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Cal coasts after 42-point first-half blitz
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 24, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Daymeion Hughes read Rudy Carpenter's eyes, intercepted his pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown - and he even stepped on the Arizona State quarterback on the way to the end zone.
California walked all over the Sun Devils in a 49-21 victory Saturday, and Hughes' pivotal pick capped a 42-point first half that showed the No. 21 Golden Bears have made big strides in the past three weeks.
"That was the end of it, right there," Hughes said of his interception and romp past would-be tackler Carpenter. "When you get rolling like that, football is a fun game."
DeSean Jackson caught one of Nate Longshore's four touchdown passes and returned a punt 80 yards for a score against the 22nd-ranked Sun Devils.
Marshawn Lynch, Lavelle Hawkins and Justin Forsett caught TD passes for the Bears, who scored four touchdowns in a 7½-minute span of the first half. Longshore passed for 270 yards and Lynch ran for 124 in Cal's third straight impressive victory after season-opening loss at Tennessee.
Ryan Torain's career-high 191 yards rushing and two scores weren't enough for the Sun Devils.
Hughes' fourth career TD return with 26 seconds left capped the Golden Bears' highest-scoring half in their Pac-10 history. Cal has racked up 1,442 total yards and 133 points in its last three games.
No. 3 USC 20, Arizona 3
TUCSON, Ariz. - Bolstered by a smothering defense, Southern California shook off a poor first half to extend its Pac-10 record winning streak to 24 games. And the Trojans set a record with their 12th straight conference road win. USC limited Arizona to 154 yards, including minus-16 yards on 19 rushes.
Leading 3-0 at intermission, the Trojans made it 10-0 when John David Booty hit Dwayne Jarrett for a 3-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. It was Jarrett's 32nd career touchdown catch, tying the record set by Stanford's Ken Margerum from 1977-80. USC freshman tailback Emmanuel Moody ran for a game-high 130 yards and one touchdown.
WASHINGTON 29, UCLA 19: Isaiah Stanback tossed three touchdown passes and linebacker Dan Howell returned an interception 33 yards for a score with 6:02 left as host Washington rallied.
Howell, who missed last week's win to be at his father's funeral service, stepped in front of Ben Olson's pass and ran untouched into the end zone. It was Washington's first win over the Bruins since 2000.
Washington StATe 36, Stanford 10: Mike Graise returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown, Jason Hill blocked a punt and caught a TD pass, and Washington State beat host Stanford.
Alex Brink threw two touchdowns and ran for a third, and Mkristo Bruce had a school-record five sacks for the Cougars, who won for the fourth straight time at Stanford.
By the time Stanford ran its first play in Cougars territory, the score was 22-0 early in the third quarter.
Brink was 21-for-33 for 228 yards. Dwight Tardy ran for 97 yards.
Stanford's Trent Edwards was 14-for-23 for 159 yards and was sacked seven times.