Football: Cal-UW game thread

FINAL: Washington 41, Cal 17. Khalfani Muhammad’s 73-yard TD run with 5:06 left capped the scoring. The Bears (1-7, 0-5 Pac-12) have lost 12 straight to FBS opponents and 10 in a row in the conference. They haven’t held a lead at any time during their six-game losing streak. Goff finished 32 of 54 for 336 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers. The defense allowed 40 points-plus for the sixth time and the Huskies (5-3, 2-3) totaled 642 yards. 

THIRD QUARTER: UW 38, Cal 7. Not getting any better, is it? The Huskies are two points shy of becoming the sixth team to crack 40 against the Bears. UW has 557 yards through three quarters. Price is 18 for 29 for 365 and a pair of TDs. Goff is 28 for 48 for 279.

HALFTIME: UW 24, Cal 7. The Bears got on the board with a 13-play, 75 yard drive spanning the first two qtrs, with Goff going 8 for 9, including a 6-yard TD strike to Harper. The teams then exchanged eight punts, a nice stretch of defense for the Bears. But Sankey’s 59-yard TD run with 1:08 left in the half pushed the Huskies’ lead to 17 points. Goff is 20 for 35 for 180 yards in the half. Sankey has 16 carries for 188 yards. Cal does not have a turnover.

FIRST QUARTER: Huskies draw first blood, moving 97 yards in 11 plays, capped by Bishop Sankey’s 3-yard TD run with 8:48 left. QB Keith Price, who supposedly has an injured thumb on his throwing hand, was 6 for 6 for 74 yards. Price’s 68-yd TD pass to Jaydon Mickens makes it 17-0 with 1:41 left in Qtr. Bears now outscored 127-34 in opening period. Qtr stats: UW 219 total yards, Cal 66. Goff was 7 for 11 for 38 yards.

COIN FLIP: Cal wins the toss and will take the ball first.

Game time weather: 54 degrees. Cloudy, but still no wind.


Greetings from Husky Stadium. A cool evening here in Seattle, but dry and windless. A good night for football, even if the game figures to end close to midnight.

A few depth chart changes for Cal:

– Puka Lopa will start in place of Kyle Kragen at rush end

– Joel Willis for Adrian Lee at cornerback

– Michael Lowe for Damariay Drew at free safety

And, the offensive line will look like this:

– Redshirt freshman Christian Okafor at LT

– True freshman Chris Borrayo at LG

– Sophomore Jordan Rigsbee at C

– Junior Alejandro Crosthwaite (over Freddie Tagaloa) at RG

– Redshirt Steven Moore at RT

And, yes, Jared Goff will start at quarterback.


Football: Cal-Washington preview


RECORDS: Cal 1-6, 0-4 Pac-12; Washington 4-3, 1-3.

KICKOFF: 8 p.m., Husky Stadium, Seattle.

TV: Fox Sports 1


SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads 50-38-4. The Huskies won 21-13 last season, Cal’s only single-digit defeat during their ongoing 11-game losing streak to FBS teams. The Bears have won just three of 14 matchups in Seattle since 1976.

STORYLINES: Freshman Jared Goff will be back at quarterback after coach Sonny Dykes announced Friday he has retained the job in a week-long competition with redshirt freshman Zach Kline. … UW quarterback Keith Price, nursing a injured finger on his throwing hand, was announced as the starter. … The Bears have shaken up their offensive line, with Jordan Rigsbee moving from OG to C and freshman Chris Borrayo coming out of his redshirt year to start at OG. … The game matches teams with the longest current losing streaks in the Pac-12. Cal has dropped five in a row and UW three straight since starting the season 4-0. … Cal will wear helmet stickers honoring UW coaching legend Don James, who died Sunday at the age of 80. James was 12-2 against Cal, winning 12 in a row through his retirement in 1992.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal – RB Daniel Lasco (shoulder) and OG Matt Cochran (ankle) are out. Washington –  LB John Timu (ankle), OG Dexter Charles (shoulder) and Saf Kevin King (arm) are questionable.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s front seven vs. Washington RB Bishop Sankey. The Bears have faced a series of prolific passers, but now engage the Huskies’ star junior, who has rushed for at least 100 yards in 12 of the past 18 games. His 921 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns are more than the total of all of Cal’s backs. Sankey had 189 yards and two TDs at Cal last season, but last week at Arizona State was held to a season-low 22 yards on 13 carries.

STATS THAT MATTER: The combined record of Cal’s first four Pac-12 teams is 22-6, 12 in the conference. The record of their next four Pac-12 foes is 15-11, 3-10. … The Bears have not beaten an FBS opponent in 378 days. … Cal ranks last in the Pac-12 in sacks allowed (22) and turnover margin (minus-11).


