Despite today’s Colorado victory, Cal still leads the series, 4-3. The loss broke the Bears’ three-game winning streak against the Buffaloes.
Today’s game was the first meeting between the schools as conference opponents. Cal won, 36-33 in OT, in Boulder in 2011 while the schools were members of the Pac-12. However, that game completed a previously scheduled home-and-home series and was considered a non-conference contest.
Jared Goff ended the day 23-for-45 for 173 yards. Now with 3,324 yards through the air this year, Goff ranks second on Cal’s season passing yardage list. Pat Barnes is first with 3,499 yards in 1996. Goff also recorded his first three collegiate punts, averaging 40.3 ypp.
Running back Brendan Bigelow ended his night with 15 carries for 107 yards, his most yards since he posted 160 yards at Ohio State last year. Bigelow had his first two rushing TDs of the year, both in the fourth quarter. He is the first Cal back to rush for at least 100 yards this season.
Fellow running back Khalfani Muhammad finished with 10 carries for 78 yards and a 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The TD run was the second longest of his career after a 73-yard run he garnered at Washington.
Cal finished with a season-high 197 yards rushing, topping the 190 the Bears had vs. USC last Saturday.
Bryce Treggs caught 7 passes for 32 yards. Treggs now ranks fourth on Cal’s single-season list for receptions with 76, while Chris Harper ranks seventh on that list with 70 catches.
Michael Barton (10), Michael Lowe (11) and Kameron Jackson (9) all posted career highs in tackles.
Jalen Jefferson snared his first career interception in the third quarter after Deandre Coleman tipped a pass. It marked Cal’s first INT since the Washington State game on Oct. 5.
Vincenzo D’Amato nailed a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter. He is now 15-for-18 on the season.
Cole Leininger averaged 54.2 yards on four punts, the highest average of his career.
Receiver Kenny Lawler had a career-high 81 receiving yards on a career-high-tying six receptions.