Nov. 14, 2004
The 107th Big Game
Stanford (4-6, 2-5) at No. 4 California (8-1, 6-1)
Date: November 20, 2004
Site: Berkeley, CA
Television: Live, Fox Sports Net (national cable)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series:Stanford leads 54-41-3
Last Meeting: November 22, 2003 at Stanford (28-16 Cal)
STANFORD TRAVELS TO BERKELEY FOR 107TH BIG GAME
Stanford (4-6, 2-5) and California (8-1, 6-1) meet once again in Berkeley on Saturday, November 20 in the 107th meeting of The Big Game ... Both teams head into the game with streaks: Stanford a four-game losing streak and Cal a five-game winning streak ... The Bears have won the last two Big Games after the Cardinal had won a Big Game record seven straight from 1995-2001 ... With Stanford's 24-19 loss last Saturday to Oregon State, the Cardinal cannot qualify for a post-season bowl ... The Bears, however, were ranked fourth in the latest BCS rankings are attempting to advance to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1959 ... This week, Cal is ranked No. 4 by USA Today/Coaches Poll ... A sellout crowd of 74,347 is expected to fill Memorial Stadium.
CARDINAL HOLDS 54-41-11 LEAD IN BIG GAME SERIES HISTORY
The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met 106 times on the gridiron, with Stanford holding a 54-41-11 advantage ... The Cardinal has won seven of the last nine games with Cal and 11 of the last 15 from 1989-03, but the Bears have won the last two, including last year's 28-16 win at Stanford Stadium... In Berkeley, the Bears won the last meeting, 30-7 in 2002 ... The Cardinal has won five of the last seven Big Games played in Memorial Stadium ... The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in college football ... Stanford and Cal have met every year since 1892 with the exception of 1915-18 and 1943-45 ... Since 1961, Stanford leads the series 29-12-1 ... Only 113 points separates the two teams in the previous 106 meetings.
BIG GAME STREAKS
Stanford holds the Big Game record for consecutive wins at seven (1995-2001), but the Bears have won the last two (2002, 2003) and are attempting to beat the Cardinal three straight seasons for the first time since 1958-60 ... Stanford's seven game streak broke its previous Big Game record of six consecutive wins, which was established from 1961-66 ... Cal's longest winning streak in The Big Game is five from 1919-23.
CLOSE CALLS IN THE BIG GAME
The Stanford-California rivalry has proven to be one of the most exciting in college football since it began in 1892 ... Of the 106 games, an amazing 50 have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 23-16-11 advantage in those games ... Even more impressive, 29 Big Games have been decided by three points less, with Stanford enjoying a 10-8-11 edge ... The Big Game has also produced an NCAA-best five "cliffhangers," which are games decided on the final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2000).
FIVE BIG GAMES DECIDED ON THE GAME'S FINAL PLAY
Five Big Games have been decided on the game's final play: 1972 - Vince Ferragamo-Steve Sweeney TD pass for 24-21 Cal win; 1974 - Mike Langford 50-yard field goal for 22-20 Stanford win; 1982 - "The Play" gives Cal 25-20 win; 1990 - John Hopkins' 37-yard field goal for 27-25 Cardinal win; 2000 - Randy Fasani-Casey Moore touchdown pass in overtime gives Stanford 36-30 victory.
BIG GAME RIVALRY TIED FOR 10TH LONGEST IN HISTORY
The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history ... This year's 107th meeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on the all-time list.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: OREGON STATE 24, STANFORD 19
Oregon State led 21-3 at the half, but the Cardinal scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to pull within 21-19 with 7:12 to play.
Redshirt freshman quarterback T.C. Ostrander made his starting debut for the Cardinal and threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
Ostrander hit WR Evan Moore for a 26-yard TD with 7:12 to play. The same combination attempted to connect on the ensuing two-point conversion, but the play fell incomplete.
OSU's Alexis Serna hit a 37-yard field goal with 1:23 to play to put the Beavers ahead 24-19.
