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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