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Despite costly turnovers, the Bears impressed some in the national media by being within 21 yards of upsetting #5 Utah on the road. In other Cal news, Arielle Ship finds her prolific scoring ways again, and Cuonzo Martin ups the intensity in practice.

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Women's Soccer

Junior Arielle Ship returned to the scoring sheet with two goals and an assist, running her season total to 10 goals, as California won its Pac-12 home opener with a 3-2 victory against the Oregon Ducks.

Men's Soccer

California earned a 2-2 draw with No. 16 Oregon State in Berkeley on Friday night. Cal forward Spencer Held tallied his first collegiate goal in the 35th minute of play and fellow freshman forward Samuel Ebstein scored another just eight minutes later.

Women's Tennis

Swimming and Diving

Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted the Cal men's swimming team as it jumped back into competition and the Bears responded with a quality first day of racing as early wins helped build a big lead and eventually resulted in a 142-106 victory over Pacific at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Women's Golf

Senior Hannah Suh led the Bears this week at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., carding a 69-76-75=220 (+4) to earn her first top five finish of the season and fifth in her Cal career.

Men's Basketball

Utah 30, California 24

ESPN Pac-12 Blog: Utah beats California 30-24, becomes last undefeated Pac-12 team

What this loss means for Cal: Most outsiders were reserving judgment on the previously undefeated Bears for after this game. Although Cal lost, it did acquit itself well. Bizarrely well, in fact: The Bears came within 21 yards of winning the game, despite turning the ball over six times on the road. They outgained Utah 467-435. There should now be every reason to believe Cal can compete for the Pac-12 North title this season, especially considering Oregon lost again. But remember the road remains difficult for the Bears: They play UCLA, USC and Oregon in their next three games.


Stat of the game: Nine turnovers. Six for Cal, three for Utah. Yes, the Bears and the Utes entered this game as the two top Pac-12 defenses when it came to forcing takeaways, but no one expected the ball to change hands as often as it did Saturday night. Offensive sloppiness and spectacular defensive play combined for a strange, turnover-laden night.

San Jose Mercury News: Goff turnovers costly as Cal loses at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY -- With the nation watching, quarterback Jared Goff threw five interceptions Saturday night as No. 23 Cal melted under the spotlight in a 30-24 loss to No. 5 Utah.

"I played probably the worst game of my life tonight ... and we still had a chance to win," Goff said after the matchup of the Pac-12's final two unbeaten teams.

Touted all week by national commentators as a Heisman Trophy contender, Goff threw four interceptions in the first half. No. 5 came with 7:24 left when he underthrew Kenny Lawler and was picked off by Dominique Hatfield at the Utah 18-yard line.

Cal got the ball one last time at its own 5-yard line with 4:52 left, and Goff made the Utes sweat. He converted three third-down plays to extend the drive, using his arm and his legs to drive his team to the Utah 21.

"Throughout the game I had no doubt we were going to make plays to win the game," senior safety Stefan McClure said. "When they were moving the ball on that last drive, that's what we expected."

NBCSports: Cal, Utah throw pastry party as turnovers reign in battle of unbeatens

The stage on which unbeaten Cal and undefeated Utah found themselves Saturday night was an unfamiliar one. ESPN's College GameDay show pulled into Salt Lake City for the first time in years. The Golden Bears are looking to go 6-0 to start a season for the first time since 1950, the Utes looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 2010. Add in Pac-12 and College Football Playoff implications, and this is a huge game given any metric you can utilize.

Given what's at stake, you'd expect some nerves. And nerves, and turnovers, are exactly what a national television audience received.