Football: Cal-WSU game thread

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Lets hope for a good one.

    Rob bear can you please drop your line here. Thanks.

  • milo


  • daredevilfan

    Time to pick up where we left off. Let’s not just win, lets destroy! GO BEARS!

  • wehofx

    Against Leach’s Zombie spread O, anthony is going to get plenty of plays.

    Keep it Rolling!


  • Juancho

    Glad shaq thompson got hurt. Glad washington lost. Glad barkleys draft stock keeps tumbling. At this rate keenan allen may go before him. As a raiders fan i know id rather have keenan.

  • Juancho

    Wehofx can we please get the over unders for tonight please. I lm taking the over on keenan slips.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Oy vey! Maynard a bit off, but that ball can’t be tipped upward by a WR right in the middle of the defense.

  • clonedoc

    Wasn’t worth wasting a timeout there and burning your challenge.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    That Allen TD was friggin awesome, split defenders then the juke. Wow!

  • Juancho

    Maynard has helped waste two years of cal football

  • ScottyBear

    Still haven’t seen any Cal football on TV this year. Stuck with AT&T with no Pac 12 Network. What a big disappointment. Most bars & Restaurants nearby didn’t buy it or can’t get it. Boo.

  • Juancho

    Scotty where are you livin ?

  • ScottyBear

    Juancho: Walnut Creek, with AT&T. Is there some way to get the game here with AT&T?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Try the Sports bar on N. Main, Scotty. Call first. Of course, I can’t remember the name of the place. I lived near it way back. It’s a block past 2nd Ave.

  • ScottyBear

    Thanks Juancho. It’s Masse’s and it’s a pool hall with some TV’s. Hard to get the game volume turned up there. The Stadium Pub has it also but along with 10 other soccer games and ESPN. Will head there anyway. Thanks for the suggestion! Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    Scotty theyve got it at mr luckys as well.

    Masses also has lingerie tuesdays.

  • Juancho

    Ive had the hiccups the entire second quarter. Its driving me crazy. Anyone got any remedies ?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    What a dirty hit by #4 on Marquess Wilson!!!! I hope that makes you guys proud but karma got him back too.

    dirty dirty dirty.

  • SteveNTexas

    I’ll never see Cal here and on ESPN its still in the first half.

    They need to invent a Live Google Earth so we can go anywhere and just watch. Hey that’s a good idea!

  • Juancho

    These commentators are the worst. This guy just told tedford youre up 14. No, 14-3 means were up 11.

  • wehofx

    Juancho, def do U/O next week.

    But got 3 x 2nd half u/o:

    zm int’s 1. (I’m optimist) under.

    Big carries 6(was gonna be 4 until cj got dinged) – over

    Bear D int’s/ turnovers 2 – over

    I want arroyo to succeed as play caller but red zone calls that lead to 2nd zm int sucked. 9 straight runs for big yardage and then we start passing???

    2nd td drive play calling, however, was great. all those xm’s misses high are killing me. NO U/O on that.

    O line looked better except for 2nd (?) to last drive.
    Steve Williams$$$ Bear D looks strong.

    Run the damn rock$ Sure hope cj comes back. I like Isi but he just can’t run between the tackles like cj and Bigs – looked great on that one inside run.

    Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Masse’s, how did I not remember that? I literally lived around the corner and not once did I make it to Lingerie Tuesdays. Regrets, regrets . . .

  • ScottyBear

    Mr. Lucky’s has lingerie shows a few times a week also! Moren should come down and check it out. Give her something else to do. She can join our team two ways at once!

  • Eric

    Up 21-3 in the 3Q. Using Bigelow. What a difference when he is in the game.

  • Juancho

    When are the lingerie shows at mr luckys ? I used to take a good amount of days off on tuesdays when i lived in the creek to make it to masses. Hard to beat being 21-22 and taking a day off to shoot pool and see gurls in lingerie while having a few beers

  • Beastmode

    KA, Sebastian, CJ all okay and playing in the 2nd half

  • BlueNGold

    moron how do you explain your prediction for this game being totally wrong?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    USC 24
    UW 14

    Bye bye BlueNGold!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Did CJ start running faster a couple weeks ago?

