Scores

Final

California 20

(5-4, 3-3 Pac-12)

Washington St 13

(1-9, 0-7 Pac-12)

4:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Martin Stadium, PULLMAN, WA

1 2 3 4 T
CAL 0 7 7 620
WSU 0 10 3 013

Top Performers

Passing: B. Mansion (CAL) - 171 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: S. Vereen (CAL) - 25 CAR, 112 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Jones (CAL) - 4 REC, 101 YDS

Cal ends road losing streak by squeezing past Washington State

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Shane Vereen ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and up-and-down California snapped a six-game road losing streak that dated to last season with a 20-13 win over Washington State on Saturday.

The Bears (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10) were playing without quarterback Kevin Riley, who injured his knee in a game against Oregon State last week.

Brock Mansion started in his place, completing 12 of 24 passes for 174 yards while throwing two interceptions against a WSU (1-9, 0-7) defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the conference in nearly every defensive statistic.

But a staunch defensive effort by Cal, which had lost its previous four road games this season by a combined score of 145-61, bailed out the Bears' ineffective offense against a Cougar team that has now lost 16 consecutive conference games.

Vereen also scored Cal's first touchdown, a 2-yard rushing score that was the end result of a 95-yard Cal drive early in the second quarter.

Washington State managed a 10-7 lead at halftime thanks to a 51-yard field goal by Andrew Furney, the Cougars' first halftime lead in a Pac-10 game since 2007.

Cal responded early in the third, though, as Jeremy Ross took a fly sweep 27 yards for a touchdown with 11:17 left in the third quarter to give the Bears the lead for good.

The score followed a 27-yard pass from Mansion to receiver Marvin Jones, who used a one-handed catch to steal an interception from WSU safety Deone Bucannon.

Another Furney field goal cut the Cal lead to 14-13 with 1:24 remaining in the third, but the Bears extended the lead to seven with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive capped by Vereen's 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Bears a 20-13 lead -- the PAT was blocked -- with 5:29 to play.

The Cougars had two chances to drive down the field and tie the game after Cal's final touchdown, but both series resulted in three-and-outs and the Bears were able to run out the clock.

Those last-ditch attempts by the Cougars were typical of their offensive performance all day. WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel finished just 9 of 25 for 92 yards, and was sacked six times by a California defense that held the Cougars to 194 yards of total offense, and just 60 in the second half.

Jones caught four passes for 101 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAL
WSU
1st Downs2010
Total Yards383194
Passing17192
Rushing212102
Penalties5-388-60
3rd Down Conversions3-105-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers20
Possession32:0927:51

Passing Leaders

CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mansion12/241717.102
Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuel9/25923.700

Rushing Leaders

CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vereen251124.5215
Sofele7486.9023
Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mitz11544.9110
Tuel18341.9024

Receiving Leaders

CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones410125.3050
Ross34515.0021
Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson45012.5025
Simone2147.009

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCALWSU
TD13:31Logwone Mitz 10 Yd Run (Andrew Furney Kick) 07
TD10:20Shane Vereen 2 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 77
FG01:35Andrew Furney 51 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERCALWSU
TD11:17Jeremy Ross 27 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 1410
FG01:24Andrew Furney 48 Yd 1413
FOURTH QUARTERCALWSU
TD05:29Shane Vereen 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 2013