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The California Golden Bears have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. They will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. California have to know they’ll be fighting an uphill battle given the 11-point spread they are up against.
The Golden Bears didn’t have too much breathing room in their matchup with the UNLV Rebels last week, but they still walked away with a 20-14 victory. The team accrued 17 points in the first half and coasted on those for the win. Among those leading the charge for California was RB Jaydn Ott, who punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to snatching one receiving TD.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame was within a late touchdown of stealing the victory, but they took the “L” against the Marshall Thundering Herd 26-21. Notre Dame’s loss came about despite a quality game from TE Michael Mayer, who caught eight passes for one TD and 103 yards. Mayer’s performance made up for a slower game against the Ohio State Buckeyes two weeks ago.
California’s victory lifted them to 2-0 while Notre Dame’s defeat dropped them down to 0-2. We’ll see if California can repeat their recent success or if Notre Dame bounces back and reverse their fortune.
“It’s hard to win football games.” – Marcus Freeman
Notre Dame 24
The Marcus Freeman has its first victory.
Irish WIN ☘️ pic.twitter.com/oxGAbRzjYN
And Notre Dame’s first forced turnover of the season – a Clarence Lewis interception – will seal it … if this isn’t targeting
It’s a battle in South Bend.#GoBears pic.twitter.com/jPThgFR5Zi
Captain 💪 pic.twitter.com/P57jtgWdfI
Notre Dame’s pass rush has had a day, Isaiah Foskey’s fourth down sack ends Cal’s drive to tie it. Notre Dame takes over with 6:30 remaining.
Nice series by Drew Pyne, taking what the defense made available. Which should never, ever, ever be Michael Mayer. But whatever.
Notre Dame 24
2️⃣ sacks on the day for @JacobLacey6 #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/67PONaQIKW
Lacey again!@JacobLacey6#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/LWwhdcXR1W
Credit to Notre Dame’s defensive line today. Pressures all over the place. Jacob Lacey with his second sack of the day.
All tied at 17@blakegrupe #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/OmzAvXaiPa
Blake Grupe connects from 47 yards to pull Notre Dame even with Cal at 17-17. Irish are going to have to try to win playing small ball as things stands now.
One quarter to go. #GoBears pic.twitter.com/lh61HPxlAC
After three pic.twitter.com/jaVFeGk6vd
End of the third quarter:
Q3 4:48 | Cal 17, Notre Dame 14#GoBears pic.twitter.com/a896G9R5vq
Notre Dame’s defense has now faced 185 opponent plays this season without forcing a turnover.
Touchdown stands and Cal takes a 17-14 lead with 4:48 remaining the third quarter.
Jack Plummer’s quarterback sneak gets Cal into the end zone, unless this review says otherwise.
Showing the Golden Bear love in Irish country. 🐻#GoBears x #CalFamily pic.twitter.com/IZYzih0unl
Isaiah Foskey down injured after the play, but gets up and walks off without assistance from trainers.
Irish take the lead on the @AudricEstime TD#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/lF5bTjZ2ie
Touchdown Irish@AudricEstime #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/UP8PplPnuc
Touchdown, Audric Estime.
Notre Dame 14
Irish offensive line felt like it was getting some consistent push on that possession. Notre Dame needs that position group to click into gear in the worst way.
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