November 9, 2006
Cal Preview: Offense
Although Washington State has a solid offense, it does not compare to the Cal offense that Arizona will be facing on Saturday. Cal seems to be known for its running game, but the Golden Bears have actually been successful due in large part to their passing game.
Cal has scored 22 touchdowns this season on drives that have lasted less than two minutes because of their ability to pass the ball.
Thus far this season, quarterback Nate Longshore has completed 64 percent of his passes for an average of 238 yards a game and a total of 20 touchdowns to seven interceptions.
After Cal's blowout loss to Tennessee, it seemed as if Longshore was going to be an afterthought. However, he has been anything but.
He has thrown 60 straight passes without an interception, which is the fifth best streak in the nation. Longshore does not mind utilizing a shorter game if necessary, but Cal likes to go vertical once the offense is opened up.
It also helps having his arsenal of weapons to go along with an offensive line that has only allowed him to be sacked nine times.
Cal is not going to beat teams with the size of their receivers, but rather the speed that the receiving corps has. Longshore's biggest weapon at wide receiver is sophomore DeSean Jackson. Many expected Jackson to break out this season and he has been as good as advertised.
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