Cal Really, Really Doesn't Want to Lose to Washington Again

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    Chris Polk of the Washington Huskies carries the ball against the California Bears on December 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies defeated the Bears 42-10.

    It was a Walk of Shame the Cal football team never wants to experience again.

    It's the one seen by a Memorial Stadium packed with stunned fans and a jubliant Washington Huskies squad. The Huskies had just scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to win 16-13, denying the Bears a bowl bid for the first time since 2002.

    It also handed Cal a losing season for the first time in the tenure of coach Jeff Tedford, and otherwise ruin the Bears' lives for that moment.

    The memories of that loss have stung all season -- and are part of the reason why Cal really, really wants to beat Washington in Seattle this weekend.

    "That was a long walk [off of the field from far end zone to the locker room]," Cal safety Sean Cattouse told the Oakland Tribune. "(The Huskies) were screaming on the field. It was unreal. I didn't know what to think. It was kind of unbelievable to be denied on the last play."

    The Bears have more than recent history to erase, too. It's been some time since Cal won in Seattle -- the Bears were slammed, 42-10, in 2009 a week after a high profile win over Stanford, and lost in 2007 to the Huskies, 37-23.

    Suffice to say, Cal really, really doesn't want to lose to Washington again.