WSU Cougars vs California Golden Bears: 5 Keys To A WSU Win

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This weekend the 3-2 (1-1) Washington State Cougars will take on the 1-3 (0-1) California Golden Bears. The Bears are coming into this game having their three losses come from ranked opponents. California played Oregon last weekend where the lost 55-16. Cal, who is projected to finish last in the PAC-12, is looking to turn their season around and get a victory.

Here are 5 keys the Cougars will need to focus on to come away with a win.

1. Turnovers

Sep 28, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive end Josh Mauro (90) sacks and causes Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) to fumble the ball during the 1st quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State has struggled with turnovers this season, a lot. The Cougars have turned the ball over 13 times so far, been intercepted 10 times and fumbled 3 times. Connor Halliday has been responsible for most of those 13 turnovers. Some of Halliday’s turnovers have come from being forced to get rid of the ball when he is being hurried. California has the potential to be a dangerous team and will take advantage of any mistakes the Cougar offense makes.

Turnovers have been a huge part for the Cougars, ultimately working both ways for the team. The defense has been stellar at causing turnovers and have generated great momentum for the team. The Cougar defense has caused 9 turnovers, 7 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery. Both Demante Horton and Deone Bucannon have 3 interceptions each while Daquawn Brown has one himself. 

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