For four minutes Saturday afternoon, the monsoon rain and crucial mistakes of the week before at Oregon were forgotten. The Cal football team took the opening kickoff and moved quickly to the Washington State 5-yard line.
Then running back Daniel Lasco fumbled the ball away, and even the sunny skies above Memorial Stadium couldn’t help the Golden Bears in what became a 44-22 blowout loss in front of 44,682 fans.
“When you are a very fragile team that doesn’t have a lot of confidence, it probably has an impact on you,” coach Sonny Dykes said of the first of five Cal turnovers. “We have no confidence right now.”
A season that began with so much optimism now seems hopelessly headed in the wrong direction.
The Bears (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) lost their ninth consecutive game to an FBS opponent, with the much-improved Cougars (4-2, 2-1) snapping an eight-game losing streak in the series.
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