Oct. 18, 1997
California-Washington State Game Notes
The Bears played the game without leading tackler Matt Beck, who injured a shoulder last week against Washington. He practiced throughout the week in non-contact drills and hoped to play, but a decision was made before the game that he would not be able to go and he did not suit up. He is expected to play next week at UCLA.
Nartey's 52-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was the first TD of his career; it was also the longest pass catch of his career; he had a 44-yarder in 1995. Freshman Reid Diehl caught his first collegiate pass in the third quarter. Freshman wide receiver Phillip Pipersburg made his first collegiate catch a memorable one as he hauled in a 30-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter from Vedder.
While there weren't many stats to be proud about, Cal's Bobby Shaw broke the Cal career receiving yardage record when he snared a 12-yard pass late in the third quarter helping set up Cal's touchdown drive. Shaw now has four 100-yard receiving game this year out of the first six games. He holds the Cal record with ten 100-yard receiving games in his career. With 9 catches for 158 yards vs. Washington State, Shaw now holds the Cal record with 2437 career receiving yards and he now 153 catches, needing just 14 more catches to tie Brian Treggs career record of 167.
Cal offensive coordinator Doug Cosbie was calling the plays from the field, instead of the press box for the first time this season.
By hitting on a touchdown pass on its first drive, Cal scored first for the only time thus far this season.
Ryan Leaf's 5 touchdown passses tied a Washington State single-game record, tying three other former WSU quarterbacks in that achievement.
Cal offensive guard Drake Parker made his first appearance of the year on the Cal offensive line, replacing John Romero midway through the third quarter when Romero suffered a slight knee sprain. Parker has been nursing chronic back problems.
Cal defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh scored his the first touchdown of his collegiate career in the fourth quarter when he picked up a Jason Clayton fumble at the and sprinted 60 yards for the score. It was the longest return for touchdown of an opponent's turnover since Matt Beck returned an interception 31-yards for a score on Sept. 28, 1996 against Oregon State.