Cal-Ohio State Postgame Notes
With today’s 52-34 No. 4/3 Ohio State victory over California, the Buckeyes improved to 7-1 in the all-time series. Cal won the first meeting in the 1921 Rose Bowl, 28-0.
The last time Cal welcomed a top-5 ranked opponent to Memorial Stadium was No. 2 Oregon on Nov. 10, 2012.
The 34 points scored today marked the third straight game in which Cal has scored 30 or more points. The last time the Bears scored 30 points in three straight games was the first three games of the 2011 campaign – Fresno State (36), Colorado (36) and Presbyterian (63).
Today’s attendance was 62,476, a sell-out crowd.
The 90-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Guiton to Devin Smith on Ohio State’s opening drive was the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history and the second longest pass completion against Cal. The Bears gave up a 91-yard reception against Oregon State in 1983.
Jared Goff and James Grisom connected on a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was Grisom’s first career touchdown on his second career reception.
At the end of the first quarter, Goff found Chris Harper for a 41-yard touchdown reception. It was Harper’s third touchdown of 2013.
Goff ended the game completing 31 of 53 passes for 371 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception. It was his first three-touchdown performance. The last Cal quarterback to throw for 300 yards in three straight games was Aaron Rodgers in the final three games of the 2003 season (348 vs. Washington, 359 at Stanford and 394 vs. Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl).
Chris Harper notched his second 100-yard receiving performance this season, third of his career, with six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Bryce Treggs hauled in his second career touchdown catch in the third quarter. His first TD came against Nevada in last year’s season opener. Treggs finished with seven catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.
The 38 combined points scored in the first quarter tied for fifth most in Cal history.
Khairi Fortt led the Bears with a career-high 13 tackles and two tackles for loss. Hardy Nickerson tied his career high with 11 tackles for the second straight week. Damariay Drew also set a new personal best in tackles with 10. Jalen Jefferson’s 10 tackles tied his personal best. Joel Willis notched a personal-best seven tackles.
Daniel Lasco paced Cal in rushing with 10 carries for 64 yards and his second career touchdown run, first of 2013.
Khalfani Muhammad’s 42-yard kick return in the third quarter was a career high. A true freshman, Muhammad entered the game leading the Pac-12 in kick returns, averaging 21.0 yards per return.
Vincenzo D’Amato’s season-best 43-yard field goal at the end of the first half, and his 27-yard field goal earlier in the second quarter gave him eight successful conversions on nine tries this season. D’Amato entered the game leading the conference in field goals.
The Bears ran a fake punt at the end of the first half when Goff threw an 11-yard pass to Stefan McClure. Goff and Cal punter Cole Leininger both wear No. 16.