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Cal Golden Bears Upset #8 Ranked Washington State Cougars

Cal Tackles Washington States Playoff Hopes in Upset

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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?

  1. TCU: If TCU can win out in the Big 12 they'll likely find themselves in their first College Football Playoff.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Results and Schedule

7th Place, Pac-12 (4-5 Conf)

Record

5-7

Predictive rank

#68

Streak

W1

Results and Schedule

Date Opponent Result Location W/L Conf
09/04 Nevada L 17-22 Home 0-1 0-0
09/11 TX Christian L 32-34 Away 0-2 0-0
09/18 Sacramento State W 42-30 Home 1-2 0-0
09/25 Washington L 24-31 Away 1-3 0-1
10/02 Wash State L 6-21 Home 1-4 0-2
10/15 Oregon L 17-24 Away 1-5 0-3
10/23 Colorado W 26-3 Home 2-5 1-3
10/30 Oregon St W 39-25 Home 3-5 2-3
11/06 Arizona L 3-10 Away 3-6 2-4
11/20 Stanford W 41-11 Away 4-6 3-4
11/27 UCLA L 14-42 Away 4-7 3-5
12/04 USC W 24-14 Home 5-7 4-5
Roster

Roster

Name Position ATT YDS Y/A TD REC YDS Y/C TD FUM
Matt Anderson Place Kicker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Vic Enwere Running Back 100 375 3.8 5 5 37 7.4 0 0
Patrick Laird Running Back 191 1127 5.9 8 45 322 7.2 1 4
Tre Watson Running Back 18 85 4.7 0 5 31 6.2 0 0
Vic Wharton Wide Receiver 1 -5 -5.0 0 67 871 13.0 5 1
Devante Downs Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Ross Bowers Quarterback 60 -142 -2.4 3 0 0 -- 0 4
Derron Brown Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Dylan Klumph Punter 1 3 3.0 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Malik McMorris Fullback 6 13 2.2 0 5 39 7.8 1 0
Kanawai Noa Wide Receiver 0 0 -- 0 56 788 14.1 4 0
Brandon Singleton Wide Receiver 0 0 -- 0 13 129 9.9 0 0
Steven Coutts Punter 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Ashtyn Davis Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 1
Traveon Beck Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Jordan Duncan Wide Receiver 0 0 -- 0 10 120 12.0 1 0
Demetris Robertson Wide Receiver 2 40 20.0 1 7 70 10.0 0 0
Jordan Veasy Wide Receiver 0 0 -- 0 38 491 12.9 6 0
Darius Allensworth Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Raymond Davison Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
James Looney Defensive End 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Luke Rubenzer Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Quentin Tartabull Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Luc Bequette Guard 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Jaylinn Hawkins Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 1
Patrick Mekari Offensive Line 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Russell Ude Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Gerran Brown Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Camryn Bynum Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Marloshawn Franklin Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Cameron Goode Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 1 12 12.0 0 0
Tevin Paul Defensive End 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Evan Weaver Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Alex Funches Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Elijah Hicks Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Michael Saffell Offensive Line 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Gavin Reinwald Tight End 0 0 -- 0 11 104 9.5 0 0
Daniel Scott Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Kamryn Bennett Offensive Line 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
De'Zhon Grace Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Rusty Becker Defensive End 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Josh Drayden Cornerback 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Tony Mekari Guard 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Hamilton Anoa'i Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Malik Psalms Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Chinedu Udeogu Defensive End 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Derrick Clark Running Back 14 46 3.3 0 1 4 4.0 0 0
Zion Echols Running Back 13 17 1.3 0 5 17 3.4 0 0
Jeremiah Hawkins Wide Receiver 2 0 0.0 0 8 70 8.8 0 0
Trey Turner Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Alonso Vera Long Snapper 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Chase Forrest Quarterback 2 -4 -2.0 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Jordan Kunaszyk Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Matt Rockett Wide Receiver 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Chris Palmer Guard 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Jake Curhan Offensive Line 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Kyle Wells Tight End 0 0 -- 0 1 2 2.0 1 0
Jacob Anderson Safety 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Fabiano Hale Running Back 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Alsea Tongilava Linebacker 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- 0 0
Matchups

