Cal quarterback Jared Goff finished 25 of 41 for 303 yards and two TDs, boosting his season total to 24, tied for third-most in school history.
He earned the admiration of UCLA coach Jim Mora, who said, “He’s got everything you want in a big-time player.”
Goff’s 10th career 300-yard passing game ties him with Pat Barnes for most by a Cal quarterback.
Freshman backup Luke Rubenzer played more than he had in a month, and threw his second TD of the season, a 7-yarder to Chris Harper for a 14-10 Cal lead midway through the second quarter.
Dykes had no immediate update on the status of Harper, who was hit in the back by UCLA cornerback Jaleel Wadood and helped off the field with 1:40 left in the game.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 31 of 42 passes for 330 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, and was the game’s leading rusher with 17 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Cal linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. recovered a fumble and forced another to set up Cal’s first two touchdowns.
Cam Walker had his first career interception, returning it 39 yards.
Punter Cole Leininger averaged 44.0 yards on eight kicks, five of them downed inside the 20-yard line.
As expected, Cal left guard Chris Borrayo did not dress due to a head injury. Matt Cochran started in his place. The Bears also played without defensive end Brennan Scarlett (knee).
But the Bears got back the services of starting safeties Stefan McClure and Michael Lowe. Lowe had a team-high 11 tackles and McClure had nine.
Four of Cal’s five Pac-12 games have been decided by four points or less.