It wasn't a pretty first quarter for either team. Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday was sacked once and intercepted twice before being pulled in favor of his backup Jeff Tuel. California quarterback Zach Maynard threw 1 interception himself, but managed to come out of the first quarter on top, 7-0.
When he was pulled, Halliday was 3-for-9 for 55 yards on top of those 2 interceptions. Tuel entered the game after the Cougars went down by 7 to Cal. At the end of the quarter Tuel had completed 2 of 4 passes for 18 yards and zero interceptions.
Maynard went 3-for-7 for 75 yards. 69 of the 75 yards are thanks to a pass to Keenan Allen for the night's only touchdown so far.
Cal and Washington State are both members of the Pac-12 North division. Cal scored its first conference victory last week with an upset victory over UCLA. WSU is still looking for its first Pac-12 win.