BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- Behind the legs of J.J. Arrington and the arm of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, No. 13 California recorded another convincing victory.
Arrington ran for 175 yards and had three touchdowns for the second straight week and Rodgers threw for 266 yards to propel the Bears to a 41-14 rout of New Mexico State.
The 10th-leading rusher in the Pac-10 last season as a backup, Arrington had two touchdowns in the first half. In the third quarter, he put the game out of reach with a 69-yard scoring romp, giving California a 34-7 lead.
"Our offensive line killed them today," Arrington said. "The coaches had an awesome game plan. They kept seven men in the box and we took advantage of it all day."
"J.J. is very explosive," Bears coach Jeff Tedford said. "The offensive line opened some nice holes for him. But J.J. ran very hard. He has great vision and is a solid player for us."
Rodgers, who had a pair of TD throws in a 21-point second quarter, completed 20-of-26 passes, including a 27-yard scoring throw to Garrett Cross that broke a 7-7 tie with eight minutes left in the first half.
"We had to stay aggressive on offense today and just put the game out of reach," Rodgers said. "In the first game, we didn't get the receivers into it too much but today I thought we did a good job. It's nice to spread around the ball."
Cross had six catches for 65 yards and Chase Lyman added four for 111 and a touchdown for the Bears, who played in front of 58,949, the largest home opener crowd in school history. They have won both meetings with the Aggies by a combined 75-27.
New Mexico State's Buck Pierce threw for just 89 yards and a touchdown. Backup Paul Dombrowski added a one-yard touchdown run in the final minutes.
"We have to quit giving up big plays," Aggies coach Tony Samuels said. "We gave up at least four big plays. We have to make big plays and win the turnover ratio. You have to do both."