PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Luke Falk threw five touchdown passes, including three to River Cracraft, and No. 23 Washington State beat California 56-21 on Saturday night for its eighth consecutive victory.

The surging Cougars (8-2, 7-0 Pac-12, No. 23 CFP) have their longest winning streak since 1930 and are on a surprising quest for a Pac-12 championship.

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Davis Webb threw for 425 yards and three touchdowns for Cal (4-6, 2-5), which has lost three straight games and is struggling to keep its bowl hopes alive.

Cracraft caught nine passes for 87 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter with a leg injury.

Falk completed 36 of 50 passes for 373 yards with one interception. The former walk-on broke a team record with his 23rd game of at least 300 passing yards.

The Cougars produced 654 yards of total offense in the game.

California’s high-flying offense piled up 525 yards but struggled to get into the end zone. Demetris Robertson had a pair of touchdown receptions for the Golden Bears.

California had won 10 of the past 11 games between the teams and had not lost in Pullman since 2002.

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Washington State receiver Gabe Marks caught seven passes to give him 295 career receptions, breaking the Pac-12 record of 294 held by Colorado’s Nelson Spruce.


California: The Golden Bears are struggling to qualify for a bowl game, having lost four of their past five games. They are giving up more than 44 points per game, worst in the Pac-12.

Washington State: The Cougars control their own destiny and can clinch the Pac-12 North by winning their final two regular-season games — against No. 16 Colorado and No. 4 Washington.


California hosts Stanford next Saturday.

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