In a game that teetered on a snoozefest for the first three quarters, the offenses came alive in the fourth quarter and the California Bears snuffed out a last gasp WSU threat to hold on for a 20-17 victory in Berkeley that kept Cougar head coach Bill Doba winless against Bears' head coach Jeff Tedford and moved WSU to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-10.
Redshirt senior quarterback Alex Brink tied Jason Gesser's all-time school touchdown record when his 70th career TD pass found Charles Dillon in the back of the end zone with 19 seconds left in the game. But it was all for naught as WSU still came up on the short end of the box score and now find themselves facing their fourth consecutive non-winning season and tied for last place in the Pac-10 with rival Washington.
Facing an uphill battle from the start when it was learned earlier in the week that starting running back Dwight Tardy would be lost for the year with an ACL knee injury, the Cougar offense was stagnant for much of the game as Brink struggled – ending up 22-for-45 for 306 yards thanks to a few late game big plays – and Kevin McCall was only able to muster 50 yards on 17 carries. But Wazzu was helped by a Cal offense that also struggled and helped WSU with some timely turnovers to keep the Cougars in the game until the fourth quarter when Brink hit Dillon for the Cougars' only touchdown of the game, then converted a two-point play to tight end Jed Collins. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Bears – ending the game.
Special teams had a bright spot as senior kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi accounted for nine of Wazzu's points with a career game – hitting three field goals, including his career long of 42 yards.
Wazzu will next play Stanford for Dad's Day weekend on November 10 at Martin Stadium in Pullman.
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