Cal-USC Postgame Notes
With its 24-14 win over USC, Cal ends its season 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12.
The victory was Cal's first over USC since a 15-14 decision in Los Angeles in 2018 and first in Berkeley since a 34-31 triple overtime decision in 2003.
Cal finished the season with only 10 turnovers (2 fumbles, 8 interceptions), the fewest in the history of the program. The previous low for a full season was 13 from the 2019 season (13 games).
Cal also set a school record with only two fumbles this year. The old record was three from 2016.
The Bears did not commit a turnover in six of 12 games - TCU, Oregon, Colorado, Oregon State, Arizona and USC.
With two touchdown runs, Christopher Brooks increased his career totals to 14 rushing TDs and 21 total TDs (also has 7 TD receptions).
Trey Paster's 55-yard fumble return for a TD was Cal's first fumble return for a score since Gerran Brown took one back 26yards vs. Washington State on Oct. 13, 2017.
With two fumble recoveries, Cal improved its turnover margin on the season to +9.
Quarterback Chase Garbers finished the nights 18-for-21 for 177 yards. He set a career high for completion percentage at 85.7%. His previous best was 80.0% (20-of-25) vs. Idaho State in 2018.
Cal held five of its last six opponents scoreless in the first quarter after limiting USC to 0 points tonight.
With a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter, Dario Longhetto has now made 9 of his last 10 attempts.
Sixth-year senior Josh Drayden extended his Cal career games played record to 55. Fifth-year Elijah Hicks has played in all 54 possible games during his career.