BERKELY, Calif. - As the Cougs and Bears fight for bowl eligibility, it's Cal's defense that wins out in Berkeley, limiting the Cougars to their second-lowest point total of the season, 33-20.
The first half looked like the game Cal wanted to play. Jaylinn Hawkins intercepted Anthony Gordon on Washington State's first drive of the game, which they turned into a Christopher Brown Jr. 27-yard rushing TD to go up 6-0.
When the Bears were going for the extra point, however, the Cougs' special teams blocked it and returned it for a safety, drawing within 4 points.
The Cougs didn't find the endzone until just before half. After that safety, the offensive drives went: punt, punt, field goal, punt, punt. It wasn't until 45 seconds remained in the second quarter when Gordon hit Brandon Arconado for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
The halftime score was an odd 13-11 lead for the Bears.
Things didn't start clean for Washington State after halftime, Easop Winston Jr. fumbled on the Cougs' first play from scrimmage, and Cal turned it into a touchdown when Devon Modster hit Brown Jr. for a 13-yard score.
Washington State added a 35-yard Blake Mazza field goal to cut the deficit to 6, a 20-14 score with three minutes to go in the third quarter.
Offense was hard to come by for WSU in the fourth, as was good defense. After turning the Cougs over on downs, the Bears broke out a 52-yard touchdown catch and score by Makai Polk. Cal took the 26-14 lead and never looked back, adding another Modster rushing TD with 3 minutes to play for a 33-20 final.
With the loss, Washington State falls to 1-5 in the Pac12, 4-5 on the season.
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- Coeur d'Alene advances to state championship, Mt. Spokane dismantles Peninsula
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