Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin knows a thing or two about defeating the Cougs. He did it last year, when he was head coach at Eastern Washington.
Washington State may be 6-0, ranked No. 8 and favored by two touchdowns going into Friday’s game against Cal.
But even though the Golden Bears are on a three-game losing streak and still looking for their first Pac-12 win, you can be assured that the Cougars aren’t going to overlook them.
They know Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin has beaten WSU before.
On Sept. 3, 2016, Baldwin and his Eastern Washington team traveled to Martin Stadium and stunned WSU 45-42 to hand the Cougars’ their second loss to an FCS team in two years.
The Eagles’ offense hung 606 offensive yards on the WSU defense, with quarterback Gage Gubrud passing for 474 yards, and Cooper Kupp catching 12 balls for 206 yards.
The Cougars haven’t forgotten that defeat, and memories of how it felt to stumble out the gate last season have helped fuel WSU’s meteoric six-win start to 2017.
But for Baldwin, that game is old news. The game film of his former team’s big upset of WSU doesn’t necessarily contain any gems that will help him defeat Alex Grinch’s resurgent 2017 WSU defense, he says.
As he game plans to face the Cougars this Friday, Baldwin says he hasn’t thought much about that EWU win. He took a quick look at that game film, but didn’t spend much time on it.
“That seems so long ago,” Baldwin said this week in a phone interview. “That was Game 1 of last year. So much time has passed already, and they’ve played enough games this year that it’s much more beneficial to look at that. I don’t know that last year’s Game 1 has anything to do with Game 7 this year.”
Instead, the former EWU head coach has other, more pressing matters on his hands.
Such as: How do you rebound from a game in which your offense was practically running backwards against the Huskies? Cal…