SEATTLE -- Even though Daniel Lasco dressed, and warmed up before California's 30-24 win at Washington on Saturday, the Bears' senior tailback did not see a single down against the Huskies.
Instead, Cal utilized a four-man rotation of sophomore Vic Enwere, junior Khalfani Muhammad (7 carries, 43 yards), sophomore Tre Watson (8 carries, 31 yards) and junior Jeffrey Coprich (2 carries, 5 yards).
Enwere, for the second game in a row, set career highs for carries (23) and net yards (84), adding his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was at his best when running after contact, much like one of the Bears' NFL alumni who stood on the sideline -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Enwere churned out runs of 12 yards (setting up the Bears' first score -- a 20-yard field goal by Matt Anderson), 11, 17 and 24, before fumbling on a loss of eight on secnd-and-seven at Washington's 22, which led to a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Sidney Jones, bringing the Huskies to within as close as they'd get -- down 27-21.
Without Lasco, the Bears still ran for 139 net yards on 51 carries (averaging 2.7 yards per carry), though perhaps the most important run came from quarterback Jared Goff. On fourth-and-four in the final two minutes -- following a key interception by Damariay Drew -- the Bears could not convert on third down. Goff stepped to the line with a play call for a pass to dependable Stephen Anderson, but Goff, as Enwere says, called his own number, and rushed for five yards to move the chains and keep the drive alive, and, more importantly, to keep the ball out of Washington's hands.
Lasco was on the sidelines, firing up his teammates, and while he did not go this week (he did not practice at all this week, due to a hip injury), but his range of motion has improved.