By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 11:56 am in Gameday.
FINAL SCORE: WSU 44, Cal 22. Bears (1-4, 0-2) have now lost nine straight games to FBS opponents, and in four games this season vs. FBS teams are surrendering 48.8 points per outing. Goff finished with a career-high 489 yards — making him the first Cal QB to have three 400-yard games for his career. Harper had 13 catches for 216 yards. Halliday had 521 yards passing and three TDs for the Cougars (4-2, , 2-1).
THIRD QUARTER: WSU 35, Cal 22. Ridiculous passing numbers and almost no discernable defense by either team. Halliday has 478 passing yards, Goff has 438. Chris Harper with 11 catches for 202 yards.
HALFTIME: WSU 21, Cal 15. The Bears’ defense actually had stopped the Cougars without scoring on five consecutive possessions before Halliday’s screen pass to Marcus Mason turned into a 68-yard TD romp. Goff has 345 passing yards at halftime, including his 89-yard TD throw to Chris Harper, the second-longest pass play in Cal history. But the Bears netted three points from three early trips into the WSU red zone — not good enough. A big part of the problem, the continuing sad state of the run game, which has netted 11 yards in the first half. D’Amato has made both his FG attempts and is 11 for 12 for the season. Still virtually no pass rush by Cal. Also no CB Stefan McClure (knee) or LB Jalen Jefferson (head), both sidelined by injuries. Neither will return.
Still every reason Cal could win this game, but can’t keep settling for FGs.
FIRST QUARTER: Cal opens with promising drive that included Goff hitting 6 straight passes. Threat ended with Daniel Lasco loses handle on exchange and fumbles to WSU. Cougars go 92 yards to score on 35-yard pass from Connor Halliday to Vince Mayle, who easily beat Isaac Lapite with 9:26 left in qtr. WSU 7-0.
Injury tolls continues to mount: CB Stefan McClure goes out with 6:23 left in 1st Q with apparent right knee injuury. Now LB Jalen Jefferson down with 4:21 left. No word on nature of his injury. WSU lead is 14-0.
Quarter ends with Cal on doorstep of touchdown following 38-yard pass from Goff to Richard Rodgers to the wSU 1. Goff 14 for 17 for 137 yards in the quarter.
Cal has now been outscored 86-31 in the first quarter of its first five games.
WELCOME: Back here at Memorial Stadium and . . . it’s not raining. A welcome change from a week ago at rainy Eugene.
A few Cal players are on the field, beginning warmups for their 1 p.m. kickoff vs. WSU.
An announcement is due before game time on the retirement of senior safety Alex Logan because of injury. He reportedly made the decision on Friday, but still awaiting official word through Cal.