Sept. 14, 2009
BERKELEY - California junior running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best was named the first honorable mention selection for the College Football Performance Awards Running Back Performer of the Week on Monday after winning the honor the first week of the season on Sept. 7. Best is the only running back in the nation to earn recognition both weeks.
Best posted his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game dating back to the final four contests of 2009 by rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown on only 17 carries in a 59-7 victory over Eastern Washington last Saturday. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Best had rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries to lead the Golden Bears to a 52-13 win over Maryland in the first game of the 2009 season on Sept. 5.
For the season, he ranks second in the Pac-10 and sixth in the country with an average of 140.5 rushing yards per game (281 total) and is averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He is also third in the conference and No. 21 nationally in all-purpose running (170.5 yards per game) and has scored four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving) to tie for third in the Pac-10 and tie for No. 10 nationally with an average of 12.0 points per contest. In addition, he moved past the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing yards in his most recent outing and now has 2,082 to move within 108 of cracking the school's all-time Top 10.
No. 7/8 Cal (2-0) faces its first road test of the 2009 campaign when the Golden Bears travel to Minnesota this Saturday for a 9 a.m. PT kickoff (11 a.m. CT). The contest will be televised live nationally by ESPN.
Cal will also be on the road for its Pac-10 season-opener at Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 26 (12:30 p.m. PT), before returning to Memorial Stadium for a showdown with No. 3 USC on Saturday, Oct. 3 (5 p.m.). Both contests will be televised live by ABC.
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