DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — California's Jared Goff and Colorado's Sefo Liufau were near equal partners in one of the most prolific passing games in NCAA history.
Goff and Liufau each topped 450 yards passing with seven touchdowns and one interception on Saturday. Each also opened overtime with 25-yard TD throws. The difference in one of the wackiest games in years was James Langford's 34-yard field goal, which pushed Cal past the Buffaloes 59-56 and ended its 15-game Pac-12 losing streak.
The Golden Bears also erased the sting of a loss to Arizona the week before on a Hail Mary toss to end the game.
"I think I aged like 100 years in the last two weeks," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said.
Despite the eerily similar stat lines, Goff was the more efficient passer in Berkeley. He went 24 for 42 for 458 yards averaging nearly 11 yards a throw. Liufau needed 67 attempts — and 19 completions to star Nelson Spruce — to get to 455 yards.
The Buffaloes lost despite recording 39 first downs and gaining 630 yards.
Here are some of the other spectacular statistical performances that highlighted the last weekend of September in college football:
BIG TEN BRUISERS: The competition for Big Ten's running back of the year award might be as hotly contested as the Heisman Trophy. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota's David Cobb, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon all rank in the top seven nationally in rushing yards heading into October. Abdullah leads the country with 833 yards after a 208-yard outburst in a win over Illinois. Cobb is third after abusing beleaguered Michigan for 183 yards on 32 carries Saturday. Coleman is fourth — but first in yards per game with 172.8 — and Gordon is seventh after a 181-yard effort in a win over South Florida.
AERIAL ASSUALT IN AMHERST: UMass's first game on campus since 2011 featured a falling video board and plenty of shell-shocked defensive backs. Minutemen quarterback Blake Frohnapfel threw for 589 yards — 101 more than any other QB in the country this week — and five TDs against Bowling Green. But it wasn't enough. Bowling Green's James Knapke had 443 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons rallied for a 47-42 win. UMass is now 0-5, but three of its losses (Colorado, Vanderbilt and Bowling Green) have come by a total of just 11 points.
MORE MOORE, PLEASE: Somewhat lost in Cincinnati's 50-28 loss at instate rival Ohio State was the staggering production of wide receiver Chris Moore. He had 221 yards on just three receptions, averaging of 73.7 yards every time he caught the ball. Moore caught a 60-yarder to open the scoring. He had an 83-yarder to pull the Bearcats within 30-21 by halftime and finished with a 78-yard grab early in the third quarter. Oh, and each reception finished in the end zone. Cincinnati's Gunner Kiel completed 21 passes, but the 18 that went to guys other than Moore totaled just 131 yards.
COLEMAN COOL WITH GRASS: The top performance by a receiver whose team wound up winning was Baylor's Corey Coleman. He returned from injury to post career highs with 12 catches for 154 yards in a 49-28 win at Iowa State. According to STATS, it was just the fourth win in 15 tries on a grass surface for the Bears under coach Art Briles. Though that might sound like a silly stat, the contest many have pegged as the de facto Big 12 title; Baylor at Oklahoma on Nov. 8 will be played on the real stuff.
LEADERS: Washington State's Connor Halliday still leads the nation with 2,318 yards passing, nearly 500 more than Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty. Texas A&M's Kenny Hill is third with 1,745 yards. ... Spruce is now first in the country with 694 yards receiving, followed by Alabama star Amari Cooper (655). ... Washington has a pair of players with seven sacks in Danny Shelton and Hau'oli Kikaha. They're each second behind Missouri's Shane Ray, who has eight...Louisville safety Gerod Holliman has six interceptions, including five in the last three weeks.
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