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Bears bust out in rout of No. 25 UCLA

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- California put together its most complete game of the season Saturday, and the result was a stunning 43-17 upset of No. 25 UCLA.

"It was much needed," Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford said. "It's been a tough few weeks. That's definitely going to give us a boost, but we've got a lot of football to play."

Cal (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) had lost three games in a row and hadn't beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season, but quarterback Zach Maynard accounted for a career-high five touchdowns and the Bears forced six turnovers to win their seventh straight over the Bruins in Berkeley before a Memorial Stadium crowd of 57,643.

"We've been through some adversity," Maynard said. "We had a huge week of practice. We just focused in. We prepared ourselves well to win this game."

Maynard completed 25 of 30 passes for 295 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for a touchdown.

UCLA was doomed by penalties and an inability to hold onto the ball. Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley threw four interceptions, and the Bruins also lost two fumbles.

"We did a lot of things tonight to hurt ourselves," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "Starts with the six turnovers. You know, when you go on the road in a hostile environment and you turn the ball over six times, it's going to be tough to win games."

Cal sophomore Kameron Jackson had three interceptions, the first three of his college career.

"The defense did a huge, incredible job," Maynard said. "I can't believe Kam got three picks."

Maynard's first pass of the game was intercepted by UCLA's Andrew Abbott, but he was on target after that. Bears tight end Richard Rodgers, who had been slowed by a foot injury, had career highs of seven catches for 129 yards, and receiver Keenan Allen caught eight passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

"It's just a great feeling to win," Rodgers said. "We definitely have to do a lot more winning throughout the season. We're not done yet."

UCLA turned Maynard's interception into an early 7-0 lead when Hundley connected with Cassius Marsh, a defensive end who was lined up on offense, for a 4-yard touchdown pass.

Cal scored the next 23 points. Vince D'Amato made a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter, and Maynard hit C.J. Anderson and Allen on second-quarter touchdown passes for a 16-7 halftime lead.

Both second-quarter scores were set up by Bruins turnovers. The first was a fumble when Hundley threw a lateral that Devin Fuller couldn't handle. Cal's Nick Forbes jumped on the ball.

UCLA's Steven Manfro muffed a punt that Cal's Jordan Rigsbee recovered to set up the final score of the first half.

The Bears scored on their first play of the third quarter. A 20-yard punt return by Allen put Cal at the UCLA 32-yard line. Maynard swung a screen pass that electric sophomore Brendan Bigelow turned into a touchdown and 23-7 lead.

The Bruins finally executed another scoring drive, moving 74 yards with Hundley throwing a 3-yard scoring pass to Joseph Fauria.

Cal answered with Maynard hitting Allen, his half-brother, for a 34-yard touchdown.

UCLA opened the fourth quarter with Ka'imi Fairbairn making a 29-yard field goal, but the Bruins' next three drives all ended on interceptions.

The Bears put the game away with a 1-yard touchdown run by Maynard and a 68-yard scoring run by Anderson, who had 151 yards on 21 carries.

NOTES: The renovated California Memorial Stadium was rededicated during a halftime ceremony to honor all Californians who lost their lives serving their country. The stadium was originally dedicated in 1923 to Californians who died in World War I. ... Marsh's touchdown was his first, and it came on his first career catch. He's the second Bruins defensive end with a touchdown catch this season, joining Datone Jones. ... Allen moved into third on Cal's all-time receiving list with 185 catches. He's 17 away from tying Geoff McArthur's school record.
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