How they scored: Cal 34, Washington State 28


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By Ted Lee
Posted Oct 3, 2015
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Cal rallied from an eight-point second half deficit to defeat Washington State 34-28 and boost their record to 5-0.

At halftime, the Bears have outgained Washiington State 238 to 199.

Daniel Lasco, who's back after missing two games with injury, leads the Bears with 10 carries for 22 yards.  Kenny Lawler leads Cal with four catches for 71 yards.

Washington State's Luke Falk is 13-of-19 for 173 yards and one touchdown, however he was sacked four times in the first half; twice on the opening possession.

Keith Harrington leads Cougar rushers with five carries for 23 yards, while River Cracraft leads WSU receivers with three for 34 yards.

Cal's defense recorded seven sacks - Kyle Kragen had two-and-a-half, Jalen Jefferson, Stefan McClure, James Looney and Mustafa Jalil had one each and Jonathan Johnson recorded a half sack.  

Jalen Jefferson led the team with seven tackles - six solo.


Cal WSU          

0 7 Cracraft – 4 yard pass from Falk, 5:03
9 plays, 71 yards, 3:34
After stopping Cal on 4th-and-1 from the Cougar 27, Washington State drove the length of the field. After an opening possession that resulted in two sacks and a scramble, the Cougars were able to patch their blocking up enough to allow quarterback Luke Falk to find receivers downfield. Key completions were a 23-yard pass to John Thompson on a 2nd-and-3 from the the WSU 36, a 22-yard pass on 3rd-and-13 from the Cal 44, and a 28-yard pass on 2nd-and-16 from the Cal 28. Washington State scored on a 2nd-and-goal from the Cal 4 when River Cracraft slanted in from the left side. With Cameron Walker behind Cracraft and Hardy Nickerson in front, Falk zipped a pass in to him for the game's first touchdown.
7 7 Treggs – 34-yard pass from Goff, 1:48
8 plays, 79 yards, 3:08
Cal opened the game with two unproductive possessions, the Bears tied the score, when on a 1st-and-10 from the WSU 34, Treggs ran a fly pattern up the left side of the field. Goff surveyed the field, was hit while throwing, but threw a high deep arcing ball that Treggs was able to run under while leaving a Washington State defender in his wake. Cal's two other big plays that drive were a 14-yard completion from Goff to Darius Powe on 3rd-and-13 from the Cal 32, and a 20-yard pass from Goff to Kanawai Noa who ran a deep slant from the right side on 2nd and-10 from the Cal 46.

7 14 Wicks – 7-yard run, 10:24
10 plays, 85 yards, 3:23
Following a Cal punt, the Cougars decided to challenge the Bear defense with its running attack – figuring that between the pass rushers steaming in, and much of the rest of the defense dropping into coverage that there would be spaces available. Washington State had runs of 24, 13, and 9 yards, and converted on the only time it faced a 3rd down. On a 1st-and-goal from the Cal 7, Gerard Wicks took a hand off ran up the middle, kept his legs churning and although he was slowed at the four, get running until he ended up in the end zone.
7 21 Falk – 1-yard run, 2:31
13 plays, 47-yards, 5:53
The Cougars started with the ball on the Cal 47 after stopping the Bears on a 4th-and-short. The Bears defense made Washington State work for it as the Cougars had to convert on 3rd-and-7, 3rd-and-9, 3rd-and-1, and 4th-and-goal from the 1. WSU faced a 1st-and-goal from the 1, but after an incomplete pass and two runs for no yardage, WSU elected to go for it. Falk was stopped on the first effort and the second effort, but as he leaned over to the left, he received a helpful nudge forward from left tackle Joe Dahl to give WSU a two-touchdown lead..
13 21 Lawler – 9 -yard pass from Goff, 0:34
5 plays, 80-yards, 1:47
Once again, the Bears had one of their lighting-quick drives to score towards the end of the first half..After starting on their 20, Goff found Lawler open deep down field for a 40-yard pass. Had Lawler been able to keep his feet, he likely could have scored a touchdown. For the drive, Goff was 4-of-4 for 69 yards. With Cal facing a 1st-and-5 on the WSU 9, Goff play-action-faked to Vic Enwere and threw a pass to the right corner of the end zone that Lawler was able to catch with one defender behind him and other one closing in from the side. However, kicker Matt Anderson missed the extra point wide to the right, leaving the Bears down eight at halftime.

20 21 McClure – 45-yard fumble return, 12:46

Washington State faced a 4th-and-1 from their 49 – initially it looked like they were going to go for it, then they sent on the punt team. Punter Zach Charme took the snap ran straight ahead where he was tackled where he likely would have been short of the first down. But just before he went down, he fumbled the ball. Stefan McClure alertly picked up the ball and ran untouched for the touchdown. Cal chose to kick the extra point instead of going for two.
20 28 Marks – 4-yard pass from Falk, 6:29
15 plays, 79 yards, 6:11
On 3rd-and-goal from the 4, Falk looped a pass to the far right corner that Marks, who was guarded by Cedric Dozier, was able to run under. Washington State's big play was a 19-yard completion on a 3rd-and-16, when the Bears chose to rush three players, giving Falk time to find an open Cracraft. On a 3rd-and-4 from the 50 , the Bears once again rushed three as the Cougars completed an 8-yard pass to Robert Lewis.
26 28 Lawler – 20-yard pass from Goff, 2:21
6 plays, 77 yards, 1:53
There was very much the sense that the Bears offense needed to stop messing around and start trying to put their imprint upon this game. On a 2nd-and-2 from the WSU 20, Goff threw a pass to Lawler in the right side of the end zone, he reached up made the catch, got his back foot down for his second touchdown of the day. For the last four plays of the drive, Goff was 4-of-4 on the drive for 53 yards
34 28 Harris – 24-yard pass from Goff, 0:42
4 plays, 48 yards, 1:39
After Darius Powe recovered Cal's onside kickoff, the Bears took the lead when on a 3rd-and-7 from the WSU 24, Goff looked left, then threw a bubble screen to Harris on the right side of the field. This play has had limited success for quite some time, but Harris ran into a crowd, but kept running, he got a block on the outside, and raced into the end zone. On the subsequent two-point conversion attempt, Goff found Treggs on the left corner of the end zone. The play was initially ruled a catch out-of-bounds, despited Treggs' protestations. Upon video review, the call was overturned and the catch was ruled inbounds.
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