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Keys To The Game

October 28, 2006|Lonnie White

1Sack exchange. Washington State's Mkristo Bruce and UCLA's Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis, all among the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the Pac-10, will be featured today. If Bruce's name is heard often, UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan will be in for a long day. The same holds true with Hickman and Davis for the Cougars' Alex Brink.

2Rush to victory. Washington State running back Dwight Tardy has been on a recent roll, rushing for 145 yards in a win over Oregon last week. After a strong start, UCLA's Chris Markey has struggled in recent games, rushing for only 32 yards in 19 carries last week in the Bruins' loss at Notre Dame.

3Start fast. Last week, Washington State jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a victory over the Ducks. A year ago, the Cougars took a 21-0 second-quarter lead over UCLA before the Bruins rallied to win in overtime. This season, UCLA does not have the same quick-score ability and that may give Washington State an edge.

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-- Lonnie White

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