Daniel Lasco carries Cal football to win in Corvallis
Sonny Dykes’ Bear Raid offense is known primarily for one thing – flingin’ the pigskin through the air.
But a closer look at the stats after the game aired on Pac-12 Networks reveal that this team is more balanced than one would assume. Heading into the game, Cal threw on 54 percent of its offensive plays. Going up against the Oregon State Beavers -- owners of the nation's 11th-ranked pass efficiency defense and the Pac-12's second-best pass defense -- Cal decided to rely even more on the ground game. The plan worked to perfection, as Cal rushed for a season-high 269 yards en route to a 45-31 victory in Corvallis.
Pacing the way for Cal was running back Daniel Lasco, who pounded away for a career-high 188 yards to go along with three touchdowns. He was especially effective by consistently being able to move the chains on 3rd-and-long.
Cal ran exactly as many times as it aired it out against Oregon State Saturday night, carrying it and passing it 47 times apiece.
A year removed from 1-11, Cal is 5-4 and one win away from bowl eligibility.