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Bowers leads California past UNC 35-30 in Wilcox's debut

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Nothing felt foreign for Justin Wilcox in his first game as California's coach. The same was true for first-time starting quarterback Ross Bowers.

Neither seemed surprised by winning their debuts, either.

Bowers threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns, while Cal rallied from an early deficit during a game-changing sequence and beat North Carolina 35-30 in Saturday's opener.

''All due respect to North Carolina, we expected to win the game,'' said Wilcox, a defensive coordinator the past 11 seasons at Wisconsin, USC, Washington, Tennessee and Boise State.

Bowers, a sophomore, had never thrown a pass in a college game and had to win a preseason battle for the starting job. But he shook off two interceptions and came up with several good throws to help Cal win its first East Coast day game since 2012.

''I knew our game plan really well,'' Bowers said. ''I knew where we wanted to attack and who we wanted to attack. I just trusted all the training we've done this past fall camp and spring ball and offseason workouts and stuff like that.

''I think I was confident I wouldn't say I was nervous. But running out for the first time I was like, `Man, it's finally here, I finally get my opportunity.'''

As for North Carolina, this was a jarring way to start Larry Fedora's sixth season against a team picked to finish last in its Pac-12 division.

''The problems were we made too many mistakes,'' Fedora said. ''You cannot win games like that or any game like it when you make that many mistakes, and that was on both sides of the ball.''

THE TAKEAWAY

California: Cal figured to look different after the past four years of the prolific ''Bear Raid'' offense and porous defense. The offense still put up strong numbers on the strength of several huge gains, while the defense never let a young UNC offense build any sustained momentum. Hard to imagine Wilcox could've asked for much more in his debut.

''We did over 1,400 live plays during camp,'' said linebacker Devante Downs, who ended the first half with an interception, ''so we were ready for this.''

UNC: The Tar Heels entered with a lot of questions on offense, most notably with the departure of quarterback Mitch Trubisky as the No. 2 overall NFL draft pick. And this game showed that the Tar Heels are going to need a lot of work to look anything like the fast-paced and high-scoring unit of past years.

''Obviously it wasn't the start we wanted,'' UNC QB Brandon Harris said. ''It was a game I thought we should've won.''

GAME CHANGER

The Tar Heels were up 17-7 when a targeting penalty on UNC defensive tackle Jalen Dalton changed everything.

Dalton was first flagged for a roughing-the-passer penalty for hitting Bowers late on a third-down incompletion. That gave Cal a first down to extend the drive, and a subsequent review led to Dalton's ejection for targeting.

On the next play, Bowers found Vic Wharton III deep on the left side for a 67-yard score with 68 seconds left before halftime, starting a game-changing sequence helped Cal outscore UNC 28-7.

''I'm really glad he hit me high,'' Bowers said, ''because that gave us a lot momentum.''

REPLACING TRUBISKY

The Tar Heels started Harris, an LSU graduate transfer, but he threw two interceptions and missed a wide-open Anthony Ratliff-Williams for a sure first-half touchdown. Eventually, redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt took on more work, throwing for 161 yards and a touchdown to go with a rushing score on the game's final play.

DEFENSIVE MISTAKES

UNC's defense returned its top three tacklers from last year and had more experience, but surrendered two scores of at least 50 yards in this one.

UP NEXT

California: Cal hosts Weber State in its home opener next weekend.