HEAD COACH Buddy Teevens
Forty-seven year old Buddy Teevens is in his third season at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach on January 9, 2002 ... Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanford included 12 as a head coach ... A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, he had previously held the head coaching position at the University of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane ... Teevens spent three seasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier ... Teevens was the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth for five years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
SMITH SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR RECEPTIONS BY TIGHT END
Senior tight end Alex Smith became the most prolific receiving tight end in school history on November 6 at Arizona State after catching five passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns ... Smith, a fifth-year senior from Denver, Colorado, caught two balls for 32 yards last week vs. Oregon State and now has 106 career receptions, surpassing the old mark of 100 set by Bob Moore (1968-70) ... Smith also has 1,261 career receiving yards and eight touchdowns, both second in the record book behind Moore, who caught many of his passes from Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett ... Smith, who has 51 receptions this season for 676 yards and three touchdowns, also has a chance at the single season tight end reception record (61 by Greg Baty, 1985) ... He needs 10 receptions in The Big Game to catch Baty ... Smith currently ranks fifth in the conference in receptions per game (5.1) and receiving yards per game (67.6) - both marks are tops among Pac-10 tight ends ... He has caught 26 passes for 390 yards the past four games vs. Oregon (nine receptions, 110 yards), UCLA (10 catches, 136 yards), Arizona State (five receptions, 112 yards, two TDs) and Oregon State ... Against Oregon (Oct. 23), Smith established career highs in both receptions and receiving yards, only to break both marks the following week at UCLA ... He caught four passes for 30 yards in the season opener vs. San Jose State and six catches for 87 yards and one TD vs. BYU ... Against top-ranked USC, he had five receptions for 45 yards ... Smith had four receptions for 46 yards against Washington and five catches for 73 yards at Notre Dame ... Smith is attempting to become the first Stanford tight end to lead the team in receptions since Moore in 1969 ... ... Smith could also become the first Stanford tight end to be named First-Team All-Pac-10 since Baty in 1985.
SMITH STRONG CANDIDATE FOR MACKEY AWARD AS TOP TE
Alex Smith has put himself in position to be a strong candidate for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end ... Smith, was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for his performance at UCLA (10 receptions, 136 yards), has earned the repuatation as one of the nation's premier tight ends ... The Mackey Award is given to the "collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey."
SMITH AMONG TOP TIGHT ENDS IN THE NATION
Alex Smith ranks second in the nation in both receptions per game (5.1) and receiving yards per game (67.6) for a tight end ... Smith, who leads the Cardinal with 51 receptions, has caught 26 passes the past four games ... Among tight ends, only Trey Haverty from Texas Tech is ranked higher than Smith ... Haverty averages 6.2 receptions and 82 yards per game ... Other top tight ends nationally include Garrett Mills of Tulsa (4.5 rpg, 52 ypg), Clark Harris of Rutgers (4.44, 60.89) and Joe Newton of Oregon State (4.4, 53).
SMITH FOLLOWING IN LONG LIST OF NFL TIGHT ENDS
Senior tight end Alex Smith appears to be following in the long line of Cardinal tight ends who have moved on to play in the NFL ... Six of the last seven starting tight ends dating back to 1991 have been drafted and/or played in the NFL (Brett Pierce, Russell Stewart, Greg Clark, Tony Cline, Ryan Wetnight, Turner Baur) ... In fact, since 1983 Stanford has had 11 starting tight ends - nine of whom have been drafted and/or played in the NFL ... Smith is highly regarded by NFL scouts and should be playing on Sundays in 2005.
HONORS CANDIDATE: FREE SAFETY Oshiomogho Atogwe
Now in his third season in the starting lineup, senior free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe entered the 2004 campaign as one of the top safeties in college football and the top play-maker on the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe, named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season, was named to the Jim Thorpe Award "Watch List" and ranked as one of the top safeties in the nation prior to the season ... He has led the team in tackles the past two years and is attempting to become only the third player in school history to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons ... In 2003, Atogwe was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top four in tackles per game (4th with 8.2 tpg), fumbles caused (1st, 0.55 per game) and fumble recoveries (1st, 0.55 per game) ... From 2002-04 (32 games), he has nine interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through 10 games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force ... He leads the team with 70 tackles and seven pass breakups and is tied for the team lead with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... His nine career interceptions ranks him tied for eighth in the Cardinal record book ... He currently ranks tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for 23rd in the NCAA in interceptions per game (0.4 ipg).
