It was a good night for the California Golden Bears as they routed a weak conference opponent in Washington State for the eighth time in a row by the score of 31-17.
Cal looked a bit shaky early, as Zach Maynard threw an interception at his own forty yard line midway through the first. However, that was one of the only blemishes on the night f0r Cal, who dominated the rest of the night.
Washington State quarterback Connor Halladay would return the favor with not one, but two INTs in the first quarter. The second one came with just over seven minutes left, and Cal capitalized on that to score the game’s first points. On 3rd and 4 from his own thirty yard line, Maynard completed a short slant to Keenan Allen, who did the rest of the work, breaking tackles and taking it all the way for a 69-yard touchdown, putting Cal up 7-0.
Halladay led the Cougars all the way to the two yard line of the Bears on the opening drive of the second quarter, but Cal was able to limit Washington State to a field goal. A 7-3 deficit would be the smallest of the night, as the Bears took over from there.
Maynard completed two big passes to Allen on the ensuing drive, and CJ Anderson rushed in from the four yard line on first and goal to give Cal a 14-3 lead.
The second half was much of the same for the Bears. Maynard led them on a nine play, 71-yard drive to kick off the half, and he finished it off himself with a one-yard quarterback sneak into the end zone.
The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and the Bears won by a score of 31-17.