The 2016-2017 California football season was far from perfect, with the Golden Bears going under .500, with a 5-7 record, and allowing an average of 39 points per game. However, the Bears still kept a good portion of their games exciting and had several, golden, moments. Here are some of the most memorable performances from the year:
10. Freshman, Demetris Robertson, With a Pair of Touchdowns vs. ASU
Emerging star, freshman wide receiver, Demetris Robertson is set to be one of Cal’s most dangerous offensive weapons. Robertson totaled 50 receptions, 767 yards, and 7 touchdowns in his first year as a Bear; two of those touchdowns came in the 51-41 loss to ASU. Robertson’s quarterback, Davis Webb, highlighted his talent, and potential, saying, ”He’s really hard to cover as a freshman, I can’t imagine how good he’s going to be.”
9. Cal Recovers Back-To-Back USC Fumbles
While the outcome of the USC vs. Cal game was not in favor of the Golden Bears, two key momentum changes included recovered fumbles by Cal’s James Looney and DeVante Wilson. The Bears scored a touchdown following the first fumble recovery, putting the score at 21-7 USC. The Bears also capitalized on the second fumble recovery, kicking a field goal, and putting the game at 21-10 USC.
8. Khalfani Muhammad Gives Bears a Chance vs. OSU
With 2:41 left in the fourth, Khalfani Muhammed’s 50 yard scoring run brought the Bears within three against the Beavers 38-41. The touchdown allowed the Bears to come back and tie the game, with five seconds left. Shortly following Muhammed’s touchdown, Matt Anderson kicked a 29 yard field goal, sending the game into overtime.
7. Webb Debuts With 4 Touchdown Passes and a Rushing Touchdown
Former Texas Tech quarterback, Davis Webb, put on a show during his first game in navy and gold. Webb totaled 441 yards in the 51-31 win over the Rainbow Warriors and set the tone for his, high-passing, 2016 season.
6. Matt Anderson Ties Season Field Goal Record
In Cal’s last game of the season vs. UCLA, kicker Matt Anderson stayed busy. Anderson kicked five field goals which accounted for 15 of Cal’s 36 points in the 36-10 win over UCLA. He matched the previously held single-game and single-season record, and helped the Bears record their only win over a California team in the 2016-2017 season.
5. Davis Webb Becomes Second Quarterback in School History to Throw for More Than 4,000 Yards in a Season.
It was no secret that having to fill the shoes of former Cal quarterback, Jared Goff, was going to be a difficult task. Webb came into Cal, an experience quarterback, and proved to be a great leader of the Golden Bear offense. Webb will follow in the steps of Goff, leaving behind high expectations for the next California quarterback to fill.
4. Kunaszyk Interception To End Game vs. Oregon
In the second overtime of a battle between the Ducks and the Bears, all eyes landed on kicker, Matt Anderson, as he successfully kicked a 28 yard field goal. Anderson gave the Bears a 52-49 lead; however, the Ducks still had a chance to tie, and even win, the game with their possession. The Ducks were driving down field, approaching the Cal red zone, when linebacker Jordan Kunasyz intercepted Herbert’s pass. The interception ended the game, giving the Bears a 52-49 victory over the Ducks.
3. Webb to Hansen for 70 yard Touchdown- First Play vs. Stanford
As the Cal Bears offense took the field, for the first time, in the 119th Big Game vs. Stanford, they looked to score early. Leave it to none other than, Second-Team All-Pac-12 receiver, Chad Hansen, to get the job done. Webb connected with Hansen for a 70 yard touchdown, to put California up 7-0.
2. Cal Defense Stops Utah At The Goal Line, For The Win
One of Cal’s most exciting games was a nail-biter vs. Utah, that came down to a goal-line stand. With two minutes left in the fourth, Utah reached the Cal 9 yard line. Utah’s offense had a total of seven opportunities to score in the Bear red zone, but was stopped by the Cal defense each time. The defensive stop led to a 28-23 Cal upset over the no.18 Utes.
WHAT. A. STOP!https://t.co/6Jo2LnMHY6— Cal Football (@CalFootball) October 2, 2016
1. Cal Beats Texas
In their first home game of the season, Cal upset the no.11 Longhorns in a high scoring game of 50-43. The Golden Bears recorded their first of four home wins, and their first win over a ranked teamed in several years. The exciting game featured four touchdown passes from Davis Webb, 12 receptions for 196 yards from wide receiver Chad Hansen, and 18 carries for 110 yards from running back Vic Enwere. The game ended with the California Student section rushing the field, both fans and players ecstatically celebrating. The energy and ambiance, combined with the offensive battle of both teams, leaves this, Memorial Stadium, victory as the most memorable moment of the season.