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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zach Maynard threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, and California made Jeff Tedford the program's winningest coach with a 63-12 romp over Presbyterian on Saturday in the first home game at AT&T Park.
Isi Sofele ran for a career-high 110 yards and two touchdowns and Brendan Bigelow returned a kick 88 yards for a score to give Tedford his 75th victory. He passed Andy Smith, who had held the record since 1925.
Maynard finished 15 for 25 passing and only played one half for the Golden Bears (3-0) in the first of five games this season at the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants' cozy waterfront ballpark. Cal's longtime home, Memorial Stadium, is currently being renovated.
Justin Bethel had all the highlights for the Blue Hose (1-2). He blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and intercepted a pass by Maynard for a score.
The Bears settled into their temporary digs just fine.
The water cannons in right field, normally reserved for Giants homeruns, shot into the air every time Cal scored. Large bleachers erected along the far sideline piled in fans and the goal posts squeezed against the padded walls just below the stands.
A crowd that came across San Francisco Bay colored the park in blue and gold and spread banners over some of the Giants' decor. The Bears will face tougher opponents at home in the Pac-12 Conference.
They overwhelmed and overmatched Presbyterian from the start.
After three penalties stalled the opening drive, Cal wasted little time on its next possession. C.J. Anderson rushed for a 9-yard touchdown through the infield dirt to cap a three-play, 50-yard drive that gave the Bears a 7-0 lead.
Sean Cattouse followed with an interception on a pass by Presbyterian's Ryan Singer. Two plays later, Sofele powered his way into the end zone from a yard out to put Cal ahead 14-0.
Cattouse leaped up to snag his second interception--the sixth of his career and the most among Cal's active players--near the Bears sideline early in the second quarter. Three players later, Marvin Jones sprinted across the field on a crossing pattern and slipped past two defenders for a 51-yard touchdown that extended Cal's lead to 28-0.
The Bears quickly drove 55 yards on five plays highlighted by Keenan Allen's 21-yard touchdown catch from Maynard just before the break. Bigelow returned the opening kickoff in the second half for an 88-yard touchdown that put the Bears ahead 49-12, and the rout was on.
Presbyterian plays in the Big South Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA, moving up from Division II just five years ago.