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GAMEDAY College Football

Washington 28, California 21

By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - Michael Penix Jr. threw a go-ahead 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan early in the fourth quarter to lead Washington past California 28-21.

Penix threw for 374 yards and two TDs for his eighth straight 300-yard passing game to help the Huskies (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) win their first road game of the season.

Jack Plummer threw three touchdown passes in the second half for the Golden Bears (3-4, 1-3). But it wasn't enough to prevent Cal from losing its third straight game.

Penix led Washington on three straight TD drives in the second half. He found McMillan wide open in the front of the end zone to give the Huskies the lead for good and added a 36-yarder to Richard Newtown on another third-down pass later in the fourth to make it 28-14.

Plummer, who threw two TD passes to J. Michael Sturdivant in the third quarter, got Cal within 28-21 with an 8-yard strike to Mavin Anderson on fourth down with 6:11 to play.

But Cal failed to get a first down on its final two drives and came up short at the end.

Washington completely dominated the first half everywhere but the scoreboard. The Huskies outgained the Bears 245-83 in the half, didn't allow Cal to cross midfield for more than 27 minutes but only lead 6-0 at the break.

Washington settled for field goals on its first two drives and then Peyton Henry missed a 34-yarder after an offensive pass interference spoiled a goal-to-go situation.

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington: After allowing 124 points the past three games, the Huskies delivered a stronger defensive effort this time to get their first road win since beating Stanford on Oct. 30, 2021. Washington is 6-2 for the first time since 2018 and is bowl eligible for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons.

California: A season that had promise in September has become another frustrating one for the Bears, who have lost all three games in October. This marks the 14th straight season they have lost at least three straight Pac-12 games.

MEMORABLE MARSHAWN

Former Cal great Marshawn Lynch was honored at the game for his induction into the California Athletics Hall of Fame. Lynch fired up the crowd by taking a celebratory ride in the back of a cart around the field before the start of the second half. Sixteen years ago this weekend, Lynch took a memorable drive around the field in a cart after scoring the winning TD against Washington.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WashCal
Wash FG 10:45 Peyton Henry 40 yard field goal 3 0
Wash FG 2:01 Peyton Henry 35 yard field goal 6 0
Third Quarter WashCal
Cal TD 10:20 J.Michael Sturdivant 8 yard TD pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto Extra Point) 6 7
Wash TD 4:48 Cameron Davis 6 yard TD run (Ja'Lynn Polk 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 14 7
Cal TD 2:10 J.Michael Sturdivant 48 yard TD pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto Extra Point) 14 14
Fourth Quarter WashCal
Wash TD 13:49 Jalen McMillan 13 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Peyton Henry Extra Point) 21 14
Wash TD 10:19 Richard Newton 36 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Peyton Henry Extra Point) 28 14
Cal TD 6:11 Mavin Anderson 8 yard TD pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto Extra Point) 28 21
Team Stats
  Washington California
First downs 27 18
  Rushing 8 5
  Passing 19 12
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 10-17, 59% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 32-102 31-61
Passing Yards 374 244
Return Yards 30 22
Completions-Attempts-Int 36-51-0 21-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-3 5-28
Punts 3 6
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 9-65 2-15
Washington Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Penix Jr. 36 51 374 2 0
California Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plummer 21 34 244 3 0
Washington Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Davis 13 46 3.5 1
W. Taulapapa 4 25 6.3 0
R. Newton 5 18 3.6 0
W. Nixon 2 15 7.5 0
G. Jackson 2 8 4.0 0
S. Adams II 2 5 2.5 0
M. Penix Jr. 3 -14 -4.7 0
California Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Brooks 10 43 4.3 0
J. Ott 14 38 2.7 0
D. Moore 2 8 4.0 0
J. Plummer 5 -28 -5.6 0
Washington Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. McMillan 8 81 10.1 1
R. Odunze 6 63 10.5 0
D. Culp 5 44 8.8 0
W. Taulapapa 4 40 10.0 0
J. Westover 4 37 9.3 0
R. Newton 1 36 36.0 1
T. Davis 3 20 6.7 0
C. Davis 2 18 9.0 0
G. Jackson 1 17 17.0 0
J. Polk 1 13 13.0 0
S. Adams II 1 5 5.0 0
California Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Sturdivant 8 103 12.9 2
M. Anderson 3 53 17.7 1
M. Starling 4 49 12.3 0
J. Ott 2 16 8.0 0
M. Young 1 13 13.0 0
D. Moore 1 10 10.0 0
D. Brooks 1 0 0.0
0
J. Terry II 1 0 0.0
0
Washington Interceptions
Player Int Yards
California Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Washington Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. McCallister 3 113 37.7
California Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sheahan 6 250 41.7
Washington Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. McMillan 1 6 6.0
California Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Baker 1 0 0
Washington Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Davis 1 24 24.0
California Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Anderson 2 22 11.0
Washington Missed FG
Player Length
P. Henry 34
California Missed FG
Player Length




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