BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — After five mostly mediocre seasons at California, coach Justin Wilcox could have been forgiven if he had decided to go after the head coaching job at his alma mater Oregon.
But instead of trying to escape to a school with more resources and a much better recent history, Wilcox chose to stay at Cal where he still believes he can turn the Golden Bears into a Pac-12 contender.
HILLSBORO, Kan. (AP) — Officials at a private Christian college in Kansas are vowing not to forget two football players from California who were killed in a crash that also left a third player badly injured.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California football coach Justin Wilcox has signed an extension through the 2027 season.
Wilcox was rewarded with the extension Thursday after leading the Golden Bears to two bowls in five seasons as coach.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson is a free man.
The 74-year-old former football hero and actor, acquitted California murder defendant and convicted Las Vegas armed robber was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole effective Dec.
Iowa State running back Breece Hall is The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year for the second season in a row, while conference champion Baylor has the league's top defender and coach.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Trey Paster scored on a 55-yard fumble return in the second quarter, California’s defense made a clutch stop near the goal line, and the Golden Bears held off Southern California 24-14 in the season finale for both teams.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — USC will play its final game of the season Saturday in Berkeley, but the Trojans won’t have Lincoln Riley calling plays from the sidelines.
Riley, who was hired this week after five years at Oklahoma, is trying to settle in and set up shop in Los Angeles and won’t officially take over until the offseason.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Rose Bowl was chilly, and the crowd was fairly sparse. The UCLA Bruins still celebrated their regular season-ending victory over California to honor the seniors who persevered through their difficult four-year transformation into a winner.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA is bowl eligible and has secured its first winning season since 2016.
The Bruins have one more goal going into their regular-season finale against California on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl — not having a letdown after a huge win over Southern California.
Luc Bequette redshirted after first getting to Cal as a freshman back in 2015. The 24-year-old defensive end is now finishing his college career with the Bears after a full season away at Boston College.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Now that California had nearly its entire team back, the Golden Bears delivered a record-breaking Big Game performance.
Chase Garbers returned from a bout with COVID-19 to throw the longest pass in the history of the rivalry against Stanford, leading California to a 41-11 victory on Saturday.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears’ defense took a huge hit when coach Matt Nagy announced outside linebacker Khalil Mack would go on season-ending injured reserve due to a foot injury.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California needed a break.
“You get into a grind,” defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said. “You push into the middle of November, whether you’re a coach or whether you’re a player, it can beat you up quite a bit.”
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The level of excitement for Big Game week is always high at California, with the opportunity to beat rival Stanford and win The Axe among the top goals for the Golden Bears.
After two lopsided wins, the Utah Utes are on the verge of winning the Pac-12 South.
Coach Kyle Whittingham knows it. His players know it.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Justin Wilcox said his team followed all the proper protocols before a COVID-19 outbreak that led to dozens of positive tests and the first postponement of a major college football game this season.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California's game against Southern California was postponed on Tuesday after a series of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden Bears program, the first major college football game to be rescheduled this season because of COVID-19.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jubilant Arizona players danced, cheered and sang “Bear Down” at ear-splitting level.
The longest losing streak in the nation was finally over.
Michael Wiley scored on a 10-yard run with 2:17 remaining to lift Wildcats to a 10-3 Pac-12 victory over COVID-19-depleted California on Saturday, ending the Wildcats’ 20-game skid, the longest in Pac-12 history.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — California quarterback Chase Garbers, who leads the Pac-12 in total offense, didn't play against Arizona on Saturday.
Garbers apparently joined several players who went into COVID-19 protocol Thursday and weren't available to play.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's close calls are mounting. The Wildcats had a strong first half against Washington two weeks ago, a big finish against Southern California last weekend.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — After three straight Pac-12 losses to open the season, California is starting to find its stride.
Chase Garbers threw one of his three TD passes one play after a partially blocked punt and the Golden Bears beat Oregon State 39-25 Saturday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bragging rights as the best college football team in California will be decided Saturday night in a Mountain West Conference game at a soccer pitch in an industrial suburb of Los Angeles.
When the seventh-ranked Oregon Ducks return to Autzen Stadium on Saturday to play Colorado, coach Mario Cristobal has one request of fans: No more booing.
Quarterback Anthony Brown faced boos and chants for his backup at Autzen two weeks ago, when fans became frustrated by a seemingly stalled offense.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — After an uncharacteristic poor start to the season on defense for California, coach Justin Wilcox's squad is rounding into form in recent weeks.
