GAMEDAY College Football

Texas Christian 34, California 32

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas - 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 to remain undefeated against Pac-12 teams under coach Gary Patterson.

Johnston put the Horned Frogs (2-0) ahead to stay with the 45-yard TD catch with 9:53 left, when he twisted around one defender who fell down near the 30 and then shed the attempted tackle by another inside the 10. Johnston finished with five catches for 95 yards.

"I think I speak for the whole team when I say this ... we were very excited when he caught it," said running back Zach Evans.

"I try to make that my main threat, getting yards after catch, just a lot of people think I'm 6-4, just a tall lanky receiver, getting the ball and go straight down," Johnston said. "But I try to prove that I can do more than that."

Evans ran for 183 yards on 22 carries, with a 51-yard TD just before halftime for the Horned Frogs (2-0). Duggan completed 17 of 31 passes for 234 yards and added 71 yards rushing on 19 carries with a 9-yard keeper for a TD with 5:47 left for a 34-26 lead.

Chase Garbers threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns for Cal (0-2). He had 235 yards passing in the first half, with 199 of that coming on only four plays (49, 54, 28 and 68 yards).

After starting 0-3 in their pandemic-shorted 1-3 season last year, the Bears have 0-2 starts in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1994 and 1995.

"Ultimately as a defense, we didn't play well enough to win," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. "We're a few plays away from playing pretty good football."

Cal led 19-7 after Garbers threw a 7-yard TD to Nikko Remigio. That was a play after a 68-yard catch by Trevon Clark, whose only other catch was a 54-yard TD.

"Unfortunately we didn't get the win, but feel like we made a lot of strides as a team," Garbers said.

Evans scored for the Frogs with 11 seconds before halftime, and they opened the second half with a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Johnston's 18-yard catch that gave them their first lead at 21-19.

"For us, not playing a bowl game (last season), we knew this game was a big game to find a way to win," Patterson said. "It wasn't pretty, especially on defense. We know we'll play better. I think it's a big deal."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CalTCU
Cal TD 5:01 Trevon Clark 54 yd pass from Chase Garbers (failed 2pt pass) 6 0
Second Quarter CalTCU
Cal TD 10:02 Daniel Scott 8 yd interception return (failed 2pt pass) 12 0
TCU TD 6:01 Blair Conwright 30 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 12 7
Cal TD 5:09 Nikko Remigio 7 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Dario Longhetto kick) 19 7
TCU TD 0:11 Zach Evans 51 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 19 14
Third Quarter CalTCU
TCU TD 8:43 Quentin Johnston 18 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 19 21
Fourth Quarter CalTCU
Cal TD 11:37 Damien Moore 12 yd run (Dario Longhetto kick) 26 21
TCU TD 9:53 Quentin Johnston 45 yd pass from Max Duggan (failed 2pt pass) 26 27
TCU TD 5:47 Max Duggan 9 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 26 34
Cal TD 4:09 Damien Moore 1 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 32 34
Team Stats
  California TCU
First downs 16 31
  Rushing 6 16
  Passing 8 11
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 10-18, 56%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 27-133 50-271
Passing Yards 309 234
Return Yards 23 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-27-0 17-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--12 3--32
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 43.7 50.4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-74 6-59
Time of Possession 23:37 36:23
California Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Garbers 16 27 309 2 0
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 17 31 234 3 1
California Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Moore 14 71 5.1 2
C. Garbers 7 43 6.1 0
N. Remigio 2 18 9.0 0
C. Brooks 2 1 0.5 0
D. Brooks 1 1 1.0 0
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Evans 22 190 8.6 1
M. Duggan 19 71 3.7 1
K. Miller 4 18 4.5 0
J. Spielman 2 5 2.5 0
D. Davis 1 0 0.0 0
California Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Clark 2 122 61.0 1
J. Tonges 3 56 18.7 0
K. Crawford 1 49 49.0 0
J. Hunter 2 48 24.0 0
N. Remigio 3 16 5.3 1
D. Brooks 1 7 7.0 0
C. Moore 2 4 2.0 0
M. Dancy 1 4 4.0 0
C. Brooks 1 3 3.0 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Johnston 5 95 19.0 2
B. Conwright 3 52 17.3 1
D. Davis 3 29 9.7 0
Z. Evans 1 14 14.0 0
T. Barber 1 13 13.0 0
Q. Brown 1 9 9.0 0
J. Spielman 1 9 9.0 0
G. Spivey 1 7 7.0 0
K. Miller 1 6 6.0 0
California Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Scott 1 8
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
California Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sheahan 6 262 43.7
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 5 252 50.4
California Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 1 8 8.0
California Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Remigio 1 15 15.0
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Spielman 2 35 17.5
California Missed FG
Player Length
TCU Missed FG
Player Length
G. Kell 39




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