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."
UCLA struggled with nine penalties and an unimpressive running game in the absence of injured tailback Jordon James, but Hundley went 31 for 41 while picking apart the Bears' injury-depleted defense and avenging the Bruins' embarrassing loss in Berkeley last season.
The Bruins didn't exactly dazzle a near-sellout Rose Bowl crowd celebrating coach Jim Mora's unbeaten team, but the defense made sure Cal never threatened to make it a game in the second half.
"I think we did a good job, but we know we have to be better," said Barr, who had an early sack and two tackles for losses. "We got them down, and they had to throw the ball a little more, and we took care of it after that."
The test should prove valuable to a team that must figure out how to move the ball against the Cardinal's sturdy defense and slow down the Ducks' speedy offense in consecutive weeks to stay in the national title hunt.
Perkins had just 36 yards rushing while starting in place of James, who hurt his ankle in last week's win at Utah. Simon Goines moved to left tackle and freshman Caleb Benenoch took over at right tackle on the UCLA offensive line after starting left tackle Torian White was lost for the regular season last week.