UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 2019 SEASON RECAP
OREGON STATE 21, CAL 17 – 10/19/19 – BERKELEY, CALIF.
Game 7 - Bears Fall To Beavers, 21-17
Evan Weaver recorded 21 tackles and a pair of sacks while Zeandae Johnson equaled a career-high 1.5 sacks, but Cal
fell to Oregon State, 21-17. The Bears erased a 14-0 second-quarter defi cit to go in front, 17-14, late in the third, but the
Beavers put together a 12-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in the game-winning touchdown with under fi ve minutes
to play. Both teams fi nished with 282 yards of total offense. Cal struggled to run the ball, gaining just 107 yards on 43
carries. The Bears also allowed nine sacks. Cal got on the scoreboard on Greg Thomas’ 44-yard fi eld goal just before
halftime, then cut the margin to 14-10 on a 1-yard scoring run by Christopher Brown Jr. midway through the third quarter.
Devon Modster then found Jordan Duncan down the middle of the fi eld for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds
left in the third. Cal’s defense didn’t allow much most of the game, and yielded just 20 yards of offense in the third quarter
when the Bears forged their comeback. But Oregon State notched fi ve fi rst downs on the winning drive, including three
#12/12 UTAH 35, CAL 0 – 10/26/19 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Game 8 - Weaver Shines Again In Cal’s Loss To No. 12 Utah
Evan Weaver recorded 22 tackles in a game for the second time this season – tying the school record he shares with
former linebacker Jordan Kunazysk – but the Golden Bears fell at No. 12 Utah 35-0. Weaver also recorded 22 during the
Bears’ 28-20 victory at Ole Miss on Sept. 21. The Bears limped into Salt Lake City with a depleted roster, and couldn’t
keep pace with the Utes. Third-string quarterback Spencer Brasch made his fi rst career start, going 7-for-19 for 47 yards.
Along with Brasch, a number of Bears were forced into action due to injury as wide receiver Ben Skinner, tight end Collin
Moore, and offensive lineman Erick Nisich also made their fi rst career starts. Defensive end JH Tevis also made his college
debut for the Bears. Kuony Deng also recorded a career-high with 16 tackles.
CAL 33, WASHINGTON STATE 20 – 11/9/19 – BERKELEY, CALIF.
Game 9 - Modster, Defense Lift Bears Over Cougars
Evan Weaver led another impressive performance against Washington State’s vaunted offense, and quarterback Devon
Modster returned from an injury with four touchdowns as the Cal football team upended the Cougars, 33-20. Modster
threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as Cal scored its most points in a game this season. Modster’s
13-yard scoring run with 2:26 to play put the Bears up, 33-14, then threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Gavin Reinwald, a 13-
yard touchdown toss to Christopher Brown Jr. and a spectacular 52-yard catch-and-run to Makai Polk for another score.
Modster fi nished 16-for-24 for 230 yards and no interceptions for a passer rating of 188.4. In three games against the
Washington State since Wilcox became Cal’s head coach, the Bears have held the Cougars to an average of 14 points per
game. And that number became infl ated when Washington State scored an insignifi cant touchdown with fi ve seconds
remaining. Cal still held the Cougars well under their scoring average of 41.8 points per game. Weaver had 10 tackles and
Jaylinn Hawkins recorded an interception and forced fumble. Josh Drayden had a career-high-tying six tackles.
USC 41, CAL 17 – 11/16/19 – BERKELEY, CALIF.
Game 10 - Bears Dropped By Trojans
Cal’s quest to qualify for a bowl game for the second consecutive year would have to wait at least another week after
a 41-17 loss to USC. The Bears scored a touchdown on the game’s opening drive but then managed just a 37-yard
fi eld goal by Greg Thomas until midway through the fourth quarter. The Trojans answered Cal’s opening score with a
touchdown drive of their own and registered 31 unanswered points in the second half to take control. Cal quarterback
Chase Garbers returned from a four-game injury absence, but was injured early in the second quarter and didn’t return.
Christopher Brown Jr., who rushed for 29 yards on his fi rst two carries, was also sidelined after the Bears’ opening drive.
DeShawn Collins rushed for a career-high 103 yards and scored his fi rst career touchdown to culminate Cal’s opening
drive, a 5-yard run with 12:05 left in the fi rst quarter. He added a 34-yard scoring run with 8:24 remaining in the game.
Evan Weaver had 14 tackles.
CAL 24, STANFORD 20 – 11/23/19 – STANFORD, CALIF.
Game 11 – The Chase Is Over
Chase Garbers escaped the pocket and ran into the end zone with 1:16 to play, and Cal captured The Axe for the fi rst
time in 10 years in a pulsating 24-20 victory. Garbers’ score capped off a dramatic fi nal drive for Cal’s offense, which took
over at its own 25 with 2:23 to play after a 44-yard fi eld goal gave the Cardinal a 20-17 lead. Two completions to Nikko
Remigio and a brilliant catch along the sideline by Trevon Clark that went for 37 yards moved the ball to the Stanford
16, where Garbers did the rest. Garbers fi nished 20-of-30 passing for 285 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for
a career-high 89 yards and the game-winning score. Stanford got the ball for one fi nal possession after Garbers’ score,
but Cal’s defense stopped the Cardinal on 4th-and-1 to end it and allow Cal fans to storm Stanford Stadium. Remigio
registered career-highs of nine catches and 157 yards. It was the most yards receiving by a Cal player in The Big Game
since Geoff McArthur had a school-record 245 in 2003. Remigio also caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Garbers
to tie the game at 17-17.
CAL 28, UCLA 18 – 11/30/19 – PASADENA, CALIF.
Game 12 - Bears Close Regular Season With Victory At UCLA
Cal closed out the 2019 regular season with more evidence of the program’s upward trajectory under head coach Justin
Wilcox. The Bears defeated UCLA, 28-18, at the Rose Bowl to give the program back-to-back winning seasons for the
fi rst time since 2008 and 2009. Cal had a balanced offense and a playmaking defense that limited UCLA to 167 yards in
the second half. Ashtyn Davis stopped UCLA’s Demetric Felton in the backfi eld on fourth down from the Cal 2-yard line
with 37 seconds remaining, while Christopher Brown Jr. recorded his second career 100-yard rushing performance with
111 yards on 18 carries, Chase Garbers was 17-for-29 for 230 yards and a touchdown, and Evan Weaver registered nine
tackles to give him 173 for the season, a new Cal record. Weaver now holds two of the program’s top four single-season
marks. Fellow linebacker Cameron Goode had a pair of sacks and a pass break-up, while Makai Polk caught a 44-yard
touchdown pass and Garbers scored on a 1-yard TD run. Brown Jr. scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 10 yards, giving
him his fi rst two-rushing touchdown game of his career. Photo: Camryn Bynum
Bold names are players featured in recap photo.