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For Cal, a nice way to rebound

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 10, 2006


BERKELEY, Calif. - DeSean Jackson almost chuckled as he lined up against Minnesota's single coverage. One play-action fake and 40 yards later, the speedy California receiver reached over his shoulder to grab Nate Longshore's perfect touchdown pass.

Cal's offense was supposed to score this impressively, and after a false start in last week's season-opening loss, everything was just as good as the Golden Bears expected.

Jackson caught three of Longshore's four touchdowns in the first half, and No. 22 Cal rebounded from its Tennessee debacle with a 42-17 victory Saturday night over the frustrated Gophers.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and Jackson caught seven passes for 114 yards. Jackson, a sophomore who led the Bears last season with seven touchdown catches, has four in the first two games this year, along with a few spectacular nonscoring grabs.

"Our tight ends and receivers, you've got to respect us a little more than that," Jackson said. "(That catch) was like taking candy from a baby."

SAN JOSE ST. 35, STANFORD 34: Yonus Davis rushed for 184 yards and the Spartans rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to stun Stanford.

Adam Tafralis passed for one touchdown and ran for another as San Jose State, playing in front of the third-largest home crowd ever, won its fifth consecutive home opener.

Trent Edwards threw a career-high four touchdowns, two of them to Evan Moore, but Stanford lost to San Jose State for the first time since 2001.

The Cardinal took advantage of a botched kickoff return and dropped punt to help score 27 straight points in the first half.

Moore caught four passes for 84 yards as Stanford played without senior receiver Mark Bradford, who left the game with a right foot injury.

Washington State 56, Idaho 10: Alex Brink passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Cougars spoiled Vandals coach Dennis Erickson's return to the Palouse in Pullman, Wash.

Idaho of the Western Athletic Conference was slowed by turnovers, penalties and sloppy play to ruin Erickson's return to the Martin Stadium sideline, where he was Cougars coach in 1987-88. The former Miami Hurricanes coach returned in the spring to Idaho - where he started his coaching career from 1982-1985 - after a year's hiatus from football.

Brink was 12-for-15 passing for 231 yards and three touchdowns against overmatched Idaho. He ran for another score before yielding to backup Gary Rogers in the third quarter.

Washington State had 637 yards of total offense and held the Vandals out of the end zone for most of the game.

Idaho quarterback Steven Wichman was 11-for-31 for 170 yards and an interception. Running back Jayson Bird was held to 34 yards on 34 carries.