NCAAF Game Recap - North Texas at California
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 4:15 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

North Texas (1-2)

0

3

7

7

17

California (3-0)

20

0

3

0

23

Garbers helps Cal run past North Texas 23-17
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:55 PM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) A third straight victory to start the season wasn't enough to satisfy California quarterback Chase Garbers, not after the Golden Bears nearly let a 20-point lead slip away.

"We executed well in the first half, especially the first quarter, then we kind of went into a lull," Garbers said. "We have to play a lot better. It starts with me. I just have to put balls in the right spot. Everywhere else we just have to execute better."

Garbers passed for one touchdown after using his legs to get California's offense going, Greg Thomas kicked three field goals and the Bears beat North Texas 23-17 on Saturday.

Christopher Brown Jr. ran for 47 yards and a touchdown while Cal's defense had six sacks and forced two turnovers. The Bears are 3-0 for the third time in three years under coach Justin Wilcox.

Cal won despite being held to three points over the final three quarters.

"For us it was all about the level of execution and we've just got a long way to go there," Wilcox said. "No two ways about it. Our guys play hard and the effort's really good. Now the level of execution's gotta match that for us to do what we want to do. We're not there yet."

Cal dominated on both sides early in the first-ever matchup between the two schools then held on after North Texas made a late surge. The Mean Green pulled within 23-17 on Mason Fine's 18-yard TD to Jyaire Shorter late in the fourth quarter and got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining but turned it over on downs.

Garbers was a big factor for the Bears staying unbeaten, one week after Cal's stunning 20-19 win over then-No. 14 Washington in a game that was delayed by weather for more than 2 1/2 hours. Garbers repeatedly burned the Mean Green with keepers and scrambles while running for a career-high 70 yards on 18 carries despite North Texas frequently stacking the box.

"We saw, prepping for them this week, that the QB run game was going be a big part of our game plan and we just had to go execute," Garbers said. "It's fun to be two-dimensional, a dual threat. But as a quarterback you try not to take as many hits. You just have to do what you do for the team."

Garbers' 19-yard run on third-and-3 set up Cal's first touchdown. He also scampered for 12 yards on a keeper later in the first quarter, three plays before finding Nikko Remigio for a 36-yard touchdown.

Remigio, who had a slicing 31-yard punt return to set up the drive, caught the ball at the 12, spun away from safety Taylor Robinson and ran into the end zone for his first career touchdown.

"On film they would bite pretty hard to any stick we were giving so I gave (Robinson) a stick inside and was able to get open," Remigio said. "I felt him coming hard to the corner over the top, which allowed me to undercut it and go under him and in the end zone."

Thomas converted from 32, 34 and 44 yards.

Fine completed 21 of 40 attempts for 210 yards and two touchdowns to surpass the 10,000-yard mark for his career but the Mean Green (1-2) fell behind big for the second straight week and couldn't recover.

"I thought we outplayed them in the second half but we dug ourselves a hole early and it's hard to overcome that amount of points," North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. "There's a number of things we can continue to grow on."

BETTER START

Cal had fallen behind 10-0 in each of its first two games and won both times. The Bears didn't have to rally against North Texas, scoring on their first four possessions to take a 20-0 lead after one quarter.

A FINE RECORD

Fine's two touchdown passes gave him 71 for his career, breaking the North Texas record held he shared with former NFL quarterback Steve Ramsey.

YELLOW ON THE GREEN

North Texas couldn't get out of its own way in the first quarter. The Mean Green were called for two personal fouls on the opening drive, then had a key facemask penalty later that sustained another Cal scoring drive. "Especially against a team like Cal, it's hard to overcome the miscues that we had," Littrell said.

THE TAKEAWAY

North Texas: The Mean Green were outmatched and couldn't recover from the sluggish start. There's plenty of blame to go around, from a lack of discipline early to conservative play-calling early that failed to take advantage of Fine's strong arm. North Texas hasn't beaten a Pac-12 school since 1995.

California: The Bears very well could break into the Top 25 after being a few votes shy last week. Garbers' running made up for an uneven day passing (9 of 22, 129 yards), something he'll have to improve if Cal is going to make a serious push in the Pac-12. The defense was solid, and Remigio continues to give the special teams a spark. Brown wasn't able to finish the game, and Wilcox declined to say why.

UP NEXT

North Texas: The Mean Green return home to host the UTSA on Sept. 21 in the Conference USA opener for both teams. North Texas has won the last two games in the series.

California: Plays at Mississippi on Saturday.

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Passing

NorTx Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Fine 40 21 52.5 2 210 68 1 74.0
Cal Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Garbers 22 9 40.9 1 129 36 0 75.8

Rushing

NorTx Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Siggers 18 88 4.9 16 0
D. Torrey 8 23 2.9 6 0
Cal Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Garbers 18 70 3.9 19 0
C. Brown Jr. 13 47 3.6 14 1

Receiving

NorTx Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Darden 2 75 37.5 68 1
J. Shorter 5 68 13.6 25 1
Cal Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
N. Remigio 2 53 26.5 36 1
J. Duncan 1 27 27.0 27 0

Fumbles

NorTx F FL
M. Fine 1 1

Returning

NorTx KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Torrey 2 24.5 0 30 0 - 0 0
J. Darden 0 - 0 0 2 2.0 0 2
Cal KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Remigio 0 - 0 0 1 32.0 0 32
J. Hawkins 1 53.0 0 53 0 - 0 0

Punting

NorTx Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Kenworthy 4 155 38.8 40
Cal Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Longhetto 4 160 40.0 51

Takeaways

Cal Int Yds InTD
T. Beck 1 5 0

Team Stats Comparison

NorTx Cal
Points For 17 23
Total Yards 329 278
Rushing Yards 119 149
Passing Yards 210 129
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/40 9/22
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 0/0
First Downs 18 17
Penalties - Yards 9/105 8/65
Time Of Possession 59:59 1:01
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/16 7/19
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/3 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 5/37 5/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NorTx Cal
Cal 3:35 TD Christopher Brown Jr. 2 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 0 7
Cal 6:15 FG Greg Thomas 32 yd FG 0 10
Cal 10:02 FG Greg Thomas 44 yd FG 0 13
Cal 12:29 TD Nikko Remigio 36 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 0 20
2nd Quarter NorTx Cal
NorTx 13:24 FG Ethan Mooney 24 yd FG 3 20
3rd Quarter NorTx Cal
NorTx 0:55 TD Jaelon Darden 68 yd pass from Mason Fine (Ethan Mooney kick) 10 20
Cal 6:16 FG Greg Thomas 34 yd FG 10 23
4th Quarter NorTx Cal
NorTx 12:01 TD Jyaire Shorter 18 yd pass from Mason Fine (Ethan Mooney kick) 17 23

Game Information

Stadium: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
Attendance: 35,268
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