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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Game day: Huskies at Cal

Redshirt freshman Lavon Coleman and the Huskies will try to reestablish the ground game against Cal. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Redshirt freshman Lavon Coleman and the Huskies will try to reestablish the ground game against Cal. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

UW GAME DAY

Huskies (4-1, 0-1) at California (4-1, 2-1)
3 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: KOMO AM-1000, FM-97.7.

LATEST LINE: Cal is favored by 4 points.

GAME PREVIEW: Huskies back on the road against surprising Bears

QUOTABLE: “We’re not going to become a dramatically better team or dramatically worse team in one week. This is a process. That’s the main point we try and get to our guys. … You’ve got to have that grit, passion and perseverance mixed together. That’s what it is. You’ve got to have that grit to be able to work overtime. And then things will start to change.” — UW coach Chris Petersen

THREE KEYS: 

Grounded: Washington managed just 2.1 yards per carry in its loss to Stanford two weeks ago. Getting the running game going is a huge priority today. Cal is known for its “Bear Raid” passing attack, but a priority this season was to establish a more balanced offense, and the Bears have done that. Junior running back Daniel Lasco (6-0, 210 pounds) has 408 yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries to complement the prolific numbers from quarterback Jared Goff.

Max protect: UW’s Hau’oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton, who are tied for second in the nation with seven sacks each, are a key matchup for Cal’s offensive line, which has allowed just eight sacks (second-fewest in the Pac-12) in 193 passing attempts. If UW can pressure Goff, it will take pressure off the Huskies’ inexperienced secondary.

Something special: Trevor Davis became the first Cal player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns last week against Washington State (helping to prompt the firing of WSU’s special-teams coordinator). Davis also had two touchdown receptions. UW’s John Ross III has had two kickoff returns for touchdowns called back by penalty this season.

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