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November 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM

UW-Cal game thread, Nov. 27

INJURIES — Sark said Senio Kelemete suffered a sprained ankle and also might have been stepped on on the final play. Kelemete had the ankle in a boot and was on crutches as he walked to the bus.
Rasp had a case of back spasms, so that may not be serious.
QUICK POST-GAME NOTES — An incredibly happy post-game locker room, as you might expect.
Sarkisian said “none really,” when asked if there was ever any hesitation about going for it on the final play.
He said he told the team during the time out that “there’s no better way to finish than on the last play of the game. Here we go. This is what we do.”
UW WINS — Chris Polk scores on the final play and UW wins 16-13. More later.
CAL GOES THREE AND OUT — UW will get another chance as the Bears will punt with 4:49 left.
UW GETS TO MIDFIELD, THEN STOPPED — Huge holding penalty on Schaefer stops the drive and UW punts it back to Cal with 6:20 left as we have a cloudburst.
Bruns punted for UW with Rasp out. Cal has it at its own 32.
CAL REGAINS LEAD — A 10-play, 26-yard drive puts Cal into position to kick an FG
and Tavecchio makes it from 47 yards out to put the Bears up 13-10 with 10:53 to play. This is kind of looking like the BYU game now where UW is going to have to make some offensive plays to win it.
CAL MOVING AS FOURTH QUARTER BEGINS — Bears have it at the UW 27 in midst of a field goal, if not more.
UW TIES IT AT 10 — Folk ties it on a 37-yard FG with 8 seconds left in third following Callier’s 57-yard KO return. But a little of a victory for Cal to prevent a TD.

