FanHouse gathers around the TV to bring you insights from Bowl Season '08.
This much we knew -- speedy Cal tailback Jahvid Best rushed for over 500 yards in his last two games. So, too, did Miami. So, too, did his coaches. Among the two parties, only his coaches were able to hold him back at any point Saturday evening in a 24-17 close-fought Cal victory over Miami.
Best strung together a series of highlights runs among his 20 carries totaling an Emerald Bowl record 186 yards and two touchdowns. Cal's offense and oft-booed quarterback Nate Longshore was helpless without him, but Cal's coaches seemed reluctant to ride their star. The game's announcers got a gem of a quote from Miami's defensive coordinator basically calling Best Cal's entire offense. He also said backup quarterback Kevin Riley outperformed declared starter Nate Longshore this year, but that's for another time.
The suspension-addled, heavy underdog Miami Hurricanes win this game if Best hadn't played as he had.