This is the exhale weekend on Cal’s football schedule, a detour from the steady diet of FBS opponents to face Portland State, an FCS-level team.
Since 2005, the Golden Bears have played six teams from what once was called NCAA Division I-AA, and have won all six by an average of about 40 points per game.
Still, first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes said his team won’t sleep on the visitors from the Big Sky Conference. “There’s not any layups in football anymore,” he said.
Coming off a 44-30 opening loss to Northwestern, the Bears need a victory to validate what they did well against a Top-25 opponent. Quarterback Jared Goff threw 450 yards — more than any true freshman in Pac-12 history and five more than he had Saturday after official statistics were updated this week.
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Cal vs. FCS opponents
2005: d. Sacramento State 41-3
2006: d. Portland State 42-16
2009: d. Eastern Washington 59-7
2010: d. UC Davis 52-3
2011: d. Presbyterian 63-12
2012: d. Southern Utah 50-31
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