Southern Utah Vs. Cal: Bears Rebound In Week 2

The Cal Bears host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday. Can Cal pick up its first win of the year?

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Cal Vs. Southern Utah: California Golden Blogs Reaction

The California Golden Bears had to forget about Nevada. Yes, it was disappointing but it was over and they had to move on. And yet, they still had to explode for 30 points in the 4th quarter to survive and win 50-31 over Southern Utah.

As California Golden Blogs points out, the Bears dominated the game statistically, outgaining Southern Utah 518 to 371 for the game. But turnovers, penalties and mental errors made the game closer than it should have been. The early season is always ripe for upsets because teams are more inclined to have mental lapses as they get into the rhythm of the season. Cal would have had an embarrassing loss on its hands if not for that late offensive explosion.

Twelve penalties for 106 yards and three fumbles (losing one) will not get it done when the big boys in the Pac-12 are on the other side. But it's still a win and Cal can learn from this. California Golden Blogs will be watching.

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Southern Utah Vs. Cal 2012: Golden Bears Win Despite Inconsistent Offense, 50-31

The Cal Golden Bears had inconsistent offense but they certainly had enough of it as they beat the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 50-31. Cal failed to score in both the first and third quarters, but piled it on in the second and fourth.

After doing nothing in the first quarter but punting and turning the ball over, Cal opened the second with a field goal, picked up a rushing touchdown from C.J Anderson and another from Isi Sofele, and closed things with another field goal to make things 20-3 at the half.


The offense dried up again in the third, but the fourth featured with quarterback Zach Maynard connecting with Keenan Allen for a touchdown, Marc Anthony getting a pick six, a field goal, Keenan Allen returning a punt for a touchdown and Daniel Lasco breaking off a 77 yard run for another touchdown. Southern Utah was scoring, picking up four passing touchdowns and a field goal, but they couldn't keep pace with Cal.

Box Score Hero: The Cal rushing attack shined here, picking up 289 yards in total and spreading three touchdowns over three backs. Zach Maynard wasn't such a slouch, posting a 73 percent completion rate with 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Rankings Ramifications:**How big a rise/fall is in the works here? Might unranked winner enter the rankings? Anybody dropping out? Be careful here, and feel free to ask if unsure.**

But Did They Cover? Neither team was ranked going in, and both are unlikely to be ranked following the game.

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Next Week's Schedule: Cal goes on the road to face the Ohio State Buckeyes next week in one of the more challenging games on their schedule. Southern Utah faces New Mexico Highlands at home.

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Cal Vs. Southern Utah Halftime Score: Cal Leads 20-3 After Strong 2nd Quarter

The California Golden Bears lead the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at halftime, 20-3, with all 20 points coming in the second quarter.

Cal was unable to foster much offense in the first quarter, with their two opening drives ending in a punt, and the third and fourth ended in turnovers. Things picked up after that, with Cal hitting a field goal and picking up two rushing touchdowns in the second.

Senior quarterback Zach Maynard is 12-for-17 in the first half with 173 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Isi Sofele leads the rushing attack with 92 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. C.J. Anderson has only three carries but he's made them count: one was a 35-yard run to put Cal just outside the red zone, and the other was a 6-yard run for the team's second touchdown. Kicker Vincenzo D'Amato is 2-for-2 on field goals.

Stick with this StoryStream for the final score, injury and news updates and more. For more on Golden Bears football, visit Cal blog California Golden Blogs, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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Pac-12 Networks, Dish Reach Deal Before Saturday Games

Early Saturday morning the Pac-12 and DISH Network came to an agreement to carry the league's Pac-12 Networks. The agreement comes just in time for DISH customers to see six games on Saturday including both Cal and Stanford's Week Two games.

"Now Pac-12 Networks is available through more than 40 television providers, including four of the top five largest distributors in the United States," the network said in a statement.

Talks with the other major satellite provider, DirecTV, are ongoing.

DISH subscribers are being given a free trial of the Pac-12 Networks this weekend.

Cal is trying to rebound from a season-opening loss as it hosts Southern Utah. The game kicks off at 12 p.m. and will be shown on DISH channel 413. Stanford avoided an upset last week and now faces Duke at home at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinal and Blue Devils can be seen on DISH channel 445.

The other games being shown by the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday are:

• Sacramento State at Colorado, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 445
• Eastern Washington at Washington State, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 446
• Fresno State at No. 4 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413

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Southern Utah Vs. Cal 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

After a disappointing loss to Nevada to begin the season, the California Golden Bears will look to rebound this week when they host Southern Utah on Saturday.

The Bears got off to a rough start against Nevada, falling behind 14-0 after the first quarter. Part of the reason for Cal's slow start was starting quarterback Zach Maynard sat out the first three offensive series as punishment for missing a tutoring session.

The Bears will attempt to get off to a better start this week against a Southern Utah team coming off a 34-3 loss to Utah State. Southern Utah struggled both offensively and defensively in their season opener, allowing 581 yards and 28 first downs while only gaining 209 total yards.

Saturday will be Cal's final home game before they go on the road for back-to-back games against top 15 schools. The Bears will travel to No. 14 Ohio State next week before opening Pac-12 play on the road against No. 2 USC the week after. Coming off a tough loss and with two big games on the horizon, the Bears will be challenged to not overlook Southern Utah on Saturday.

Game Time: 12 p.m. PT

Location: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.

Television: Pac-12 Network

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