Football: UCLA game thread

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FINAL SCORE: Cal 43, UCLA 17. A 68-yard run by C.J. Anderson caps scoring. Bears improve to 2-4, 1-2 in Pac-12. No. 25 UCLA drops to 4-2, 1-2.  Cal beats a top-25 team for the first time since knocking off No. 14 Stanford in 2009. Maynard bounces back with 25-for-30 passing performance for 295 yards and four TDs. Anderson finishes with career-high 151 rushing yards. TE Richard Rodgers has seven catches for 129 yards — both career-bests. Kameron Jackson finishes with three INTs as Bears force Bruins into five six turnovers.

6:32 4th Q: Michael Lowe’s 42-yard interception return sets up Bears at the UCLA 27. C.J. Anderson carries three times to the 1, and Maynard cashes in with a QB sneak for the TD and a 36-17 lead.

10:36 4th Q: Bears and Bruins exchange three turnovers in a span of 120 seconds and UCLA has possession at the 50-yard line with 10:36 left. This was Cal’s game for the taking . . . still is unless they insist on handing it to UCLA. Fumbled exchanges between Maynard/Anderson and Maynard/Bigelow sandwiched around INT by Kameron Jackson.

14:31 4th Q: Fairbairn kicks 30-yard FG and Bruins creep within 29-17.  Ain’t over yet.

5:58 3rd Q: Maynard to Allen for 34 yards and Cal leads 29-14. PAT was blocked. Maynard has four TD passes for the second time in his career. Did it last year in overtime win at Colorado, getting No. 4 in OT.

10:16 3rd Q: That didn’t take long. UCLA goes 74 yards in seven plays, with Hundley passing 3 yards to Joseph Fauria for the TD.

11:30 3rd Q: Kameron Jackson, who was subbing for injured Marc Anthony, helped off the field. Now playing CB for Bears is third-stringer Adrian Lee, a sophomore from Dallas. For those scoring at home, he wears No. 15.

12:33 3rd Q: Maynard throws his third TD pass of the night, a 32-yarder to Brendan Bigelow, who was split wide to the left. He caught a quick pass, got a block from WR Bryce Treggs and exploded down the sideline for the TD. A 20-yard punt return by Keenan Allen set up the one-play scoring drive. D’Amato’s PAT makes it 23-7.

HALFTIME: Cal 16, UCLA 7. Kameron Jackson, playing because starting CB Marc Anthony was injured early, intercepts Hundley pass in the end zone with 23 seconds left in the half, preserving Cal’s lead. The Bears get a standing ovation from the crowd as they head into the north tunnel. Maynard is 15 for 20 for 135 yards with 2 TDs and1 INT. TE Richard Rodgers has 5 catches for 74 yards, Allen has 6 catches for 39 yards and a TD. Cal has 205-177 yardage lead.

2:52 2nd Q: Cal leads 16-7 after 8-yard TD pass from Maynard to Keenan Allen. D’Amato’s PAT was blocked. Cal went 34 yards in five plays after muffed punt return by Steven Manfro, recovered by Jordan Rigsbee of Cal.

5:24 2nd Q: Ka’imi Fairbairn misses wide left on 46-yard FG try for Bruins. Cal retains 10-7 lead.

8:33 2nd Q: Maynard throws 5-yard TD pass to RB C.J. Anderson, capping 8-play, 67-yard drive. Cal leads 10-7. 

11:54 2nd Q: Nick Forbes recovers fumbled lateral pass by Hundley and Cal takes over at its own 33.

END OF 1st Q: UCLA leads 7-3. Cal outgains the Bruins 90 yards to 62, but the one turnover is the difference-maker.

4:09 1st Q: Vincenzo D’Amato kicks 26-yard field goal, pulling Cal within 7-3. FG climaxes 66-yard, 16-play drive.

10:44 1st Q: Brett Hundley throws 4-yard TD pass to Cassius Marsh, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive end playing tight end. The point after gives UCLA a 7-0 lead. Not the start the Bears needed.

10:57 1st Q: Cal CB Marc Anthony helped off field after making tackle on Jerry Rice Jr. (yeah, his kid) on 4-yard pass for a first down at the 4. Kameron Jackson in at CB.

12:53 1st Q: Zach Maynard throws into double-coverage intended for Keenan Allen and is intercepted by Andrew Abbott at the 28.

BIGELOW STARTS: Sophomore Brendan Bigelow gains 7 yards on first down. It is Bigelow’s first career start.

COIN FLIP: Keenan Allen, Josh Hill, Brian Schwenke and Michael Lowe are the Bears’ game captains. Cal wins the toss and will receive the opening kickoff.

REDEDICATION: Renovated Memorial Stadium will be rededicated during halftime ceremonies, including the unveiling of a new inscription in the north tunnel that reads: “In memory of all Californians who have sacrified their lives in service to our nation.”

Memorial Stadium, originally built in 1923, was first dedicated to Californians killed during World War I.

WELCOME: It’s Homecoming and the Joe Roth Memorial Game at Memorial Stadium, with the Bears (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) hoping to snap a three-game losing streak with a win over No. 25 UCLA (4-1, 1-1). The new permanent lights are on for the first time and it looks like it will be a beautiful fall evening.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    Right now Aaron Rodgers is beating Andrew Luck Gb v Indiana -its not nationally televised but adthenet has it free.

