Best's Record Day Leads Cal

BERKELEY – Jahvid Best rushed for a school-record 311 yards and four touchdowns leading California to a win over Washington. Best carried the ball only 19 times and left the game with 11:02 left in the third quarter.

Jahvid Best reached the 200-yard rushing plateau twice this season. He rushed for 200 yards in the second game of the year at Washington State. He topped that with 201 yards rushing two weeks ago in the Big Game against Stanford. Against the Cardinal, Best also reached the 1,000-yard mark – the seventh straight season a Cal running back has done so. However, he set the bar once again with a school record 311 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Saturday's 48-7 win over Washington in Berkeley.

The most amazing stat was the fact he did in just over a half of play. He left the game with well over 25 minutes left to play. Best very well could have rushed for 500 yards if Coach Jeff Tedford allowed him. Nonetheless, Best destroyed Jerry Drew's school record mark of 283 yards set back on November 13, 1954 versus Oregon State. Best was just 46 yards short of tying Washington State's Ruben Mayes Pac-10 record of 357 rush yards set in 1984. Best's 311 yards is fourth best in Pac-10 history behind Mayes, USC's Ricky Bell's 347 yards in 1976, and UCLA's Maurice Drew's 322 yards in 2004 – also set against Washington.

Best needed 171 yards to win the Pac-10 regular season rushing title. He finished the regular season with 1,394 yards rushing – good for fourth place on Cal's single-season rushing list – on just 174 carries for an average of 8.01 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns. Reggie Bush holds the Pac-10 mark for yards per carry (8.7) in a season, minimum 200 attempts. Best has had seven rushes of 60+ yards this season. He is the only Cal player to ever rush for 200 or more yards three times.

With a bowl game left, likely versus Miami in the Emerald Bowl, Best has chance to become just the third Golden Bear running back to top 1,500 yards rushing in a single season. He needs 153 yards to overtake Justin Forsett's 1546 yards gained in 2007 for the second best season mark in school history. Seven of the top 10 single season rushing marks in school history now belong to running backs coached under Jeff Tedford.


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