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Prolific Offense Carries Bears Past Sacramento State

Sep 18, 2021
Jeremiah Hunter caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Chase Garbers.

BERKELEY – The Cal football team had its most prolific offensive performance in three years Saturday as the Golden Bears notched their first win of the season, a 42-30 triumph over Sacramento State at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium.

The Bears racked up 534 yards of total offense, their highest output since amassing 539 yards in a 49-7 win over Oregon State in 2018. Quarterback Chase Garbers went 22-for-34 for 288 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 68 yards and a score.

"We know our potential as an offense," said Cal running back Damien Moore, who rushed for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "This was just another way we were able to show it. I know we can do more, and we're going to need to going into Pac-12 play."

Nikko Remigio returned the second half kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears up 28-6 to give themselves some breathing room against the Hornets, who racked up 467 yards of offense themselves and kept pressure on Cal's defense the entire game.

Wide receivers Jeremiah Hunter and Trevon Clark caught touchdown passes from Garbers. Evan Tattersall led Cal's defensive effort with a career-high 10 tackles.

"You never minimize a win," Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox said. "It's hard to win in college football, regardless of who you are playing. Sac State has good players and they are as well-coached as any team we will play. It's good to get a win, but we all know we need to be much, much better."

The Bears return to action next Saturday in their Pac-12 opener at Washington. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.