Colorado beats Cal 41-24 to snap conference skid

Sefo Liufau threw for a career-high 364 yards and Paul
Richardson tied a team record for receptions in a contest with 11
to help Colorado snap a 14-game conference losing streak by beating
slumping California 41-24 on a windy Saturday.

Liufau also tossed three TD passes as he outplayed fellow
freshman Jared Goff, who struggled to ignite the offense as the
Bears (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12) dropped their 13th straight league
game.

Nelson Spruce and Richardson each went over the 100-yard
receiving mark for Colorado (4-6, 1-6). Spruce had eight catches
for 140 yards and Richardson had 140 yards. Richardson now has
1,201 yards receiving this year, a new single-season record at
Colorado.

It was Colorado’s first league win since beating Washington
State 35-34 on Sept. 22, 2012. The victory also keeps the
Buffaloes’ bowl chances afloat as they host USC next week and close
out the season at Utah.

This was the kind of day it was for Goff: He had more punts (3)
and interceptions (1) than TD passes (0) as he finished 23 of 45
for 173 yards. Goff was even briefly replaced in the second half by
backup Zach Kline.

The Buffaloes defense, which was allowing 40 points a game, held
the Bears in check for most of the game. They also forced Cal to
turn ball over on downs several times.

Michael Adkins gave the Buffaloes a 34-10 lead early in the
fourth quarter when he took a screen pass from Liufau and sprinted
63 yards for a score.

Later, after Brendan Bigelow scored on a 1-yard run, the Buffs
sealed the win when Cal tried to onside kick it only to have Spruce
field it cleanly on a bounce and take off for a 46-yard
touchdown.

Bigelow finished with 107 yards rushing and two scores.

The wind was fiercely howling inside Folsom Field, with hot dog
wrappers, programs and even the cheerleaders’ pom-poms blowing
across the field. At times, gusts reached 35 mph, making it
downright difficult to punt for whichever team was going from the
north end zone to the south. There were moments when an official
had to hold the ball until the center was ready, just to keep it
from rolling away.

Tony Jones scored on a 10-yard pass from Liufau to give the
Buffs a 17-10 lead late in the first half. Colorado then attempted
an onside kick and caught Cal off guard, with Isaac Archuleta
pouncing on the football and setting up the Buffs in Bears
territory. Eight plays later, Christian Powell powered in from 2
yards out to extend the lead to 24-10 at halftime.

Down 10-0 early, Cal tied the game on a 42-yard field goal by
Vincenzo D’Amato and a 55-yard TD scamper from Khalfani
Muhammad.

For first-year Bears coach Sonny Dykes, this has been a
difficult inaugural season on and off the field. The team hasn’t
been able to get any traction with their only win against an FBS
opponent.

On Friday, Cal suspended an unidentified football player for
instigating a locker room altercation that sent freshman running
back Fabiano Hale to the hospital. After an internal examination of
the incident on Nov. 1, Dykes announced the player will be
suspended indefinitely from all team activities, will attend
counseling and has to perform 25 hours of community service to be
considered for reinstatement.