Sunday, September 16, 2007

San Jose Mercury News: Forsett's analysis: Ordinary night

Justin Forsett said he knew it would be another ordinary Saturday - at least ordinary for him. The Bears' running back rushed for 152 yards and a career-high three touchdowns during a 42-12 victory over the Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium. It was the sixth 150-yard game of the senior's career. Forsett missed the fourth quarter of last week because of a stinger and was held out of contact at practice all week. But he still carried the ball 23 times Saturday. "By Tuesday, I knew I could practice," Forsett said. "They were just holding me out as a precaution. I felt fine." Cal's offensive line did a good job paving the way for Forsett, who averaged 6.6 yards per carry. The only time something appeared to go wrong was when he accidentally bumped into guard Brian De La Puented. "That was the hardest I was hit all day," Forsett said. Forsett's 39-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest of his career, and he went over the 2,000-yard mark in his career. He's only 149 yards short of ninth place on the Bears' all-time list.

• For the second week in a row, the Bears won a game despite being plagued by penalties and mistakes. Cal had eight penalties for 65 yards, including three false starts. "We were very undisciplined today," Coach Jeff Tedford said. "We had way too many penalties. It isn't like us to have it happen like that."

• Wide receiver Robert Jordan, who missed most of last week's game with bruised ribs, caught five passes for 47 yards. He has caught a pass in 33 consecutive games.

• Brandon Hampton's second-quarter interception was the fourth of his career.

• As expected, kicker Tom Schneider missed his third game in a row with a pulled quadriceps muscle. Jordan Kay filled in and missed his first field goal attempt in four tries, a 40-yarder in the second quarter.


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