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Goff Sets School Record In Loss To No. 6 Oregon

Oct 24, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Cal quarterback Jared Goff set the school record with his 11th career 300-yard passing game but the Bears fell to No. 6 Oregon on Friday night, 59-41, in the first-ever college football game at Levi’s Stadium.

Goff was 32-for-52 for 360 yards and two touchdowns, breaking a tie with Pat Barnes for the most 300-yard games ever at Cal.

Junior Daniel Lasco was the Bears’ leader in rushing and receiving yards, totaling 85 yards on the ground with a touchdown while also hauling in eight catches for 101 yards. Backup quarterback Luke Rubenzer rushed for a pair of touchdowns and freshman Vic Enwere scored his first career touchdown and added 57 yards rushing.

“I was proud of how hard we played,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “I thought we played really, really hard. I can’t tell you how proud I am of these guys. They’re good kids. I just really, really love being around them and love how much they care about each other. I’m lucky to get an opportunity to coach them.”

After falling behind 31-14 midway through the second quarter, Cal (4-4, 2-4 Pac-12) gave the festive crowd a thrill by storming back with a handful of pivotal plays near the end of the first half. The Bears trimmed the deficit to 31-21 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Goff to wide receiver Stephen Anderson, and then defensive end Todd Barr forced a fumble on Oregon’s ensuing possession and it was recovered by safety Michael Lowe and returned 28 yards to the Ducks’ 8-yard line. Lasco scored a touchdown on a fourth-down run from the 1-yard line to make it 31-28 with 3:31 remaining in the first half.

“I think that is a credit to our game plan and I think we felt comfortable with it,” Goff said. “We came out and executed it early on and for pretty much the whole first quarter. With a team like that, as good as they are, you can’t make the small mistakes. When you are playing a good team and you make those little mistakes, they turn into big mistakes and most times they’ll capitalize on them.”

The Ducks drove to the Cal 12 on their next drive, but senior Stefan McClure came up with his second career interception in the end zone for a touchback. It was the first interception of the season by Oregon Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota. The Ducks, however, swung the momentum back in its favor by forcing a Cal punt and then driving down for a touchdown with just 41 seconds left in the first half.

Cal came out going toe-to-toe with the Ducks, scoring on each of its first two possessions with long drives that ended in touchdowns. Rubenzer put the Bears up 7-0 with a 12-yard scoring run, and after Oregon answered with a score of its own on its first possession, the Bears answered right back again with its second-straight 75-yard drive, this time culminating in a 19-yard touchdown run by Enwere, who spun nicely out of a tackle to reach the end zone.

“Our guys were excited to play and had confidence coming in," Dykes said. “I thought we had a great opportunity if we played well to win the football game. I thought we executed very well early and had a good plan.”

The Ducks came back again with a scoring drive to tie it at 14-14, the beginning of a stretch in which they scored 24 unanswered points.

The Bears will be back in action next Saturday at Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Networks.