Football: Cal-Utah game thread


FINAL SCORE: Utah 49, Cal 27. Bears lose their second straight, fall to 3-6, 2-5 in Pac-12. Must win three in a row — Washington, Oregon and Oregon State — to become bowl eligible. Utah snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-5, 1-4 in the conference.

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0:29 3rd Q: John White just ran 7 yards for a touchdown and it’s 42-6 Utah. That’s more points than the Utes scored against FCS school Northern Colorado.

4:26 3rd Q: Keenan Allen’s 15-yard catch ties Geoff McArthur’s Cal career record of 202 receptions. It’s 35-6 and Utah is threatening. What a spectacular night for a record!

HALFTIME: Utah leads 28-6. Do yourself a favor, flip the channel to the ninth inning of the Giants game. Cal’s offense has not scored a touchdown since 10:27 left in the fourth quarter at Washington State — a span of 100 minutes, 27 seconds, if you don’t count all the days in between. Bears have 119 yards of offense in the half, meaning they had 4 yards in the second quarter. That is definitely not good.

0:22 2nd Q: QB Wilson runs 6 yards up the middle for the TD and Utah leads 28-6. Wilson made a 24-yard completion to Kenneth Scott on a third-and-17 play, giving the Utes a first down at the Cal 25.

6:33 2nd Q: Maynard’s pass behind Keenan Allen is tipped and intercepted by Ryan Lacy and returned 12 yards to the Cal 24. But two dead-ball personal foul penalties against the Utes move the ball all the way back to the Utah 46.

6:41 2nd Q: Utes take advantage of great field position and push lead to 21-6 after 1-yard TD plunge by Kelvin York. Utes went 49 yards in seven plays. The key moment: QB Travis Wilson escapes grasp of Dan Camporeale and scrambles 13 yards for a first down at the Cal 34 on a third-and-8 play.

14:52 2nd Q: D’Amato makes his ninth straight FG attempt — this one from 38 yards — and Cal trails 14-6.

END OF 1st Q: Utah leads 14-3. Cal has third-and-12 at the Utes’ 21. Cal has 115 total yards, Utah just 27. But the Utes have made the game’s two big plays.

2:13 1st Q: Utes lead 14-3 without scoring an offensive touchdown. On second-and-14 from the 13, Maynard threw an inside screen to Chris Harper, who was hit by Jason Whittingham and fumbled. Reggie Topps scooped up the ball and ran 17 yards for the TD.

5:06 1st Q: After encouraging first possession, Maynard has been sacked three times on past two. Cal just punted. Utah 7-3.

12:33 1st Q: Junior Reggie Dunn returns the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and the Utes take a 7-3 lead. It was his second career 100-yard KO return.

12:49 1st Q: Bears lead 3-0 after 49-yard FG by Vincenzo D’Amato. Cal gained at least 7 yards on each of its first four plays, then stalled when Maynard was pressured and threw incompletee on third-and-3.

COIN TOSS: Utah wins the toss and defers. Cal will receive the opening kickoff. Team captains for the Bears: Isi Sofele, Kendrick Payne, Keenan Allen and Josh Hill.

WELCOME: A cool but beautiful evening in Salt Lake for the Bears (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) vs. the Utes (2-5, 0-4) at Rice-Eccles Stadium. In case you missed it, Cal offensive guard Dom Galas suffered an appendicitis attack on Saturday and will not play. Awaiting further details.

Jeff Faraudo