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Kutztown University football falls to California (PA)

A fourth-quarter collapse cost Kutztown University its first win of the college football season on Saturday.

The Golden Bears allowed 24 points in the fourth quarter and fell to host California (Pa.) 31-20 in a non-conference game, resulting in Kutztown’s first 0-2 start to a season since 2016.

The Vulcans (1-0) trailed the Golden Bears 20-7 early in the fourth.

Kicker Anthony Beitko made a 35-yard field goal to cut California’s deficit to 20-10. With just over six minutes remaining, Vulcans quarterback Davis Black found Eric Willis III for a 17-yard touchdown to cut KU’s lead to 20-17 after the extra point.

The Vulcans took the lead with 57 seconds remaining when Black ran for a 2-yard touchdown. He finished 19-for-26 passing for 192 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

Trailing 24-20, quarterback Judd Novak fumbled deep in Golden Bears’ territory on Kutztown’s next play from scrimmage, and California running back Eric McKan III scored on a 3-yard touchdown run four plays later to seal it.

McKan III finished with 97 yards and two scores on 13 carries.

The Golden Bears were held scoreless in the second half. Their longest drive was 43 yards and ended with an incomplete pass on fourth-and-7 at the California 30-yard line.

Appearing in his first game, redshirt freshman quarterback Judd Novak got the start for Kutztown and was 16-for-27 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Darryl Davis-McNeil led the Golden Bears’ ground game with 91 yards on 20 carries.

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