Washington at Cal

Washington Huskies running back Chris Polk tries to get outside of the Cal defense. © Matt Cohen 2010

The Washington Huskies came to Berkeley to fight Cal for the last Pac-10
bowl opening. It was the last home game for the Cal seniors, and the last
game at Memorial Stadium for almost two years due to renovation and
seismic retrofitting. The threatening weather and Cal's extremely
disappointing season kept the stadium about half full and enthusiasm down.

Cal's defense came out swarming, here ganging up on Polk. Note Cal linebacker
D.J. Holt's helmet flying off in the middle of the play.
© Matt Cohen 2010

In their first couple of games, Cal's true freshman receiver/returner Keenan
Allen looked like a Heisman contender, running back kicks and catching
long passes for spectacular touchdowns, but as the season went on, either
defenses adjusted or Allen took a backseat in the playbook because his
big-play numbers took a hit. Against Washington, the tide seemed to turn
back a bit, as Allen took snaps in the wildcat, caught several passes and
took the ball on a reverse or two. On this play, he ran a quick crossing route
for a first down. Somehow, just enough lineman fell over to allow me a clear
© Matt Cohen 2010

Cal's workhorse back Shane Vereen had a solid season behind a line that
wasn't as good as he was. He picked up another 100-yard+ game against
Washington, but got caught behind the line a few times.

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Cal cornerback Marc Anthony picked off this pass
intended for Washington wide receiver Jermaine Kearse in the end zone for
a touchback...

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...and then celebrated with teammate Darian Hagan

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Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio bounced back from his disastrous game against
Oregon, sticking field goals from 53 and 47 yards.

© Matt Cohen 2010

Early in the third quarter, California linebacker Michael Mohamed and
defensive tackle Cameron Jordan closed in on Washington quarterback
Jake Locker...

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...Mohamed then knocked the ball out of Locker's hands... © Matt Cohen 2010

...and then Jordan picked it up and rumbled 21 yards for a touchdown. © Matt Cohen 2010

With Cal trying to put the game away, Washington cornerback Quinton
Richardson uses his face mask to break up a pass intended for Cal wide
receiver Marvin Jones.

© Matt Cohen 2010

Behind 13-10 with time running out and the rain and hail coming down,
Locker led an impressive drive, carrying the ball himself on many plays.
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Cal head coach Jeff Tedford takes a look at the clock with Washington at the
Cal 1-yard line.
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Cal managed to hold on second and third down. Then in a really gutsy
move, Washington went for the win rather than settling for a tying field
goal. Polk found a seam and then the end zone as time expired.
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Cue the celebration... © Matt Cohen 2010

...and the dogpile © Matt Cohen 2010

After the game, some of the regulars got together for a picture in the
luxurious photo work tunnel. (L-R) Jose Carlos Fajardo, Matt Cohen, Leif
Iversen, Lance Iversen, Kyle Terada, Kenneth Wong, Michael Pimentel,
Marcio Sanchez, and Doug Duran.

© Kyle Tereda 2010

Next year Cal plays their home games at AT&T Park in San Francisco, which
depending on how they configure the field, will be either awesome or a total