With today’s 37-30 California victory over Portland State, Sonny Dykes recorded his first head coaching win at Cal. The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 all-time vs. Portland State with the first meeting a 42-16 Cal win in 2006. The Bears are now 7-0 all-time against FCS opponents. Last year, Cal defeated FCS foe Southern Utah, 50-31.
Today’s game ranked second all-time in Cal history for combined total yards with 1,169 yards between the two teams. The record is 1,254 – Cal (659) vs. Arizona (595), Nov. 2, 1996 (4 OT).
Jared Goff became the second Cal player to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. The last time a Cal QB passed for over 400 yards in back-to-back games was Pat Barnes who did it against UCLA (435) and Arizona (503 4 OT) in 1996. Goff finished 33-for-51 for 485 yards, two touchdown passes and one rushing TD. He scored his first career rushing touchdown (1 yard) in the second quarter. He threw at least one pass to 10 different receivers.
Khalfani Muhammad scored his first career touchdown on the Bears’ first drive of the game. On that drive, he had two carries for 37 yards, including a season-high 33-yarder. Later in the second quarter, he hauled in a season-high 62-yard reception from Goff. Muhammad ended the day with 13 rushes for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 85 yards.
Brendan Bigelow led Cal in rushing with 18 carries for 75 yards. The 18 carries were a personal best.
Bryce Treggs hauled in a career-best 50-yard reception to the one-yard line in the second quarter. His previous personal high was 37 yards against Nevada last year. He also had a 36-yard catch against Northwestern. Treggs led Cal in receiving today with 8 receptions for 121 yards.
Maurice Harris hauled in his first career touchdown on a one-handed catch in the second quarter.
Richard Rodgers posted a 75-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. It marked the longest reception since Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen connected for a school-yard 90-yard touchdown reception at Washington in 2011. Rodgers’ previous personal best was a 51-yard catch at Utah last year. On the day, he caught four passes for 100 yards, his second career 100-yard receiving performance.
After allowing three touchdowns on Portland State’s first four drives, the Cal defense held the Vikings off the scoreboard on 11 of the next 13 drives – including the last six in a row - allowing 10 points on the two scoring drives and forcing two turnovers.
In the second quarter, Viliami Moala caused his first career fumble that was recovered by Michael Lowe. It was also Lowe’s first career fumble recovery. Also in the second quarter, Kameron Jackson posted his fourth career interception. He had three last year vs. UCLA. At the end of the third quarter, Jalen Jefferson notched his second career sack.
Hardy Nickerson led all players with 12 tackles, a personal-best. He had two last week vs. Northwestern. Khairi Fortt was second for the Bears in tackles with eight. He and Todd Barr had a combined sack, as well.
Vincenzo D’Amato converted on his first six consecutive field goal attempts this season, and tied his career best in field goals made with three in a row for the second straight game. He missed from 46 yards out on his seventh attempt in the fourth quarter.
Cal has now won 44 of its last 60 home games.
James Grisom (5 yards) and Lucus Gingold (19 yards) garnered their first career receptions and Darren Ervin posted his first career kick return.
Gingold and Kyle Kragen earned their first career starts today.