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California Puts an End to Streak

October 15, 2006|From the Associated Press

Marshawn Lynch and the California defense did away with the Martin Stadium jinx.

Playing with a sore ankle, Lynch ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Cal won in Pullman, Wash., for the first time in 27 years, beating Washington State, 21-3, on Saturday.

"I'd heard that we hadn't won here in 20-odd years," Lynch said. "It just feels good to come up here and get the victory."

Cal had lost nine straight games in Martin Stadium, dating to 1979.

"It's great to get a win here," Cal Coach Jeff Tedford said. "But you know, we weren't here that whole time. So, like I told the team: We had an opportunity today to erase a lot of past history and put our mark on Cal football."

California's high-scoring offense, which averaged 39.5 points a game, was overshadowed by the defense and special teams, which set up touchdowns with a blocked punt and an interception. The Golden Bears, 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference, also bottled up the Cougars' running game.

Playing a top-10 team for the third time this season, Washington State (4-3, 2-2) finished with 88 yards rushing, managing only three in the first half. In three trips inside the Cal 20, Washington State managed only a field goal and turned the ball over on downs twice.

Oregon State 27, Washington 17 -- Matt Moore threw for 308 yards and a touchdown to lead the Beavers (3-3, 1-2) over the Huskies (4-3, 2-2) at Seattle.

Moore completed 14 of 19, throwing short, safe passes in the first half, then picking apart Washington's porous secondary with downfield throws in the second half.

In last week's 13-6 loss to Washington State, Moore got into a shouting match with some of the home crowd after being booed. On Saturday, Moore was lauded by the orange-clad fans in attendance as he stomped and pumped his fists after Yvenson Bernard's three-yard touchdown run with 12:32 left gave Oregon State a 10-point lead.

Washington took a hit in the fourth quarter when quarterback Isaiah Stanback was helped off the field after injuring his right foot.

Arizona 20, Stanford 7 -- Chris Jennings and Chris Henry ran for first-quarter scores at Palo Alto, and the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) held the Cardinal (0-7, 0-4) to its worst offensive performance in school history.

Trent Edwards, Stanford's senior starting quarterback, played only one series before apparently injuring his foot while scrambling. Backup T.C. Ostrander was ineffective, and Stanford managed only 17 total yards in the first three quarters before finishing with 52, including minus-six yards rushing.

Stanford, which has lost nine straight games since last season, couldn't even come close to the previous worst offensive game in school history, when the Cardinal had 116 yards against Tulane in 1979.

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