Air Force Falls to Cal in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 55-36
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jared Goff threw for 467 yards and six touchdowns and California won in the postseason for the first time in seven years, beating Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Tuesday. Goff had three of his scoring toss
es in a span of five plays in the second quarter as the Bears (8-5) broke a 14-14 tie and cruised in a rematch of the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, also won by Cal (42-36). Goff, who was 25 of 37 with no interceptions, broke the Armed Forces records for passing yards and touchdowns.
Goff fell short of his career record of seven touchdown passes in a game from a 59-56 double-overtime win against Colorado last season. But he extended his own school season records he had already broken, finishing with 43 touchdowns and a Pac-12 record 4,719 yards.
"It's funny," Goff said. "I was one of those kids chanting for DeSean Jackson about 10 years ago. It's funny how that comes all the way around."
Karson Roberts threw for two touchdowns and had 69 yards rushing and another score for Air Force. Jacobi Owens, the leader of one of the nation's best rushing attacks, had 83 yards and a touchdown.
The Falcons lost their last three games, including the Mountain West Conference championship to San Diego State, and dropped to 1-9 at TCU's Amon G. Stadium.
"We tried a little bit of everything," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said.
Cal took control on a sequence that started with Goff's perfect deep throw to Maurice Harris, who reached out with his left hand to redirect the ball to his body and cradled it on his way out of bounds for a 40-yard gain to the Air Force 5.
Goff found Darius Powe on the next play for one of Powe's two scores and a 21-14 lead. The Bears got the ball back immediately on a fumble when Roberts lost control trying to run the option, and Goff hit Lawler in stride in the end zone for a 24-yard score. Lawler had five catches for 75 yards.
After an Air Force punt, Goff moved the Bears 78 yards on three completions, with a 55-yarder to Treggs setting up a 14-yard score to Lawler. Treggs had 143 yards and a touchdown.