Utah has climbed up from the canvas, with a big assist from Reggie Dunn. California has big problems.
In what felt like a make-or-break game for both teams in terms of having any hope for a successful season, the Utes whipped the sloppy Bears 49-27 and gave themselves hope for duplicating the same turnaround they manufactured in 2011.
For now Cal, which must beat Washington, Oregon and Oregon State to earn bowl eligibility -- yeah, right. The primary subject will be coach Jeff Tedford's future.
Cal actually outgained Utah 441 yards to 345, but the Bears' mistakes and special teams made the difference. Dunn returned two kickoffs 100 yards for touchdowns -- two! -- and Reggie Topps returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Utah intercepted Cal QB Zach Maynard once and sacked him four times, as the Bears were mostly listless, trailing 28-6 at half and 49-13 early in the fourth quarter.
The Utes got 105 yards rushing and two TDs from RB John White.
The Utes improve to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-12. They play host to Washington State on Saturday. Cal falls to 3-6 and 2-4. It plays host to Washington in a rare Friday night game.