Cal opens Pac-12 slate in Washington


Bears-Huskies meet for 100th time Saturday in Seattle

Cal travels to Washington on Saturday to face the Huskies for the 100th time in a series dating back to 1904. Kick-off is set for 6:30 pm and the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 network.

The Golden Bears have won the last two school games by three points combined – 12-10 on Oct. 27, 2018 in Berkeley and 20-19 on Sept. 7, 2019 in Seattle. The last time Cal had three straight wins against Washington was in 2002-06, when the Bears recorded a five-game winning streak. Cal has also won two of the last three Seattle school competitions, claiming a 30-24 victory in 2015.

Fantastic finishes
– The last two games between Cal and Washington presented some dramatic late-game moments. In 2018, Evan Weaver’s 37-yard intercept return for a touchdown with a second left in the third quarter proved to be the deciding factor in Cal’s 12-10 victory over the No.15 Huskies.
–A year later, Greg Thomas scored a 17-yard field goal with eight seconds left, as Cal knocked down the No.14 UW, 20-19. The game featured a 2 hour and 39 minute blitz that started at 9.46am in the first quarter, with the contest finally ending at 1.22am.

Bears get over Moore
– A half-back in second year Damien moore leads the Golden Bears rushing offense with 79.0 yards per game (4th in the Pac-12), including an average of 5.8 yards per carry. He’s scored at least one rushing touchdown in all three games this season with a total of five in 2021 so far (two scores at TCU and against Sac State).
– Moore’s five rushing touchdowns are the most important in Cal’s first three games of a season since Shane Vereen (who will serve as the Pac-12 network analyst for this week’s game in Washington) scored six rushing touchdowns in the first three games of the 2010 season.
– Moore ranks third in the Pac-12 in total number of touchdowns (No. 15 in NCAA) and total number of runs scored (No. 22 in NCAA).
– Moore ran for at least 70 yards in all three games, maxing 87 yards (plus a 32-yard rush throughout the season) against Sac State.

Offense producing large documents
– So far this season, Cal’s offense is averaging 30.3 points per game and 435.3 yards per game, two highs in the Justin wilcox era in Berkeley. Cal’s total offensive yards per game ranks third in the Pac-12, while the Bears rank fifth in wins per game on ground (177.3 rpg) and fpg passes (258, 0 fpg).
–The Bears’ rushing yards per game, if sustained year round, would be Cal’s highest in a season since averaging 183.0 yards per game in 2012.
– Cal produced 13 plays from 15 yards or more against Sac State last weekend (6 assists, 7 carries) – the most of any game under Wilcox. In their last two games, the Bears have managed seven passes of at least 30 yards.
– Four Cal receivers average 17.9 yards or more per reception – Kekoa Crawford (27.3 ypc), Trevon clark (22.7 ypc), Jake tongues (19.8 ypc) and Jeremiah Hunter (17.9 ypc).

Washington Connections
–Four members of Cal’s coaching staff were together in Washington during the 2012-13 seasons. During this period, the head football coach of the Travers family Justin wilcox served as the Huskies’ defensive coordinator, while the defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach / recruiting coordinator Pierre Sirmon was a linebacker coach and outside linebacker coach Keith Heyward coached UW defensive backs. Additionally, Cal’s defensive back coach Tre watson was a member of the Husky team during those two seasons.
–Sirmon’s son Jackson is a second-year linebacker on Washington’s roster.
– Five Golden Bears are from Washington State – WR Justin richard baker (Bellevue), OL Matthew Cindric (Sammamish), OL Colin Hamilton (Edmonds), OL Dylan jemtegaard (Yelm) and OLB Orin Patou (Seattle).

Garbers picks up the pace at quarterback
– QB Chase garbers completed a total of 63 of 99 (63.6%) passes for 774 yards and five scores. He started against Sac State getting 11 for 11 during the year for 124 yards. The completion percentage is the highest of his career and above his 61.4% entering this season.
—Garbers threw for 309 yards at TCU, marking the third time in his career that he has passed 300 yards in the air with the other two exploits also on the road. He had 315 yards last fall at Oregon State and a career-high 357 yards in a win at Ole Miss in 2019.
– With 258.0 yards per game, Garbers ranks third in the Pac-12 this season. In addition, he is second in total offense (293.3 yards per game),
– In his last two games, Garbers completed eight passes of at least 25 yards (5 at TCU, 3 against Sac State), including five from 40 yards or more. He threw a 68-yard pass throughout his career at Trevon clark at the TCU.
– With a 16-yard run for Cal’s final touchdown against Sac State, Garbers now has eight rushing touchdowns for his career. The school record for most rushing touchdowns by a nine quarterback by Brian Bedford and Dave Penhall (1969-70).
– Garbers has 824 rushing yards for his career and is approaching the school record for rushing yards by a Cal quarterback (931, Joe Kapp).
– Garbers is 15-11 as a starter and Cal is 15-7 in games as he played more than half of the game, including 7-0 in the 2019 season.

Goode plays much better than good
– In its last 11 games, the OLB Cameron Goode had 16.5 tackles for a loss and 10.0 sacks.
–At the TCU, Goode had his 15th and 16th career sacks for a combined under-27 yards at the TCU. Bags 2.0 tied a career high (also at UCLA in 2019). Goode added another tackle for the loss, giving him 3.0 TFL (-30 yards) for the game. His 2.0 sacks and 3.0 TFL are tied for a one-game high in the Pac-12 this year.

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