The Bears were comfortably in control throughout, despite Goff's overall sluggishness.
The game did not start as excitingly as it concluded. It's the quarterback many pundits are calling the best in the country: Jared Goff. The last time any Bear sniffed the Heisman conversation, Jahvid Best almost died on the field (see above).
Cal is aiming for its first 4-0 start since 2007 and is brimming with confidence after last Saturday's 45-44 road win over Texas.
The only thing the Huskies did perfectly during a day of self-inflicted frustration was preserve the story line from beginning to end. Cal's DT Marcus Manley caused a fumble by Huskies' Dwayne Washington that gave the ball back to Cal after Goff missed on a long bomb to Treggs to end their first possession of the quarter. In others, take a four-touchdown deluge against BYU, he was as good as any quarterback could be reasonably expected to be, but simply couldn't keep pace with the amount of points his porous defense was allowing, which was, unfortunately, what Cal needed him to do in order to win. With the Huskies inside the California 40, running back Dwayne Washington was unable to haul in Jake Browning's pass down the sideline that likely would have gone for a touchdown. He'll hang in the pocket and sit on his back foot. "We've got to play better at every position across the board than we did past year to have a chance to win", commented Cal coach Sonny Dykes. "I thought our defense played lights out. (We) created five turnovers, and that was probably the difference in the ball game". 5 of them coming in tonight's game.
"It feels really good", said cornerback Darius White, who had an interception and a fumble recovery. The Bears scored 17 unanswered points to take a 20-7 lead into the break. His offense utilizes plenty of screen passes and pre-determined reads, two issues that forced Derek Carr into the second round in the 2014 draft.
Defensive end Kyle Kragen, who had 2 sacks, forced a fumble and broke up a pass, said the Bears' growing belief was unshaken even after they squandered most of the 27-7 lead they built early in the third quarter.
The Huskies answered immediately with a 65-yard, 10-play drive, capped by wide receiver Chico McClatcher's 2-yard sweep for a touchdown. There's always the possibility Washington drops the ball, as he did on the next play. "We just came out and executed". Washington (2-2) gained just 259 yards of offense and Cal dominated time of possession to the tune of 39:49 to 20:11. Vic Enwere rushed for a career-high 84 yards and a touchdown in Lasco's absence. All of a sudden, Washington was back in the ball game with a quick 14-0 run.
On Saturday against the Cal Golden Bears, they couldn't. His final kick, made from 37 yards outs, put the Bears ahead 30-21 with under six minutes to play. Washington pulled within six on a Cameron Van Winkle field goal with just under four minutes to play, but Cal was able to hold on.
With his offensive line struggling and the usually solid receivers dropping easy passes, Goff had difficulties moving the chains and getting the first downs necessary to eat up the clock with the lead.