Cal Hosts Oregon State Saturday
Cal remains at home for the second straight week, hosting Oregon State at 4 p.m. Saturday at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
The Golden Bears lead the series with the Beavers, 38-35, and are looking to snap a two-game skid after OSU won close games in both 2019 (21-17) and 2020 (31-27). Cal's most recent victory was a 49-7 decision in Corvallis in 2018, while the Bears last prevailed in Berkeley in 2017 by a 37-23 score.
Last week, Cal posted its most decisive win of the season with a 26-3 triumph over Colorado in Berkeley.
Pac-12 Roadshow Comes to Berkeley
— The Pac-12 roadshow will air live from FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The road show schedule calls for the Pac-12 Tailgate at 3 p.m., The Pregame at 3:30 p.m., a live update during halftime of the Cal-Oregon State game, and a 30-minute postgame show.
— Danny Lee will host Pac-12 Tailgate, while Ashley Adamson, Nigel Burton and Ryan Leaf will handle The Pregame, as well as halftime and postgame shows.
Garbers Sets Cal QB Rushing Yards Record
— With a 38-yard scamper on Cal's first drive and his first carry of the day against Colorado last Saturday, Chase Garbers broke the school record for most rushing yards by a Golden Bear quarterback. Garbers finished the afternoon with a personal-best 96 yards (on 10 carries) to give him 1,025 yards on the ground for his career. The total betters the mark of 931 yards by the legendary Joe Kapp from 1956-58.
— Garbers' 38-yard run was the longest of his career and tied for Cal's longest of the 2021 season (also DeCarlos Brooks vs. Nevada).
— With a 7-yard rush for Cal's final TD at Washington, Garbers tied the school record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with nine (also Brian Bedford and Dave Penhall).
Defense Rounding into Form
— After allowing 448.3 yards per game and 28.7 points per game through its first three games of the season, Cal's defense is giving up 302.5 ypg and 19.8 ppg over its last four contests.
— The Bears held Oregon to 24 points (tied for the Ducks' lowest total of the season). Oregon is averaging 35.5 ppg against all teams other than Cal this year.
— In Saturday's 26-3, win over Colorado, Cal limited the Buffs to only 104 yards of total offense - lowest for a Cal opponent since Presbyterian had 48 on Sept. 17, 2011. It also marked the first time the Bears held a conference opponent under 200 yards since Utah managed 178 yards on Oct. 22, 2011.
— The Cal-Colorado result also marked the first time Cal held a team without a touchdown since defeating Washington State, 37-3, on Oct. 13, 2017.
— As a team, Cal had 6.0 sacks vs. Colorado. The last time the Bears had as many was with 6.0 at UCLA on Nov. 30. 2019. Cal also had 12.0 tackles for loss for its most since also registering 12.0 TFLs at Oregon State in 2018.
Tight Ends Becoming Focal Point of Passing Attack
— While wide receivers continue to rank at the top of Cal's pass-catching list, the Bears' seven tight ends are becoming more of a focal point of the team's passing attack, particularly close to the end zone. They have combined for 29 catches, 294 yards receiving and five of Cal's 11 TD passing plays this year.
— Over Cal's last two games, all four TD catches have been by tight ends Jake Tonges and Gavin Reinwald at Oregon, and Keleki Latu and Reinwald vs. Colorado. Latu's 24-yard reception for Cal's first TD vs. the Buffaloes was the first catch of his college career. He finished the game with three catches for 36 yards.
— Jermaine Terry II also had his first reception against Colorado, an 11-yard play.
— Tonges leads the tight end group with 15 catches for 180 yards and two scores, while two of Reinwald's three receptions have gone for scorers. Collin Moore has also caught four passes on the year, while Elijah Mojarro has three.
— Moore and Tonges have six starts apiece, while Reinwald has three starts to his credit. All three have started together against both Washington and Colorado.
Garbers Through the Air
— Through the first seven games this season, Chase Garbers is putting up some of the best numbers of his career. To date, he is 154-of-243 for 1,717 yards with 11 touchdown passes.
— Garbers needs just 56 yards to surpass the 1,772 passing yards he had as a sophomore in 2019 for most in his career in one season. His 2,024 total offense yards (rushing and passing) are his most ever for a year.
— Garbers leads the Pac-12 in per game total offense (289.1 ypg), while he is fifth in passing yards per game (245.3 ypg) and second in completions (154).
— Garbers' passing yards per game are a career best, well ahead of his 196.9 ypg as a 2019 sophomore.
— Two of Garbers' four career 300-yard passing games have come in 2021 at Washington (319) and TCU (309). He also threw for 315 yards and three TDs at Oregon State last season.
Holding onto the Ball
— Cal leads the Pac-12 and is tied for third nationally with only one fumble lost all season. The Bears have +3 turnover margin, which ties for third in the conference and ties for 29th in the NCAA.
— Cal has had three games without a turnover - at TCU, at Oregon and vs. Colorado.
— The Bears also sit atop the Pac-12 in time of possession with an average of 31:07 per game, including 38:30 vs. Colorado.