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Bears Battle Cougars In Pullman

Sep 27, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. -- California returns to the road for a trip to the Palouse on Oct. 1 with a 2:30 p.m. PT kickoff against Washington State. The Golden Bears (3-1) and Cougars (3-1) are set to meet for the 83rd time in history.

 Gesa Field at Martin Stadium
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT
Television (Pac-12 Network): Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Lincoln Kennedy (analyst)
Cal Bears Sports Network Powered By Learfield: KGO 810 AM
Joe Starkey (play-by-play), Mike Pawlawski (analyst), Todd McKim (sideline reporter);
SiriusXM Ch. 388 / SXM App 978, The Varsity App

– This will be the 83rd all-time meeting between California and Washington State.
– Cal leads the all-time series 48-29-5. The two teams have traded wins for the last six meetings with the Cougars earning a 21-6 decision in Berkeley a year ago. The Bears have a 12-4 advantage in the series dating back to 2005.

– Freshman running back Jaydn Ott has re-written the record books in his first four games at the collegiate level. The Chino, California native ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in Cal's 49-31 win over Arizona last Saturday, the most rushing yards in an FBS game since LSU's Tyrion Davis-Price went for 287 yards against Florida on Oct. 16, 2021.
– Ott, who earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week (3rd time this season) on Monday, leads the conference in rushing yards (463), rushing yards per game (115.75) and yards per rush (8.3), while he is tied for first in rushing touchdowns (4).
– Nationally, Ott ranks third in rushing yards per carry (8.3), as well as 11th in total rushing yards (463) and rushing yards per game (115.8). Ott had PFF's top rushing run grade (94.4) and No. 8 rushing offensive grade (91.8) in week four with his rushing offensive grade also No. 1 among halfbacks.
– The true freshman was the first Cal player to rush for three touchdowns or more in a game since Patrick Laird had three against Weber State in 2017 and is only the third to do it since 2011 (Daniel Lasco had three vs. Oregon State in 2014).
– Ott's 274 yards rushing were the third-most overall and most ever by a Cal freshman, as well as the most ever by a Pac-12 true freshman, and the second-most ever by any Pac-12 freshman (Colorado third-year redshirt freshman Jarek Broussard had 301 yards rushing against Arizona in 2020).
– The Ott touchdown runs of 73 and 72 yards in the win over Arizona were the first time a Pac-12 player had two runs of 70 or more yards in a game since Broussard in 2020 against Arizona and the first Cal player since Jahvid Best at Washington State in 2008 with touchdown runs of 86 and 80 yards.

– Cal and Washington State haven't played in Pullman since the 2018 season and the Bears haven't returned victorious from the Palouse since 2014, when they earned a wild 60-59 win that included four total and two kickoff return touchdowns from Trevor Davis as WSU missed a 19-yard field goal in the final minute to preserve the Golden Bear win.
– The Bears and Cougars were set to play in Pullman during the 2020 COVID-19 impacted season, but positive tests the morning of the game caused cancelation around two hours prior to the scheduled kickoff time, ending the Golden Bears' season.

– California's offense had a strong outing in the win over Arizona last Saturday, scoring 49 points, the most since the Golden Bears also scored 49 in a 49-7 victory at Oregon State on Oct. 20, 2018.
– The Bears' 354 team rushing yards were the most since running for 431 against Washington on Dec. 6, 2008.

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