Hibernate? No, More Like Dominate: Bears end season on high note, beat Illini 35-20 in Redbox Bowl

By Morris Phillips SANTA CLARA, CA–The Illini moved the ball, but the Bears moved the needle, making the majority of the big plays in their 35-20 Redbox Bowl victory over Illinois on Monday at Levi’s Stadium. The Bears captured their first Bowl victory since the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force, and wonContinue reading “Hibernate? No, More Like Dominate: Bears end season on high note, beat Illini 35-20 in Redbox Bowl”

Cal’s Comfort Zone: Bears at home in the Redbox Bowl in more ways than one

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO–Last year the Cal Bears played awful and were the brunt of jokes. This year, they seem to have the hang of this bowl season thing. Team captain Jake Curhan showed as much, by setting ground rules for the Redbox Bowl press conference at the outset. “Before we begin real quick:Continue reading “Cal’s Comfort Zone: Bears at home in the Redbox Bowl in more ways than one”

Cal Dumps UCLA 28-18, awaits their bowl destination with a seventh win

By Morris Phillips With a record-number of bowl eligible teams populating the FBS, Cal needed to go one step further to insure they will have one of the coveted 78 spots. So beating UCLA in their regular season finale wasn’t icing on the cake, it was essential. After spotting the Bruins a 7-0, first quarterContinue reading “Cal Dumps UCLA 28-18, awaits their bowl destination with a seventh win”

Return Of The Axe: Garbers, Cal responds late to capture the 122th Big Game, 24-20

By Morris Phillips STANFORD — Chase Garbers began the week as a question mark, unable to practice, and an unlikely participant in the Big Game against Stanford. He ended the week, standing tall in the end zone after scrambling 17 yards for the winning score as Cal shocked Stanford, 24-20, with two touchdowns in theContinue reading “Return Of The Axe: Garbers, Cal responds late to capture the 122th Big Game, 24-20”

Not Here, Not Tonight: Slovis, Trojans overwhelm Bears in 41-17 win

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–The USC Trojans dealt with adversity early, then seamlessly eased into cruise control, whipping the Cal Bears 41-17 Saturday night. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis threw 406 yards and four touchdowns in a game that was tied 10-10 late in the second quarter, but quickly turned for the Trojans at that point. Continue reading “Not Here, Not Tonight: Slovis, Trojans overwhelm Bears in 41-17 win”

With Garbers lost to injury, ASU seizes an opportunity with big 24-17 upset win over No. 15 Cal

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — By the numbers, Friday Night Lights in the Pac-12 conference has been pretty predictable. Fifteen games, 13 wins for the home team. But if you throw a veteran coach with the pedigree of Herm Edwards into the mix, the task of going on the road–against a good team–on aContinue reading “With Garbers lost to injury, ASU seizes an opportunity with big 24-17 upset win over No. 15 Cal”

Garbers enjoys his best game, Cal improves to 4-0 with 28-20 win over Ole Miss

By Morris Phillips This time the concern wasn’t a slow start, or an overconfident finish. The Bears survived the heat, and the early, Eastern time zone kickoff and played with the lead throughout. But in a game this close, something had to set the Bears apart, it may have been how they caught their secondContinue reading “Garbers enjoys his best game, Cal improves to 4-0 with 28-20 win over Ole Miss”

Cutting It Close: Bears happy to be 3-0, but not happy with narrow, 23-16 win over North Texas

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — Winning is what it’s all about, but this early in the season, improvement is almost as important. The Cal Bears jumped to a 20-0 lead over Conference USA opponent North Texas, which was exactly what they wanted after falling behind 10-0 in each of their previous wins. But afterContinue reading “Cutting It Close: Bears happy to be 3-0, but not happy with narrow, 23-16 win over North Texas”

Cal Stays Cool: Bears shake off early adversity and deficit, squeeze past UC Davis, 27-13

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — Coach Justin Wilcox hates it when his club loses the turnover battle, linebacker Evan Weaver–ever the perfectionist–never minces words when assessing the Bears’ defense, and running back Christopher Brown Jr.–a new voice in the mix–was simply doing what he was taught to do, in impacting the Cal football recordContinue reading “Cal Stays Cool: Bears shake off early adversity and deficit, squeeze past UC Davis, 27-13”

No O: Bears’ offense missing in ninth consecutive Big Game loss to Stanford, 23-13

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — If you’re a California Golden Bear, only one word applies: agonizing. After eight consecutive Big Game losses to Stanford, the Cal Bears envisioned a new day, a portal in which they could charge through and disconnect the dominance the hated Cardinal had come to possess. Just one problem: Cal’s offenseContinue reading “No O: Bears’ offense missing in ninth consecutive Big Game loss to Stanford, 23-13”