A quick review:
Player of the game
Cal tailback Jahvid Best carried 19 times with 311 yards. That's the most individual rushing yards in the single game in Cal history, the second-most surrendered by a Washington defense (UCLA's Maurice Drew ran for 322 in 2004) and the fourth-most in Pacific-10 Conference history. The performance also gave him the Pac-10 regular season rushing title.
Husky of the game
UW linebacker Mason Foster had a game-high 13 tackles, including three tackles for loss. That gives him 105 tackles for the season and moves him into a tie with Oregon State's Greg Laybourn for the Pac-10 lead.
On Cal's second play, Best went off tackle for 60 yards and a touchdown. Best opened the second half similarly: an 84-yard touchdown run that increased Cal's lead to 38-0.
UW starting quarterback Ronnie Fouch suffered a concussion when hit while sliding after a second-quarter scramble for a first down. He did not return. … His replacement, walk-on Taylor Bean completed eight of 17 passes with one interception and also ran for the Huskies' only touchdown in the first extensive playing time of his career. … Willie Griffin led UW rushers with 60 yards on 24 carries. … Linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo has been granted a sixth season of eligibility, but he said he has not yet decided if he will use it. … Sophomore tailback Brandon Johnson did not travel for disciplinary reasons.
UW will carry a 14-game losing streak into next season. The Huskies became the first winless UW team in more than a century and the first 0-12 team in the history of the Pacific-10 Conference. … The Huskies averaged 12.67 points per game and allowed 38.58. Their total 463 points allowed is most in school history, as is their average of 451.75 yards allowed per game. The UW offense averaged 263 yards per game. … Captains for the final game were Chris Stevens, Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Juan Garcia. … After the game, Cal accepted an invitation to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. … A crowd of 50,038 allowed the Bears to barely keep alive a streak of 31 straight home games drawing 50,000 or more.
Steve Sarkisian will be introduced as coach Monday. The 2009 team is expected gather for spring work in early April. Next season is scheduled to begin with a Sept. 5 visit from Louisiana State.
Meanwhile, any thoughts on the game, the season, the era? Any light at the end of this tunnel?
11:33/4th: Lots of subs in for both sides. Cal drove down and kicked a field goal, making it 48-7.
Start of 4th quarter: Husies begin the final quarter of the season ... and the Willingham era.
2:50/3rd: Taylor Bean completed a 31-yard pass to Hawkins, then ran it in on a bootleg, and the Huskies are on the board, 45-7.
Luke Kravitz played a lot of tailback that drive. I don't know if that's related to injury or if Willingham's just providing some carries for a good-guy senior Husky in his final game.
9:43/3rd Apparently Jahvid Best has called it a day, with a school-record 311 yards. That's the most ever by a Bear and the second-most ever by a UW opponent. However, Cal kept right on without him for another TD, making it 45-0.
13:57/3rd:Best goes 84 yards for his fourth TD. Cal, 38-0.
Halftime: Cal has 325 total yards, Washington 58.
We have gotten word that Fouch will not return.
0:05/2nd: Cal took over on its own 11 with 33 seconds left. And scored. A Best run off tackle for 53 yards. A 30 yard pass. A six yard pass. Cal, 31-0.
3:35/2nd Ronnie Fouch was hurt on a late hit while sliding after a scramble. Taylor Bean came in and, on 3rd and 8 after a couple of runs, threw his first pass and his first pick.
7:00/2ndBest goes 20 yards for another TD. He's at 133 yards already. Cal, 24-0.
8:57/2nd 48-yard line-drive Jared Ballman punt was returned 44 yards to the UW 8. Two plays later, it was Cal, 17-0.
Early second quarter: Cal got its field goal after a Fouch fumble while trying to pass. Now he's fumbled again while trying to pass and Cal takes over just across midfield.
12:40/1st: Huskies went three and out. And on Cal's second play, Jahvid Best went off tackle untouched for 60 yards. Cal, 7-0.
Kickff: The Huskies won the toss and elected to receive.
Here we go.
UW game captains for the final game are Chris Stevens, Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Juan Garcia.
Cal has finished its pregame Senior Day introductions ... and with the earthquake stadium-evacuation warnings... just in case.
Beautiful day, small crowd.
One other note: The Pac-10 offices are nearby in Walnut Creek, and Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon is here. I just chatted with him, and he says that while a search procedure is in place, he doesn't expect a new commissioner to replace the outgoing Tom Hansen to be named until after the start of the new year.
10:20: I've mentioned here that Cal has finally begun on the long-awaited facilities improvement. The main piece seems to be an all-sport athletic facility, which they seem to be putting sort of into the hillside and under a stadium walkway. In any case, the pressbox side of the stadium is fenced off as a construction zone.
It'll be interesting to see what has been created, two seasons from now when the Huskies next return.
9:40: On the cover of today's game program is Cal linebacker Anthony Felder, a senior from O'Dea in Seattle.
9:30 a.m. Beautiful day in Berkeley, the students have just been allowed into the stadium.
Here's my preview of today's season ending game: Washington at Cal, noon, FSN.
Here's the Oakland Tribune's preview, mostly focusing on Cal quarterback Nate Longshore, among the seniors playing at home for the last time today.
We plan the normal gameday coverage: news updates here as they break before kickoff, a running blog through the game, hopefully your comments on the game and the season, and then I'll be back with postgame notes and quotes, including what will likely be our final words from coach Tyrone Willingham (whose name is already coming up in connection with the New Mexico State and San Diego State jobs.