Cal's Ross Bowers scores insane front-flip touchdown vs. Washington State

Aubrey Yates
October 14, 2017

Friday the 13th started with an ominous tone for a Washington State football team that was trying to get off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 2001.

Some security guards at Memorial Stadium were wearing masks - a defense against an airborne opponent.

Washington State's dream of an unbeaten season went up in smoke in Berkeley, with the eighth-ranked Cougars turning it over seven times in a 37-3 loss at California. The Cougars' prolific signal-caller had a hand in his face all night long in an offense that never seemed to click and let him put up only 291 yards with no touchdowns and five - yes five - interceptions. It was a rough day all around for Falk, who was repeatedly battered by Cal's rush and lost a fumble that was returned for a TD by Gerran Brown after the ninth sack of the game.

Cal was just 1-52-1 against top 10 teams since 1978 with the only win coming over No. 3 Southern California in 2003 before breaking through against mistake-prone Washington State.

Falk finished 25 of 39 for 247 yards, but also had the five interceptions and was held without a passing touchdown for the second time this season.

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The brunt of that effort came in the form of quarterback Luke Falk.

Ross Bowers, or Ross Bonkers? Beau Baldwin knows a thing or two about scoring on an Alex Grinch defense, too. It got worse in the second half.

But not before Cal (4-3, 1-3) took a 17-3 lead on the misfiring Cougars. His buddy in the backfield, Vic Enwere, also chipped in with 102 yards rushing and a score as well. That short punt set up a 45-yard TD drive for the Bears, who scored on the final play of the half when Bowers threw a 2-yard pass to Kyle Wells to make it 17-3.

On this night, everything that could go wrong did go wrong for WSU. He had one on his first pass, one in the end zone, another in the red zone on a botched shovel pass and two more overall. Expect WSU to be the second. The Cougars, meanwhile, upset USC two weeks ago and easily beat the Ducks in Eugene last week. Eight minute field goal drives. Mitchell Cox's punt traveled one yard, setting up a Cal touchdown as time expired in the first half.

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