The Apple Cup now has meaning, particularly for Washington, which can earn its first bowl berth since 2002 if it wins at Washington State next weekend.
Washington (5-6) has now won two in a row after suffering three blowout defeats. Cal finishes 5-7 after losing four of its final five games.
Expect there to be some soul-searching in Berkeley this offseason. The Bears' streak of seven consecutive bowl games is over.
Huskies quarterback Jake Locker completed 17-for-27 for 237 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown pass. He set up the winning score with a 46-yard connection to Jermaine Kearse. A supremely frustrating year for Locker could be in some part redeemed by the Huskies reaching a bowl game.
Cal had only 283 total yards. Its offense was running back Shane Vereen and little else. Vereen gained 106 yards on 23 carries.