NCAAF Game Recap - California at Mississippi
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(23) California (4-0)

7

7

14

0

28

Mississippi (2-2)

7

6

0

7

20

No. 23 California holds on to defeat Mississippi 28-20
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:01 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) California linebacker Evan Weaver finished with 22 tackles Saturday against Mississippi. The last one was the most important.

Weaver tackled Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee for no gain at the 1-yard line as time expired to preserve No. 23 Cal's 28-20 victory over the Rebels. Weaver crashed hard from the right flank, wrapped up Plumlee and stopped his progress as help arrived to finish the play.

"Just stop the guy with the ball. Keep him from crossing the white stripe," Weaver said. "We got some push in the middle and put it in them."

Cal coach Justin Wilcox, whose team is 4-0 for the first time since 2015, was not surprised. Weaver led every statistical category defensively for the Golden Bears, who let a late 28-13 cushion nearly disappear in the final six minutes.

"Weaver has 22 tackles. When was the last time we didn't talk about what a great player he is? He produces every week," Wilcox said. "He's a really good player. We're proud of him."

The last-minute heroics almost overshadowed a brilliant performance from Chase Garbers, who threw for four touchdowns and finished 23 of 35 for 357 yards. Touchdown passes of 9 and 60 yards to Jordan Duncan and Jake Tonges on the opening two possessions of the second half preserved a lead Cal never surrendered.

"Chase was awesome. It's not even close. That's the best game he has played," Wilcox said. "The receivers did a really nice job. I was impressed how Chase looked so comfortable. He was really confident out there."

Cal finished with 433 yards of total offense, including first-half touchdown passes by Garbers of 6 and 13 yards by Trevon Clark and Christopher Brown Jr. The Golden Bears were efficient offensively, managing 6 of 12 in third-down situations and 3 of 3 in the red zone, capped by touchdowns.

The Rebels (2-2, 1-0 SEC) got strong performances from quarterbacks Matt Corral and Plumlee, who led the final two possessions. Corral had a 1-yard scoring run and was 22 of 41 passing for 266 yards before leaving with a rib injury. The Rebels had 525 yards of total offense but failed on two scoring opportunities with missed field goals.

Plumlee was 7 of 7 for 82 yards in the final six minutes. Jerrion Early scored on a 15-yard run with 4:29 left to cap Plumlee's first series. The Rebels went 89 yards in 10 plays in the final 2:45, finished by the defensive play from Weaver.

"We had a great opportunity today, but we just didn't make enough plays to win the game," Mississippi coach Matt Luke said. "Matt did well but we've got to look at the rib injury. John Rhys made the most of his opportunity."

NO OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Before Weaver's decisive play, Plumlee had completed a third-down pass to Elijah Moore at the 1-yard line with less than 15 seconds remaining. Luke believed Moore had crossed the goal line on the reception and was pleading with the game officials to stop the clock for a look at the replay.

"I thought at the very least, it should have been buzzed and reviewed," Luke said. "We didn't have a timeout. We could not spike it. Our only option was to get a quarterback sneak and get the ball off."

Instead, the Pac-12 officials quickly marked the ball at the 1-yard line and the Rebels beat the clock to attempt a scoring quarterback sneak by Plumlee. The unsuccessful sneak was reviewed and confirmed by officials after time expired.

Ole Miss interim athletic director Keith Carter also expressed disappointment in the officiating.

The Rebels "are expecting a full explanation from the Pac-12 regarding the call and subsequent non-review of the 3rd down play," Carter tweeted. "We feel strongly that the play should have been reviewed by the Pac-12 officials in the review booth. Even if the play didn't result in a touchdown, the spot of the ball on 4th down was questionable."

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Golden Bears overcame a cross-country road trip, an early kickoff time - especially for a Pac-12 team - and a serious late charge to earn the victory. This win should raise expectations about Wilcox's team after flying under the radar nationally early this season.

"When you come down here and play in this environment, against those coaches and athletes and win like we had to win, it builds confidence," he said. "This is important to us and definitely is a step in the right direction."

Ole Miss: Any margin for error in a bid for postseason play was erased in a second nonconference loss; the first was at Memphis. The Rebels, while showing flashes of improvement, are still a work in progress as the most difficult section of the schedule remains.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Winning on the road against an SEC opponent under late-game pressure should be good enough for the Golden Bears to move up a few plots.

UP NEXT

California: The Golden Bears return to Pac-12 play by hosting No. 24 Arizona State on Saturday night.

Ole Miss: The Rebels begin a stretch of five consecutive SEC opponents with a visit to No. 2 Alabama on Saturday.

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Passing

Cal Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Garbers 35 23 65.7 4 357 60 1 125.5
D. Modster 1 1 100.0 0 16 16 0 118.8
Miss Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Corral 41 22 53.7 0 266 40 0 73.8
J. Plumlee 7 7 100.0 0 82 41 0 115.5

Rushing

Cal Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Dancy 12 47 3.9 13 0
C. Brown Jr. 8 11 1.4 4 0
Miss Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Corral 16 56 3.5 21 1
S. Phillips 14 54 3.9 8 0

Receiving

Cal Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Tonges 3 88 29.3 60 1
N. Remigio 3 72 24.0 43 0
Miss Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Moore 11 102 9.3 20 0
B. Sanders 5 73 14.6 40 0

Fumbles

Returning

Cal KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Davis 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
Miss KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
E. Moore 0 - 0 0 1 11.0 0 11
J. Ealy 1 12.0 0 12 0 - 0 0

Punting

Cal Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Longhetto 3 139 46.3 51
S. Coutts 3 79 26.3 34
Miss Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Brown 5 220 44.0 57

Takeaways

Miss Int Yds InTD
D. Prince 1 21 0

Team Stats Comparison

Cal Miss
Points For 28 20
Total Yards 433 525
Rushing Yards 60 177
Passing Yards 373 348
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/36 29/48
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 24 27
Penalties - Yards 4/30 6/55
Time Of Possession 0:00 0:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/12 5/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 6/36 5/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Cal Miss
Cal 5:21 TD Trevon Clark 6 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 7 0
Miss 9:10 TD Matt Corral 1 yd run (Luke Logan kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Cal Miss
Miss 0:08 FG Luke Logan 29 yd FG 7 10
Cal 4:17 TD Christopher Brown Jr. 13 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 14 10
Miss 11:01 FG Luke Logan 33 yd FG 14 13
3rd Quarter Cal Miss
Cal 3:35 TD Jordan Duncan 9 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 21 13
Cal 5:57 TD Jake Tonges 60 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 28 13
4th Quarter Cal Miss
Miss 10:31 TD Jerrion Ealy 15 yd run (Luke Logan kick) 28 20

Game Information

Stadium: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field, Oxford, Mississippi
Attendance: 46,850
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