(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: California 52, Colorado 7
Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Riley threw for 197 yards and four touchdowns to lead the California Golden Bears to a 52-7 blowout over the Colorado Buffaloes in a non-conference matchup at Memorial Stadium.
Shane Vereen gained 59 yards on 17 carries in the win for California (2-0), while Marvin Jones caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Tyler Hansen completed 18-of-34 throws for 166 yards in the loss for Colorado (1-1), with no touchdowns and three interceptions. The Buffaloes ground attack was limited as well, with Rodney Stewart gaining just 78 yards on 30 carries.
Riley gave the Golden Bears a 7-0 lead midway through the opening period with a 13-yard strike to Vereen. The Golden Bears took a 14-0 lead late in the frame with a four-yard strike from Riley to Jones.
A 31-yard Giorgio Tavecchio field goal early in the second quarter gave the Golden Bears a 17-0 lead, while a three-yard scoring run from Vereen just minutes later extended the California advantage to 24-0.
The Golden Bears found the end zone once more as time wound down in the first half, as Michael Mohamed returned an interception 41 yards to give California a commanding 31-0 lead.
The Buffaloes finally got on the board late in the third quarter following a four-yard run by Hansen.
An eight-yard strike from Riley to Keenan Allen early in the final period of play gave the Golden Bears a 38-7 lead. California added to its advantage midway through the frame following a one-yard toss from Riley to Isi Sofele.
The Golden Bears crossed the goal line once more with under a minute to go in the contest, as Darian Hagan ran back a fumble recovery 82 yards to account for the games final score.
Despite running 16 more offensive plays than Cal, the Buffs were held to a mere 239 yards of total offense in the losing effort.
09/11 20:43:08 ET