Monday, October 16, 2006

Daily Cal: Cal Keeps the Wins Coming

Penalties and Turnovers Hurt Bears Offense, But Cal Still Pulls Off a 21-3 Victory in Pullman

BY Brian Bainum

PULLMAN, Wash.—Three turnovers and several costly penalties crippled the normally vaunted offense of the No. 10 Cal football team against Washington State. Thanks to the Bears defense, it didn’t matter. Cal rolled over the Cougars, 21-3, Saturday at Martin Stadium for its sixth consecutive victory and its first win in Pullman, Wash., since 1979. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but all the big plays were made on the defensive side of the ball for the Bears (6-1, 4-0 in the Pac-10). The Cal defense allowed the Wazzu offense to gain 350 yards, but came up with stops in the clutch, most notably on a goal-line stand late in the third quarter. Trailing 21-3 with a little over two minutes to play in the third quarter, the Cougars (4-3, 2-2) tried four times to punch it in and failed on all four attempts, the last of which saw quarterback Alex Brink bottled up in a swarm of Bears defenders led by Brandon Mebane and Steve Kelly.

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