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California 33, UCLA 7

By JOE REEDY
Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. - Jaydn Ott had a 100-yard kickoff return, Jeremiah Hunter had a pair of touchdown receptions and California became bowl eligible for the first time in four years with a 33-7 victory over UCLA in the final regular-season game under the current iteration of the Pac-12 Conference.

Fernando Mendoza had a pair of TD passes and Mateen Bhaghani kicked four field goals for the Golden Bears (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12), who won their last three games after four straight losses.

UCLA, which announced with Southern California last June that it was moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2024, has dropped three of its last four. The Pac-12 then was hit by a massive wave of defections in late July and August after the conference was unable to secure a lucrative television extension. Cal will join the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.

The Bruins (7-5, 4-5) committed four turnovers that resulted in 13 Cal points. The loss will also increase speculation about Chip Kelly's future despite last week's victory over USC. Kelly is 34-34 in six seasons in Westwood.

Quarterback Ethan Garbers’ ended after 12 plays due to a right shoulder injury. Freshman Dante Moore was 23 of 38 for 276 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was also sacked six times.

After UCLA took a 7-6 lead on Logan Loya's 5-yard touchdown catch, Ott fielded R.J. Lopez's kick at the goal line. The sophomore found a seam near the Cal 20-yard line and then went up the right sideline the rest of the way.

It is tied for the third-longest kickoff return in Cal history and the sixth time it has had one of 100 yards or more with the last one coming nine years ago.

Ott also had 80 yards on 21 carries. Mendoza completed 19 of 30 for 178 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Cal led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter on a pair of field goals by Bhaghani. After UCLA linebacker Laiatu Latu picked off Mendoza's pass and returned it to the Cal 8, the Bruins took the lead three plays later when Moore connected with Loya for a 5-yard TD.

UCLA's advantage would be short lived though as Ott ran back the ensuing kickoff.

Cal extended its lead to 20-7 late in the first half. Three plays after Brett Johnson recovered Moore's fumble at the UCLA 11, Hunter scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Mendoza with 10 seconds remaining.

Bhaghani had a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Hunter caught a 13-yard pass in the left corner of the end zone to further the Golden Bears' advantage.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Golden Bears snapped a three-game losing streak to their in-state rival. The two teams have played every year since 1933, but with conference realignment it is anyone's guess when they might meet again.

UCLA: The Bruins finishing under .500 in the conference - in a season in which they did not face Oregon and Washington - and a slump in November for the second straight season have put Kelly on the hot seat.

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CalUCLA
Cal FG 5:25 Mateen Bhaghani 43 yard field goal 3 0
Cal FG 0:37 Mateen Bhaghani 36 yard field goal 6 0
Second Quarter CalUCLA
UCLA TD 5:43 Logan Loya 5 yard TD pass from Dante Moore (Blake Glessner Extra Point) 6 7
Cal TD 5:29 Jaydn Ott 100 yard kick return for TD (Mateen Bhaghani Extra Point) 13 7
Cal TD 0:10 Jeremiah Hunter 14 yard TD pass from Fernando Mendoza (Mateen Bhaghani Extra Point) 20 7
Fourth Quarter CalUCLA
Cal FG 14:56 Mateen Bhaghani 32 yard field goal 23 7
Cal TD 13:35 Jeremiah Hunter 13 yard TD pass from Fernando Mendoza (Mateen Bhaghani Extra Point) 30 7
Cal FG 3:42 Mateen Bhaghani 20 yard field goal 33 7
Team Stats
  California UCLA
First downs 17 22
  Rushing 6 5
  Passing 8 17
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-16, 38% 8-19, 42%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 3-6, 50%
Rushes-Yards 32-124 36-71
Passing Yards 178 309
Return Yards 110 101
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-30-2 30-47-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-3 6-34
Punts 3 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties - Yards 5-45 5-40
California Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
F. Mendoza 19 30 178 2 2
UCLA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Moore 23 38 266 1 2
E. Garbers 7 9 43 0 0
California Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ott 21 80 3.8 0
J. Williams-Thomas 10 47 4.7 0
F. Mendoza 1 -3 -3.0 0
UCLA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 12 53 4.4 0
T. Harden 10 47 4.7 0
E. Garbers 1 5 5.0 0
K. Jones 1 1 1.0 0
D. Moore 11 -34 -3.1 0
California Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hunter 8 101 12.6 2
J. Endries 3 37 12.3 0
M. Anderson 3 12 4.0 0
T. Grizzell 2 12 6.0 0
M. Young 1 9 9.0 0
T. Davis 1 6 6.0 0
J. Ott 1 1 1.0 0
UCLA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Loya 9 88 9.8 1
K. Ford 4 51 12.8 0
C. Steele 3 43 14.3 0
T. Harden 3 28 9.3 0
M. Matavao 2 24 12.0 0
R. Cragun 1 24 24.0 0
C. Ryan 2 19 9.5 0
J. Sturdivant 3 17 5.7 0
B. Pegan 1 7 7.0 0
J. Norwood 1 6 6.0 0
K. Jones 1 2 2.0 0
California Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Uluave 1 0
C. Woodson 1 0
UCLA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Latu 1 21
K. Ramsey 1 0
California Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Wilson 3 158 52.7
UCLA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
W. Powers 2 73 36.5
California Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UCLA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
California Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 1 10 10.0
J. Ott 1 100 100.0
UCLA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Yankoff 2 45 22.5
J. Vaughns 1 16 16.0
K. Jones 1 19 19.0
California Missed FG
Player Length
UCLA Missed FG
Player Length
B. Glessner 23




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