FINAL SCORE: Ohio State 52, Cal 34. Goff finished 31 for 53 for 371 yards with three TDs. Guiton was 21 for 32 for 276 yards and four TDs and rushed for 92 yards. Ohio State totaled 608 yards.
Cal is 1-2 with a bye week before opening Pac-12 play at Oregon, which is averaging better than 61 points per game.
THIRD QTR: The Buckeyes enter the final 15 minutes leading 52-27. In case you’re curious (or sadistic), Cal hadn’t allowed this many points in a nonconference game since Nevada and Colin Kaepernick scored 52 in 2010.
Cal hasn’t allowed more than that to a non-Pac-12 foe since a 66-0 loss at Alabama in 1973.
Through three quarters, Goff is 26 for 43 for 327 yards.
SECOND QTR: Jordan Hall’s 1-yard plunge makes it 31-14 with 8:2o left in half. Second time it appeared Buckeyes’ hurry-up goal-line offense scored before Cal defense was entirely ready.
More Sonny Dykes subterfuge: Goff comes off field on fourth-and-7 from Ohio St as punt team comes on. But Goff and punter Cole Leininger both wear No. 16, so Buckeyes don’t notice Goff is back on field. His 11-yard completion to Caleb Coleman — freshman WR from St. Mary’s HS-Berkeley — sets up 43-yard field goal by D’Amato on final play at half.
Cal pulls within 31-20 and we still have a game.
Halftime stat leaders: Ohio State had 365 total yards to 291 for Cal. Goff was 21 for 34 for 239 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Bears rushed for 52 yards, led by 21 from freshman Khalfani Muhammad.
FIRST QTR: Ohio State wins the coin flip and defers. Cal will receive the opening kickoff and will defend the north goal.
Cal fans may remember Devin Smith, who just caught that 90-yard TD pass for a 7-0 Buckeyes lead. He was the same guy whose 72-yard TD reception beat the Bears in Columbus last season. Beat redshirt freshman Damariay Drew for the touchdown.
You think Smith would like to play every game of his career against the Bears?
Now 14-0 — Smith with a47-yard TD catch. That’s two TD drives covering 163 yards in elapsed time of 58 seconds.
Now 21-0 — Guiton’s third TD pass and there still are 9 minutes left in 1st qtr.
0:55 left in 1st Qtr and we already have 38 points: Ohio St 24-14. Cal alive.
END OF 1ST QTR: Ohio State 24, Cal 14.
Stats highlights: Ohio State 275 yards, Ca; 170. Goff 13 for 17 for 182 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int. Cal 6 rushes for minus-12 yards.
WELCOME: Spectacular day at Strawberry Canyon for Cal vs. Ohio State.
Lots of red in Memorial Stadium — if Cal fans are loud this may be a neutral environment. Otherwise, the Buckeyes appear ready to make a lot of noise.
QB Braxton Miller not dressed and warming up with his OSU teammates. It will be Kenny Guiton, making his first start since his senior season at Eisenhower HS in Houston.
We’ll see if it matters, or if the Bears can take advantage.
For Cal, LB Nick Forbes and DE Chris McCain are warming up.
Word out of Tucson: Ex-Cal linebacker David Wilkerson (Monte Vista HS) has officially been aded to the Arizona roster.