BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Chase Garbers had two touchdowns and broke the school record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, leading California to Colorado 26-3 on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (2-5, 1-3 Pac-12) made several big plays offensively to accompany a solid afternoon of their defense and special teams while ending a three-game losing streak.
Garbers completed 22 of 29 passes for 225 yards, but did the most damage on the ground, rushing for 96 yards on 10 carries. It also saw Garbers pass Joe Kapp as Cal’s all-time quarterback leader with 1,025 yards. Kapp raced for 931 from 1956 to 1958.
Dario Longhetto scored four career best goals, including one from 50 yards at the end of the time limit in the first half.
The Bears defense added six sacks and kept the Buffaloes 104 yards off.
Colorado (2-5, 1-3) failed to enter the end zone and was limited to a 33-yard field goal by Cole Becker.
The Bears, who had their worst start since coach Justin Wilcox took over in 2017, scored on their first five possessions and led 23-3 at halftime.
Garbers had two touchdown shots in the first half, including a neat 24-yard lob to first-year tight end Keleki Latu on tight cover from Colorado linebacker Quinn Perry.
Cal increased his lead to 17 when Garbers executed a false play and connected with Gavin Reinwald wide open for 31 yards.
Colorado never did anything.
Buffaloes quarterback Brendon Lewis was limited to 69 passing yards as the running game only managed 35 yards.
Take it away
Colorado: A week after eliminating Arizona, the Buffaloes gave hope, they fell dramatically. Colorado couldn’t do anything offensively and made Garbers far too comfortable defensively. With Oregon’s No.10 on the side, coming out of the hole will become much more difficult for coach Karl Dorrell’s team.
California: The Bears finally looked what many expected of them as they earned their first victory this season against an FBS school. Garbers showed great poise and decision making as Cal’s defense stifled almost everything Colorado tried.
Colorado: faces No.10 from Oregon on October 30.
California: Plays in Oregon on October 30 at Memorial Stadium.
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