Sept. 25, 2006
BERKELEY - California quarterback Nate Longshore has been named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week the conference announced on Monday. It is the second time this season that Longshore has earned the league honor; he also won after leading the Golden Bears to a 42-17 victory over Minnesota on Sept. 9.
Longshore led California to its third straight victory as he completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 49-21 defeat of No. 22 Arizona State. After Cal fell behind for the third straight week, the 6-5 signal-caller directed his team to scores on three straight drives; with a Cal punt return touchdown mixed in, the Bears had a 28-7 advantage early in the second half. He added his fourth TD strike midway through the second and Cal had all it needed for the victory. Longshore connected with four different receivers for his touchdowns, which went for nine yards (Justin Forsett), 31 yards (Lavelle Hawkins), 23 yards (Marshawn Lynch) and eight yards (DeSean Jackson). Over the last three games, the Canyon Country, Calif., native has completed 55-of-80 passes (68.8%) for 795 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions. His passing efficiency for the last three games is 188.48.
The sophomore currently leads the Pac-10 in passing efficiency at 166.9. He is averaging 220.0 passing yards per game.
Longshore and the Golden Bears are back in action this Saturday, playing at Oregon State in Corvallis. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The game will not be televised. California returns home next weekend, hosting nationally-ranked Oregon for Homecoming on Oct. 7.
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