REDBOX BOWL: California vs. Illinois, Dec. 30 Dec 25, 2019 17:37:05 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Dec 25, 2019 17:37:05 GMT -8
Welcome to SCtoC's presentation of the 2019 Redbox Bowl.
The Golden Bears of California are making their second straight bowl appearance after missing the post season in the previous two seasons. They have dealt with some injury issues under center as Chase Garbers missed some time earlier in the season, but is back for this game. Cal ended the 2019 regular season at 7-5 (identical to their 2018 record). They will look to move to 8-5 overall; a mark which was last attained in 2015 under eventual NFL number one draft pick, QB Jared Goff.
The Illini had a streaky season. After opening with a pair of wins, they dropped four straight. They followed it up with four straight wins, including a one-point decision over #6 Wisconsin in the middle of October. The Fighting Illini qualified for a bowl game after their first 10 games, but they fell in their final pair of games of the season. at 4-5 in the Big 10 West, they finished fourth in that division.
In our game capsule below we've included broadcast information, as well as radio stream links to each team's home town broadcast. We've also included links to each team's official twitter account. Often those accounts will have interesting information, game updates and recap notes.
Times noted are pacific daylight time. Statistical leaders listed may not be available for this particular game due to injury or other circumstances.
What: The Golden Bears make their second straight bowl appearance near home as they battle the Fighting Illini.
When: Monday, December 30 at 1 p.m.
Where: Levi's Stadium; Santa Clara, California.
Golden Bears Radio Stream: KGO 810.
Fighting Illini Radio Stream: 590 The Fan.
2019 Records: Golden Bears 7-5 (4-5 Pac-12 North); Fighting Illini 6-6 (4-5 Big Ten West).
Last Game: Golden Bears defeated UCLA 28-18. Fighting Illini lost to Northwestern 29-10.
Head Coaches (overall as college HC): Golden Bears - Justin Wilcox (19-18). Fighting Illini - Lovie Smith (15-33).
Fun Facts: Golden Bears head coach Justin Wilcox has accumulated a plus-.500 record through his first three seasons as a college football head coach; all with Cal. The Golden Bears will only have to travel about an hour (driving time) to this game. The Golden Bears defeated their rival, Stanford, in The Big Game for the first time in 10 seasons. Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith has served as head coach for the NFL's Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (his overall NFL record is 89-87). Though based in Champaign, Illinois, the Fighting Illini are located approximately 11 miles closer to Indianapolis, Indiana than Chicago.
Twitter: Golden Bears * Fighting Illini
GOLDEN BEARS LEADERS
Passing: Chase Garbers 109/184, 1500 yds, 10 TD, 3 int; Devon Modster 62/122, 705 yds, 5 TD, 5 int.
Rushing: Christopher Brown Jr. 188 rush, 794 yds, 8 TD; Chase Garbers 79 rush, 242 yds, 2 TD; Marcel Dancy 55 rush, 237 yds, 2 TD.
Receiving: Nikko Remigio 34 rec, 477 yds, 2 TD; Jordan Duncan 25 rec, 364 yds, 2 TD; Trevon Clark 21 rec, 250 yds, 2 TD; Kekoa Crawford 12 rec, 243 yds, 2 TD.
Total Tackles: Evan Weaver 172; Kuony Deng 112; Camryn Bynum 55; Ashtyn Davis 55; Cameron Goode 51.
Sacks: Cameron Goode 8.5; three with 3.
Interceptions: Jaylinn Hawkins 3; Ashtyn Davis 3.
Kicking: Greg Thomas 28/29 XP; 11/17 FG (long 49 yds).
FIGHTING ILLINI LEADERS
Passing: Brandon Peters 130/238, 1611 yds, 17 TD, 7 int; Matt Robinson 42/77, 475 yds, TD.
Rushing: Reggie Corbin 129 rush, 634 yds, 6 TD; Dre Brown 102 rush, 545 yds, 5 TD; Ra'Von Bonner 60 rush, 208 yds, 3 TD.
Receiving: Josh Imatorhebhe 33 rec, 634 yds, 9 TD; Donny Navarro 21 rec, 268 yds, 2 TD; Ricky Smalling 24 rec, 225 yds, TD; Daniel Baker 15 rec, 218 yds, 3 TD.
Total Tackles: Dele Harding 148; Sydney Brown 80; Jake Hansen 72; Stanley Green 69; Mito Eifler 59.
Sacks: Oluwole Betiku Jr. 8; Jake Hansen 3.5.
Interceptions: Sydney Brown 3; Dele Harding 3.
Kicking: James McCourt 40/41 XP, 11/17 FG (long 57 yds).
Photo credits: Golden Bears QB Chase Garbers (left) by Darren Yamashita; Fighting Illini WR Donny Navarro (right) by Jonathan Gonafuro; middle graphic by David .
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