SEATTLE – Lost among the piles of absurd statistics stemming from California’s 60-59 victory over Washington State last week is a particularly telling number.
That number, strange as it might sound after such a game, is one. As in, WSU recorded just one sack against Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff, who threw comfortably for 527 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 37 of his 53 pass attempts.
Through five games, Cal (4-1, 2-1 in Pac-12) has allowed eight sacks, or one every 24 pass attempts. Goff, the nation’s third-leading passer and a talented quarterback under any circumstance, is even more effective when he can stand in the pocket and dissect defenses in coach Sonny Dykes’ version of the Air Raid offense.
So the Washington Huskies, who visit Cal on Saturday (3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), know that slowing Cal’s offense – all of a sudden one of the best in the country through six weeks – will require a consistent pass rush. Read more »