With a 48-7 loss at Cal today, Washington finished this season as the only winless team in America and become the first 0-12 team in Pac-10 history. But, seriously, who cares? We have known for a long time now that Ty Willingham's last team in Seattle will go down as one of the worst in conference history. They lost to Washington State, for heaven's sake. No, the story of this game was on the Golden Bears' side. And that story wears No. 4.
Cal improved to 8-4 (and accepted an invite to the Emerald Bowl) behind lightning-fast running back Jahvid Best, who carried the ball 19 times for a school-record 311 yards and four touchdowns. That's right -- 19 for 311, a healthy 16.37 yards per carry. The explosive Cal rusher had touchdown runs of 60, 1, 20 and 84 yards. This unbelievable performance immediately follows Best's 19-carry, 201-yard effort in the Big Game. Having racked up 512 rushing yards over his final two games of the season, Best passed Oregon State freshman Jacquizz Rodgers for the Pac-10 rushing title (1,394 yards) and finished the regular season with an astonishing average of 8.0 yards per carry.
Yes, the Washington defense is horrible, but Best's stat line from today is nothing short of astounding. Ninteen rushes for 311 yards and four scores -- that has to be one of the most ridiculous single-game outputs of the season, right?
Well, I did some quick research, and here are 11 other players up for mind-boggling stat line of the year (opponent aside):
North Carolina WR Brandon Tate vs. McNeese State on Aug. 30: 397 total yards (school record); 4 catches for 93 yards and a TD; 3 carries for 106 yards; 3 punt returns for 142 yards (including an 82-yard TD); 1 kick return for 56 yards.
Navy RB Shun White vs. Towson on Aug. 30: 19 carries for 348 yards and 3 TDs.
Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant at Houston on Sept. 6: 9 catches for 236 yards and three TDs.
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford at Washington on Sept. 13: 18-for-21 for 304 yards and five TDs; one rushing TD.
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick at UNLV on Sept. 27: 11-for-16 for 176 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs; 18 carries for 240 yards and 3 TDs.
Illinois QB Juice Williams at Michigan on Oct. 4: 13-for-26 for 310 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs; 19 carries for 121 yards and 2 TDs.
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe vs. Oklahoma on Oct. 18: 12 catches for 269 yards and 2 TDs.
Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell vs. Oklahoma State on Nov. 8: 40-for-50 for 456 yards, 6 TDs and 0 INTs.
Toledo RB Morgan Williams vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 21: 28 carries for 330 yards and 3 TDs.
Eastern Michigan QB Andy Schmitt vs. Central Michigan on Nov. 28: 58-for-80 (NCAA record for completions) for 516 yards, five TDs and one INT; 9 rushes for 38 yards and a TD.
Rutgers QB Mike Teel vs. Louisville on Dec. 4: 21-for-26 for 447 yards, 7 TDs and 0 INTs.
So, how does Best's prolific day stack up? What is the most amazing stat line of the season?