(Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score:California 36 Colorado 33 (OT)
Boulder, CO (Sports Network) - California won its second game on the road to begin the season as head coach Jeff Tedford tied the school's all time record for victories with his 74th win. California quarterback Zach Maynard led the Bears with 243 yards through the air and four touchdown passes in the 36-33 overtime victory over Colorado.
Keenan Allen had a strong showing for California (2-0) with 97 yards and the game winning touchdown grab in overtime. Isi Sofele also contributed with 84 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Colorado (0-2) was led by quarterback Tyler Hansen who threw for a school- record 474 yards and three touchdowns. Paul Richardson also had a a record- setting performance with 284 yards on 11 catches with two touchdowns.
The Colorado defense got off to a great start as Zach Maynard was intercepted by linebacker Jon Major on California's opening possession. Colorado's offense was then able to put kicker Will Oliver in position to make a 27-yard field goal to give the Buffaloes a 3-0 lead with just under three minutes left in the first quarter.
California was more fortunate on their second possession. The 10-play, 81-yard drive was highlighted by a 27-yard pass from receiver Keenan Allen to Maynard in a rare reversal of roles. After the completion, Maynard fumbled the ball but Cal was able to recover it and retain possession. Two plays later Maynard found Nico Dumant for a two-yard touchdown pass to begin the second frame. The ensuing extra point was blocked by the Buffalo special teams crew which halted the California lead at 6-3.
After their defense stifled the Colorado offense, California's offense took the field for its second straight scoring drive. Isi Sofele's 29-yard rush plus a 15-yard Colorado penalty put Giorgio Tavecchio in range to connect a 39- yard field goal to make the lead 9-3.
Colorado's Oliver matched Tavecchio with an impressive 52-yard field goal to make the score 9-6 with just over four minutes remaining in the half.
California put together an efficient drive on its last possession of the half. The offense worked down the field before Maynard threw to Anthony Miller for a seven-yard touchdown pass. The extra point pushed the Golden Bears' lead 16-6 going into halftime.
Colorado showed some life to start the second half scoring on their initial possession. Hansen completed a 37-yard pass to Ryan Deehan for a touchdown on a crucial third down to bring the Buffaloes back to within a field goal.
Later in the quarter California would answer. The Maynard-Miller connection got the best of the Colorado defense for a second time. Maynard's 20-yard touchdown pass gave California a 23-13 lead with under five minutes left in the third quarter.
Colorado would answer quickly on their next possession. Hansen completed a 66- yard touchdown pass to Richardson that brought the Buffaloes back within a field goal of California.
After a California three and out, Colorado took the field to begin the fourth quarter. On the second play of the drive, Hansen found Richardson again for another monster gain. This time Richardson's reception tallied 78 yards and made the score 27-23, giving Colorado its first lead since the first quarter.
The Golden Bears answered the challenge as C.J. Anderson rushed 19 yards for a score on the following drive to give Cal a 30-27 early in the final stanza.
After the teams traded three and outs, Colorado made a late drive, and even though it stalled Colorado put Oliver well into his range. The kicker did his job, nailing a 32-yard kick with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation, forcing overtime.
The Colorado offense took the field to begin overtime. Despite moving the ball to the California five-yard line, Colorado was forced to settle for another Oliver field goal. The made attempt put the Buffaloes up 33-30 as their defense took the field looking to stop the California offense.
After moving the ball to the Colorado 15-yard line for a first down on their first three plays, California seemed doomed after the combination of false start and personal foul penalties back them up twenty yards. Maynard kept his poise though and completed a 32-yard pass to Allen on first and 30. One play later, he would find Allen again for a five-yard game winning touchdown pass.
Colorado outgained California 582 to 370 in total offense yards.
The game did not count as a league contest since the home and home series was agreed upon prior to Colorado joining the Pac-12 Conference.
09/10 21:56:51 ET