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WSU vs Cal Football: Golden Bears defeat Cougars 31-17

A long TD catch and run by Keenan Allen and a relentless running game have built the lead for Cal. A pair of TD passes from Jeff Tuel to Brett Bartolone kept the Cougs within striking distance, but ultimately WSU's last gasp on 4th down with about four minutes to go fell harmlessly out of bounds to seal the result.

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Cougs able to execute a few Air Raid staples

A look at some central Air Raid concepts the Cougs ran effectively against Cal. While stats and tallies in the loss column say they still have a ways to go, WSU demonstrated they can operate a few staples of a Mike Leach offense.

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How Cal thwarted WSU's defensive plans

Coming into the game against California, Golden Bears fans were nervous about the prospect of their sack-happy offense facing a WSU defense that had shown surprising ability to get to the quarterback.

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Why was Connor Halliday benched?

Why was Connor Halliday benched on Saturday and, likely, for the foreseeable future? It's simple, really.

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Hot Cougar Action: Morning after Cal

Recaps, interviews and more following WSU's 31-17 loss to Cal.

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Cougs lose fourth straight, 31-17 to Cal

Cal won its second-straight game with a beatdown in Pullman on Saturday night.

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Cougs trail Golden Bears 24-10 heading into 4th

As WSU heads into the fourth quarter, the Cougars trail California 24-10 but are driving in Golden Bear territory.

The Cougars looked as if they might be left for dead when Cal took the opening drive of the third quarter 71 yards in nine plays -- most of it on the ground -- to claim a 21-3 lead.

But WSU came back with what might have been its best drive of the year, a 10-play, 75-yard masterpiece in which Jeff Tuel -- who relieved an ineffective Connor Halliday in the first quarter -- repeatedly made quick, decisive reads to take advantage of an aggressive defense to march down the field. It was capped with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brett Bartolone, who ran a mesh combination with Gino Simone to perfection.

Tuel is now 20-for-37 for 208 yards.

The Cougar defense got a stop on the next drive, and momentum seemed to be fully shifting when Leon Brooks ripped off a 40-yard run on the first play after the punt. But the Cougs stalled out from there, as drops continued to plague the WSU wide receivers.

Cal tacked on a 52-yard field goal, and that was the end of the scoring for the half.

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Marquess Wilson knocked out of the game

A vicious helmet-to-helmet hit following a dropped pass in the end zone knocked Marquess Wilson, WSU's top receiver, from the game against Cal.

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Halftime Recap: Bears lead Cougs 14-3

New week, same story for WSU, which trails Cal 14-3 at the intermission.

Starting quarterback Connor Halliday was once again benched, this time in the first quarter after throwing another pair of interceptions. Jeff Tuel moved the team a bit better, as the Cougs did rack up 196 yards of offense in the first half. But the team again struggled in the red zone, settling for yet another field goal on its one shot in close.

In the meantime, Cal used a big-time play and a bruising rushing attack to put a couple of touchdowns on the board.

The first TD came on a slant to Cal's stud receiver Keenan Allen. The Bears went with an empty backfield, and the Cougs countered with a five-man rush and a cover 1 look; when the slant was completed and the single-high safety Deone Bucannon missed the tackle, Allen was off to the races.

The second TD came at the hands of C.J. Anderson, part of a four-headed monster -- with Isi Sofele, Brandon Bigelow and Zach Maynard -- that has gained 157 yards on the ground. For the first time this year, WSU's defensive line has been unable to stand its ground. Travis Long has been a virtual non-factor, and Ioane Gauta has regularly been driven back.

The only thing that has kept the game from getting even more out of hand has been a pair of fortuitous interceptions by Maynard. Both times, the short throw was high and wide before being tipped by the receiver up in the air.

WSU has suffered a pair of injuries, as well. Standout receiver Marquess Wilson took a vicious shot to the head after dropping a touchdown pass and has not returned to the game -- he's roaming the sidelines without a helmet. Teondray Caldwell also was knocked from the game when he was hit hard running down the sidelines. He appeared to be out cold after the hit, but walked off under his own power.

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WSU vs. Cal: Bears lead 7-0 after 1st quarter

Upon further review, the first quarter of WSU's game against Cal is over.

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Cougs-Cal game thread: Join the discussion

The WSU Cougars go for their first Pac-12 win against Cal on Saturday night. This is the place to discuss all the action.

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WSU vs. Cal: Community prediction

Washington State is set to host California Saturday night, who do you think will win?

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Bax is having a good day; what will you be having?

The internet's most famous Pekapoo is back with his beverage of choice for Cal's visit to WSU.

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All you need to watch Cal vs. WSU

Cal visits WSU on Saturday night. Both teams are 2-4, but the Golden Bears are heavy favorites to win.

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Hot Cougar Action: Gameday is here

Washington State squares off with California tonight, but in the meantime we have some gameday links.

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The reason WSU can't sustain drives isn't 3rd down

WSU's third down conversion rate is among the worst of the country, but that doesn't mean the Cougars are bad on third down.

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WSU vs. Cal: Q&A with California Golden Blogs

In this week's Q&A session with California Golden Blogs, we discuss the Cal QB's erratic tendencies, why the Cougs should be scared of Chris McCain, and whether Jeff Tedford will survive this rocky season in Berkeley.

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Preview: Cal's defense makes life hard for QBs

The Cal defense has been among the Pac-12's best for the last few years, and not much has changed in 2012.

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Hot Cougar Action: Guess WSU's All-American

WSU has one player on Phil Steele's midseason All-American list, although it may not be who you think.

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Preview: Cal offense loaded with weapons

The Cal Golden Bears may be 2-4, but their offense has shown the ability to put up points against some good defenses.

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Hot Cougar Action: Analyzing the latest Leachism

We try to figure out what the heck Mike Leach was saying following Tuesday's practice.

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Your gameday info for WSU vs. California

California is coming off of a performance that may have saved their season. Was the UCLA game a fluke or have the Golden Bears turned over a new leaf?

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Mike Leach talks Connor Halliday, 'empty corpses'

Why is Connor Halliday starting? Who are those "empty corpses" Mike Leach called out? And why is everybody dead?

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Connor Halliday remains your Gun-Slinging Overlord

Mike Leach announces Sophomore QB Connor Halliday will remain the starter.

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