California at Washington State

California 20, Washington St. 13

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -Shane Vereen ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and up-and-down California snapped a six-game road losing streak that dated to last season with a 20-13 win over Washington State on Saturday.

The Bears (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10) were playing without quarterback Kevin Riley, who injured his knee in a game against Oregon State last week.

Brock Mansion started in his place, completing 12 of 24 passes for 174 yards while throwing two interceptions against a WSU (1-9, 0-7) defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the conference in nearly every defensive statistic.

But a staunch defensive effort by Cal, which had lost its previous four road games this season by a combined score of 145-61, bailed out the Bears' ineffective offense against a Cougar team that has now lost 16 consecutive conference games.

Vereen also scored Cal's first touchdown, a 2-yard rushing score that was the end result of a 95-yard Cal drive early in the second quarter.

Washington State managed a 10-7 lead at halftime thanks to a 51-yard field goal by Andrew Furney, the Cougars' first halftime lead in a Pac-10 game since 2007.

Cal responded early in the third, though, as Jeremy Ross took a fly sweep 27 yards for a touchdown with 11:17 left in the third quarter to give the Bears the lead for good.

The score followed a 27-yard pass from Mansion to receiver Marvin Jones, who used a one-handed catch to steal an interception from WSU safety Deone Bucannon.

Another Furney field goal cut the Cal lead to 14-13 with 1:24 remaining in the third, but the Bears extended the lead to seven with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive capped by Vereen's 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Bears a 20-13 lead - the PAT was blocked - with 5:29 to play.

The Cougars had two chances to drive down the field and tie the game after Cal's final touchdown, but both series resulted in three-and-outs and the Bears were able to run out the clock.

Those last-ditch attempts by the Cougars were typical of their offensive performance all day. WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel finished just 9 of 25 for 92 yards, and was sacked six times by a California defense that held the Cougars to 194 yards of total offense, and just 60 in the second half.

Jones caught four passes for 101 yards.

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Scoring Summary
WASTLogwone Mitz 10 yd run (Andrew Furney kick)
CAShane Vereen 2 yd run (Giorgio Tavecchio kick)
WASTAndrew Furney 51 yd FG
CAJeremy Ross 27 yd run (Giorgio Tavecchio kick)
WASTAndrew Furney 48 yd FG
CAShane Vereen 1 yd run (blocked XP)
 
Team Stats
 CAWAST
First Downs2010
Third Down Efficiency3-105-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-1
Plays-Net Yards66-38359-194
Rushes-Yds42-21234-102
Passing Yds17192
Kick Return Yds7840
Punt Return Yds1533
Passes12-24-29-25-0
Punts5-2388-388
Fumbles-Lost1-01-0
Penalties-Yds5-388-60
Time of Poss.32:927:51
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
CA: Shane Vereen 25-112, Isi Sofele 7-48, Jeremy Ross 1-27, Brock Mansion 5-25, Marvin Jones 1-8, Team 3--8
WAST: Logwone Mitz 11-54, Jeff Tuel 18-34, Chantz Staden 3-11, Marcus Richmond 2-3
PASSING
CA: Brock Mansion 12-24-171-2
WAST: Jeff Tuel 9-25-92-0
RECEIVING
CA: Marvin Jones 4-101, Jeremy Ross 3-45, Michael Calvin 2-7, Spencer Ladner 1-8, Shane Vereen 1-7, Anthony Miller 1-3
WAST: Marquess Wilson 4-50, Gino Simone 2-14, Isiah Barton 1-13, Marcus Richmond 1-8, Jared Karstetter 1-7