Road win, QB play will give Cal great confidence moving forward
Should this wind up being the year of the Cal Bears -- the year
Riley, Cal's oft-maligned junior quarterback, was the Bears' biggest preseason question mark. During the first half of Saturday's important road game at Minnesota, he quietly took care of business while star RB
But all that changed in the course of two throws. With Cal facing third-and-16 from its own 21, with just over nine minutes remaining and the crowd at sparkling new TCF Bank Stadium roaring, Best picked up an incoming blitzer while Riley stood tall and fired a dart down the left sideline to receiver
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No. 8 Cal needed this win to be taken seriously as a BCS contender, but the way it went down -- with Riley and the Bears responding beautifully to adversity -- should be a huge confidence-booster heading into another tough road date next week at Oregon and then a potential Armageddon home date with No. 3 USC.
Meanwhile, Best surely grabbed the attention of Heisman voters Saturday with his five-touchdown performance. Though he gained all but 18 of his 132 yards in the first half, he produced enough highlight-reel runs to ensure prime SportsCenter air time throughout the day. He was already viewed as a legit contender; now, the Bears can be, too.