— What I saw that’s worth remembering from Cal’s 55-36 victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday:
— PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jared Goff achieved one of two things: He either established himself as a high first-round NFL draft pick or a (very) early frontrunner for the 2016 Heisman Trophy. Cal fans shouldn’t get their hopes up and count on the latter. Goff was spectacular in what is expected to be his final college game, completing 25 of 37 passes for 467 yards with no interceptions and six touchdowns. His TD total tied the second-most by a quarterback in any bowl game He broke the Pac-12 single-season TD record of 42, set last year by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, and he eclipsed the conference season passing yards record set in 2013 by East Bay native Sean Mannion of Oregon State. Goff finished the year with 43 TD passes and 4,719 yards. His crazy, three-year career totals: 96 TDs and 12,200 yards.
— FAMILY DAY: Senior wideout Bryce Treggs caught four passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, boosting his career marks to 195 receptions for 2,506 yards and 15 touchdowns. Added to Brian Treggs’ numbers from 1988-91, and the father-son receiving duo totaled 362 catches for 4,841 yards and 30 TDs.
— PLAY OF THE GAME: Cal forced Air Force kick returner Timothy McVey to fumble midway through the second quarter and Kyle Kragen recovered for the Bears at the Falcons’ 24-yard line. Goff delivered a TD pass to Kenny Lawler on the next play and the Bears forge a two-touchdown lead, 28-14. The Falcons never again were a threat.
— TURNING POINT: From the Air Force point of view, the game changed when senior safety Weston Steelhammer was ejected for a targeting penalty on Cal’s third play of the game. Besides having a cool name, Steelhammer is regarded as the Falcons’ best defensive player and the emotional and vocal leader of their secondary. Let’s face it: Air Force had little chance of defusing Goff and the Cal passing attack anyway. Without Steelhammer, the game became a track meet for the Cal offense.