EDWARDS' STATUS FOR BIG GAME UNCERTAIN
Sophomore quarterback Trent Edwards started the first nine games of the season for Stanford, but did not play last week vs. Oregon State due to a shoulder injury he suffered the week before (Nov. 6) at Arizona State ... His status for The Big Game is uncertain ... During the '04 campaign, Edwards has shown that he has the potential to be one of the top quarterbacks in the Pacific-10 Conference ... For the season he has completed 149-of-274 for 1,732 yards and nine TDs ... He threw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 37-10 win over BYU ... In the season opener vs. San Jose State he completed 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns ... He also scored TD on a four-yard run ... Against No. 1 ranked USC, Edwards completed 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two touchdowns ... At halftime, he had completed 20-of-26 for 164 yards and two TDs ... Edwards threw his first interception of the season against the Trojans, snapping his string of 66 consecutive passes without an INT ... Against Washington (Oct. 2), Edwards completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He threw for 267 yards at Notre Dame and 202 yards and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore in Stanford's win at Washington State ... Against Oregon, Edwards was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter after completing five-of-eight for 33 yards ... He threw for 224 yards at UCLA (Oct. 30)... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996.
OSTRANDER IMPRESSIVE IN LIMITED DUTY IN 2004
Redshirt freshman quarterback T.C. Ostrander made his starting debut last Saturday vs. Oregon State and threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns ... He has appeared in five games this season, completing 48-of-100 for 766 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions ... Most of his playing time prior to the OSU game occurred in games vs. Oregon and Arizona State when starter Trent Edwards was knocked out of the game due to injury ... Against ASU, he went eight-of-15 for 161 yards and a touchdown - that coming on a 67-yard pass play to tight end Alex Smith to put the Cardinal ahead with 2:02 to play ... Against Oregon, Ostrander completed 18-of-29 for 236 yards and a touchdown ... A graduate of nearby Menlo-Atherton High School, Ostrander came to Stanford as one of the nation's prized recruits in 2003.
ALSTON PROVIDING BIG PLAYS FOR CARDINAL DEFENSE
Junion outside linebacker Jon Alston has emerged in 2004 to become not only one of Stanford's big playmakers on defense, but one of the best in the Pac-10 ... In his first season as a full-time starter, the Shreveport, Louisianna native has proven to be a player opponents must worry about when playing the Cardinal ... He played one of his best games at Arizona State (Nov. 6) when he accounted for four quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, seven total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... The last player to account for as many as three sacks in a game was Coy Wire vs. Arizona State during the 2000 season ... Wire, who played linebacker for Stanford, is now a starting safety for the Buffalo Bills ... For the season, he now leads the team in sacks (8.5), tackles for loss (12.0) and forced fumbles (three), is tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and is fourth on the team in total tackles with 57 ... In the Pac-10, Alston is is among the conference leaders in sacks (0.85 per game), tackles for loss (1.2 per game), forced fumbles (0.3 per game) and fumble recoveries (0.2 per game).
FOUR RECEIVERS WITH SIZE AND 20 OR MORE CATCHES
Stanford's passing offense in 2004 has utilized 13 receivers thus far, including four who have more than 20 receptions each ... Tight end Alex Smith leads the way with 51 catches for 676 yards, followed by Evan Moore with 38 receptions for 611 yards, Mark Bradford (32 receptions, 431 yards) and Justin McCullum (24 receptions, 335 yards) ... Those four also combine to form one of the biggest receiving corps in recent years on The Farm ... Moore is the team's biggest target at 6-7, 235, followed by Smith at 6-5, 255, McCullum at 6-4, 220 and Bradford at 6-2, 190.
