Scores

Final

Washington St 17

(1-6, 0-5 Pac-12)

California 49

(5-2, 2-2 Pac-12)

4:30 PM ET, October 24, 2009

Memorial Stadium, BERKELEY, CA

1 2 3 4 T
WSU 3 14 0 017
CAL 28 7 7 749

Top Performers

Passing: J. Tuel (WSU) - 354 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Best (CAL) - 13 CAR, 159 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Forzani (WSU) - 4 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Riley throws three early TDs as Cal routs Washington State

Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Kevin Riley threw for touchdowns on his only three passes of the first quarter, Jahvid Best scored three touchdowns and California routed Washington State 49-17 Saturday.

Riley connected with Best, Marvin Jones and Shane Vereen as the Golden Bears (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) scored 28 points on its first 11 offensive plays to break out to the early lead and cruise to the win.

Jeremy Ross scored on a 76-yard punt return, and Best ran for 159 yards and two scores on 13 carries to help Cal win for the second straight week following two blowout losses to Oregon and Southern California. The Bears are averaging 48 points in their victories but failed to score a single touchdown in the two losses.

The Cougars (1-6, 0-5) gained 299 yards in the first half and finished with a season-high 440. The Cal defense allowed at least 400 yards for the fourth straight game despite facing a freshman quarterback in Jeff Tuel.

Tuel had his best game yet in his third straight start, getting much more time than he did the previous game when the Cougars allowed 12 sacks against Arizona State. He completed 28 of 42 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

Cal picked up where it left off last year against Washington State when the Bears won 66-3 in Pullman, Wash. Ross returned the opening kickoff 54 yards. Two plays later, Best went in motion and ran past cornerback Brandon Jones to catch a 27-yard TD pass from Riley.

Riley added a 37-yard TD pass to Jones on the next possession, the third TD in the past two weeks for that duo, and a 21-yard screen pass to Vereen for a touchdown late in the quarter that made it 28-3. Best also scored on a 61-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 35-3.

But instead of another blowout, Cal's porous defense allowed the Cougars back into the game. Tuel threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Forzani, who beat backup cornerback Bryant Nnabuife, and then a 19-yarder to Gino Simone in the final minute of the half to make it 35-17.

Riley's 61-yard pass to Ross in the third quarter set up Best's third touchdown, a 2-yard run. Vereen added a 7-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Riley finished 12 for 18 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and his second interception of the season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSU
CAL
1st Downs2027
Total Yards440559
Passing385250
Rushing55309
Penalties13-1147-60
3rd Down Conversions6-173-8
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers01
Possession32:0427:56

Passing Leaders

Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuel28/423548.420
CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riley12/1822912.731

Rushing Leaders

Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Winston8516.4037
Mitz8131.606
CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Best1315912.2261
Vereen13665.1114

Receiving Leaders

Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forzani411629.0168
Simone68614.3122
CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross16161.0061
Jones34816.0137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSUCAL
TD14:08Jahvid Best 27 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 07
TD09:41Marvin Jones 37 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 014
TD08:04Jeremy Ross 76 Yd Punt Return (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 021
FG02:20Nico Grasu 24 Yd 321
TD01:13Shane Vereen 21 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 328
SECOND QUARTERWSUCAL
TD11:14Jahvid Best 61 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 335
TD04:45Johnny Forzani 68 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Nico Grasu Kick) 1035
TD00:33Gino Simone 19 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Nico Grasu Kick) 1735
THIRD QUARTERWSUCAL
TD11:07Jahvid Best 2 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 1742
FOURTH QUARTERWSUCAL
TD09:25Shane Vereen 7 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 1749