March 23, 2013
Spring Football Central
BERKELEY - The Cal defense was a 28-24 winner over the offense in the 2013 Cal Football Spring Game played before a crowd of 5,831 at Memorial Stadium on a glorious Saturday afternoon. The final outcome came down to a 44-yard field goal attempt on the game's last play that Benjamin Calder sailed wide, giving the defense its final three points in a contest that was scored using a modified scoring system that awarded points to the defense.
The defense got off to an excellent start on the game's first play from scrimmage when Isaac Lapite picked up a Jeffrey Coprich fumble forced by Jalen Jefferson to give the defense the game's first four points.
The defense was awarded points for turnovers (4), missed field goals (3), sacks (2), fourth-down stops (2), three-and-outs (2) and tackles for loss (1).
Zach Kline would get the offense on the board on the same drive by engineering a seven-play, 75-yard march that he capped with a 19-yard scoring strike to Maximo Espitia. The other key play on the drive was a 48-yard connection from Kline to Maurice Harris. Vincenzo D'Amato converted the point after to put the offense ahead, 7-5.
The defense cut it to 7-6 on the next drive when David Wilkerson tackled Coprich for a five-yard loss.
On the following drive, former Cal running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks took a handoff on fourth-and-10 from the 22-yard line of the defense and went untouched into the end zone for an exhibition touchdown.
The only players to touch the All-Pro running back were members of the Cal offense that mobbed him in the end zone after his score.
"I felt pretty good out there knowing this was home," Lynch told Pac-12 Networks sideline reporter Mike Yam during a sideline interview after the score.
Lynch also offered his best wishes for first-year head coach Sonny Dykes and the Cal program.
"I hope his regime comes and they turn it back into what it was when I was here," Lynch said.
When action resumed again on the 22-yard line, Vincenzo D'Amato hit a 39-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 58-yard drive to give the offense a 10-6 advantage.
The defense would cut the margin to 10-9 on the next two possessions by forcing a three-and-out on the first of the two for a pair of points and picking up another when Nathan Broussard tackled Coprich for a loss of nine in the second prior to a 48-yard connection from Austin Hinder to James Grisom on the following play and Noah Beito made the point after to put the offense ahead, 17-9.
The defense cut the lead in half to 17-13 with four points on the next possession when Jalen Jefferson sacked Jared Goff for four yards to complete a three-and-out, with the defense being credited two points for each event.
The defense cut the margin to 17-15 by holding the offense to another three-and-out possession before the first quarter came to an end.
After playing with a normal clock in the first quarter and early in the second, the remainder of the contest was played with a running clock.
The last points for the offense came early in the second quarter when Goff connected with Drake Whitehurst on a six-yard touchdown pass to cap a nine-play, 65-yard drive. Matt Anderson followed with the PAT.
The defense would keep the offense from scoring the rest of the way and score 13 points of their own for the victory.
The first two of those points came in the second quarter when Jefferson and Dan Camporeale corralled Kline for an eight-yard sack to cut the advantage for the offense to 24-17 at the half.
At halftime it was determined that the team would only play one additional quarter in which the defense scored 11 points on Calder's final missed field goal, as well as a trio of three-and-outs, and a two-yard sack of Kline by Hardy Nickerson and Jordan Morgan
Each of the three Cal quarterbacks - Kline (7-14, 124 yards), Goff (7-15, 66 yards) and Hinder (5-9, 87 yards) - threw one for one touchdown each to Espitia, Whitehurst and Grisom, respectively.
Darius Powe led 10 different receivers with four catches for 47 yards, while Harris had a team-high 56 yards on two receptions.
Hodges had a game-high 59 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Hinder was the game's second-leading rusher with 37 yards on four carries.
Jalen Jefferson, Hardy Nickerson, David Wilkerson, Jordan Morgan and Avery Sebastian shared game-high honors with six tackles each. Jefferson also added a forced fumble, 1.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-7 yards), while Nickerson had 1.5 tackles for loss (-6 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-1 yard). Wilkerson had 1.0 tackle for loss (-4 yards) and Morgan 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and 0.5 sacks (-1 yard).
Other players that accounted for defensive points included Ted Agu (1.0 tackle for loss, -3 yards), Nathan Broussard (1.0 tackle for loss, -9 yards), Dan Camporeale (0.5 tackles for loss, -4 yards; 0.5 sacks, -4 yards) and Isaac Lapite (fumble recovery).
The spring game presented by Shaw Transportation Management was the culmination of a full day of action at Memorial Stadium.
Activities included the uniform and equipment surplus sale, a variety of giveaways, including team posters and eco-friendly reusable Cal shopping bags, a scavenger hunt for a chance to win airfare, hotel accommodations and game tickets for two to a 2013 Cal football road game, and a pregame Fun Zone and kids' activities on the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza with inflatable games, face painting, poster making, football drills simulation, uniform dress station, pictures with cut outs and more. Fans were also to celebrate Oski's birthday with the first 500 kids receiving Good Humor ice cream birthday bars courtesy of Unilever and Lynch signed autographs for fans prior to the contest.
On-field promotions during the game gave fans the opportunity to participate in a punt, pass and kick competition, punt returns, a quarterback challenge and a relay race.
Following the game, Golden Bear players and coaches were available on the field for a post-game autograph and meet-and-greet session.
Fans can visit the Spring Football Central on CalBears.com for a wide array of additional content on the team's spring practice sessions, including blog entries, videos, features and much more.
Cal will host seven games at Memorial Stadium in 2013 beginning with a three-game homestand to open the season against non-conference opponents Northwestern (Aug. 31), Portland State (Sept. 7) and Ohio State (Sept. 14).
Cal will also host Pac-12 games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9).
The Bears play on the road at Oregon (Sept. 28), UCLA (Oct. 12), Washington (Oct. 26), Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford (Nov. 23). Kickoff times and television selections for all 2013 Cal regular-season games will be announced at later dates.
For 2013 ticket information, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.
UNOFFICIAL GAME STATS
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD): Hodges 12-59, Hinder 4-37, Coprich 13-28, Goff 3-9, Kline 5-1, Bartolo 1-1
Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-INT-TD): Kline 7-14-124-0-1, Goff 7-15-66-0-1, Hinder 5-9-87-0-1
Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD): Powe 4-47, Espitia 3-34-1, Whitehurst 3-14-1, Harris 2-56, Treggs 2-14, Grisom 1-48-1, Worstell 1-37, S. Anderson 1-12, Coprich 1-11, Bouza 1-6
Punting (No-Yds-Avg): Leininger 3-113-37.7, Mos 2-92-46.0
Field Goals (Yardage-Made/Missed): D'Amato 39-Good, Calder 44-Missed
PAT (Made-Att): D'Amato 1-1, Beito 1-1, M. Anderson 1-1
Defense (Tackles; Big Plays): Jefferson 6 (1.5 TFL, -7; 1.5 SK, -7), Nickerson 6 (1.5 TFL, -6; 0.5 SK, -1), Wilkerson (6, 1.0 TFL, -4), Morgan 6 (0.5 TFL, -1; 0.5 SK, -1), Sebastian 6, Broussard 5 (1.0 TFL, -9), Lapite 4 (fumble recovery), Agu 3 (1.0 TFL, -3), Fadelli 3, Jalil 3, Camporeale 2 (0.5 TFL, -4; 0.5 SK, -4, 1 PBU, 1 QBH), Kaufusi 2, L. King 2, Lowe 2, Barton 1, Dozier 1, McClure 1, Northnagel 1, Okwudiafor 1