Washington State’s dream of an unbeaten season went up in smoke in Berkeley, with the eighth-ranked Cougars turning it over seven times in a 37-3 loss at California. Scroll down for a recap and analysis.
Washington State-California live updates, score:
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. The Bears have also sacked Falk four times.
11:27 2 nd Q (10-3, Cal): WSU’s Erik Powell kicks a career-long 52-yard field goal to get the Cougars on the board. Tavares Martin Jr. had caught a touchdown pass but he was called for offensive pass interference.
4:34 1 st Q (10-0, Cal): Cal’s 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.
Q (3-0, Cal):
WSU quarterback Luke Falk throws just his third interception of the season, resulting in short field for Cal, but the Cougars
defense only allows a 26-yard field goal to Matt Anderson.
Washington State-Calfornia game time, information:
Washington State-California will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 13. The game is being played at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California and will be shown live on ESPN. You can also watch the game online at ESPN3 or via the WatchESPN app on your mobile device.
Washington State-California preview:
Eighth-ranked Washington State has its highest spot in the Associated Press poll since 2003 and is playing very much like a team determined to get recognized on a national scale. Being the only game on television on Friday night should help that cause, much like it did two weeks ago when the Cougars knocked off USC at home.
Coach Mike Leach has WSU clicking on all cylinders, its defense allowing only 18.5 points per game to rank third in the Pac-12. In league games the Cougars are yielding 20 points per game, second-best overall.
Opponents are managing just 4.47 yards per game against WSU, which has 21 sacks and 49 tackles for loss. Junior defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa has led that charge, with 4.5 sacks and 10 TFLs.
The Cougars offense remains as efficient as ever, with senior quarterback Luke Falk completing 71.8 percent of his passes for 333.3 yards per game with 19 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has moved up to third in Pac-12 history in career passing yards (12,893), needing 708 to become the all-time leader, and he sits 17 th on the career FBS list.
Though it doesn’t run much, when WSU does so it gets results. Senior Jamal Morrow averages 7.78 yards per carry and on non-sack runs the Cougars gain 4.9 yards per rush.
California comes in on a three-game skid, all in Pac-12 play, after going 3-0 in nonconference action with victories over North Carolina and Ole Miss. The Golden Bears’ offense has hit a wall since getting into league competition, averaging 17 points and 3.65 yards per play. In their 38-7 loss at Washington last week they finished with only 93 yards of total offense, held to minus-40 rushing yards, with their only score coming on a defensive TD.
Sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers remains Cal’s starter despite throwing for only 80 yards in his last game. For the season he’s averaging 239.5 passing yards per game with nine TDs and eight interceptions, none in his past two games.
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