Nine Golden Bears scored 14 tries to beat UC Davis, 88-7, Saturday on Russell Field.
No. 8 Danny Barrett had a hat trick while flyhalf Paul Bosco, inside center Eakalafi Okusi and wing Anthony Lombardo scored braces for the Bears.
Fullback Jake Anderson converted 7-of-12 kicks and replacement flyhalf Brandon Kraft was 2-for-2.
"I've been trying to step up my game," said Lombardo, who did well not to take the ball into touch during his bursts down the sideline.
"We're trying to play with width, depth and quickness, and if I can keep the ball in play, all 15 of us can stay on attack."
California yielded a penalty try in the 37th minute after giving up a couple of penalties near its goal line. Aggies fullback Richard Galvin converted to account for the host's points.
The pitch was surprisingly firm after almost a week of steady rain, but the Bears, who arrived ready for swampy conditions, did not use better footing as any excuse to let off the gas.
Cal's next challenge lies north of the border in Vancouver, Canada, where Cal will face the University of British Columbia in the "World Cup" finale at noon on Sunday, March 25, in Thunderbird Stadium.
"We played well at times today," said Barrett. "Didn't want to give up that penalty try, but we didn't give in either. We're trying to build some momentum going into next weekend against a very tough UBC team."
The Rugby Bears hold a one-point advantage over UBC going into the decisive match of the time-honored, two-match, annual series.
The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Davis:
02:00 Eakalafi Okusi 5, Jake Anderson 2
05:00 Danny Barrett 5, Jake Anderson 2
12:00 Josh Tucker 5
21:00 Paul Bosco 5, Jake Anderson 2
25:00 Paul Bosco 5, Jake Anderson 2
31:00 Eakalafi Okusi 5, Jake Anderson 2
37:00 UC Davis 5, (Richard Galvin) 2
Halftime: California 40 UC Davis 7
43:00 Anthony Lombardo 5
48:00 Jake Anderson 5
54:00 Ahmed Chehade 5, Jake Anderson 2
59:00 Connor Ring 5
62:00 Danny Barrett 5
68:00 Grant Hyjer 5, Jake Anderson 2
73:00 Danny Barrett 5, Brandon Kraft 2
74:00 Anthony Lombardo 5, Brandon Kraft 2
Final Score: California 88, UC Davis 7
The Team vs. UC Davis:
15. Anderson, 14. Tucker (Milne @ 54:00), 13. Kelly ©, 12. Okusi, 11. Lombardo, 10. Bosco (Kraft @ 69:00), 9. Ring (Caravelli @ 71:00), 1. Deterding, 2. Wrobel (Hyjer @ 40:00), 3. Davenport (Klaas @ 60:00), 4. Coleman, 5. Daly, 6. De Nysschen (Chehade @ 40:00), 7. Bush, 8. Barrett (J. Fry @ 75:00)
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