WSU needs to fire on all cylinders to beat Cal

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WSU Gameday

Cougars vs. Cal

 

WSU Players to watch

QB Luke Falk – 356.7 yds per game

RB Keith Harrington – 3 TD

WR Gabe Marks – 91 yds per game

LB Kache Palacio – 3 sacks

LB Peyton Pelluer – 4.5 TFL

Cal Players to watch

QB Jared Goff – 11 pass TD

RB Daniel Lasco – 5.7 ypc

WR Kenny Lawler – 6 TD

DE Kyle Kragen – 2.5 sacks

CB Darius White – 2 INT

1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Don’t give up special teams TDs

WSU has been suspect on kick coverage this year, and the Cougars have already given up one punt return for a touchdown and one kickoff return for a touchdown. The last time WSU played Cal, Trevor Davis returned two kickoffs back for touchdowns. The Cougs can’t afford to let that happen again.

Play together, for four quarters

In the Cougars’ last three games, we’ve seen them switch on and switch off at different times. The defense went missing in the second half against Portland State, but played an electric game in the second half against Wyoming. The offense was nowhere to be found against Wyoming, but was clutch at the end versus Rutgers. Which version of the Cougars will show up against Cal? No one knows.

Stop the run

Cal is known for its passing game, but the Golden Bears also have a pair of ferocious running backs. Starter Daniel Lasco is back after missing two games with a hip injury, but frankly, Cal didn’t miss a beat without him. Sophomore Vic Enwere is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound bulldozer who has scored five touchdowns in four games.

Momentum is your enemy

Once Cal’s offense gets on a roll, it’s game over. The Golden Bears have gone on big scoring runs in each of their four wins – 66 unanswered points vs. Grambling State, 35 vs. San Diego State, 27 vs. Texas and 24 vs. Washington. WSU has try and keep pace by ensuring it doesn’t come away empty handed on any offensive drives. Easier said than done.

Prediction: Cal 45, WSU 28