UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 2019 SEASON RECAP
CAL 27, UC DAVIS 13 – 8/31/19 – BERKELEY, CALIF.
Game 1 - Bears Grind Out Season-Opening Win Over UC Davis
The Cal football team overcame a nightmarish beginning to grind out a 27-13 victory over UC Davis in the 2019 seasonopener.
Ashtyn Davis fumbled away the opening kickoff, Quarterback Chase Garbers began the game 3-for-9 for 16 yards
with an interception, the Bears’ heralded defense yielded 107 yards of offense in the fi rst quarter when the Bears fell
behind 10-0. But that was pretty much it for UC Davis. Garbers completed six of his next seven passes for 128 yards and
a touchdown, Cal’s defense allowed just 157 yards through the fi nal three quarters, and the Bears outscored the Aggies,
27-3, the rest of the way. In his fi rst career start, Christopher Brown Jr. rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown on 36
carries, becoming the fi rst Cal running back to rush for at least 100 yards in his initial start since Jahvid Best amassed
111 yards in the season-opener against Michigan State in 2008. Garbers ended up passing for 238 yards and two
touchdowns, both to Kekoa Crawford on long strikes of 37 and 26 yards.
CAL 20, #14/12 WASHINGTON 19 – 9/7/19 – SEATTLE, WASH.
Game 2 - Bears Knock Off No. 14/12 Washington After Weather Delay
At 1:22 a.m. Sunday morning, the Cal football team emerged with a 20-19 victory over No. 14 Washington as Greg
Thomas booted a 17-yard fi eld goal with eight seconds remaining. It marked the second consecutive season the Bears
edged the Huskies in a defensive-minded battle of wills, but this one was far from conventional. With just more than fi ve
minutes gone in the game, a lightning warning was issued. The delay took 2 hours, 39 minutes, and it was 10:30 p.m. by
the time play resumed. The combination of Christopher Brown Jr. and Marcel Dancy helped Cal total 134 yards rushing in
the second half, and Dancy scored twice, giving the Bears their fi rst lead at 17-13, late in the third quarter. Washington
connected on a pair of fi eld goals in the fourth quarter to put the Huskies back on top, but Chase Garbers engineered a late
comeback with chunk plays to Jordan Duncan and Kekoa Crawford to move the ball to the Washington 3-yard line with
1:25 left. Evan Weaver was arguably the best player on the fi eld on either side, tying a then career-high with 18 tackles
while recording 1.0 tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
CAL 23, NORTH TEXAS 17 – 9/14/2019 – BERKELEY, CALIF.
Game 3 - Bears Start Strong, Hold Off North Texas
The Cal football team scored on each of its fi rst four possessions and held off North Texas, 23-17. The Bears took the
opening kickoff and immediately marched 75 yards on seven plays, with Christopher Brown Jr. scoring on a 2-yard
touchdown run. After safety Jaylinn Hawkins sacked North Texas quarterback Mason Fine and forced a fumble that was
recovered by Brett Johnson on the Mean Green’s fi rst possession. Greg Thomas hit three fi eld goals and Chase Garbers
connected with Nikko Remigio for a 36-yard scoring pass to make it 20-0 before the end of the fi rst quarter. Cal led
20-3 at halftime after holding North Texas to a single fi eld goal late in the second quarter. After a North Texas touchdown,
the Bears answered with Thomas’ third fi eld goal of the afternoon and stymied North Texas on its next possession when
Traveon Beck intercepted Fine at the Cal 37 after a quarterback pressure by Evan Weaver.
#23/23 CAL 28, OLE MISS 20 – 9/21/19 – OXFORD, MISS.
Game 4 - Bears Rise to Occasion
Cal’s defense slammed the door shut with a goal-line stand as time expired and he No. 23 Golden Bears fended off Ole
Miss in a 28-20 victory. Evan Weaver stuffed Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on Cal’s 1-yard line, with his
then career-best 22nd tackle of the game, to seal the victory. The Bears earned their fi rst win at a SEC school since
1977 and became the fi rst Pac-12 team to defeat a SEC squad on the road since 2010. Chase Garbers put together
a personal-best performance in the win, setting career highs in passing yards (357), completions (23) and touchdown
passes (4). He fi nished 23-of-35 passing and found nine different receivers at least once. Cal opened the game with a
10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Trevon Clark hauling in a six-yard touchdown reception. Ole Miss owned a shortlived
10-7 advantage in the second quarter before Garbers hit Christopher Brown Jr. with a 13-yard touchdown pass. In
the second half, Garbers led a 75-yard drive that was capped by a nine-yard touchdown pass to Mississippi native Jordan
Duncan, who led the Bears with fi ve receptions and 63 yards. Garbers also hit Jake Tonges on a 60-yard touchdown pass.
ASU 24, #15/16 CAL 17 – 9/27/19 – BERKELEY, CALIF.
Game 5 - No. 15 Bears Suffer First Loss Of Season
Cal was outlasted, 24-17, by Arizona State after starting quarterback Chase Garbers went down with an injury late in the
second quarter and ASU scored 10 points in the fi nal 4:41 to come back for the victory. The Bears took a 17-14 lead on
a 47-yard fi eld goal by Greg Thomas early in the fourth quarter, but the Sun Devils put together a 15-play, 75-yard drive
that culminated in a 3-yard touchdown run by Eno Benjamin, and Christian Zendejas added a 43-yard fi eld to put ASU
up by a touchdown. Garbers, coming off the best game of his career vs. Ole Miss, threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to
Trevon Clark in the fi rst quarter that tied the game at 7-7. Cal received the second half kickoff and marched 63 yards
on 12 straight running plays to score on Christopher Brown Jr.’s 1-yard run to put the Bears ahead 14-7. Arizona State
answered Cal’s opening possession with a four yard Benjamin TD run to tie the game at 14-14. Weaver had another
monster game with 15 tackles, and he became the sixth player in program history to amass 300 career tackles. Fellow
linebacker Cameron Goode set a career-high with 10 tackles.
#13/13 OREGON 17, CAL 7 – 10/5/19 – EUGENE, ORE.
Game 6 - No. 13 Ducks Come Back To Beat Cal
The Cal football team forced three turnovers and had No. 13 Oregon on the ropes late in the game but ultimately fell to
the Ducks, 17-7. Ashtyn Davis’ interception stopped a fi rst quarter Oregon drive that had reached the Bears’ 25 and
fl ipped momentum. Cal went on a 63-yard scoring drive that culminated with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Devon
Modster to Christopher Brown Jr. for a 7-0 advantage. Oregon went for it on 4th-and-inches on its second possession
but running back Travis Dye fumbled, and it was recovered by Cal’s Kuony Deng. Dye fumbled again on the Ducks’ third
possession, this time getting stripped by Trey Turner III and it was recovered by Lone Toailoa. The Bears, who were dealing
with multiple injuries on offense, couldn’t take advantage of their other takeaways. But their defense continued to limit
Oregon’s explosive offense until the Ducks fi nally got a fi eld goal from Camden Lewis and a 1-yard touchdown run by
Cyrus Habibi-Likio in the latter half of the third quarter to go ahead, 10-7. Justin Herbert connected with Jaylon Redd for
another 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to push the margin to 17-7. Modster, in his fi rst start at Cal, was 17-for-34
for 190 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
*Bold names are players featured in recap photo