Football: Cal-Portland State facts


RECORDS: Cal 0-1; Portland State 1-0

KICKOFF: 2 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Stadium, Berkeley

TV: Pac-12 Networks


SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads 1-0. The Bears won 42-16 in 2006

STORYLINES: A week after losing 44-30 to then-No. 22 Northwestern in coach Sonny Dykes’ debut, Cal faces a Football Championship Subdivision opponent that routed NAIA-level Eastern Oregon 57-17 last week. … The Bears have started 0-2 just once in the past 17 seasons. … Cal wants to run the ball more effectively after being forced to attempt a school-record 64 passes vs. Northwestern. Running back Brendan Bigelow, knocked out of the opener, has been cleared and is expected to start vs. PSU. … Cal defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks ran the D-line at Portland State for seven seasons through 1992.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal — MLB Nick Forbes (back), DE Brennan Scarlett (hand), SS Avery Sebastian (Achilles), DE Chris McCain (head) and WR Kenny Lawler (head) are out. RB Daniel Lasco (hamstring) is probable. Portland State — None reported.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: A Cal defense that will play without four injured starters faces a Portland State squad that racked up more points last week than any opening game in school history. Sophomore quarterback Kieran McDonagh, at 6-2, 245 pounds, operates the pistol offense. PSU ran for 405 yards last week, sparked by 100-plus yards each from D.J. Adams and Shaquille Richard, both 1,000-yard career rushers. Adams has 30 career rushing touchdowns.

STATS THAT MATTER: Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff’s 450-yard performance against Northwestern was the second-most by any player in the country last week. … Cal is 6-0 all-time vs. FCS teams. The Bears outscored those teams by an average margin of 51-12, topping 50 points on four occasions. … Portland State is 2-29 all-time vs. FBS teams, including 0-12 vs. current members of the Pac-12. The Vikings have been outscored in those games by an average margin of 49-9.

Jeff Faraudo

  • JDub

    Pistol. (Shudder).

    Let’s just hope their D sucks.

  • Gobears49

    Obscure stat of the week — the team Portland State played last week, Eastern Oregon, plays the same team THREE TIMES this year — perennial powers and household names Montana Tech, University of Montana Western, and Southern Oregon University . Must not be many D2 teams in that sparely populated area of the country. Here’s Eastern Oregon’s schedule this year —

  • Gobears49

    Meant to say Eastern Oregon plays three teams twice this year.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Please try your best to not embarrass the PAC 12.