BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A third straight victory to start the season wasn’t enough to satisfy California quarterback Chase Garbers, not after the Golden Bears nearly let a 20-point lead slip away.

“We executed well in the first half, especially the first quarter, then we kind of went into a lull,” Garbers said. “We have to play a lot better. It starts with me. I just have to put balls in the right spot. Everywhere else we just have to execute better.”

Garbers passed for one touchdown after using his legs to get California’s offense going, Greg Thomas kicked three field goals and the Bears beat North Texas 23-17 on Saturday.

Christopher Brown Jr.

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