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Notes, Quotes, Highlights and Tweets From Cal's Win Over UW

September 8, 2019

Postgame Quotes:

Cal Head Coach Justin Wilcox

How did you deal with the elements on and off the field?  -The elements off the field we really don’t have any control over, so we’re just rolling with the punches there. I’m just really proud of the guys and how they battled. It was a really gritty win. Washington’s an excellent football team in all phases. We didn't start great, especially on offense, getting some penalties, which got us behind. We didn’t cover well in some of our special teams and defensive units, but we really battled back. The first drive of the second half of the game really set the tone for the rest of the game, the way the offense came out. I’m just really proud of the team because it wasn’t the cleanest, but they keep fighting. They’re a tough bunch of guys.

How’d you get your run game going?  -It took everybody. It took the offensive line obviously, and we had some new faces in there. The tight ends, quarterbacks, and receivers blocking down field. Our guys gave us a nice spark in there. In the first half we’d have some movement and then get a penalty that was hard to come back from. So I think it was really a combination of things.

Kicker Greg Thomas

What was it like making a game winning kick for your team?  -It is just one of those kicks where the whole team did so great, so you almost can’t miss for the team. I kind of zoned out in a way, it was a dream come true and what you ask for as a kicker.

What goes through your head as your team moves downfield into range?  -I just really wanted a chance to kick it for the team. That is what it comes down to, every kicker wants to make big kicks and if you get the chance it is want you want.

Linebacker Evan Weaver

What did it mean to have such a big game in your home state?  -It was great to play that way for my team and family. It was great having so many family members here, but just being able to come out with the ‘W’ in the end was great. Our whole team played great, offense moved the ball awesome, and on defense, we stopped them when we needed to. It was a really good team win.

How did you keep Jacob Eason in check in the passing game?  -Jacob is a great quarterback. I grew up in the state so I played him a few times. He is obviously really good. You saw what he did last week. This is a tribute to our coaches and the secondary. The secondary does a great job covering and our D-line does a great job putting pressure on him.

What was the mood being pulled off the field five minutes into the game?  -Honestly, I thought it was funny, it reminded me of high school. Playing in Washington you get a few of these games. It was kind of interesting but we all kept our minds straight and had a little fun with it but not too much and focused, ready to play.

  • With its 20-19 victory, Cal defeated Washington for the second year in a row and for the first time in Seattle since a 30-24 win in 2015.
  • Cal has defeated Washington in consecutive games for the first time since winning five in a row from 2002-06.
  • Cal won its first road game of the season for the sixth year in a row (also at BYU 2018, at North Carolina 2017, vs. Hawaii in Sydney, Australia 2016, at Texas 2015 and at Northwestern 2014).
  • The game featured a 2:39 weather delay that started at 7:51 p.m. with 9:46 left in the first quarter before resuming at 10:30 p.m. The game ended at 1:23 a.m.
  • Marcel Dancy scored twice, from 20 and 8 yards – both in the third quarter – to give him three career touchdowns. He also had a career-long 23-yard run on Cal’s first drive of the third quarter. Dancy finished the game with 7 carries for 72 yards and the two TDs.
  • Luc Bequette had a quarterback sack on the first play from scrimmage, his second sack of the season and ninth of his career. He later had a half sack near the end of the first quarter (with Traveon Beck).
  • Camryn Bynum picked off Cal’s first pass of the year and the fifth of his Cal career in the second quarter at the Cal 14-yard line.
  • Four Golden Bears had their first career starts at Cal – Brett Johnson, McKade Mettauer, Jake Tonges and Kekoa Crawford.
  • Evan Weaver finished with 18 tackles, tying his career high set vs. Colorado last year. It marked his ninth consecutive games with at least 10 tackles. Weaver also move into a tie for 10th for career tackles at Cal, now with 259 (also Mychal Kendrick, 2008-11).
  • Ben Hawk Schrider recorded his first fumble recovery at Cal to stop a Husky drive late in the second quarter.

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