Riley, Best lead Cal past Washington State 49-17Oct 25, 2009 - 12:08 AM By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif.(AP) -- Kevin Riley threw for touchdowns on his only three passes of the first quarter, Jahvid Best scored three touchdowns and California routed Washington State 49-17 Saturday.
Riley connected with Best, Marvin Jones and Shane Vereen as the Golden Bears (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) scored 28 points on its first 11 offensive plays to break out to the early lead and cruise to the win.
Jeremy Ross scored on a 76-yard punt return, and Best ran for 159 yards and two scores on 13 carries to help Cal win for the second straight week following two blowout losses to Oregon and Southern California. The Bears are averaging 48 points in their victories but failed to score a single touchdown in the two losses.
The Cougars (1-6, 0-5) gained 299 yards in the first half and finished with a season-high 440. The Cal defense allowed at least 400 yards for the fourth straight game despite facing a freshman quarterback in Jeff Tuel.
Tuel had his best game yet in his third straight start, getting much more time than he did the previous game when the Cougars allowed 12 sacks against Arizona State. He completed 28 of 42 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns.
Cal picked up where it left off last year against Washington State when the Bears won 66-3 in Pullman, Wash. Ross returned the opening kickoff 54 yards. Two plays later, Best went in motion and ran past cornerback Brandon Jones to catch a 27-yard TD pass from Riley.
Riley added a 37-yard TD pass to Jones on the next possession, the third TD in the past two weeks for that duo, and a 21-yard screen pass to Vereen for a touchdown late in the quarter that made it 28-3. Best also scored on a 61-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 35-3.
But instead of another blowout, Cal's porous defense allowed the Cougars back into the game. Tuel threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Forzani, who beat backup cornerback Bryant Nnabuife, and then a 19-yarder to Gino Simone in the final minute of the half to make it 35-17.
Riley's 61-yard pass to Ross in the third quarter set up Best's third touchdown, a 2-yard run. Vereen added a 7-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Riley finished 12 for 18 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and his second interception of the season.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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WASHST 3 14 0 0 17
CALIFORNIA 28 7 7 7 49 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, JAHVID BEST 27 YD PASS FROM
KEVIN RILEY (GIORGIO
TAVECCHIO KICK), 0:52.
CALIFORNIA - TD, MARVIN JONES 37 YD PASS FROM
KEVIN RILEY (GIORGIO
TAVECCHIO KICK), 5
Oct 24 7:44 PM
CALIFORNIA 49 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Oct 24 7:44 PM
CALIFORNIA 49 9:25 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Washington State 17, California 49 4th - 9:25Oct 24 7:20 PM
CALIFORNIA 42 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Oct 24 7:05 PM
CALIFORNIA 42 11:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Washington State 17, California 42 3rd - 11:07Oct 24 6:41 PM
CALIFORNIA 35 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Oct 24 6:06 PM
CALIFORNIA 35 0:33 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Washington State 17, California 35 2nd - 0:33Oct 24 6:00 PM
CALIFORNIA 35 4:40 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Washington State 10, California 35 2nd - 4:40Oct 24 5:50 PM
CALIFORNIA 35 11:14 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Washington State 3, California 35 2nd - 11:14Oct 24 5:31 PM
CALIFORNIA 28 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Oct 24 5:17 PM
CALIFORNIA 28 1:13 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Washington State 3, California 28 1st - 1:13Oct 24 5:11 PM
CALIFORNIA 21 2:20 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Washington State 3, California 21 1st - 2:20Oct 24 5:05 PM
CALIFORNIA 21 8:04 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Washington State 0, California 21 1st - 8:04Oct 24 4:55 PM
CALIFORNIA 14 9:41 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Washington State 0, California 14 1st - 9:41Oct 24 4:49 PM
CALIFORNIA 7 14:08 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Washington State 0, California 7 1st - 14:08Oct 24 4:39 PM
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