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Cal takes new route in ending long skid

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

By TIMES WIRES
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.