Both teams needed this game, but Washington State was the team that finally took it away down the stretch, outscoring Cal 23-7 in the second half for the 44-22 victory.
Connor Halliday limped around the field all day long but when he needed to throw it, he did, to the tune of a WSU record 67 attempts. He completed 41 of them for 521 of the 570 Cougar yards and 3 touchdowns. The best thing for Washington State was that he only threw a single interception.
Vince Mayle and Marcus Mason both went over 100 yards on 4 catches apiece. Mayle had his best day as a Cougar and scored twice. The same could very well be said for Mason, who scored on a 68 yard swing pass just before the half.
Jared Goff for Cal had a huge day as well, throwing 32-58 for 489 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Chris Harper, whom the coaches moved into the slot, was a mismatch for everybody and went for 216 yards on 13 catches on the receiving end but only scored once.
The difference may have come in the first half, when Cal went inside the 10 yard line twice, before fumbling on both possessions. The Cougars’ Kalifitoni Pole forced one of them and recovered both. Overall WSU forced 5 turnovers on the day while Cal could only gain 1.
The Cougars move to 4-2 (2-1) halfway through their season and face Oregon State in a late night game next week back home in Pullman. Meanwhile, Cal falls to 1-4 (0-2) and gets the challenge of 12th ranked UCLA in the Rose Bowl in week 7.