BRADFORD AND MOORE LATEST TWO-SPORT ATHLETES
Stanford has a long and impressive list of two-sport athletes and the latest duo happens to be the Cardinal's starting receivers ... Sophomores Mark Bradford and Evan Moore are not only expected to be Stanford's top receivers in 2004, but they are also members of the Cardinal's nationally-ranked basketball team ... Bradford, Stanford's top returning receiver, will compete for playing time in basketball at point guard while Moore, at 6-7, 235, is one of the team's top power forwards ... Stanford has had a storied past of two-sport athletes, including some of the greatest names in school history ... Some of the great football two-sport athletes include NFL Hall of Fame QB John Elway (baseball) and NFL Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton (track), two-time Olympic gold medal decathlete Bob Mathias (track), NFL Pro Bowl safety John Lynch (baseball) and NFL veteran and Stanford's all-time leading rusher, Darrin Nelson (track) ... The last football-basketball player on the Farm was Teyo Johnson, currently a tight end with the Oakland Raiders.
MOORE MAKING HIS PRESENCE KNOW ON FOOTBALL FIELD
Sophomore Evan Moore (6-7, 235) has caught 38 balls for 611 yards (16.1 ypc) and scored a team-leading six touchdowns in 2004 and has given notice that his size and athletic ability are one of Stanford's top offensive weapons ... Moore, who opened the year with four catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State, came back in week two vs. BYU to record four more receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown - that coming on a 24-yard pass from Trent Edwards... Against top-ranked USC, he caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown ... Against Washington, he caught three balls for 68 yards ... Moore had five catches for 72 yards at Notre Dame ... In the Cardinal's win at Washington State, he had two catches for 75 yards, one of which went for a 67-yard touchdown ... Against Oregon State, Moore had five catches for 78 yards, including a 41-yard reception and a 26-yard touchdown catch from T.C. Ostrander ... He leads the team with six receiving touchdowns and is tied for the team lead with a 16.1 yards per reception average... In his starting debut against SJS (September 4), one of Moore's TD catches is certain to make the season highlight reel ... On a fourth-and-two from the SJS 30-yard line, Moore took an inside route against the Spartan's 5-9 defender and made an acrobatic, one-handed catch on a pass thrown by Edwards ... Earlier, Moore caught a 22-yard touchdown pass on the Cardinal's first possession of the season.
CARDINAL DEFENSE INCLUDES SIX, FIFTH-YEAR SENIORS
There is no lack of experience on the defensive side of the ball as Stanford returned nine starters, including three linebackers and its entire secondary, and several lettermen to its defensive unit in 2004 ... Six of the team's nine returning starters are fifth-year seniors who have been in the starting lineup in each of the past two seasons ... Eleven returning players on defense started at least four games last year ... Ten of the 11 starting positions are held by a junior or senior - the only exception being Brandon Harrison at strong safety ... The six, fifth-year seniors include CBs Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson, FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, OLB Jared Newberry, DE Scott Scharff and ILB David Bergeron.
EXPERIENCED LINEBACKING CORPS LEADING DEFENSE
The Cardinal returned an experienced corps of linebackers in 2004 who were expected to be the strength of Stanford's defense - and they have not dissapointed ... Coming into the season, the Cardinal had all three of its starters from '03 back as well as depth and experience ... Stanford played to its strength by switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, allowing another linebacker to get on the field ... And what we've seen through 10 games is a linebacking corps among the best in the Pac-10 ... Returning starters Jared Newberry, Kevin Schimmelmann and David Bergergon have been joined in the starting lineup by junior Jon Alston, who is athletic and fast and is currently leading the team in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (8.5) ... Schimmelmann, who missed last week's game with Oregon State due to a knee injury, has recorded 58 total tackles, Bergeron is tied with Oshiomogho Atogwe for the team lead in tackles per game (7.0) and Newberry has turned in an outstanding season with 41 tackles and nine tackles for loss, second best on the team.
FORMER WALK-ON NEWBERRY NAMED CO-CAPTAIN
Senior Jared Newberry came to Stanford as a walk-on from Minneapolis in 2000 and, four years later, has emerged as one of the team leaders and one of the top players in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Named one of two team captains of the '04 Cardinal - along with Oshiomogho Atogwe, Newberry has started the past 20 games at outside linebacker ... He is a three-year letterwinner who was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season ... His teammates recognized him as the Russell-Huston Award winner for "exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts" ... Newberry led the team last year with 10 tackles for loss and was second with 67 tackles ... Prior to earning a starting role as an outside linebacker, Newberry played inside linebacker (2000) and fullback (2001) as well as special teams ... In 2001, he was the team's backup fullback ... He had two carries that year - both coming against Arizona State - for 29 yards and one touchdown ... He scored on a 19-yard run up the middle against the Sun Devils.
