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Thursday, October 19, 2006
Kitsap Sun: Cal Scoring Machine Will Test Washington Defense
By Mike Allende, For the Kitsap Sun
Like the Trojans of a year ago, California’s offense features a couple of star running backs, some fast, talented receivers and a quarterback able to take advantage of all the weapons. Add in a Washington defense coming off of one of its worst games of the season, and it could equal a long day for the Huskies (2-2 Pacific-10, 4-3 overall) when they play at No. 11 Cal (4-0, 6-1) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The good news for Washington is that Cal is coming off of its worst offensive game since a season-opening loss to Tennessee. The Golden Bears put up just 21 points in a win over WashingtonState last week, primarily relying on running back Marshawn Lynch as the Cougars slowed the Cal passing game. But that may also be the bad news, as the Bears are pushing to reach a Bowl Championship Series game and need impressive wins. A week ago, Washington was beat up front by the OregonState offensive line and running back Yvenson Bernard, and picked apart by quarterback Matt Moore and receiver Sammie Stroughter. And that offense doesn’t approach what the Huskies will see this weekend. Cal has scored at least 40 points in five of its last six games. It is 10th in the nation in scoring offense (36.7), 14th in passing offense (265.3) and ninth in total offense (434.0).