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California's Joe Igber, an Iolani alumnus, rushed for 108 yards in a 46-22 win over No. 15 Michigan State yesterday.




Igber helps Cal
to upset

The Iolani alum gains 152 yards total
in a win over No. 15 Michigan State


By Larry Lage
Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. >> California is 3-0 for the first time in six years and has beaten a top-15 team for the first time in 28 years. Yet the Golden Bears and first-year coach Jeff Tedford aren't all that impressed with themselves.

Cal quarterback Kyle Boller accounted for four touchdowns -- one of them a pass to Iolani product Joe Igber -- as the Golden Bears humbled 15th-ranked Michigan State 46-22 yesterday.

The last time the Bears beat such a highly ranked team was Oct. 5, 1974, when they defeated No. 14 Illinois. Cal is 3-0 for the first time since 1996, which was coach Steve Mariucci's only season before leaving for the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite tripling last year's win total, the Golden Bears were businesslike after first silencing, then emptying, Spartan Stadium.

"I don't think we need to be surprised or giddy about winning," said Tedford, who was the offensive coordinator at Oregon the past four years before taking over for the fired Tom Holmoe in Berkeley.

Igber had a reason to be giddy though, as he rushed for over 100 yards for the first time since last year's opening game against Illinois. He rushed 21 times for 108 yards and caught four passes for 44 yards, the last one a 23-yard catch and run for a touchdown that put the game out of reach at 32-14.

The Spartans (2-1) fell behind for the second straight week, but unlike their win over Rice, they couldn't mount a comeback.



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