EXPERIENCED TRIO AT CORNERBACK
Stanford sports an experienced trio of cornerbacks in seniors Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson and junior T.J. Rushing ... The trio has taken virtually all the snaps at cornerback since 2002 and is among the most experienced units in the Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 30 games, Wilson 26 and Rushing eight from 2002-04 ... Torrence was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorable mention all-conference last season ... He is tied for the team with four interceptions (with Atogwe) and his 0.4 interceptions per game rank??? in the Pac-10 and ???? in the NCAA ... Rushing has 32 tackles and six tackles for loss ... He had a career high eight tackles, along with a forced fumble and tackle for loss, against top-ranked USC and had six tackles, including two tackles-for-loss at Arizona State ...Wilson intercepted his first pass of the season against Washington (Oct. 2) and returned it 51 yards to the Huskies four-yard line ... He leads the corners with 49 total tackles and five pass break ups.
BRADFORD COMING OFF RECORD SETTING FRESHMAN SEASON
Mark Bradford entered the school record book last year by becoming the first true freshman in school history to lead the team in receiving yards ... Bradford caught 37 balls for 587 yards and three touchdowns last year and has earned the reputation as one of the top young receivers in the Pac-10 ... He caught three passes in the season opener vs. SJS and four against BYU and USC...He led the team with five catches for 79 yards against Washington (Oct. 2) ... He led all Cardinal receivers vs. Oregon State when he had five catches for 53 yards, including his first touchdown of the season (15-yard pass from T.C. Ostrander) ... His 69 career receptions is tops on the team among wide receivers ... He is currently third on the team with 32 catches for 431 yards (13.5 ypc) ... Against BYU, Bradford took a short pass and used some nifty moves and speed to turn it into a 76-yard play ... He had three cathces for 75 yards against Washington State, including one for 42-yards ... Bradford, also a point guard on the Cardinal basketball team, started the final eight games of the '03 football season and was named the team's top freshman, First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and Third Team Freshman All-America.
SCHIMMELMANN SHINES IN FOURTH POSITION IN FOUR YEARS
Now in his fourth season, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann may have finally found a home - and a position - that suits him ... The junior from Marietta, Georgia, had played free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker prior to moving to inside linebacker for the 2004 campaign ... Despite missing last week's game at Oregon State due to a knee injury, he is still third on the team in total tackles with 58 ... Against UCLA, he accounted for four total tackles, recorded his first career interception, and was credited with one forced fumble, a pass break up and a tackle for loss ... He had a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC and nine at Notre Dame and against Oregon ... In Stanford's win over WSU, Schimmelmann had seven tackles and a pass break up ... He has also recorded two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble ... A two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, Schimmelmann started six games at outside linebacker a year ago and played in all 11, accounting for 49 total tackles and eight tackles for loss ... In the Cardinal's 21 games in 2003 and '04, he has started 15, played in 20 and accounted for 107 tackles.
SGROI MOVES INTO RECORD BOOK IN CAREER FIELD GOALS
Junior PK Michael Sgroi hit 10 consecutive field goals earlier this season, the third longest streak in school history (John Hopkins, 12 in 1988; Mark Harmon, 11 in 1981) ... Sgroi is now 14-of-22 in 2004 ... His 1.4 field goals per game ranks him first in the Pac-10 and 15th in the NCAA ... In the Cardinal record book, Sgroi is No. 7 all-time on the Farm with 30 career field goals ... Next up is Mike Biselli (1998-01) with 31 ... Sgroi began the year by missing his first three field goals, one in the season opener vs. San Jose State and the first two he atttempted against BYU ... But, he came back to make three straight against BYU, three at Notre Dame and three at Washington State, including a career-best 47-yarder ... He hit his first attempt vs. Oregon before missing a 38-yarder in the second quarter to end the streak ... He hit a career-best 50-yarder vs. Oregon State, the longest on the Farm since 1999.
