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Linebacker Sekou
Sanyika had four tackles
for loss against Washington.

 

Huskies' Fast Start Too Much for Cal

Bears fall 21-13 to Washington.

October 17, 1998

SEATTLE - Washington scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter and sacked Cal quarterback Justin Vedder 13 times, as the Huskies extended their winning streak over the Bears to 16 games with a 21-13 victory. Cal had several scoring opportunities throughout the game, but only got into the endzone twice.

Cal appeared to get off to a good start when the Bears moved the ball to the UW 24 in four plays, but the drive ended when Tim Wolleck missed a 37-yard field goal attempt wide right. On the first play of the game at the Cal 20, Vedder completed a swing pass to Mike Freeman for a 10-yard gain. Two plays later, Vedder hooked up with Marcus Fields for a 39-yard pass over the middle to the Washington 31 and a five-yard face mask penalty moved the ball to the Husky 26. The Bears, though, failed to pick up another first down, forcing the Wolleck field goal try.

Washington took over on its 21-yard line and moved the ball to the Cal 39 in seven plays. On 3rd-and-9, quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo ran a draw up the middle and scampered untouched into the endzone for the first score of the game and a 7-0 UW lead.

Washington then surprised the Bears with an on-sides kick and Reggie Davis recovered it at the Cal 49-yard-line. On the next play, Tuiasosopo hit Chris Juergens over the middle to the Cal 15. A pair of runs gave UW a first-and-goal on the Cal 3, and on third down from the one, Tuiasosopo dove over the top for a 14-0 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first quarter.

The teams traded punts and Cal took over on its 20 with just over two minutes left in the quarter. A six-yard pass completion to Joel Young, however, was negated when Vedder was sacked on the next play back to the Cal 19. After a delay of game penalty, the Bears were unable to move the chains and had to punt from their own 17. The Bears did get a break when UW was called for a personal foul on the kick, pushing the Huskies back to their own 48 as the first quarter came to an end.

A 10-yard holding penalty followed by a five-yard illegal forward pass put UW back to its 33. But Tuiasosopo connected with Andre DeSaussure for a first down to the Cal 41. UW, though, suffered its third penalty of the drive on an illegal block, moving the Huskies backwards to their own 47. Cal forced a punt when three Bears sacked Tuiasosopo on third down. Deltha O'Neal fielded the kick at the eight and gained just three yards on the return, setting up Cal at its own 11.

The Bears lost one yard in three plays and Nick Harris came on to punt out of the end zone. Jarzynka returned the kick 20 yards to the Cal 34, setting up UW in prime field position. On first down, Tuiasosopo hit Davis on an out pattern to the Cal 15, but that was as far as the Huskies would get. Tailback Willie Hurst tried running up the middle, but was thrown for a three-yard loss, and a subsequent pass completion to Hurst again lost three yards to the Cal 21. After an incomplete pass, the Huskies went for it on fourth down and Tuiasosopo fumbled. But no one could pick up the bouncing ball and it rolled out of bounds, giving Cal the ball at its own 31.

Vedder completed a 13-yard pass to Dameane Douglas to the 44, and Fields followed with a sweep for 11 yards to the UW 45. However, the Bears could move no further and had to punt. Anthony Mizin fielded Harris' kick at the 9-yard-line, dodged a couple of tackles and went down the right side 91 yards for the score and a 21-0 UW lead with 4:44 remaining in the half. The return was the third longest in Washington history.

After the kickoff, Cal took over on its 32 and put on a passing display that led to its first points of the day. Douglas started the drive with a diving catch for 11 yards on third down. After a five-yard penalty, Vedder and Douglas hooked up again, this time for 20 yards to the UW 45. Vedder aimed for Douglas on a third straight play, and this time the Huskies were called for pass interference, giving Cal a first down on the 41. A long pass down the left sideline to freshman receiver Sean Currin netted another pass interference call for 15 yards to the UW 26. Vedder kept up the passing attack with a 12-yard pass to Young to the Husky 14. After Vedder was sacked for the fifth time in the half to the UW 19, he scrambled up the middle for 18 yards to the one-yard-line. Mike Freeman then took the ball over off left tackle and Ignacio Brache's extra point made it 21-7 Huskies with 1:15 left in the half.

The Huskies, though, fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Brache recovered for the Bears at the UW 44. On first down, Vedder hit Young for 12 yards. However, a sack, an incompletion and another sack appeared to end the Cal threat. But Washington was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on third down, giving the Bears another chance on fourth down at the UW 29. Vedder's pass to Douglas was too high with 12 seconds left and the Huskies ran out the half with a 21-7 lead.

