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Washington State takes 21-13 lead at intermission over California

WASHINGTON STATE used two unexpected tools in its proverbial belt in the first half today to build a 21-13 lead over No. 24-ranked and heavily favored Cal. The Cougs deployed a timely running game -- including a bulldozing 7-yard TD run by Gerard Wicks (above) -- and a bruising effort by its front seven to go up 21-7 before the Bears closed to within eight late in the half.

Cougar quarterback Luke Falk was nearly seamless on third-down conversions and completed 14 of 20 passes for 170 yards, no interceptions and one TD -- a 4-yard aerial to River Cracaft late in the first quarter to being the scoring for both sides.

The Cougar defense set the tone with an early interception of Cal quarterback Jared Goff and the front seven later held the Bears for no gain on two fourth-down conversion attempts.


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