NCAAF Game Recap - UC Davis at California
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

California 27, UC Davis 13

Aug 31, 2019, 6:30 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

T

UC Davis (0-1)

10

0

3

0

13

California (1-0)

0

13

7

7

27

Brown's 197 rushing yards leads Cal past UC Davis 27-13
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:44 PM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Christopher Brown Jr. had never been called into a postgame press conference before so the California running back needed a little help to get settled in.

The way Brown ran the ball in the Golden Bears season opener, he might as well get used to it.

Brown rushed for a career-high 197 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in his first start, and California overcame a sloppy first half and beat UC Davis 27-13 on Saturday.

"We were trained for this and we were overly prepared for this," Brown said. "That played a big role in how many touches we get, how many plays we get. It's really the guys up front that made the holes. I just ran. They blocked."

Brown, a seldom-used backup to Patrick Laird last season, provided the biggest spark and became the first Cal running back to go over 100 yards in his first start since Jahvid Best in 2008.

"We knew Chris would get the ball a lot," Bears coach Justin Wilcox said. "That's what we expect of him. He's a big, physical guy and this is his type of game. Give it to him and let him break tackles. Probably more touches and more yards than he had all last year. He's been preparing for this."

That was critical on a day when Cal's passing game was hit-and-miss for most of the afternoon.

Quarterback Chase Garbers shrugged off two turnovers and completed 16 of 28 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns, both to Kekoa Crawford. Greg Thomas kicked a pair of field goals, including a career-best 47-yarder, as the Golden Bears won their third consecutive opener under Wilcox.

"We weren't in sync but it wasn't panic," Wilcox said. "We battled back and got into some rhythm on both sides of the ball. We just made it really difficult on ourselves at times."

California won despite four turnovers including a fumble by Ashtyn Davis on the opening kickoff. That set up a short touchdown run by Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. and the Aggies went up 10-0 on a field goal by Max O'Rourke before the Bears rallied.

Brown's 5-yard touchdown in the third quarter helped put the Bears up 20-13. He later carried four times for 21 yards to set up Garbers' second touchdown throw to Crawford, a 26-yarder that was tipped near the goal line by Davis cornerback Jaylin White.

"Offensively we just came out too loose," Garbers said. "We were kind of lackadaisical to start. We regrouped and came out and did what we do."

Jake Maier, the Big Sky Conference player of the year, completed 19 of 37 passes for 173 yards.

"I have to be more accurate in situations we need to make a play, and that was ultimately the difference," Maier said. "We pretty much knew what they were lined up in most of the night and we weren't able to convert on certain plays."

The Aggies, 10-3 a year ago, were held to 100 yards total offense in the second half.

"It's not a win but I don't think we're walking away from here thinking we operated poorly or we didn't give our best effort," Davis coach Dan Hawkins said. "We did the things you're supposed to do in this sport and that will carry a long way."

BRING ON THE HUSKIES

Cal linebacker Evan Weaver didn't mince words when asked to assess the Bears defensive effort and was even more outspoken about next week's game against Washington.

"As a defense we played horrible. We're not ready," Weaver said. "But we will be ready next Saturday. You can believe that. Right now it's not looking good. But we'll get it right. Then we'll fly up there and we'll beat them. That's what we do. We win games. We figure it out."

THE TAKEAWAY

UC Davis: The Aggies controlled the game early and had Cal's offense on the ropes but couldn't sustain the momentum. Maier made some crisp throws but clearly misses not having his No. 1 receiver from a year ago, Keelan Doss, who graduated. The loss probably won't drop Davis too far down in the FCS rankings - the Aggies were No. 8 going into the game - but Hawkins and his group have a lot to clean.

California: The Bears were understandably rusty coming out of the blocks and their first four drives ended in two punts, an interception and a fumble. They eventually settled down and pulled away in the second half but will have to make significant strides heading into next week's Pac-12 opener in Washington. Johnson's running was huge considering Cal running backs had only two 100-yard games in 2018.

UP NEXT

UC Davis: The Aggies play at San Diego on Sept. 7.

California: The Bears immediately jump into Pac-12 play with a road trip to Washington to face the No. 13 Huskies on Sept. 7. Cal has lost eight of the last 10 between the two teams but edged Washington 12-10 last season.

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Passing

UCDav Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Maier 37 19 51.4 0 173 27 0 64.4
C. Crawford 1 1 100.0 0 8 8 0 100.0
Cal Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Garbers 28 16 57.1 2 238 37 1 94.0

Rushing

UCDav Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Kraft 1 0 0.0 0 0
U. Gilliam Jr. 18 89 4.9 14 1
Cal Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Brown Jr. 36 197 5.5 26 1
M. Dancy 5 32 6.4 13 0

Receiving

UCDav Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Kraft 3 58 19.3 27 0
J. Harrell 2 31 15.5 16 0
Cal Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Crawford 3 84 28.0 37 2
N. Remigio 4 46 11.5 30 0

Fumbles

UCDav F FL
U. Gilliam Jr. 1 1
J. Maier 2 0
Cal F FL
J. Duncan 1 1
C. Garbers 1 1

Returning

UCDav KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Thomas 1 25.0 0 25 0 - 0 0
J. White 0 - 0 0 1 22.0 0 22
Cal KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Remigio 0 - 0 0 3 14.0 0 28
A. Davis 2 22.0 0 24 0 - 0 0

Punting

UCDav Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Whelan 8 339 42.4 58
Cal Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Longhetto 3 140 46.7 54

Takeaways

UCDav Int Yds InTD
D. King 1 0 0
Cal Int Yds InTD
A. Davis 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UCDav Cal
Points For 13 27
Total Yards 264 471
Rushing Yards 83 233
Passing Yards 181 238
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/38 16/28
Turnovers 1 4
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 4/3
First Downs 15 24
Penalties - Yards 7/50 5/42
Time Of Possession 27:27 33:33
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/17 3/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 8/42 3/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UCDav Cal
UCDav 1:16 TD Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. 2 yd run (Max O'Rourke kick) 7 0
UCDav 14:20 FG Max O'Rourke 40 yd FG 10 0
2nd Quarter UCDav Cal
Cal 4:47 TD Kekoa Crawford 37 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 10 7
Cal 7:44 FG Greg Thomas 44 yd FG 10 10
Cal 14:17 FG Greg Thomas 47 yd FG 10 13
3rd Quarter UCDav Cal
UCDav 3:36 FG Max O'Rourke 32 yd FG 13 13
Cal 11:59 TD Christopher Brown Jr. 5 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 13 20
4th Quarter UCDav Cal
Cal 1:08 TD Kekoa Crawford 26 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 13 27

Game Information

Stadium: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
Attendance: 44,168
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