PASADENA (AP) — Christopher Brown Jr. ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as he led California to a 28-18 victory over UCLA on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
It is the sophomore’s second 100-yard game this season. Both of his touchdowns came in the second half as the Golden Bears completed the regular season with wins in three of their last four.READ MORE: San Jose Murder Suspect Arrested In Modesto; Charged With Slaying Estranged Wife
Cal (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) led 14-10 at halftime before they went up by two scores with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter on Brown’s 1-yard run up the middle. After UCLA responded with Joshua Kelley’s 1-yard TD run and Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s pass to Delon Hurt for the 2-point conversion, Brown got another huge hole and went 11 yards to give the Bears a 28-18 advantage 7 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Chase Garbers was 17 of 29 for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Makai Polk had four receptions for 78 yards and a TD.
Thompson-Robinson completed 23 of 39 passes for 278 yards with a touchdown and an interception but was sacked six times. The sophomore was forced out of the game during the fourth quarter due to a nagging ankle injury.
Kelley gained 76 yards on 19 carries as he became the eighth running back in school history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
UCLA (4-8, 4-5) got on the board first when Thompson-Robinson found Jaylen Erwin for a 19-yard touchdown with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter. Cal went three-and-out on its first two drives before getting touchdowns on its next two. Polk tied it when he caught a short slant from Garbers and went 44 yards with 3:04 remaining in the first.
The Golden Bears then took a 14-7 lead with 9:56 remaining in the second quarter on Garbers’ 1-yard sneak. JJ Molson brought the Bruins within 14-10 at halftime with a 31-yard field goal on the last play of the first half.
Cal linebacker Evan Weaver had nine tackles and broke the school’s single-season record that had stood for 34 years. Weaver, a finalist for the Butkus Award, finished with 173 tackles during the regular season, surpassing Hardy Nickerson’s mark of 167 set in 1985.READ MORE: Facebook Changing Corporate Name To Meta
Weaver leads the nation in tackles and has reached double digits in 17 of his last 18 games.
Kelley went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season by hurdling over Cal safety Jaylinn Hawkins for a 20-yard gain during the first quarter.
California: After snapping a nine-game losing streak to Stanford in The Big Game, the Bears broke a two-game losing streak to the Bruins and got their first win in the Rose Bowl since 2009.
UCLA: The Bruins appeared to be making progress with three straight wins at midseason, but they end the year with three straight losses. Chip Kelly is 7-17 in two seasons leading the program.
California: Will play in a bowl game for the third straight year.
UCLA: Opens the 2020 season against New Mexico State on Aug. 29.MORE NEWS: 31-Year-Old Killed In Overnight Vallejo Shooting
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