The junior defensive tackle scored two sacks on Cal quarterback Ross Bowers and finished with three tackles. Mata’afa was tied for the Pac-12 lead in sacks coming into the game and now has 6.5 this season.
The passing game wasn’t effective at all, but the sophomore outside receiver still led all pass-catchers with six receptions for 59 yards and had a long reception of 19 yards.
It was a rare game without any extra-point attempts for the senior kicker and Powell wasn’t perfect, but he was the only Cougar who scored in Friday’s game. Early in the second quarter, he matched his career-long with a 52-yarder to put WSU on the board.