Football: Dykes’ decision to make no change at quarterback is bolder than you think

First-year coach Sonny Dykes, who has reshuffled the hand dealt him regularly this fall in hopes of reversing the Golden Bears’ fortunes, made perhaps his boldest move yet Friday.

He changed nothing at the most important position on his team.

After nearly a week of speculation, Dykes announced that freshman Jared Goff has retained his starting quarterback job entering Saturday night’s game at Washington.

Goff and redshirt freshman Zach Kline shared first-team reps in practice and the stage seemed set for Kline to get his first chance to take the reins as the starter.

The Bears are 1-6, winless in Pac-12 Conference play and there was a bit of a “why not?” feel to the prospect of a change at quarterback.

It would have been the easy call, perhaps the popular one among Old Blues dying to see some tangible results from a season whose initial promise largely has drained away.

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Football: Defense chases historically bad numbers

Cal nose tackle Deandre Coleman, who attended Garfield High perhaps five minutes from Husky Stadium, expects to have 40 friends and family members at Saturday night’s game against Washington.

“It’s my senior year,” he said. “I’ve got to come out with a bang.”

Seven games into coach Sonny Dykes’ debut season, the Golden Bears have yet to make that kind of noise on defense. Cal ranks third-to-last nationally in total yards allowed, second-to-last in scoring defense and last among 123 FBS schools in passing yards surrendered.

“We’ve seen signs in practice,” Dykes said. “We haven’t seen a whole lot in a game up to this point.”

If there’s no improvement, the Bears are on target to field the statistically worst defense in Cal’s 131-year football history.

Having already given up at least 40 points in five games, the Bears are allowing 44.4 per game. They are on pace to give up 533 points — 102 more than Tom Holmoe’s 1-10 team of 2001 surrendered in one less game.

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Football: Oregon State game thread

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 49, Cal 17. Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) ride 493 passing yards and 4 TDs from Pleasanton native Sean Mannion to their fifth straight win. Cal (1-6, 0-4) loses its 11th straight game to an FBS opponent. The big question: Did SonnyDykes ignite a quarterback controversy? It wasn’t raining on Jared Goff when he was pulled as it was three weeks ago at Oregon. Zach Kline didn’t light up the night, but he gave the Bears a spark and got them into the end zone twice. My guess: Dykes opens up the QB competition again this week in advance of the Bears’ trip to Washington.

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Football: Cal provides transportation options

Here’s a link to Cal’s athletic website and suggestions for getting to Saturday night’s football game in anticipation of a BART strike.

– For fans arriving early in Berkeley, the Cal men’s basketball team is holding a free open workout from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Click here for details.

– Here’s an Associated Press story on former Cal wideout Keenan Allen, who has blossomed in his NFL rookie season for the San Diego Chargers.


Football: Time running short for Cal seniors

This still is the beginning for Cal’s football program under first-year coach Sonny Dykes, but time is running out for the team’s nine scholarship seniors.

For defensive end Dan Camporeale, Saturday night’s game against Oregon State is one of six remaining chances to make a statement.

“So for the rest of my life,” Camporeale said, “I can say I’m proud of what we did.”

No one in the program is feeling that sense of achievement so far. The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) have lost five games to Football Bowl Subdivision opponents by an average margin of 24 points. Beating the Beavers (5-1, 3-0), led by NCAA passing leader Sean Mannion, won’t be easy.

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RECORDS: Cal 1-5, 0-3 Pac-12; Oregon State 5-1, 3-0.

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium.



SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads 34-31-0, but Oregon State won 62-14 last season at Corvallis, Ore., in former coach Jeff Tedford’s final game. The Beavers have won five of the past six meetings and 11 of the past 14. Cal has not beaten OSU in Berkeley since 1997.

STORYLINES: Two of the nation’s most prolific passers clash when Cal freshman Jared Goff (No. 4 nationally at 2,036 yards) duels Pleasanton native and OSU junior Sean Mannion (No. 1 at 2,511 yards). … The Bears continue to chase their first win over an FBS team since beating Washington State last Oct. 13. . . . Six other Bay Area native play for the Beavers, including defensive end Dylan Wynn of Concord and cornerback Ryan Murphy of Oakland, both starters. Antioch’s Terron Ward rushed for 128 yards against the Bears last season.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal – RB Daniel Lasco (shoulder), CB Stefan McClure (knee), OG Matt Cochran (ankle), C Chris Adcock (knee) are out. Oregon State – TE Connor Hamlett (knee) and Saf Zach Robinson (head) are out.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s young cornerbacks vs. Oregon State junior wideout Brandin Cooks. Cal, which ranks second-to-last nationally in passing yards allowed per game (321.8), hopes to contain must try to slow Cooks, who leads the nation’s pass catchers with 63 receptions, 944 yards and 11 touchdowns.

