FORT WORTH, Tex. -- California junior quarterback Jared Goff overthrew 4 of his first 12 passes in the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force, but after he was hit on his first target of Kenny Lawler -- on the first play of the second drive of the second quarter -- his targeting sights seemed to get realigned. After that incompletion, something rattled loose, and Goff completed four straight passes, including a 40-yard bomb to senior Maurice Harris, aided by a slick one-handed catch, and followed that up with a 10-yard dart to Darius Powe Powe in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Goff had thrown high to Powe on both of his first targets.
The Bears went into half leading 35-21, with those 35 points being the most ever in the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl, and the two teams' 56 combined points are the most ever for a half in the 13-year history of the game.
Goff's four touchdowns -- including two to Lawler -- tied the bowl record, and are the most by any player this bowl season.
Goff now has 41 touchdown passes, and joins Marcus Mariota as the only two Pac-12 quarterbacks to throw for more than 40 in a season. he needs two more to pass Mariota for the conference record.
Goff also went to Bryce Treggs early and often, and after two drops -- one saved by a pass interference call -- the senior finally got his sights locked in, hauling in three passes for 102 yards and one touchdown, and a 55-yarder that marked the longest passing play in Armed Forces Bowl history. Treggs's touchown, with two seconds left in the first quarter, was his 15th career TD reception, tying his father, Brian, on the all-time career lists. He needs one more to pass his father, and best Brian Treggs's career marks for catches, receiving touchdowns and receiving yards.