Cal is coming off its best defensive performance in years when the Bears beat Colorado last week for their first conference win of the season.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at California. Bowl-bound Beavers? Could be. A win would make Oregon State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) bowl-eligible for the first time since 2013.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chase Garbers passed for two touchdowns and broke the school record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, leading California past Colorado, 26-3, on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (2-5, 1-3 Pac-12 Conference) made several big plays offensively to go with a solid afternoon from their defense and special teams while snapping a three-game losing streak.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When No. 10 Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux returned for the second half against California on Friday, the standout defensive end helped rally the team to a vital win with a goal line stand.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Even though his team has lost five of its first six games, California coach Justin Wilcox has been encouraged by how the Golden Bears have responded to the adversity.
Cal is off to its worst start since Wilcox took over in 2017 and will need to make a remarkable turnaround over the final month and a half to avoid missing out on a bowl game for a second consecutive season.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Anthony Brown shut out the noise to lead Oregon to a fourth-quarter comeback, then let the defense seal a victory over California.
Brown scored on an 11-yard keeper with 4:50 left and the ninth-ranked Ducks held off surprisingly tenacious Cal 24-17 on Friday night.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Anthony Brown scored on an 11-yard keeper with 4:50 left and ninth-ranked Oregon held off surprisingly tenacious California 24-17 on Friday night.
The Golden Bears took a 17-10 lead early in the final quarter, but Brown answered with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Redd to tie it.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks got a week off to regroup for the second half of the season after a disappointing loss to Stanford that may ultimately impact their playoff chances.
California (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) at No. 9 Oregon (4-1, 1-1), Friday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Oregon by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada quarterback Carson Strong has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week after throwing a career-high six touchdown passes in the Wolf Pack’s 55-28 win over New Mexico State.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada running back Toa Taua has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for a season-high 124 yards on 12 carries to lead the Wolf Pack to their first road victory over Boise State since 1997.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Jayden de Laura passed for three touchdowns, two to Calvin Jackson Jr. who made a spectacular one-handed grab near the corner of the end zone, and Washington State beat California 21-6 on Saturday.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As the Oregon State Beavers celebrated their big win at USC, coach Jonathan Smith proclaimed in the locker room: “We ain't done yet.”
The Beavers (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) are back at home Saturday against Washington (2-2, 1-0) on a mission to prove that their 45-27 thumping of the Trojans last week wasn't a fluke, but part of an upward trajectory.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chase Garbers is on the cusp of breaking California legend Joe Kapp’s record for career rushing yards by a quarterback. Garbers is also about to slip past Aaron Rodgers on the Golden Bears' list for touchdown passes.
Matt Corral and Bryce Young left Southern California as hotshot prospects bound for Southeastern Conference stardom.
The two quarterbacks convene Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the early Heisman Trophy front-runners.
SEATTLE (AP) — Just when it seemed like a second overtime was an inevitability, Washington’s Cameron Williams and Jackson Sirmon converged at the right moment.
Williams and Sirmon combined to force California's Damien Moore to fumble at the 1-yard line in OT, and Washington escaped with a 31-24 win over the Golden Bears on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
SEATTLE (AP) — California coach Justin Wilcox and Washington coach Jimmy Lake both finished off the nonconference portion of their schedules with major unknowns.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — After opening the season with a couple of tight losses, California coach Justin Wilcox will take any sort of win — even if it was closer than he wanted against a lower-level team.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Justin Wilcox finds himself in some unfamiliar territory, still searching for the Golden Bears' first win of the season after a couple of frustrating close losses.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Quentin Johnston caught two of Max Duggan's three TD passes, with the go-ahead score coming on a nifty catch-and-run as TCU beat California 34-32 on Saturday to remain undefeated against Pac-12 teams under coach Gary Patterson.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson has never lost to a Pac-12 team, surviving a few overtime games through the years and an interception-filled postseason game against California.
That bowl game three seasons ago was TCU's only previous meeting against the Golden Bears (0-1), and its last against a Pac-12 team until hosting them on Saturday.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Nevada's whirlwind month as vagabonds ended with a very satisfying win.
Carson Strong threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack to a 22-17 victory over California on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — By the time Nevada kicks off its season opener against California on Saturday night, the Wolf Pack will have been on an odyssey.
With smoke from wildfires in Northern California making practice nearly impossible at home in Reno, coach Jay Norvell's team has searched far and wide to find safe places to work out.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has made lucrative deals before starting his first college game, but he doesn't think that or the preseason hype surrounding him will be a distraction.
To Young, the “culture” that Nick Saban has created for the program won't allow it.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — After a pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the California Golden Bears are excited to show off what they hope will be a much more dynamic offense with respected longtime NFL coordinator Bill Musgrave and veteran quarterback Chase Garbers.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Georgia quarterback JT Daniels has long been a believer in fellow former California prep stars Matt Corral and Bryce Young.
Now all three are starting quarterbacks on the other side of the country in the Southeastern Conference.