Saturday, September 19, 2009
Halftime analysis: California-Minnesota
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
MINNEAPOLIS -- Quick analysis from halftime at TCF Bank Stadium, where California leads Minnesota 21-14.
Turning point: After Minnesota stopped Cal deep in its own territory, Bears safety Jesse Brooks drew a 15-yard penalty for crushing Gophers punt returner Bryant Allen, who was knocked silly trying to catch the ball. The foul gave Minnesota great field position and the Gophers converted for their second touchdown with 40 seconds left, reducing their deficit.
Stats of the half: Cal has outgained Minnesota 277-112, recorded seven more first downs and held the ball for 19:56 vs. 10:04.
Best player in the half: The best is Best, as in California running back Jahvid Best, who strengthened his case for Heisman Trophy consideration with 114 rush yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the half. Honorable mention goes to Minnesota senior wide receiver Eric Decker, who has caught two touchdown passes.