Washington State fighting back vs. Cal

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

It's not likely that Washington State is going to come back and win at California, but the Cougars are continuing to fight.

True freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel has thrown a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to cut the Bears halftime lead to 35-17.

The first went for 68 yards to Johnny Forzani. The second, 19 yards to Gino Simone.

While Cal probably feels good about scoring 35 points in a half, its sagging defense might be a concern. It's surrendered 299 yards at the break.

In last year's game, Cal rolled 66-3 in Pullman, so thus far the Cougars are being far more competitive.

Of course, there's still the second half.