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Pac-12 football: Cal holds off Northwestern, 31-24
Pac-12 football: Cal holds off Northwestern, 31-24

Jared Goff threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Jefferson had a key interception, and California hung on to beat Northwestern, 31-24, Saturday in a season opener at Evanston, Ill. The Golden Bears looked like they were on their way to an easy victory up 31-7 in the third quarter. Instead, they had to sweat this one out. Northwestern got two touchdowns in a 25-second span late in the third to pull within 10. Jack Mitchell added a 24-yard field goal with 5:18 left in the game to make it 31-24, and the Wildcats were threatening to score again when Jefferson came up big. With Northwestern on the California 27, he sacked Trevor Siemian for an 11-yard loss. On the next play, he...