Smooth and steady, the Washington State receiver caught a career-high 11 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown, hauling in a 17-yard pass from Anthony Gordon near the end of the first half that shaved Cal’s lead to two points. Arconado became the first WSU receiver since Vince Mayle with at least five 100-yard games in a season. Mayle had six 100-yard games in 2014.
Cal’s safety only recorded three tackles, but he had a hand in both of the Golden Bears’ turnovers. Hawkins intercepted Gordon on the first play from scrimmage, returning it 17 yards to set up a touchdown from the Golden Bears’ Christopher Brown Jr. Later on, Hawkins knocked the ball away from WSU’s Easop Winston Jr. on a screen pass, forcing a fumble that turned into another Cal score.
Cal’s backup quarterback, making his third start for the injured Chase Garbers, passed for three touchdowns for the first time in his career and sealed the game with a 52-yard scoring throw to freshman receiver Makai Polk and a 13-yard rushing touchdown inside the final three minutes. Modster, a former UCLA QB, finished 16-of-24 passing for 230 yards and a QB rating of 188.4. Coming into the game, he was just 35 of 76 for 380 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
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