Cal Hosts Sac State Saturday
Cal returns home to FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium to host Sacramento State at 1 p.m. Saturday. The game airs on Pac-12 Bay Area and is available on the Pac-12 Now app or through a live stream on Pac-12.com.
The Golden Bears lead the series against Sac State, 2-0, with both previous games taking place in Berkeley. Cal opened the 2005 season with a 41-3 victory over the Hornets and prevailed, 55-14, during the 2014 campaign
Garbers Passes For 300 Yards On The Road ... Again
— Chase Garbers put up more than 300 yards passes for the third time in his career when he completed 16-of-27 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns at TCU last Saturday. It marked the third time in his career he has surpassed 300 yards through the air with the other two feats also coming on the road. He passed for 315 yards last fall at Oregon State and for a career-high 357 yards in a win at Ole Miss in 2019.
— In last week's game at TCU, Garbers completed five passes for at least 25 yards, including four that extended more than 40 yards. He and Kekoa Crawford connected on a 49-yard play on Cal's first drive of the game, and he threw a 54-yard TD pass to Trevon Clark later in the first quarter. Garbers hit Clark for a 68-yard pass in the second quarter - a career long for both players and Cal's longest play from scrimmage since 2017 - and Garbers threw for 42 yards to Jeremiah Hunter in the fourth quarter.
— Garbers' 352 yards of total offense at TCU is a high for a Pac-12 player this season, while his 243.0 yards passing per game through Week 2 are second in the league.
Big Plays Pick Up At TCU
— Cal's offense cranked up its production of big plays at TCU last Saturday, with six passes of at least 15 yards and seven runs of 10 or more yards. This compares to the opener against Nevada when the Bears completed two passes of at least 15 yards and four runs of at least 10 yards. At TCU, Chase Garbers threws four passes of 40 yards or more, both of which had Trevon Clark on the receiving end - a 54-yard touchdown and a 68-yarder that set up another score. Garbers also had three runs of over 10 yards vs. the Horned Frogs with a long of 18, while Damien Moore offered three 10+ runs of his own, with the last being a 12-yarder for a third-quarter touchdown.
Defense Also Produces Big Plays Against Horned Frogs
— Cameron Goode had his 15th and 16th career sacks for a combined minus-27 yards at TCU. The 2.0 sacks tied a career high (also at UCLA in 2019), with the pair also the high for a Pac-12 defender in a game this season. Goode added another tackle for loss, giving him 3.0 TFL (-30 yards) for the game and a total that also tops the conference for a single game (teammate JH Tevis is second with his 2.5 TFL in the opener against Nevada).
— Daniel Scott had 9-yard pick six in the second quarter to give Cal a 12-0 lead, his second career interception. The play marked Cal's first interception returned for a score since both Elijah Hicks and Ashtyn Davis accomplished the feat in the first quarter vs. Colorado in 2018.
Welcoming Troy Taylor Back To Berkeley
— Sac State's second-year head coach Troy Taylor enters Saturday's game with plenty of familiarity with California Memorial Stadium. Taylor was a four-year starter for the Bears from 1986-89, and finished is college career atop the school record book for career passing yards (8,126), career 300-yard passing games (6) and career 250-yard passing games (13). He still ranks No. 2 in career passing yards, trailing only Jared Goff. Taylor threw 51 touchdown passes, with a high of 18 as a sophomore in 1987. As a senior, he led the Pac-10 in total offense and was taken in the fourth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Taylor returned to Cal as an assistant coach from 1996-99 and was the Bears' radio analyst from 2005-11.