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Local media pontificate on Cal's first 4-0 start since 2007, and the Bears are fired up about it.

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Men's Soccer

No. 20 California (5-2-0) dropped a hard-fought match, 2-1 to the Santa Clara Broncos (4-5-0) on Friday night at Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara.

Men's Tennis

With a singles title and accompanying wild-card entry into a future USTA Pro Circuit tournament on the line, five Golden Bears hit the courts on the first day of action in the Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Friday. The Bears captured four victories - three in singles and one in doubles - on a hot day at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort.

Field Hockey

The freshman class came up big once again for the Golden Bears, lifting Cal field hockey to its third overtime victory of 2015, a 2-1 win over Brown at Goldberger Field Friday afternoon.

Women's Basketball

Former California All-American guard Brittany Boyd (2010-14) is a member of this year's WNBA All-Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday. Boyd lead all rookies in steals this year.

California 30, Washington 24

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Just two seasons after finishing 1-11, California is off to a 4-0 start. The Golden Bears' latest triumph came in Seattle, where they beat Washington 30-24 behind another strong performance from quarterback Jared Goff. This is the first time Cal has beaten the Huskies since 2008.

The Bears' secondary, so maligned in recent years, showed marked improvement. Huskies' quarterback Jake Browning didn't complete pass until the second quarter, and he ultimately finished with only 152 yards.

Goff, meanwhile, finished with 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Though starting running back Daniel Lasco missed his second straight game, Cal enjoyed some bruising ground success from backup Vic Enwere, who rumbled his way to 84 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

What this win means for Cal: The Bears' resurgence continues. Sonny Dykes' team remains undefeated, and they should be favored next week when Washington State visits Berkeley. It's important for Cal to rack up as many wins as possible in this stretch, because Murderers' Row awaits after that: Utah, UCLA, USC, Oregon.

What this loss means for Washington: The Huskies are now 2-2 heading into their bye week. Washington's offense is obviously still a work in progress, and five turnovers proved devastating, but the Huskies' defense showcased some of the opportunism that made it effective last year -- Sidney Jones' 70-yard fumble recovery-turned-touchdown kept this game close.

Players of the game: Goff and Cal defensive lineman Kyle Kragen. This wasn't Goff's sharpest performance by any stretch of the imagination, but he still commanded the game flow in successful fashion behind 342 passing yards, and a gutsy fourth-down run that sealed the game in the final minute. Kragen posted a team-leading six tackles and 2.5 sacks. He also broke up a pass.

Stat of the game: The Bears ran 92 plays, while Washington only ran only 55. This discrepancy was already huge at halftime -- Cal held a 49-25 edge -- and that put the Bears in firm position to physically control the game down the stretch. Goff's final fourth-down conversion, in which he bounced off a hit to move the chains on the second effort, was a solid demonstration of this.

The Seattle Times raves about Jared Goff:

Jared Goff will play on Sundays next season: Jared Goff showed why many NFL people think he'll be the first quarterback taken in next year's draft. The 6-4, 215-pound junior finished with 342 yards on 24-for-40 passing. He's a pocket passer who picked the Huskies' secondary apart with pinpoint precision. Goff had a few lousy throws, including a wobbly pass that was intercepted by Darren Gardenhire. Despite constant pressure - UW had five sacks - Goff didn't get rattled in his first win over the Huskies in three attempts.

Sacramento Bee:

Jared Goff threw for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and California held off Washington's second-half rally for a 30-24 victory in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both schools.

California improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2007 and may find itself back it the Top 25 next week for the first time since 2010 after winning on the road for the second straight week.

This time there was no late escape for the Bears thanks to special teams mistakes like last week at Texas. Goff was 24-of-40 passing and had touchdowns of 28 yards to Bryce Treggs and 8 yards to Kenny Lawler. Matt Anderson hit three field goals, including a 37-yarder with 5:34 left to give the Bears a 30-21 lead.

Washington (2-2, 0-1) got a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Sidney Jones to cut the deficit to 27-21 late in the third quarter but the Huskies fumbled on their next possession in California territory and could not get closer.

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Posted by Cal Bears on Saturday, September 26, 2015

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