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Riley, Best lead Cal past Washington State 49-17

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Kevin Riley threw for touchdowns on his only three passes of the first quarter, Jahvid Best scored three touchdowns and California routed Washington State 49-17 Saturday.

Riley connected with Best, Marvin Jones and Shane Vereen as the Golden Bears (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) scored 28 points on its first 11 offensive plays to break out to the early lead and cruise to the win.

Jeremy Ross scored on a 76-yard punt return, and Best ran for 159 yards and two scores on 13 carries to help Cal win for the second straight week following two blowout losses to Oregon and Southern California. The Bears are averaging 48 points in their victories but failed to score a single touchdown in the two losses.

The Cougars (1-6, 0-5) gained 299 yards in the first half and finished with a season-high 440.

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