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November 18, 2007 at 11:10 AM

The morning after

We had a lot of coverage of the game today.
— First is our game story, focusing on the dominating running game. Lots of questions, I see, about why it worked so well Saturday. Not to sound like a coach, but I think it’s a bit of everything — Cal has an injury-depleted D-line that wasn’t great to begin with; UW’s O-line is getting a lot better and has stayed healthy; Louis Rankin and Brandon Johnson are running hard; the Huskies were at home and Cal is reeling. There could be something to the team executing better a more stream-lined plan, as well. Tim Lappano talked afterward about basically ripping up most of the game plan after the first few series when it was evident how well the straight-ahead running game was working. But despite the success yesterday, I don’t think there’s any question but that they go back to Jake Locker for the Apple Cup if he’s healthy, which it sounds like he will be.
Steve Kelley wrote about Louis Rankin getting over the 1,000-yard mark. His column makes an interesting point — will history regard Rankin as in the same class as all the other UW 1,000-yard rushers such as Greg Lewis, Napoleon Kaufman, Corey Dillon? Certainly, he’s creating opportunities for himself down the road.
— Here’s our notebook leading off with the QB situation heading into the Apple Cup. Lappano was adamant that Locker will play against WSU. Also of interest is a note low in the piece about Juan Garcia saying “there’s a good chance” he’ll be back next year. Garcia has been granted a sixth year of eligibility but doesn’t have to use it, and could decide to turn pro — I heard a few weeks ago he’d potentially be a fifth-round pick or so, and certainly days like yesterday probably only heighten his stock. I’d bet Garcia is back, but it caught several of us when Garcia said that since a few weeks ago he said he was “99 percent” sure he was returning.
— We also had this story on Cal’s freefall.
— Here’s more on Jeff Tedford’s post-game eruption from the Contra Costa Times. I think given everything, this might have been one of the toughest losses of his career.
Jon Wilner has a good examination of Cal’s woes following Saturday’s game.
— Looking ahead to the Apple Cup, Ken Goe of the Oregonian wonders if Saturday’s loss to Oregon State might have been the final home game for Bill Doba at Washington State. Everything had been trending well for Doba the last three weeks, but yesterday was undeniably ugly.
— We had lots of our own Cougar coverage here if you are interested in UW’s next opponent.
— UW is second in the Pac-10 and 26th in the nation in rushing offense after Saturday.
All for now.

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