No. 20 Cal routs Georgia to advance to CBE Classic championship


No. 20 Cal routs Georgia to advance to CBE Classic championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Harper Kamp was perfect from the field and finished with 16 points, Jorge Gutierrez added 14 and No. 20 California cruised into the CBE Classic championship game with a 70-46 rout of overmatched Georgia on Monday night.The Golden Bears (4-0), who have matched their best start under coach Mike Montgomery, will face No. 21 Missouri in a matchup of stellar backcourts in the title game Tuesday night.Missouri beat Notre Dame 87-58 in the other semifinal.Justin Cobbs added 10 points off the bench for California, which still hasn't been tested this season. The Golden Bears led UC Irvine, George Washington and Austin Peay by at least 20 early on, and built their lead to that much against Georgia with 13:11 left in the second half.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10 to lead the Bulldogs (3-1), but he shot just 4 of 13 from the field and the team wound up shooting 33 percent - including 4 of 19 from beyond the 3-point line.Gerald Robinson and Nemanja Djurisic each added nine points for Georgia.The Bulldogs actually led 25-22 with about 5 minutes left in the first half when Caldwell-Pope scored on a dunk in transition and Djurisic was credited with a basket after goaltending.Brandon Smith's only points of the first 20 minutes stopped the Bulldogs' brief flurry and began California's half-ending 14-0 run. Allen Crabbe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer, Kamp converted a three-point play and Gutierrez added another short basket.By the time Cobbs scored just before the buzzer, California had extended its lead to 36-25.Georgia was still within 39-29 with 17:53 left in the game after Donte Williams scored the second of his back-to-back baskets, but Kamp scored the next five points - three of them from the foul line - to start a run of 14 unanswered by the Golden Bears that put the game away.Cobbs added a highlight-reel three-point play during the spurt, and Gutierrez's basket with 11:16 left in the game gave California a 53-29 lead and forced Georgia coach Mark Fox to call timeout.The Bulldogs, who hit just two of their first 13 shots in the second half, never threatened the rest of the way, starting off a tough seven-game stretch with a thud.Georgia will face Notre Dame in the third-place game Tuesday night, and then travel to Xavier and Colorado before returning home for games against Cincinnati and Georgia Tech - all before Dec. 7.It's a schedule that should give Fox's young team, which returns just three players who have started a game in college, a chance to grow up before the SEC schedule opens Jan. 7 against Alabama.

Cal's Dykes calls out Pac-12 schedule makers after loss to USC


Cal's Dykes calls out Pac-12 schedule makers after loss to USC

The Pac-12 schedule makers started the final nail in Cal’s Week 9 coffin. USC’s offense proceeded to drive it all the home.

Behind a career night for both Ronald Jones and Sam Darnold, the Trojans jumped out to a 28-10 halftime and ultimately cruised to a 45-24 win. Both Jones and Darnold set career highs on the night, the former with 223 yards rushing and the latter five touchdown passes.

Those two players were part of an offense that rolled up a season-high 629 yards of offense.  It was the schedule, though, that saw a significant amount of the focus on the game, especially in the days leading up to it and the immediate aftermath.

Cal’s last game was Friday, Oct. 21.  USC’s last game?  Oct. 15, meaning the Bears, on five days rest, were facing a team coming off a bye, and facing them on the road no less.

“It’s one of those deals where you go, ‘How in the world could this ever happen? How could somebody let this happen?'” head coach Sonny Dykes said in the middle of the week. “It has been a disaster, it’s been a mess. … It’s incredibly hard on our kids.”


“We looked like a tired, beat-up football team. I think it’s a travesty whoever scheduled this game. I hope the Pac-12 doesn’t do that again to any other school. It’s not right for the kids.

“Everybody talks about student-athlete welfare, but they need to put their money where their mouth is.”


Efforts of Darnold, Jones lead USC over Cal


Efforts of Darnold, Jones lead USC over Cal


LOS ANGELES -- Sam Darnold threw five touchdowns passes, Ronald Jones rushed for a career-high 223 yards and Southern California downed California 45-24 on Thursday night.

Darnold threw for 231 yards, with Darreus Rogers making six catches for a career-high 97 yards, as the Trojans rolled up a season-high 629 yards of total offense. Aca'Cedric Ware contributed a career-high 130 yards rushing to USC's total of 398.

USC (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) scored on three of its first four possessions, with Darnold finding Rogers, Jones and Deontay Burnettfor touchdowns. Rogers added a second touchdown catch with 28 seconds left, but two fumbles by Darnold allowed Cal (4-4, 2-3) to maintain a modicum of hope despite allowing 451 yards on 46 plays in the first half.

Webb threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, throwing a ball up for grabs that was intercepted by safety Marvell Tell in the first quarter. Webb also rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter that cut USC's lead to 28-17 before Jones had a 37-yard touchdown run and Daniel Imatorbhebhe caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Darnold.

Jones had 149 yards on eight first-half carries, as the sophomore broke out of a funk with starter Justin Davis (ankle) not in uniform.


Cal: The Bears have now lost 13 in a row to the Trojans since handing Pete Carroll's 2003 national championship team its only loss in triple overtime that season. Cal was always going to have trouble defending Darnold and USC's plethora of skill players, and that task was even tougher with a short week to prepare and mounting injuries. But with three home games left, Cal has a good chance at becoming bowl eligible if it can maintain its strong play in Strawberry Canyon.

USC: The Trojans are white-hot, with Darnold leading the way. The freshman quarterback has now thrown 16 touchdown passes in leading USC to four consecutive wins, playing with a fearlessness and fire that the team was missing at the start of the season, though his ball security must improve. The Trojans are more than capable of turning the conference race upside down when they travel to No. 4 Washington on Nov. 12.


Cal: The Bears host the Huskies on Nov. 5, a potential trap game for Washington.

USC: The Trojans host faltering Oregon on Nov. 5, seeking their first five-game winning streak since 2013.