Despite Cal’s early struggles, the Bears had an early lead. Following Christopher Brooks’ 14 yard romp to make it 10-7, Cal had a gift, with Kazmeir Allen dropping a kickoff and Cameron Goode recovering at the UCLA 13. Chase Garbers would sneak in from a yard out, but that would be Cal’s final lead of the evening. UCLA put up 32 straight points as Cal ran a grand total of 19 offensive plays during that stretch, as the Bears would drop the contest to UCLA 42-14.
The loss knocked Cal out of bowl contention a week after an emotional win over Stanford
Cal would have a rough start thanks to an early three and out, as the Bears would struggle to hold back the UCLA offense all night. The Bears had a strong enough start defensively, thanks to Nate Rutchena making a few tackles, holding the Bruins to a field goal. Cal would get the first of two strong kick returns by Nikko Remigio, but a 4th and 4 deep ball to J Michael Sturdivant did not get enough air under it, and was broken up by Jay Shaw.
Cal would force a punt thanks to Rutchena getting a stop, but Garbers, who was uncharacteristically off all evening, threw a pick to Shaw as the pressure got to the Cal QB. UCLA would march down thanks to a Dorian Thompson-Robinson 22 yard scramble, with Kyle Phillips finishing the drive on a 4 yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone.
Cal would utilize their run game on the next drive, after Remigio made a spectacular contested catch on 3rd and 13 for 26 yards. Chris Brooks would finish the drive, with 14 yards on a toss play. Cal’s ensuing kickoff would go off Kazmeir Allen’s knee and into Goode arms, and the Bears would turn that into a Garbers QB sneak, a score, and their final lead of the game.
UCLA would respond, thanks to multiple short plays grinding the Bears down, and Allen would make up for his mistake, with an 8 yard run on an endaround, breaking a couple tackles to give the Bruins a 17-14 halftime lead.
The second half would start with the Bears and Bruins trading…