Big Ten: Tyson Alualu
September, 19, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was too much Jahvid Best as California's offense ignited in the fourth quarter to beat a scrappy Minnesota team.
Best set a modern-era team record with five rushing touchdowns, putting himself in the Heisman Trophy mix, and quarterback Kevin Riley made several huge throws down the stretch for the eighth-ranked Bears. Cal received tremendous defensive play from linebacker Mike Mohamed (two INTs), end Tyler Alualu and others.
Minnesota senior wide receiver Eric Decker played his heart out (two receiving touchdowns, one passing touchdown), but the Gophers once again found no other options besides No. 7. Without any consistency in the run game, quarterback Adam Weber was under pressure for most of the game and couldn't avoid the rush nearly enough.
The Gophers defense played well in the second and third quarters but couldn't stop Cal when it counted. After exorcising their demons on the road, Bears can now turn their attention to Pac-10 play with Oregon and USC the next two weeks.