Cougs Fall To No. 10 Cal, 21-3
Oct. 14, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and No. 10 California won in Martin Stadium for the first time in 27 years, beating Washington State 21-3 on Saturday.
California's high scoring offense was overshadowed by the defense and special teams, which set up TDs with a blocked punt and an interception. The Golden Bears (6-1, 4-0 Pac-10) also bottled up the Cougars' running game.
Playing a top-10 team for the third time this season, Washington State (4-3, 2-2) finished with 88 yards rushing yards, managing only 3 in the first half. In three trips inside the Cal 20, WSU managed only a field goal and turned the ball over on downs twice.
Cal had lost nine straight games in Pullman, dating back to 1979.
Nate Longshore completed 17 of 31 for 176 yards with two interceptions and a rushing TD for Cal (6-1, 4-0). DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan combined for 116 yards on 10 catches to keep WSU's defense off balance.
The Cougars entered the game leading the nation with 27 sacks, but only got to Longshore once.
Washington State intercepted Longshore on the Cougars' 7, but was forced to punt from the 16 in the first quarter. Nu'u Tafisi blocked Darryl Blunt's punt and recovered it on the WSU 5. Two plays later, Lynch ran 2 yards for the score.
Lynch, the Pac-10's leading rusher, ran untouched for an 8-yard score after Daymeion Hughes intercepted Alex Brink on the WSU 12. Hughes' interception was his sixth of the season.
Brink completed 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards and was sacked twice. Jason Hill, the Cougars top receiver, was held to 23 yards on two catches.
After WSU turned the ball over on downs on the Cal 29, the Bears marched 71 yards and Longshore sneaked over from the 1 to make it 14-0 with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. A 28-yard pass to Jackson and a 20-yard completion to Jordan kept the drive alive.
The Cougars only score came after a 72 yard drive stalled on the Cal 9. Loren Langley hit the 25-yard field goal in the second period.