Dec. 27, 2008
Cal finishes the 2008 season with a 9-4 record and Miami finishes the season with a 7-6 record. Cal is now 10-8-1 all-time in bowl games, and 5-1 under Jeff Tedford with four straight bowl victories. Cal is now 2-2 all-time vs. Miami - it's the first victory for the Golden Bears vs. the Hurricanes since a 9-7 win in Miami on October 10, 1964.
Jahvid Best ran for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries in today's game - set the Emerald Bowl record for most rushing yards by an individual (previous record was 177 yards by Oregon State's Yvenson Bernard in 2007). It was the most yards Miami yielded to a running back this season. Best was named the offensive player of the game.
Best rushed for 1,580 yards this season - the No. 2 rushing performance in a season in school history (moving past Justin Forsett's 1546 yards in 2007). He ended the season rushing for 698 yards in the last three games. Best set a new Cal record with an average of 8.1 yards per rush in a single season (previous best was 7.3 yards per rush by Jackie Jensen in 1948). Best is averaging 8.1 yards per carry in his career, the best career mark in school history.
With two rushing touchdowns today, Best tied the school record with 15 rushing TDs in a season -- also held by JJ Arrington (2004) and Justin Forsett (2007). Including today's performance, Best rushed for 100+ yards in a game eight times this season (he is the only Cal running back to ever rush for 200+ yards on three separate occasions).
Best's 42-yard TD run set a record for the longest rushing TD in Emerald Bowl history, eclipsing a 41-yard TD run by Utah's Quinton Ganther in 2005.
Best broke the all-time school record for all-purpose yards in a single season today. With his 229 all-purpose yards today (186 yards rushing, 43 return yards), he amassed 2,247 total years this season (moving past JJ Arrington, who had 2,139 all-purpose yards in 2004).
Zack Follett was named the defensive player of the game with nine tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass defensed. Follett had 23 tackles for loss this season -- tied for No. 3 on Cal's single-season tackle-for-loss list with Sekou Sanyika in 1998. Follett also moved into fifth-place on the school's career tackle-for-loss list with 51 tackles for loss.
In the first quarter, Nate Longshore's 74-yard pass to Verran Tucker was the longest pass completion of the season and the longest pass completion and reception for both Longshore and Tucker in their careers. It was the longest pass completion in Cal's bowl history (previous longest pass was 54 yards from Bob Celeri to Frank Brunk vs. Ohio State in the 1950 Rose Bowl). It was second-longest pass play in Emerald bowl history and also tied for the longest pass allowed by Miami this season.
Longshore had a touchdown pass today to Anthony Miller - it was the 51st career TD pass of Longshore's career (tied for No. 3 in school history with Troy Taylor (1986-89) - and the very first reception of Miller's career.
Michael Mohamed's second quarter interception was the third interception of the season (and his career). It was the 24th interception by the Bears this season, the third most recorded in school history.
Syd'Quan Thompson recorded two pass break-ups today to give him 18 passes-defensed for the season -- tied for the most in a single season with fellow teammate Darian Hagan this season and Harrison Smith (2004). Thompson has defensed 30 passes in his career (No. 3 on Cal's career list).
Of the first four drives for Miami, only one drive resulted in positive yardage, and that drive only netted one yard. Cal outscored opponents 108-40 in the first quarter this season. Only three opponents scored a first quarter touchdown against the Bears this season.
Cal remains undefeated while wearing its gold alternate jerseys and is now a perfect 8-0 in the gold-based outfits after originally unveiling them during the 2006 season. The Bears went 3-0 this season in the gold alternate jerseys.
Attendance today was 42,268 - an Emerald Bowl record.