PASADENA — California has made it halfway through coach Sonny Dykes' first season without beating another FBS team.
After another blowout loss, Dykes focused on the signs that the Golden Bears might be getting better very soon.
Brett Hundley passed for a career-high 410 yards and three touchdowns, and Paul Perkins rushed for an early score in No. 11 UCLA's 37-10 victory over Cal on Saturday night.
Jared Goff passed for 215 yards in the freshman's first game since his school-record 504-yard performance, and Daniel Lasco rushed for the Bears' only touchdown. But the Bear Raid offense didn't do nearly enough to keep up with Hundley, finishing with 320 yards on 80 offensive plays.
"We're learning, that's the thing," Dykes said. "We're a team that hasn't put a solid football game together all year. Defensively, we played well enough to have a chance, but offensively, we just struggled to execute basic plays."
Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 63 yards for Cal (1-5, 0-3), which also committed nine penalties and failed to execute in tough offensive situations. The Bears managed just one first down on their first five possessions, falling into a hole they couldn't escape.
"It's just something we can't allow to happen," Goff said of the Bears' 4-for-17 effort on third downs. "Offensively, we got stuff going, but we could never really finish it off. The defense gave us a chance to win, and we didn't really back them up very well."
Devin Fuller, Thomas Duarte and Shaq Evans caught touchdown passes as the Bruins (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) grinded out a win over their upstate UC rivals in their final rehearsal for back-to-back road games at Stanford and Oregon.
UCLA wasn't perfect, but a 488-yard offensive performance was enough to beat the Bears.
"There is a lot left out on the field, and we can get that much better," Hundley said. "I did all right. I did OK. It just shows me personally, I can do so much more."