Cal football tops Northwestern, 31-24, for first FBS win of Sonny Dykes era

Cal quarterback Jared Goff looks to pass during the first half against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois.
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Cal quarterback Jared Goff looks to pass during the first half against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois.

EVANSTON, ILL. — It’s been said that Cal football head coach Sonny Dykes’ offense is gimmicky. The extreme hurryup is a fad. Throwing on every play is bound to collapse on itself. Trick plays are fun to watch but are not sustainable. Tell Dykes these things last year, and he Read More…

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Win lifts weight off Cal football’s shoulders

As the clock showed zero and the Ryan Field scoreboard confirmed that no, this is not an optical illusion, it really was the first Cal football win in nearly a year, the players bounded ferociously toward the small Cal fan section in the northwest corner. Once there, they jumped, hooted, Read More…

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2014 is Goff’s chance to shine for Cal football

It seems strange to say, but the Cal football team reached its peak during its first game of last season. It’s hard to pinpoint when in that 14-point loss to then-No. 22 Northwestern Cal nose-dived, but you could argue the Bears’ peak turned into a valley with 8:00 remaining in Read More…

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Don’t get your hopes up

In sports, you get used to heartbreak. You get used to people losing by milliseconds — by inches. You may even get used to the sort of thing that happened to my Steelers last season. They needed eight games to result in  a certain way over the final two weeks Read More…

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Broussard’s injury an ominous one for Cal football

In the heat of the moment he was an easy scapegoat, but it was never Andy Buh’s fault. One does not just lose the entirety of the secondary to injuries and still expect a stingy defense. One cannot guide a mish-mash group of walk-ons and freshmen to competency, no matter Read More…

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Injury bug hits Cal football during 2nd week of fall camp

With just over a week of fall training camp in the books, a batch of injuries has finally hit the Cal football team. Head coach Sonny Dykes revealed after Wednesday’s closed practice that junior linebacker Nathan Broussard — projected on the preseason depth chart to start at middle linebacker — Read More…