2021-2022 College Football Schedule

Sat Aug 28 Time Location
Nebraska @ Illinois 1:20 PM Memorial Stadium
Connecticut @ Fresno St 2:00 PM Bulldog Stadium
Hawaii @ UCLA 3:30 PM Rose Bowl
TX El Paso @ N Mex State 9:30 PM Aggie Memorial Stadium
S Utah @ San Jose St 10:00 PM CEFCU Stadium
Wed Sep 1 Time Location
UAB vs. Jacksonville State 7:30 PM Cramton Bowl
Thu Sep 2 Time Location
Boise State @ Central FL 7:00 PM Bounce House
W Illinois @ Ball State 7:00 PM Scheumann Stadium
Wagner @ Buffalo 7:00 PM UB Stadium
The Citadel @ Coastal Car 7:00 PM Brooks Stadium
Weber State @ Utah 7:30 PM Rice-Eccles Stadium
S Florida @ NC State 7:30 PM Carter-Finley Stadium
UC Davis @ Tulsa 7:30 PM Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium
E Carolina vs. App State 7:30 PM Bank of America Stadium
Houston Baptist @ New Mexico 8:00 PM University Stadium (Albuquerque)
Bowling Grn @ Tennessee 8:00 PM Neyland Stadium
TN Martin @ W Kentucky 8:00 PM Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium
Ohio State @ Minnesota 8:00 PM Huntington Bank Stadium
LIU @ Florida Intl 8:05 PM Riccardo Silva Stadium
E Washingtn @ UNLV 10:00 PM Allegiant Stadium
S Utah @ Arizona St 10:30 PM Sun Devil Stadium
Fri Sep 3 Time Location
N Carolina @ VA Tech 6:00 PM Lane Stadium
Duke @ Charlotte 7:00 PM Jerry Richardson Stadium
Old Dominion @ Wake Forest 7:00 PM Truist Field
St. Francis @ E Michigan 7:00 PM Rynearson Stadium
South Dakota @ Kansas 8:00 PM David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
Michigan St @ Northwestern 9:00 PM Ryan Field
N Colorado @ Colorado 9:00 PM Folsom Field
S Dakota St @ Colorado St 9:00 PM Sonny Lubrick Field at Canvas Stadium
Sat Sep 4 Time Location
LA Monroe @ Kentucky 12:00 PM Kroger Field
Colgate @ Boston Col 12:00 PM Alumni Stadium
W Michigan @ Michigan 12:00 PM Michigan Stadium
Penn State @ Wisconsin 12:00 PM Camp Randall Stadium
Holy Cross @ Connecticut 12:00 PM Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium
Tulane @ Oklahoma 12:00 PM Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Army @ Georgia State 12:00 PM Center Parc Stadium
Fordham @ Nebraska 12:00 PM Memorial Stadium
Stanford vs. Kansas St 12:00 PM AT&T Stadium
Temple @ Rutgers 12:00 PM SHI Stadium
Lafayette @ Air Force 2:00 PM Falcon Stadium
Rice @ Arkansas 2:00 PM Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Fresno St @ Oregon 2:00 PM Autzen Stadium
Marshall @ Navy 3:30 PM Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Indiana @ Iowa 3:30 PM Kinnick Stadium
W Virginia @ Maryland 3:30 PM Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati 3:30 PM Nippert Stadium
Alabama vs. Miami (FL) 3:30 PM Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Montana St @ Wyoming 4:00 PM Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
LA Tech @ Miss State 4:00 PM Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
Central Mich @ Missouri 4:00 PM Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium
U Mass @ Pittsburgh 4:00 PM Heinz Field
N Iowa @ Iowa State 4:30 PM Jack Trice Stadium
LA Lafayette @ Texas 4:30 PM Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
San Jose St @ USC 5:00 PM United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Campbell @ Liberty 6:00 PM Williams Stadium
Gard-Webb @ GA Southern 6:00 PM Allen E. Paulson Stadium
Akron @ Auburn 7:00 PM Jordan-Hare Stadium
E Illinois @ S Carolina 7:00 PM Williams-Brice Stadium
Monmouth @ Middle Tenn 7:00 PM Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
Syracuse @ Ohio 7:00 PM Peden Stadium
Oregon St @ Purdue 7:00 PM Ross-Ade Stadium
Missouri St @ Oklahoma St 7:00 PM Boone Pickens Stadium
Baylor @ Texas State 7:00 PM Bobcat Stadium
Nicholls St @ Memphis 7:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Abl Christian @ S Methodist 7:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Norfolk St @ Toledo 7:00 PM Glass Bowl
Central Ark @ Arkansas St 7:00 PM Centennial Bank Stadium
Southern @ Troy 7:00 PM Veterans Memorial Stadium
Texas Tech vs. Houston 7:00 PM NRG Stadium
Fla Atlantic @ Florida 7:30 PM Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Georgia vs. Clemson 7:30 PM Bank of America Stadium
NW State @ North Texas 7:30 PM Apogee Stadium
TX-San Ant @ Illinois 7:30 PM Memorial Stadium
N Illinois @ GA Tech 7:30 PM Bobby Dodd Stadium
Wm & Mary @ Virginia 7:30 PM Scott Stadium
Kent State @ Texas A&M 8:00 PM Kyle Field
East Tennessee State @ Vanderbilt 8:00 PM Vanderbilt Stadium
S Mississippi @ S Alabama 8:00 PM Hancock Whitney Stadium
Duquesne @ TX Christian 8:00 PM Amon G. Carter Stadium
Montana @ Washington 8:00 PM Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium
LSU @ UCLA 8:30 PM Rose Bowl
Beth-Cook @ TX El Paso 9:00 PM Sun Bowl
Nevada @ California 10:30 PM FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium
BYU vs. Arizona 10:30 PM Allegiant Stadium
N Mex State @ San Diego St 10:30 PM Dignity Health Sports Park
Utah State @ Wash State 11:00 PM Gesa Field at Martin Stadium
Portland St @ Hawaii 11:59 PM Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex
Sun Sep 5 Time Location
Notre Dame @ Florida St 7:44 PM Doak S. Campbell Stadium
Mon Sep 6 Time Location
Louisville vs. Mississippi 8:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Stadium