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Cal’s defense propels 12-10 upset over 15th ranked Huskies

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Evan Webster (89) and Cal’s defense was the story on Saturday, holding the 15th ranked Washington Huskies to just 13 first downs in the Bears 12-10 win at Memorial Stadium. Webster returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and the win improved the Bears record to 5-3.

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Riding the back of a strong defense that limited 15th ranked Washington to just 13 first downs and 250 yards of offense, Cal shocked the Huskies 12-10 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Saturday.

In a game where the two teams combined for just one offensive score, it was Cal linebacker Evan Webster’s 37 yard interception return for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the third quarter that proved decisive.

Webster’s interception came against redshirt freshman Jake Haener, taking over at quarterback in relief of fourth year starter Jake Browning who had been ineffective.

The Huskies drove 64 yards in 14 plays on their opening drive but sputtered offensively after that. After Browning hit Ty Jones in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass, the Huskies could only muster a single field goal offensively.

Washington (6-3, 4-2) entered the day with a half-game lead over No. 14 Washington State and No. 24 Stanford but fell to second place in the Pac-12 North in spite of their own strong defense, which limited the Golden Bears offense to a pair of field goals.

It was the first time that Cal (5-3, 2-3) has won without scoring an offensive touchdown since Sept. 26, 1998 when the Golden Bears topped Washington State 24-14.

Cal quarterback Chase Garbers was 16-23 for 153 yards, but was inconsistent in the red zone throughout the day. Running Back Patrick Laird had another solid game in the backfield, gaining 83 yards on 22 carries.

The Bears will next travel to Pullman to play against Washington State next Saturday. The Cougars (7-1, 4-1), the new leaders of the Pac-12 North, are likely to crack the Top 10 following their 41-38 win over Stanford in Palo Alto this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Huskies return to Seattle to host the Cardinal.

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