Quarterback Jared Goff went down with a separated right shoulder in the first half and California's day only got worse. Sonny Dykes' disappointing debut season coaching in Berkeley ended in further embarrassment with a lopsided loss in the Bay Area's college football rivalry.
The Golden Bears watched as wideout Ty Montgomery matched a Stanford school record with five touchdowns and the 10th-ranked Cardinal clinched a return trip to the Pac-12 championship game with a 63-13 victory Saturday coupled with Oregon's loss.
Cal (1-11, 0-9) lost its 10th straight game and fourth in row to Stanford, which produced the largest margin of victory yet in the Big Game.
“I don't have much to say. I wish it was better, but it's all on me,” Dykes said. “I can't guarantee I'll be back. I've been lucky to have coached a long time and to be successful where I go. I've never seen anything like this and I did not do a good job of handling it. Things that used to be our strengths became weaknesses.”
Goff left the game with 7:06 remaining in the first half with a separated right shoulder after a hard hit by linebacker Shayne Skov, who also clobbered him earlier. Goff landed awkwardly and stayed down for a few minutes, then walked off on his own accompanied by trainers and headed for the locker room.
“After the first one, I told them I wanted to play, so I went right back in,” Goff said. “… This year was extremely disappointing for us. A lot of stuff needs to be fixed and we're going to fix it. We're all pretty upset how the season went, the way the day went.”
Zach Kline played the rest of the way in Goff's absence, going 8 of 14 for 115 yards.
Goff went 10 for 19 for 194 yards and a touchdown before leaving, giving the freshman 3,508 yards passing to break Pat Barnes' previous single-season record of 3,499 set in 1996.
Brendan Bigelow broke free for a 25-yard gain on Cal's initial series to help set up Goff's 15-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Harris. Harris later made a career-best 35-yard catch, while Richard Rodgers had five receptions for a season-high 125 yards.
But little else went right, and Cal's defense had no answer for quarterback Kevin Hogan, Montgomery and Co.
“We know what it feels like to be the worst,” Kline said. “We have nowhere to go but up.”
Montgomery scored touchdowns on his first four touches to start the game as Stanford jumped to a quick lead and kept pounding.
Afterward, Stanford's players cheered wildly in their victorious locker room, even belting out the national anthem at the top of their lungs.
“We celebrate all victories, and this one's a big one,” Hogan said.
Hogan threw four of his five scoring passes to Montgomery, including a 9-yard completion just before halftime that put Stanford ahead 42-13. The Cardinal (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) bounced back from last week's loss at USC but needed No. 5 Oregon to lose one of its final two games to earn a spot in the conference championship. The Ducks lost 42-16 in Tucson, and Stanford's fans led chants of “Arizona! Arizona!”
Hogan set career highs with 329 yards passing and the five TD passes.
Michael Rector caught a 45-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter for Stanford, while Tyler Gaffney ran for a 58-yard score out of the wildcat formation in the third for a 49-13 lead â€” giving Stanford its season high for points and most ever in a Big Game. The Cardinal were 31Â½-point favorites.
“Cal has hired the right man,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “I think Sonny is going to do a great job there. They're building, but they know it's going to be a process.”
Montgomery tied Darrin Nelson's single-game touchdowns record set at Oregon State in 1981.
Montgomery ran for a 31-yard touchdown and caught a 50-yard touchdown pass )in the opening 3Â½ minutes, then added a 12-yard TD reception with 6:58 to go in the first quarter. On the second play of the second quarter, he made a 72-yard catch and run from Hogan, who was credited with a career-long completion on the play.
Montgomery scored touchdowns on his first three catches of the day, and he had five receptions for 160 yards by halftime.
He had his first two touchdowns on only three offensive plays run by the Cardinal to start the game.
Hogan completed his first five passes and finished 17 of 26 in Stanford's 15th straight home victory and fourth in a row in this rivalry. Backup Evan Crower took over late in the third and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Francis Owusu.
Stanford finished with 603 total yards and 417 yards passing.
“I can make a bunch of excuses, but my job is to get these guys ready to play,” Dykes said, “and obviously I haven't.”
The 116th edition of the Big Game drew a sellout crowd of 50,424 on a gorgeous fall day on The Farm. The field was chipped up and slippery after heavy rain earlier in the week.
Montgomery had no problems.
He ran untouched for a 31-yard touchdown off a reverse as Stanford jumped ahead one minute into the game after Lee Ward's 30-yard return on the opening kickoff put the Cardinal in good field position.
A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.