Cal Safety Stefan McClure Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

For the second week in a row, Cal has scored the top defensive honor in the Pac-12 ...

After a 34-28 win over Washington State on Saturday, California scored its second straight Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, with senior safety Stefan McClure following up Kyle Kragen's 1.5-sack, 6-tackle performance against Washington with a standout outing of his own.

McClure's third-quarter scoop-and-score off of a forced fumble by Darius Allensworth helped spur the Bears to a win, and was one of two forced Cougar turnovers by the Bears. That play was the first time since the 2011 season opener that Cal has returned a fumble for a touchdown.

After McClure's 45-yard return with 12:46 left in the third, Washington State would score just once more, as the Bears finished the game with 14 unanswered points. A third-quarter sack by McClure -- the first of his career -- also ensured that the Cougars stayed off the board, as the third-down hit moved Washington State back nine yards to attempt a 40-yard field goal. That try -- which would have increased the Cougars' led to 31-20 -- missed.

The senior safety -- who has endured two season-ending knee injuries in his career -- finished the game with six total tackles, 1.0 sack (9 yards), the fumble recovery and one pass breakup.


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