How They Scored: Utah 30, Cal 24


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By Ted Lee
Posted Oct 10, 2015
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Trevor Davis scores a first half touchdown (photo by David Bernal/

Just 21 yards from pulling off one of the upsets of the season, the California football team saw a fourth down pass from Jared Goff to Darius Powe broken up by Utah's Boobie Hobbs with 28 seconds left, to preserve the Utes 30-24 lead. Utah ran out the clock to lock up the win.

Cal will be lamenting its six turnovers, including five Jared Goff interceptions, but despite having key players shaken up throughout the game, the Bears found themselves to drive for the game-leading score on three occasions, but were unable to score on the Utah defense.

The Bears defense played well in the second half, limiting Utah to two field goals and giving Cal a chance to claw their way back from a two-score deficit.


Jared Goff was 25-of-47 for 340 yards with two touchdowns – to Trevor Davis and Darius Powe – and a career-high five interceptions. Vic Enwere led the Bears in rushing with nine carries for 33 yards, followed by Tre Watson and Jared Goff each running for 30 yards. Daniel Lasco had one carry for 10 yards which ended up in a fumble.

Kenny Lawler led the Bears with seven carries for 66 yards, while Stephen Anderson led Cal in receiving yardage with 99 yards.

Kyle Kragen led all tacklers with 14 – four solo, and two tackles for loss including a sack. Hardy Nickerson had 11 tackles and team-high six solo tackles.

Devontae Booker had 34 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Wilson was 16-of-26 for 170 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He added 12 carries for 49 yards.


CAL UTAH          

0 3 Phillips – 44-yard field goal, 5:51
4 plays, -8 yards, 2:56
A Daniel Lasco fumble gave Utah the ball on the Cal 18, but the Bears' defense was outstanding both with open field tackles and putting pressure on Utah's Travis Wilson. The Utes didn't help themselves with a false start penalty and a hold.
7 3 Davis – 35-yard pass from Goff, 4:09
4 plays, 75 yards, 1:42
As much as Goff might have started a little bit off against Washington State, he was extremely sharp in the early going. On a 1st-and-10 from the Utah 35, with the ball on the right hash, Goff stepped back to pass, through a deep pass to Trevor Davis who was running down the left side line. The pass was thrown in front of and to the outside of Davis, so that the defender had no chance of making a play. Davis reeled it in and scored easily. Cal's other big play was a 21-yard run by Khalfani Muhammad on 2nd-and-2 from the Cal 33, where Muhammad took the handoff ran towards the middle of the line, saw a hole to the right and exploded through it.
7 10 Booker – 40-yard run, 1:18
6 plays, 75 yards, 2:51
After the Bears defense thwarted Utah's offense on the first two possessions, the Utes found some rhythm on the third. On 1st-and-10 from the Cal 40, Booker took the handoff from Wilson, deftly sidestepped Hardy Nickerson in the backfield and accelerated through a hole on the right side of the line. He ran up the right side, eluded a tackle from Darius White and headed into the end zone. The Utes other big plays were an 18-yard run from Booker on 2nd-and-6 from the Utah 29, a completion from Wilson to Siale Fakailoatonga for nine yards on 3rd-and-6 from the Cal 49.

10 10 Anderson – 22-yard field goal, 6:17
6 plays, 39 yards, 1:49
Cal had a short field after Trea Turner made a terrific interception of a Travis Wilson pass when the Utes faced a 2nd-and-7 from the Utah 43. The Bears drove the ball deep into Utah territory when Goff completed a 30-yard pass to Stephen Anderson who was downfield and found himself defended by a defensive lineman. The Bears drive stalled there as Lawler dropped a pass on 2nd down and a Utah defender broke up a pass intended for Lawler on 3rd down.
10 17 Butler-Byrd – 54 yard pass from Wilson, 3:26
4 plays, 95 yards, 1:21
After Goff threw his third interception of the game, the Utes had the ball on their own 5. Booker runs of 14, 17, and 2 brought the ball out to the Utah 46. On a 2nd-and-8 Cory Butler-Byrd, who usually plays cornerback,was lined up as a receiver on the right side. Butler-Byrd ran downfield, made a move to get past Darius White, caught the ball and ran into the end zone.
10 24 Booker – 3-yard run, 1:47
3 plays, 20 yards, 0:53
Following Goff's fourth interception, Utah had the ball deep in Cal territory. A Wilson scramble and a Booker run gave Utah the ball on the Cal 3. On a 1st-and-goal, Booker took the handoff ran ahead in the line, bounced off of his linemen, took it outside to the left and scored to give the Utes a two-touchdown lead.
17 24 Powe – 1-yard pass from Goff, 0:26
7 plays, 75 yards, 1:21
Cal responded with yet another late 2nd quarter touchdown. On a 2nd-and-goal from the Utah 1, the Bears had Enwere in the backfield and three receivers to the right. The Bears didn't run, Enwere slid to the right to serve as another blocker as Goff rolled right. As Lawler, the outside receiver, slanted inside, Powe, who was to Lawler's left ran in front of him and to the outside and caught the pass from Goff.

17 27 Phillips – 36-yard field goal, 11:05
10 plays, 57 yards, 3:55
Utah received the opening kickoff and moved downfield largely on the efforts of Booker who had five carries for 38 yards. The big play on the drive was a 3rd-and-4 from the Cal 35, when Booker took an option pitch from Wilson and ran 13 yards for the first down. Although the Utes had considerable success running the ball, the drive stalled when Wilson had incomplete passes on 1st down and 3rd down after taking the ball down to the Cal 22.
24 27 Watson – 4-yard run, 2:03
3 plays,27 yards, 0:42
Caleb Coleman recovered a Utah fumble at the Ute 27. After that it was a 17-yard pass from Goff to Anderson, a six-yard run by Watson and on 2nd-and-goal from the 4, Watson took the ball around the left end and scored to bring the Bears within 3.

24 30 Phillips – 30-yard field goal, 12:07
10 plays, 53 yards, 4:56
After Cal's touchdown, Utah went on a time-consuming drive consisting of eight runs and one pass – with four runs from Booker and four from Wilson. On a 3rd-and-6 from the Cal 20, Utah attempted a pass, but the Bears were able to pressure Wilson. He tried to scramble but was sacked for a loss before he could break free.
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