COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Ticker) -- J.J. Arrington ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns to propel No. 14 California to a 56-14 rout of Air Force in the season opener for both teams.
Arrington opened the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown 3:19 into the contest and broke a 7-7 tie on a four-yard TD with 91 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Arrington added a controversial TD early in the third period, appearing to fumble jumping over the goal line pile as he gave the Bears a 27-14 lead.
Overall, California had 355 yards on 44 carries. Arrington recorded the longest run of his career and the eighth longest in school history with an 89-yard romp in the second quarter.
"I feel like each week, we need to be able to run the football," Bears coach Jeff Tedford said. "I think that for the line to come together for their first test out today, they did a nice job of blocking a lot of their looks."
Aaron Rodgers completed 11-of-16 passes for 208 yards and one TD for California, which won its fourth consecutive game dating to last season.
"We didn't really throw the ball much today because we had some success on the ground, so there wasn't really a need to throw it," Tedford added. "When we did, I thought we gave up a couple of pressures, which is concerning, and we're going to have to go back and look at that."
Shaun Carney, the first freshman quarterback to start the season opener at Air Force, completed 9-of-15 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown.
For just the second time in Fisher DeBerry's 21-year coaching career with the Falcons, Air Force lost to a non-conference opponent in a home opener. The other was in 2001 against Oklahoma, the eventual national champion.
"We're certainly very disappointed, as you would expect in the outcome of this game," DeBerry said. "The score is not very typical of Air Force football, and to be honest with you, we're a little embarrassed."
"We didn't come out with the intensity level that I thought we should show coming out (in the second half). The other thing that probably disappointed me the most was that we gave up the big play. You can't beat a solid football team giving up the big play."