The Cal Golden Bears upset the number 8 ranked Washington State Cougars in a game that started off with a kickoff return for a touchdown for Cal, that was call back for holding. Not only was this a sweet victory for Cal knocking off a ranked team this was also special because Cal was destroyed last season by Washington State, with the Bears scoring 21 to the Cougars 56.
It must be something in the air on Friday the 13th. In a night where #2 Ranked Clemson Tigers Upset by Syracuse Orange 27-24 in the biggest game in recent Syracuse history, the #2 Ranked Clemson Tigers Upset by Syracuse Orange 27-24 would not be out done. Tonight was all about the Golden Bears defense. The Bears managed to rack-up a staggering 9 sacks and 7 turnovers including a shovel pass gone wrong from Washington State's Luke Falk while the Cougars were in scoring position. Washington State's defender Camryn Bynum was there to exploit Falk's misfortune in the first half with two interceptions, while the offense put up some insurance by scoring just before the end of the half.
The highlight of the game however came when Cal's QB Ross Bowers decided to run for a touchdown and leaped into the end zone for his first rushing touchdown with a front flip that dazzled the home crowd.
Washington State's quarterback Luke Falk came into the game as a Heisman Contender but after throwing five interceptions in one game, it could hard for Heisman voters to seriously consider him as a finalist for the award. The same goes for Washington State as a whole. In the College Football Playoff era a team losing a game in mid-season is not a death sentence, but it very well may be one when your team only puts up 3 points to a severe underdog that beat you on both sides of the ball from start to finish.
Washington State head coach Mike Leach had this to say after the game:
Who benefits from the fall of the unbeatens?
- TCU: If TCU can win out in the Big 12 they'll likely find themselves in their first College Football Playoff.
- Ohio State: The Buckeyes are playing a war of attrition now. Teams may start of slow and have blemishes on their resume early on, but as we know the College Football Playoff committee evaluates teams on their resume as a whole and their level of play at the end of the season. If the Buckeyes can win out against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State, and a possible opponent in Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship, it would be hard to not vote for the Buckeyes even with an early season loss.
- University of Miami (FL): The Miami Hurricanes are 4-0, granted they are playing Georgia Tech this weekend but with an undefeated start that positions them to take at least one move up in the rankings if they beat Tech this week and continue to win down the road.