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Another ursine of a game for Cal

Husky Stadium, Seattle. Behind Keith Price who passed for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns and a valiant goal-line stand by its defense, the Washington Huskies held on to beat the California Golden Bears, 31-23, before 60,437 fans.

It was the second straight year the Dawgs beat the Bears on a game that went down to a fourth-down play in the final minute. Last year in Berkeley, Chris Polk scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to post the decisive touchdown for the Huskies in a 16-13 thriller.

Like last year, this contest turned out to be another "Bear" of a game for Cal (pun intended).

Trailing 31-23, with 4:19 remaining in the game, Cal drove to the Husky 2-yard line from its own 13, where it was first down and goal-to-go.

Following an incomplete pass and a 1-yard run, Cal had a third and goal on the Huskies one-yard line with 31 seconds left. The Bears had a chance to avenge Polk's one-yard run from a year ago and called a timeout.

After a conference with the coaches on the sidelines, Zach Maynard handed the ball off to Isi Sofele, who was almost stopped in the backfield by DT Alameda Ta'amu. Filling a hole from the left side, Justin Glenn threw Sofele for a one-yard loss, setting up a fourth-and-2. (The Huskies are tied for 104th in the FBS in tackles for a loss.)

After another timeout, this time by Washington, Maynard  overthrew Keenan Allen on a fade route in the end zone, and in the last 21 seconds, Washington ran out the clock.

Since Washington's defense had surrendered 309 yards on the ground to Nebraska last week, the game with California this week was supposed to be a referendum on stopping the run. Cal came into the game averaging 178.67 rushing yards per game, 47th best in the FBS and 4th best in the Pac-12. The mission was to stop the run and force the Golden Bears to pass.

Mission partly accomplished. The Huskies held the Bears to just 108 yards rushing -- but yielded a whopping 349 yards through the air.

As a result, the Huskies' defense is still a work in progress, ranking 108th in the FBS in total defense and 117th in pass defense (327.50 yards per game). Rushing defense ranks 48th best at 125.75 yards per game.

Nick Holt's embattled defense still has some work to do.

Keith Price performed sensationally, completing 19 of 25 passes for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns, with a passing efficiency of 213.71. His PE of 176.58 on the season ranks 9th best in the FBS.

"I tip my hat to (Stanford's) Andrew Luck and (USC's Matt) Barkley and these other guys in our conference. But the level of play that Keith Price is playing at is as high as anybody in our conference," UW head coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying.

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58

Although California held Polk to just 60 yards rushing, Price connected with Polk on a 70-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-12 to give the Huskies a 31-23 lead -- the final score of the game -- at the 12:13 mark in the fourth quarter.

Polk -- for you name game buffs: the Pres from REV -- raced past defender D. J. Holt, caught the ball at the 40 in full stride, and took it to the house untouched. On the day, he caught four passes for 85 yards.

Erik Folk booted a 40yard field goal and had 1 touchback on a kickoff, which was his third of the season.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a stud in the making, caught two touchdown passes.

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
California 7 13 3 0 23
Washington 14 7 3  7 31


Time Team How Player (s) Cal UW
1st qtr          
10:00 Cal TD Zach Maynard 90-yard pass to Keenan Allen; Gior Tavecchio kick.  7 0
8:39 UW TD Keith Price  20-yard pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins; Erik Folk kick. 7 7
3:30 UW TD Chris Polk 2-yard run; Folk TFP. 7 14
2nd qtr
12:57 Cal FG Tavecchio 29-yarder. 10 14
8:51 UW TD Price 20-yard pass to Seferian-Jenkiins; Folk PAT. 10 21
5:13 Cal FG Tavecchio 36-yard kick. 13 21
1:20 Cal TD C.J. Anderson 1-yard run; Tevecchio kick. 20 21
3rd qtr
7:51 Cal FG Tevecchio 25-yarder 23 21
2:06 UW FG Folk 40-yarder 23 24
4th qtr          
12:13 UW TD Price 70-yard pass to Polk; Folk boot. 23 31

 

Statistics Cal UW
Total First Downs 24 21
  Rushing 6 8
  Passing 16 10
  Penalty 2 3
Total Net Yards 457 409
Net Yards Passing 349 292
Net Yards Rushing 108 117
Completions-att-int 23-43-0 19-25-0
Punts, yards, average 3-149; 49.7 2-78; 39.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 2-10 1-7
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 5-93-0 5-143-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 0-0-0 2-15-0
Kickoff Yards 6-378 6-403
Net Yards per kickoff 39.2 48.3
Average yards per kickoff 63.0 67.0
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 1
Third-down conversions 7 of 17 6 of 11
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 0-0-0
Penalties, no., Yards 7-62 7-75
Fumbles; number/lost 3-0 2-2
Time of Possession  32:21 27:39

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Zach Maynard;  129.34 23 43 349 1 0
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 213.71 19 25 292 3 0
           
           
Bears Rushing No. yds tds long  
Isi Sofele 17 98 0 22  
Keenan Allen 2 20 0 19  
C.J. Anderson  7 9 1 4  
Zach Maynard 6 -5 0 6  
Team 1 -14 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Chris Polk 20 60 1 14  
Jessie Callier 3 14 0 7  
Team 1 -1 0 0  
Keith Price 7 21 0 13  
Bishop Sankey 2 16 0 13  
Jermaine Kearse 1 7 0 7  
           
           
Cal Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Keenan Allen 10 197 1 90  
Marvin Jones 6 79 0 16  
Isi Sofele 2 29 0 22  
DeBoski-Johnso 2 22 0 15  
Michael Calvin 1 16 0 16  
Anthony Miller 1 5 0 5  
C.J. Anderson 1 1 0 1  
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
James Johnson 2 34 0 21  
Kevin Smith 1 12 0 12  
Kasen Williams 3 12 0 10  
Chris Polk 4 85 1 70  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 4 54 2 20  
Jermaine Kearse 2 23 0 11  
Devin Aguilar 2 72 0 44  
           
Punting        
Cal No. yds avg long IN20
Bryan Anger 3 149 49.7 58 0
           
Washington          
   
Will Mahan 2 78 39.0 41 2
           
Attendance: 60,437          

Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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