  • Beastmode

    Boom. Game over.

  • Juancho

    Mike leach has the look of the type of person whom youd never like to see their internet browsing history.

  • David Swartz

    Do you have any other brilliant predictions, BlakeStreetBear?

    BlakeStreetBear Says:
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:32 am

    wsu 43 – Cal 16. JT shouldn’t even get back on the plane after this upcoming debacle, but he will…

  • Concordbear

    Solid win for the Bears.
    Still not a great performance.
    Need to put it all together and produce our best game in years to get the Big Game upset
    Stanford will be favored and expected to win, they are a very good team
    But it is the Big Game…
    Cal fans will be out in force and if the team can get some mo the stadium atmosphere will help our Bears!

  • rob bear

    A win is a win is a win. Nice work Bears. My only complaint centers on how fast the Cal Coaching Staff will send tape to the PAC 12 as to how pathetic the pass interference calls were made against us. 95% of that ticky tack crap is never called in the Southeastern Conference. Hate to jump on bandwagons or sound like a sore winner, but the officiating stunk tonight.


    Congrats to Chris McCain: no one had to walk him to the sideline tonight. A first!

    Congrats to the O-Line: Build on this. We know WSU is not the best defense against the run, but build on this for next week. You guys boat raced their front 7.

    Congrats to Keenan Allen for tying our homeboy back here in the valley for all time receptions in Cal history (Dameanne Douglas)

    Congrats to the kicker for a perfect night. The 50+ yarder made the amber beverage that much more delightful.

    Congrats to Steve Williams and the rest of the secondary for doing a great job tonight against their receivers AND the officials. Unbelievable calls.

  • rob bear

    Swallow a dab of peanut butter and hiccups disappear almost instantly.

  • toohandy

    The future looks great. If not this year then obviously next. Almost all the defense are freshmen of sophomores. A majority of the skilled players on offense are also. GO BEARS

  • daredevilfan

    I love the running stats. But Maynard turned back into himself again and way too many passes to his bro. We need better distribution against the Trees to keep them from keying on our plays. And still way to many penalties. Mostly, just seems like the coaches have this team at midyear to be about where we expected them to be at game 1. No matter what happens with the coaches, I hope they assess this year and figure out what they can do better in spring ball and preseason to get more ahead of the curve. I know injuries play a part but I also think its systemic and maybe they just need to start the season with a bit more of a basic playbook and then add layers from there.

  • daredevilfan

    And of course play your top athletes from the get-go.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    BlueNGold Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    I predict a big upset with UW beating the sleazy cheaters 35-34. You read it here first.

    Pastor Rick says a false prophet was stoned to death. In your case how about just leaving the board for good.


  • BlueNGold

    moron, your prediction for the Cal WSU game was not just completely wrong, it was stupid and bore no resemblance to what happened in the real game. If anyone should be stoned to death, its you, chump. Take a hike and take ricky ricardo with you. I am not leaving. Unlike you, I have a legitimate reason to be here.

  • ScottyBear


    Oregon State is ahead of USC in national rankings, and ASU is ahead of USC is the Pac 12 South. WTF?? This was supposed to be a national championship year. Way to blow that 4th year Barkley! He won’t even be invited to NY in December for the award ceremony. Where is Leinart?? Lendale White? Taylor Mays? What happens to your USC pussies when they get away from the confines of the cheating Trojan cradle? They absolutely wilt up there with the big boys. Humiliating. They should study Aaron Rodgers, Tony Gonzales, DeSean & Marshawn. Actually, Lendale and Taylor CAN study them since their unemployed pathetic fat asses are relegated like yours to the couch on Sundays. Leinart? He can study the clipboard he holds every Sunday as 3rd string on the worst team in the NFL. Leinart and Taylor Mays will go down as the biggest busts of al time in the NFL. Reggie Bush is a journeyman at best. Brain Cushing is a junkie. Where is Rey Maluauauagaga?? The drug stores must be out of business.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #40 BlueNGold

    My pre-game analysis was nearly correct except I didn’t account for the dirty play of your #4 who knocked out WSU’s two best offensive players including All Pac 12 WR M. Wilson. Without those two guys it is hard to come back.

