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


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


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


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


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


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.