BERKELEY — Cal found its offense for the first time in 2 1/2 games in the second half against Washington on Saturday night, but couldn’t quite outscore the Pac-12’s top-scoring team.
The Huskies, who were held without a first-half touchdown for the first time this season while building a 6-0 lead, scored TDs on their first three possessions of the second half and cruised to a 28-21 victory. They left the Memorial Stadium together.
Washington, which entered the night averaging 42.1 points, was held to a season low. Cal scored three second-half TDs after being held to a single touchdown in each of its previous two games.
The Bears (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12) lost their third straight game, but didn’t go down quietly.
Quarterback Jake Plummer and wide receiver J.Michael Sturdivant connected on touchdowns of 8 and 48 yards in the third quarter as the Bears briefly tied the score at 14-all.
After Washington (6-2, 3-2) extended its lead to 28-14, the Bears responded with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that was highlighted by a 34-yard pass to Mavin Anderson. The sophomore wideout then made a leaping catch of a dart by Plummer for an 8-yard TD on a fourth-and-7 play with 6:11 left, cutting the margin to seven points.
The Bears had one last chance with the ball after forcing a Washington punt with 1:16 to play. But Plummer threw incomplete from the UW 43 on fourth-and-3 with 28 seconds left.
Plummer finished 21-for-34 for 245 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Sturdivant caught eight passes for 104 yards.
The third quarter was a virtual shootout after a terrible first half.
Cal got the ball first and drove 75 yards in 13 plays with Plummer and Stordaunt connecting for their first touchdown, an 8-yarder after Plummer rolled to his right to escape the pressure. A PAT by Dario Longhetto gave the Bears a 7-6 lead with 10:20 left in the third quarter.
Washington responded immediately, going 70 yards in 11 plays, capped by a 6-yard run by Cameron Davis into the end zone with 4:48 left. The Huskies converted the two-point attempt when Penix took a handoff, rolled left and found Ja’Lynn Polk alone in the back corner of the end zone, giving UW a 14-7 lead.
But the Bears tied things up on Plummer’s second TD pass to Sturdivant, a 48-yarder that got behind Cal sophomore defensive back Jordan Perryman and practically into the end zone with 2:10 left. left
Pennix, the nation’s passing yardage leader, accounted for all 75 yards on five completions on the Huskies’ next possession, tying UW with a 13-yard TD strike to Jalen McMillan with 13:49 left in the fourth quarter. brought it back to 21-14. .
Cal punted on its ensuing possession, the first series of the second half by either team that did not result in a touchdown.
The Huskies totaled 114 yards on their first two possessions of the night but came away with just six points on Peyton Henry’s 40- and 36-yard field goals.
Washington had scored a touchdown on its first possession of each game prior to Saturday. The Huskies’ previous low-scoring first half was 10 points against UCLA.
The Bears never got anything going offensively, but their defense kept UW’s receivers in front of them and didn’t allow big plays downfield.
Washington punted just once in the half while Cal didn’t cross midfield until 1:56 remained before the break. The Bears were no closer than the UW 40-yard line, and Plummer was sacked for an 8-yard loss on the ensuing play.
The halftime statistical ledger was one-sided:
— Washington outgained Cal 245 yards to 83.
– The Huskies had 188 passing yards to the Bears’ 78.
— Net rushing yards were 57 for UW, just 5 for Cal as Jaydn Ott gained 12 yards on his first carry then just 3 more on his next 5 attempts.
— Washington had a 14-5 advantage on first downs, converting 6 of 11 on third downs, compared to 1 for 6 by the Bears.
– and time of possession favored the visitors by 20:35 to 9:25.
NOTES: The Bears unveiled another minor change to their starting offensive line, moving left tackle Ben Coleman to left guard, starting Braden Rohmi at right tackle and replacing senior Matthew Cindric with freshman Sevappe Watikani at left guard. Flipped from to right guard, who didn’t. Play.
The Bears were also without junior wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter, the leading pass catcher, and sophomore cornerback Lu-Magia Hearns, both sidelined with injuries in last week’s loss at Colorado.
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