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

lead.

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

Washington.