The Cal Bears earned the first win for Sonny Dykes as head coach in a harder-than-it-should-have-been battle with FCS Portland State. In the process, true freshman quarterback Jared Goff had another prolific day, leading the offense in their 37-30 victory. With the gaudy stats Goff dropped in just his second start of his collegiate career, he is on his way to becoming the best quarterback in the history of the Cal program.
Last week, Goff completed 60 percent of his passes against the Northwestern Wildcats as he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback in Cal’s long history. He lit up the secondary to the tune of 445 yards and two touchdowns, though he was undercut by three costly interceptions. It was the second-highest yardage total in the school’s history and left many with high hopes for the ceiling of Goff’s talent.
This week, he followed it up with 485 yards and two touchdowns, completing nearly 65 percent of his passes and avoiding any interceptions. He fell just 19 yards short of breaking the all-time passing record in a single game for Cal but still became the first Cal player to throw for 400-plus yards in consecutive starts since 1996. His 935 yards passing in his first two starts is the second most for any quarterback since 2000.
Now, he holds two of the three highest passing yard games in the history of Cal and in just his first two attempts. He has made his mark on the Bears’ record book already and it’s only just the beginning of what he is going to do. With just two games down in what could be a four-year career as the trigger-man for the Bear Raid attack, there isn’t any offensive record that’s safe from Goff in Berkeley.
With what he’s shown so far, there looks to be no limit to the heights that Goff can hit in his time with Cal. If the defense can start to keep opposing offenses in check, he might be able to get the Golden Bears back towards the top of the Pac 12 sooner rather than later. When he finally moves on from Berkeley, there’s no doubt that Jared Goff will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play at Cal.