Regular Season Ends in Blowout Loss for Cal

Photo: <b>Cal tailback Shane Vereen</b> gets wrapped up by two Washington defenders on Saturday at Husky Stadium. He finished with 92 yards in the loss.
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Cal tailback Shane Vereen gets wrapped up by two Washington defenders on Saturday at Husky Stadium. He finished with 92 yards in the loss.

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Photo: <b>Bears defensive lineman Tyson Alualu</b> hangs his head during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 42-10 loss to Washington. The senior recorded eight tackles.   Photo: <b>Huskies quarterback Jake Locker</b> maneuvers in the backfield on Saturday at Husky Stadium. The junior had three passing touchdowns and two more on the ground.   

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SEATTLE -- The Cal football team expected Jake Locker to have a big game, but it didn't think the Washington quarterback couldn't be stopped.

The Bears expected a tough game from the Huskies, but they didn't envision their regular season ending in a 42-10 defeat at Husky Stadium.

So much for expectations.

Although the Huskies are not bowl-eligible, they shattered Cal's hopes of a 10-win season on Saturday.

"They played better than we did," coach Jeff Tedford said. "It had nothing to do with Stanford, it had nothing to do with the bye week. We came in here with high expectations, and they beat us."

The Bears (8-4, 5-4 in the Pac-10) will find out their postseason itinerary on Sunday, but they will likely play in the Pointsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23.

Their conference slate -- which began with a 42-3 disaster against Oregon -- ended the same way it started, as a blowout loss to Washington (5-7, 4-5) followed lofty expectations by fans and team members alike.

Cal had no answers for Locker, who amassed 248 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air while completing 82.6 percent of his passes. He also had 77 yards and two scores on the ground.

The stadium rocked with chants of "One more year, one more year!" as the junior -- who might leave the Huskies to turn pro in either football or baseball -- orchestrated the offense in the fourth quarter.

The game was effectively over.

"We expected to come in and win," Bears linebacker Mike Mohamed said. "Our defense was just too porous."

Their offense was just too stagnant, as Cal managed only three points -- a 29-yard field goal by Vince D'Amato -- in the first half. Even after wideout Nyan Boateng caught quarterback Kevin Riley's pass and found his way into the end zone in the third quarter, the Bears were trailing by 18.

"I didn't think it was gonna happen like that," Riley said.

Cal tailback Shane Vereen, who reeled off a 50-yard run on his team's second possession to set up D'Amato's field goal, wasn't as effective as he had been in games against Arizona and Stanford. He finished with 92 yards on 16 carries.

"I don't think they brought anything that we didn't expect, that we weren't ready for," Vereen said. "I think at times they just wanted it more.

"We were looking forward to the bowl game and not worrying about Washington."

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