California-Washington State football score: Recap, stats (Oct. 13, 2017)

California forced seven turnovers and registered nine sacks in a dominant 37-3 home win over No. 8 Washington State, snapping a three-game losing streak and giving coach Justin Wilcox his first Pac-12 win. Find the reacp and live updates below.

California-Washington State football score, live updates:

5:23 4 th Q (37-3, Cal): Jordan Kunaszyk records Cal’s ninth sack of the game, forcing Luke Falk to fumble. Gerran Brown takes the loose ball 26 yards for the TD.

7:13 4 th Q (30-3, Cal): Matt Anderson hits his third field goal of the game, a 41-yarder, to put Cal up by 27.

13:10 4 th Q (27-3, Cal): Cal quarterback Ross Bowers with a highlight-reel play that you’ll be seeing a lot of. He scores on a 7-yard run, leaping over defenders and flipping into the end zone.

5:13 3 rd Q (20-3, Cal): Cal’s Matt Anderson kicks a career-long 48 yard field goal.

6:00 3 rd Q (17-3, Cal): WSU’s Luke Falk throws his fourth interception of the game, picked off by Cal’s Jordan Kunaszyk on a tipped ball. Cougars have turned it over five times.

11:45 3 rd Q (17-3, Cal): One play after Jamal Morrow scampers 43 yards on a short reception, WSU QB Luke Falk is intercepted for the third time. This one was a tipped shovel pass picked off by Cal’s Raymon Davison.

0:00 2 nd Q (17-3, Cal): Cal’s Ross Bowers finds Kyle Wells for a 1-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half. Bears went 45 yards in 52 seconds on the drive.

3:19 2 nd Q (10-3, Cal): Cal’s Camryn Bynum grabs his second interception of Luke Falk, this one in the end zone.

11:27 2 nd Q (10-3, Cal): Cal thought it had allowed a TD but Washington State’s Tavares Martin was called for offensive pass interference. After notching a third sack of WSU QB Luke Falk, the Bears yield a 52-yard field goal.

4:34 1 st Q (10-0, Cal): Vic Enwere scores on a six-yard run, three plays after Vic Wharton returned a short punt to the WSU 23.

9:12 1 st Q (3-0, Cal): WSU’s Erik Powell misses on a 49-yard field goal after the Cougars were called for false start on 3rd-and-1 and then couldn’t covert.

11:12 1 st Q (3-0, Cal): Cal takes advantage of a Camryn Bynum interception at the WSU 20-yard line but can only manage three points. Matt Anderson connects on a 26-yard field goal.

Keys to the game for California

Run the ball consistently

California’s offense operated like a well-oiled machine for its first three games this season, as well as for a good part of the Pac-12 opener against USC. But since the tail end of that 30-20 home loss the Golden Bears have become stagnant, particularly on the ground.

The Bears averaged 153.3 rushing yards per game with seven touchdowns in the first four games but in losses at Oregon and Washington they’ve been held to minus-32 rushing yards including minus-40 at Washington. That’s put extra pressure on the passing game to be effective, something that’s been made harder by a season-ending injury to sophomore wide receiver Demetris Robertson.

Put pressure on Luke Falk

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is among the most efficient passers in the country, completing 71.8 percent of his passes despite throwing nearly 44 times per game. He’s an expert at getting rid of the ball quickly, though when forced to go through his progressions and look for a third or fourth option he becomes vulnerable.

The Cougars have allowed 23 sacks this season, tied with Cal for most in the Pac-12. All but four of the sacks Falk has taken has been on first or second down, often when an opponent’s secondary does well covering his top targets.

The Golden Bears have only registered 11 sacks in six games, just two in Pac-12 play.

Take care of the ball

The last thing a team that is struggling on offense can afford to do is turn it over, something California is well aware of. The Golden Bears have 14 turnovers this season, nine in Pac-12 play including six in the conference opener against USC.

Cal has only allowed 41 points off turnovers so it could be worse. Washington State has converted 15 takeaways into 59 points this season.

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