by jack magruder
T hold Pac-12 champion and Rose Bowl representative
Washington to a lone touchdown, and they were the
only team to beat the Huskies in regulation play in the
“I think we both went through some struggles in the
middle of the season, for different reasons, and both
teams have fought back,” Patterson said.
“And so you get ready to go. That’s why you play a
bowl game, because it is a positive for your players.
It’s a reward. I probably would be able to speak for
both teams — both teams want to be able to end the
season playing their best football and put on a great
Both played their best when it was most needed in 2018.
California won four of ve games to open the second
half of the season to break a three-game losing
streak, with a signature 12-10 victory over Washington
providing a springboard to wins over USC and
Colorado and bowl eligibility. The Golden Bears beat
Washington their way — leading with an aggressive
defense and an error-free offense. Evan Weaver scored
on a 37-yard interception return on the nal play of the
third quarter and the Bears made it stand up.
The Cheez-It® Bowl will provide a nice blend of the
new and the always has been. The meeting of TCU and
California presents not only a matchup of schools with
long-established traditions, it also serves as a testament
to the preeminent power of stick-to-it-iveness.
You cannot spell “tenacious” without TCU.
You cannot spell “dogged” without Golden Bears.
Those traits — and there are many more adjectives that
are just as applicable — have de ned the California and
TCU programs as they prepare to face each other for
the rst time in the 30th edition of the Cheez-It® Bowl
at recon gured Chase Field, the summer home of the
The 2018 season just seemed to reinforce them.
TCU overcame the loss of its two top quarterbacks, not
to mention another two dozen or so contributors, and
were victorious in win-or-go-home games in the nal
two weeks of the Big 12 season to qualify for its 12th
bowl game appearance in the last 13 seasons under
coach Gary Patterson.
California returned to the bowl scene in coach Justin
Wilcox’s second season, and the Bears did it with an
exclamation point — they were one of three teams to