With yards scarce, the difference in the game has been in defense and special teams, especially for Utah. Utes wide receiver Reggie Dunn returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, patiently weaving through traffic before bursting down the field for a 7-3 lead.
The Bears opened the game well, driving 43 yards on a balanced mix of three runs and three passes, but had to settle for a 49-yard field goal from Vincenzo D'Amato.
Neither team had reached 50 yards of total offense until late in the first quarter when Maynard connected with tight end Richard Rodgers for a 51-yard pass down the sideline. That play set up Cal in Utah's red zone when the quarter ended.
Maynard is 4-7 for 69 yards, while Isi Sofele leads the Bears in rushing with 34 yards on seven carries.