Jared Goff & Carson Wentz highlights: Looking back at the quarterbacks' best college moments
The Los Angeles Rams found the new face of its franchise on Thursday night, as they selected Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Goff spent three seasons with the Golden Bears and accomplished plenty along the way.
Let’s take a look back at some of his greatest moments.
Seven touchdowns against Colorado (2014):
Goff threw an interception on his first pass of the day in this September 2014 contest against the Buffaloes. Unfortunately for Colorado, Goff didn’t let that first throw affect his confidence. The sophomore finished the game with 458 yards passing and a career-high seven touchdown passes while leading the Golden Bears to a thrilling 59-56 double overtime win.
527 yards passing against Washington State (2014):
In one of the wilder games of the season, Goff led Cal to a 60-59 win over Washington State in October 2014. The new Ram broke a school record with his 527 yards passing and threw five touchdowns, including the 51-yard game-winning score to Trevor Davis with 3:18 remaining. Goff’s incredible performance was almost for naught, as the Cougars missed a 19-yard field goal as time expired that would have given them the win.
453 yards passing against Oregon State (2015):
Cal entered this 2015 matchup just one win away from a clinching its first bowl game appearance since 2011. Goff certainly made sure they earned that coveted sixth win. The junior was nearly unstoppable, throwing for a whopping 453 yards and six touchdowns in the 54-28 victory. Goff showed off his full arsenal in this contest, mixing brilliant touch passes with deep bombs to help Cal snap a four-game losing streak.
Goff breaks his own passing records against Arizona State (2015):
Jared Goff’s final home game was one to remember. Goff threw for a school record 542 yards with five touchdowns in a comeback win for the ages. The Bears trailed by 21 points in the second quarter, but Goff caught fire and led his team to a 48-46 victory. He also broke his single-season yards passing record in the contest. Not a bad way to say goodbye to Memorial Stadium.
Goff leads Cal to bowl win in final game (2015):
Goff arguably saved his best collegiate performance for last. He posted a career-best 227.1 passer rating while throwing for 467 yards and six touchdowns against Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. Goff was spectacular in the 55-36 victory, especially in the second quarter, when he threw three touchdown passes in the span of five offensive plays. Goff set numerous records in the contest; he broke Cal’s record for yards passing in a bowl game (previously held by Aaron Rodgers) and the Pac-12’s single-season passing touchdown record with 43. The victory was Cal’s first bowl win since 2008.
North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz became just the fifth FCS quarterback selected in the first round since 1978 when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Wentz’s selection is the highest a non-FBS quarterback has been drafted since Alcorn State’s Steve McNair was drafted third overall in 1995 by the Houston Oilers. Wentz joins McNair, Joe Flacco (Delaware, 2008, 18th overall), Phil Simms (Morehead State, 1979, seventh overall) and Doug Williams (Grambling, 1978, 17th overall) as the only FCS quarterbacks taken in the first round.
While Wentz did not receive a single FBS scholarship offer coming out of Bismarck, North Dakota, the senior signal caller made the most of his opportunities at North Dakota State, where he won five straight FCS titles in his five seasons with the Bison and two as the team’s starting quarterback.
In his first season as a starter for North Dakota State in 2014, Wentz led the Bison to a 15-1 record, completed 63 percent of his passing and finished with 3,111 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 642 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. In the 2014-15 title game, Wentz threw for almost 300 yards and his last-second rushing touchdown gave the North Dakota State its fourth title in four years.
Watch all of Wentz' best college highlights here: