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California looks to keep rolling at Washington State

Oct 10, 2006 - 11:03 PM No. 10 California (5-1) at Washington St (4-2), 5:00 pm EDT

PULLMAN, Washington (Ticker) - California is looking like the team everyone thought it would be before the season.

The 10th-ranked Golden Bears aim for a sixth straight victory Saturday when they visit Washington State in a Pac-10 Conference contest.

California (5-1, 3-0 Pac-10) began the season ranked ninth in the country but was crushed by Tennessee in Knoxville, 35-18. But the Bears have rolled since and are coming off a 45-24 dismissal of then-No. 11 Oregon, 45-24.

Nate Longshore threw three touchdowns and ran for a score for Cal, which jumped out to a 28-3 second-quarter lead and never looked back.

After Marshawn Lynch went down with an ankle sprain, Justin Forsett ran for 163 yards and a touchdown. Lynch is expected to be fine for this one.

However, Cal has lost 10 straight meetings in Pullman, including a 51-20 setback in the last one, in 2001.

Washington State (4-2, 2-1) rebounded from a tough, 28-22 loss to Southern California with a 13-6 triumph at Oregon State last weekend. The only touchdown came on a 29-yard pass from Alex Brink to Jason Hill in the third quarter.

Defensive end Mkristo Bruce had two sacks to give him a national-best 10 for the season.

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