Despite 349 yards passing (his most at Cal), quarterback Zach Maynard and the Golden Bears fell just short in a 31-23 defeat at Washington Saturday afternoon in Seattle. The loss snapped a season-opening three-game winning streak for the Bears, who fell to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12.
On the game's final drive, Maynard converted on three straight third downs to move Cal into Washington territory. A pass interference call on Desmond Trufant gave Cal a first down at the Washington 21-yard line with 48 seconds left. Maynard connected with Kennan Allen for 19 yards down to the Washington 2-yard line.
An incompletion and a pair of runs left Cal facing fourth down from the 2-yard line. Maynard's fourth-down pass for Allen sailed high and out of the end zone as Washington held on for the victory with a stout defensive stand.
Earlier in the contest, Maynard hooked up with Allen on a 90-yard touchdown pass to set the Cal record for longest pass play in school history and tie for the sixth longest play from scrimmage at Cal. Allen finished the day with 10 catches for a career-best 197 yards and a touchdown.
With senior Deborah Maier winning her 6000-meter race by a comfortable 12 seconds, the unrated Cal women's cross country team made a bold national statement with a first-place tie at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, matching No. 8 Iowa State in the team standings and finishing ahead of seven other ranked squads. The Golden Bears' undermanned men's team was ninth.
Maier, a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an All-American last fall, stayed near the front over the entire course. She was in second at both the 1,000- and 3,000-meter marks before pulling away at the end and crossing the line in 20:29.2. BYU senior Morgan Haws claimed second in 29:41.5. The victory was Maier's second of the year after easily winning the Sac State Jamboree by over 30 seconds Sept. 10.
Men's Water Polo
No. 3-ranked California was paced by senior Ivan Rackov's four goals as the Golden Bears secured an 8-6 victory over No. 6 Pacific Saturday in a non-conference match at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton. Cal improved to 6-1 season and will be playing the Tigers (4-3) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match in Berkeley on Nov. 11.
The Southern California woes for the No. 1 California volleyball team continued Saturday evening at UCLA's John Wooden Center with the No. 7 Bruins toppling the Golden Bears, 3-1 (25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15), in front of a boisterous crowd of 2,150.
Cal drops to 13-2 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-12 while the Bruins move to 11-2 and 4-1 in conference play after getting two wins over the Bay Area schools.
The California Golden Bear women's golf team posted a 290 in the second round of the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview, a score 16 strokes better than their first round total. Sophomore Nicola Roessler led the team with a one-under 71.
California was one of many schools to drop their scores out of the 300's in the second round of play, but few had such a dramatically better second round. The Bears began the day in 15th place and moved up to ninth at the end of the second round after logging a team score of +2 for the second 18 holes.
Men's & Women's Swimming
The Cal men's swimmers combined with the Golden Bear women's swimmers to capture all four relays on Saturday morning in co-ed races at Cal Poly's Anderson Aquatic Center.
Cal won the first event - the 200-yard medley relay - in a time of 1:38.67. The Bears swam a time of 1:30.49 to win the next event - the 200-yard freestyle relay. Cal took another 200 medley relay in a time of 1:38.19 before clocking a time of 1:29.40 to win the last 200 free relay.