No. 21 Cal Dominates Portland State, 41-16
Sept. 16, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -Marshawn Lynch ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on just six carries, and No. 21 California tuned up for its Pac-10 schedule with a 42-16 victory over Portland State on Saturday.
Nate Longshore passed for 225 yards and two scores in the first half for the Golden Bears (2-1), who substituted liberally after rolling to a 32-point lead midway through the second quarter. DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 103 yards and a score, but coach Jeff Tedford won't be entirely pleased with his team's error-riddled performance.
Cal's defense knocked two of the Division I-AA Vikings' quarterbacks out of the game with injuries on crushing hits in the first quarter. Daymeion Hughes returned an interception 30 yards for a score before the schools played a scoreless second half.
Cameron Morrah also caught a TD pass for the Bears, while Lynch, Justin Forsett and Marcus O'Keith all rushed for scores as they racked up 375 total yards by halftime.
But Cal allowed two quick touchdowns shortly before halftime, and the Bears committed nine penalties for 103 yards and made three turnovers. Cal also lost starting right tackle Scott Smith to a sprained knee.
After opening the season with a big loss at Tennessee and a big home win over Minnesota, Cal soon will find out whether its No. 9 preseason ranking was justified. Arizona State visits Memorial Stadium next weekend, with Oregon coming in two weeks later.
Receiver Tremayne Kirkland caught a TD pass and threw another for Portland State (2-1), which beat New Mexico in its season opener. With a defensive line featuring four Division I-A transfers, the Vikings seemed to be a tougher matchup than the usual I-AA foe - but Cal's starters were too much.
Portland State quarterback Sawyer Smith and freshman backup Tygue Howland both left the field with injuries in the first quarter, forcing Rob Freeman into the game. Howland sprained his knee and Smith bruised his hip, but Freeman went 12-for-17 for 119 yards.
The Bears did little wrong offensively after Longshore's first pass, which was intercepted by Micheal Dorsey to set up Eric Azorr's 24-yard field goal just 4 1/2 minutes in. O'Keith returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield, and Cal went ahead for good on third-string tight end Morrah's 3-yard TD catch.
Lynch made his most impressive run early in the second quarter, escaping a midfield pile and dodging two more tacklers before rumbling 71 yards into the end zone.
Cal inserted several backup defenders midway through the second quarter, but Kirkland threw a 42-yard trick pass to Brendan Ferrigno, the son of Cal receivers coach Dan Ferrigno. Kirkland beat Hughes for a 4-yard TD catch 1:19 before halftime, but Jackson's 27-yard TD catch capped a 55-second scoring drive moments later.
Cal committed two personal fouls and ran into Portland State's punter during an error-plagued series in the third quarter.