Cal Prepares for First Game Against Colorado Since 2014

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For the first time since 2013, California will travel to Colorado to face the Buffaloes, as the Golden Bears begin a stretch of three of the final four regular-season games on the road.

Two of Cal's last three meetings with Colorado have ended in overtime victories for the Bears. Zach Maynard connected with Keenan Allen for a game-winning five-yard touchdown in overtime in Boulder in 2011, followed by James Langford connecting on a 34-yard game-winning field goal in double overtime in the 2014 contest in Berkeley the last time these teams played each other. Also in that contest, Jared Goff connected with Daniel Lasco for a 92-yard touchdown reception that is the longest play from scrimmage in Cal history.

Cal is looking to carry the momentum from setting or tying numerous single-game season highs last Saturday against Arizona including points (44), touchdowns (5, tied season-high), first downs (31), rushing attempts (47), pass completions (29), total plays (96), total yards (473), third-down conversions (13-19) and time of possession (35:00).

Matt Anderson has 280 career points and is eight shy of Doug Brien's Cal record for career scoring (288) while his 51 field goals are five short of Brien's career field goals record (56).

Cal leads the nation in turnovers gained with 21, while its 13 interceptions are tied for second and eight fumbles recovered tied for 11th. The Bears also rank tied for fifth in the country while co-leading the Pac-12 with three defensive touchdowns.

Ross Bowers threw 116 consecutive passes without an interception before the streak ended last Saturday. Bowers is three passing yards shy of 2,000 for the 2017 season.

Vic Wharton is Cal's active career leading receiver with totals of 67 catches for 845 yards receiving while he also has four touchdown catches. He is also the team's leading receiver in 2017 with 39 receptions for 552 yards receiving while co-leading the team with three touchdown catches. Kanawai Noa is just behind Wharton with 36 catches for 547 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Vic Enwere leads all active Cal players with 16 rushing touchdowns and is two shy of cracking the school's career top-10 list.

Cal is allowing 28.4 points per game this year after giving up an average of 42.6 last year.

Cal is 4-0 when winning the turnover battle in 2017, 0-3 when losing it and 0-1 when the margin is even.