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  • October 23, 2022

7:35 p.m. | California Memorial Stadium | Berkeley, Calif.
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seven games this fall followed a familiar script.
They started, predictably, with a Washington touchdown on its opening drive. They highlighted the strong left arm of Michael Penix Jr., who distributed the ball with the frequency of a paper boy on his morning route. They featured an array of eligible wide receivers and a smorgasbord of explosive plays. They were touchdown-heavy and defense-light. They were fond of fourth-down gambles. They were peppered with porous pass defense — missed tackles and broken coverages and non-competitive cornerbacks. They were fun and frustrating and undeniably entertaining.
For seven Saturdays, there were points.
In UW’s 28-21 win over Cal, there were field goals and penalties.
At least, at first.
Huskies hold on 4th-and-2. They're going to win a very hard-fought game, 28-21 to move to 6-2 They're bowl eligible after first road win of the season.
Another punt coming for Huskies with 1:19 to play, clinging to 28-21 lead.
Huge defensive stop by Huskies, with two sacks in a 3-and-out. UW takes over at own 38 with 2:21 left.
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UW forced to punt with 4:14 left in fourth quarter. It will be on the Husky defense now.
Cal just not going away. On 4th-and-7, Plummer finds Mavin Anderson for an 8-yard TD pass. UW 28, Cal 21 with 6:11 to play. Huskies could have all but sealed it with a stop.
Huskies score a vital insurance TD, Penix to Newton for 36 yards. Penix stayed calm under a Cal rush and found a wide open Newton, who juked his way to the score. UW 28, Call 14 with 10:19 to play in regulation.
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Michael Penix quietly having another fine game. Not as flashy as last week's' record-setting 516-yard effort, but he's 31 of 42 for 302 yards and a TD, no interceptions and quite a few drops that could have padded the total.
Huskies regain the lead. Penix finds Jalen McMillan with a 13-yard TD pass on 3rd-and-10. UW 21, Cal 14.
There’s the pass defense that Husky fans know and don’t love.
After forcing four punts and surrendering zero points in the first half Saturday, UW’s defense returned to form in the third quarter – as Cal scored touchdowns on both of its drives, including a 48-yard connection from Jack Plummer to Michael Sturdivant that tied the score at 14-14. UW quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been excellent yet again, completing 29 of 38 passes for 277 yards. But UW will have to find the end zone in the fourth quarter to support its fledgling pass defense and earn its first road win.
The scoring play: J.Michael Sturdivant burned UW corner Jordan Perryman along the left sideline and Jack Plummer quickly recognized it for a 48-yard catch-and-run to tie this one up at 14.
The drive: Six plays, 65 yards, 2:38.
The score: Huskies 14, Golden Bears 14
The highlight:

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On third and 7, Cal QB Jack Plummer hits J. Michael Sturdivant with a 48-yard TD pass. Game is tied, 14-14. He got behind Jordan Perryman.
The scoring play: Cameron Davis took the handoff and rushed up the middle for a 6-yard touchdown — the Huskies’ first time reaching the end zone this game. Michael Penix Jr. then hit Ja’Lynn Polk along the left side of the end zone for the two-point conversion. UW retakes the lead.
The drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 5:27.
The score: Huskies 14, Golden Bears 7
The highlight:
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That's Cameron Davis' conference-leading 10th touchdown run.
Nice response by UW, marching down for 6-yard TD run by Cameron Davis and a two-point Penix pass to Polk. Huskies regain lead, 14-7 with 4:48 left in third quarter.
I know it feels like the Huskies were up by 3 TDs, but the broadcast saying "Cal has come all the way back" when it was a 6-0 game, is pretty hilarious.
The scoring play: Jack Plummer hit J.Michael Sturdivant for an 8-yard touchdown to give Cal the slim 7-6 lead to open the second half of this weird game.
The drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 4:40.
The score: Golden Bears 7, Huskies 6.
The highlight:
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It seemed inevitable that if UW kept letting Cal hang around it was going to haunt them. Sure enough, Bears take second-half kickoff and drive 75 yards for the game's first touchdown. Suddenly, Huskies trail, 7-6.
A couple of former Seahawks running backs from Cal are being honored at halftime — Justin Forsett and someone named Marshawn Lynch. Not sure what became of him once he left Berkeley.
UW has outgained Cal 245 to 83.
The Huskies lead 6-0.
There are several reasons why that yard disparity hasn’t translated into points. A pass interference penalty on Ja’Lynn Polk and a false start penalty on Jack Westover punctured drives (and Polk’s negated a Jalen McMillan touchdown). Four UW drops haven’t helped, and Husky kicker Peyton Henry blew a 34-yard field goal that would have extended the lead to 9-0. Cal’s defense has also done its part to eliminate explosive plays.
But while UW has dominated this game everywhere but the scoreboard … that’s where it matters. And Cal gets the ball to start the second half.
End of first half: UW 6, Cal 0.

