TCU edges Cal 34-32; Horned Frogs Johnston catches 2 TDs

Quentin Johnston (1) wide receiver of the TCU Horned Frogs makes for the end zone out pacing the Cal Bears linebacker Evan Tattersall (54) for one of his two touchdowns this one coming in the second half at Fort Worth in week 2 of the NCAA season (AP News photo)

By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips

It was a close contest in Forth Worth on Saturday but the Cal Bears (0-2) couldn’t hold off the TCU (2-0) Horned Frogs and Quentin Johnston who scored two touchdowns as TCU edged Cal 34-32. TCU quarterback Max Duggan threw three touchdown passes was 17-31 for 234 yards and threw only one interception.

Duggan hit Johnston for the go ahead score in the fourth quarter to give TCU the two point advantage. In the fourth quarter both Cal and TCU scored 13 points each the difference was earlier in the game when the Horned Frogs scored 14 points to make it 19-14 Cal in front by five at the half. That lead was erased when the Horned Frogs scored a touchdown in the third quarter to take the lead 21-19.

The Bears with the loss are winless through the first two weeks of the season after they lost to the Nevada Wolfpack last Sat Sep 6th 22-17. Johnston made the fourth quarter catch with 9:53 left in the ball game a 45 yard catch under pressure Johnston twisted away from one Cal defender at the 30 yard line and another Bears defender missed taking down Johnston falling at the 10 and Johnston ran home free the rest of the way.

Johnston ran for 95 yards after making five catches he made every catch count in very close knit game against the Golden Bears “I think I speak for the whole team when I say this … we were very excited when he caught it,” said running back Zach Evans. Johnston said that he’s more than a tall lanky receiver but a threat to the defense that can down field and score and he did three times.

The Bears quarterback Chase Garbers threw 16-27 for 309 yards, and two touchdowns good enough to win most ball games but TCU just got enough scoring to get by the Bears. Garbers had a decent first half for Cal Berkeley throwing for 234 yards in the first half of action.

Garbers in four plays in the first half had 199 yards out of the 234 yards going for 49, 54, 28 and 68 yards. Garbers moved the ball so well in the first half the Bears scored six in the first quarter, 13 in the second quarter to take that 19-14 first half lead and they made it close in the fourth quarter matching TCU with 13 points each but fell short.

The Bears go back to the drawing board as they prepare to host the Sacramento State Hornets (1-1) in their home opener. The Hornets are coming off a tough loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday night in Sacramento. Kick off on Sat Sep 18th at Cal 1:00 pm PDT

Strong effort leads Wolfpack to victory over Bears in season opener 22-17

Nevada Wolfpack quarterback Carson Strong threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns against the Cal Bears is seen here in the second quarter at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkley on Sat Sep 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips

The Nevada Wolfpack lead by quarterback Carson Strong picked up a season opening win at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley 22-17 against the Cal Bears. Strong threw for two touchdowns Saturday night and let it fly in this contest totaling 312 yards.

The Wolfpack wasted no time answering Cal down 14-0 on the scoreboard after the first quarter scoring for 13 points in the second quarter for a 14-13 halftime score. Strong who is from Northern California and lived just an hour away from Memorial Stadium threw a touchdown to receiver Romeo Dobbs and got two field goals from kicker Brandon Talton for the 13 points in the second quarter.

Strong wanted to always play for Cal but he suffered an knee injury in his high school senior year in Vacaville and the Bears didn’t recruit him and Strong then chose to go to the Nevada Wolfpack. Strong said he always wants to win but winning at Cal was pretty sweet for Strong.

The pass to Dobbs in the second quarter was for 43 yards, Strong said this game will be memorable for him. The Bears in the first quarter didn’t waste anytime scoring in their first two drives. Then things didn’t go as plan for the Bears on offense in four offense drives they failed to execute on three and out.

The Wolfpack took advantage on offense scoring 22 unanswered points. The Wolfpack scored nine points in the third quarter and the Bears would only kick a field goal in the fourth quarter to lose by five points.

In the second half third quarter for the Wolfpack Strong executed a impressive offensive series to score a touchdown. On third and 17 Strong throwing for 17 yards to Cole Turner to get a first down, then a 46 yard pass to Tory Horton on third and nine, then the 43 yard touchdown pass to Dobbs.

Nevada head coach Jay Norvell said that Strong exhibited ability and was able to perform the key scoring plays early in the game, ““He’s just a super competitor,” Norvell said. “He was amazing tonight, just his will and his aggressiveness to wanting to go after these guys and stay on them. I just appreciate him so much in that regard.”

The Bears are back to the drawing board and head to Texas for their next game at TCU on Sat Sep 11th. TCU one the most traditional schools are no easy task the Bears will be studying film and making plans to execute scoring on this rugged opponent.

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: NCAA preparing for closing schools and large gathering at basketball games

photo from frogsowar.com: The TCU Horned Frogs Desmond Bane (1) drives on the Baylor Bears Saturday night at Fort Worth Texas

On the NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle:

#1 Michelle the NCAA said that it’s Science and Sport Institute are taking considerations about team travel and the possibility in the event of a all out pandemic or quarantine that is called due to the Corvid-19 virus games could be cancel and the NCAA wanted to prepare fans, media, and traveling ball clubs.

#2 The NCAA memo also stated that there is a possibility of closing schools and large gatherings that will impact college basketball.

#3 Michelle talk about the two games that were played on Saturday, #3 Baylor 72 @ TCU 75, and Michigan State 78 @ Maryland 66.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Michelle does the NCAA podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Love leaves Stanford and the Sun Bowl and prepares for NFL draft

bleacherreport.com file photo: Stanford Cardinal running back Bryce Love is setting his sites on the 2019 NFL Draft and foregoing the Sun Bowl on New Years Eve between the Cardinal and the TCU Horned Frogs

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 Stanford running back Bryce Love chose to participate in the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Pittsburgh. Love has been hampered with injuries all season.

#2 Love said that he wants to be completely healthy for the 2019 NFL draft.

#3 Will Love be a high draft pick?

#4 Love had an incredible 2017 with 2118 yards rushing, 19 touchdowns, this season he had only 739 yards

#5 The Big game, the Sun Bowl, is upon us between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Stanford Cardinal on New Year’s Eve Monday, Dec. 31st.

Jerry has the Stanford Cardinal podcast each Thursday and Daniel Dullum has game recap coverage of the Sun Bowl on New Years Eve at http://www.sportsradioservice.com