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Jared Goff Breaks Pac-12 Records for Passing Yards, Touchdowns in Season

California quarterback Jared Goff (16) looks for an open receiver against Air Force during the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2015

If this is Jared Goff's final season in college, the California Golden Bears star quarterback closed out his FBS career in historic fashion, setting the Pac-12 records for most passing yards and passing touchdowns in a single season.   

With his sixth TD against Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl on Tuesday, Goff increased his season total to 43, moving him ahead of Marcus Mariota, per Cal Football. The record-breaking score came on a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Kenny Lawler with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

Goff finished with well over 400 yards through the air in the 55-36 win:

Jared Goff Armed Forces Bowl Stats
Comp/AttComp. %YardsTDINT
Armed Forces Bowl25/3767.646760
Final 2015 Stats341/52964.54,7194313
Source: ESPN.com

Sean Mannion owned the previous Pac-12 mark, recording 4,662 yards in 2013. The Bay Area News Group's Jeff Faraudo noted Goff's accomplishment on Twitter.

Goff has wreaked havoc on the Falcons secondary all game in what is one of his best performances of the season. His heave to receiver Bryce Treggs for a 30-yard touchdown in particular was a thing of beauty, per Pac-12 Networks:

Avinash Kunnath of SB Nation's Pacific Takes also complimented the Cal defense for its role in Goff's big day:

Goff has yet to confirm one way or the other whether he'll skip his senior season and enter this spring's NFL draft. Since he's one of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class, many expect him to make the jump shortly after the conclusion of Tuesday's game.

Plenty of NFL scouts were surely in attendance in Fort Worth, Texas, to see Goff live, and even more were watching the game at home. Goff could've done little else in the Armed Forces Bowl to solidify his draft stock going forward.

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