Two pass-happy coaches who worked together for seven seasons at Texas Tech match wits Saturday when Washington State (3-2) visits Cal (1-3).
Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes served as offensive coordinator under Cougars coach Mike Leach with the Red Raiders, so it’s no surprise the two programs run similar offensive systems. Both teams have quarterback dilemmas as Washington State starter Connor Halliday is dealing with a hip injury, while Cal’s Jared Goff was pulled after a poor start in a loss to Oregon.
Dykes oversaw the Texas Tech offense under Leach and considers him a true mentor.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Dykes said. Leach said he expects Halliday to play, but redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca is being prepared to carry the load if necessary.
Goff, a true freshman, passed for 1,306 yards in his first three college games but just had 11 yards against Oregon and redshirt freshman Zack Kline is competing with him to start against the Cougars.
After rolling up more than 500 yards in each of their first three games, the Golden Bears generated 325 yards against Oregon.