Washington (4-1, 0-1) last played a road game August 30 in Hawaii. After posting 179 yards and just six points on offense in suffering their first loss to Stanford on September 27, the Huskies come off a bye week with a clear focus on being more productive on offense.
A week after beating Colorado 59-56 in double overtime, California held on to beat Washington State 60-59 on Saturday in a game in which WSU quarterback Connor Halliday broke the NCAA passing record.
Washington (14-12, 6-7) struggled from the field, finishing at just 36 percent for the game. The loss dropped the Huskies down to eighth in the Pac-12 conference standings with three weeks to the regular season remaining.
Lacy was everything for the Cougars, Wednesday. The junior guard finished 10-for-20 from the field including 8-for-15 from 3-point range with 26 points in the second half alone.
Meanwhile, Washington State (8-10, 1-5) suffered its sixth loss in its last eight games. One major component in the loss to the Bears, Saturday, was the team getting just 12 points from its starting five.
Cal (13-4, 4-0) remained undefeated in Pac-12 conference play by out-shooting the Huskies 55 percent to 30 percent from the field.
Last year, Oregon St. held WSU to 207 yards passing, intercepted four passes and won 19-6. The Beavers forced Halliday to the bench after he went 9-for-20 passing for 81 yards and three picks. Both teams have changed, of course, so it remains to be seen how much can be gathered from last year’s contest.
It was the first win for WSU at Cal since 2002, snapping an 8-game losing streak to the Bears. In 2002, Jason Gesser was at the helm, leading WSU to an eventual Rose Bowl appearance. This time it was Halliday who finished 42-for-67 with 521 yards passing, falling just 10 yards shy of the school record.
After going more than a year without a road win, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian had his players wear suits for the plane ride to drive home the message that this was a business trip.