Oct. 9, 2006
BERKELEY - California junior running back Justin Forsett has been named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his impressive performance in Saturday's victory over then-11th-ranked Oregon. The convincing victory helped the Golden Bears jump to No. 10 in the Associated Press rankings.
With Marshawn Lynch sidelined in the first half due to injury, Forsett stepped into the backfield and carried the ball 27 times for 163 yards in the victory. His rushing attack enabled the Bears to control the ball for 75.7 percent (22:42) of the second half to crush any Oregon hopes for a comeback. The Florida native capped an 11-play, six-minute and 16-second drive with a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He also added a season-long 48-yard run in the game. It was the fifth career 100-yard rushing effort for Forsett.
In the second half alone, Forsett ran for 146 yards. He also caught two passes for 19 yards.
This marks the fourth 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 and placekicker Tom Schneider was the special teams player of the week last week.
The Golden Bears are back in action this weekend, playing on the road at Washington State. They return home on Saturday, Oct. 21, hosting Washington in another key Pac-10 game. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.