Cal coach David Durden was confident his team would end up on top Saturday night, even though the Golden Bears trailed going into the last day of the NCAA men's swimming championships.
He was right.
Six points behind Texas entering the day, Cal regained the lead in the first event Saturday and extended it after nearly every event to win its third national title in four years and fifth in school history.
"I felt if we were within 20, we were going to be in good shape," Durden said. "We were going to be in good shape within six. That felt good. We felt like we just had to outscore Texas in every swimming event today."
The Bears finished with 468.5 points, while the Longhorns had 417.5. Stanford was ninth at 155.
Michigan's Connor Jaeger successfully defended his title in the 1,650-yard freestyle, and the Golden Bears' Jeremy Bagshaw was second to push Cal back ahead of the Longhorns by 11 points.
"I would have never thought we would've won this championship based on the performance of a Cal miler," Durden said. "Jeremy Bagshaw set the tone going 14:39 and our guys followed suit."
In the next event, freshman Ryan Murphy, who already contributed to four other victories this week, posted a time of 1:37.55 in the 200 backstroke, setting an NCAA championships record and giving Cal a 15-point lead.
The Bears' Tyler Messerschmidt, Murphy, Fabio Gimondi and Seth Stubblefield finished second in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.
Stanford's Kristian Ipsen was sixth in platform diving.
The Cardinal (10-10, 3-2 Pac-12) completed a sweep of the Ducks late Friday with a 2-1 11-inning win at Sunken Diamond.
Suspended Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, in the Bay Area for a visit, took a campus tour Friday, then stopped by for Game 1, a 6-3 Cardinal victory. The three-time A.L. MVP chatted with Stanford coach Mark Marquess.
San Jose State (8-20) dropped a doubleheader at Washington State -- 12-9 and 4-2. The teams began the day tied 4-4 in the top of the fifth of Friday night's suspended game.
The game between Santa Clara (10-16, 1-3 WCC) and Pacific was postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader Sunday at 1 p.m.
San Jose State was last in the field of 18 at 602.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers shot a 1-under 69 and was medalist at 8-under 132. Teammate Maverick McNealy (69) tied for second at 135. The Spartans' Justin Estrada (72) was at 142.
No. 4 Cal (17-5) erupted for seven goals in the fourth quarter to beat No. 7 Cal State Northridge 15-10.
Cal grad Eric Fry scored a try in the 46th minute, and the United States rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Uruguay 32-13, earning the Eagles a trip to the World Cup next year. The U.S., captained by San Jose's Todd Clever, took the series after the teams tied 27-27 a week earlier at Montevideo.