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Washington Defeats Cal 21-13 in Pac-12 Clash

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Bishop Sankey #25 of the Washington Huskies runs with the ball against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 2, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Darin PikeContributor INovember 3, 2012

The Washington Huskies visited the California Golden Bears in a battle that both teams needed to win to help establish their potential bowl qualifications. The Huskies secured a 21-13 win, officially eliminating Cal from the postseason.

The Huskies have been inconsistent this season, primarily on the road. But they overcame their mistakes and scored a game-securing touchdown with just over four minutes remaining.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins made a big play before Bishop Sankey scored his second touchdown on the game.

BIG catch by Seferian-Jenkins on a long jump ball. Huskies have it 1st and goal at the Bears' 9. #UWvsCal

UW Football (@UW_Football) November 3, 2012

Sankey finished the day with 189 yards on 29 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

The story early was a pair of turnovers for each team. The offenses were moving the ball well, but Cal lost points on their opening two drives with fumbles deep in Washington territory.

The Huskies drove 79 yards for a touchdown after recovering the first fumble. Their other two early drives resulted in turning the ball over on downs when they couldn't convert on 4th-and-1 attempts.

The Bears seemed to make one acrobatic catch after another in the opening half. There may have been only one football game on the night, but it wouldn't be hard to create an impressive college football top-10 playlist for Friday night.

Then again, the game also lent itself to creating a not-so-top-10 list, as play turned ugly over the final 30 minutes.

There was a total of eight turnovers in the game, plus the aforementioned two turnovers on downs.

Four straight drives, consisting of 11 plays, ended in turnovers. Washington broke the streak by scoring the final touchdown.

It was a gutsy second half for Seferian-Jenkins, as he was playing a bit hobbled. He also scored the go-ahead touchdown near the end of the third quarter.

UW's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, with 150 yds. receiving tonight, now has 1,166 career rec. yds., most ever by a UW tight end. #UWvsCal

UW Football (@UW_Football) November 3, 2012

Washington (5-4) finishes off with three games it should be able to win. It hosts Utah next week before travelling to Colorado and Washington State, the bottom two teams in the Pac-12.

The Huskies could realistically end up at 8-4 and capture a quality bowl bid.

Cal (3-7) finishes with Oregon and Oregon State.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.

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