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WSU's 'Air Raid' opens up Pac-12 play against California and the 'Bear Raid'

The Cougars face the Golden Bears today at 1 p.m.

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Coach Mike Leach and company have a chance to redeem themselves after handing Cal a win at Martin Stadium last season. In the 60-59 loss, the Cougars and Golden Bears racked up over 1,400 offensive yards. A big part of that is the two men calling the plays.

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes worked under Leach when he installed and developed the "Air Raid" offense at the University of Kentucky in the late 1990's. Today, Dykes has created (with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin) his own version of the high-powered offensive attack called the "Bear Raid."

In the Seattle Times story below, Leach describes the difference between the two offenses as "quick play" vs. "down field," meaning that quarterback Jared Goff executes plays with shorter routes, quicker throws, and more dropbacks, while Luke Falk and Cougs look to deeper looks from the shotgun more frequently. The "Bear Raid" has been a big part of the Cal's early season success, as they have averaged 36.7 points per game.

Leach hopes that this time around he can best his former colleague.

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WSU vs. Cal features ‘Air Raid’ vs. ‘Bear Raid’ on offense | The Seattle Times
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