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If this was indeed ‘s last game in a Cal uniform, he made it a statistically memorable — and record-breaking — finale that came at the expense of Air Force.
Expected to leave his remaining eligibility on the table and make himself available for the NFL draft next April, Goff riddled the service academy’s air defense systems throughout the afternoon, setting Armed Forces Bowl records with 467 yards passing and six passing touchdowns in leading the Golden Bears to a 55-36 win over the Falcons. The win was Cal’s first in a bowl game since dropping Miami (Fla.) in the 2008 Emerald Bowl.
Goff has now thrown for 300 or more yards 22 times — 10 this season in 13 games — in his three-year career as Cal’s starting quarterback. He’s also gone over 400 yards eight times and surpassed 500 on three different occasions. It was also the fifth time he’s thrown five or more touchdowns in a single game, including each of the last two.
In the process, Goff, expected to be in a fight with Memphis’ for the right to be the first quarterback selected in the draft, broke the Pac-12 single-season records for passing yards (4, 719) and passing touchdowns (43), the latter of which was set by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (42) during his Heisman run last season. The yardage record was previously held by Oregon State’s Sean Mannion (4, 662 in 2013).
The last two games alone, Goff passed for 1, 009 yards as he threw for a career-high 542 yards in the regular-season finale against Arizona State. He totaled 11 touchdowns in those two contests for good measure, a number that’s more than 13 FBS teams have thrown for all season.
Three of Goff’s scoring tosses on the day came in the second quarter as Cal took a 35-21 lead into the halftime locker room. That was as close as the Falcons would get the rest of the way as they were outscored 20-15 over the final two quarters in what turned into their third bowl loss in their last four postseason trips.
caught three of Goff’s touchdowns, while accounted for 143 receiving yards. Nine different Golden Bears caught passes as Goff completed 25-of-37 passes in putting up a season-high passer rating of 227.1.
Air Force, champions of the MWC’s Mountain division, finishes 2015 at 8-6. The 18 wins for the Falcons the last two years (10-3 in 2014) are the most in back-to-back seasons for the program since they won 22 in 1997 and 1998.
Nearly two weeks after shaking up his offensive coaching staff, Mark Stoops has filled in the blanks with what he hopes a vast improvement on that side of the ball.
Following up on rumors that have circulating for more than a week, Kentucky announced that Stoops has hired Eddie Gran to be his “head coach of offense/offensive coordinator.” Gran will also coach the Wildcats’ running backs.
Gran, who replaces Shannon Dawson, has spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati. Gran and Stoops worked together for three seasons (2010-12) at Florida State prior to that.
“Having worked with Eddie at Florida State, he is an outstanding coach with great experience, including a lot of years in the SEC, ” a statement from Stoops began. “He is a great leader with tremendous passion for the game.”
Gran’s other stints in the SEC include stops at Ole Miss (1995-98), Auburn (1999-2008) and Tennessee (2009).
In addition to Gran, UK announced the hiring of Darin Hinshaw as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Hinshaw served as quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati as well as passing-game coordinator the previous three seasons.
“Darin has a great offensive mind and his experience includes time in the Southeastern Conference, ” Stoops said. “I’ve been impressed with how well they’ve produced at Cincinnati and how prolific they have been in throwing the football.”
Gran and Hinshaw will be charged with overhauling an offense that finished tied for 95th nationally in scoring at 24.7 points per game.
Following up on Washington State best season in more than a decade, Mike Leach is being rewarded for said success.
In a release, Wazzu announced that athletic director Bill Moos and Leach “have agreed to a provision in Leach’s contract to extend the agreement an additional year through the 2020 season.” The extension comes on the heels of a 9-4 season that was the school’s best since 2003. That was also the year of the Cougars’ last bowl win prior to a victory in the Sun Bowl earlier this month.
“Mike Leach and his entire staff have done a tremendous job in building our football program, and the goal is to keep moving forward, ” said Moos. “Cougar football has returned to the upper echelon of collegiate football where it most deservedly belongs. I believe I speak for all Cougar fans when I say we want Mike Leach leading our football program for many years to come.”
Leach just completed his fourth season in Pullman. His first three seasons with the Cougars, Leach won a combined 12 games.
In addition to Leach’s contract extension, the school also announced that defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and assistant head coach/defensive line Joe Salave’a have signed multi-year contracts to remain part of the staff.
A couple of days after a minor off-field dustup, faced the media music for the first time as Ohio State prepares for its New Year’s Day date with Notre Dame.