Pac-12; The Cal Bears sizzle and then shower in losses to the Nevada Wolfpack

BERKELEY – Cal made it look easy in the first quarter of the season opener Saturday night.

The rest of the night was a different story as the Bears lost 22-17 to Nevada ahead of 35,117 at Memorial Stadium, their first home game with fans in 658 days.

The Bears led 14-0 after a first quarter in which they ran 24 games to 3 for Nevada and surpassed the Wolf Pack 135 yards to 6.

But Cal just managed a field goal the rest of the night, and twice in the fourth quarter wasted chances that could have helped change the result.

The Bears had a first down on the Nevada 11-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but settled for a 24-yard Dario Longhetto field goal.

An interception by Cal safety Miles Williams at the Nevada 1-yard line set up a march that gave the Bears a first drop at Wolf Pack 13. But Chase Garbers was fired at the third down and Longhetto missed a 40-yard field goal by 7: 11 to play.

On Cal’s next possession, Garber threw deep to sophemore Jeremiah Hunter, but was picked by Isaiah Essissima in midfield.

Garbers finished 25 for 38 for 177 yards, while Damien Moore rushed 15 times for 79 yards.

Carson Strong, a native of Vacaville who is considered a potential NFL rounder in the first round, was 22 for 39 for 312 yards with two TDs as Nevada beat Cal for the third time since 2019.

It all looked so promising early on for Cal, hoping to set last year’s 1-3 record in hindsight. Moore scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 15-play, 63-yard drive that opened the game. After forcing a three-out-out to Nevada, the Bears went 72 yards on nine games, with the Garbers firing a quick 2-yard touchdown pass to Nikko Remigio with 3 seconds left of the quarter.

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