BERKELEY, Calif. - The Oregon State football team's defense was geared up to stop California's powerful running game.
The Beavers were doing that in Saturday's game, but where disappointed they didn't face the Golden Bears at their best with standout running back Jahvid Best.
Best left the game in the second quarter with a concussion. It was an uneasy situation as he was taken to the hospital because it appeared much worse.
The Beavers went on to win the Pacific-10 Conference game 31-14 in Memorial Stadium.
"Thankfully, the tests came back negative," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "It looks like it was just a pretty serious concussion. When it happened, it was unbelievably scary. He was out of it pretty good."
Best was injured on a 7-yard touchdown run with six minutes, seven seconds left in the first half. He ran off left tackle and leaped into the air to go over defenders.
OSU safety Cameron Collins hit him below the waist as Best traveled through the air, which flipped him.
Best landed on his back and right shoulder. His helmet popped off on impact. He laid on the ground stunned, and medical personnel rushed to him immediately.
"I hope he's all right; it's unfortunate," Collins said. "I wish the best for him, the Cal team and his family. As a team, we took a knee and said a quick prayer for him. As a competitor, you don't want to see something happen to somebody like that."
After a 15-minute delay to prepare to put him on a stretcher he was taken to the hospital for observation. He came into the game recovering from a mild concussion.
"It was scary to see the injury," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "It's always an eerie thing in a game like that when it's quiet and someone gets hurt like that."
Best wasn't having a good day rushing up until then. He had 29 yards on nine carries. The team ended up with 39 rushing yards.
That forced the Bears into throwing the ball more than they liked, and that allowed the Beavers to blitz more than they have been doing.
"Our first priority is stopping the run," Collins said. "That was our big thing coming into the game. They have a great quarterback to worry about, but it starts with the running game."
Quarterback Kevin Riley was knocked around and sacked twice. Linebacker Keaton Kristick hit him so hard Riley had to be checked on, and guided off, the field.
He came back to complete 19 of 34 passes. Safety Lance Mitchell intercepted Riley once.
"It is one of the more complete games our defense has put together," Collins said. "We are happy about that. We let down and allowed a late score, so it wasn't a complete, complete game."