Here’s Sunday’s game story on Cal’s 98-62 win over Dartmouth in the opening round of the Golden Bear Classic.
— HEADLINER: Cal’s reserves accounted for 42 points and 22 rebounds in a combined 94 minutes on the floor, giving the starters plenty of time to rest.
— MOMENT THAT MATTERED: The Bears led just 33-28 entering the final 4 minutes of the first half when a jumper by Patrick Christopher triggered a 13-2 run that pushed Cal into a 46-30 halftime lead.
— MAGIC NUMBER: 52 _ Cal’s points in the paint.
— NEXT UP: The Bears (10-2) take on Portland (7-5) in Sunday’s 5 p.m. Golden Bear Classic championship game.
Total yards: Miami 223, Cal 280
Rushing: Best 18-167, 2 TDs; Cooper 10-43.
Passing: Harris 17-27-1, 145 yards, 2 TD; Longshore 9-20-0, 119 yards.
Receiving: Zellner 5-40, Boateng 3-27.
Tackles: Van Dy 5, Hill 5, Follett 5, Ezeff 5, Thompson 5.
Not sure if they’ve mentioned the reason on the broadcast, but you may have noticed that Darian Hagan hasn’t played since early in the game. Chris Conte has been taking his reps there.
Total yards: Miami 124, Cal 197
Rushing: Best 10-106, 2 TDs, Cooper 8-27.
Passing: Harris 12-20-1, 93 yards, 1 TD; Longshore 6-15-0, 92 yards.
Receiving: Zellner 4-33, Vereen 2-7.
Tackles: Cook 3, Adkins 3, Follett 5.
Portland came from behind to beat Air Force 43-42, earning a spot in the finals of the Golden Bear Classic. The Pilots (7-5) and Cal (10-2) wiill meet at 5 p.m. Sunday in Haas Pavilion.
Jahvid Best’s last touchdown gave him 15 rushing on the season, tying the Cal record previously held by Justin Forsett and J.J. Arrington.
Nate Longshore’s 74-yard pass to Verran Tucker was the longest of his career and the longest of the season for Cal.
Captains today for the final game of the season are only fitting: The four guys who have been the heart and soul of the team all season — linebackers Zack Follet and Worrell Williams, center Alex Mack and fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou.
Both teams now are out on the field. Cal is wearing its gold jerseys and dark pants. Miami has white jerseys and orange pants.
The stadium is starting to fill up, and not surprisngly there is a lot of blue and gold out there.
As I type this, both teams are now done with pregame warmups. When they come back on to the field, it will be game time.
I’ve been remiss the past couple days providing links, so here goes:
–Here’s our game advance today, focusing on the Bears’ excitement over facing the Hurricanes.
–Our notes today are on Nate Longshore, who gives his usual ho-hum reaction to being named starter.
–Coach Jeff Tedford decided to give up play calling this season to do a better job keeping his finger on the pulse of the program. Has it worked?
–Miami is good, but it’s not the program it once was.