California quarterback Jared Goff was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Goff's award is the Bears' fifth of the season, with Kyle Kragen and Stefan McClure earning Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, respectively, and Ray Hudson earning Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 7.
The junior signal-caller led a 21-point Cal comeback on Saturday against Arizona State, breaking his own single-game school record with 542 passing yards, adding five touchdown passes and completing 30-of-51 passes. It was arguably the finest performance of Goff's career.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1617462-once-in-a-lifetime... What was a 17-point Arizona State lead at the half -- and during the second quarter, a 24-3 margin -- evaporated in the second half, as Goff engineered four straight touchdown drives to get the Bears within two, down 33-31, as the fourth quarter began. Goff wound up leading five straight touchdown drives, and in the seventh and final drive of the game, he got Cal down into field goal range on a 69-yard march, which Matt Anderson finished with a 26-yard game-winner.
The comeback was the Bears' biggest since Cal -- behind Kevin Riley -- rallied from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit in a 42-36 victory over Air Force at the Armed Forces Bowl on December 31, 2007.
"This is number one in my career, absolutely," said Goff. "To be down that much and to come back, and to win on a field goal, man ... I'll remember this for the rest of my life, that's for sure. Once in a lifetime experience."
Goff added national recognition with a Manning Award Star of the Week also for the second time in three weeks as well as an honorable mention selection for National Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
In addition to breaking his own single-game school record for passing yards, Goff added a single-game school mark with 573 yards of total offense and rushed for a career-high 31 yards including a career-long 20-yard run.
Goff also surpassed his own single-season Cal records for passing yards (4,252), touchdown passes (37) and total offense (4,260) in the game, while becoming the ninth signal-caller in Pac-12 history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. Goff has completed 316-of-492 passes over 12 starts and games played in 2015 for a 156.36 passer efficiency rating that currently ranks second on Cal’s all-time single-season list.
In the bigger picture, Goff leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation in touchdown passes, while ranking second in the conference and fourth nationally in passing yards and passing yards per game (354.3). He is also second in the league and in the top seven nationally in total offense (355.0, #5 NCAA), completions per game (26.33, #5 NCAA), points responsible for (230, #7 NCAA) and points responsible for per game (19.2, #7 NCAA).
Goff has started all 36 games possible over his first three campaigns at Cal and set 26 program records, including career marks for passing yards (11,733), touchdown passes (90), completions (952) and total offense (11635). He has completed 952-of-1532 passes (62.1%) and has a 141.94 passer efficiency rating that is currently third all-time in school history.