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 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”

Cal fades late in classic defensive struggle with No. 13 Oregon, lose 17-7

By Morris Phillips Cal’s heralded defense knew it had to be good Saturday night. Oregon’s defense quietly thought it could be that much better. In a meeting of Pac-12 contenders, the Bears shut out quarterback Justin Herbert and the Ducks for nearly three quarters. But Oregon was even stingier, limiting Cal to 12 first downsContinue reading “Cal fades late in classic defensive struggle with No. 13 Oregon, lose 17-7”

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”

All About The Coaching: Cal’s improbable 15-14 upset win over USC rooted in strategy and adjustments

By Morris Phillips How to end a 14-game losing streak in 60 easy steps. If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is. What isn’t complicated is this: Normally stoic Cal head coach Justin Wilcox richly deserved to cut it all the way loose with his emphatic gesturing as his Bears put the finishing touches onContinue reading “All About The Coaching: Cal’s improbable 15-14 upset win over USC rooted in strategy and adjustments”

The Great Escape: No. 8 Washington State avoids Cal’s upset bid with a touchdown in the game’s final minute

By Morris Phillips Preparation, effort and playmaking put the Cal Bears on the precipice of the biggest upset in the Pac-12 Conference this season. But ultimately, the Bears were let down Saturday night by late-game execution in a frustrating 19-13 loss at No. 8 Washington State. Aesop Winston Jr. caught a 10-yard touchdown pass withContinue reading “The Great Escape: No. 8 Washington State avoids Cal’s upset bid with a touchdown in the game’s final minute”

Cal’s come a long way: Defense shines in surprising 12-10 upset win over No. 15 Washington

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — Jake Browning passed for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns on his previous trip to Memorial Stadium. With his pair of fleet receivers repeatedly making big plays, an overmatched Cal defense was completely taken apart, allowing 66 points for only the second time in school history. Flash forward twoContinue reading “Cal’s come a long way: Defense shines in surprising 12-10 upset win over No. 15 Washington”