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The Bears come from behind to beat Wazzu 34-28 and to go 5-0 on the season. The press and the players react to the game and to the upcoming matchup between the last two undefeateds in the Pac-12 next week against Utah.

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Men's Water Polo

Cal Beats UC Santa Barbara 12-8 To Open MPSF Play.

Cross Country

Inside The Lair: Getting to Know: Marissa Williams

California freshman cross country runner Marissa Williams sat down with CalBears.com to talk about how she got into running and how that path ultimately led her to Berkeley. As someone who didn't begin competitive running until her freshman year of high school, Williams has seen great success as a prep runner - including three consecutive City Sectional Division 1 cross country championships and a track career that saw her become the first female to win three distance events at the City Section Track championships.

Williams, who made her collegiate debut last week at the Roy Griak Invitational, was one of two Golden Bear freshman women to compete at the prestigious event.

CalBears.com: As a successful prep runner, the question many people have for you is, how did you get into running?

Marissa Williams: I played soccer my whole life, but decided to quit it in 9th grade. All my friends were doing cross country, so I decided to join as well. In soccer, I was always a midfielder, running back and forth, and coaches always commented on my speed so I think that helped. Initially, I started playing soccer because both my older siblings had done so. My brother is at Cal State Dominguez Hills and is graduating this year, and my sister went straight into the Navy from high school.

CalBears: With just four competitive years running, what did you think as you began to see all of the success you had running in high school?

MW: It was more important for the people around me; I was never really thinking about it (my success). I'm really self-deprecating and I take my failures more seriously than my successes. My favorite meet in high school was the Seaside Invitational my senior year where I finally broke the 16-minute mark for the three-mile run, and the state meet at track was the first time I ever received a medal.

Basketball

Cal's men's and women's basketball teams are giving their fans a sneak preview of what to expect this season with Haas Hoops Hysteria on Friday, Oct. 16, a free special event for students and fans of all ages that will feature interactive games with the Golden Bears and plenty of chances to win prizes.

California 34, Washington State 28

ESPN Pac-12 Blog: Cal comes from behind to cap wild win over Washington State

No one really thought Saturday's meeting between No. 24 California and Washington State would echo last year's record-breaking, scoreboard-shattering 60-59 performance. But considerable points and offense in chunks were expected. And the teams certainly delivered on the drama as Cal came from behind and held on to a 34-28 victory over visiting Washington State.

What the win means for the Bears: Cal is 5-0 for the first time since 2007. Don't get too excited ... that group went on to lose six of seven before salvaging a victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. But a little bit of positive thinking is warranted. The Bears, seeking their first postseason appearance of the Sonny Dykes era, enter a brutal stretch of three straight games against teams currently ranked in the AP top 20 - Utah, UCLA and USC. And those first two are on the road. Not to mention road trips to Oregon and Stanford still looming. The bar keeps getting raised. But so far, Cal has been up to the task.

Player of the game: Though Lawler did have a fumble, it didn't end up costing the Bears. He was fantastic in the receiving game, hauling in six passes for 105 yards with two touchdowns. And both touchdowns were sensational. The first was a one-handed grab on a fade (with his opposite arm hooked) and the second was a toe-dragging effort.

Notable: With three more turnovers, the Cal defense has forced 18 this season after only nabbing 17 all of last year. Also, with 68 career touchdown passes, Goff (33-of-45, 390 yards with four touchdowns and an interception) passed Kyle Boller as the school's all-time leader.

The Seattle Times: Jared Goff rallies Cal past Washington State, 34-28

  • "We shot ourselves in the foot," said WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer, who finished with eight tackles. "Too much and too often. They capitalized on us, they (upped the) tempo (on) us when we were having trouble getting lined up, and they capitalized on our mistakes. We gave them too many plays."
  • "It's something that we talked about," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. "That's kind of a hard kick to execute, and you have to credit Matt (Anderson, Cal's kicker). He did a fantastic job kicking it, and Darius (Allensworth) did a great job making the play. We were looking for the right time to call it, and we just felt at that point we had a little bit of momentum. We thought it could be something that could really change the game."
  • "I think we got better this week," Leach said. "But we didn't get better by the margin I would have liked. It came down to plays all over the field. This was a narrowly sliced game, and there were a lot of plays we could have made. I thought we played hard."

SFGate: Cal delivers perfect comeback against Washington State

  • "I think we just settled in and stopped maybe trying to do too much," Goff said. "We kind of got a feel for what they were doing defensively, and we were able to make some big plays."
  • On Cal's upcoming matchup against Utah: "We're probably going to have to play better than we did today to have a chance to win," head coach Sonny Dykes said.
  • "It's going to be a dogfight," Lawler said, "but it's going to mean a lot when we get it."