Cal 12, Washington 10
What Happened: With a dominant defensive performance, Cal for a pick six from Evan Weaver in the third quarter, and two Greg Thomas field goals, to slip past a Washington team that couldn’t do anything offensively after an early score. Jake Browning got benched, but first he threw a touchdown pass to Ty Jones for an early lead. That was it until a 26-yard Peyton Henry field goal late. This game was about the …
What Mattered: The defenses. Washington held Cal to 242 yards, and Cal stuffed the Huskies for 250. The difference? The Huskies turned it over twice, and Cal held the ball for 33 minutes. The Bears were better on third downs.
– Browning only completed 11-of-21 passes for 148 yards and a score with a pick. Myles Gaskin didn’t give it a go – there wasn’t any running game to help the cause. Jake Heaner stepped in for Browning, and the offense still didn’t go anywhere – he only completed one pass for 11 yards with a pick.
– Cal’s offense was about control. Patrick Laird ran for 83 yards, and Chase Garbers completed 16-of-23 passes for 153 yards. The Washington defense owned the Cal backfield at times, but there weren’t a slew of mistakes, and the Bear D did the rest.
Thoughts: And now Cal can think about going to a bowl game. After a three game losing streak, and the low of giving UCLA its first win of the year – the Bears need just one more win to play extra football. At Washington State, at USC, Stanford and Colorado. It’s not going to be easy, but just get one.
– Ugh. For a team that’s had so many problems making things easy on itself, now the offense has hit a wall. However, everything it still there, at least in terms of the Pac-12 race. Thanks to Oregon losing to Arizona, if Oregon wins out against Stanford, Oregon State, and Washington State, it’s going to the Pac-12 Championship.