CAL GETS FUMBLE FOR TD — Locker has fumbled on a third-and-20 and Cameron Jordan has returned it for a TD to put Cal ahead 10-7 with 3:34 to play.
Also, Rasp appears out and Guttorp will have to punt the rest of the way for the Huskies.
UW GETS BALL AT 22 — The third dead ball personal foul on Cal today means UW will start at its own 22 rather than its seven with 5:56 to play.
This game is obviously UW’s for the taking as Cal doesn’t seem to have much emotion or anything tangible going for it right now.
CAL TO AGAIN PUNT — UW defense dominating so far in second half as Cal again is forced to punt with 6:09 to play in third. Pretty much the same 11 going all day on defense for the Huskies.
TEAMS TRADE PUNTS — Since the UW score, each team has gone three and out and Cal again has the ball at its own 35 and 7:25 left. In bad news Kiel Rasp is down on the ground. His punting has been huge for UW today, as has the entire special teams — maybe the best coverage of the year for the Huskies.
HUSKIES ON THE BOARD — Locker threw it up for grabs to Goodwin who won a tip drill with Cal’s Marc Anthony at about the 35 and then jogged into the end zone.
So UW with its first big play and a 7-3 lead with 10:22 to play in third quarter.
CAL HELD, UW GETS BALL BACK — UW will start at its own 20 with 10:36 to go in third.
Cal had 131 yards rushing on 21 attempts in first half but UW doing enough to keep Bears out of end zone, and more Cal mistakes helps UW stop them again despite a controversial call on that one third-down completion. But UW has to start moving the ball.
UW YET TO SCORE IN SIX QUARTERS AGAINST BAY AREA TEAMS THIS YEAR — And I apologize but really slow internet here means it’s going to be hard to do much here until after the game. Sorry. I’ll throw in what I can.
FIRST HALF BREAKDOWN —- Big mistakes for both teams. Here are some details:
Cal led 3-0 at the end of a mistake-filled first half, scoring on the last play on a 53-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio. Typing play, there were three turnovers on three straight possessions in the second quarter as each team took turns out-bumbling the other.
Time had appeared to run out in the half after a six-yard pass to Michael Calvin on a play that snapped with seven seconds left.
But the officials ruled for one second to be put on the clock as Cal called time, and Tavecchio, who missed short field goals that could have beaten Arizona and Oregon earlier this year, hit this one.
UW had just 27 yards in the first quarter while allowing 83 but came up big when the Bears threatened, stopping Cal on downs at the 34 midway through.
UW had two drives inside Cal’s 40 in the second quarter. But both ended on turnovers, one a fumble by Jesse Callier and the other an interception by Locker on consecutive drives.
Cal’s Mansion also threw an interception, coming on the play after the Callier fiumble
UW A QUICK THREE AND OUT — And Cal will get the ball back with a time out and a little bit of time.
CAL STOPPED AGAIN — The Bears’ mistakes continue as a holding penalty kills this drive and UW is set to punt with 1:15 left. UW, however, has no time outs left after using two earlier to clear up some offensive confusion.
UW STOPPED AT 42 AND AGAIN ELECTS TO PUNT — Huskies playing the conservative field position game today. Cal will have ball at its own 20 with 3:53 to play.
That’s twice Sark has punted on fourth and short past midfield, something he’s gone for in the past.
UW MOVING — A late hit by Deandre Coleman helps move the Huskies past midfield with just over five minutes left in the half.
CAL MOVES BUT THEN STOPPED — A fumble on first down after Cal got to the 26 kills the Bears drive, and UW has the ball at its own 12. You get the sense mistakes are going to determine this one. So far, pretty equal in that category which is why it’s 0-0 with 7:35 to go in the first half.
Also, Christine is in the game at left guard for Erik Kohler, who had started in place of Tolar. Kohler appears fine so likely just a performance-related move.
STEVENSON NICKEL BACK TODAY WITH PARKER OUT — Cal moving but also stumbling.
LOCKER PICKED OFF — UW went for it all on first-and-10 at the 35 and Locker went deep on a play-action to Kearse. But he overthrew it and it was picked off by Marc Anthony, one of Cal’s CBs who was hurt last week and didn’t play against Stanford.
UW MOVING, RAIN FALLING — UW back in Cal territory and the rain again beginning to fall.
AND THEN RICHARDSON INTERCEPTS ON THE NEXT PLAY — Two TOs on two plays as Richardson picks off a deep pass to Marvin Jones at the 35 with 13:18 left.
UW WITH A NICE DRIVE BUT THEN FUMBLES — Two Polk run got UW into Cal territory. But Callier mishandled a fly sweep and Cal recovered at its own 29 with 13:31 to play in second.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS SCORELESS — Cal has the edge in many stats, but so far no score, the Bears facing a third-and-13 from its own 38 when the second begins.
Cal has 83 yards to UW’s 27.
Cal has 63 rushing and 20 passing, UW six rushing and 21 passing.
CAL STOPPED, SO IS UW — Cal was stopped on its fourth down but almost before I could post this UW went three and out and Cal has the ball back at its own 16 after another good punt by Rasp.
Cal is dominating UW up front with its DL but the Bears have no faith in Mansion to make plays so its offense isn’t able to convert yet, either.
CAL WITH NO CONFIDENCE IN MANSION — Nothing but runs and Cal gets to the UW 34 but is stopped. However, Cal going for it.
RASP PUNT TIES SCHOOL RECORD — Sean Douglas also had an 82-yarder at Oklahoma in 2006.
CAL PUNTS, NOW UW PUNTS AGAIN — Each team suffered a sack on third down and now Cal will get the ball at its own 20 after an 82-yard punt by Kiel Rasp (yes, 82. And I’m checking to see if that’s a school record of some sort).
HUSKIES GET BALL FIRST — After a first down, UW punts on a fourth-and-one from the Cal 46. Kearse was stopped a yard short on a screen on third-and-two.
Locker appears much more able and willing to run around, rolling out to hit Goodwin on third-anbd-10 for UW’s first down. That play picked up 17.
Cal will take over at its own 20 with 12:17 to play.
Cal won the toss but deferred so UW got the ball first.
TV — The game is on FSN-Northwest in the state of Washington, and Comcast SportsNet California in California.
PRE-GAME — The picture is of the scene looking out of the press box about a half-hour prior to kickoff. Don’t expect a huge crowd here today for a lot of obvious reasons, with the rain surely holding it down even more.
And that means the crowd won’t necessarily be a big factor today, the home-field advantage for Cal resting more in being in its familiar trappings. Cal is 37-8 here in its last 45 home games.
The rain continues to fall and we’re in an open-air press box, meaning the fingers are already getting a little tight. I hope you’ll excuse a few typos today in the game thread.



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