Northwestern 44, California 30

Date - Saturday, August 31, 2013 10:30 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 58816

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 7 10 10 17 44
California 7 3 14 6 30

Recap


No. 22 Northwestern 44, California 30: Outside linebacker Collin Ellis returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the second half as the visiting Wildcats spoiled Sonny Dykes' coaching debut with the Golden Bears.

Ellis, a 6-foot-2 junior, returned a deflected pass 56 yards for his first touchdown late in the third quarter to give Northwestern a 27-24 lead. He added a 40-yarder that bounced off the hands of wide receiver Darius Powe to increase Northwestern's lead to 37-27 with 7:57 remaining.

Jared Goff, who became the first freshman to start a season opener at quarterback at Cal, completed 38-of-63 passes for a school freshman record 445 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times. The Golden Bears, who ranked 87th nationally in pass offense in 2012 with an average of 202 yards per game, finished with 548 total yards including 455 passing.

Despite Goff's glossy numbers, the Bears trailed 17-10 at halftime with the only touchdown coming on a fake field goal on their first possession of the game as kicker Vincenzo D'Amato hit holder Jackson Bouza for a 10-yard score. Northwestern scored the next 17 points with running back Treyvon Green scoring on a 33-yard run and quarterback Trevor Siemian connecting with wide receiver Tony Jones for a 19-yard touchdown.

Goff rallied Cal to a 24-20 lead in the third quarter with a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver Chris Harper, who finished with 11 receptions for 153 yards. But Ellis put the Wildcats ahead to stay with his second interception return midway through the fourth quarter and Green, who ran for a game-high 129 yards on 16 carries, clinched it with a six-yard scoring run with 1:51 to go.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Northwestern starting QB Kain Colter left after two plays with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury. ... The Wildcats improved to 8-0 in season openers under coach Pat Fitzgerald. ... Cal's 64 pass attempts - 63 by Goff and one by D'Amato on the fake field goal - were a school single-game record.  
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:35
California   TD  California 7 - Northwestern 0
1st Quarter - 9:33
Northwestern   TD  California 7 - Northwestern 7
2nd Quarter - 12:53
Northwestern   TD  California 7 - Northwestern 14
2nd Quarter - 5:48
Northwestern   FG  California 7 - Northwestern 17
2nd Quarter - 0:03
California   FG  California 10 - Northwestern 17
3rd Quarter - 11:36
Northwestern   FG  California 10 - Northwestern 20
3rd Quarter - 10:42
California   TD  California 17 - Northwestern 20
3rd Quarter - 9:55
California   TD  California 24 - Northwestern 20
3rd Quarter - 4:40
Northwestern   TD  California 24 - Northwestern 27
4th Quarter - 14:56
California   FG  California 27 - Northwestern 27
4th Quarter - 8:49
Northwestern   FG  California 27 - Northwestern 30
4th Quarter - 7:57
Northwestern   TD  California 27 - Northwestern 37
4th Quarter - 4:45
California   FG  California 30 - Northwestern 37
4th Quarter - 1:51
Northwestern   TD  California 30 - Northwestern 44
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern California
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern California
Score 44 30
First Downs 22 30
3rd Down Efficiency 8-for-16
50%
10-for-21
48%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 508 549
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 40-209 34-89
Average/Rush 5.2 2.6
Passing
Comp-Att 19-30 40-65
Passing Yards 299 460
Average/Pass Play 9.6 6.7
Penalties-Yards 5-50 10-79
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 3
Time of Possession 29:36 30:24

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Siemian 18/29 276 1 2
K. Colter 1/1 23 0 0
California (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Goff 39/64 450 2 3
V. D'Amato 1/1 10 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Green 15 129 8.6 2
V. Mark 11 29 2.6 0
M. Trumpy 5 27 5.4 0
T. Siemian 6 17 2.8 0
K. Colter 1 6 6.0 0
S. Buckley 1 4 4.0 0
M. Jones 1 -3 -3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Bigelow 15 61 4.1 0
D. Lasco 9 38 4.2 0
K. Muhammad 3 8 2.7 0
J. Goff 7 -18 -2.6 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Vitale 5 101 20.2 0
C. Jones 5 94 18.8 0
T. Jones 5 70 14.0 1
M. Jensen 1 12 12.0 0
C. Dickerson 1 10 10.0 0
T. Green 1 7 7.0 0
V. Mark 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Harper 11 148 13.5 2
B. Treggs 13 145 11.2 0
B. Bigelow 3 41 13.7 0
R. Rodgers 4 38 9.5 0
J. Bouza 3 36 12.0 1
K. Muhammad 1 18 18.0 0
D. Lasco 3 16 5.3 0
D. Powe 1 11 11.0 0
K. Lawler 1 7 7.0 0