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November 5, 2011
California Crushes Cougars
The Washington State University football team never arrived in San Francisco and the California Bears crushed a team resembling the Cougars, 30-7 to all but dash the hopes of the Cougars staying out of the Pac-12 North basement and put head coach Paul Wulff's job in serious jeopardy. With the loss, the Cougars drop to 1-5 in conference play and 3-6 overall on the year.
Wazzu went three and out on their first offensive possession against the formidable California defense and only four minutes and three seconds into the game, much-maligned Bear quarterback Zach Maynard tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller for a 7-0 California lead. The Bears' defense continued to shut down the Wazzu offense and after a 29-yard pass play from Maynard to receiver Keenan Allen took it down to the two-yard line, Bears' running back Isi Sofele went over for the touchdown to make it 13-0 after the extra point was blocked [perhaps the only good thing to happen for Wazzu in the first quarter].
In the second quarter, California added another touchdown as running back C.J. Anderson ran in for a five-yard touchdown run to make it 20-0 in favor of the Bears and Bears' placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio added a 43-yard field goal to make it 23-0 going into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter, California only took two minutes and 43 seconds to score as Will Kapp scampered 43 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-0. Sofele fumbled on the last play of the third quarter - giving Wazzu the ball on the California 17-yard line after a nine-yard return by linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis - and Wazzu finally got on the scoreboard with a five-yard touchdown run from running back Rickey Galvin to make it 30-7 and the game's final points.
The California defense held the Cougars' offense to only 22 yards total offense in the first half.
California head coach jeff Tedford has not lost to the Cougars since 2002.
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