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Forsett doesn't rest until California wins

September 23, 2007|From the Associated Press

Lavelle Hawkins told Justin Forsett to sit and rest his bruised thigh. California was cruising to another comfortable victory, and the Golden Bears' tailback had earned a break.

"But then I had to go tell him, 'Justin, please get up,' " Hawkins said.

Forsett returned for a postscript to his latest stellar performance, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns as No. 6 Cal settled another year-old score with a 45-27 victory over Arizona in a Pacific 10 Conference game Saturday at Berkeley.

Hawkins had six catches for 95 yards, and the senior receiver scored during a 28-point first quarter by Cal (4-0, 1-0).

But when Arizona got within 11 points late, the Bears flashed back to the schools' meeting last season, when the Wildcats rallied to ruin Cal's Rose Bowl dreams.

Forsett, who limped off the field in the third quarter, wore his helmet on the sideline while lobbying to get back in. He finished with a flourish: nine carries for 53 yards and a score on Cal's last two possessions.

"There was nothing that was going to stop me from being in there on that last drive," said Forsett, who scored both his touchdowns on direct snaps. "It was too close. They were about to give us our first L of the season."

Forsett might have overestimated the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) a bit, but the Bears' offensive centerpiece kept their last two drives moving.

"We came in with a good game plan, and they gave us what we wanted early, so we were able to get off to that lead," said Nate Longshore, who passed for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Arizona's Willie Tuitama set school records for pass attempts and completions, going 42 for 61 for 309 yards.

No. 13 Oregon 55, Stanford 31 -- Dennis Dixon threw for 367 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and rushed for another score, as the Ducks (4-0, 1-0) scored 34 straight points to pull away from the host Cardinal (1-2, 0-2).

Jeremiah Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and Jonathan Stewart, who rushed for 160 yards in 19 carries, also scored as the Ducks won their first four for the second straight season.

Arizona State 44, Oregon State 32 -- Rudy Carpenter threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns and the Sun Devils (4-0, 1-0) beat the Beavers (2-2, 0-1), rallying from a 19-point first-quarter deficit at Tempe, Ariz.

Carpenter completed 25 of 36 passes with one interception. He hit Michael Jones for touchdowns of 43 and 64 yards and connected with Ryan Torain for seven- and 48-yard scores.

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