Oct. 23, 2006
BERKELEY - Marshawn Lynch turned in one of the top performances of the year on Saturday, carrying the California football team to a 31-24 overtime victory over Washington in Pac-10 action at Memorial Stadium. Most impressively, he did it all on two sprained ankles. For his efforts, he has been named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week and his game-winning touchdown run has been selected as a Pontiac Game-Changing Performance.
Lynch rushed for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but proved his full value in crunch time. On the Bears' final drive in regulation, the junior had two receptions for 32 yards and then rushed over right tackle for a 17-yard score with 1:52 to go. The ensuing two-point conversion gave the Bears a 24-17 advantage. After the Huskies forced overtime, Cal ran one short pass-lay before handing off to Lynch again and the Oakland product went over right tackle for 22 yards and what proved to be the game-winning score. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and also had four receptions for 53 yards in the victory. The game was his 15th career 100-yard rushing game to move him into a tie for first in Cal history with Russell White and Chuck Muncie.
Lynch's 22-yard touchdown run in overtime was selected as one of four game-changing performances. Fans can go to www.pontiac.com/ncaa, where they can view video clips of the four finalists and vote for their favorite play. Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday. ESPN will announce this week's Pontiac Game Changing Performance winner, on Thursday night, during the Pontiac Performance Halftime Report.
The winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to their general scholarship fund. Additionally, the winning play will be nominated for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Yearin December. Pontiac will provide a $100,000 scholarship to the school selected by the fans as the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year.
This marks the fifth time this year that the Golden Bears have been honored with a Pac-10 Player of the Week award. Quarterback Nate Longshore has twice been honored as the league's offensive player of the week while running back Justin Forsett was the offensive player of the week following the Oregon game. Junior placekicker Tom Schneider was the special teams player of the week after Cal's victory over Oregon State.
The Golden Bears have a bye this week, but return to action next Saturday, hosting UCLA at Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.