Football: Trevor Davis released from hospital

Trevor Davis, injured during the Bears’ loss to UCLA on Saturday afternoon, was released from the hospital around midnight after undergoing tests, a team spokesman said Sunday morning.

There were no other details provided.

Davis, a native of Martinez, stayed on the turf for more than 10 minutes after being hit by UCLA’s Ryan Hofmeister with 3:34 seconds left in the Bears’ 36-34 loss at Memorial Stadium.

The junior receiver gave a thumbs-up sign to fans while strapped to a gurney and driven out of the stadium on a cart. The crowd responded by chanting his name.

Davis was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was expected to undergo test to rule out head or spinal injuries.

Cal coach Sonny Dykes said after the game that Davis told him he felt OK and that early signs were positive.

The Alhambra High graduate scored his sixth touchdown of the season on Saturday on a 24-yard pass reception in the third quarter. He made headlines two weeks ago by setting a Cal record with touchdowns on kickoff returns of 100 and 98 yards in a win at Washington State.


Football: Ducks, Bears have faced same foes past two weeks, and the comparison favors Oregon

When Cal begins its preparation for Friday’s game against Oregon at Levi’s Stadium, the Bears won’t have to look far to find video against familiar opponents.

The Bears and Ducks have flip-flopped opponents the past two weeks, with Oregon enjoying a significant advantage.

Cal lost 31-7 to Washington and 36-34 to UCLA.

Oregon beat UCLA 42-30 and Washington 45-20. (And the Oregon-UCLA game wasn’t that close — the Ducks led 42-10).

In other words, the Bears were a combined minus-26 points in the two games, Oregon plus-37.

The Ducks totaled 1,022 yards in the two games, including 476 on the ground.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 546 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions vs. the Bruins and Huskies. Mariota, in fact, has yet to be intercepted in 188 pass attempts this season. He has 19 touchdown passes.

Here’s a scary statistic: The past two seasons, Mariota has thrown 50 TD passes with just 4 picks in 584 attempts.


Football: Cal-UCLA notes

Cal quarterback Jared Goff finished 25 of 41 for 303 yards and two TDs, boosting his season total to 24, tied for third-most in school history.

He earned the admiration of UCLA coach Jim Mora, who said, “He’s got everything you want in a big-time player.”

Goff’s 10th career 300-yard passing game ties him with Pat Barnes for most by a Cal quarterback.

Freshman backup Luke Rubenzer played more than he had in a month, and threw his second TD of the season, a 7-yarder to Chris Harper for a 14-10 Cal lead midway through the second quarter.


Dykes had no immediate update on the status of Harper, who was hit in the back by UCLA cornerback Jaleel Wadood and helped off the field with 1:40 left in the game.


UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 31 of 42 passes for 330 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, and was the game’s leading rusher with 17 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown.


Cal linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. recovered a fumble and forced another to set up Cal’s first two touchdowns.

Cam Walker had his first career interception, returning it 39 yards.


Punter Cole Leininger averaged 44.0 yards on eight kicks, five of them downed inside the 20-yard line.


As expected, Cal left guard Chris Borrayo did not dress due to a head injury. Matt Cochran started in his place. The Bears also played without defensive end Brennan Scarlett (knee).

But the Bears got back the services of starting safeties Stefan McClure and Michael Lowe. Lowe had a team-high 11 tackles and McClure had nine.


Four of Cal’s five Pac-12 games have been decided by four points or less.


Football: Trevor Davis taken to hospital for tests, but moving and talking after late-game injury

Cal junior receiver Trevor Davis, whose fourth-quarter injury on a kickoff return against UCLA silenced the Memorial Stadium crowd, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but was moving his arms and legs and talking, coach Sonny Dykes reported.

“He said he felt OK,” Dykes said. “The signs from the field all looked good.”

Note: We will update this story as soon as Cal provides news from the hospital.

A native of Martinez and transfer from Hawaii, Davis stayed on the turf for more than 10 minutes after being hit by UCLA’s Ryan Hofmeister with 3 minutes, 34 seconds left in the Bears’ 36-34 loss.

Davis gave a thumbs-up sign to fans while strapped to a gurney and driven out of the stadium. The crowd responded by chanting his name. Davis, who scored his sixth touchdown of the season in the game, was scheduled to undergo tests at Highland Hospital in Oakland on Saturday night to confirm he has no head or spinal injuries.

