teams played three madcap extra periods featuring a fumble, a blocked field goal and outstanding passing by both quarterbacks.
The temporary lighting at Memorial Stadium for the afternoon start was at full power when the game ended in near darkness. Fredrickson ran to midfield and slid on his knees after the kick - and he was soon engulfed by the Cal student section and thousands more in the huge crowd, which stormed the field.
Reggie Robertson relieved starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the third quarter and passed for 217 yards and two scores. Adimchinobe Echemandu rushed for 147 yards in Cal's first home win over a Top 5 team since upsetting No.4 USC 28-14 in 1975.
In both teams' Pac-10 opener, the Golden Bears posted the biggest win in coach Jeff Tedford's rebuilding project. Cal went 1-10 the season before he arrived then improved to 7-5 last season.
With a dominant first half and the wild overtime, Cal snapped USC's 11-game winning streak, which was the second longest in the nation behind Ohio State (19).
USC blocked field goals in the fourth quarter and at the end of the first overtime. But the Trojans couldn't score on two of their three overtime possessions.
WASHINGTON 28, STANFORD 17: Last season, Rich Alexis had 62.5 yards rushing a game. This time he almost got that much on one carry.
Alexis had a 53-yard scoring run and finished with 128, and Cody Pickett threw two touchdowns to Reggie Williams for the host Huskies in the league opener for both.
The Huskies are 20-2 against the Cardinal since 1976. Stanford hasn't won in Seattle since 1975, an 11-game streak.
Alexis broke his big run late in the first quarter.
He credited his improvement to a year's seasoning.
"I'm healthier and the blocking is there," Alexis said. "We all know each other better. We've worked a little more together this year. We understand their blocking schemes and where they're going to be at the point of attack."
Stanford had a late chance, taking over at its 25 and trailing 21-17 with 2:54 left, but Washington's Derrick Johnson intercepted freshman Trent Edwards' pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Stanford led 17-14 midway through the third quarter after Michael Sgroi kicked a 28-yard field goal, but the Huskies answered on the ensuing possession with Pickett's 6-yard score to Williams.