NCAAF Game Recap - Washington State at California
Sat Nov 9, 2019 7:00 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Washington State (4-5)

5

6

3

6

20

California (5-4)

6

7

7

13

33

Modster has 4 touchdowns in return, Cal holds off WSU 33-20
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:00 AM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Devon Modster wasn't too impressed with the best game of his career. That it helped stop California's four-game losing streak was much more important to the Golden Bears quarterback.

Modster passed for a career-high three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth in his first game back from injury, California's defense made a pivotal stop late in the fourth quarter, and the Golden Bears beat the Cougars 33-20 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.

"I would say it was average," Modster said of his night. "A couple throws I should have made, a couple reads. I just think it was more of a great team win. We can all improve on this."

Modster did not play in Cal's 35-0 loss to No. 8 Utah on Oct. 26 because of an unspecified injury but was cleared earlier this week. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 230 yards and had a pivotal 26-yard scramble prior to his 52-yard touchdown pass to Makai Polk. Modster also had scoring throws of 9 and 13 yards, then sealed the game with a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"I felt like he just played free and like himself and left it all out there on the field," Polk said of Modster.

Chris Brown Jr. rushed for 95 yards and scored twice to help California (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) win for the first time since Sept. 21. The Bears outgained the Cougars 196-16 on the ground.

The win keeps California on track to become bowl eligible for the third time in three seasons under coach Justin Wilcox.

"The resiliency of the group, it's always been that way" Wilcox said. "The effort's always been good. We just executed a bit better tonight. It was great."

Modster agreed.

"It just shows a lot of grit," Modster said. "Coming off a four-game losing streak, our spirits didn't die. We came out to work every day and it showed tonight."

Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon was 45 of 58 for 407 yards passing and threw two touchdown passes and one interception. Gordon, who entered the game leading the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, completed 19 consecutive throws during one stretch to help make up for a rocky start when his first throw of the night was picked off.

Coach Mike Leach's team came unraveled in the fourth quarter. Safety Tyrese Ross was called for a late hit out of bounds on Cal's Ben Skinner. On the same play, a member of the Cougars coaching staff was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Bears 30 yards in penalties.

Washington State (4-5, 1-5) never led and lost for the fifth time in six games.

"We definitely regressed," Leach said. "Somehow, it's got to be meaningful enough to the players, and as coaches we've got to make it meaningful. We pretend it's meaningful and we'll pretend to try hard. As soon as it gets difficult, then we wilt."

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington State: The Cougars were comfortable throwing the majority of the time, which made it easier for the Bears to defend. Gordon was sharp most of the game and found a nice rhythm with wide receiver Brandon Arconado (12 catches, 130 yards, one touchdown). Washington State still has a shot at a postseason bowl but cannot afford another loss.

California: Modster finally looked like a capable quarterback. He completed three long passes and effectively danced out of trouble for most of the game. Brown's running allowed the Bears to be balanced offensively for one of the few times this season. Major credit goes to the defense, which has held 15 of its last 16 opponents to under 25 points.

NO GIMMES HERE

Both teams struggled to convert extra point attempts. Cal's Greg Tomas had his PAT blocked in the first half while Modster's pass on a 2-point try in the fourth quarter fell incomplete. Washington State also came up empty on a pair of 2-point conversion attempts.

MAKING UP FOR HIS MISTAKE

Tight end Gavin Reinwald, whose fumble deep in Bears territory set up Blake Mazza's first field goal, made up for the gaffe with a 9-yard touchdown reception.

TURNING THE CALENDAR

The 33 points is a season-high for the Bears, who had scored 24 points total in three October games.

UP NEXT

Washington State: The Cougars host Stanford on Saturday.

California: The Bears play USC at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

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Passing

WaSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Gordon 58 45 77.6 2 407 36 1 100.2
Cal Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Modster 24 16 66.7 3 230 52 0 137.2

Rushing

WaSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Borghi 8 19 2.4 13 0
A. Gordon 6 -3 -0.5 7 0
Cal Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Brown Jr. 19 95 5.0 27 1
D. Modster 7 43 6.1 26 1

Receiving

WaSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Arconado 12 130 10.8 21 1
E. Winston Jr. 9 113 12.6 36 0
Cal Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Dancy 1 0 0.0 0 0
M. Polk 3 71 23.7 52 1

Fumbles

WaSt F FL
E. Winston Jr. 1 1

Returning

WaSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Harris 3 20.0 0 29 0 - 0 0
Cal KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Hawkins 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
A. Davis 0 - 0 0 1 14.0 0 14

Punting

WaSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. Draguicevich III 4 181 45.3 57
Cal Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Coutts 3 107 35.7 36

Takeaways

Cal Int Yds InTD
J. Hawkins 1 17 0

Team Stats Comparison

WaSt Cal
Points For 20 33
Total Yards 423 426
Rushing Yards 16 196
Passing Yards 407 230
Passing Completions / Attempts 45/58 16/24
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 23 19
Penalties - Yards 10/98 6/50
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 6/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/45 3/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WaSt Cal
Cal 0:45 TD Christopher Brown Jr. 27 yd run (blocked XP) 0 6
WaSt 0:45 RX George Hicks III returned XP 2 6
WaSt 11:26 FG Blake Mazza 30 yd FG 5 6
2nd Quarter WaSt Cal
Cal 0:07 TD Gavin Reinwald 9 yd pass from Devon Modster (Greg Thomas kick) 5 13
WaSt 14:15 TD Brandon Arconado 17 yd pass from Anthony Gordon (failed 2pt pass) 11 13
3rd Quarter WaSt Cal
Cal 4:46 TD Christopher Brown Jr. 13 yd pass from Devon Modster (Greg Thomas kick) 11 20
WaSt 11:33 FG Blake Mazza 35 yd FG 14 20
4th Quarter WaSt Cal
Cal 8:45 TD Makai Polk 52 yd pass from Devon Modster (failed 2pt pass) 14 26
Cal 12:34 TD Devon Modster 13 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 14 33
WaSt 14:55 TD Renard Bell 1 yd pass from Anthony Gordon (missed kick) 20 33

Game Information

Stadium: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
Attendance: 39,168
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