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Cougars’ losing streak continues

On Oct. 13 the Washington State Cougars played the California Bears at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.

Coming into the game, the Cougs were on a three-game losing streak. They lost their fourth consecutive game, 31-17, against the Bears. The previous week California pulled a victory over #25-ranked UCLA Bruins. The Bears have been successful against the Cougars in prior years and came into the game with a seven-game win streak against Washington State.

In the first quarter there was a quarterback change by Washington State. Unlike previous games the change was not because of injury; it was because of poor play. Jeff Tuel replaced quarterback Connor Halliday after he threw an interception on two consecutive drives. The second interception Halliday threw resulted in a touchdown by California for the following drive.

Bears quarterback Zach Maynard threw a 69-yard pass to wide receiver Keenan Allen, giving the Bears the first touchdown of the game.
The Cougars ended the first quarter without scoring, but made progress downfield to set themselves up in good field position to start the second.

In the second quarter the Cougars scored their only points of the half with a 20-yard field goal made by kicker Andrew Furney. California responded to the field goal with a scoring drive of their own that resulted in a four-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson.

After two scores early in the second quarter, the teams held each other off to go into the half 14-3 in California’s favor.

In the third quarter the Cougars had one of their biggest plays of the game. Jeff Tuel threw a pass to Dominique Williams who turned the play into a 31-yard gain to put the Cougars near the red zone. The Cougars then continued the drive and Tuel was able to throw an eight-yard pass to wide receiver Brett Bartolone for a touchdown.

By the fourth quarter the Cougars hope for a victory was getting slimmer as the clocked ticked. With just 10 minutes left in the game, California running back C.J. Anderson rushed for a 29-yard touchdown to make the score 31-10. The Cougars eventually scored again with a six-yard pass from Tuel to Bartolone giving them each their second touchdowns of the game.

This was the sixth game of the season the Cougars were unable to break over 100 yards rushing. The only game of the season where they broke that mark was against Eastern Washington when the team ran for a combined 108 rush yards.

The positive aspect for WSU was in the passing game. Jeff Tuel ended the game throwing 320 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Marquees Wilson was injured during the game and did not play in the second half.

The rest of the Cougar season is going to be tough. It is likely WSU will be near the bottom of the PAC-12 standings when the end of the season comes around. The Cougs will play the Stanford Cardinals, a ranked school, on Oct. 27.

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