Huskies dominated time of possession (20:35 to 9:35) and yardage (245 to 83) but couldn't get the ball into the end zone.
Big, big drop by Cal's Jaydn Ott, who almost certainly would have gotten the first down on third-and-14. Remember that one.
That's Jeremiah Martin's sixth sack of the season, after nearly getting Plummer the previous play.
The drive: Six plays, 18 yards, 3:10.
The story: The Huskies punted for the first time in this one as their fourth drop already thwarted a nice throw from Michael Penix Jr. on third-and-4 from their 36.
Next possession: Cal starts at own 15.
Time left: 4:25 in 2Q.
Marshawn Lynch just trucked the seven-second delay twice. That delay didn’t have a chance. Legendary.
The drive: Six plays, 23 yards, 2:26.
Next possession: UW starts at own 18.
Time left: 7:35 in 2Q.
Mish Powell was back in and made that play to force another punt.
Henry misses a 34-yard field goal as promising Husky drive stalls. Two huge penalties when UW was on verge of scoring. They're letting Cal hang around. UW 6, Cal 0.
UW has out-gained Cal 187-19 and leads 6-0. Missed opportunities.
Field goals don’t win football games.
But quality defense does.
UW failed to score a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time this season on Saturday night, settling instead for a 40-yard Peyton Henry field goal. The Huskies followed that up with another Henry field goal – this time from 35 yards out – rather than going for it on fourth-and-3 from the Cal 18-yard line. That lack of aggressiveness is atypical for a UW offense that has gone for it on fourth down 19 times in seven games this season (11th in the nation).
But maybe it’s also a reflection of Kalen DeBoer’s confidence in his defense, going against a Cal attack with considerably less firepower than Arizona.
That UW defense forced a pair of punts and surrendered just 19 yards in the first quarter, notably stoning Cal on a pair of third-and-long attempts. And for a team ranked 126th in the nation in third down defense, we’ll call that progress.
But can the Huskies keep it up?
Huskies out-gained Cal 137-19 in first quarter, and had the ball for 11:37 compared to 3:23 for Bears. But their lead is just 6-0. UW has the ball at the Cal 41 to start the second quarter.
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Jack Westover is not the only hurdling Husky tight end.
The drive: Three plays, 3 yards, 0:51.
The story: The UW defense is off to a strong start, sending Cal to a three-and-out on its second possession following a punt on its first drive.
Next possession: UW starts at its own 46.
Time left: 1:04 in 1Q.
Mishael Powell, who missed UW's last four games, was in the game for third down.
The scoring play: The Huskies again drove into the red zone with ease before settling for another short field goal on fourth-and-3 from the 18-yard line.
The drive: 14 plays, 62 yards, 6:18.
The score: Huskies 6, Golden Bears 0.
UW has 124 yards after two drives but has yet to find the end zone. Huskies lead 6-0.
Geirean Hatchett was in the game as a tight end (extra lineman) there.
The drive: Five plays, 16 yards, 2:26.
Next possession: UW starts at own 20.
Time left: 8:19 in 1Q.
Nice open field tackle by Asa Turner to force a punt.
UW's starters at corner are Perryman and Banks. Not Mishael Powell.
UW doesn't score a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time this season. Peyton Henry's 40-yard field goal is good. UW leads 3-0.
Strange for UW to call a designed QB run on third-and-6. Seems like maybe something you call if you're planning to then go for it on fourth down. The 2-yard loss may have negated that.
Odunze, McMillan and Polk are all playing. Alexander was in for the first play and then checked out.
Cam Davis and Wayne Taulapapa were the kick returners, not Giles Jackson.
Could there be more people here? Yes. Yes there could.
The UW-Cal broadcast will begin on ESPNews and switch back to ESPN once the Alabama-Mississippi State game ends.
Late-arriving crowd in Berkeley. Like, they'll get here in 2023
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UW cornerback Mishael Powell, who has missed the last four games, is in uniform tonight. We'll see if he plays, or how much.
Richard Newton is also going through warm ups after missing the Arizona game.
UW might be the best setting in college football, but Cal is in the discussion.
What can you say about a game in which Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. set single-game records for passing yards (516), total offense (529) and completions (36)? A game in which Washington scored a touchdown on its opening drive for the seventh consecutive Saturday? A game in which UW punted just once and scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second and third quarters? A game in which Washington amassed 595 total yards and 31 first downs (without surrendering a turnover)? A game in which Washington improved its home record to 5-0 with a 49-39 win over Arizona?
For associate head coach JaMarcus Shephard, the answer is obvious.
It could have been better.
It should have been better.
“I probably get on (offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb’s) nerves, because I keep asking the question (about how to improve),” UW’s associate head coach, pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach said Wednesday. “I’m just going to keep asking and keep talking to him about the things we want to do with this offense, because I want to help it be the best it’s ever been.
“We are not even close to hitting the mark on that, and that’s what’s most frustrating at times — trying to help these guys understand that we should play better than we did this past Saturday. Hopefully I’m getting it across to them.”
UW has outscored opponents 71-31 in the second quarter in four home games this season. The Huskies have been outscored 38-13 in the second quarter of their two road defeats. And really, for whatever reason, those momentary lapses have separated the Huskies from an undefeated 7-0 record. Kalen DeBoer’s team has been utterly dominant in the opening quarter, outscoring opponents 72-26 (while logging touchdowns on all seven of its opening drives). UW has also made the most of halftime adjustments, holding an 82-47 advantage in the third quarter as well. But that effort and execution must be maintained for four quarters to secure a road win. (And if you were wondering, the Bears have outscored opponents 47-34 in the second quarter through six games this fall.)
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