BERKELEY, Calif. - Good morning from Memorial Stadium, as California opens the 2012 season against Nevada. The Bears are seeking their sixth-consecutive win to open the new campaign, plus a measure of revenge after falling to the Wolf Pack 52-31 two years ago.
3:40 p.m. Cal falls victim to the Pistol once again, falling to Nevada 31-24.
Complete post-game reaction to come...
3:00 p.m.It's all tied up, as Chris Harper becomes the second Cal freshman with a touchdown reception today on a 13-yard one-handed grab from Maynard.
Nevada had a 39-yard field goal on the preceding possession.
Cal and Nevada are tied at 24 with 7:24 left to play
2:45 p.m. Maynard is stripped from behind and Nevada recovers to snuff out a promising drive. Maynard had hit Allen to convert a fourth and nine on the first play of the quarter.
2:25 p.m. Wild turn of events, as Keenan Allen scores on a 40-yard reverse and Kameron Jackson recovers a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. But Maynard can't spot a wide-open Richard Rodgers rumbling down the middle of the field for an easy score and the Bears settle for a field goal.
Nevada 21, Cal 17 with 4:38 left in the third quarter
2:15 p.m. Stefphon Jefferson scores his second touchdown of the afternoon, as Nevada rips back momentum. The Bears failed to jump on a fumble after a botched handoff, then allowed the Wolf Pack to convert a third and 10 backed up in their own territory on the very next play.
Nevada 21, Cal 7 with 6:20 left in the third quarter
1:35 p.m. Vincenzo D'Amato misses a 31-yard field goal late, but the Bears offense has come roaring back in the second quarter. They had 125 yards of offense, versus just 43 in the first 15 minutes.
Maynard is 8-of-13 for 127 yards and one touchdown in just over one quarter of action. Fajardo is 12-of-15 for 77 yards and added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Nevada 14, Cal 7 at the half
1:21 p.m. The momentum has turned. Nevada looked like it was in position to take a commanding lead, only for a bad snap that Fajardo had to fall on for a 22-yard loss. Cal responds on the ensuing possession, going 77 yards in six plays capped by a touchdown pass from Maynard to Bryce Treggs.
Nevada 14, Cal 7 with 4:38 left in the second quarter
12:52 p.m. Fajardo breaks into the open field for a 49-yard touchdown to end the first quarter, and the Bears are in a 14-0 hole. Nevada 170 yards of total offense, 116 on the ground.
For Cal, they'll pin its hopes of a comeback on Maynard, who entered the game to cheers on the team's fourth possession.
12:32 p.m. Nevada marches 80 yards in 16 plays, capped by Stefphon Jefferson's short touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. Aside from some nice pressure by outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett, the Bears again seem mystified by the Pistol offense.
Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo ran for 30 yards on the drive.
12:21 p.m. After getting the start in place of Maynard, it has been a less than stellar opening for Allan Bridgford. He barely missed Keenan Allen for a 67-yard touchdown on the first snap of the game, and is 2-of-7 for 6 yards as Cal has punted on its first two possessions.
11:59 a.m. Breaking News: Cal quarterback Zach Maynard will not start against Nevada because of a missed summer tutoring session, the school announced in a press release moments ago.
Maynard is expected to play today.
10:30 a.m. Here are my initial impressions of Memorial, plus last-minute game analysis:
Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.