STATS THAT MATTER: The combined record of Cal first five FBS opponents is 25-5. The combined record of Oregon State’s first five FBS foes is 13-17. … Cal has been outscored 96-31 in the first quarter. … OSU has allowed just seven sacks while the Bears have surrendered 20, worst in the Pac-12. … OSU’s defense boasts a conference-best 12 interceptions, including an NCAA-best five by junior cornerback Steven Nelson.


Football: Offense can’t deliver in loss to Bruins

The Cal offense took the heat for this one.

After a 37-10 loss to No. 11 UCLA in front of 84,272 fans at the Rose Bowl, Cal quarterback Jared Goff called the performance of the defense “stellar.”

And if that was perhaps generous, certainly it was an improved effort by a unit that has been one of the nation’s worst.

The offense, meanwhile, scored 10 points in a second-quarter burst but otherwise was quiet.

“They gave us a chance to win and we didn’t capitalize on it,” Goff said of the defense’s work. “That’s probably mainly on me. If the offense doesn’t play well, it’s my fault.”

Sonny Dykes, the first Cal coach to start 1-5 in his debut season since Mike White in 1972, was disappointed the offense couldn’t get much done.

“We haven’t put a solid football game together all year where we played well on both sides of the ball,” Dykes said.

The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) still haven’t beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 31-17 win at Washington State a year ago Sunday.

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Football: UCLA game thread

FINAL SCORE: UCLA 37, Cal 1o. The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) remain winless against FBS teams since a year ago Sunday, when they won 31-17 at Washington State. No. 11 UCLA, which got a career-high 410 passing yards and 3 TDs from Brett Hundley, improved to 5-0, 2-0 in the Pac-12. Goff was 26 for 43 for 215 yards, by far his least-productive full-game performance.

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Football: Bears won’t turn yards into points until running game in the red zone clicks

In senior Vincenzo D’Amato, Cal has one of the nation’s most accurate field goal kickers. But the Golden Bears are finding that you don’t win in the Pac-12 Conference by scoring three points at a time.

Cal (1-4, 0-2) takes on No. 11 UCLA (4-0, 1-0) at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, and maximizing opportunities in the red zone will be paramount against a team averaging 48 points a game.

In order to turn yards into touchdowns, the Bears must finish drives inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. And to do that, they need to run the ball better.

Through five games, Cal has called 38 runs in the red zone and those plays have netted an average of 1.7 yards. “That’s not good,” first-year Sonny Dykes said.

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RECORDS: Cal 1-4, 0-2 Pac-12; UCLA is 4-0, 1-0.

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena.



SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 50-32-1. Cal won 43-17 last season and has won nine of the past 14 meetings, but just one of the past six in Pasadena.

STORYLINES: Playing its fourth Top-25 team this season, the Bears hope to recapture the magic of a year ago against the Bruins when they rode four touchdown passes from Zach Maynard and 151 rushing yards from C.J. Anderson to their best victory of the season. … UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who had a touchdown passing, running and receiving last week at Utah, had his worst career game against the Bears last season, intercepted four times and sacked five times. Cal’s Kam Jackson had three of the picks. … Three more defensive players are out due to injuries this week, including starters Stefan McClure and Jalen Jefferson. McClure is done for the season after knee surgery this week.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal – CB Stefan McClure (knee), LB Jalen Jefferson (head), CB Joel Willis (head), OG Matt Cochran (ankle), C Chris Adcock (knee) are out. UCLA – DT Ellis McCarthy (head) and RB James Jordon (ankle) are doubtful. OT Torian White (leg) is out.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal left tackle Freddie Tagaloa vs. UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr. Tagaloa’s job is to protect quarterback Jared Goff’s backside, but the super-quick Barr, a second-team All-American a year ago, has 15.5 sacks the past two seasons.

STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has been outscored 86-31 in the first quarter and allowed the opposing team to score a touchdown on its first possession in every game. … The Bears have 10 turnovers the past two games and rank 118th nationally in giveaways at 3.2 per game. … A 25 1/2-point underdog, Cal has failed to cover the spread in 11 straight games. … UCLA ranks last in the nation in penalties with 10.75 per game. … UCLA is the fifth opponent in six games with an unbeaten record entering its game vs. Cal. Those six teams were a combined 13-2 at the time they faced the Bears.