Cal football edges Portland State, 37-30, for first win of season

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Sonny Dykes picked up his first win as Cal’s head coach, but it didn’t come easy.

Cal avoided an upset defeat at the hands of Portland State, winning 37-30. Led by freshman quarterback Jared Goff, Cal accounted for 485 passing yards. On the ground, running backs Brendan Bigelow and Khalfani Muhammad combined for 155 yards.

But, alarmingly, Cal’s defense failed to stop Portland State’s pistol offense for the much of the afternoon, allowing 430 yards before halftime. Both teams traded scores through the first two quarters, with Cal holding a slight 27-23 lead heading into the third quarter.

After allowing an early second-half touchdown, the Bears’ defense contained the Vikings, and Cal grabbed the lead for good when Goff hit Richard Rodgers for a 75-yard touchdown pass.

Full recap to follow.

Sean Wagner-McGough covers football. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @seanjwagner.