The Cal football defense hasn't had much success over the past two seasons against little guys who can run with the football. Last season, the Bears didn't have a problem slowing down bruisers like Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Stanford's Toby Gerhart. But they were sliced and diced by Arizona's Keola Antolin (5-foot-8) and Oregon State's James and Jacquizz Rodgers (both 5-foot-7). Jacquizz rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Beavers' 34-21 win over Cal; James returned a kickoff 86 yards to the end zone and scampered for another 18-yard score.
A little over a month ago, Oregon's 5-foot-9 LaMichael James continued the trend with 118 yards on the ground. All that doesn't bode well for this weekend, when the brothers Rodgers -- who currently rank No. 1 and 2 in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage -- bring their act to Memorial Stadium.