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Box Score of the Week: Cal and Colorado set an FBS record

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It is my contention that if one were to plunk down on the couch and spend a Saturday watching college football from noon to midnight, you are guaranteed to see something you have never seen before.

This week's example: California 59, Colorado 56, in double overtime. The Golden Bears and Buffalos staged the first game in college football history where both teams threw seven touchdown passes. Cal's Jared Goff completed 23-of-41 passes for 449 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception, and Colorado's Sefo Liufau responded with 46-of-67 passing for 449 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception.

Not only did they both throw exactly seven touchdowns, they both tossed one interception and threw for exactly 449 yards. Goff averaged 19.5 yards per completion, and 30.4 percent of his completions went for touchdowns.

The teams combined for 1,205 yards of total offense and 6.6 yards per play on 181 total plays. Together they achieved 63 first downs. And with 69 total completions, it would be easier to list who did not catch a pass than vice versa.

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In all, this game saw 31 total possessions in regulation. Fourteen ended in touchdowns, four ended by turnover, four ended via a missed field goal, eight ended in punts, and one concluded on a penalty.

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Colorado led 21-7 after one quarter, and then the teams battled to a 7-7 draw in the second. Cal responded with a 21-7 third quarter to forge a 35-35 tie, and then rallied from a 42-35 deficit to take a 49-42 lead, but the Buffaloes forced overtime with Liufau's sixth scoring strike of the day with just 21 seconds remaining.

Each team threw - you guessed it - a 25-yard touchdown pass in the first overtime, and Cal put itself in position to win by stuffing Liufau on 4th-and-1 from the goal line at the top of the second overtime. The football gods simply would not allow this game to be won with a rushing touchdown. Cal moved nine yards in three plays on its possession, setting James Langford up for the 34-yard game-winner.

What a memorable way for Sonny Dykes to earn his first Pac-12 win.

And while we're out west, special mention has to be given to Mike Leach and Washington State, who fought back from a 21-0 hole to beat Utah 28-27 in Salt Lake City. Although we are going to have to deduct points after seeing that Connor Halliday threw for only 417 yards and four touchdowns.