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Cal Football: Washington State Game Thread - Bears Lose 28-9 at Pullman

Golden Bears still haven't started 2-0 in the Pac-12 since 2015.

A week after scoring 49 points, Cal managed just one touchdown in a 28-9 loss at Washington State on Saturday.

And the news could be worse, depending on the status of quarterback Jack Plummer, who was sacked four times and ultimately left the game with an apparent right knee injury.

Cal (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) still has not started the conference season 2-0 since 2015.

Plummer finished 23 for 33 for 273 yards, without a touchdown or an interception. But he left the field limping with about 5 minutes, returned for Cal's next possession but returned to the sideline with 3 minutes remaining, giving way to Kai Millner for his first appearance as a college player.

Freshman Jaydn Ott, who rushed for 274 yards against Arizona last week, was held to 69 yards on the ground and an additional 41 yards on seven receptions.

Cal had 12 first downs and nine punts. The Bears were 5 for 16 on third downs, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Coin flip: WSU wins the coin and defers to the second half. Cal will receive the opening kickoff.

10:27 1st Q: Cal manages two first downs before punting. WSU will start at its own 14-yard line. Jaydn Ott ran for 7 yards on the Bears' first play, but on two subsequent first-down plays gained 1 and 0 yards, so they played behind the sticks.Cal 0, WSU 0.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Neither team could get on the scoreboard over the first 15 minutes. Cal had 34 total yards and 2 first downs; WSU had 39 yards and 2 first downs. Jack Plummer was 5-for-7 for 25 yards; Cameron Ward 4-for-5 for 41 yards. Jaydn Ott has 12 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards. Cal 0, WSU 0.

13:18 2nd Q: A 34-yard punt return by Robert Ferrell and a 15-yard personal foul penalty against Cal's Elijah Mojarro on the return (because he made a block after his helmet came off) set up the Cougars at the Cal 20-yard line. From there, they needed just four plays to get into the end zone, with freshman RB Jaylen Jenkins scoring his first career TD on a 2-yard burst on first-and-goal. WSU 7, Cal 0.

9:10 2nd Q: Dario Longhetto converts a season-long 42-yard FG, capping an eight-play, 51-yard drive. The big play: Plummer's 33-yard completion to J.Michael Sturdivant to the WSU 37., with Plummer releasing the ball just as he took a big hit. Ott had a 13-yard run as well. WSU 7, Cal 3.

6:30 2nd Q: Cameron Ward's one shortcoming this season has been interceptions and he just threw his sixth of the year, with Cal safety Daniel Scott getting perfect inside position to snag a pass into the end zone intended for Lincoln Victor. Was Scott's sixth career INT, and it came on first-and-10 from the Cal 29. WSU 7, Cal 3.

HALFTIME: Two teams that combined for 90 points last week have produced a total of 10 so far today. Cal has 121 total yards, WSU 103. The Bears have just 10 net rushing yards, thanks to three sacks of Plummer, while WSU has zero yards on the ground. First downs are 6-5 in favor of WSU while Cal has a time of possession edge of 18:10 to 11:50. 

Plummer is 12 for 16 for 111 yards. Has been sacked three times, but no turnovers. Ward is 12 for 18 (started 7 for 8) for 103 yards with one interception and one sack. Jayden Ott has rushed 9 times for 29 yards and caught 3 passes for 11. Sturdivant has 3 receptions for 45 yards, Jeremiah Hunter has 3 for 25 yards. Cougars get the ball to start the second half. WSU 7, Cal 3.

13:51 3rd Q: Whew, that didn't take long. The Cougars began the half at their own 25 and went 75 yards in four plays. The big play was a 47-yard completion from Ward to Renard Bell to the Cal 17. Ward then drilled a second-down TD pass to Robert Ferrell, his old teammate at Incarnate Word. WSU 14, Cal 3.

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9:38 3rd Q: Safety Craig Woodson with an interception in the end zone on another ill-advised throw by Ward, who eluded pressure and had lots of time. Woodson ran the ball out of the end zone, but only 2 yards. WSU 14, Cal 3.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: The Bears have struggled to consistently move the ball with just 209 yards and nine first downs. WSU has 277 yards and 14 first downs. The only stat favoring Cal: WSU has 2 turnovers, Cal none. The Bears start the fourth quarter with a third-and-5 play from their own 29. And they are 3-for-11 on third downs. WSU 14, Cal 3.

13:28 4th Q: Cal gets its first TD of the game on a 2-yard run by Ott, following completions of 30 and 49 yards on consecutive plays to Jeremiah Hunter. The first of them came on a third-and-15 play from the 19 after a 38-yard scramble for a first down by Plummer was wiped out by a holding penalty against Ben Coleman. Hunter has 6 receptions and 109 yards. Cal went for the 2-point conversion but Mavin Anderson tripped over the feet of G Sioape Vatikani after taking the shovel pass in the backfield. WSU 14, Cal 9.

12:00 4th Q: For the second time today, the Cougars go 75 yards in just four plays. This one required only 1:28 off the clock. Ward hit Renard Bell with a 37-yard TD one play after connecting with De'Zhaun Stribling on an inside screen that went 32 yards. Ward has 332 yards passing. WSU 21, Cal 9.

6:19 4th Q: Ward flips a 1-yard pass touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to tight end Billy Riveiere and the Cougars virtually lock this up. WSU 28, Cal 9.


Here's some pre-game reading: 

-- Start here with our game preview. You'll find everything want to know about the Bears vs. the Cougars.

-- From the Spokane Spokesman Review, the Cougars are looking to regain momentum after their first loss of the season.

-- Could you have imagined Jaydn Ott would be this good as a freshman? Here's a guy who knew four years ago.

-- How do the Bears respond when WSU schemes to stop Jaydn Ott?

-- Looking for the insider's story on WSU? We went to someone who knows and asked 5 Questions about the Cougars.

-- Four games into the schedule and Cal has overhauled its starting lineup.

-- How a shuffled O-line delivered for the Bears vs. Arizona.

Cover photo of Jack Plummer by Darren Yamashita, USA Today

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