BERKELEY, Calif. – Zach Maynard matched his career high with four touchdown passes and added a fifth on the ground and California took advantage of six turnovers to stun No. 25 UCLA 43-17 on Saturday night.
Coming off one of the worst games of his career, Maynard threw an interception on the first series of the game and repeatedly picked himself up off the turf at Memorial Stadium after getting drilled by the Bruins’ defense to help the Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) end their three-game losing streak.
Johnathan Franklin rushed for 103 yards for UCLA, which lost for the second time in three games and is likely to fall out of the rankings again.
By beating the Bruins (4-2, 1-2) at home for the seventh straight time, the Bears might have also decreased some of the pressure from boosters on coach Jeff Tedford.
Richard Rodgers caught seven passes for 129 yards while Keenan Allen caught a pair of touchdowns and finished with eight receptions to move into third place on Cal’s career list.
Maynard was almost flawless against UCLA. He completed 13 consecutive throws during one stretch in the second half and finished 25 of 30 for 295 yards.