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Live updates: Cal vs. Air Force in Armed Forces Bowl, 11 a.m.

Cal's quarterback Jared Goff (16) and head coach Sonny Dykes stand on sideline in the first half of a Pac-12 game against Arizona State at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Cal’s quarterback Jared Goff (16) and head coach Sonny Dykes stand on sideline in the first half of a Pac-12 game against Arizona State at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Get in-game analysis Tuesday at 11 a.m. as Cal takes on Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas.

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Football: Cal hopes to carry offensive rhythm into bowl game

Cal coach Sonny Dykes put on his travel-agent hat after the Bears’ 48-46 victory over Arizona State in their regular-season finale at Memorial Stadium.

Asked if the Bears deserved a bid in the Jan. 2 Cactus Bowl at Tempe, Arizona over the home-town Sun Devils, the giddy coach offered, “I mean, we beat ‘em. They probably want to sell hotels. I don’t know how many they’re going to sell to Arizona State.”

Cal won’t know its postseason destination won’t be official until Sunday, but Dykes and the Bears probably wish they could play this week after their second-half performance Saturday night on front of 45,385 fans.

Down by 21 points midway through the second quarter and trailing 27-10 at halftime, Cal punted after its first possession of the third quarter.

Then quarterback Jared Goff led a parade of five straight touchdown drives before placekicker Matt Anderson delivered a game-winning, 22-yard field goal as time expired.

Cal hadn’t scored more than 28 points against any Pac-12 opponent – except last-place Oregon State – since Oct. 3. But the Bears posted 38 in the second half alone against an ASU defense whose mighty pass rush was completely defused.

“We just couldn’t stop them,” ASU coach Todd Graham said.

For Goff, who has thrown 90 touchdown passes in three seasons, this was a signature game. He broke his own school record with 542 passing yards and threw four of his five TDs after halftime.

“He will us to that win at the end,” Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said.

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Football: Jared Goff, Cal complete amazing comeback

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After Cal had completed an improbable 48-46 comeback victory over Arizona State on Saturday night, there was unbridled bedlam in the Bears’ locker room.

Players chanted and sang and coach Sonny Dykes danced in their midst wearing a smile so wide it probably left his face hurting.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing right there, the locker room celebration we had. It doesn’t get much better than that,” quarterback Jared Goff said. “I’ll remember it for the rest of my life, for sure.”

Down 21 points midway through the second quarter and trailing 27-10 at halftime, Cal forged its biggest comeback since fighting back from a 21-0 hole against Air Force in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl.

They won when sophomore Matt Anderson kicked a 22-yard field goal with no time left.

“I didn’t really even see the kick go through,” Anderson said. “I just got swarmed. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.”

The Bears (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) already were bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. But a loss to the Sun Devils (6-6, 4-5) would have sent them into the postseason on a discouraging 1-6 final skid following their 5-0 start.

Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, standing behind reporters in the press box before Anderson’s game-winning kick, squeezed his eyes closed and said, “Please, these kids deserve this.”

Two years after going 1-11 in Dykes’ debut season, the Bears had a victory they will place above all others.

“Oh, it’s No. 1, absolutely,” Goff said.

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Football: Cal braces for Arizona State blitz tactics

Bryce Treggs is asking an awful lot from the Cal offensive line in Saturday night’s regular-season finale against an Arizona State that shares the national lead in sacks.

“They definitely bring an abnormal amount of pressure,” the Bears’ senior wide receiver said. “I told the line if they hold them for 10 seconds, that’s all we need to get open.”

Ten seconds?

“No, I mean two seconds. Sorry.”

“I’d prefer 10,” quarterback Jared Goff said, laughing.

No one gets much time against the Sun Devils, whose 44 sacks are 10 more than any other team in the Pac-12. They had eight just last week against Arizona.

Cal coach Sonny Dykes said most defenses tip off their blitz plans pre-snap, but ASU comes from all angles and rarely gives it away.

“They do a nice job of disguising what they do,” he said.

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Big Game live updates: Cal vs. Stanford, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) claps after defeating Oregon State at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. California defeated Oregon State 54-24. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) claps after defeating Oregon State at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. California defeated Oregon State 54-24. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Get in-game news and analysis from the 118th Big Game at Stanford as the Cardinal face the Bears at 7:30 p.m.

