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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jahvid Best Solidifies Heisman Campaign with 5 Touchdowns, Airborne Score

The difference between Cal and USC is that a school like Cal goes out and loses to an Oregon the week after getting lots of attention and praise. I have a feeling that’s what will happen now that I and many others are giving Jahvid Best love for the win over Minnesota. Best scored every touchdown for Cal in their 35-21 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Best score three times in the first half including runs of 34, 2, and 27 yards, and then he punched in two short runs to help solidify the win in the 4th quarter. The first TD may have been the most impressive and it will be the one played on all the highlight shows. Check out video of Jahvid Best’s airborne touchdown against Minnesota:

Two elements really came together to make that play work so well. The first is the way they ran the fake end-around (that even tripped up the camera guy), making the defense freeze. The second is Best’s speed that allowed him to beat everyone to the sideline and then to the corner of the end zone. Gotta love the way he punctuated the touchdown with the airborne leap into pay dirt. That reminded me a lot of Knowshon Moreno’s run for Georgia last year against Arizona State. All the talk before the season was about the three quarterbacks and which one of them would get the Heisman — Bradford, Tebow, or McCoy. Best was widely considered a darkhorse candidate but now he must be thought of as one of the frontrunners. It was also hard to watch in the 4th quarter and not think Tedford was doing his best to pad Best’s stats. It sure worked.



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