2003 California Golden Bears football team
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.
|2003 California Golden Bears football|
Insight Bowl champion
|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)|
|Home stadium||California Memorial Stadium|
|2003 Pacific-10 Conference football standings|
|No. 1 USC $||7||–||1||12||–||1|
|No. 9 Washington State||6||–||2||10||–||3|
Rankings from AP Poll
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. 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. The Bears won in triple overtime, 34–31. 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 Cal's, at the time, season record with five 300-yard games and set a Cal record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted at 1.43%.
|August 23||6:45 p.m.||vs. No. 7 Kansas State*||ESPN||L 28–42||50,823|
|August 30||1:00 p.m.||Southern Miss*||HDNet||W 34–2||33,552|
|September 6||3:00 p.m.||Colorado State*||FSN||L 21–23||34,096|
|September 11||4:45 p.m.||at Utah*||ESPN||L 24–31||46,768|
|September 20||9:00 a.m.||at Illinois*||ESPN+||W 31–24||58,363|
|September 27||3:30 p.m.||No. 3 USC||FSN||W 34–31 3OT||51,208|
|October 4||2:00 p.m.||Oregon State||L 21–35||39,150|
|October 18||12:30 p.m.||at UCLA||ABC||L 20–23 OT||53,825|
|October 25||12:30 p.m.||Arizona||W 42–14||33,249|
|November 1||12:30 p.m.||at Arizona State||W 51–23||48,452|
|November 8||7:00 p.m.||at Oregon||TBS||L 17–21||57,511|
|November 15||12:30 p.m.||Washington||W 54–7||38,576|
|November 22||12:30 p.m.||at Stanford||ABC||W 28–16||67,950|
|December 26||5:00 p.m.||vs. Virginia Tech*||ESPN||W 52–49||42,364|
vs. Kansas StateEdit
|Overall record||Last meeting||Result|
- "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.
- Aaron Rogers was the starter as Cal's quarterback, but due to injury he was replaced in the second half by Reggie Robertson.
- 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
|2003 California Golden Bears football team roster|
60 Jonathon Murphy OL 6-5 315 SO SQ 10-3-83 Hanford (Hanford HS)
61 Ryan O'Callaghan OL 6-7 330 SO 1V 7-19-83 Redding (Enterprise HS)
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