Sept. 8, 2008
BERKELEY - Jahvid Best has been named the Pac-10 Football Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. After running for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Cal's win over Washington State, he becomes Cal's first honoree of the season. He is also a candidate for USA Today National Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore from Vallejo ran wild in Cal's Pac-10 opening victory on Saturday. Despite carrying the ball just 14 times, he finished with 200 yards for an average of 14.3 yards per carry. On the first play of the game, Best took a handoff and darted through the hole for a career-best 80-yard touchdown run. In the third quarter, on his final carry, he found another hole and simply out-sprinted the Cougar defenders for an 86-yard scoring run. Prior to Saturday, Cal had never had multiple 80-yard runs in one season, let alone in the same game. Best also scored on a five-yard run on a direct snap in the second quarter. He is the first Cal player since J.J. Arrington in 2004 to open a season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and his 200-yard performance was the first by a Bear since Justin Forsett in 2005.
Best now has 311 rushing yards - tops in the Pac-10 - and four touchdowns. He also leads the conference with 239.5 all-purpose yards per game.
Cal is back in action this Saturday at Maryland. The East Coast game will kickoff at 9 a.m. and will be televised live by ESPN. The Bears return to memorial Stadium on Sept. 27, hosting Colorado State in a 3 p.m. contest. Tickets are still available by visiting CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO-BEARS.