With today’s 44-22 victory by Washington State over California, the Cougars snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Golden Bears.
Jared Goff completed 33 of 59 passes for a personal-best and school single-game record 504 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The 504 passing yards are the most by a Cal quarterback in a single game, surpassing Pat Barnes' record of 503 yards set in the four-overtime game against Arizona in 1996.Goff and Barnes are the only two Cal quarterbacks to throw for 500 yards in a game.
Goff became the first Cal quarterback to throw for 400 yards three times in his career. Barnes was the only Cal quarterback to achieve the feat twice, which happened in 1996 against Arizona and UCLA.
In addition, Goff became the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to have three 450-yard passing performances. Arizona State’s Andrew Walter accomplished the feat in 2002.
One of Goff’s touchdown passes went for 89 yards to Chris Harper, and that play was the second-longest reception in the history of Cal football behind Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen’s 90-yard touchdown reception at Washington in 2011. The pass play was also the longest scoring drive of the year.
Harper set numerous personal bests on the day with 14 catches for 231 yards and a touchdown. The receiving yards and receptions both rank third in Cal single-game history. Harper became the fifth Cal receiver to record 200 receiving yards in a game.
Cal and Washington State combined to throw for 1,042 passing yards, which set the new school record for combined passing yards in a single game. The previous record was 921 set in the four-overtime game against Arizona in 1996.
In addition, Halliday set the record for most passing yards by an opposing quarterback against Cal with 521. The previous record was 520, set by Texas Tech’s Sonny Cumbie in the 2004 Holiday Bowl. Washington State head coach Mike Leach was the head coach for Texas Tech in that bowl game against Cal.
James Grisom scored his third touchdown in as many games when he and Goff connected on a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Lucas King set a career-high with nine tackles to lead the Bears.
Deandre Coleman recorded a safety for Cal’s first points of the game early in the second quarter. That was Cal’s first safety since Nov. 1, 2008, against Oregon, making Coleman the only active Bear to garner a safety.
Michael Lowe picked up his fourth career interception, first of this season. He also picked up seven tackles on the day.
Puka Lopa notched his first career sack in the third quarter.
Vincenzo D’Amato kicked two field goals (35 and 43 yards) in the second quarter. The Pac-12 leader in field goals, D’Amato has made 11 of his 12 attempts this season.
Mark Brazinski earned his first career start.
Today’s attendance was 44,682.