Chase Garbers threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns, Nikko Remiglio returned the second-half kickoff for a score and California beat Sacramento State 42-30 Saturday for its first win of the season. The Golden Bears (1-2) had lost their first two games of the season to Nevada and TCU in tight contests but had an easier time against the FCS-level Hornets (1-2) to avoid their first 0-3 start in a full season since 2001. Cal also lost its first three games in last year's pandemic-abbreviated four-game slate.
"You will live in this thing."
Trailing 37-33 with 36 seconds left, SMU needed a miracle to leave Ruston with a victory.