BERKELEY, Calif. – Grambling State threw two interceptions for scores and surrendered three first half touchdowns falling to California 73-14 in its season opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Cal’s Jared Goff connected with Kenny Lawler three times for scores as the Tigers found themselves trailing 52-0 at halftime
Johnathan Williams threw four interceptions in the first half against the Tigers, who fininshed the 2014 season at 7-4.
Martez Carter scored on a 90-yard run in the fourth quarter and Nicholas Peoples added two interceptions for the Tigers.
GSU forced two turnovers on the Golden Bears first three drives with a deflected pass by thrown by Goff and a fumble near the goal line by Vic Enwere.
Williams threw as many interceptions as completed passes in the first quarter. Walker took one back 14 yards for a score and Downs took another back 8 yards as Cal returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
GSU’s Guy Stallworth led both teams in tackles with 10. Nicholas Peoples finished with nine stops and a pair of interceptions for the Tigers, whose flight to California was delayed several hours Friday, leading them to cancel their scheduled walkthrough and practice.
Devante Downs led the Golden Bears with six tackles and one interception.