PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougs suffered their worst loss in school history as new WSU football coach Paul Wulff made his home debut against California. From the first snap, things turned sour in a hurry for the Cougs.
On the first play from the line of scrimmage University of California rookie Jahvid Best carried the ball 80 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-0.
Not much later Cal's Kevin Riley caught a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 after just a minute-and-a half. Later in the half Nico Grasu had a field goal blocked and Cal's Zack Follett would return that 65-yards for a touchdown making the score 28-3.
Things still weren't looking good for the Cougs as they went into halftime trailing 42-3. Things never really in the second half.
The Cougs came into the game looking to show improvement after last week's loss in Seattle and the Bears were coming off a big win over Michigan State.
Washington State had won its past seven home openers in Pullman, but they hadn't faced a squad as quick and skilled as California.