FINAL SCORE: Cal 31, WSU 17. Bears improve to 3-4 overall, 2-2 in the Pac-12 headed into next week’s 115th Big Game vs. Stanford. The big numbers: no QB sacks and a season-high 318 rushing yards by the Bears.
Here’s my game story.
10:27 4th Q: Anderson returns and dashes 29 yards for a TD that makes it 31-10. This one seems safely in hand, just in case it’s past your bedtime.
13:39 4th Q: Andrew Furney misses wide left on 42-yd FG try. Steve Williams has a career-high four pass breakups.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: It’s 10:25 p.m., do you know where your long snapper is? Cal leads 24-10.
2:02 3rd Q: Vincenzo D’Amato’s career-long 52-yard FG gives Cal 24-10 lead.
10:58 3rd Q: Cal takes opening kickoff and marches 71 yards in nine plays, capped by Maynard’s 2-yard keeper. Brendan Bigelow had a 25-yard run on the drive and Allen made his ninth catch of the night — for 15 yards — giving him 194 for his career. That leaves him one shy of Dameane Douglas (195) for No. 2 on Cal’s career list. Bears lead 21-3.
HALFTIME: Cal 14, WSU 3. Bears are halfway to their eighth straight win over the Cougars. Total yardage: Cal 287, WSU 196. Rushing: Cal 23-157, WSU 10-20. Passing: Maynard is 9 for 16 for 130 yards with two INTs. Allen has eight catches for 123 yards — his first 100-yard game of the season. Each team had two turnovers in the half, all in the first quarter. Cal gets the ball first in the third quarter.
6:35 2nd Q: Cal answers emphatically, going 75 yards in nine plays. Maynard completed passes of 16 and 20 yards to Allen and had runs of 7 and 11 yards. C.J. Anderson got the final 4 yards for the TD and the Bears lead 14-3.
10:14 2nd Q: Andrew Furney kicks 20-yard field goal for the Cougars, capping 16-play, 86-yard drive. Cal’s defense turned back the Cougs on six straight plays inside the 10-yard line before WSU settled for three points. Cal leads 7-3.
END OF 1ST Q: Cal leads 7-0. Total offense — Cal 161 yards, WSU 101. Two turnovers each. At this pace, we’ll have 16 for the game!
5:55 1st Q: On third-and-4 from the 31, Maynard flicks slant pass to Keenan Allen, who makes two great jukes on the way to a 69-yard TD. Cal leads 7-0. Allen looked like a pro on that one.
7:07 1st Q: Michael Lowe intercepts Halliday for the Bears.
11:45 1st Q: Tedford challenges official’s call on second consecutive play — and gets the nod this time. Steve Williams is awarded interception in end zone on pass to Marquess Wilson. Cal ball at the 20.
13:20 1st Q: For the second consecutive game, Maynard’s first pass of the the game is picked off. This one skipped off fingertips of Darius Powe, picked by Cyrus Coen.
COIN FLIP: Yes, we are actually going to play a game tonight. Brian Schwenke, Keenan Allen, Josh Hill and Michael Lowe to midfield for coin flip: Cal to kickoff.
LINEUP INFO: Senior CB Marc Anthony is dressed and will play, but Kameron Jackson, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, will start.
WELCOME: Here at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., under beautiful Palouse skies. Very unlikely to rain tonight. Temps are cool, but hardly cold. Gonna be a great night for football. And a late one. WSU throws 50 times a game, so don’t plan to switch off your TV until 11 p.m. or so.