Cal takes new route in ending long skid

The Bears use defense and special teams in their first win at Washington State since 1979.

Published October 15, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Marshawn Lynch ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and No. 10 Cal won in Martin Stadium for the first time in 27 years, beating Washington State 21-3 on Saturday.

Cal's offense, which averaged 43.8 points in five wins since a season-opening loss to Tennessee, was overshadowed by the defense and special teams. Touchdowns were set up by a blocked punt and interception.

Cal had lost nine in a row at Washington State, including one in Spokane, dating to 1979.

Playing a Top-10 team for the third time this season, Washington State had just 88 yards rushing, 3 in the first half. In three trips inside the Cal 20, the Cougars managed only a field goal and turned it over on downs twice.

Washington State got an interception at its 7 in the first quarter but was forced to punt from the 16. Nu'u Tafisi blocked Darryl Blunt's punt and recovered it on the Cougars 5. Two plays later, Lynch ran 2 yards for the score.

After the Cougars turned the ball over on downs at the Cal 29, the Bears marched 71 yards. Quarterback Nate Longshore sneaked over from the 1 to make it 14-0 with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. A 28-yard pass to DeSean Jackson and 20-yard completion to Robert Jordan kept the drive alive.

Washington State cut it to 14-3 50 seconds into the second quarter.

But Lynch ran untouched for an 8-yard score after Daymeion Hughes intercepted Alex Brink on the Washington State 12. Hughes' interception was his sixth of the season.

No. 18 Oregon 30, UCLA 20

EUGENE, Ore. - Dennis Dixon threw two touchdowns for the Ducks, who rebounded from last week's 45-24 loss to Cal. Going in, the Bruins were No. 2 in the nation allowing 50 rushing yards per game. But Oregon got 256, 121 from Jonathan Stewart.

Oregon scored on its first drive on an 11-yard pass from Dixon to Dante Rosario, but the extra point was blocked. Jeremiah Johnson's 7-yard run made it 13-3. And before the end of the first quarter, Brian Paysinger outsprinted safety Dennis Keyes and caught Dixon's 26-yard pass in the end zone to make it 20-3.

Arizona 20, Stanford 7: Chris Jennings and Chris Henry ran for first-quarter scores for the visiting Wildcats. The Cardinal had its worst offensive game in school history, 52 yards, including minus-6 rushing. That's 64 fewer that against Tulane in 1979. Jennings scored from 16 yards on Arizona's first drive. Henry scored from 18 seven minutes later.