Well, that was a grim little slice of 2020 for Cal fans.
The Bears, at last making their debut in a season disrupted by COVID-19, were nowhere ready to play a UCLA team that already had a game under its belt.
The Bruins won 34-10 and it was every bit that one-sided.
Cal plays next Saturday at Oregon State. Here's the gruesome game thread on this one:
Here is linebacker Kouny Deng's post-game reaction to the Bears' day:
Cal kicks off its football this morning at 9 a.m. against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
The game is being shown on FS1.
The famed Pasadena stadium won't look much like the photo above -- no Oregon printed the end zone, no jet flyover, no fans. But the setting is the same.
And it will look beautiful to the Golden Bears, who finally get to start their 2020 season, only 78 days after their original kickoff date of Aug. 29 at UNLV,
As recently as last week the Bears expected to play at Arizona State last night. That game was canceled because of a COVID-10 outbreak on the ASU team. Cal's Nov. 7 opener at home vs. Washington was scratched because of coronavirus complications among the Bears.
While Cal has not played a game in 322 days -- since the Redbox Bowl victor over Illinois -- the Bruins are 0-1, having lost at Colorado 48-42 last week,
Here's the game preview information you may want.
An early story on player availability. Two Cal defensive linemen are out, including Aaron Maldonado, who was projected as the Bears' starting nose guard.
The defensive line position group, of course, was at the heart of the Bears' COVID issues, although no reason was given for the absence of the two players today.
We'll follow the action with our live game thread, Please check back often for updates and for our post-game coverage.
Cal will get the second-half kickoff. UCLA 27, Cal 10.
13:18 3rd Qtr: Cal goes 3-and-out and punts. So much for halftime adjustments.
10:34 3rd Qtr: Cal defense forces a punt. Bears start at their own 9.
8:03 3rd Qtr: Fifth punt of the game for Jamison Sheahan (averaging 39.8). Bruins start at their own 37. Cal offense not scaring UCLA in the least. They are playing for the run and pressuring Garbers. No deep threat at all.
4:41 3rd Qtr: Cal's defense makes the stop on fourth-and-1. Cam Bynum and Daniel Scott on the tackle against RB Demetric Felton. Bears take over at their own 16. Need points. Quite a few of them, actually. UCLA 27, Cal 10.
End of 3rd Qtr: UCLA 27, Cal 10. The Bears will have third-and-13 from the UCLA 32 when play resumes after a scoreless third period. Cal managed 34 yards of offense in the quarter. UCLA's pressure on Garbers is relentless at this point -- Bruins have five sacks, also two personal foul penalties for late hits. Cal averaging 2.9 yards per play. That won't get it done.
14:27 4th Qtr: Garbers tries for Polk in the end zone and fourth-and-3 from the 22 and it's incomplete. UCLA takes over. UCLA 27, Cal 10.
10:12 4th Qtr: Britain Brown tears through Cal's defense for 31 yards and a touchdown, capping an eight-play, 8-yard drive. Total offense numbers are gruesome: 412 to 154. The Bears allowed this many points in a game just twice last season. UCLA 34, Cal 10.
13:50 1st Quarter: Cal's Craig Woodson blocks the UCLA punt and Cam Goode recovers for Cal at the Bruins' 17-yard line.
11:21 1st Quarter: Cal going for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3. Official review of the previous play as refs check on whether Chase Garbers was down bring to throw the ball away. Replay shows his right knee was down. Cal will kick the field goal after all.
11:12 1st Qtr: Dario Longhetto converts the 31-yard field goal and Cal goes ahead, but it's not what offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave wanted from this terrific early-game opportunity. Cal 3, UCLA 0.
8:50 1st Qtr: Another big break for the Bears as Daniel Scott tips pass by Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Cam Bynum intercepts. Bynum returns it 20 yards to the Cal 42. Cal 3, UCLA 0.
7:25 1st Qtr: Cal punts after failing to take advantage of the turnover. Jamison Sheahan's first punt ever in a game -- he's an Aussie -- goes 42 yards with no return. UCLA will start at its own 12-yard line. Cal 3, UCLA 0.
7:25 1st Qtr: The Bears have 7 yards of offense after 8 plays.
5:07 1st Qtr: Cal linebacker Braxten Croteau getting some medical attention on the field. Appears to be his left lower leg.
0:58 1st Qtr: UCLA goes 88 yards to take the lead on a 2-yard keeper by Thompson-Robinson and fourth-and-goal. Thompson-Robinson made a lot of big plays on the 15-play drive, but the Bears' defensive rustiness showed. UCLA 7, Cal 3.
END OF 1ST QTR: UCLA leads 7-3. Cal blocked a punt and intercepted a pass but the offense isn't getting it done so far. The Bruins have a total offense edge of 115 yards to 13 (and 8 of those 13 yards came on the final play of the quarter), and a 7-1 advantage in first downs. The Bruins have run 25 plays, Cal 10. UCLA has held the ball for 9:52, Cal just 5:08. Cal will have third-and-3 from its own 31 when the second quarter begins.
11:45 2nd Qtr: Cal looking pretty shaky. The Bruins go 71 yards for another touchdown. DTR throws a screen pass to Charles Djoku, who follows good downfield blocking and weaves his way 27 yards for the TD. UCLA 14, Cal 3.
11:45 2nd Q: Total yards - UCLA 186, Cal 13.
7:10 2nd Q: The offense comes to life. The Bears go 75 yards in 10 plays and Garbers scores on an 8-yard scramble. Big plays: a 13-yard completion to Makai Polk on third-and-10 to the 38 and a 28-yard completion to TE Collin Moore to the UCLA 36. Garbers used his legs to get a first down on a third-and-6 play to the UCLA 24, then found Christopher Brown on a couple short passes. UCLA 14, Cal 10.
5:49 2nd Qtr: No long UCLA drive this time. The Bruins need just five plays to consume 67 yards and pad their lead. Big play: DTR passes 44 yards to wide-open TE Dolcich, who makes a couple nice moves to avoid tackles and gets to the Cal 6. Then DTR rolls right and throws to Chad Cota for the 6-yard TD. The Bruins have 253 yards of offense midway through the second quarter. UCLA 20, Cal 10.
2:39 2nd Qtr: Garbers is intercepted. His pass to Polk is tipped by Jay Shaw and picked off by linebacker Caleb Johnson. UCLA takes over at the Cal 13 after the 13-yard return. UCLA 20, Cal 10.
1:17 2nd Qtr: Thompson-Robinson throws his third TD pass of the morning, a 5-yarder to Kyle Phillips as the Bruins take advantage of Cal's giveaway. Another mistake contributed to the brie UCLA drive - a personal foul against Craig Woodson after it appeared Cal had put the Bruins into a third-down situation. UCLA 27, Cal 10.
HALFTIME: UCLA 27, Cal 10. Not what the Bears had in mind, but it's pretty clear they are out of sorts on both sides of the line of scrimmage. UCLA has outgained Cal 265 yards to 110, and the Bears have just 35 yards beyond their one 75-yard TD drive. First downs are 14 to 5. UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has tortured the Bears -- 11-for-19 for 168 passing yards and 3 TDs, to three different targets. DTR also has 44 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Garbers is 9-for-17 for 76 yards with an interception. UCLA is crowding the line of scrimmage to defend the run (14 rushes, 34 yards, 2.4 per), convinced the Bears cannot beat them deep with the pass. Only one of Garbers' completions, a 26-yarder to TE Collin Moore, has gone longer than 13 yards. Three different UCLA receivers have plays of 24 yards or more.
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