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Cal's collapse continues

SEATTLE -- No Jake Locker meant more Louis Rankin for Washington.

And that caused more misery for free-falling Cal.

Rankin ran 21 times for 224 yards and a touchdown in less than three quarters as the Huskies shook off not having their dynamic quarterback and team leader to upset the Bears 37-23 on Saturday, Cal's fifth loss in six games.

Rankin's second 200-yard day in three weeks for Washington (4-7, 2-6 Pac-10) made moot an ineffective day for backup quarterback Carl Bonnell.

Locker, the exciting redshirt freshman who sprained his neck in a scary scene the previous week at Oregon State, apparently will return to start next week's Apple Cup against Washington State.

"Jake will be ready next week," offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said.

One week after USC rolled to 239 yards rushing against the Bears, Washington stomped on Cal for 334. Even Rankin's backup, freshman Brandon Johnson, gained 121 yards on 23 carries.

Justin Forsett ran for 141 yards for the Bears (6-5, 3-5), who got screamed at by coach Jeff Tedford in the locker room afterward.

"It's not hard to tell that we didn't deserve to win today," said Cal receiver Robert Jordan, who added his team currently lacks confidence. "What he's saying is right."

Since Oct. 13, Cal has dropped from No. 2 in the country with realistic hopes for the BCS title game to seventh in the Pac-10, clinging to one of the Pac-10's final spots in a minor bowl. This is Cal's worst stretch since it lost its first 10 games in 2001.

That got coach Tom Holmoe fired and brought Tedford to Berkeley.

"It's just baffling," quarterback Nate Longshore said of the losing, adding the Bears are merely "trying not to let the wheels fall completely off" before The Big Game at Stanford Dec. 1.

The target of intense criticism after completing less than 50 percent of his passes and committing three turnovers in last week's loss to USC, Longshore completed 20 of 28 throws for 236 yards with three first-half touchdowns and one interception Saturday.

After his tirade that echoed down hallways outside Cal's locker room, Tedford took the blame publicly.

"The responsibility has to fall somewhere and I'm not going to point the finger at the kids. I'll take the responsibility on my shoulders," Tedford said.

"Turnovers and mistakes are killing us, so we've got to find a way to stop that. And the only way I know how to stop that is to try and coach it better."


OREGON STATE 52, WASHINGTON STATE 17, at Pullman, Wash. -- Yvenson Bernard ran for two touchdowns and the Beavers (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10) came up with seven interceptions in a rout of the Cougars (4-7, 2-6).

No. 17 BOISE STATE 58, IDAHO 14, at Boise, Idaho -- Taylor Tharp and the Broncos (10-1 Western Athletic Conference) broke open a close game with 41 unanswered points, helping Boise State beat the Vandals (1-10, 0-7) for the ninth time in a row. Tharp was 22-of-31 for 282 yards and four TDs before leaving early in the fourth quarter.

LOUISIANA TECH 27, SAN JOSE STATE 23, at Ruston, La. -- Zac Champion threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter and Danny Horwedel added two field goals and all three extra points as the Bulldogs (5-6, 4-3 WAC) beat the Spartans (4-7, 3-4 ) .

UC DAVIS 49, SAN DIEGO 46, at Davis -- Brandon Rice caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Matt Engle with 9 seconds remaining to cap a wild final minute as the Aggies (5-6) beat the Toreros (9-2). Engle passed for 409 yards and three touchdowns.

Beyer High graduate Emmanuel Benjamin was 7 for 7 on point-after attempts for UC Davis.

SACRAMENTO STATE 41, IDAHO STATE 30, at Sacramento -- Freshman running back Bryan Hilliard rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hornets (3-8, 3-5 Big Sky) to a victory over the Bengals (2-9, 2-6).

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