PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Cameron Ward threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns as Washington State beat California 28-9 on Saturday, though Ward was twice intercepted in the end zone.
Renard Bell caught eight passes for 115 yards and one touchdown for Washington State (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12), who played four of their first five home games.
Jack Plummer completed 23 of 33 passes for 273 yards for California (3-2, 1-1) in a big win over Arizona.
Both teams scored over 40 points last weekend, but points were close for most of this game.
After a scoreless first quarter, Washington State got a 34-yard punt return from Robert Ferrel coupled with a personal foul on the Bears to start a drive down the Cal 20-yard line. Jaylen Jenkins ran the ball in from the 2 for a 7-0 lead.
Cal drove to the WSU 24 but had to settle for a 42-yard field goal from Dario Longhetto to go 7-3.
On WSU’s next drive, Ward was intercepted in the end zone by Cal Safety Daniel Scott. The Golden Bears moved into midfield, but Plummer was fired on back-to-back games and they had to punt.
Washington State maintained a 7-3 lead at halftime in a defensive struggle, with each team barely averaging 100 yards of offense.
Washington State had the first drive of the second half, and Ward quickly connected with Bell on a 47-yard completion for the Cal 17. Ferrel caught a 17-yard touchdown pass barely a minute into the half and went on 14: 3 in the lead.
Cal went three-and-out and Washington State advanced to the Bears’ 21-yard line. But a crawling Ward was intercepted again in the end zone, this time by Craig Woodson to end the drive.
Jaydn Ott hit a 2-yard run for California early in the fourth quarter, a touchdown set up by receptions of 30 and 49 yards from Jeremiah Hunter. The 2-point conversion pass failed and Washington State led 14-9.
Ward threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Bell four games later to give the Cougars a 21-9 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
With six minutes remaining, Ward added another touchdown pass to Billy Riviere.
Ott, who rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns against Arizona last week, was held at 69 yards on Saturday.
Washington State: The Cougars’ defense appears to have recovered from a collapse that allowed Oregon to score three quick touchdowns in the closing minutes of the Ducks’ 44-41 win last week.
California: The Golden Bears took a step back after beating Arizona 49-31 last weekend.
Washington State: The Cougars play No. 6 Southern California next Saturday in their toughest challenge of the season.
California: The Bears bid farewell next weekend before playing in Colorado on October 15.
https://www.king5.com/article/sports/ward-throws-3-tds-as-washington-state-beats-cal-28-9/281-723f260d-84e1-47b4-b668-08b39fd6c947 Ward throws 3 TDs as Washington State beats Cal 28-9