Cal kicks off season with a little trickery
The Cal faithful had a lot to look forward to in Saturday night's season opener against No. 22 Northwestern including the debut of Jared Goff, the first true freshman starting quarterback in school history, and the dawn of the Sonny Dykes era and his "Bear Raid" offense. The Memorial Stadium crowd got a peek at Dykes' offensive creativity in the Golden Bears' very first possession.
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After a 72-yard opening drive, Cal lined up for a field goal at the Wildcats' 10-yard line. That's where things got tricky.
Senior kicker Vincenzo D'Amato pulled off a nifty little spin move before dumping off a short pass to the holder, Jackson Bouza, who scampered into the endzone untouched. It wasn't simple or straightforward, but the Bears had their first touchdown of the year.
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It's always important to make a good first impression and Dykes' initial chess move in Berkeley had Cal fans pleasantly surprised. Despite a 445-yard passing perfomance from Goff, Northwestern escaped with a 44-30 win over the Golden Bears.