Last year, the highly touted wide receiver was named to the All-America CCCAA first team at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.
"I'm pretty comfortable with everything," he said of the transition from playing at the junior-college level to Division I. "It took a little longer than I expected (but) the game was really slow and I adjusted well."
In addition to his big catch with 4:24 left in the third quarter, Mayle also hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass to open scoring for the Cougars with 9:26 to go in the opening period. He finished the day with 113 yards on four receptions.
Mayle's performance attracted the attention of coach Mike Leach, who was especially pleased with the teamwork shown on the 68-yard touchdown pass from Halliday to junior Marcus Mason with 1:04 left in the first half.
"(It was) a really great play by Marcus Mason," he said. "I thought Gabe (Marks) and Vince had great blocks."
Now, Mayle and his teammates are in unfamiliar territory: being 2-0 against conference teams on the road.
"I'm excited for the team," he said. "We got a great win."
And perhaps even more meaningful for Leach, whose team has only played at Martin Stadium twice despite now being halfway through the season. Last week's meeting with Stanford in Seattle was considered a home game.
"We've been on the road more than anyone, too," he said. "I don't know if anyone in the country has been on the road more than us."
GOLDEN BEARS 101
Senior nose tackle Ioane Gauta said in postgame interviews that his success against the Bears was a result of doing his homework. Gauta sacked freshman quarterback Jared Goff twice and batted down a pair of passes, too, en route to helping the defensive line hold Cal to a mere 79 yards on 29 carries.
"It started from film work," he said. "Just watching their offensive linemen and their tendencies, I took advantage of it."
MANY HATS MITCHELL
Also getting some playing time was junior Mitchell Peterson, who took over for Cyrus Coen at strongside linebacker.
Peterson, a graduate of West Valley High in Spokane, came to WSU to play outfield for the baseball team, but found himself inserted into the game early in the fourth quarter. He also played against UCLA last year on special teams.
"It was a blast," he told The Seattle Times. "It's football."