SEATTLE -- All the changes Cal made during the week -- and the one that didn't happen -- had no impact on the bottom line Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
Bishop Sankey ran for a career-best 241 yards and two touchdowns and Keith Price passed for 376 yards and two TDs as Washington dominated the Golden Bears 41-17 in front of 62,328 fans.
Coach Sonny Dykes shuffled his offensive line and let freshman quarterback Jared Goff compete all week for his job, but none of that prevented the Bears from losing their 12th straight game to a Football Subdivision opponent and their 10th straight to a Pac-12 rival.
"It feels similar ... frustrating," Dykes said afterward. "We certainly don't ever don't want to get used to losing. They all sting badly.
"It's tough because you play good in spurts, but that's not good enough against the people we're playing against."
Cal (1-7, 0-5) has not even held a lead at any time during a six-game losing streak since a Sept. 7 win over FCS opponent Portland State.
The defense showed no progress, either. The Bears, allowing 44.4 points through seven games, surrendered at least 40 for the sixth time.
Sankey rushed for 188 first-half yards as the Huskies (5-3, 2-3) forged a 24-7 lead, showing they were ready to snap a three-game losing streak.
Price threw touchdown passes of 68 and 47 yards to wide receiver Jaydon Mickens to flush the memory of a 53-24 loss at Arizona State the week before. He also scored on a 1-yard keeper.
Goff played turnover-free ball and completed 32 of 54 passes for 336 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper in the second quarter.
But he was sacked five times and the Bears had little in the way of a running game until freshman Khalfani Muhammad broke off a 73-yard TD run with 5:06 left.
"We can't expect to score 10 points in 31/2 quarters and win the game," Goff said.
Dykes was encouraged by a more solid performance from Goff, whose turnover difficulties prompted last week's practice competition against Zach Kline.
"His composure I don't think was an issue tonight at all," Dykes said of Goff. "He seemed calm, more confident than he has the last couple weeks. I think he's on the verge of getting it all together."
Dykes said Kline gave the team good energy in practice, but acknowledged Goff likely will be the starter the rest of the season unless something unforeseen occurs.
"We just feel like Jared is the long-term solution at that position," Dykes said.
The Huskies, coming off three straight defeats, made it look easy on their first possession of the game.
Pinned at their own 3-yard line, the Huskies went 97 yards in 11 plays to become the seventh Cal opponent in eight games to score a touchdown on their opening possession.
Price, who was uncertain to play early in the week because of a thumb injury on his throwing hand, was 6 for 6 passing for 74 yards on the drive. Sankey carried five times for 23 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run on a pitch play to the right with 8:48 left in the quarter.
A 42-yard run by Sankey set up Travis Coons' career-long 46-yard field goal before Price threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Mickens on a third-and-10 play, pushing the Huskies' lead to 17-0 with 1:41 left in the opening quarter.
The Bears have been outscored 127-34 in the first quarter this season.
Cal's defense forced four straight punts in the second quarter, but two plays turned the game permanently in UW's favor.
Trailing 17-7, the Bears used a reverse to Bryce Treggs to get the ball inside the Washington 10. But an illegal block by Goff nullified the play, ultimately forcing one of Cal's nine first-half punts.
Then, with 1:08 left in the half, Sankey broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown and UW pushed its lead to 24-7.
It's those lapses that linebacker Khairi Fortt said are most frustrating. But he said the Bears will return to practice Monday eager to keep trying to improve.
Asked if this team can win again, Fortt said, "Oh yes, for sure. There's no doubt. Nobody's giving up on coach Dykes or the staff or the team."
Goff agreed all is not lost.
"It's hard to imagine, but I think we're really coming together as a team through all this pain and struggling," he said. "I do definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel.".