Senior quarterback Zach Maynard threw for one touchdown and ran for another, but heralded freshman Zach Kline got the last word during Cal football's spring game Saturday at Edwards Stadium.
Kline, who graduated from San Ramon Valley High-Danville in December in order to enroll at Berkeley and participate in spring drills, threw the winning touchdown and two-point conversion pass midway through the fourth quarter, leading the Gold squad to a 21-20 victory over the Blue in front of 8,812 sun-baked fans.
Kline fired a 40-yard TD to tight end Spencer Hagan, then showed his arm strength by zipping a two-point pass to Jackson Bouza for a 21-14 lead with 7:35 left in the running-clock fourth quarter.
Kline is off limits for interviews, but Maynard was impressed.
"Zach did very well today," Maynard said. "He's progressed since he's been here. He's one of those high-caliber type of guys so he's going to perform quickly and early."
The Blue squad nearly pulled out a victory when redshirt freshman Austin Hinder threw a 75-yard TD pass to wideout Stephen Anderson with 5 seconds left. But defensive back Tyre Ellison broke up Hinder's two-point pass try to Maurice Harris, preserving the Gold squad's win.
Coach Jeff Tedford liked what he saw from Kline but confirmed Maynard is the starter, junior Allen Bridgford the backup and said Kline, Hinder and Kyle Boehm will compete for the No. 3 spot when camp begins in August.
Maynard completed 6 of 9 passes for 108 yards in the first half, throwing a 28-yard TD to his cousin Harris, and running for a 1-yard score.
Anderson, who came to Cal last season from Laney College, has dropped 15 pounds and said he feels quicker. The Bears' No. 2 back had a 15-yard touchdown run for the Gold squad, along with bursts of 13 and 35 yards.
"He's probably the most dependable guy we have," Tedford said of Anderson's ability to run, catch and block.
Yarnway, slowed most his Cal career by knee problems, looked comfortable at fullback less than two weeks after being broadsided in an accident when another driver ran a red light.
The 2001 BMW he refurbished last summer was totaled, but Yarnway came away largely unhurt.
Along with starting tailback Isi Sofele and healthy redshirt freshman Brendan Bigelow, Cal has more depth at the position than a year ago.
"One thing we're doing different is we're playing a lot of different positions," Yarnway said. "That makes our backfield a little more dynamic."