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California Golden Bears' Chad Hansen holds the trophy presented to his team after defeating the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the opening game of the US college football season at Sydney's Olympic stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Tailback Khalfani Muhammad scored the first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard run and finished with 96 yards.

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Running back Saint Juste led Hawaii with 118 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, with fellow running backs Lakalaka and Paul Harris picking up a td a piece, as well.

It was more than two hours before the start of Saturday's USA college season opener between California and Hawaii, and Anthony Goodluck and his son were already milling outside Sydney's Olympic stadium, soaking up the early atmosphere.

Told he had 441 yards passing — 38 for 54, with no interceptions, Webb said dryly: "Yeah, it was OK, I'm just glad we got the victory". Chad Hansen caught 14 passes for 160 yards and two scores. Cal recovered the kick and quickly turned the drive into points with a 34-yard touchdown run with Khalfina Muhammad slicing through the Hawaii defense. "My first one, and it's special, of course".

"As soon as Davis got here in May, we've just had a connection", Hansen said of Webb after the game. "Us being together, day in and day out, from 7 9 p.m., that really helps the quarterback-wide receiver connection".

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. When the game reached halftime the score was 34-14, Hawaii had been outscored 17-0 in the second quarter.

The Warriors were a half yard kneel-down away from a 27-point loss but the Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich was able to take some positives from the game. Webb completed all eight of his third-quarter passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and capped his Cal debut with a 33-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Veasy midway through the fourth.

The Bears held Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey in check, with a 17-for-34 performance.

Hawaii was without three key players for unspecified disciplinary reasons. That veil of mystery can be a new coach's best friend to start a new era - and it's obviously something Cal had to take into account.

"I thought Hawaii played really hard and I thought they were really well-coached", said Dykes.

"It's hard because you don't know what you're going to get - I mean you kind of think you do, but they kept mixing things up defensively and we had a hard time at times, some of our checks they showed us a bunch of different things". "They made a lot of adjustments as the game went on and challenged us". Hawaii needs to improve and perform throughout the season in all three phases of the game under Rolovich to get and keep this program rebuild moving in the right direction.

Rolovich might also go down as a good promoter of the sport Down Under. After losing the coin toss and Cal made a decision to receive, Hawaii tried an on-side kick that the Bears were able to recover at midfield.

"I wanted to make sure Australian fans got to see an onside kick, and in my first game, too". Rolovich said, smiling. "But seriously, I hope it sends a message that we are going to play aggressively and won't back down". It's the seventh straight year that Hawaii, part of the Mountain West conference, has opened against a Pac-12 team, and Hawaii is 2-5 in that span.

Members of the California Golden Bears cheerleaders watch as a giant inflated bear head mascot is moved into place before the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Memorial Stadium. After a bye week, they'll play the Aztecs at San Diego on September 10.

The Rainbow Warriors next head to Ann Arbor to face No. 7 MI on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12:00 p.m. EST (6:00 a.m. HT).

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