Oct. 15, 2006
PULLMAN, WA - Junior running back Marshawn Lynch turned in another 100-yard performance with 152 yards rushing against Washington State yesterday at Martin Stadium. Lynch's performance was a key factor in the Golden Bears' 21-3 victory over the Cougars.
Following last week's limited action due to an injury, the heisman candidate made it clear that he was back with a 42-yard dash on the first play from scrimmage. He averaged 6.1 yards on 25 carries and rushed for two of Cal's three touchdowns.
Lynch was also on the receiving end of three passes from quarterback Nate Longshore. He ended the day with 17 yards receiving.
Besides setting the tone for the afternoon with the 42-yard run, Lynch also kept the Washington State offense off the field in the second half, earning first down after first down. The Cougars had Lynch wrapped up short of the first down marker more than once, but the Oakland product would not go down until he got the extra yards and the first down.
It was the 14th career 100-yard performance for Lynch and the fifth of the 2006 campaign. His 2,631 career rushing yards rank Lynch sixth all time among Cal rushers. He is also tied for second with J.J. Arrington for 100-yard games among Bear runners. Lynch is on pace for a 1,000-yard season, as he now has 757 rushing yards this year.
Lynch and the Bears return to Memorial Stadium Saturday when they host Washington. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. (PST) and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.