Maynard leads California by Washington State 31-17

By Nicholas K. Geranios

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2012 12:26 a.m. MDT

California wide receiver Keenan Allen (21) avoids the tackle attempt by Washington State safety Deone Bucannon (20) and linebacker Eric Oertel (21) as he scores scores a touchdown during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.

Dean Hare, Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. — Quarterback Zach Maynard threw for a touchdown and ran for another as California beat Washington State 31-17 on Saturday night.

C.J. Anderson rushed for two touchdowns as the Golden Bears (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) earned their eighth straight win over the Cougars.

Washington State (2-5, 0-4) has lost four in a row, and new coach Mike Leach is still looking for his first Pac-12 win.

Cal got a balanced ground attack from Anderson, Brendan Bigelow and Maynard, who each rushed for more than 50 yards.

Washington State continued to suffer offensive woes, switching quarterbacks in the first quarter. The Cougars had trouble punching the ball into the end zone when they got into scoring position.

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