BERKELEY -- Saturday was a big day for California head coach Sonny Dykes. His Bears set a program record for total offense in a game (760 yards), tallied the highest rushing total (307 yards) in his tenure in Berkeley (ecclipsing the 280 yards earlier this season against Texas) and became bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.
It was also the second annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Game. The Cal players wore #ENDALZ patches on their uniforms, while coaches wore purple wristbands that were also handed out to fans.
Dykes's mother, Sharon, passed away on Nov. 29, 2010, from Alzheimer's, after a two-decade-long battle against the illness. It was the end of Dykes's first season as head coach at Louisiana Tech. His father, longtime Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, was on hand for the game.
Almost five years to the day since he lost his mother, Dykes has brought the Bears back from a 1-11 season in his first campaign, with Stanford and Arizona State left on the slate. The Cardinal lost to Oregon, 38-36, down in Palo Alto, likely knocking them out of the College Football Playoff conversation.
Junior receiver Kenny Lawler has caught a pass in every game he’s played at Cal (33). His first catch on Saturday came on a leaping four-yard touchdown. Lawler's 10 scoring grabs this season are tied for third on the Bears' single-season list, and his 24 career receiving TDs also rank third.
Senior receiver Trevor Davis hauled in a 54-yard reception in the first quarter, marking his fourth reception of 50 or more yards and his ninth of 20 or more yards this season. He ended the night with three catches for 90 yards.
Sophomore running back Tre Watson set career highs with 110 rushing yards and 54 receiving yards, giving him a personal-best 164 all-purpose yards. He also scored his first career receiving touchdown (third total this season) on a career-high 45-yard reception on a screen pass, on which he got key blocks from Jordan Rigsbee and Lawler with 49 seconds left in the first half.
Cal's 307 rushing yards were the most for the program since Oct. 13, 2012 at Washington State (318).
Sophomore running back Vic Enwere scored his team-leading seventh rushing touchdown this season on a one-yard run with 4:37 left in the second quarter. It was also the ninth TD rumble of his career. Enwere ended the night with a career-high 89 rushing yards, surpassing his previous personal best of 84.
Senior receiver Bryce Treggs -- who caught three passes for 71 yards -- has now caught a pass in 42 of the last 43 games that he has played in and his last 36 contests in a row. He and Lawler are the only duo in the Football Bowl Subdivision to each have caught passes in 30 or more straight games.
Kicker Matt Anderson is now 11-for-14 on the season on field goals, and has been good on 10 of his last 11 attempts. He was 2-for-2 on Saturday, hitting a 45-yarder in the second quarter, three yards shy of his personal best.
Cornerback Darius Allensworth tied his career high with four pass breakups.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Joe Castignani made his collegiate debut, making two tackles. Castignani was an All-West Catholic Athletic League selection as a junior in 2012, tallying 89 tackles, 12.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four pass breakups for a WCAL championship team that reached the finals of the Central Coast Open Division playoffs, and was a two-way starter at linebacker and tight end during his junior and senior seasons at Bellarmine Prep. He was being recruited by Mountain West and Pac-12 schools, but played in just five games as a senior before injury ended his season. Despite that, he was still named the team's defensive MVP, and earned All-WCAL honors.
Linebacker Ray Davison made three special teams tackles on the night, and led the team with 10 stops on the night.