UNC: Things only get tougher. The Tar Heels host No. 16 Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson next weekend.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown 0:01
12-C.Surratt runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
14
plays
84
yds
01:55
pos
35
30
Point After TD 1:56
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
24
Touchdown 1:56
23-V.Enwere runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
17
yds
05:16
pos
34
24
Point After TD 12:58
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
24
Touchdown 12:58
3-R.Bowers complete to 2-J.Duncan. 2-J.Duncan runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
-8
yds
02:02
pos
27
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:02
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
24
Touchdown 2:02
12-C.Surratt complete to 48-T.Jackson. 48-T.Jackson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
-54
yds
00:10
pos
21
23
Point After TD 4:23
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
17
Touchdown 4:23
3-R.Bowers complete to 28-P.Laird. 28-P.Laird runs 54 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
14
yds
01:13
pos
20
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:08
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 1:08
3-R.Bowers complete to 17-V.Wharton. 17-V.Wharton runs 67 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
42
yds
01:33
pos
13
17
Point After TD 2:46
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 2:46
8-M.Carter runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
-5
yds
03:54
pos
7
16
Field Goal 8:26
98-F.Jones 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
7
yds
02:49
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:33
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:33
8-M.Carter runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
25
yds
01:24
pos
7
6
Point After TD 4:57
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 4:57
3-R.Bowers complete to 15-J.Veasy. 15-J.Veasy runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
27
yds
01:53
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 30
Rushing 6 10
Passing 13 16
Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Conv 8-18 7-16
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-2
Total Net Yards 468 436
Total Plays 73 89
Avg Gain 6.4 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 106 219
Rush Attempts 35 45
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 4.9
Net Yards Passing 362 217
Comp. - Att. 24-38 25-44
Yards Per Pass 9.5 4.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-1 2-4
Penalties - Yards 14-96 12-58
Touchdowns 5 4
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 4 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 5-44.2 4-41.5
Return Yards 78 158
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-17
Kickoffs - Returns 3-50 3-68
Int. - Returns 2-28 2-73
Kicking 5/6 4/5
Extra Points 5/5 3/3
Field Goals 0/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
California 1-0 7771435
North Carolina 0-1 7107630
362 PASS YDS 217
106 RUSH YDS 219
468 TOTAL YDS 436
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Bowers 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 363 4 2 167.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 363 4 2 167.6
R. Bowers 24/38 363 4 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Watson 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 52 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 52 0
T. Watson 11 52 0 12
V. Enwere 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 41 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 41 1
V. Enwere 17 41 1 8
P. Laird 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
P. Laird 3 9 0 7
R. Bowers 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
R. Bowers 4 4 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
V. Wharton III 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 156 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 156 1
V. Wharton III 5 156 1 67
P. Laird 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 59 1
P. Laird 2 59 1 54
J. Veasy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 35 1
J. Veasy 4 35 1 10
T. Watson 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 32 0
T. Watson 4 32 0 21
K. Noa 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 28 0
K. Noa 2 28 0 14
J. Duncan 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 20 1
J. Duncan 1 20 1 20
M. McMorris 99 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 18 0
M. McMorris 1 18 0 18
D. Robertson 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 12 0
D. Robertson 3 12 0 11
B. Singleton 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
B. Singleton 1 3 0 3
V. Enwere 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
V. Enwere 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Downs 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 1 0.0
D. Downs 11-2 0.0 1
Q. Tartabull 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
Q. Tartabull 6-2 0.0 0
R. Davison 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
R. Davison 5-1 0.0 0
C. Saffle 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.5
C. Saffle 5-1 0.5 0
E. Weaver 89 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
E. Weaver 5-0 0.0 0
M. Franklin Jr. 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
M. Franklin Jr. 5-0 0.0 0
G. Brown 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
G. Brown 4-3 0.0 0
C. Bynum 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.5
C. Bynum 4-3 0.5 0
C. Goode 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
C. Goode 3-4 0.0 0
A. Funches 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Funches 3-1 0.0 0
L. Bequette 93 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
L. Bequette 2-3 0.5 0
T. Mekari 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Mekari 2-0 0.0 0
