The Cal Lutheran record book was never safe when Tom Bonds, holder of 11 school records, was quarterback.
Now that junior Jim Bees is playing at least part of the time at quarterback, the Kingsmen record book is once again under siege. After just 4 games, Bees is on a pace to break the season interception record (21).
Bees, who has thrown 8 interceptions, was the victim of 3 Saturday as UC Santa Barbara took advantage of 8 turnovers in a 27-3 nonconference victory at Cal Lutheran.
Cal Lutheran (2-2) has committed 15 turnovers in the past 2 games, including 10 interceptions.
“It was a fairly total breakdown for us,” Coach Bob Shoup said. “We broke down on defense and gave up good field position offensively.”
Cal Lutheran freshman Tim Zeddies, who threw 2 interceptions, started at quarterback but left after 2 series and did not return until midway through the fourth quarter. Defensive back Bryan Scher, a Harvard High graduate, picked off Zeddies’ first pass to set up the Gauchos’ initial touchdown.
Neither Zeddies nor Bees was able to direct a sustained drive. Greg Maw scored Cal Lutheran’s only points on a 33-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the first half.
Bees completed 15 of 28 passes for 188 yards and Zeddies was 8 of 21 for 69 yards.
Santa Barbara (3-1) converted Cal Lutheran’s first 2 turnovers into touchdowns. The Gauchos added another first-quarter touchdown when Vince Moss recovered Kent Sullivan’s blocked punt in the end zone for a 21-0 lead.
Todd Reynolds kicked field goals of 39 and 28 yards in the second half for the Gauchos’ final points.
After Scher’s interception, Santa Barbara drove 24 yards in 5 plays and took a 7-0 lead on quarterback Mike Curtius’ 3-yard scoring pass to tight end Roger Gorke. Curtius completed 13 of 23 for 145 yards.
Cal Lutheran fullback Dan Smeester fumbled--he had 3 for the day--on the next series to put Santa Barbara on the Kingsmen 42-yard line. Curtius’ 1-yard run capped an 8-play drive.
Cal Lutheran’s John Bankhead caught 7 passes for 114 yards and had an 81-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown catch nullified because of a penalty.