Cal lost to Washington State 21-6 Saturday afternoon in Berkeley.
The important facts of the game:
WASHINGTON STATE 21, CAL 6
RECORDS: CAL (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12), WASHINGTON STATE (2-3, 1-2 Pac-12)
GAME PLAYER: Laura Washington State quarterback Jayden. De Laura finished 25 of 41 for 219 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
TURNING: Washington State led 7-6 and planned to punt when facing a fourth and 6 from its own 29-yard line. Nick Haberer of the Cougars had his kick blocked by Nick Alftin of Cal. However, WSU’s Ron Stone Jr. recovered the loose ball and advanced it 7 yards for the Cougars’ first down. WSU turned that possession into a touchdown and a 14-6 lead with 1:46 remaining in the first quarter.
KEY SET 1: Laura’s WSU quarterback Jayden threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Jackson Jr. to complete a 75-yard run on the Cougars’ early possessions of the game. De Laura was 5-for-5 for 53 yards on record, giving WSU a 7-0 lead with 11:21 left in the first quarter.
KEY SET 2: Cal Chase Garbers quarterback completed a 44-yard pass to Kekoa Crawford, placing the ball on the Washington state 11-yard line. Chistopher Brooks scored on the next play on an 11-yard run to reduce the WSU’s lead to 7-6 with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter. Cal had converted a fourth play and a 1 from his own 34-yard line early in that practice.
KEY SET 3: A weak snap on the extra point after Cal’s first touchdown prevented the Bears from converting the PAT, leaving the score at 7-6.
KEY SET 4: Washington State faced a fourth and six from its own 29-yard line when the Cougars’ Nick Haberer saw his punt blocked by Cal’s Nick Alftin. However, WSU’s Ron Stone Jr. recovered the loose ball and advanced it 7 yards for the Cougars’ first down. WSU turned that possession into a touchdown on Key Play 5.
KEY SET 5: WSU’s Calvin Jackson Jr. pulled off a remarkable one-handed catch of a 5-yard touchdown pass from Laura Jayden. The game was initially deemed incomplete, but the appeal was overturned on review and called for a touchdown. That gave Washington State a 14-6 lead with 1:46 left in the first quarter.
KEY SET 6: WSU quarterback Jayden de Laura threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to De’Zhuan Stribling to complete a 66-yard campaign and give the Cougars a 21-6 lead with 8:47 remaining. third quarter.
KEY SET 7: On a fourth and third play from the 28-yard Washington state line, Chase Garbers started an incomplete game, keeping the Cougars in the lead at 21-6 with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.
KEY SET 8: Fourth and sixth yards from the Washington State 7-yard line, Chase Garbers threw a check and the score remained 21-6 with 11:20 left in the fourth quarter.
GAME STAT: After three quarters, Cal had 65 yards passing, and 44 of them were completed early in the first quarter.
GAME STAT 2: Washington State, which had just four sacks in its first four games, had four against Cal.
QUARTER-BACK STATISTICS: Cal’s Chase Garbers was 14 of 30 for 152 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Jayden of Laura of Washington state had 25 of 41 for 219 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
WHAT THIS MEANS:. Cal is the only Pac-12 North team without a conference win. The Bears are still winless against FBS opponents this season. (Their victory was against Sacramento State, an FCS team.) Cal lost his first two conference games for the second year in a row. The Bears started 0-3 in the Pac-12 game last year.
PLAYER AVAILABILITY: Cal: Outside linebacker Kuony Deng (lower body) missed his third straight game on Saturday, and he should stay a little longer. Running back DeCarlos Brooks missed his second straight game with an unspecified injury, and starting nose guard Stanley McKenzie did not play due to an unspecified injury. Cal receiver Nikko Remigio, running back Damien Moore and tight end Jake Tonges were all available after suffering injuries last week.
Washington State: WSU quarterback Jarrett Guarantano did not make the trip to Berkeley. He started last week’s game against Utah when Laura’s Jayden was sidelined with injury. Laura Cougars quarterback and running back Max Borghi were both available on Saturday after being questionable earlier in the week.
CAL’S BOWL BAROMETER: Cal Bol’s odds have dropped to about 10 percent. The Bears would need to win five of their remaining seven games to be eligible for a bowl.
NEXT GAME: Cal has a day off next week, then plays in Oregon on Friday, Oct. 15. Kick-off: 7:30 p.m. TV: ESPN. The third-ranked Ducks are 4-1 after losing to Stanford 31-24 in overtime on Saturday. Oregon also has a goodbye next week before welcoming Cal to the noisy Autzen Stadium on national television. Oregon have won 15 straight home games and their last loss at Autzen Stadium was an overtime loss to seventh-ranked Stanford on September 22, 2018.
Laura’s Jayden cover photo is by Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports
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