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Bungling San Jose State Gets Routed by Cal, 55-0 : Nonconference: Bears take advantage of one Spartan error after another to win by series-record margin.

October 02, 1994|From Associated Press

BERKELEY — Matt Clizbe turned a bungled punt into a 62-yard touchdown run as part of a 28-point first quarter and California went on to rout San Jose State, 55-0, Saturday.

The Spartans (1-4), who gave up 35 first-quarter points in a 54-20 loss to Baylor three weeks ago, had one breakdown after another in their worst loss to Cal in a 33-game series dating from 1899. The defeat surpassed San Jose State's 52-3 loss to Cal in 1977.

The Golden Bears (2-2) have won seven in a row against the Spartans, and have won the last four by a combined 188-49.

"It was a bad day at black rock," San Jose State Coach John Ralston said. "Needless to say, we had an inability to tackle, an inability to generate anything on offense."

It went bad from the outset for the Spartans.

Jacobbi Williams fumbled the opening kickoff and Bobby Shaw recovered at the San Jose State five. Nine seconds into the game, Tyrone Edwards ran in for the touchdown from two yards out.

The Spartans failed to get first downs in their next two possessions, gave up a 53-yard punt return to Na'il Benjamin and allowed two more scores on Cal drives that totaled five plays. Reynard Rutherford completed those drives with touchdown runs of 29 and two yards for a 21-0 lead.

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