Saturday, November 27, 2010
Final: Washington 16, California 13
By Ted Miller
The Apple Cup now has meaning, particularly for Washington, which can earn its first bowl berth since 2002 if it wins at Washington State next weekend.
The Huskies scored on the final play of the game -- a 1-yard run from Chris Polk -- to beat California 16-13.
Washington (5-6) has now won two in a row after suffering three blowout defeats. Cal finishes 5-7 after losing four of its final five games.
Expect there to be some soul-searching in Berkeley this offseason. The Bears' streak of seven consecutive bowl games is over.
Huskies quarterback Jake Locker completed 17-for-27 for 237 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown pass. He set up the winning score with a 46-yard connection to Jermaine Kearse. A supremely frustrating year for Locker could be in some part redeemed by the Huskies reaching a bowl game.
Cal had only 283 total yards. Its offense was running back Shane Vereen and little else. Vereen gained 106 yards on 23 carries.