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Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff looking to build off first game

  • California's Jared Goff (16) passes against Northwestern during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Berkeley. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

BERKELEY— Freshman quarterback Jared Goff needed just one game to work his way into California's record books.

Getting the rebuilding Golden Bears a win might be a bit more challenging.

After hosting Portland State this Saturday, Cal faces four ranked teams in a six-week span that includes back-to-back games against No. 3 Ohio State and No.2 Oregon.

That's why Goff doesn't understand what all the fuss was about after he passed for 445 yards and two touchdowns in his Cal debut, a season-opening 44-30 loss to No. 19 Northwestern.

"The main job of the quarterback is to win," Goff said. "It was helpful getting my first game under me, but at the same time I wanted to finish that game out on top. We didn't, so it was disappointing."

The passing yardage was the second-most in school history, topped only by Pat Barnes' 503 in a quadruple overtime game against Arizona in 1996.

That was an encouraging sign for a team that hasn't had much stability or production at quarterback over the past decade.

It wasn't all clean, however.

Goff was intercepted three times, twice on tipped passes. Two were returned for touchdowns, accounting for the final margin on the scoreboard. He also had 63 attempts after Cal's running game was shut down.

First-year Bears coach Sonny Dykes believes Goff has just scratched the surface.

"The good thing about Jared is we're all going to have a chance to watch him improve every day," Dykes said. "That's what is encouraging. He set the bar relatively high Saturday and I think he'll continue to build off that performance."

The Bears will need all the offense they can get against Portland State, which thumped Eastern Oregon 57-17 in the opener for both teams.

At least Cal has history on its side.

Portland State has never beaten a team from the Pac-12 and is just 2-28 against FBS schools.

Dykes, however, has had to caution the Bears against overlooking the Vikings.

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