This week on the Bear Republic Podcast, we're talking Armed Forces Bowl, with a look at how the Golden Bears are going to attack Air Force, and how the Falcons present an interesting challenge to the Cal defense.
We also bring on Bears senior tailback Daniel Lasco, who was selected for the East-West Shrine Game, to talk about that honor, his season, his health and of course the impending bowl game.
By the Numbers
- While Lasco has gained just 331 yards on the ground this season, Khalfani Muhammad has gained 539 (averaging 6.9 yards per carry), Vic Enwere has gained 486 (5.0 ypc) and Tre Watson has gained 434 (5.7 ypc).
- The Bears allowed just six sacks over the final five games, after having allowed 20 over the previous seven, and allowed 16 tackles for loss over the final five games, compared to the 47 they gave up in the first seven games of the season.
- Air Force is 19th in the nation in sacks (2.77 per game), third in sacks per opponent passing attempt (0.10), 32nd in tackles for loss (7.00 per game), 23rd in fewest passing yards allowed (190.38 ypg), fifth in passing completions allowed (13.85 cpg), ninth in fewest rushing first downs allowed (6.23 per game), ninth in lowest completion percentage allowed (51%) and second in fewest offensive plays allowed (61.46).
- Cal is 24th in the nation with 76.50 plays per game on offense, 14th in the nation in percent of plays that go for a first down or touchdown (37.36%), 20th in completin percentage (64%), 21st in offensive explosiveness, and fifth in passing completions per game (27.25), passint touchdowns (3.17 per game), passing yards per game (368.75) and passing first downs (15.42 per game). The Bears are, however, 107th in rushing attempts (33.75 per game), 73rd in rushing first downs (8.75 per game), 95th in rushing touchdowns (1.25 per game) and 85th in rushing yards (155.67 per game).
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