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September 20, 2009
Best a cut above the rest in Week 3
The last time Best played east of the Mississippi River, he rushed for a mere 25 yards last season at Maryland. The results couldn't have been more different this time around, as Best rushed for 131 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-21 victory at Minnesota to earn Rivals.com national and Pac-10 player of the week honors.
The five scores is a modern school record and the 26 carries is a career-high for Best, a junior.
Best ran for two 2-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the Golden Bears' 3-0 start.
"He's probably the fastest running back I've ever played against," Minnesota linebacker Lee Campbell said. "You had to keep him corralled. You saw what happened. When he got outside, he's gone."
NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
North Carolina is a little closer to finding a replacement for wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. True freshman Erik Highsmith caught six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 31-17 victory over East Carolina.
NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
When Steve Sarkisian was hired as Washington's coach, he brought USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt along with him to be the defensive coordinator on the Huskies' staff. Holt always was in the shadow of USC coach Pete Carroll, but for one day at least, he got the best of his mentor. Holt's defense forced three turnovers and allowed just 110 passing yards - the lowest of the Carroll era - in the Huskies' stunning 16-13 upset of the Trojans.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.