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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.