QB Davis Webb stars in Cal debut win against Hawaii

Ross Houston
August 31, 2016

Serving as just the third game in college football history in Australia since the 1980s, this matchup was in limbo due to certain circumstances.

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No one expects the first game of a season to be pretty - and though Cal's 51-31 win over Hawaii looked good on the scoreboard in Sydney, Australia, there will be plenty for Sonny Dykes and crew to work on before the trip to San Diego State on September 10. Cal came into the contest without their top six leading wide receivers form past year, but appear to have found a weapon in junior Chad Hansen who made a big impact in the contest with 14 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The three-headed running back corps had its moments, with Khalfani Muhammad (10 carries, 96 yards), Vic Enwere (10 for 73) and Tre Watson (11 for 33) getting all of the action. Hawaii came into the contest with questions at quarterback, but Ikaika Woolsey was solid, completing 17 of 34 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown.

The Rainbow Warriors had three turnovers, including a costly fumble on a kickoff toward the end of the first half, which helped turn a six-point Hawaii deficit with five minutes remaining in the first half into a 17-point Cal halftime lead.

"I wanted to make sure Australian fans got to see an onside kick, and in my first game, too".

CALIFORNIA: Webb's strong debut reinforced the faith coach Sonny Dykes showed in him from the outset. "He (Rolovich) will get Hawaii going".

Things won't get any easier for Hawaii when the Rainbow Warriors play MI at the Big House next weekend in Ann Arbor.

The Bears, who have been in Sydney all week, will fly home Saturday and have two weeks to recuperate before visiting San Diego State on September 10. Hawaii's 31 points were the most the Rainbow Warriors had scored since 2014 and they averaged 6.5 yards per rush.

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