Chase Garbers, Christopher Brown Jr. depart early in 1st half against USC

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Cal quarterback Chase Garbers and running back Christopher Brown Jr. have both exited the contest against USC after suffering apparent injuries on separate drives. 

Cal running back Christopher Brown Jr. left the game early in the first quarter after suffering a personal foul to the helmet. The foul, ruled targeting on Trojans’ Christian Rector, appeared to be a hard hit to Brown Jr.’s head and spurred the Bears’ scoring run by putting them on USC’s 5-yard line. Brown Jr. had two carries for 29 yards by the time he left the game. The sophomore notched 599 total yards and 150 receptions before tonight’s game and has been essential to many of Cal’s scoring drives this season. 

Chase Garbers, who missed five games this season after leading the Bears to their 4-0 start to the season because of an upper body injury, went down after an eerily similar play to the initial injury three minutes into the second quarter. Garbers was 4-10 for 33 yards and was replaced by backup Devon Modster, but he is back on the sideline with pads on and may return to the game.  

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