Washington Huskies fend off Cal Bears for 31-24 overtime win




Sean McGrew scored his second touchdown of the game in overtime, the Washington defense forced Californian Damien Moore to fumble at the 1-yard line and the Huskies escaped with a 31-24 victory over the Golden Bears on Saturday night.

The opening of the Pac-12 conference ended after Washington linebacker Jackson Sirmon and defensive back Cameron Williams converged on Moore before he reached the goal line. Moore was hit hard, the ball freed, and Ryan Bowman leaped onto the loose ball, triggering a savage celebration that was briefly muted as the fumble was confirmed by a video replay.

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McGrew scored on a 5-yard run in the first half and his 2-yard overtime run put the Huskies ahead (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12). California (1-3, 0-1) looked set to force a second OT, leading with ease to Washington 2 before Moore’s turnaround.

Washington’s Dylan Morris threw a pair of first-half touchdowns, but the Huskies will lament the game was never extended. They were leading 21-10 at halftime and ruined several second-half opportunities to extend their lead, giving the Golden Bears a chance to rally.

California quarterback Chase Garbers was excellent in the second half, making only one mistake when he was intercepted by Kyler Gordon for the second time early in the fourth quarter. Washington failed to capitalize on turnover and Garbers’ 7-yard run with 2:51 to go tied the game at 24.

Garbers had 30 of 41 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 71 more rushing yards. Moore ran for 67 yards and hit a 26 yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.

Washington twice missed the opportunity to extend the lead with a fumble and a miss in the start of the fourth quarter, and Garbers did a late practice to tie the Bears back.

Garbers hit Jeremiah Hunter for 19 yards to convert a third down and scrambled 23 yards on another third to reach the Washington 11.

And in the final third of the race, Garbers entered the end zone on a keeper designed to tie the game at 24 with 2:51 to go.

Morris threw 19-yard touchdown passes to Taj Davis and 6-yard touchdown passes to Jalen McMillan in an impressive first half. After defeating three goals in his first possession, Washington scored touchdowns in his next three halftime possessions, capped by McGrew’s first TD.


Washington was without three key starters. Tight end Cade Otton was on COVID-19 protocols and unable to play. Cornerback Trent McDuffie was out after appearing to have injured his leg last week against Arkansas State. Tight end Jack Westover was also absent with an apparent injury.

Take it away

California: The Golden Bears had been outscored 53-37 in the second half in their first three games, so allowing just three runs into overtime was a significant improvement.

Washington: Gordon will be near the top of the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week list. In addition to the first two interceptions of his career, Gordon made a formidable tackle from Moore on the fourth and -2 early in the fourth quarter.


California: Host Washington State next Saturday.

Washington: In the state of Oregon next Saturday.



The Washington Huskies (1-2) football team finally came out on top last week, but now the question is whether or not they can beat a capable opponent. We’ll know when UW hosts the California Golden Bears (1-2) who have had an equally slow start to the college football season when these teams meet in Week 4. This game kicks off Saturday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET from the Husky Stadium with a live television broadcast on the Pac-12 network.

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Follow the latest live updates, including the latest game scores and stats, as well as video highlights and more provided above. The punters have the Huskies as slight favorites in this one.

Last line / betting odds:

Moneyline: UW -325 | CAL +250

Broadcast: UW -7.5 | CAL +7.5

WHERE: 47.5


What: The Washington Huskies take on the California Golden Bears as the Pac-12 Conference game opens in Week 4 of the 2021 college football season.

When: Saturday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET

Or: Husky Stadium | Seattle, Washington

TV channel: Pac-12 network

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Tim Brown, The Oregonian / OregonLive | @timfs brown

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