Golden Nuggets: Cal Sweeps Pool C, Earns Top Seed at CRC 7s

Despite a tough match against the Kutztown Golden Bears, Cal outscored its Pool C opponents 110-12 to lock up the no. 1 seed for the championship round.

Cal swept Pool C to earn the no. 1 seed for today's CRC championship round. The Bears faced one surprise during pool play, the upstart Golden Bears of Kutztown University. Cal trailed 0-5 at halftime against the Bears, but battled back in the second half.

The second half started with Cal urgently pursuing points, and although Webb took a little more time to warm up with his second knock-on, the first-year player poached the ensuing Kutztown scrum and Jake Anderson soon found the try zone to tie the match.

Webb missed the conversion, keeping the score knotted at 5-5, and booted the restart kickoff directly out to put further pressure on the Bears. But the blue and gold refused to fold and Kelly delivered what proved to be the decisive blow with his 12th-minute try.

Sitting in the Pool C driver's seat but with their Sunday seed up in the air, the Bears finished their Saturday against hometown favorites Temple with a nine-try effort to end pool play with a tournament-best 110 points scored. Anderson and sophomore Nicklas Boyer scored two tries apiece against the Owls and Cal connected on 5-of-9 conversions (Anderson 2-for-5, Russell Webb 3-for-4).

With the no. 1 seed, Cal opens today's events against Arizona.

California will play No. 8 seed Arizona at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT in Sunday's championship quarterfinals; if the Bears win that match, Cal's semifinal will be against the winner of No. 4 Dartmouth vs. No. 5 UCLA at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT live on NBC Sports Network.

After the remaining teams are whittled down to one - with No. 2 Life vs. No. 7 Kutztown and No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 6 Navy in the other quarterfinals to set up the other semifinal - the Championship Final is at 5:29 p.m. ET/2:29 p.m. PT Sunday, televised live on NBC.

Cal has never won the CRC 7s tournament.

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