Oct 30, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Ethan Garbers (4) drops back to pass the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA names Ethan Garbers starting QB

UCLA coach Chip Kelly named redshirt junior Ethan Garbers as the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Coastal Carolina.

Garbers got the nod over 5-star freshman Dante Moore and Kent State transfer Collin Schlee. However, Kelly said both Moore and Schlee will see action.

“All three of them deserve to play,” Kelly said Monday. “They’ve all played outstanding. It’s been a really good battle with those guys. Healthy competition and they all have earned the playing time.”

The Bruins are looking to replace longtime starter Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a fifth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Garbers transferred to UCLA from Washington in January 2021. He saw action in six games last season, including the Sun Bowl loss to Pitt after Thompson-Robinson was injured.

Garbers has 599 yards passing with four TDs and four INTs in 12 games (one start) at QB for UCLA.

Moore flipped his commitment from Oregon to UCLA in December. Moore was ranked No. 3 overall in the Class of 2023 by ESPN.

UCLA’s Pac-12 slate begins Sept. 23 at No. 14 Utah.

–Field Level Media

Jul 27, 2021; Hollywood, CA, USA; California Bears head coach Justin Wilcox speaks with the media during the Pac-12 football Media Day at the W Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Garbers helps Cal down Sacramento State

Chase Garbers passed for two scores and ran for another on Saturday afternoon, guiding California to its first football win of the season with a 42-30 victory over Sacramento State in a nonconference game at Berkeley, Calif.

Damien Moore rushed for two touchdowns, Jeremiah Hunter and Trevon Clark hauled in scoring passes, and Nikko Remigio returned the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for the Golden Bears (1-2), who had opened the season with losses to Nevada and Texas Christian.

Jake Dunniway threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns and his backup, Asher O’Hara, ran for a pair of scores for the Hornets (1-2), an FCS team that lost its second straight.

Cal never trailed in the game, with Moore scoring twice from 4 yards out in the first quarter and Garber hitting Hunter for 45 yards in the second period to account for a 21-6 halftime advantage.

Remigio’s return immediately following the halftime break broke open the contest, which matched teams located 90 miles apart in Northern California.

Sacramento State didn’t go down without a fight, twice rallying within two scores in the third quarter on O’Hara’s second rushing touchdown, a 2-yarder, and a 34-yard pass from Dunniway to Marshel Martin.

Ahead just 35-20 after three quarters, Cal finally gave its home fans a comfort zone when Garbers ran 16 yards for the Golden Bears’ final touchdown with 12:50 to go.

Garbers went 22-of-34 passing for 288 yards with one interception, and also rushed four times for 68 yards.

Moore was Cal’s leading rusher with 87 yards on 12 carries, while Hunter was the top receiver with five catches for 78 yards.

Dunniway completed 25 of 43 passes with one interception, with eight of his completions and one of his scoring passes going to Pierre Williams, who totaled 121 receiving yards. O’Hara led Sacramento State rushers with 49 yards on 12 runs.

In a game that featured 1,001 yards of total offense, Cal outgained the visitors 534-467.

–Field Level Media