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Bears Fall To Washington State, 28-9

Oct 1, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. – Wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter had six receptions for a career-high 109 yards but the Cal football team fell to Washington State 28-9 on Saturday afternoon.

J.Michael Sturdivant also had a career-high in receiving yards with 71 and quarterback Jack Plummer completed 23 of 33 passes for 273 yards for the Bears (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12).

After a scoreless first quarter, Washington State scored a touchdown early in the second before Cal answered with a 42-yard field goal by Dario Longhetto. The Cougars extended their lead to 14-3 early in the third quarter but the Bears came right back again, stringing together a 90-yard touchdown drive that culminated on Jaydn Ott's 2-yard run. Cal's two-point conversion failed and it was 14-9 early in the fourth period.

Washington State added two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away.

The Bears' defense held the Cougars to just 103 yards of offense in the first half. It marked the fourth time in five games this season Cal has held its opponent to just seven first-half points.

Ott, who ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns last week against Arizona, had 69 yards on the ground against the Cougars but set career-highs with seven catches for 41 yards.

Cal's defense also had its 18th straight game with at least one takeaway, which is tied for the longest active streak in FBS. Safeties Craig Woodson and Daniel Scott each had interceptions for the Bears.

The Bears have a bye next week before resuming their schedule on Oct. 15 at Colorado.