Friday, October 23, 2009

Daily Cal: Cougars Limp Into Memorial Stadium

Jimmy Tran

A decade-long losing streak may have been broken this past weekend, but the mantra for the Cal football team has not changed.  Just as they did with the losses to USC and Oregon, the Bears (4-2, 1-2 in the Pac-10) have put their win at the Rose Bowl behind them and have locked in on this weekend's game. "We always have to put the last game behind us," coach Jeff Tedford said. "We got to go in this game with great focus and attention of what we got to get done this game."  What the Bears probably need to do this weekend is continue regaining respect.

Cal's 45-26 win over UCLA marked its first conference victory of the season. Perhaps more importantly, it marked a newfound focus for the team after two consecutive blowout losses. Now, the Bears set their sights on lowly Washington State (1-5, 0-4) this Saturday at 1:30 p.m., at Memorial Stadium.  Not much has changed since the last time the two teams squared off in Pullman, Wash. Last year, Cal dominated the Cougars by a score of 66-3.

Bears tailback Jahvid Best ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of that game. The tandem of Best and Shane Vereen have combined for 14 rushing touchdowns on the season thus far and should find running room against a Washington State defense that has given up more rushing touchdowns than any other team in the Pac-10.

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