    Next time I will account for the dirty play of UCB state with some of the most dangerous helmet to helmet hits I have seen in years.

  • MoreNCsarecoming


    USC beat UCB state 9 years straight and you talk trash about your team? HAHAHAHAHA

    This is a college football site but since you need to extend that into the NFL let’s go ahead with that.

    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Frank Gifford, HB (1977)
    Ron Mix, OT (1979)
    Morris ‘Red’ Badgro, E (1981)
    O.J. Simpson, RB (1985)
    Willie Wood, DB (1989)
    Anthony Muñoz, OT (1998)
    Ronnie Lott, DB (2000)
    Lynn Swann, WR (2001)
    Ron Yary, OT (2001)
    Marcus Allen, RB (2003)
    Bruce Matthews, OT,OG,C (2007)

    Let’s talk about the current USC players starring in the NFL
    Clay Matthews III
    The Kalil brothers Matt and Ryan
    Troy Polamalu
    Sed Ellis
    Shaun Cody
    Sam Baker
    Fili Moala
    Mike Patterson
    Winston Justice
    Brian Cushing

    USC has had more players (473), and more 1st round NFL Draft picks (75) than any other college.162 Trojans have been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, while a Trojan has played in all but two Super Bowls.

  • Nice to win two-in-a-row. But I think Southern Utah woulda handled wsu last night. And Nevada prolly woulda put up 50 against them.

    Yes, I am disappointed in a win. It was pretty boring to watch too. Woulda loved to have seen Treggs/Harper/Rogers contribute ANYTHING at all.

    All the passes to Allen are ridiculously nepotistic and WILL NOT WORK against ljsu next week. I don’t see why teams don’t just line up two defenders against him and FORCE KA to throw to ANYONE else. (Maybe the coaching staff has something up its sleeve for next week, and KA will be a massive decoy? Or is ZM just unable to see the other guys!?)

    I was disappointed that Rogers was essentially NOT involved in the offense. And that the RB carousel is so unset. imho, CJ > BIGELOW >> ISI at this point. CJ and BB look like NFL material, isi, not so much, so his role should hopefully diminish. I did like the first play of the game, lining up CJ AND BB in the backfield, did we see that formation again?

    MCCAIN is a beast, 1st round material. Very entertaining to watch. S Williams was also EXCELLENT last night. The Sebastian hit on their RB was amazing, knocked him out before he hit the ground. Whammy!

    Last nights performance was not good enough to win against any of our upcoming opponents, even utah on the road and certainly not ou, osu or ljsu. So are we looking at 3-9 or 4-8? Sux either way and JT is the culprit. You all know how I feel about him…moving on.

    On the other hand, I am a very spoiled sports fan. Today I get to watch two teams that are ABSOLUTELY in the running for a championship THIS season and consistently play at a very HIGH level: the SF GIANTS and SF 49ERS!! What a joy to watch these teams compete. What a difference excellent coaching makes. Most of Cal’s sports teams fall into this category, some, not so much…Sandy!?!

  • Juancho

    Everyone. Today is my birthday. Please celebrate me. And have a zach klinerrific day.

  • ScottyBear

    Happy Birthday Juancho!

  • ScottyBear


    OJ Simpson!! Can’t believe you mention him. Maybe you should spend more time in Nevada having conjugal visits with him. That’s one USC jock you may actually get to sniff. Pathetic.

  • Juancho

    Thanks scotty !

  • BlueNGold

    No, moron. wrong again. The only thing you did not account for was you didn’t know what you were talking about, but could not pass up yet another opportunity for a fresh round of trash talk. You really should take time to actually get to know your subject before spewing off and making an azz of yourself. Esta mui stupido. Esta loco in caballo. Adios, loser!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    ScottyBear Says:
    October 14th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    OJ Simpson!! Can’t believe you mention him. Maybe you should spend more time in Nevada having conjugal visits with him. That’s one USC jock you may actually get to sniff. Pathetic.

    The last time I was at Canton, his name was enshrined there as an HOFer. You guys mention Marriet Ford’s name when the “play that never happened” is brought up. What’s the difference except that O.J. was tried and found not guilty for a double murder while Ford was tried and found guilty of premeditated murder of his wife and child.