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Cal vs. Washington: Bears fall to 3-7 with 21-13 loss

The California Golden Bears lost to Washington 21-13 on Friday. With the loss, Cal fell to 3-7 on the season, sealing its second losing season in the last three years.

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Pac-12 power rankings: Stanford 3rd, Cal 10th

The Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears are going in opposite directions in 2012.

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Questionable tackle in Zach Maynard injury - VIDEO

The Washington Huskies posted a win over the California Golden Bears on Friday night, something Cal might have avoided if starting quarterback Zach Maynard was able to play the entire game. Instead, backup junior Allan Bridgford entered after Maynard went down with a knee injury. Video of the play shows a tackle that, at the very least, could be called questionable:

As the video shows, Danny Shelton wraps up Maynard's leg and rolls over, applying shear force to the knee that took Maynard out of the game. Given that the quarterback's leg was under him to start with, it's hard to think that Shelton didn't think Maynard was down, and so it's hard to see the action as anything other than Shelton grabbing on and wrenching Maynard's knee around.

This is not to say that Shelton set out to injure Maynard. No one can really say that except Shelton. But he did grab on and not let go, beyond a point where it would have been reasonable to do so. That's not something that should be part of the game, and I think UW and Cal fans can come together in hoping that Maynard isn't seriously hurt.

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Are there any bright spots in Cal's loss to UW?

The California Golden Bears posted their fourth consecutive loss against the University of Washington Huskies in a game where neither team looked particularly good. The two teams combined for eight turnovers and 168 penalty yards. In the end, Washington had 14 unanswered points in the final 18 minutes, guaranteeing the 3-7 Cal a losing season, just their second of the Jeff Tedford era.

SB Nation's Cal Blog California Golden Blogs has a detailed recap of the game, and they managed to find a silver lining in Cal's performance:

The game was not without some bright moments for the Bears. With fellow wide receivers Keenan Allen and Bryce Treggs out with injuries, freshman Chris Harper stepped up his game perhaps more than could have been reasonably expected. Harper caught seven passes for 101 yards and scored Cal's only touchdown of the game on a reverse. Both Harper and fellow freshman Darius Powe Jr. made incredible catches that are worthy of making an ESPN SportsCenter top 10 list. C.J. Anderson rumbled for 160 yards on 22 carries and had a career-long 64-yard run.

Despite those optimistic thoughts, they note that the 2012 season is likely to get worse:

Cal has dropped three straight and has seen its season spiral toward a crash-and-burn. It can only get worse, with Oregon coming to Berkeley next Saturday, they of the high-powered offense that can hang half a hundred on people without much of a sweat. With Cal already depleted and/or hobbled with injuries to key players such as Allen, Maynard, Bryce Treggs, Matt Summers-Gavin (who left Friday's game in the third quarter), and Kendrick Payne (who did not play Friday), the prospect of facing the Ducks is all the more daunting, with the potential for embarrassment high.

Cal's final two opponents are currently a combined 14-1, and stand a good shot at entering their games against Cal 17-1. The Oregon State Beavers don't have the fearsome offense that Oregon does, but their defense is only allowing 17 points per game. The Ducks defense is no slouch, allowing 19.4 ppg.

The full post has a lot more, so head over to California Golden Blogs and check it out by clicking here.

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Huskies hang on for 21-13 win against California

The Washington Huskies improved to 5-4 on the season with a 21-13 win against the California Golden Bears Friday night.

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Zach Maynard leaves in 4th quarter with an injury

California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Maynard left Friday's game against Washington with an apparent knee injury.

Maynard appeared to injure his knee during a designed quarterback run on the first play of Cal's final fourth quarter drive. Maynard gained one yard before being tackled by two Huskies. He appeared to twist his knee as he went down. He stayed down on the field for several minutes while being attended to by trainers. Maynard was eventually helped off the field before being carted back to the locker room.

He did not return to the game and was replaced by Allan Bridgford. Before leaving, Maynard completed 15 of 29 passes in the game for 175 yards. He did not throw a touchdown and was intercepted once. Bridgford replaced Maynard for the final drive and completed 2 of 7 passes for 26 yards.

The extent of the injury is still unknown, although any kind of serious injury would likely keep Maynard out of the final two games of the season.

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Washington scores late TD in 3rd, leads 14-13

Two long drives in the third quarter resulted in field goals by Cal Golden Bears kicker Vincenzo D'Amatoa and kept the game against the Washington Huskies within reach as Washington leads after three quarters, 14-13 at California Memorial Stadium.

The first made kick came from 23 yards and was following a seven-play, 65-yard drive that took three minutes, 20 seconds to complete. The second from 21 yards was the result of an exceptionally long 16-play, 90-yard drive that Cal failed to capitalize on with a touchdown and had to settle for three points instead.

The two field goals gave Cal a 13-7 lead through most of the quarter, but it was a 29-yard touchdown from Huskies quarterback Keith Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins that put Washington back on top with just 41 seconds left in the quarter.

Cal quarterback Zach Maynard completed 14 for 27 passes for 159 yards and zero touchdowns and interceptions in the contest through three. The Golden Bears' lone TD came on a 14-yard run from freshman wide receiver Chris Harper.

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Cal tied with Washington 7-7 at halftime

The California Golden Bears came out a bit sloppy against the Washington Huskies on Friday night, but a second quarter touchdown tied the game at 7-7. That score held through the first 30 minutes of play as the Bears' defense halted multiple UW drives late.

Bishop Sankey scored for UW early in the first quarter with a four-yard rush up the middle. Sankey has been the star for Washington so far, rushing for 124 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Keith Price has not been as good, going 10-for-20 for 138 passing yards and an interception. The interception came in the closing seconds of the second quarter at the 10-yard line which took away at least three points from the Huskies.

Chris Harper tied the game for Cal with a 14-yard touchdown run with 2:46 left in the half. That has been Harper's lone carry of the game. Zach Maynard has been solid albeit unspectacular, completing 12 of his 20 pass attempts for 146 yards. Most importantly, he has not turned the ball over.

The second half is about to begin on ESPN2. A win for the Bears would keep their hopes of a bowl game alive.

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Cal Bears trail Washington 7-0 after 1st quarter

The California Golden Bears are looking to salvage something from what has been a disappointing season in 2012. In front of a national audience on Friday night, they trail the Washington Huskies by a score of 7-0 after one quarter of play.

UW took their lead midway through the quarter with a four-yard touchdown rush from tailback Bishop Sankey. The sophomore has already carried the ball 13 times for 95 yards, and the Bears are yet to really slow him down. Washington quarterback Keith Price has struggled so far, going just 4-for-11 for 59 pass yards.

A costly fumble near the red zone halted what looked to be a promising drive for California five minutes into the game. Zach Maynard has completed five of his eight pass attempts for 89 yards. Chris Harper has been the star for the Bears offense, hauling in three passes for 75 yards.

The second quarter is about to begin. Washington currently has the ball and is threatening to score again.

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Washington Vs. Cal 2012: Game time, odds and more

Having lost two straight games, California will attempt to get back into the win column against Washington on Friday.

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Cal fans lack optimism against Washington

The California Golden Bear fans don't think there is a shot that Jeff Tedford's team topples the Washington Huskies.

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Cal favored by four vs. Washington at home

Despite the Cal Golden Bears' disappointing 2012 season, they remain four-point favorites to defeat the Washington Huskies at home on Friday night.

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Keenan Allen misses practice with apparent injury

Cal stand-out wide receiver Keenan Allen could miss this week's game against Washington.

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