After he was finished taking questions from reporters Saturday night, Cal coach Sonny Dykes had a brief exchange with athletic director Michael Williams as they were exiting the interview room.
“We’ll talk tomorrow,” Williams told him.
The conversation likely will focus on Dykes’ contract situation. He has two years left on his original five-year deal, and Williams said early in the week the school has begun negotiations to extend his contract.
Even at 6-5 overall, the Bears’ results this season have been mixed. Cal started 5-0, but has dropped five of its past six games. The Bears are bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, but the loss to Stanford dropped them to 0-9 in Dykes’ three years against their in-state rivals from the Pac-12.
The Bears played without running back Daniel Lasco, whose sprained ankle is the latest injury to derail his senior season. Sophomore Tre Watson filled in nicely, running 14 times for 87 yards a week after he gained 110 in a win over Oregon State.
Cal also played without two starting defensive players: safety Damariay Drew and defensive end Jonathan Johnson, both out with knee injuries, and junior running back Khalfani Muhammad, sidelined by a foot injury.
Lawler (bruised buttocks) was on the field for just one play all night.
Quarterback Jared Goff threw a pair of touchdown passes, boosting his career total to 85. That ties him for fifth-most in Pac-12 history, alongside a pair of former Arizona State quarterbacks — Rudy Carpenter (2005-08) and Andrew Walter (2001-04).
Goff’s 386 passing yards push his career total to 11,191, which elevates him to No. 6 on the Pac-12 charts.
Sophomore place-kicker Matt Anderson hit field goals from 20, 28 and 25 yards. He is 14 for 17 on the season, including eight in a row.
Cal entered the game tied for fifth nationally with 24 takeaways. But the Bears squeezed no turnovers out of Stanford and have just six in their past six games.