GAME OVER — UW holds on to win, 21-13, to improve to 5-4 on the year. More later.
HUSKIES UP 21-13 — Writing duties mean I can’t do much more on here now. But UW is now ahead 21-13 with four minutes left as Sankey scored on a 1-yard run following a Shaq Thompson interception that followed a stretch of four turnovers combined by the two teams in about six minutes.
UW STILL UP 14-13 — Cal has missed a field goal and UW has just fumbled the ball away at the Bears 26 when Price was sacked and lost it while going down. Attendance is 42,226 and UW still leads 14-13 with 10:16 to play.
END THIRD QUARTER — Cal used two runs to quickly take the ball to the 33 as the third quarter ends.
UW RETAKES LEAD — UW has retaken the lead at 14-13 with :41 seconds left in the third on a 29-yard pass from Price to ASJ on a third-and-goal. A 43-yard pass from Price to ASJ — on both Price lofted it up and ASJ outlleapt 5-10 Cal DB Steve Williams — had gotten UW close.
The 43-yard play is the longest pass of the year for UW.
CAL EXTENDS LEAD — But now by as much as the Bears would have hoped as Cal could get only a 21-yard D’Amato field goal after taking over at the UW 36 following a Sankey fumble — his second of the half but first that was lost.
Cal got to the four where a roll out pass on third down was incomplete. Looked like Maynard had room to run but threw low in the corner. So the good news for UW is this remains a one-score game.
THREE AND OUTS FOLLOW — Cal’s field goal was followed by three-and-outs by each team. So UW now has the ball back at its own 35 with 8:31 to play in the third quarter.
CAL TAKES THE LEAD — Cal used a 64-yard run by C.J. Anderson on third and 21 to move to the UW 10. But the drive stalled there, helped by apparent Cal miscommunication on a third down pass. The tield goal is good and Cal leads 10-7 with 11:40 to play in third.
TIED AT THE HALF — It’s tied 7-7 at halftime after a UW drive inside the Cal 10 ended on a third down interception when a Keith Price pass to ASJ was tipped and caught by Nick Forbes.
UW has 267 yards at the half but just the seven points thanks to not converting two fourth downs, the drop by Mickens, and the interception, among other mistakes.
Sarkisian said in his halftime radio comments that his players “need to realize we are going to move the ball” and just settle down and “make the routine plays.”
It sounds like Trufant is out for the game and Sarkisian said he expects Cal to keep taking deep shots as it has so far.
CAL TIES IT — Cal has tied it on a 14-yard reverse by Chris Harper. 2:46 left in the half. The drive was kept alive on a personal foul penalty by Danny Shelton on an incomplete pass on third down. Cal moved 65 yards in nine plays and 4:38.
CAL HANGING AROUND — UW has lots of rushing yards but the Bears are hanging around as the Huskies were stopped on a second time on fourth down, again a Sankey rush that went for no gain.
So the game is still 7-0 and Cal with the ball at UW 35 with 7:34 to play in the first half.
END FIRST QUARTER — UW is up 7-0 and again on the move with a 2-14 at the 50. Sankey 13 for 95 rushing, Price 4-11 for 59 passing.
STILL 7–0 — Cal moved the ball to the UW 16, but Bigelow then lost a fumble to end the drive. UW moved to the Cal 33 and on third and 10, Mickens broke wide open and got a perfect pass from Price. But Mickens dropped it and UW was forced to punt. Still 7-0 late first.
UW TAKES EARLY LEAD — And it looked really easy as the Huskies moved 79 yards after recovering a fumble, the TD coming on a Sankey 4-yard run up the middle to make it 7-0 with 6:23 left. UW used 11 plays in 3:56. Cal looks lifeless and UW took advantage there with a couple nice misdirection passes, one to ASJ to move the ball to the 15. UW also using a lot of quick snaps, including on the TD run by Sankey.
UW HAS THE BALL BACK — UW got to the Cal 27 on its first drive but a Sankey run on fourth and one was stopped. Cal used two nice completions to get to the UW 28. But Sofele then fumbled and Peters recovered at the 21, where UW will have it with 10:19 left in the first quarter.
UW now has five forced turnovers in the last game and five minutes.
UW WINS TOSS — And elects to receive.
PRE-GAME NOTES — About a half hour to kickoff as I type this.
A couple personnel notes:
— I do not see Nate Fellner. There is no word from the school as to whether he is hurt or sick or what, but he is not here. We obviously do not get as much personnel info anymore so no explanation of this one yet.
— There are rumblings that Cal DL Deandre Coleman of Garfield High may be hurt and won’t play tonight. But he is in uniform and going through all the warmups as I type this.
— And it looks like Princeton Fuimaono will again start at one LB spot ahead of Travis Feeney, who has been battling an illness. But Feeney is here and working with the backups.
PRE-GAME CHAT — We’ll get going at 4:30 p.m. …
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