Cal-Washington State Postgame Notes
Oct. 22, 2005
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Today's attendance: 52,569.
With the 42-38 victory over Washington State, Cal improved to 6-2 (3-2 Pac-10) and snapped its two-game losing streak. Washington State fell to 3-4 (0-4).
Cal running back Marshawn Lynch scored on a 39-yard scamper down the right sideline in the first quarter for his longest run of the year. Only Marcus O'Keith (71 yards) and Justin Forsett (57) have longer runs...Lynch ran for 70 yards in the first quarter.
Lynch, who had 97 yards at halftime, reached 100 yards in the third quarter with his 17th carry. That marked the 19th time in 20 games a Cal running back has rushed for 100 yards. He finished with 25 carries for a career-high160 yards. He's rushed for 100 yards in four of the six games he's played in this season.
In the third quarter, Justin Forsett ran for nine yards on his 10th carry to clear the 100-yard mark for the game. He finished with 111 yards on 12 carries. That marked the second time this season that Forsett and Lynch ran for 100 yards each. The last time was two weeks ago, when Forsett had 153 yards and Lynch had 135 against UCLA.
Lynch lined up as a kick returner for the first time this season on the game's opening kickoff, which teammate O'Keith fielded. Lynch returned Washington State's second kickoff of the game 34 yards, Cal's longest kickoff return of the season. Lynch collected 23 yards on his next kickoff return.
With DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan, Cal's top two receivers, out with shoulder injuries, the Bears relied on a receivers by committee approach. Redshirt freshman wide receiver LaReyelle Cunningham made a 19-yard catch in the second quarter for his first career reception and a 10-yard catch in the third quarter that gave Cal a first down for his second career reception. His fourth career reception, a 57-yarder with 5:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, was also his first career touchdown.
Cunningham finished with five catches for 112 yards, marking the fourth time Cal had a 100-yard receiver this season. The last time Cal had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in a game was also against UCLA two weeks ago. DeSean Jackson had 10 receptions for 128 yards against the Bruins.
Fullback Chris Manderino caught his second touchdown of the season to give Cal a 28-10 lead 1:04 before halftime. It was Manderino's third touchdown overall this year.
Sophomore wide receiver Sam DeSa made his third catch of the season and first since New Mexico State, a 12-yard reception that was the first play from scrimmage. Coming into the game, DeSa had two catches for 68 yards.
By halftime, sophomore Lavelle Hawkins had caught a career-high six passes for 57 yards. Coming into the game, Hawkins had five catches for 80 yards this season. He scored his first career touchdown with 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter and finished with eight catches for 71 yards.
Junior tight end David Gray grabbed a 22-yard touchdown late in the first quarter for his sixth reception. He finished with two for the game (for 40 yards) and has seven for the season.
Greg Van Hoesen's 16-yard interception return for a touchdown was Cal's second INT returned for a TD this season. It was Van Hoesen's first career INT. Daymeion Hughes ran back the first one, a 41-yarder against Washington. Van Hoesen is the sixth Cal player to record an interception this season. Cal LBs have picked off three passes in two weeks. Last week against Oregon State, Mickey Pimentel picked off two against Oregon State.
Minutes after Van Hoesen's pick, Tim Mixon made his third interception of the season and returned it 38 yards to the Washington State three-yard line.
Cal made a defensive stand when it looked like the Cougars would go ahead 14-7 late in the first quarter. After Alex Brink's 80-yard pass to Jason Hill, Washington State could only muster one more yard before settling for a 22-yard field goal that made the score 10-7. Brink's 80-yard pass to Jason Hill was the longest pass play Cal has allowed this season.
But after Brink threw 4-of-10 for 178 yards and that touchdown in the first quarter, Cal put the clamps on the Cougars' passing game the rest of the half. Brink was 0-of-7 in the second quarter and didn't complete his fifth pass, a 10-yard catch by Michael Bumpus, until 13:55 of the third quarter. The streaky Cougars quarterback, who was 4-of-4 to open the second half, tossed a 38-yard touchdown to Hill for his seventh completed pass and a 62-yard touchdown to Hill for his eighth completed pass.
Brink's 66-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson was the first TD pass the Bears had allowed at home this season.
In the third quarter, Washington State's Jerome Harrison had a 42-yard run, the longest Cal has allowed this season. That rush, his 18th, gave him 115 for the game.
Senior Jonathan Murphy made his first career start, in place of the injured Ryan O'Callaghan at right tackle...Eight players have started on the offensive line this year: O'Callaghan, Murphy, Andrew Cameron (LT), Erik Robertson (LG), Marvin Philip (C), Aaron Merz (RG), Bryan Deemer (RG) and Scott Smith (LT). Cameron is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Smith has been starting in his place.
The Bears blocked their fourth kick of the season when Daymeion Hughes blocked Washington State's extra point attempt after Chris Jordan's 16-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver Jason Hill's 240 receiving yards from six receptions ranks him 15th on the Pac-10's all-time single-game receiving yardage list and is the best Pac-10 receiving effort this season.