"The guy who fixed my roof texted me during the game saying 'Fake it to 31 (Tardy) and play action pass'," laughed Doba. "The second text said 'Hit the tight end up the middle.' I said the guy sounds just like our alums...I got a big kick out of that."
Kenny Alfred got "dinged" a couple weeks ago but didn't say anything until this past Monday when he felt lightheaded. His status will likely be updated later in the week, with Doba saying he's probable at this stage. Also continuing to undergo tests will be safety Alfonso Jackson and running back Chris Ivory. Both missed the UCLA game with concussions. Defensive end Mike Graise has an inside ankle sprain and is doubtful, Doba said.
Cal isn't exactly the picture of health, either, after a loss to Arizona State on Saturday -- the Bears' third straight setback this season. Bears QB Nate Longshore is still hobbling after missing time earlier this year and running back Justin Forsett is dinged.
A smaller UCLA d-line, one that stunts and slants more than most, helped the Cougar running effort on Saturday, said Doba. So did the Washington State offensive line.
"Coach Yarno did a nice job of designing schemes ... and taking angles and we just happened to split them a few times ... And when the run game goes, it helps the pass game and vice-versa," said Doba.
Until Saturday, the Cougs had little success running the ball against Pac-10 opponents. Doba wasn't doing much celebrating on Monday over his team's 274 rushing yards. He pointed out that when UCLA brought their safety up and played run defense when it appeared WSU was apt to pass, the Cougs had less success on the ground.
ON DEFENSE, Washington State's renewed push up the middle has been driven by d-tackle Fevaea'i Ahmu with one linebacker, and sometimes two, charging in, said Doba.
"That makes the offensive line soft, they have to get back and sort that out," said Doba. "...I think with the talent we have, that's the best way for us to get a push up the middle."
Cal boasts the most athletic line the Cougs have seen this year, said Doba.
DOBA, ASKED BY a reporter about the win over UCLA and the speculation over his future wasn't having any of it.
"We're not going to talk about that, okay? Let's talk about Cal and the rest of it, we've got a long way to go yet," said Doba.
Later, Doba talked about Washington State and the Martin Stadium advantage.
"I'll tell you what. And I've said this before. Washington State is special. Everybody talks about a family atmosphere but this whole campus is a family atmosphere," said Doba.