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2-minute drill: Keys to a possible Washington State victory over Arizona State

1 Throw to the running backs. It’s no secret that ASU likes to blitz, a lot. One way QB Luke Falk can ease that pressure is by making quick passes to his running backs outside of the rush and letting them create plays with their feet. Jamal Morrow has been effective in the passing game this season, averaging 7.1 yards per reception and gaining more yards through the air (401) than on the ground (309). 2 Stack the tackle box. WSU has fared pretty well against the run with a rushing defense that ranks No. 5 in the Pac-12. The Cougars should double down on that success and do what they can to take running back D.J. Foster and QB Taylor Kelly’s running abilities out of the game.

2-minute drill

1 Take an early lead. A key to Cal’s success this season has been a vast improvement in the run game, and the Golden Bears have a pair of running backs that are capable of making big plays on the ground. When the Golden Bears trail, the offense becomes one-dimensional – Cal abandons the run and passes on virtually every play. While the Cal passing attack is deadly, the Cougars would like to know what’s coming. 2 Get front four upfield. The Cougars can’t devote too many defenders to rushing the passer or Cal could carve them up with quick throws. WSU’s defensive line has been great at creating pressure on good quarterbacks the last two weeks and that’s been a key for taking pressure off the young secondary. Guys like Xavier Cooper, Kache Palacio and Ivan McLennan need to beat their blockers and harass the QB so the rest of the defense can stay in coverage.

WSU at Utah: Two-minute drill

1 Protect the quarterback. Washington State’s offensive line showed a lot of improvement last week, holding the Ducks to just one sack. They’ll need to take another big step forward this week to give Connor Halliday time to throw against a defense that’s currently No. 2 in the country in sacks per game. 2 Set line of scrimmage on D. The Utes have a pair of capable running backs in Bubba Poole and Devontae Booker. The Cougars can’t allow the Utah offensive line to create much space in the trenches or those backs will make it tough for the WSU defense to get stops.