by Brett Anker
The Cal Bears dominated Texas with an emphatic 138-0 victory over the Longhorns. The Golden Bears earned 22 tries in the rout and cruised to the second round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup.
The Bears dotted down 11 times in the first half and took a 55-0 lead going into the break. Scrumhalf Nickolas Boyer scored a pair of tries and went four of seven on conversions. Karl Thornton and George Vrame each added two while Lucas Dunne, Jesse Milne and Connor Sweet each scored once.
The second half was not any tougher for the Bears. Despite bringing on a number of substitutes, Cal continued its torrid scoring pace. Zachary Tavenner scored four second half tries in the span of 11 minutes and Dunne added two more to get the hat trick. In all, Cal had twelve different try scorers.
Despite the drubbing, Texas continued to fight throughout the match.
“We’re really grateful to Texas for making the trip. It was hard on them but they were resilient throughout,” said head coach Jack Clark. “For 30 years these first-round matches have been more lopsided than everyone wants. So even more respect for the Longhorns seeing it through.”
Coming into the game, cal wanted to take over early. With five scores in the first 20 minutes, the Bears were able to bring on substitutes and get ready for a tougher opponent in Army next week.
“The goal was to advance and play well,” said matchday captain Nick Salaber. “The goal this week is work hard and set ourselves up to keep improving. Army is going to be a tough team.”
The Golden Bears will travel to West Point to take on Army next weekend.