Cal-Arizona Postgame Notes
With today’s 33-28 victory by Arizona over California, the Wildcats now lead the all-time series, 15-14-2. Arizona also snapped the streak of the home team winning the last six consecutive home games in this series prior to today. The last time Cal beat Arizona was in 2009 (24-16, in Berkeley).
Cal set the school record for most pass completions and attempts in a season today, now with 286 completions and 482 attempts. The Bears topped the previous records of 278 completions and 452 attempts set in 2003.
Jared Goff ended the day 34-for-56 for 289 yards and a personal-best four touchdown passes. In addition, Goff was not sacked once. Now with 2,881 passing yards this season, Goff ranks fifth on Cal’s single-season top-10 list for passing yards. Aaron Rodgers is fourth (2,903 in 2003). Goff also ranks sixth on Cal's single-season list for total offense (2,811). Kevin Riley is fifth on that list - 2901 in 2009.
Three of Goff’s four touchdown passes went to Kenny Lawler. Lawler tallied his first career touchdown in the first quarter, his second in the third quarter on a one-handed grab and his third in the fourth quarter. He ended the day with six catches for 72 yards and three touchdowns. The last time a Cal receiver had three touchdown receptions in a game was DeSean Jackson against Minnesota in 2006.
Chris Harper’s first catch of the day was the 100th of his career. In addition, Harper now ranks tied for ninth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list for receptions with 62, while Bryce Treggs ranks tied for 10th on that list with 61 after hauling in seven passes for 51 yards today.
Cal scored on three of its four red zone attempts.
The Bears entered the game averaging 3.0 yards per rush. Against the Wildcats, Cal averaged 5.0 yards per rush, led by Daniel Lasco’s 12 yards on 71 carries. His personal best in rushing yards is 74.
Cal opened the game with a 12-play, 75-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Khalfani Muhammad. It was the third time this season that Cal scored on its opening drive (Northwestern and Portland State). The touchdown was Muhammad’s first as a receiver, third overall this season.
Hardy Nickerson collected his first career sack in the first quarter, and Jacobi Hunter notched his first tackle for loss in the second quarter.
For the fourth straight game, Cameron Walker secured a personal best in tackles, this time with a game-high 13 today. This also marked the third straight game in which Walker led the Bears in tackles.
The last time Cal allowed a safety was in 2003 against Southern Mississippi.
Cole Leininger booted his ninth and 10th 50-yard punts (52, 50 yards). Leininger entered the game ranking second in the conference in punting with an average of 42.6, which also currently ranks tied for ninth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list.
Today’s attendance was 41,874