New-Look Bears Down Purdue, 45-21 After back-to-back national championship-winning QB Boehm went 1st overall in the NFL draft, many wondered what the new Bears offense would look like coming into 2016. Many skill players from those teams left to go to the NFL, so Coach Natrix's recruits would finally be contributing in a significant manner. However, there was still one QB left on the roster that wasn't recruited by Natrix - Zach Kline. Would he live up to the amazing QB legacy at Cal? The season opener against Purdue, owners of the "Cradle of Quarterbacks" tradition, would serve to answer many of these questions. The Boilermakers won the toss and elected to defer, so the Bears' offense took the field to begin the game after the kickoff. QB Kline connected with WR Davis for a 13 yard completion for his first pass as the starter. The Purdue defense stiffened up, though, forcing a 3rd and 6 from the Bears' 30 yard line. California showed that their knack for the big play was still with the team when Kline hit a wide open WR Treggs on a 5 yard out, leaving him in a footrace to the endzone with CB Brown. Treggs showed off his world class speed by accelerating right past Brown for a 64 yard TD reception. The Boilers' offense responded with a physical running drive, but were stopped on 3rd and short just into California territory, forcing a punt. Kline and the Bears moved down the field again, but a clutch red zone interception stalled the drive. The rejuvenated Purdue offense took 2 plays to go 80 yards for a score, ending with a 35 yard scamper by HB Knauf. California's offense came back onto the field and kept moving the ball, ending the 1st. 7-7 Tie. Aided by a facemask penalty, the Bears were able to finish their drive with a 12 yard TD strike to Treggs on 3rd down. The Boilers came back with a lengthy drive of their own, but MLB Davis stepped in front of an out on the Cal 20 to swing the momentum. The Bears would take the rest of the clock away on their final drive of the half, but a stout red zone defense by Purdue forced a short field goal. 17-7 Cal. Purdue came out swinging in the 2nd half with a 7 play, 66 yard TD drive ending with a TD plunge by FB Gibson. Kline and the Bears met the challenge when QB Kline dropped a perfect pass in to WR Davis on a 46 yard flag pattern. QB Appleby didn't back down, connecting on the 4 first pass plays of the next Boilermaker drive before handing it off to HB Knauf, who busted through the middle of the Cal defense for a 20 yard dive. The Bears' running game took over for the next drive, contributing 3 rushes of 13, 7, and 11 to help the Bears down the field. HB Wallace punched the ball in from the 2 yard line as time expired. 31-21 Cal. The Boilermakers had played mistake-free ball through 3 quarters for the most part, but sensing the time winding down, they were forced to take more risks. QB Appleby paid dearly for one of these risks when he attempted to hit WR Raymond down the right sideline. SS Lewis readjusted his coverage at the last second, stepping in front of WR Raymond for a late game INT. Kline smelled the blood in the water, and the Bears passing game got new life. After threading the needle on the right sideline to WR Treggs for 26 yards, Kline hit a sprinting WR Davis in the uncovered intermediate middle. FS Donald Cook didn't have the legs to keep up, as Davis ran untouched into the endzone to make it a 3 score game. The Boilermakers went full pass after that, moving down the field successfully, but CB Clark stepped in front of another out on the Cal 10 yard line and took it back to the house, ending any hopes of a comeback. SS Lewis added another INT of a desperation pass, and Kline kneeled away the rest of the clock. 45-21 Cal. QB Kline - 16/22, 401 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT HB Wallace - 18 att, 108 yards, 1 TD WR Treggs - 5 rec, 145 yards, 2 TDs WR Davis - 3 rec, 103 yards, 2 TDs QB Appleby - 12/16, 182 yards, 3 INTs HB Knauf - 14 att, 108 yards, 2 TDs WR Raymond - 4 rec, 102 yards GG -Cougars-, I really enjoyed playing that one (as much as I hate getting run on).