Best and Ross Honored by College Football Performance Awards
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/25/2009

Oct. 25, 2009

ATLANTA - Cal football players TB Jahvid Best and WR/RET Jeremy Ross were honored Sunday by the College Football Performance Awards for their performances in a 49-17 victory over Washington State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Best was a Running Back Performer of the Week, while Ross earned a Punt Returner Performer of the Week selection.

Best, who was honored by the organization for the second straight week and the fifth time in seven games this season, rushed for a season-high 159 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries with one of his scores coming on a 61-yard run. He also had a touchdown reception when he caught a 27-yard scoring strike from QB Kevin Riley on the game's second play from scrimmage.

Jahvid Best scored three touchdowns in Cal's 49-17 win over Washington State on Saturday

Ross recorded a career-high 228 all-purpose yards (61 receiving, 75 kick return, 92 punt return) and had three huge plays that were all the longest of his career in those specific categories as he was honored by the CPFA for the first time in his career. He started the contest by returning the game's opening kickoff 54 yards to set up Best's touchdown catch. Later in the first period, he returned a punt 76 yards for a score to mark the 11th longest punt return in school history. In the Bears' opening drive of the third period, he caught a 61-yard pass from Riley to get down to the WSU two-yard line and set up a 2-yard scoring plunge by Best two plays later.

Cal (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) will travel to Arizona State (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10) for a game at Sun Devil Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 31 (12:30 p.m. PT). The contest at Sun Devil Stadium will be televised live by ABC.

The Golden Bears then return to Memorial Stadium the following two Saturdays for their final two home contests of the 2009 season against Oregon State (Nov. 7) and Arizona (Nov. 14). Starting times and potential television broadcasts will be announced later.

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