Big night for Allen as Cal tops Wazzu

The California Bears have themselves a winning streak.

Behind a huge game from standout wide receiver Keenan Allen, the Bears (3-4, 2-2) won their second consecutive game -- and their eighth straight over Washington State -- by downing the Cougars 31-17 in Pullman, Wash.

Allen caught 11 balls for 166 yards -- including a 69-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 7-0 lead -- to move up to No. 2 on Cal’s all-time reception list.

Quarterback Zach Maynard, who was coming off one of the best games of his career last week against UCLA, wasn’t quite as efficient this week. He did, however, complete 14 of 23 balls for 189 yards and a score with two interceptions. He also showed off his running ability, scrambling 10 times for 78 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown that stretched Cal’s lead to 21-3 early in the third quarter.

C.J. Anderson totaled 112 yards on 15 carries with a pair of scores as part of a 318-yard rushing night for Cal.

“I thought Zach made a lot of good reads and pulled it down for some positive yards,” Cal head coach Jeff Tedford told the Pac-12 Network after the game. “And the backs always run hard.”

For the Cougars (2-5, 0-4), who have now dropped four in a row, it was another inconsistent showing. Starting quarterback Connor Halliday was replaced by Jeff Tuel for the second week in a row after Halliday completed just 4 of 10 passes for 74 yards with two interceptions.

Tuel looked sharp at times, completing 30 of 53 balls for 320 yards with two touchdowns. Brett Bartolone hauled in both of Tuel’s touchdown passes. Isiah Myers led the Cougars -- who were without Marquess Wilson for the second half after he took a hard shot in the end zone -- with eight catches for 108 yards.