Thanks to our readers for coming up with these great running back moments in Cal history. If you have any others let us know in the comments.
I know that stat-wise Joe Igber’s performance against Stanford in 2002 probably doesn’t rank up there with the greats. But, emotionally, that was one of the greatest running back performances I’ve ever experienced.
+1. That was the first guy I thought of. I think his 226 yds is still a Cal Big Game record. (paging Mr. Best…) Mighty Joe is one of my favorite all-time Bears. Undersized, but all heart, and more student than athlete. That was the first time we got the Ax back since ‘94, and was Tedford’s 1st year. It was the year balance was restored to the Force.
Russell White at Fucla, 1991: Dude needed to take an IV during halftime because of dehydration. An exhausted White fought like hell to score tying TD in 4th Q. We eventually won on last minute FG. White ran for about 150, as I recall, and a couple of scores.
Another vote for Russell White vs. UCLA in 1991. The USC game earned White Player of the Week honors in SI, but his game in Pasadena that year was equivalent to Lynch’s overtime classic vs. the Huskies. Here’s a link to the SI feature story, which appeared in an era when Cal simply did not get national media attention.
Lindsey Chapman, 1993 Big Game (Ohio Bear)--2 recs
Lindsey Chapman, Big Game 1993: This was another "emotional" performance along the lines of Igber’s in ‘02. We hadn’t won the Big Game since 1986 and that, well, sucked. We destroyed the furds that day, 46-17, and Chapman had 4 rushing TDs.
Adimchinobe Echemandu, 2003 USC (Ohio Bear)--2 recs
Adimchinobe Echemandu, vs. USC 2003: A lot of yards against a really good SC defense. Really good. And Ech set the tone with the huge run on 1st play of the game, remember?
Tyrone Edwards, 1994 Big Game--2 recs
Tyrone Edwards, Big Game 1994: I can’t be the only one to remember Tyrone. One of my favorite players at that time. In his last college game, he ran for 200+ yards and a couple of TDs. And we won the Big Game for 2nd year in a row (it was out last Big Game win until 2002).
JJ Arrington vs USC 2004 (Tedfordisgod)
Don’t forget JJ against USC in 2004: 21 rushes, 116 yards against one of the best defenses in recent memory.
Chuck Muncie vs USC 1975 (old bear)
Chuck Muncie against USC in 1975 is another one to check. I had never watched CAL football before, Muncie pounded the toejams that day. I was a freshman the following year
Jerry Drew vs Oregon State 1954 (CalBear81)
Jerry Drew vs. Oregon State in 1954 – 283 yards on 11 carries. That’s more than 25 yards a carry!