BERKELEY -- Cal's coaches said this past week that they hoped the Golden Bears could deliver a more balanced attack Saturday against Portland State.
Few at Memorial Stadium were complaining after watching freshman Jared Goff flood the air with footballs in a 485-yard passing performance.
But in the Bears' 37-30 victory, the running game once more was not what they want.
"It's definitely a concern," coach Sonny Dykes said after the Bears netted 131 rushing yards on 44 attempts -- a subpar 3.0 yards per carry.
In a loss to Northwestern the week before, Cal had just 89 net rushing yards on 34 tries, a 2.6 per-carry average.
Dykes said the culprit in Week 1 was the offensive line, which didn't finish blocks well. That wasn't his complaint this time.
"Today, the O-line played better," he said. "We had guys in space a lot today. A lot of times one-on-one on the safety and didn't make a play. When we get one-on-ones, we've got to be able to make more than 2 or 3 yards."
"We've got to get some guys playing better up front," he said. "Deandre Coleman has been a non-factor to this point. He's got to play better. He will play better.
"We just haven't been able to get the kind of push up front that we need. We'll get that. Deandre's a heck of a player. He'll play better and we'll coach him better."
"I don't know that our training camp was much different than most people these days," Dykes said. "We were running out of bodies, so we were trying to keep our players healthy and consider the welfare of our guys.
"I think we'll tackle better. It's certainly going to be a point of emphasis for us. We work it all the time in practice."
The Bears didn't get much from it early, but Goff delivered a 19-yard pass to Gingold for a first down that led to Vincenzo D'Amato's 23-yard field goal and a 37-30 lead late in the third quarter.
The teams combined for 42 plays of 10 yards or more, 16 of those going at least 20 yards, including five of 40 yards or more.
Harper finished with four catches for 32 yards.