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The PAC Conference continued play this weekend with a pair of games. California dismantled Utah 92-12 while Arizona dispatched newcomers USC 44-29.
Cal put on a clinic in the first half against Utah, scoring 12 tries and getting out to a 68-7 halftime lead. Sophomore Jake Lockyear scored five first half tries and freshman scrumhalf Keanu Andrade added three more, two of which came in the second half.
"We played a really accurate first 40 minutes, when we looked after the ball and demonstrated some solid skills,” said Cal coach Jack Clark.
Along with Andrade’s two tries in the second half, the Bears added two others. In total, eight Cal players found the try zone. While Lockyear and Andrade may have piled up the stats, Cal maintained an extremely balanced attack.
“It was all the others creating space for me," Lockyear said of his banner day. "Keanu did a great job to control the forwards, working some passes and scoring some tries. I think we all went through our systems really well."
Utah has suffered a few ups and downs this year but will take away a lot of things from this game.
“Hard lessons offered today by the top program in the land. Six first year players started for us and were a bit out of their depth. We were outclassed in nearly every possible way today,” said Utah coach Jon Law.
The other conference matchup saw Arizona defeat USC. Southern California and Stanford are new to the PAC Conference and are considered at large teams this year. As a result, the games these two teams play in conference will not count towards the season standings.
Arizona ran out its second side against the recently reinstated Trojans. USC is still developing, but gave the Wildcats a tough game.
“It was good for our guys. Our second side guys are trying to get into the first side and so it is always good to play a Pac Conference rival. This is the first game Arizona has had against USC in a long time. The hope is that we bring in the all the PAC 12 schools. Adding USC and Stanford is a good sign for the conference,” said Arizona coach Sean Duffy.
After losing to Cal last week, Arizona bounced back not only with the win against USC but with a win over Utah Valley. The Wildcats first side took care of business with a 45-10 win over the Utah school.
“It was a good game. We moved some guys in the starting lineup to look at some other bodies and rested a few guys. However, we wanted to pick up where we left off last week against Cal and the guys did a good job,” Duffy added.
Arizona will take on UCLA next week while Arizona State will meet up with USC. Cal and Utah have the week off from conference action.