Cal returns to their first CRC final since 2010 after defeating UCLA 33-21 in the semifinals Sunday at PPL Park.
Cal fell behind early, but unleashed Danny Barrett to pummel the Bruins thereafter.
UCLA got out of trouble in their own end early, with Seb Sharpe wriggling out of grasping hands and getting to midfield. There Sharpe popped a lovely kick for Race Noeldner, who grabbed the rolling ball and scored. 7-0 UCLA led.
But Cal responded with some aggressive running up the middle. A UCLA penalty put UCLA on the back foot, and then Seamus Kelly tapped and drew a tackler before feeding Danny Barrett for the try. 7-7.
Call almost scored right from the restart, but two excellent tackles from Bruin Andrew Wilson stopped that. However, the Golden Bears kept at it and put Barrett away on the wing. 12-7.
In the second half, Barrett was again the scorer as terrific ball movement by his teammates gave him some space.
Cal, playing their best 7s in a while, looked composed and clinical.
But UCLA wasn't done. Down 19-7 they produced a movement that involved almost all of their players. Wilson and Penney made key breaks before Sharpe capped it off. 19-14 Cal led.
Barrett got to be distributor after that. Set up for a break the big forward was corralled, but sent a pass infield to Russell Webb. The pass was a little low, so Webb kicked it out of mid-air with his left foot, chased, and judged the roll perfectly to score and make it, with Jake Anderson's kick, 26-14.
UCLA ventured into Cal territory again, but a turnover allowed Anderson to speed up the wing. He did this, hurdling a tackler to the crowd's delight, and scoring Cal's last.
UCLA scored one more with time up - Tyler Pritchard doing the honors - but it was too late.
UCLA's tournament ends, but the Bruins have little to hang their heads about, as they played well and improved throughout. Cal was superb, clinical and also kind of fun to watch.
Tries: Barrett 3, Webb, Anderson
Convs: Webb 2, Anderson 2
Tries: Noeldner, Sharpe, Pritchard
Convs: Francis 2, Pritchard