“That was kind of scary to see there for a second,” Cal quarterback Jared Goff said. “From what I’ve heard, he’s doing all right and going to be OK.”

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Football: Cal-UCLA game thread

There was relief among Cal’s football players that teammate Trevor Davis wasn’t more seriously injured Saturday, but no solace otherwise after a 36-34 loss to UCLA at Memorial Stadium.

“Bottom line: we lost the game,” linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

After six lead changes kept a crowd of 49,257 wondering if the Bears could steal an eighth straight home victory from the Bruins, the place went silent for 10 minutes when Davis was injured on a kickoff return with 3:34 left.

The Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) had gone ahead to stay moments earlier on a 26-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn.

Davis was taken to a local hospital for tests, but was moving his extremities and talking, coach Sonny Dykes said.

That was practically the only good news Saturday for the Bears (4-3, 2-3), who now take a two-game losing streak into a Friday matchup against No. 9 Oregon at Levi’s Stadium. The Ducks have beaten Cal five straight times, including by a whopping margin of 157-48 the past three years.

The math the Bears face in pursuit of six victories to be bowl eligible is becoming more difficult.

“Oregon’s going to be a must-win game for us,” linebacker Michael Barton said. “I think it’s going to be the defining point of our season.”

That might have come Saturday had Cal been able to finish its final drive of the game. Undaunted by the injury to their teammate, the Bears moved quickly from their own 23-yard line to the UCLA 36 when quarterback Jared Goff threw deep down the right sideline to Kenny Lawler, who was working against man coverage.

Marcus Rios intercepted the pass as he tumbled over the pylon at goal line, and Cal’s comeback bid was finished with 51 seconds left on the clock.

“Jared saw press coverage, saw the matchup he liked,” Dykes said. “The guy made a play on the football.”

Goff said it was the same play in which he threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Lawler, giving the Bears a 34-33 lead with 6:50 left.

“I thought I’d get it again,” he said. “I kind of forced it.”

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Football: Cal vs.UCLA game facts

Cal vs. UCLA

KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.


RECORDS: Cal 4-2, 2-2 in Pac-12; UCLA 4-2, 1-2.

SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 51-32-1. UCLA won 37-10 in 2013.

STORYLINES: This is a big game for two teams coming off disappointing performances a week ago. The Bears staggered to a 31-7 home loss to Washington after scoring at least 45 points in each of their previous four games. The Bruins, preseason favorites in the Pac-12 South, have dropped two home games in a row, losing 30-28 to Utah and 42-30 to UCLA in a game where they trailed by 32 points. . . . Cal, despite its stumble last week, has a winning record at the halfway point of the season for the first time since 2009. . . . Cal is likely to play without starting left guard Chris Borrayo (head), disrupting a run of six straight games with the same five starters up front. Matt Cochran would take his place. . . . The latest seven inductees into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, led by Oympic swim star Natalie Coughlin, will be recognized on the field during the game. . . . This is the annual Joe Roth Game, honoring the late All-America quarterback, whose No. 12 is the only jersey retired by the school.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal: S Stefan McClure (calf) and S Michael Lowe (head) will play; RB Khalfani Muhammad (thumb) is probable; OG Chris Borrayo (head) is doubtful; DE Brennan Scarlett (knee) S Griffin Piatt (knee) and CB Joel Willis (knee) are out. UCLA: OT Simon Goines (knee) is questionable; OG Alex Redmond (ankle) is doubtful; CB Randall Goforth (shoulder) is out.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s running game vs. UCLA’s run defense. The Bears want to re-establish their ground attack after falling behind early against Washington and relying on the pass. Daniel Lasco has been one of the team’s most consistent performers and the offensive line is eager for a bounce-back game. The Bruins ranks just 10th in the conference defending the run after giving up 258 yards to Oregon last week.

STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has beaten UCLA seven straight times at Memorial Stadium dating back to 1998. . . . Quarterbacks Jared Goff of Cal and Brett Hundley of UCLA rank fourth and sixth, respectively, among the nation’s most efficient passers. . . . Cal and UCLA rank 10th and 12th in the Pac-12 in defensive sacks, while the Bruins are last in sacks against with 25. . . . UCLA has scored just 22 points in the first quarter, Cal has scored 63. . . . Bruins RB Paul Perkins, coming off a 190-yard rushing effort vs. Oregon, has topped 100 yards in three of the past four games.


