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Washington rolls over California, 31-7

Washington rolls over California, 31-7
Washington receiver Dante Pettis carries the ball during the Huskies' win over California on Saturday. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Cyler Miles threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, Shaq Thompson returned a fumble 100 yards for a score and Washington overwhelmed California, 31-7, on Saturday.

The Huskies (5-1, 1-1 Pac-12) forced five fumbles, recovering three of them, and sacked Jared Goff four times to quiet the country's second-highest scoring offense. Washington went ahead 28-0 at the half to bury the Golden Bears (4-2, 2-2).

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Miles threw touchdown passes of 86, 25 and 11 yards. He completed 22 of 29 passes, and the Huskies ran for 111 yards behind Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington to spoil Cal's homecoming. Goff, who had three fumbles, threw for 304 yards. He completed 35 of 51 passes but was limited to mostly short and intermediate throws because of Washington's pressure.

The Bears entered the game leading the Pac-12 in scoring and ranked second in the country with an average of 50 points per game. They had scored at least 50 points in their last two games and three times this season, including a 60-59 win at Washington State last week.

Miles moved Washington's offense with relative ease, at times, taking advantaging of a Cal team missing three starters — defensive end Brennan Scarlett (knee) and safeties Stefan McClure (calf) and Michael Lowe (head).

The Huskies, who were off last week after losing at home to Stanford, started out slow but capitalized on a big mistake by Goff to tilt the momentum for good.

Goff lost the ball on a quarterback sneak near the goal line, Thompson grabbed the fumble and sprinted the length of the field to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. It was fourth touchdown this season for Thompson, who originally committed to Cal, and his third fumble taken back for a score.

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