HIGHLIGHTS: Another Historic Day for Goff
BERKELEY -- With the first win of the Sonny Dykes era, California improved to 2-0 all-time against Portland State, with the first win coming in 2006, to the tune of 42-16.
Saturday's game ranked second all-time in Bears history for combined total yards with 1,169 yards between the two teams. The record is 1,254 – Cal (659) vs. Arizona (595), Nov. 2, 1996 (4 OT).
Freshman quarterback Jared Goff became the second Cal player to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. The last time a Cal QB passed for over 400 yards in back-to-back games was Pat Barnes, who did it against UCLA (435) and Arizona (503 4 OT) in 1996. Goff finished 33-for-51 for 485 yards, two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown -- the first of his career -- in the second quarter. Goff threw at least one pass to 10 different receivers.
True freshman tailback Khalfani Muhammad scored his first career touchdown on the Bears' first drive of the game. On that drive, he had two carries for 37 yards, including a season-high 33-yarder. Later in the second quarter, he hauled in a season-high 62-yard reception from Goff. Muhammad ended the day with 13 rushes for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 85 yards.
Junior tailback Brendan Bigelow led the Cal rushing attack with 18 carries for 75 yards. His 18 carries were a personal best.
Sophomore wide receiver Bryce Treggs led the Bears in receiving, hauling in eight passes for 121 yards for his second straight 100-yard receiving game. He also reeled in a career-best 50-yard reception to the one-yard line in the second quarter. His previous personal high was 37 yards against Nevada last year. He also had a 36-yard catch against Northwestern.
Redshirt sophomore Maurice Harris hauled in his first career touchdown on a one-handed catch in the second quarter.
Junior inside receiver Richard Rodgers posted a 75-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. It marked the longest reception since Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen connected for a school-yard 90-yard touchdown reception at Washington in 2011. Rodgers' previous personal best was a 51-yard catch at Utah last year. On the day, he caught four passes for 100 yards, his second career 100-yard receiving performance.
After allowing three touchdowns on Portland State's first four drives, the Cal defense held the Vikings off the scoreboard on 11 of the next 13 drives – including the last six in a row - allowing 10 points on the two scoring drives and forcing two turnovers.
In the second quarter, defensive tackle Viliami Moala caused his first career fumble, recovered by safety Michael Lowe. It was also Lowe's first career fumble recovery.
Lowe would later leave the game with an injury to his ankle.
Also in the second quarter, cornerback Kameron Jackson posted his fourth career interception. He had three last year vs. UCLA. At the end of the third quarter, Jalen Jefferson notched his second career sack.
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson led all players with 12 tackles, a personal-best. He had two last week against Northwestern. Junior linebacker Khairi Fortt was second for the Bears in tackles with eight. He and Todd Barr had a combined sack, as well.
Kicker Vincenzo D'Amato converted on his first six consecutive field goal attempts this season, and tied his career best in field goals made with three in a row for the second straight game. He missed from 46 yards out on his seventh attempt in the fourth quarter.
Cal has now won 44 of its last 60 home games.
James Grisom (5 yards) and Lucas Gingold (19 yards) garnered their first career receptions and Darren Ervin posted his first career kick return.
"Chris Harper went out; he wasn't feeling great, so Grisom had some opportunities, and did some good for us," Dykes said. "He's going to continue to get better the more he plays. He gives 100 percent effort all the time and really does a heck of a job."
Harper suffered from shoulder stiffness and was in and out.
"I think his shoulder bothered him a little bit today," Dykes said. "I think he was having some hydration issues, so I think there were a lot of factors. He just didn't look like himself. We made a decision at one point that we felt like it was better to go with somebody else, just because he wasn't moving or responding like we wanted him to."
Harper still recorded four catches for 61 yards.
Tailback Daniel Lasco did not play on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.
"Lasco wasn't ready to play," Dykes said. "We tried to hold him, but he just didn't feel up to it. He had a little bit of a hamstring. It's really not a pull as much as it's just sore. I think we would expect him to practice full-speed by next week. We're just trying to let him rest, and he'll be available next week."
Gingold and defensive end Kyle Kragen earned their first career starts today.
Offensive lineman Bill Tyndall -- who started fall camp as the No. 1 right tackle -- switched numbers to 96 and served as part of the super bone formation for the Bears. That super bone formation produced two big plays from Gingold, who caught two passes for 30 yards.
"Right down the stretch, it gave us a couple of chances," Dykes said. "We felt like [there were] some good match-ups to run the football. We made some pretty critical first downs to be able to run the clock out. I thought that was huge. I liked the way that we finished."
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