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Turnovers Cost Cougars

September 27, 1998|From Associated Press

BERKELEY — It was not a good day for the Washington State Cougars.

California's Deltha O'Neal and Drae Harris returned interceptions for touchdowns and the Bears also scored on a fumble return for a 24-14 Pac-10 victory.

The Cougars (3-1, 0-1) had six turnovers.

Cal (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10), which has scored just three offensive touchdowns this season, got a 10-yard fumble return by Mawuko Tugbenyoh and a 42-yard field goal by Tim Wolleck.

Steve Birnbaum threw a 75-yard scoring pass to Leaford Hackett for Washington State and backup Paul Mencke had a 29-yard scoring toss to Jerry Roquemore. But the Cougars threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles.

"I think we handed it to them," Cougar Coach Mike Price said. "Our defense played great. The offense just gave them the ball. That's not the way any team can win any game."

Cal was held to 229 yards, only 79 on the ground, while the Cougars had 333 yards overall.

Cal's Justin Vedder was 15 for 23 for 150 yards.

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