The Bears opened the quarter with a punt, which Dante Pettis fielded and got wrung up immediately.
Lavon Coleman opened up UW's drive with a powerful run off tackle for 7 yards, but on a third down run Colin Tanigawa nearly launched the ball over Cyler Miles's head, and it threw the play off completely. UW punted to Cal, and covered it well, stopping the return in its tracks.
Danny Shelton got pressure on Jared Goff to force a throwaway, but Cal converted on the ensuing 3rd down just barely. After gaining 5 yards on their next two combined plays, Hau'oli Kikaha came unblocked into Goff's blind side, giving the ball back to the Huskies.
The Huskies struggled initially on their next drive, but Miles connected with Dante Pettis on 3rd and 7 to convert. Cal helped out the drive by lining up in the neutral zone on the next play, and Coleman powered through on 2nd down to keep the drive going. The Dawgs continued to ride Coleman across the 50 into Cal territory, and Dwayne Washington continued the trend as Cal simply could not stop the Husky backs. Deontae Cooper got into the action as well, and Miles joined in the fun on a scramble. The drive ended when Miles connected on a slant to DiAndre Campbell in the end zone to give UW a 3 touchdown lead at 21-0.
Travis Feeney dropped a sure pick-6 on Cal's opening play of the next drive, and kicked the ball out of frustration and gave the Bears 15 yards. The defense gave Cal another 15 on a PI two plays later. After another Hau'oli Kikaha sack and a delay of game on Cal the Bears had 4th and 22. They punted, pinning the Huskies at the 3 yard line.
The Huskies took over with just 2:12 left in the half. John Ross took a short pass 86 yards to the house -- as he does -- to put the Dawgs up 28-0.
With limited time in the half, Cal got the ball out to midfield to try for a hail mary, which Goff threw out of bounds.