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Goode Forces Fumble For NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Winners

Jan 29, 2022
Cameron Goode forced a fumble in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

PASADENA, CA – Former Cal football outside linebacker Cameron Goode forced a fumble Saturday at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in a 25-24 victory for the National Squad over the American team at the Rose Bowl. Goode was one of three former Cal football players in action during the contest along with quarterback Chase Garbers and tight end Jake Tonges. Garbers completed 10-of-13 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown and also ran twice for 25 yards, while Tonges had two receptions for 27 yards.

Much of the action from the Cal players came early in the contest including a fourth down and four play on the first drive for the American team when Garbers converted a 15-yard pass to Tonges only to have Goode strip the ball that was picked up by Oklahoma State's Kolby Peel and returned 44 yards before Garbers was credited for a tackle at the 16-yard line of the American squad.

The National team failed to take advantage of the opportunity when South Dakota State's Chris Oladokum was intercepted by Iowa State's Greg Elsworth II and ran back 14 yards to give Garbers a second drive starting from his own 25-yard line.

Garbers, who was voted by his teammates as a captain for the American squad, then led the American squad on a lengthy 14-play, 75-yard drive that took 9:06 off the clock and culminated when he found Sam Houston's Jequez Ezzard on a slant over the middle for a 13-yard touchdown. Garbers was 5-of-7 for 65 yards on the drive including a key 12-yard conversion to Tonges on third-and-10 from the National 25-yard line after a five-yard completion to USC's Vavae Malepeai to convert a fourth-and-three from the National 30 on the previous set of downs. Garbers also had a seven-yard rush on the drive.

Garbers, who shared time at quarterback with Aqeel Glass (Alabama A&M) and Zerrick Cooper (Jacksonville State), would play in one more drive the rest of the way and lead the American squad to another touchdown and a 24-17 lead on Malepeai's 18-yard rush that capped a 6-play, 63-yard drive in 2:59.

The National squad came back on its next possession to score on a five-yard run by Shermari Jones and a two-point conversion on a pass from game MVP Cole Kelley (Southeastern Louisiana) to Peyton Hendershot (Indiana).

The American team had one final drive and Glass led the squad to the National 28-yard line but James McCourt missed wide left on 46-yard field goal attempt on the game's final play.