It’s official: not only did the Cal Bears eliminate themselves from a bowl game with a loss on Friday night, but Jeff Tedford’s job may be more at stake than it ever has been.
The Bears’ defense was no match for Huskies’ running back Bishop Sankey, who had a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns on the night. To add insult to injury, Cal was without star wide receiver Keenan Allen, who injured his knee in last week’s game against Utah.
It was a game characterized by turnovers, each team had four apiece (3 fumbles and an INT each).
Washington drew first blood, as quarterback Keith Price led the team on a 79-yard drive that resulted in Sankey rushing in to the end zone from four yards out for one of his touchdowns. Cal fumbled twice in the first quarter, and both were pivotal as they were within striking distance of at least a field goal.
Cal would have its brightest moment four minutes into the second quarter when they tied the game at 7-7. Zack Maynard drove the Bears downfield into the red zone, and Chris Harper tied things up on a beautiful reverse play for a touchdown.
The Bears added two field goals to take a 13-7 lead midway through the third quarter, only to see Washington come storming back.
Following the second field goal, Price completed two lengthy, miraculous passes to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. One resulted in a first and goal, the other in a touchdown, and the Huskies took a one point lead.
They would get the much need insurance score in the fourth quarter, when Sankey rushed in from a yard out extend the lead to eight.
Zack Maynard was unable to engineer a last-ditch effort to tie the game, and Cal fell to 3-7 on the year. To put this loss in perspective, it was the first road win for the Washington Huskies in over a year.
Will Cal turn its season around? Will Tedford find himself unemployed soon? These are questions that will be answered in the coming weeks.