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Garbers leads Golden Bears into first-ever meeting with the Horned Frogs

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The California Golden Bears face the TCU Horned Frogs in the Cheez-It Bowl on Wednesday night. The game will kick off at 9 pm EST on ESPN at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Golden Bears bring a 7-5 record into this Bowl game. They; however, have a 3-2 road record.

California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers scrambles out of the pocket against the Stanford Cardinal during the fourth quarter
Chase Garbers scrambles out of the pocket against the Stanford Cardinal during the fourth quarter (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The Horned Frogs have a .500 record with a 6-6 record. Two of their six wins have come on the road, as they are 2-3 away from home.

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This is the first career meetings between the schools.

The Golden Bears have an 11-10-1 all-time Bowl record. They have a one-game Bowl win streak.

They defeated the Air Force Falcons, 55-36, on December 29th, 2015 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Their last Bowl loss came in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in a 21-10 loss to the Texas Longhorns on December 28th, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

This is the first-time that California has appeared in this bowl game.

The Horned Frogs have a 16-16-1 all-time Bowl record. Like California, TCU brings a one-game Bowl win streak into this contest.

They last won a Bowl game with a 39-37 win over the Stanford Cardinal in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 28th, 2017 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Their last Bowl loss came in a 31-23 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 30th, 2016 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.

This is the second-time that TCU has appeared in this Bowl game. They previously appeared in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl — one of several previous names for the Bowl including the Copper Bowl, Insight.com Bowl, Insight Bowl, TicketCity Cactus Bowl, Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Cactus Bowl, before its current name — when they lost 17-16 to the Michigan State Spartans on December 29th, 2012.

The Golden Bears lost their last regular season game, as they were defeated 23-13 by the Stanford Cardinal on December 1st. Their last regular season win came in a 33-21 win over the Colorado Buffaloes on November 24th.

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California is averaging 22.8 points per game. Their offense is averaging 350.2 points per game.

Their defense is allowing 21.3 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 319.4 total yards per game.

Bears quarterback Chase Garbers has gone 147 of 241 for 1,413 yards. He has 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Patrick Laird leads the Golden Bears backs with 216 carries for 932 yards and five touchdowns. Vic Wharton III leads the Golden Bears receivers with 50 receptions for 502 yards and one touchdown.

TCU is averaging 24.7 points per game. Their offense is averaging 374.6 total yards per game.

Their defense is allowing 24.4 points per game. In addition, they are allowing 344.4 total yards per contest.

Horned Frogs quarterback Shawn Robinson has gone 124 of 204 for 1,334 yards. He has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Robinson has not played for the team since October 20th when he suffered a season-ending injury. Michael Collins has gone 79 of 140 for 1,059 passing yards. He also has six touchdowns and two interceptions.

TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Michael Collins throws against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half
Michael Collins throws against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Since the conclusion of the regular season, Robinson announced his plans to transfer following the season.

Darius Anderson leads the Horned Frogs backs with 124 carries for 598 yards and three touchdowns. Jalen Reagor leads the Horned Frogs receivers with 72 receptions for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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