In their season opener, the Cal Golden Bears offense looked to not miss a beat since the departure of quarterback Jared Goff.
Granted, they were playing the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, which won three games last year and 11 total since 2012. But starting quarterback Davis Webb, who transferred from Texas Tech in the spring, threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns for a 88.1 QBR, which is on a scale of 100.
The Bears won 51-31.
Playing in Sydney, Australia, both teams ran the ball well. Khalfani Muhammad paced the Bears rushing attack with 96 yards on 10 carries, including a 34-yard touchdown run to start the scoring slightly more than a minute into the game. Hawaii attempted an onside kick to start the game, giving Cal fortunate field position to start the game.
The first play of the 2016 college football season?
An onside kick, of course. pic.twitter.com/O01DjglANK
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) August 27, 2016
Receiver Chad Hansen flashed plenty of big play potential against the porous Rainbow Warrior defense, turning two catches into long touchdowns and finishing with 160 yards on 14 catches.
.@Chad_Hansen6, Mayor of Sydney!
Touchdown, Golden Bears!! #Pac12FB
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— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) August 27, 2016
After kicking off all college football games, the Bears don’t play again until Sept. 10, when they’ll travel to face San Diego State University.