No. 23 Cal stayed unbeaten on Saturday, and the Bears did it with offense.
Until the final play of the game where linebacker Evan Weaver delivered the knockout punch by the defense.
Weaver’s 22nd tackle of the day stopped a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line by freshman John Rhys Plumlee and the Bears escaped with a 28-20 victory at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“We could have finished that game much better,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said in a post-game interview on the field. “But I appreciate the guys showing guts and grit to finish it.”
Chase Garbers passed for 357 yards and four touchdowns — both career highs as the Bears improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2015.
“I thought he did an awesome job,” Wilcox said of Garbers. “I’m really proud of Chase. He made the offense go today.”
It was just the second time Cal has won on the road against a team that was in the Southeastern Conference at the time. The Bears won 27-17 at Tennessee back in 1977.
Dependent on its defense for the past two seasons, the Bears opened up their offense against the Rebels (2-2).
But the game wasn’t settled until Weaver’s goal-line stop.
Cal led 28-13 when Ole when Plumlee, in for injured starter Matt Corral, ran 47 yards to the Cal 15. Freshman running back Jerrion Ealy took it in on the next play and Ole Miss pulled within 28-20 with 4:29 left.
The Bears were forced to punt, but pushed the Rebels back to their own 10 with 2:45 left.
A 41-yard completion to Demarcus Gregory for the Rebels to the Cal 10.
On third-and-goal from the 8 with time running out, Plumlee connected with Isaiah Moore right at the goal line, but officials ruled he was stopped short of a touchdown. Ole Miss had no timeouts left, and Plumlee tried …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports