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Saturday, October 21, 2006
Seattle Post Intelligencer: Bears a big-time challenge for UW
Huskies hoping to end skid against No. 11 California
By MOLLY YANITY
BERKELEY, Calif. -- It was a question Tyrone Willingham needed only a moment to answer. "No," the Washington coach said, "I don't think this team is as fragile as people make it to be." After beginning the season with a 4-1 record, including an inspired 29-19 victory over UCLA, the Huskies (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10) have come face to face with adversity, losing two consecutive games and perhaps their best player. Last week in a sloppy 27-17 home loss to OregonState, quarterback and emotional leader Isaiah Stanback was lost for the season with a right foot injury. Today at Memorial Stadium, the Huskies meet No. 11 California, which boasts the Pac-10's most explosive offense. The timing could be unfortunate: A week ago, Washington gave up 488 yards to an OregonState team that had been struggling to move the ball. Today, the Huskies will be asked to slow a team that is averaging 434 yards and has scored a conference-high 30 touchdowns.