No. 10 Washington State tops Cal in the final minutes

No. 10 Washington State tops Cal in the final minutes

Neither Washington State or the California Bears could consistently put points on the board Saturday night in Pullman.

After the Cougars started the game with a Blake Mazza field goal in the first quarter, they would not find the endzone until Max Borghi dragged a group of Cal defenders in with him nine minutes into the second quarter.

Cal got their only touchdown of the game by way of a short 2-yard pass from Chase Garber to Malik McMorris.

Washington State evened it up and took the 13-10 lead into halftime with two more field goals. Gardner Minshew was only intercepted once in the game, but the Cougs had trouble completing drives all game.

Several personal foul penalties gave Cal five first-downs. With time winding down in the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears were threatening in the redzone. Garbers threw a pass to the right side of the endzone, and WSU saftey Skyler Thomas intercepted it, and got both feet down.

Starting at their own 25, Gardner MInshew began the fourth quarter march dow the field the Cougs are beginning to become known for. Less than two minutes remained, and Minshew hit Jamire Calvin for 23 yards, then Easop Winston for 24 yards, and went back to Winston for a 10-yard touchdown and a six-point victory.

Minshew finished 35 of 51 for 334 yards and one touchdown. The Cougs are now 8-1 for the first time since 2002, and still control the Pac12. It’s their 12th straight home win.