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Football: Big Game sons learned well from fathers

Here is staff writer Dan Brown’s story on Big Game fathers and sons:

The 118th Big Game at Stanford Stadium this week is besotted with players who have an Axe wedged somewhere in their family tree.

Jared Goff’s father, for example, was an All-America catcher at Cal, which is why the quarterback has been a Bears fan since birth.

Jerry and Nancy Goff even guided their son through a pivotal moment for any young Cal disciple, a Play date.

“The first time I saw ‘The Play,’ I was told about the meaning of it,” Jared Goff said this week, recalling Cal’s five-lateral miracle to beat Stanford in the 1982 Big Game. “It’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, play in college history.”

Then, breaking into the iconic call of radio man Joe Starkey, Goff added: ” ‘The band is on the field!’ and all that stuff.”

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Football: Daniel Lasco, Kenny Lawler and Damariay Drew all questionable for Cal in Big Game

Cal could be without three significant players for the 118th Big Game at Stanford on Saturday.

Running back Daniel Lasco (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Lawler (bruised buttocks) and safety Damariay Drew (knee) all are questionable, Cal coach Sonny Dykes said Thursday evening. He said all three would be re-evaluated after Friday’s practice.

Lasco, who rushed for 1,115 yards a year ago, has struggled to stay healthy all season. He has missed two games and rushed for just 331 yards.

“We’ve just had a hard time getting him back and rolling,” Dykes said. “It’s disappointing for us and disappointing for him because he’s such a good player.”

Dykes said running back Khalfani Muhammad (foot) is cleared and will play. If Lasco is shelved, the carries will be shared by Muhammad, Vic Enwere and Tre Watson, who rushed for a career-high 110 yards last week.

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Football: Jared Goff No. 2 on Mel Kiper Jr.’s QB draft list

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest rankings of the top NFL prospects at quarterback:

1. *Paxton Lynch, Memphis
2. *Jared Goff, California
3. Carson Wentz, North Dakota St.
4. Connor Cook, Michigan St.
5. *Christian Hackenberg, Penn St.
6. Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.
7. *Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
8. Cody Kessler, USC
9. Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky
10. Trevone Boykin, TCU

*Player has a year of eligibility remaining.

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Football: Four key ingredients for a possible Cal upset victory in the Big Game

The numbers don’t provide much hope for Cal against rival Stanford in Saturday’s 118th Big Game.

The Bears have lost five straight in the series — by an average margin of more than 25 points — and are double-digit underdogs on the road this time.

So what must Cal do to add to the lore of Big Game upsets against the 15th-ranked Cardinal? Here’s a checklist:

Play loose and confident

The pressure of playing for bowl eligibility is gone for the Bears (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12), who got over the hump last weekend with a 54-24 rout of Oregon State.

“It’s a weight lifted off our shoulders,” senior safety Stefan McClure said.

Free of that burden, the Bears must arrive at Stanford Stadium with belief in themselves. Two years ago, after a 63-13 loss to the Cardinal in coach Sonny Dykes’ debut season, then-freshman offensive guard Chris Borrayo saw a discouraged team in the locker room.

“My teammates’ heads were down. We got our (butts) kicked pretty bad by Stanford that day,” he said. “I just saw everyone’s faces were scared.”

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Football: Big Game brings out big praise from David Shaw on Cal QB Jared Goff

Stanford coach David Shaw told reporters this week if he had one game to win, he’d pick between his own Kevin Hogan and Cal’s Jared Goff to start at quarterback.

Stanford is 2-0 against Goff, but Shaw likes everything about the Cal junior, who has thrown for 3,324 yards and 30 touchdowns this season.

“You have to get a calculator with Goff’s numbers,” Shaw said. “He’s awesome. He’s tall, he’s long. He has a quick release. He can paint the sidelines from the far hash. That’s big-time.

“Down the field, the balls are beautiful. They’re tight, coming down right where you want them. The kid’s really good. He’s the kind of guy you root for. He’s a humble kid. We’re going into this game with a lot of respect for this guy. He is that good.”