Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SF Chronicle: Showdown looms for Bears' run game

Ron Kroichick

Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen, meet Arizona State's Sun Devils. They're waiting for you. Cal brings the most productive rushing offense in the Pac-10 into Saturday's road game against ASU, at 216 yards per outing. The Sun Devils counter with a stout run defense, allowing 83.4 yards per contest (sixth-best in the nation).  "I look at it as a great opportunity to show that our run offense is still able to kick some butt," Cal offensive tackle Mike Tepper said Tuesday. "... I want to put up some points against these guys, and do it in the run game."

The Bears accumulated nearly 600 yards rushing in their past two games, zooming past UCLA and Washington State behind Best and Vereen. The yards often came in large chunks - Vereen (42 yards) and Best (93 yards) both scored on long runs against the Bruins, and Best galloped 61 yards for a touchdown against the Cougars.  Coach Jeff Tedford is not expecting a similarly splashy display against Arizona State, which features plenty of speed on defense.

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