Cal Falls To Washington In Final Game At Memorial Stadium

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College Football Pac-10 Bowl Projection Fall-Out: Cal Eliminated From Bowl Consideration

Today’s stunning and heart-breaking loss for the Cal Golden Bears officially eliminates them from any chance at a bowl appearance. Cal will finish 5-7 and miss out on a bowl game for the first time since 2002, when they finished 7-5. Nowadays 7-5 would get a bowl game, but that was not the case eight years ago.

Nobody in the Pac-10 clinched a bowl this weekend, but three teams are currently a game away from earning a bowl bid. Those three teams are the Washington Huskies, the Arizona State Sun Devils, and the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers chances are somewhere between slim and none because following today’s 38-0 beatdown at the hands of Stanford, the Beavers host the No. 1 Oregon Ducks, with a BCS national title appearance on the line for Oregon. Rivalries can bring out the best in teams, but this is going to be a tough one for Oregon State to pull out.

The Washington Huskies eliminated Cal from bowl consideration and are now just a win away from a bowl themselves. They travel to Pullman, Washington to face their rivals the Washington State Cougars in the annual Apple Cup. The Cougars are struggling this year and currently are 2-9. Of course, a win over Washington that eliminates them from bowl consideration would certainly add a nice shine to an ugly season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils improved to 5-6 while eliminating the UCLA Bruins from bowl consideration yesterday. ASU now gets to travel to Arizona and face the Wildcats in the “Territorial Cup,” which is also known as the Duel in the Desert. Arizona has locked up a bowl bid and will look to send its rivals packing early.

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Chris Polk Scores On Final Play, Lifts Washington Over California

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Polk found the end zone on a one-yard plunge as time expired to lift the Washington Huskies to a thrilling 16-13 victory over the California Golden Bears in a Pac-10 battle at Memorial Stadium.

Jake Locker threw for 237 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win for Washington (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10), while Polk added 86 yards on the ground to go with his decisive touchdown. D’Andre Goodwin caught five passes for 126 yards and a score as well for the Huskies, while Jermaine Kearse grabbed six balls for 77 yards.

Shane Vereen ran for 106 yards on 23 carries to lead the way for California (5-7, 3-6) in the losing effort. Brock Mansion had a rough day under center for the Golden Bears, completing 12-of-23 for just 92 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

The Golden Bears broke a scoreless game as time expired in the opening half, as Giorgio Tavecchio connected on a 53-yard field goal.

The Huskies earned a 7-3 lead early in the third quarter, as Locker found Brown with an 80-yard completion.

But the Golden Bears reclaimed the lead late in the frame, as Cal’s Cameron Jordan recovered a Locker fumble and returned the ball 21 yards for a touchdown.

A 37-yard Erik Folk field goal just minutes later tied the contest at 10 apiece.

The Golden Bears responded early in the fourth quarter with a 47-yard Tavecchio kick to earn a 13-10 lead.

However, the Huskies managed to put together a 10-play, 79-yard drive that lasted over four minutes and culminated in the game-clinching score.

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College Football Schedule, Scores, And Standings: Pac-10 Bowl Game Projection Implications

California hosts the Washington Huskies today in the final game before Memorial Stadium undergoes its long-awaited renovation. More important for the present is the fact that Cal MUST win this game to become eligible for a bowl game. If they beat Washington they go to a bowl game, if they lose to Washington they stay home over the holidays.

However, there is plenty of other pertinent action in the Pac-10 that would affect Cal’s bowl game prospects, assuming Cal wins today. Yesterday, Arizona State defeated UCLA 55-34, and today Stanford hosts Oregon State.

Yesterday’s matchup between the Sun Devils and the Bruins acted as a bowl elimination game. The two teams entered the game at 4-6, with six wins required for bowl game eligibility. Although the winner still would need another win, the loser would be officially ineligible for a bowl game. UCLA jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead before Arizona State blew back and took care of business, winning 55-34.

Arizona State will now square off with Arizona in their annual rivalry game. The Wildcats have clinched a bowl bid, but they need a win and a pair of Oregon State losses to lock up the number three position in the conference. OSU has the tie-breaker after beating Arizona earlier this year. Of course, with OSU facing Stanford this week and Oregon next week for bowl eligibility, getting a win in either game is going to be tough.

Oregon State has to win one of the final two games to get a bowl bid but Stanford and Oregon are going to be heavy favorites. If the Beavers were to win one of the two they would seemingly finish third in the Pac-10 based on tie-breakers. Of course, bowl games get the “choice” in who goes to their game, so it’s possible the higher bowl goes with Arizona given their better overall record. It really depends on who they think will travel better and bring better TV ratings.

We’ll be back tonight and tomorrow with some more bowl game projections.

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