J. Looney 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
J. Looney 2-2 0.5 0
T. Paul 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Paul 2-0 0.0 0
Ja. Hawkins 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
Ja. Hawkins 1-1 0.0 0
D. Allensworth 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Allensworth 1-0 0.0 0
T. Beck 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Beck 1-0 0.0 0
E. Hicks 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Hicks 1-0 0.0 0
D. Brown 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
D. Brown 0-1 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Anderson 9 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
0/1 5/5
M. Anderson 0/1 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Klumph 42 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 46.3 0
D. Klumph 4 46.3 0 57
S. Coutts 37 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 36.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 36.0 1
S. Coutts 1 36.0 1 36
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Davis 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 20 0
A. Davis 2 16.5 20 0
T. Beck 22 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
T. Beck 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Surratt 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 161 1 0 124.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 161 1 0 124.4
C. Surratt 18/28 161 1 0
B. Harris 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.8% 60 0 2 50.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.8% 60 0 2 50.3
B. Harris 7/16 60 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Carter 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 94 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 94 2
M. Carter 11 94 2 47
C. Surratt 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 66 1
C. Surratt 16 66 1 11
J. Brown 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 54 0
J. Brown 13 54 0 11
B. Harris 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 5 0
B. Harris 5 5 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Proehl 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 55 0
A. Proehl 4 55 0 22
J. Brown 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 53 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 53 0
J. Brown 9 53 0 15
J. Cunningham 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 39 0
J. Cunningham 4 39 0 14
R. Johnson 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 25 0
R. Johnson 2 25 0 21
B. Fritts 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
B. Fritts 2 17 0 10
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
A. Ratliff-Williams 1 15 0 15
C. Tucker 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
C. Tucker 2 13 0 9
T. Jackson 48 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 1
T. Jackson 1 4 1 4
M. Carter 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Carter 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Rene 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
P. Rene 7-1 0.0 0
A. Smith 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 1 0.0
A. Smith 6-4 0.0 1
D. Miles 15 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
D. Miles 6-2 0.0 1
M. Carney 53 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
M. Carney 4-1 1.0 0
A. Crawford 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Crawford 4-2 0.0 0
C. Holcomb 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
C. Holcomb 4-4 0.0 0
J. Strowbridge 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Strowbridge 3-0 0.0 0
J. Clarke 49 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Clarke 3-0 0.0 0
C. Collins 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
C. Collins 3-2 0.0 0
M. Dorn 1 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Dorn 3-0 0.0 0
M. Stewart 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Stewart 3-0 0.0 0
C. Bell Jr. 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Bell Jr. 2-1 0.0 0
T. Fox 12 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Fox 1-0 0.0 0
D. Drennon 17 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Drennon 1-1 0.0 0
J. Dalton 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Dalton 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
F. Jones 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
1/2 3/3
F. Jones 1/2 39 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Sheldon 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 1
T. Sheldon 4 41.5 1 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 25 0
A. Ratliff-Williams 2 22.5 25 0
M. Stewart 6 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
M. Stewart 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Proehl 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
A. Proehl 1 17.0 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 CAL 30 1:26 6 19 Punt
9:54 CAL 31 1:06 3 3 Punt
6:50 CAL 15 1:53 8 85 TD
3:28 CAL 27 1:23 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UNC 45 3:39 9 12 FG Miss
8:18 CAL 14 1:29 6 38 INT
2:41 CAL 20 1:33 6 80 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAL 25 1:10 3 6 Punt
10:30 CAL 19 1:55 3 7 Punt
5:36 CAL 28 1:13 6 14 TD
3:40 UNC 27 1:15 3 23 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAL 50 2:02 7 -8 TD
7:12 CAL 30 5:16 13 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 UNC 25 1:48 3 1 Punt
11:25 UNC 15 1:25 4 15 Punt
8:40 UNC 26 1:42 5 19 Punt
4:57 UNC 25 1:24 7 75 TD
2:01 UNC 24 0:52 3 9
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:15 UNC 28 2:49 14 7 FG
6:40 CAL 48 3:54 12 48 TD
1:02 UNC 24 0:51 6 33 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 UNC 22 2:58 6 14 Punt
8:23 UNC 34 2:42 10 38 FG Miss
4:17 UNC 21 0:32 2 52 INT
2:12 CAL 4 0:10 3 -54 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 UNC 25 5:41 14 45
1:56 UNC 25 1:55 14 75 End of game