BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau threw for a career-high 364 yards to lead the Buffaloes to a 41-24 victory over California on a windy Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Bears rushed for a season-high 197 yards and got a 55-yard scoring run from freshman Khalfani Muhammad and two touchdown rushes from sophomore Brendan Bigelow. But after coming back from a 10-0 deficit to tie the game in the second quarter, Cal could not keep pace with the Buffaloes in the second half.
Nelson Spruce and Paul Richardson each went over the 100-yard receiving mark for Colorado. Spruce had eight catches for 140 yards and Richardson had 11 receptions for 140 yards.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff seemed to struggle with the gusty conditions, finishing 23-for-45 for 173 yards. He was briefly replaced by Zach Kline in the second half before coming back to lead a couple of scoring drives in the fourth quarter. Kline was 3-for-7 for 41 yards in limited action.
Michael Adkins gave the Buffaloes a 34-10 lead early in the fourth quarter when he took a screen pass from Liufau and sprinted 63 yards for a score.
Later, after Bigelow scored on a 1-yard run, the Buffs sealed the win when Cal tried to onside kick it only to have Spruce field it cleanly on a bounce and take off for a 46-yard touchdown.
Bigelow finished with 107 yards rushing, becoming the first Cal runner to top 100 yards this season and posting his highest total since his 160-yard outburst at Ohio State last year.
The wind was fiercely howling inside Folsom Field, with hot dog wrappers, programs and even the cheerleaders' pom-poms blowing across the field. At times, gusts reached 35 mph, making it downright difficult to punt for whichever team was going from the north end zone to the south. There were moments when an official had to hold the ball until the center was ready, just to keep it from rolling away.
Tony Jones scored on a 10-yard pass from Liufau to give the Buffs a 17-10 lead late in the first half. Colorado then attempted an onside kick and caught Cal off guard, with Isaac Archuleta pouncing on the football and setting up the Buffs in Bears territory. Eight plays later, Christian Powell powered in from 2 yards out to extend the lead to 24-10 at halftime.
Down 10-0 early, Cal tied the game on a 42-yard field goal by Vincenzo D'Amato and a 55-yard TD scamper from Muhammad.