BERKELEY -- You have to wonder what kind of restless nights Cal's defensive coaches are experiencing after Arizona unveiled a potent complement to Ka'Deem Carey, the nation's leading rusher, during a 44-20 win over Colorado.

When Cal (1-7, 0-5 Pac-12) faces the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, trying to stop Carey won't be enough. Colorado ganged up on the star junior, and quarterback B.J. Denker responded with 457 yards in total offense, including 192 on the ground.

"Any time your quarterback is involved with the run game, it always creates a numerical advantage for the offense," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. "Colorado tried to take Carey away and dared the quarterback to keep the ball, and he did."

Still, teams must account for Carey, who has gained at least 100 yards in 10 consecutive games, averaging 183.4 during that stretch. He is 151 yards shy of 3,000 for the past two seasons.

"He's probably the best back in the league," said Dykes, whose defense just gave up 241 yards to Washington's Bishop Sankey.

  • Freshman quarterback Jared Goff, whose fumbling problems led to his sharing practice reps a week ago with Zach Kline, wore gloves during the Washington game and was pleased with the results.

    "I don't know what it was, but I definitely felt more comfortable compared to the last couple games," Goff said of the turnover-free performance that helped re-establish him as the clear No. 1. "I really liked the gloves. I was going to wear the gloves either way just to help me with the grip -- and I probably will continue to do that.


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    "When I heard it was going to be cold, I thought, 'This will be helpful.' "

  • Dykes said junior linebacker Nick Forbes, who has seen action in only one game because of a disk issue in his back, probably won't play again this season.

    Asked if Forbes, expected to be one of the team's top defensive players, might recover to play in 2014, Dykes acknowledged, "That's a good question. We'd like to think he can come back from it. It's hard to make a lot of assumptions based on those types of injuries."

    Doctors so far don't see the need to perform surgery, Dykes said.

    "We're kind of at an impasse," he said. "He's not well enough to play, not bad enough for surgery."

  • Sophomore guard Matt Cochran has resumed practicing after missing five games following ankle surgery, and Dykes said he could "potentially" see action Saturday.

    In the wake of shuffling the line last week that included moving tackle Freddie Tagaloa to guard, Dykes said Cochran might get some practice time at tackle.

    "It fits his skill set," Dykes said. "He's not real tall, but pretty athletic and can play in some space. We'll see as he progresses."

  • Freshmen linebackers Johnny Ragin III and Chad Whitener saw action at Washington on third-down blitzes in what Ragin called the "NASCAR package."

    "They were just trying to get a little more speed on the field," said Ragin, who had two tackles, including his first career sack. "I'm excited to see what the coaches scheme up this week."

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    Saturday's game

    Arizona (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) at Cal (1-7, 0-5), 12:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network