Football: Bears try to put last week behind them

Fans arriving at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to watch Cal play UCLA may wonder if they’re about to see the Bears who averaged 50 points through their first five games or the team held to a single touchdown by Washington last week.

Glenn Parker, analyst for the Pac-12 Networks and a former NFL offensive lineman, offers those fans an Aaron Rodgers-like response: Relax.

“After the season they had last year, the (4-1) start they had this year puts unrealistic expectations on those guys from a fan perspective. They think they should win every game,” said Parker, who worked the Cal-UW game.

“This is a process. They have grown immensely in a year and a half. The reality is probably somewhere between the unbeaten team the fans want and 1-11 of last year.”


Does the Cal-UCLA rivalry mean anything to the two programs anymore? The L.A. Times explores the question, with a biting response from former Cal quarterback star Mike Pawlawski.


Even so, no one envisioned the offensive meltdown the Bears (4-2, 2-2 Pac-12) experienced in a 31-7 loss to Huskies. So the question remains: How will Cal respond against UCLA (4-2, 1-2), a team fighting expectations issues of its own?

Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin expects the Bears to play with the kind of energy and effort he saw the first five games.

But when he flipped on the tape of the UW game, he saw something else.

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Field hockey: Two sides meets, discuss field options, but no resolution yet in field hockey dispute

There was no resolution after the Cal athletic department presented short- and long-term proposals for a new field hockey facility during a Thursday meeting with three players who hired a law firm to explore whether their Title IX rights have been violated.

Attorney Kiki Williams of Equal Rights Advocates said her clients need more time to decide how they feel about the options presented to them by the athletic department.

“They’re not quite ready to make a decision yet,” Williams said.

A Cal athletic department spokesperson called the meeting with coach Shellie Onstead, the three players and Williams a “productive” session. Afterward, all parties toured the proposed facility site.

Williams said there will be more discussion and possibly another meeting with athletic department officials. “We’re working to push this thing along quickly,” Williams said.

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Football: OG Chris Borrayo in question for UCLA

Starting left guard Chris Borrayo, who sustained a “ding” to his head against Washington, is questionable to play Saturday against UCLA, coach Sonny Dykes said after practice Thursday.

If Borrayo cannot play, sophomore Matt Cochran will get the call.

Cal has started the same five players on the offensive line in each of their first six games.

Safeties Stefan McClure (calf) and Michael Lowe (head) both will start against the Bruins, Dykes said. McClure has missed each of the first four Pac-12 games and Lowe was scratched last week.

As expected, starting defensive end Brennan Scarlett (sprained knee) is out. Scarlett, who injured the knee two weeks ago at Washington State and did not play last week, has not practiced all week. Freshman Noah Westerfield will start in his place.

Backup running back Khalfani Muhammad, who sat out the UW game after breaking his left thumb the previous week, practiced this week and should play, Dykes said. Muhammad is wearing a cast on his hand.

Reserve linebacker Edward Tandy is expected back and will play special teams after recovering from a head injury.



Field hockey: Attorneys set to talk on field question

Courtesy of Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy, here’s an update on the Cal field hockey situation, which on Thursday takes its next step when attorneys representing three players will meet with university attorneys.

Here’s Mark’s blog:

The first thing that Shellie Onstead wants everybody to know is this: She is a loyal Cal Bear.

As if there was any question about that. Onstead, the women’s field hockey coach at Berkeley, was the school’s first All-American player in the sport there and has spent virtually her entire professional life on the campus. She has proudly represented the school as a player and coach at the international level. She’s in the Cal Hall of Fame.

That said, Onstead is also frustrated and pained. The situation with her team, which has no home field this season for either games or practices–with no firm prospects for such a field in the future–has reached a crisis point.

“I really went out of my way to try and keep quiet about things,” said Onstead at her office Wednesday afternoon. “I was naïve. I was thinking, ‘No way will they let this happen.’ I wake up every morning thinking, ‘How’d we get here?’ ”

Can’t blame her.

I have learned that Thursday morning, lawyers representing several of her players are meeting with university attorneys. They will discuss whether an agreement can be reached to avoid a Title IX lawsuit against Cal.

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