WSU surrendered 411 total yards on Saturday, and the Cougars were unable to score until the fourth quarter as they fell to California 30-7.
The loss drops the Cougars to 3-6 with a 1-5 record in the Pac-12, as California improved to 5-4, 2-4, putting them only one victory away from bowl eligibility.
California’s starting quarterback Zach Maynard paced the Golden Bear offense as he completed 10 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown before leaving the game with an injury.
California’s offense was led by its rushing attack as starting running back Isi Sofele ran through the Cougars. He finished the day with 138 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown.
After the Cougars’ first drive netted -10 yards, California’s offense came onto the field and drove 66 yards on six plays before Maynard found Anthony Miller for a 19-yard touchdown.
After three straight WSU drives ending with a punt, the Golden Bears scored on their third drive of the game with a one-yard run by Sofele.
The Cougars were unable to get anything going on offense during the game as redshirt senior Marshall Lobbestael was under fire from the opposing defense.
He finished the game 15 of 37 for 155 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns.
California pushed the lead to 20-0 after C.J. Anderson joined the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.
California kicker Giorgio Tavecchio extended the Golden Bear lead to 23-0 after he nailed a 43-yard field goal to end the first half.
In the first half, WSU mustered only 39 yards of total offense. They were forced to punt on six of their seven drives in the half and the other drive ended in a turnover on downs.
California finished their scoring early in the third quarter as senior Will Kapp scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 43-yard touchdown scamper on a fourth-and-1.
The Cougars looked to put points on the board in the third quarter after driving 46 yards but kicker Andrew Furney missed a 27-yard attempt.
The Cougars special teams also had a snap go above holder Dan Wagner’s head earlier in the game, which resulted in a 28-yard loss and a turnover on downs.
WSU finally got points on the board with 13:38 left to play as redshirt freshman Rickey Galvin ran the ball in from five yards out to finish the game 30-7.
The Bears have now won their seventh straight against WSU, while outscoring the Cougars 248-98 during that span.
Sophomore receiver Marquess Wilson was the lone bright spot for the Cougars as he racked up 85 yards on seven catches. Wilson is 26 yards away from posting his second straight 1,000-yard season.
The Cougs will host No. 19 Arizona State next weekend for Dad’s Weekend.