Cal vs. Washington State Redux

More notes and figures from Cal's 60-59 win over Washington State, plus just where does Trevor Davis rank in the all-time kick returning annals? Find out inside.

With Saturday’s 60-59 California win over Washington State, the Bears are now in first place in the North Division of the Pac-12 for the first time since the conference was split into two divisions. It also marks the first time Cal has been in first place in the conference after three conference games since 2006 when the Bears won their first six Pac-10 contests, and wound up splitting the conference title with USC.

The Bears are 4-1 after five games for the first time since 2008, when Cal finished 9-4 and a defeated Miami in the Emerald Bowl. The last time the Bears started 5-1 (next contest will be vs. Washington at Memorial Stadium this week) was in 2007, when the Bears won their first five games to rise to No. 2 in the country before being defeated by Oregon State in the sixth contest of the campaign.

Cal has now won five straight road games against Washington State in Pullman and nine of the last 10 in the series overall.

Sophomore quarterback Jared Goff ended the game 37-53 for 527 yards and fiive touchdowns. The yardage total set a school record for most passing yards in a game, surpassing his own mark of 504 set against these same Cougars last season. It was also the fifth time Goff threw for 400 yards or more in his career. Goff moved onto or up several career lists during the game and now ranks among Cal's all-time leaders in 300-yard passing games (2nd, 8), passer efficiency (3rd, 139.8) 250-yard passing games (5th, 11), touchdown passes (T8th, 40), passing yards (10th, 5,383). His current passer efficiency rating of 188.5 through the first five games of 2014 would also be a single-season school record, while his 22 touchdown passes rank fifth.

The 56 points scored by Cal (28) and WSU (28) in the third quarter set a school record for most combined points scored in a quarter, breaking the mark of 50. The teams also combined to set a school record for most points in a half with 82 in the second half. The old record was 68 (Cal 51 vs. Pacific 17, first half, 1991).

The Bears scored at least 60 points for the sixth time in school history and first time since scoring 63 vs. Presbyterian in 2011. The 60-point total ties for fifth most all-time (also 60 vs. Montana in 1947). The 47 scored by Cal in the second half were the second-most in school history while the 28 points scored in the third quarter tied for fourth.

Cal has scored 50 or more points in a game three times in 2014 to mark the fourth time in school history that the Bears have scored 50 points or more three times in a season. The 1920 team holds the school record with four games of 50 or more points, followed by 1922, 2010 and now 2014 with three.

Junior receiver Bryce Treggs has now caught a reception in 25 of the last 26 games that he has played in and his last 19 contests in a row. He finished the game with season highs of 10 receptions and 120 yards receiving, as well as his first career multi-touchdown reception game with two.

The man of the hour, Trevor Davis, tied FBS and Pac-12 single-game records and became the first player in school history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, returning two consecutive Cougars kickoffs for 100-yard and 98-yard scores in the third quarter. Davis became the 20th player in FBS history with two kickoff returns in the same contest, while Reggie Dunn (Utah vs. Cal, 2012) and Anthony Davis (USC vs. Notre Dame, 1997) were the other two Pac-12 players with two kickoff returns for TDs in the same game. The last time the Bears had a kick return for a touchdown was in 2011 when Brendan Bigelow returned one 88 yards against Presbyterian. Davis' 198 kickoff return yards were also a school record, surpassing the old mark of 186 set by Deltha O'Neal vs. Navy in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. Davis' 100-yard kick return was tied for the third-longest in school history. Davis added three receptions for 82 yards with two touchdown catches to give him four scores, which are the most since Jahvid Best set a modern-era record with five at Minnesota in 2009. Davis' 280 all-purpose yards were a career-high.

Junior running back Daniel Lasco had the first two-touchdown game of his career with one rushing and one receiving.

Cal has played in the two highest scoring games in the modern-era (since 1937) school history the last two weeks with teams combining for 115 points vs. Colorado and 119 points at Washington State.

The 82 combined second half points by the Bears (47) and Cougars (35) are the most combined points in a half in school history with the previous record 68 during the 1991 Cal-Pacific game.

The 56 combined third-quarter half points by the Bears (28) and Washington State (28) are the most combined points in a quarter in school history with the previous record 44 during a Cal-Southern Utah game in 2012.

The 250 points the Bears have scored through five games is more than Cal scored for the full season 22 times since the formation of the Pac-8 in 1968, while the 164 points Cal has scored in its last three games vs. Arizona (45), Colorado (59) and WSU (60) are the most for the Bears in a 3-game stretch since the 1920 team scored 357 points over a four-game stretch (88 vs. Mare Island Marines; 127 vs. Saint Mary's; 79 vs. Nevada; 63 vs. Utah).

True freshman linebacker Aisea Tongilava and redshirt freshman defensive back David Garner made their Cal debuts in the game, marking the 40th and 41st players to debut this season, including 22 freshmen and 10 true freshmen.


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