Washington 31, California 23
Keith Price threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Chris
Polk added a touchdown on the ground as Washington knocked off
California 31-23 to get off to their best start in six years.
In the conference opener for both teams, Price picked his way
through the California secondary as Washington improved to 3-1 for
the first time since 2006.
Both teams traded field goals to open the second half before
Washington regained control. Price connected with a wide-open Polk
down the middle of the field for a 70-yard touchdown to swing the
momentum back in Washington’s favor as the Huskies took a 31-23
California (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) faced a short fourth down from the
Washington 36-yard line with under seven minutes left to play. Zach
Maynard’s pass to Isi Sofele was broken up by Cort Dennison to give
Washington the ball and grind a couple minutes off the clock before
California got the ball back with 4:19 left to play.
On the game’s final drive, Maynard converted on three straight
third downs to move California into Washington territory. A pass
interference call on Desmond Trufant gave California a first down
at the Washington 21-yard line with 48 seconds left. Maynard, who
threw for 349 yards and a touchdown on the day, connected with
Allen for 19 yards down to the Washington 2-yard line.
An incompletion and a pair of runs left California facing fourth
down from the 2-yard line. Maynard’s fourth-down pass for Allen
sailed high and out of the endzone as Washington held on for the
victory with a stout defensive stand.
The game was defined by its big plays from both sides. Maynard
found Keenan Allen wide open on a busted coverage running straight
down the hashmarks early in the first quarter. Allen broke an
attempted tackle by Quinton Richardson and tumbled into the endzone
for a 90-yard touchdown to give California an early 7-0 lead. The
scoring toss was the longest reception in school history.
Price and the Huskies answered quickly, moving 66 yards on three
plays. Price hit Devin Aguilar for 44 yards to advance deep into
California territory. Price then danced through California
defenders before scrambling right and finding Seferian-Jenkins wide
open downfield. Seferian-Jenkins crashed through a defender at the
goal line and into the endzone to even the game at 7-7.
After a three-and-out by Cal, Price led the Huskies on an
8-play, 65-yard scoring drive culminating in a 2-yard touchdown run
from Keith Price to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead at the 3:30 mark
in the first quarter.
After a 29-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio, California held
Washington on a short third down from their own 41-yard line, but
coach Jeff Tedford elected to accept a holding penalty on
Seferian-Jenkins and back the Huskies up. Price connected with
Kevin Smith for 12 yards on a long third down as Washington kept
the drive alive. Five plays later, Price found Seferian-Jenkins for
a 20-yard touchdown to take a 21-10 lead.
Tavecchio connected from 36-yards out to pull within eight and
California got the ball right back after Price fumbled on the first
play of Washington’s next drive. Maynard completed passes of 17
yards to Allen and 15 yards to Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson to get
inside the Washington 5-yard line. C.J. Anderson scored from a yard
out to close the gap to 21-20 wifth just over a minute to play in
the first half.
Notes: Washington LB John Timu left the game in an ambulance
after apparently taking a knee to the head late in the third
quarter. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for X-rays on
his neck. CB Gregory Ducre (concussion), DE Hau’oli Jamora (knee)
and RB Johri Fogerson (knee) also left with injuries for