12 defensive player of the week, but he played pretty well again despite being called for pass interference twice. The star against Washington State was CB Steve Williams, who broke up four passes, picked off one pass and did an excellent job covering Marquess Wilson before Wilson got hurt. Williams might get consideration for conference defensive player of the week this week. In 2010 and for much of last season, cornerback was the weak link of the Cal defense. Now it is its strength. LOOKING GOOD: Cal's running game had its best showing of the season against Washington State. The Cougars are not a great against the run, but they aren't awful either, and the Cal offensive line carved out huge holes for the Bears, who are giving three tailbacks work. C.J. Anderson, Isi Sofele, Brendan Bigelow and Zach Maynard each had more than 50 yards rushing, with Anderson leading the way with 112. Anderson provides inside power, Bigelow offers the chance for a big play each time he touches the ball, and Maynard ran the ball effectively as well, rushing 10 times for a career-high 78 yards. Maynard's running threat provides another dimension to the Cal offense. The Bears finished with a season-high 318 rushing yards. STILL NEEDS WORK: Little things still plague the Bears. They had 81 yards in penalties, and Zach Maynard threw two interceptions, the second one robbing the Bears of a chance to score after getting to the Washington State 10-yard line in the first quarter. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're starting to get our identity up front, from the backs understanding what they need to see and our linemen doing what they've been doing." -- Cal coach Jeff Tedford, on his team's running game in the victory over Washington State. STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL PLAYER NOTES: --WR Keenan Allen had season-highs of 11 catches for 166 yards. It was the first time he surpassed 100 yards receiving this season after getting more than 100 yards in five of his first six games last season. --TB C.J. Anderson had his second straight game rushing for more than 100 yards, gaining 112 against Washington State, after rushing for 151 against UCLA. Those were the first two 100-yard rushing games of his career. --QB Zach Maynard had a career-high 78 rushing yards against Washington State. --CB Steve Williams had his third career interception and sixth of his career against Washington State. He also broke up four passes. --K Vincenzo D'Amato kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal against Washington State and has made six field goals in a row after missing four straight. ROSTER REPORT --DL Aaron Tipoti missed the Washington State game because of a knee injury. He's questionable for the game against Stanford. --CB Marc Anthony missed the Washington State game with a knee injury sustained against UCLA. It's uncertain whether he'll be able to play against Sanford. --CB Kameron Jackson got his first career start against Washington State. --LB Nathan Broussard made his first career start against Washington State, and he had a sack for a 13-yard loss.
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