SEATTLE — By the time Cal’s defense slowed down Washington running back Bishop Sankey on Saturday night, it was over at Husky Stadium.
Sankey rushed for 188 first-half yards and the Huskies handed the Golden Bears their 12th straight loss to a Football Bowl Subdivision team, 41-17.
Cal (1-7, 0-5 Pac-12) has not beaten an FBS foe since Oct. 13, 2012, and has dropped nine straight conference games.
The Bears haven’t held a lead in any game since their win over FCS opponent Portland State on Sept. 7.
Sankey, who powered UW’s 31-7 halftime lead, had a career-best 241 yards.
UW quarterback Keith Price threw touchdown passes of 68 and 47 yards to wide receiver Jaydon Mickens to flush the memory of a 53-24 loss at Arizona State the week before. Price, who threw for 376 yards against a Cal pass defense ranked last nationally, also scored on a 1-yard keeper in the third quarter.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who held off Zach Kline in a week-long battle to retain the starting job, was 32 for 54 for 336 yards and a touchdown before the Bears’ final possession. He did not commit a turnover.
The Bears’ reshuffled offensive line, including true freshman guard Chris Borrayo in his college debut, didn’t change things much. The Bears still struggled to run the ball, and Goff was heavily pressured much of the night.
The defense showed no progress, either. The Bears, allowing 44.4 points through seven games, surrendered at least 40 for the sixth time.
The Huskies (5-3, 2-3), coming off three straight defeats, made it look easy on their first possession of the game.
Pinned at their own 3-yard line, the Huskies went 97 yards in 11 plays to become the seventh Cal opponent in eight games to score a touchdown on its first possession of the game.
Cal punted on its first four possessions, getting just one first down in the process.
A 42-yard run by Sankey set up Travis Coons’ career-long 46-yard field goal before Price threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Mickens on a third-and-10 play, pushing the Huskies’ lead to 17-0 with 1:41 left in the opening quarter.
The Bears have been outscored 127-34 in the first quarter this season.
Cal got on the board with an impressive 13-play, 75-yard drive that spanned the first two quarters.
Goff converted three third-down passes and was 8 for 9 for 39 yards on the drive, including a 6-yard TD strike to Chris Harper that made it 17-7 with 12:48 left in the half.
Cal made noise to cut the margin further, but the threat was undone by a penalty.
Goff threw 49 yards to Harper from his own zone, giving Cal a first down at the UW 44.
Two plays later, running back Darren Ervin pitched the ball back to Bryce Treggs on a reverse, and the sophomore wideout weaved his way inside the Huskies’ 10. But an illegal block flag sent Cal back to its own 40-yard line, and three plays later the Bears punted.
— The Huskies held an extended halftime tribute to late coaching legend Don James, who died last Sunday at the age of 80.