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Long touchdown return Hagan's 'fairy tale ending'

Scoring a touchdown in the final minute of a 52-7 rout doesn't usually hold a whole lot of significance. But for Cal cornerback Darian Hagan, his 82-yard fumble return for a score with 34 seconds left Saturday will go down as one of the highlights of his career.

Hagan was playing against his father, Colorado running backs coach Darian Hagan Sr., for the first time.

"That was a fairy tale ending to this game," said Hagan, who was raised by his mother and stepfather and speaks to his father only occasionally. "All the stories that were going on before the game, for it to end the way it did, that was just a blessing. I feel like God was with me today."

Hagan didn't speak with his father during the week or before the game but expected to talk with him at some point Saturday night. Hagan Sr. was a three-year starting quarterback for Colorado and led the Buffaloes to the national championship in 1990.

"I didn't speak with him before. If I would have, there would have been a lot of smack talking going on," Hagan said. "I just tried to refrain from it and stay focused and try to have a big game."

Hagan had a ball pop right into his waiting hands after a catch by tight end Ryan Deehan. Cal linebacker Robert Mullins dislodged the ball from behind, and Hagan was the beneficiary.


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  • Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott attended the game, getting an in-person look at one of the conference's two future members. Colorado and Utah agreed in the spring to join the Pac-10.

    While Utah is scheduled to arrive for the 2011-12 season, it's still undetermined when the Buffaloes will come aboard. The original agreement was to have Colorado become a member in 2012, but there has been talk of the Buffaloes joining next year.

    But Scott said Saturday, based on conversations he's had with Colorado officials, that it's looking more as if it will be 2012.

    "At this stage, they are pessimistic and think it's 2012," Scott said. "The chances are worse than 50-50. At this stage, we're planning on them coming in 2012."

  • Cal punter Bryan Anger launched a soaring 63-yard punt near the end of the third quarter, but it was negated by an illegal formation penalty. So he simply lined up again and booted it 66 yards. He finished with an average of 48.2 yards on four punts

    "I thought Anger had a great game," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "To respond the way he did -- he did it back to back."

  • Tedford recorded career win No. 69, moving him ahead of Pappy Waldorf for third place all-time at Cal and first place in the modern era.

  • Cal has allowed 10 points this season, the fewest through two games since 1968.

  • Cal forced five turnovers in a game for the first time since 2006.

  • The Bears have opened with two 50-point games for the second straight season.

    -- Jonathan Okanes