Football: Washington game thread

Click here for my game story and a photo slideshow of Friday night’s game.

UPDATE: Injured quarterback Zach Maynard will undergo an MRI to check for damage to his injured left knee. Cal is not expected to have an update any sooner than Sunday, but if there is news in the meantime, we will report it here.

STATS: C.J. Anderson finished with a career-high 160 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season. Brendan Bigelow had 130 all-purpose yards, including 6 rushes for 49 yards. Maynard was 15 for 29 for 175 yards with one INT. Freshman Chris Harper had a career-best 7 catches for 101 yards. LB Nick Forbes had an interception and recovered two fumbles. Cal’s defense forced four turnovers. The offense gave four back.

FINAL SCORE: Washington 21, Cal 13. Bears fall to 3-7 overall and cannot reach .500, so they will miss out on a bowl game for the second time in three seasons. They are 2-5 in Pac-12 play and have lost three in a row. With 42,226 at Memorial Stadium, the Bears have lost four home games in a season for the first time in Jeff Tedford’s 11 seasons. Probably not the 51st birthday present he wanted.

1:08 4th Q: Bridgford throws incomplete to Anderson on fourth-and-5 from the 25. Bridgford was2 for 7 for 26 yards in his short stint.

4:01 4th Q: Maynard injures left knee. Comes out for Allan Bridgford.

4:11 4th Q: Bishop Sankey scores on 1-yard run. Washington leads 21-13.

6:13 4th Q: Shaq Thompson intercepts Maynard and returns it 28 yards.

8:23 4th Q: Three turnovers in a span of 1:53. Cal has the ball (for now) after Seferian-Jenkins fumbled to Forbes at the Cal 35.

13:55 4th Q: You knew it was too good to be true. D’Amato, after 11 straight made FGs, misses from 41 yards.

END OF 3rd Q: Washington 14, Cal 13.

0:41 3rd Q: UW’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-6, 266-pound TE, outleaps 5-10 Steve Williams in the end zone for a 29-yard TD catch and Washington leads 14-13.

3:59 3rd Q: D’Amato strikes again — this time from 21 yards — and Cal leads 13-7. It’s the 11th straight made FG for the junior. Cal drive began when Robert Mullins forced Sankey to fumble and Nick Forbes recovered at the UW 36.

10:40 3rd Q: D’Amato kicks 23-yard FG and Cal leads 10-7. Bears began drive with a 21-yard loss on a botched lateral pass play. Then C.J. Anderson ran 64 yards to the UW 20 and Shaq Thompson — you all know him — was whistled for a horse collar penalty for a first down at the 10. Three plays went 2 yards and D’Amato made his 10th straight FG try.

HALFTIME: Cal 7, UW 7. Washington outgained Cal 267 yards to 226 in the half. UW’s Bishop Sankey has 18 carries for 124 yards, QB Keith Price is 10 for 20 for 138 yards with an interception. Cal’s Zach Maynard is 12 for 20 for 146 yards. C.J. Anderson is top ground gainer with seven carries for 45 yards. Cal has two turnovers, UW 1.

0:12 2nd Q: LB Nick Forbes intercepts Keith Price to halt promising Washington drive. Cal takes over at the 30 after Forbes’ 26-yard return. The INT was the first of Forbes’ career.

2:46 2nd Q: Bears show some creativity with Sofele giving ball to Chris Harper on a reverse on first-and-10 from the UW 14. Harper stretches to touch ball to the end zone pylon and Bears tie the score at 7-all. A personal foul penalty against UW’s Danny Shelton on the previous play — a third-down incompletion — gave Cal the chance to tie the score.

END OF 1st Q: Huskies lead 7-0. They have the ball and a 2nd-and-14 at the 50. Cal playing without DEs Kendrick Payne and Deaundre Coleman. OLB Chris McCain is playing, but has come out at times also. CB Marc Anthony has not played. Also, WR Bryce Treggs, after warming up, has not played.

2:08 1st Q: Bears get very lucky — WR Jaydon Mickens drops deep ball well behind Cal defense. A TD for sure.

4:06 1st Q: Bears drive effectively again, then Brendan Bigelow fumbles, recovered by safety Justin Glenn at the UW 11. This is not a workable strategy.

6:23 1st Q: Huskies march 79 yards in 11 plays and Bishop Sankey runs easily up the middle from 4 yards out for the TD. UW leads 7-0.

10:19 1st Q: Bears drive to the UW 29 after back-to-back receptions by freshman Chris Harper (23 and 16 yards), then Isi Sofele fumbles and UW corner Marcus Peters recovers at the 21. This is what bad teams do. Tease and disappoint.

COIN TOSS: The Huskies win the toss and want the ball first.

T-MINUS 4 MIN UNTIL KICKOFF: Do the words “late-arriving crowd” ring a bell? It’s pretty empty here so far.

HONORING CAL’S OLYMPIANS: More than 25 of Cal’s 46 London Olympics athletes are expected to be on hand for pre-game ceremonies. Led by swimmer Natalie Coughlin, water polo player Heather Petri, rower Erin Cafaro and coaches Teri McKeever (women’s swimming) and Mike Teti (men’s rowing), the group will serve as honorary captains and be part of the coin toss ceremony.

WELCOME: Getting settled in for the first-ever Friday night game at Memorial Stadium. Cal, at 3-6, 2-4 in the Pac-12, obviously has no margin for error if it wants to keep alive its flickering hopes of a bowl bid. Washington, at 4-4, 2-3, arrives fresh off a win over previously unbeaten Oregon State. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlueNGold

    How refreshing to read a post on this thread from someone who:

    1. Actually knows something about football; and

    2. Is able to express themselves well without being smarmy, snarky or just plain rude and obnoxious.

    Thanks, Eric!