If there was a way to end the regular season of #Pac-12AfterDark, this was it.
Arizona State let go of a 17-point halftime lead as Cal came out with an explosive second half, capped by the Pac-12's second game-winning field goal of the evening to give the Bears a 48-46 win.
What the win means for Cal: The Bears end the regular season on a high note after dropping five of their previous six games. Quarterback Jared Goff had one of the greatest performances of his career, throwing for a career-high 542 yards and notching five passing touchdowns to five different receivers. He managed to come up with offensive plays whenever it looked bleak for the Bears and gives them a huge boost of confidence heading into the postseason. This offensive performance should give fans a bit of optimism and a potential bowl opponent enough of a headache to make this postseason very interesting.
What the loss means for Arizona State: After being ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP poll the Sun Devils limped to a 6-6 finish. Wide receiver Devin Lucien played the best game of his (short) Arizona State career, but the defense just couldn't contain Goff. The Sun Devils registered just three tackles for loss and no sacks while giving up big plays through busted coverage.
Player of the game: Cal kicker Matt Anderson, who hit his first-ever game-winning field goal to seal the win for the Bears. The 26-yarder sailed perfectly through the uprights to give the Bears their seventh win of the season.
Stat of the game: Goff broke his own record for season passing yardage against Arizona State. He has thrown for 4,252 yards this season and now owns the No. 1 spot (this season), the No. 2 spot (2014: 3,973 yards) and the No. 3 spot (2013: 3,508 yards) in the Cal record books for most passing yards in a season. Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers sits at No. 7 with 2,903 yards of total of offense (2003 season).