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Football: Cal defense welcomes chance to play quarterback who doesn’t run the ball

Cal’s defense has endured a steady diet of running quarterbacks through its first four games, but that changes on Saturday when pass-happy Washington State visits Memorial Stadium.

“Now we can let all the dogs loose, go up field and go get ‘em,” defensive tackle Viliami Moala said. “Let the big men up front eat first.”

It only seems like the Cougars (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) throw the ball on every play. WSU coach Mike Leach — co-originator of the Air Raid offense that is the basis for what Cal (1-3, 0-1) now does — has his team throwing the ball about 77 percent of the time.

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  • 707 Bear

    A 1PM start.
    Beautiful fall weather.
    Two evenly matched teams.

    Get to the game.

    Go Bears!

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    These pre-game chants of victory or death knells to the opposing team are getting old and unbelievable. I’m beginning to roll my eyes.

    And these statements make the team look foolish after the game (a la Daniel Lasco last week).

    Just promise me that you’ll have 60 minutes of football.

    As “venerable” Todd Bozeman once said, “No Hype, No Prisoners.”

  • Woj

    @Viliami Moala
    “Now we can let all the dogs loose, go up field and go get ‘em,” defensive tackle Viliami Moala said. “Let the big men up front eat first.”

    Where weren’t the dogs let loose on Ohio St., Oregon, Portland St. and Northwestern? Was theere a muzzle on the dogs during those games? Why didn’t the big men eat then too?

    Stop with the lame platitudes. Simply stop giving up 21 points in the first 10 minutes of the game ok? If it takes not listening to Buh (and it might) then do it. The D has been embarrasing. Best to simply improve it quietly and shut up about it or be quiet and give up 50 more points.