Football: Goff earns freshman honor

Cal quarterback Jared Goff was named Athlon Sports Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after passing for 371 yards and three touchdowns in the Bears’ 52-34 loss to No. 4 Ohio State.

Goff is the first Cal quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in three straight games since Aaron Rodgers in 2003. On the subject of Rodgers, see below . . .

Goff has completed 103-of-168 passes for 1,306 yards with seven touchdowns over the first three games of the season. He leads the NCAA in passing yards, passing yards per game (435.3) and total offense yards per game (429.7).

He is the fastest Cal player to ever reach 1,000 yards passing in a single season, hitting the mark in the first quarter of the third game of the campaign against the Buckeyes.


Rodgers had himself a pretty good game also this weekend. He threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers’ 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins.

And there was ex-Cal star DeSean Jackson, who caught nine passes for 193 yards and a touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 33-30 loss to San Diego. Rookie Keenan Allen of the Chargers caught two balls for 34 yards.

Finally, Cal alum Marshawn Lynch rushed for 98 yards and two TDs as the Seahawks routed the 49ers 29-3.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Karl Kelley

    Cal was a 15.5-point underdog going into that game and lost by 18 points. We nearly beat the point spread. Go Bears! – – Cal alum, ’81

  • Rollonubears

    Sarcasm, right? That’s like saying we were a pick’em and we only lost by a field goal.

  • Kinda Old Blue

    So I know the defense sucks. How much of it is due to bad schemes and Dyke’s lack of “emphasis” on defense and how much is due to really young players and a whole bunch of injuries making them even younger? I don’t really know but would be curious to get others’ opinions…

    If we can get healthy and a bit more mature, maybe we can hold teams to 20-24 points a game. Hell, even under 30 might work. If so, I think our offense could win us a few. We scored 34 points against OSU. Isn’t that noteworthy?

  • Drizzlyboy

    Marshawn also had a receiving touchdown, accounting for all three touchdowns in the game. Way to go Cal alums!

  • Paul D Hermann

    I believe with Scarlett and Sabastian and Forbes out and kaufisi and wilkerson gaone and broussard and barton etc we are simply out manned even if the players are in position to make a play not all on Coaching but if we can get these men back and the replacements continue to develop we will have a defense later this season and next concerned that Deandre is not playing like the draft pick I thought he was. On offense we need to give Bigalow Lasco Muhammed a little daylight and they need to make the first guy miss. Got Couth