Riley leads Cal on potential decisive drive

September, 19, 2009
9/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


MINNEAPOLIS -- After dominating the first half with three rushing touchdowns, Jahvid Best disappeared in the third quarter, only to be revived by his quarterback in the fourth.

Kevin Riley might have won the game for Cal in leading on an 8-play, 72-yard touchdown drive. Riley went 3 of 4 on the drive, including a 35-yard completion to Jeremy Ross on third-and-16 from deep in Cal territory. Minnesota has got to be kicking itself after seemingly stopping Cal on the previous play (a false start penalty was called).

Riley responded from a shaky third quarter and threw a beautiful ball to tight end Skylar Curran, which set up Best's fourth touchdown run, tying a modern day school record (Best also had four scores against Washington last year). Best will get most of the credit if Cal wins today -- and he deserves it -- but Riley has looked pretty solid as well.

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