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Cal holds off Portland State 37-30

  • Freshman quarterback Jared Goff became the first Cal quarterback since 1996 to throw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BERKELEY — Jared Goff made several big plays in another impressive performance by the California freshman quarterback.

None was more satisfying than his kneeldown that milked the final seconds off the clock and clinched coach Sonny Dykes first win with the Golden Bears.

Goff passed for 485 yards and two touchdowns, and scored a third on the ground leading Cal to a 37-30 win over Portland State on Saturday.

“With the receivers I have ... we should be doing stuff like that every game,” Goff said. “It's more them than it is me, really. I just give them the ball and they run.”

Goff completed 33 of 51 attempts and was 19 yards shy of breaking the school's single-game passing record. He became the first Cal quarterback since 1996 to throw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games.

Goff passed for 450 yards in Cal's season-opening loss to No. 19 Northwestern and was just as sharp against the Vikings.

He scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and threw a 10-yard touchdown to Maurice Harris in the first half, then connected with Richard Rodgers on a 75-yard score in the third quarter to help the Bears complete a comeback after falling behind 20-10.

“(Goff is) going to be a star and I think that's obvious,” gushed Portland State coach Nigel Burton. “He's a big guy and he's mobile enough to buy some time with his feet, which bit us in the butt a couple of times on third down.”

Vincenzo D'Amato added two field goals for the Bears, who face four ranked teams over the next six weeks including back-to-back games against No. 3 Ohio State and No.2 Oregon.

Cal also got a boost from running back Khalfani Muhammad, who scored a touchdown and had 160 yards in total offense.

The two teams combined for 1,169 yards of total offense and 54 first downs. There were 42 plays of 10 yards or more, including four that went 50 or longer.

Dykes brought a wide-open offense with him and found the perfect quarterback to run it in Goff.

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