Cal fans storm field after win

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Tyler Fredrickson's last two field goal

attempts had been blocked, so the California kicker had terse

instructions for the final try.

USC's Jason Leach tries to stop Cal's J.J. Arrington.
USC's Jason Leach tries to stop Cal's J.J. Arrington.

Get the ball to the middle of the field. Get a good snap. Stand

back for a celebration.

Fredrickson made a 38-yard field goal to end a third crazy

overtime as Cal upset No. 3 Southern California 34-31 Saturday,

ending the Trojans' 11-game winning streak with a victory that

stretched past dusk and decades of history.

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. Fredrickson, a former walk-on,

began yelling instructions at his teammates and coaches moments

before his final attempt.

"We moved the ball back about a yard," Fredrickson said.

"It's not the way you'd do things ideally, but they had blocked

two kicks. It got to the point where I was going to do anything

necessary to end this game. I never doubted that last kick."

The temporary lighting installed at Memorial Stadium for the

afternoon start was at full power when the game ended in near-dark.

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.

"I have two headsets on down there on the field, but I thought

the crowd was very loud," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "The

overtime was a roller coaster. It's just so great to see the look

in our kids' eyes. They never have a doubt. They play their tails

off for as long as it takes."

Cal (3-3) never trailed, but never held a comfortable lead in a

tense matchup of two old rivals. The Golden Bears were heavy

underdogs against USC's powerful lineup, but they reduced the

Trojans to a one-dimensional offensive team in Cal's first home

victory over a Top 5 team since upsetting No. 4 USC 28-14 in 1975.

Reggie Robertson relieved starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in

the third quarter and passed for 217 yards and two scores, while

Adimchinobe Echemandu rushed for 147 yards.

After falling behind by 14 points in the first half, USC (3-1)

was saved twice by its special teams, which 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.

"It was very disappointing," USC coach Pete Carroll said.

"When you're on a streak, you get to thinking (losing) will never

happen to you, but it can. A lot of things happened in the first

half. Too many things got away from us."

After USC rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit, the teams

played three madcap extra periods featuring a fumble, a blocked

field goal and outstanding passing by both quarterbacks.

In both teams' Pac-10 opener, the Golden Bears posted the

biggest victory yet in Tedford's rebuilding project and snapped the

second-longest winning streak in the nation behind Ohio State's


Matt Leinart overcame a shaky start to go 21-of-39 for 277 yards

for the Trojans, but he was intercepted three times. Mike Williams

had six receptions for 96 yards, while Keary Colbert had eight

catches for 81 yards and an overtime TD for the Trojans, who

overcame a 14-point second-half deficit.

"I take the blame for some of it," Leinart said. "Our

offensive line blocked great. We just didn't execute at times, and

in the first half we lost focus a little bit."

The Trojans didn't endear themselves to Cal with their behavior

before the game or during it. According to many Cal players, USC

provided trash talk it couldn't back up.

"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."

Robertson, who lost his starting job to Rodgers earlier in the

month, was ineffective until the fourth quarter, when he led a

61-yard drive capped by Fredrickson's career-best 51-yard field

goal with 9:04 left.

Fredrickson's second straight 51-yard attempt was blocked by

Shaun Cody with 4:54 left. USC converted a fourth down while

driving to the Cal 15, where Killeen easily made the tying kick.

USC fumbled on its first overtime possession, but USC's Gregg

Guenther blocked Fredrickson's 29-yard field goal attempt. The

teams traded TD passes in the second OT.

The Trojans could only manage a field goal attempt on its third

possession, but Killeen's clean kick was wide left.

Rodgers' 3-yard TD keeper in the first quarter was the first

rushing score allowed by USC in 23 quarters. He picked apart the

Trojans' confused secondary in the first half, leading two scoring


Lofa Tatupu capped USC's second-half comeback by intercepting

Rodgers and scampering untouched for a 26-yard game-tying score in

the third quarter. Robertson took over on the Bears' next drive.