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Pac-10: California wakes up to rout Eastern Washington

Best rushes for 144 yards as the Golden Bears win, 52-7.

September 13, 2009|Associated Press

Jahvid Best rushed for 144 yards and scored two touchdowns to make sure No. 10 California avoided a letdown against Eastern Washington with a 59-7 victory Saturday at Berkeley.

Best caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Riley in the first half and scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter for the Golden Bears (2-0). Riley also ran for a touchdown and Shane Vereen had three short touchdown runs as Cal posted its second straight blowout to open the season.

"After the first half we were a little dissatisfied with ourselves and the way we had came out," said Vereen, whose team was tied, 7-7, with Eastern Washington after the first quarter. "So we really wanted to start fast in the third quarter and see where it took us. We definitely feel better about the second half. I think we came out with a little bit more focus and determination."

After starting off with a 52-13 victory over a Maryland team that handed the Bears their first loss last season, Cal remained focused against the Eagles, who play in the lower-division Football Championship Subdivision.

Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17 -- Riley Skinner scored on a one-yard keeper with two seconds left and the Demon Deacons (1-1) rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Cardinal (1-1) at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 for 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen for Stanford.

Washington 42, Idaho 23 -- The Huskies (1-1) ended the nation's longest losing streak at 15 with a solid win over the Vandals (1-1) at Seattle.

Using his arm far more than his feet, Huskies quarterback Jake Locker was 17 for 25 for 253 yards and three touchdowns.

Hawaii 38, Washington State 20 -- Greg Alexander threw for a career-high 453 yards and three touchdowns at Seattle and the Warriors (2-0) won a road game over a team from a BCS conference for the first time in seven tries.

The teams combined for 11 turnovers -- seven by the Cougars (0-2).

Arizona 34, Northern Arizona 17 -- Nic Grigsby ran for a career-high 207 yards and ripped off the second-longest run in school history, and the Wildcats (2-0) defeated the Lumberjacks (0-1) at Tucson.

Oregon State 23, Nevada Las Vegas 21 -- Kicker Justin Kahut converted a 33-yard field goal with seven seconds left to give the Beavers (2-0) a win over the Rebels (1-1).

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