Both teams had to punt on their first drives of the second half. On its second drive, Washington got as far as the Cal 34, but defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach stopped Tuiasosopo for a loss of one on first down and Sekou Sanyika sacked Tuiasosopo for a loss of eight on second down. That tackle marked the 15th time in the last 17 games that Sanyika had recorded a tackle for loss. The setback was too much for UW to overcome, and the Huskies had to punt. However, the snap when over punter Ryan Fleming's head. Fleming retrieved the ball at his own 20 and managed to get the kick away, but O'Neal fell on the ball at the Cal 38.

Cal couldn't capitalize, and the teams proceeded to trade punts again. With 5:47 left in the quarter, Cal took over on its own 26 and a 17-yard pass to tight end A.J. Kunkle gave the Bears a first down on their 43. Fullback Saleem Muhammad followed with a 13-yard run to the UW 44. Cal picked up another first down to the UW 31 on a seven-yard run by tailback Marcus Oliver. After Vedder was sacked on third down on the 31-yard-line, Cal went for it on fourth down, but a pass to Young was stopped two yards shy of a first down, and UW took over on its 23.

Again, Washington was unable to pick up much yardage, giving the ball back to the Bears. O'Neal fielded the punt at the 24 and returned it 31 yards to the UW 45. A sack and a false start seemed to doom the drive, but wide receiver Bruce Pierre made a diving catch for 23 yards on third down at the UW 25 at the third quarter came to an end. But an intentional grounding penalty moved the ball back to the 37 and Vedder was sacked on third down, ending another Bear threat.

Cal forced Washington to punt from deep in its own territory, but O'Neal muffed the catch when he tried to field the short kick, and UW recovered on the Cal 44. The Huskies got as far as the Cal 32, but Sanyika forced Tuiasosopo to fumble in the Husky backfield and linebacker Matt Beck recovered for Cal on the Bears 43-yard-line with 8:55 left.

Cal tried a fake reverse on first down, but Vedder was sacked for a six-yard loss to the 37. Two incompletions ended the drive and Cal couldn't capitalize on the turnover.

The Bears had a great chance to score with six and a half minutes to go. Cornerback Drae Harris intercepted a Tuiasosopo pass and returned it 37 yards to the UW 8. Cal moved the ball inside the one on second down, but could not get it in on a plunge by Freeman. On fourth down, Vedder fumbled the snap and the Huskies held.

The Bears finally put some points on the board in the second half. Starting at the Cal 31, Vedder directed a 10-play, 69-yard drive, capped by a four-yard pass to Douglas. Vedder completed six passes along the way. However, Brache's extra-point attempt sailed left and the score was 21-13 with 1:38 left. The Bears attempted an on-sides kick, but UW recovered and ran out the clock.

California -- 0 7 0 6 -- 13

Washington -- 14 7 0 0 -- 21

Scoring Summary Qtr Time Play Score W 1 8:31 Tuiasosopo 39 run (Jarzynka kick) 0-7

Scoring Drive: 79 yards in 7 plays, 3::00

W 1 5:37 Tuiasosopo 1 run (Jarzynka kick) 0-14

Scoring Drive: 49 yards in 6 plays, 2:54

W 2 4:44 Mizin 91 punt return (Jarzynka kick) 0-21

C 2 1:15 Freeman 1 run (Brache kick) 7-21

Scoring Drive: 73 yards in 8 plays, 3:29

C 4 1:41 Douglas 4 pass from Vedder (kick failed) 13-21

Scoring Drive: 69 yards in 10 plays, 1:54

California-Washington Statistics

Individual Leaders

Rushing -

Cal

Oliver 5-32

Fields 6-17

Freeman 6-7

Washington

Harris 16-46

Tuiasosopo 12-32

Hurst 13-20

Passing --

Cal

Vedder 22-42-0-283, 1 TD

Washington

Tuiasosopo 15-27-1-165, 0 TD

Receiving -

Cal

Young 8-69

Douglas 6-73

Fields 3-86

Kunkle 3-22

Washington

Juergens 5-59

Harris 3-32

DeSaussure 2-35

Davis 2-35

Team Statistics

Cal UW

First Downs (Rush-Pass-Pen) 20 (4-13-3) 13 (3-9-1)

Rushing (Att-Net Yds) 34-5 42-81

Passing (PC-PA-Int) 22-42-0 15-27-1

Passing Yards 283 165

Total Offensive Plays 76 69

Total Offensive Yards 288 246

Punts-Average 9-37.9 9-37.1

Penalties-Yards 11-85 13-135

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2

Time of Possession 29:08 30:52

A - 71,215
 


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