The Washington State Cougars trail early against the Cal Golden Bears. After an offense-absent quarter by the Cougars, Washington State finds itself down 13-0.
The Cougars received the game's opening kickoff but couldn't generate enough offense to get a first down on their first possession. The Golden Bears responded by taking the ball 66 yards down the field for a score, led by quarterback Zach Maynard and running back Isi Sofele. Maynard ended the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller.
The two teams struggled to generate offense for much of the rest of the quarter. Both the Cougars and the Golden Bears went three-and-out on the following two possessions and neither team got close to scoring until Cal threatened again with less than six minutes left in the quarter.
A 29-yard pass by Maynard set Cal up on Washington State's two-yard line, and Sofele ran in a one-yard score two plays later. Gior Tavecchio had his extra point attempt blocked and Cal came away with a 13-0 advantage.
The Cougars find themselves facing a significant deficit after the game's opening 15 minutes and need to generate some offense in the second quarter. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael has only four passing yards and will need to find his receivers in order to mount a comeback.