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California at Washington State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington

One week after recording its highest point total since 1997, No. 23 Washington State could post another big number when it hosts struggling California on Saturday. Quarterback Luke Falk continued his stellar junior season last Saturday by leading the Cougars to their seventh consecutive victory with 311 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 69-7 rout of Arizona.

Falk is second in the nation with 359.7 passing yards per game and should have ample opportunities to exploit Cal's porous defense, which allowed 704 total yards in last week’s 66-27 loss to Washington. The Golden Bears give up a conference-worst 44.4 points per game but also rank first in the Pac-12 in total offense. “Whenever us and Cal gets together, it’s always gonna be a helluva deal,” Cougars wide receiver Gabe Marks told reporters. “There’s gonna be points scored. It’s inevitable. It’s a heavyweight showdown. It’s always fun to get out there and play those guys.” Senior quarterback Davis Webb has accounted for 36 touchdowns for the Golden Bears, who have won their last five meetings with the Cougars in Pullman.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Washington State -14.5

ABOUT CAL (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12): The Golden Bears were 1-for-14 on third down in last week’s loss to Washington despite the return of wide receiver Chad Hansen, who made five catches for 70 yards and his ninth touchdown after missing the previous two games due to injury. Freshmen receivers Demetris Robertson and Melquise Stovall have combined for nine TDs, but the team needs more production from running backs Khalfani Muhammad and Tre Watson after the duo has failed to reach the end zone in two straight games. Safety Khari Vanderbilt has made a team-high 60 tackles, but the defensive line has struggled to pressure the quarterback all season.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (7-2, 6-0): Coach Mike Leach’s squad opened with losses to Eastern Washington and Boise State but now has a shot at playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2002. While Leach is known for his Air Raid offense, he’s used a more balanced attack this season with the rushing trio of Jamal Morrow, Gerard Wicks and James Williams averaging 228.7 all-purpose yards while scoring a total of 27 touchdowns. The defense held Arizona to 158 rushing yards last week despite the absence of starting nose tackle Robert Barber, who has been suspended indefinitely for an off-campus incident.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Cal has won 10 of the last 11 in the series, including a 60-59 decision in the last meeting in Pullman.

2. Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes was on Leach's staff at Texas Tech for seven seasons from 2001-07.

3. Cougars WR River Cracraft has made a reception in 38 consecutive games, the ninth-longest current streak in the country.

PREDICTION: Washington State 52, Cal 24
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
California 4-5 L2 39.7 44.4 3-1 1-4 1-3 0-0 2-4
Washington State 7-2 W7 43.0 24.7 4-1 3-1 2-0 0-0 6-0
Last Meeting
California Washington State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/3/15 WSU 28 CAL 34 469 79 390 403 14 389
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
California J. Goff 73.3 390 4 1
Washington State L. Falk 71.4 389 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
California V. Enwere 5 48 9.6 0
Washington State K. Harrington 5 23 4.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
California K. Lawler 6 105 17.5 2
Washington State G. Marks 10 141 14.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
California K. Lawler 2
Washington State R. Cracraft 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
California D. Webb 61.0 3176 30 11
Washington State L. Falk 74.1 3237 28 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
California K. Muhammad 101 648 6.4 2
Washington State J. Williams 70 435 6.2 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
California C. Hansen 64 840 13.1 9
Washington State G. Marks 61 622 10.2 10
Touchdowns Player TD
California C. Hansen 9
Washington State G. Wicks 11
Quickchart Matchup
California California Off vs  Washington State Washington State Def
California 517.1 yards
Washington State 373.8 yards
California 4.8 yards/rush
Washington State 4.1 yards/rush
California 6.9 yards/attempt
Washington State 7.6 yards/attempt
Washington State Washington State Off vs  California California Def
Washington State 503.9 yards
California 527.9 yards
Washington State 4.2 yards/rush
California 6 yards/rush
Washington State 7.6 yards/attempt
California 7.6 yards/attempt