Jared Goff made several big plays in another impressive performance by the California freshman quarterback.
None was more satisfying than his kneel-down that milked the final seconds off the clock and clinched coach Sonny Dykes first win with the Golden Bears.
Goff passed for 485 yards and two touchdowns, and scored a third on the ground leading Cal to a 37-30 win over Portland State on Saturday.
“With the receivers I have ... we should be doing stuff like that every game,” Goff said. “It’s more them than it is me, really. I just give them the ball and they run.”
Goff completed 33 of 51 attempts and was 19 yards shy of breaking the school’s single-game passing record. He became the first Cal quarterback since 1996 to throw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games.
Goff passed for 450 yards in Cal’s season-opening loss to No. 19 Northwestern and was just as sharp against the Vikings.
“(Goff is) going to be a star, and I think that’s obvious,” gushed Portland State coach Nigel Burton. “He’s a big guy and he’s mobile enough to buy some time with his feet, which bit us in the butt a couple of times on third down.”
No. 2 Oregon 59, at Virginia 10: De’Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score as the Ducks started fast and manhandled the Cavaliers (1-1).
Oregon (2-0), which gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25.
After 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent’s field, the longest streak in the country.
At Oregon State 33, Hawaii 14: Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, and the Beavers rebounded from a stunning loss in their season opener with a victory over the Rainbow Warriors.
Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 92 yards and two scores for Oregon State (1-1), which lost, 49-46, at home last week to lower-division Eastern Washington.
Oregon State had 508 yards of total offense while Hawaii (0-2) had just 239.
At Utah 70, Weber State 7: Travis Wilson had two long touchdown runs and threw for three more scores, all in the first half, and the Utes (2-0) exploded for a win over the Wildcats (1-1).
The blowout marked the most points by Utah since an 82-6 victory over UTEP in 1973. Wilson completed 14 of 19 passes for 264 yards and added 93 yards on just three carries. Dres Anderson had four catches for 103 yards, and Sean Fitzgerald had two TD receptions as Utah rolled up 630 yards of total offense, the eighth-best mark in school history.
At Colorado 38, Central Arkansas 24: Paul Richardson topped 200 yards receiving for the second time in six days, and his second touchdown grab helped the Buffaloes (2-0) outlast the FCS power Bears (1-1).Overcoming four turnovers, Connor Wood found Richardson all alone for a 30-yard touchdown that broke a 24-all tie with 9:16 left.
Richardson finished with 209 yards on 11 catches, which followed his 10-catch, 208-yard performance in Colorado’s win over Colorado State in its opener.
Arizona 58, at UNLV 13: Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns in his much-anticipated return to the Wildcats (2-0).
The junior all-American, who was suspended for the team’s season-opener as discipline reportedly stemming from a pair of off-field incidents during the offseason, didn’t enter the game until the second quarter, but outrushed the 0-2 Rebels’ entire team by halftime, 110-69.
At No. 5 Stanford 34, San Jose State 13: Tyler Gaffney ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive return after playing baseball in the minors last year, leading the Cardinal past the gritty Spartans (1-1) in its season opener.
With career-rushing leader Stepfan Taylor in the NFL now, Gaffney made sure the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champion kept the ground game going strong. The Cardinal scored on it first three possessions and forced prolific passer David Fales to toss short passes for little gain.
Kevin Hogan threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford.