Long after Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks had decided this one in Oregon State’s favor, Cal coach Sonny Dykes ignited a potential quarterback controversy Saturday night in front of 44,671 fans at Memorial Stadium.
The Beavers were well on their way to a 49-17 victory when Dykes made the call with 8:31 left in the third quarter to lift starting freshman quarterback Jared Goff in favor of redshirt freshman Zach Kline.
Dykes made the same switch three weeks earlier at Oregon, but this time Goff’s interception and two lost fumbles didn’t come in a monsoon rainstorm. This time, they looked like the mistakes of a 19-year-old whose confidence may be shaken.
Dykes said there likely will be competition in practice this week, but wasn’t prepared to say which quarterback will start next Saturday at Washington.
“Moving forward, we’ll see,” he said. “I don’t know what the answer is.”
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