    I have mixed feelings about last night’s game-great to win and we will see over the next few weeks whether we have awakened or if UCLA was asleep.
    If we just got lucky and other teams have bad games -its not just us–then this will give ammunition to those who want Tedford to stay.

  • milo

    Honestly, it’s pretty apparent UCLA believed the hype, took Cal for granted and paid for it. What the hype didn’t say is that Cal still has the toughest (or close) strength of schedule in all of D1. OSU and $C (and UCLA) are all ranked.

    That said, Cal still had to show up and win it. The Defense was a big part but the offense also converted on turn-overs…and holy sh*t Maynard was responsible for 4-5 TDs?

  • Steve W

    Good game for Maynard, except for his first interception trying to throw off balance to his brother into tight double coverage. I am far from ready to jump on his bandwagon, though. What you see is what you get: a model of inconsistency who completes about 55 percent of his passes and has a very even touchdown to interception ratio.

  • rob bear

    Last night’s game was not luck or UCLA taking us lightly. Cal finally put four quarters of solid execution together on both sides of the ball and the result was a one-sided victory against a good football team. Coaches do not rush for yardage or make tackles. Last night, our boys did both of the above with consistency and the result was an indication of what can be done when they, the GUYS ON THE FIELD, play smart and do their jobs. Nice Work Bears!


  • Dan

    Went to game last night, hang out after game, and didn’t get home until almost 1 AM, up this AM right to disappointing A’s game. So… first chance I have had to comment on the game and activities of last night. Qite a day and night-


    Arrived in town about 3:45. Just a GORGEOUS afternoon in Berkeley. Warm 75+ degrees, blue, blue skies, slight breeze. Just a perfect early October afternoon, the kind of day you know from your fondest memories.

    Walked everywhere trying to find a place to hangout and watch the A’s and some college football. It dawned on me – Berkeley really kind of sucks these days for that type of pregame festivities. Raleigh’s, gone (fire). Lavals gone. Blakes gone (now Pappy’s, completely difFerent concept).

    The Bear’s Lair was packed before 4, not a seat to be had, great weather outside, but about 100 freakin degrees inside where all the TVs are, A’s game nowhere to be seen. EVERY tv has the same game (Texas-WVU). Clueless.

    Ended up at Kips. A virtual sweaty madhouse, got the only few seats left in the dark, ear splitting back room. Old, small lousy TVs blocked by hordes of obnoxious fUCLA fans. Couldn’t wait to eat (food is improved) and get out of there. Good place to go pre-basketball night game in the winter. Not on a gorgeous fall day.

    Over to Sproul Plaza to watch the band, up Bancroft past all the frats, the turn past the International House to view the stadium in all its splendor. I will never get tired of that experience. On to Maxwell Family Field to hang, chat, watch the band come by. What a wonderful and beautiful slice of heaven.

    The Game-

    GREAT crowd, loud, looked perfect under the lights. I expected way more empty seats, so pleasantly surprised.

    Overall, I feel like last night proved what I have been saying for years. We have a LOT of good players, a lot of weapons, and that we should be way better than we are, and we are under-achievers under Tedford. Last night for the most part felt like it used to feel much earlier in the Tedford era. Almost every game used to feel like last night felt. Now, I have to say that this is the first time in I can’t remember when that we played pretty well and had a strong win against what seems to be a fairly decent team. Nit sure yet how good UCLA is, but they certainly didn’t play well last night.

    Going into last night, I would say that we would win 0-2 more games. After last night’s performance, I could see several additional wins beyond that, however, who knows what team will show up. I take my hat off to the team last night. They played with heart and lots of passion, and were frequently urging the home crowd to get even louder. If they can play like that last night, why not before this? It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

    Maynard- wished I could say it was a great game, but 1 bad pick that handed UCLA their first TD and then both fumbles on poorly executed hand offs- the guy can’t stop shooting himself and the team in the foot. I could have really said this was his best game otherwise, but 3 turnovers? That has, and will, kill us against a good team.

    Was listening to game too, and Pawlawski said that the coaches had tweaked the offense, with Maynard rolling more and also getting rid of the ball on quick drops. And that worked. Many on here have been screaming for that- it’s obvious- and the coaches finally do it. Let’s see if they stick with that approach. It was great, but … where’s that been?

    Defense finally got pressure on QB- it was great, but … where’s that been?

    McClain played like a beast. Very impressive.

    Bigelow- mixed bag here. So he can hardly get a look one game, and the next game he starts? Then he plays, and then disappears. All seemed kind of weird. Also, heard that on his touchdown that he was lined up in the wrong place. Also, interesting conversation with very reliable source. The net is that BB is a bit learning challenged. In the end, they guy is a ridiculous talent, beyond his explosive speed. You can see what he does when he gets the slightest bit of daylight.

    I thought last night was my last game of the season. Its tough to avoid the pull of a wonderful fall Saturday in Strawberry Canyon. We’ll see.

  • Easy Ed

    Moron I’ve had it! One more word from you and I’ll reveal the identity of “Daddy”. He will not only be publicly humiliated with the world know you are his offspring but he will also be an outcast in the Cal family. Willing to take that risk?

  • Easy Ed

    Silence? That’s a good Moron. silence!