California 56, Air Force 14
-- Struggling with Air Force's unbalanced offensive line, California was in danger of another disappointing loss to the Falcons. But a little work on the sidelines and some adjustments at halftime by the Golden Bears turned the game into a rout.
J.J. Arrington ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns and California finally figured out Air Force's unorthodox scheme, helping the 13th-ranked Bears pull away in the second half of a 56-14 victory Saturday.
Air Force knocked off Cal the last time the Bears were ranked in 2002 and another upset appeared to be brewing when the Falcons were within seven points at halftime.
Unable to figure out Air Force's unbalanced offensive line -- three linemen on one side of the ball, one on the other -- the Bears spent much of the first half shifting around and out of position against the Falcons' triple-option attack.
Taking advantage of the confused Bears, Air Force had 214 yards on its first three drives, scoring two touchdowns. But after Cal got itself aligned correctly, the Falcons managed just 12 yards in their next four drives. Air Force finished with 271 total yards -- 56 in the second half.
Cal finished with 573 yards to survive a difficult opening road test in a season that started with the school's highest preseason ranking in 50 years.