Big Game History
Close Series: Only 113 points separates the two teams in their previous 104 games ... Stanford has scored 1,719 points to the Bears 1,609.
The Axe: To the winner of the Big Game goes "The Axe"... The Axe made its first appearance at a Stanford-Cal baseball game on April 13, 1899, but it wasn't until 1933 that the two universities decided that The Axe would be a trophy given to the winner of The Big Game.
Series History: The Big Game was interrupted from 1915-18 and again from 1943-45 (World War II) ... When the two schools disagreed over freshman eligibility, athletic relations were severed from 1915-18 ... Stanford's "Big Game" became their annual rugby match with Santa Clara.
The First Big Game: The first Big Game was played on March 10, 1892 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco ... Cal had fielded a team for 10 years, but for upstart Stanford University, which opened on October 1, 1891, this was to be their first intercollegiate football game ... Stanford pulled off the upset, beating the more experienced Bears 14-10.
First Big Game Crowd: An overflow crowd of 20,000 witnessed the first Big Game ... Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.
The Immortal Twenty-One: A group of Stanford students added to Big Game lore by stealing the Axe at Cal's annual Axe Rally on April 3, 1930. The Axe, which had been in a bank vault for 31 years, was now in possession of the Immortal Twenty-One. When the students returned to campus, the celebration began. Classes were canceled for two days and the University presented each member of the Immortal twenty-One with a block "S" letter.
Great Big Games
November 17, 1990 - Stanford scored nine points in the final 12 seconds to win 27-25 ... Stanford's Jason Palumbis hit Ed McCaffrey for a 19-yard TD with :12 left to make the score 25-24 Cal ... When the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt failed, Cal appeared to have the victory ... But, the Cardinal recovered the onsides kick and after a 15-yard Cal penalty put the ball on the Bear's 22, Stanford's John Hopkins hit a 39-yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Cardinal to a stunning 27-25 victory.
November 19, 1988 - Stanford's Tuan Van Le blocked a 20-yard FG attempt by Cal's Robbie Keen with four seconds to play to preserve a 19-19 tie ... It was the 11th tie in Big Game history.
November 20, 1982 - The Play became one of the most famous plays in college football history. Stanford led 20-19 after Mark Harmon kicked a 34-yard field goal with four seconds left to put the Cardinal on top. On the ensuing kickoff, Cal scored a TD on an incredible five-lateral, 57-yard return that ended when the Bear's Kevin Moen bowled over Gary Tyrell, the trombonist in the Stanford band, for the TD.
November 20, 1976 - In a game that saw 5 lead changes, Stanford ,behind its alternating QB tandem of Mike Cordova and Guy Benjamin, beat Cal 27-24. The Bears led 24-19 late in the game, but Cal's Markey Crane fumbled on the Bear's two yard line and with 1:31 left in the game, Stanford's Ron Inge scored the winning TD.
November 23, 1974 - Stanford won 22-20 when Mike Langford connnected on a 50-yard field goal in the waning moments of the game ... Cal's Steve Bartkowski hit Steve Rivera for a TD with 26 seconds to play, but Guy Benjamin need just 19 seconds to put Stanford in field goal range.
November 18, 1972 - Cal won 24-21 on the game's final play - an 8-yard TD pass from Vince Ferragamo to Steve Sweeny ... Cal coach Mike White elected to go for the win rather than a field goal for the tie.
November 22, 1947 - In what was considered the best Big Game to date, the 50th meeting almost produced an unthinkable upset ... Winless Stanford (0-8) had the 8-1 Bears down 18-14 with less than three minutes left ... But Cal QB Jackie Jensen hit Paul Keckley on an 80-yard TD pass play to lift Cal to a 21-18 win.
Five of the Cardinal's six losses have been by a total of 22 points - an average of just over four points per game.
Junior T. J. Rushing continues to lead the Pac-10 in kickoff returns with a 29.6 average ... He ranks 7th in the nation ... His average is currently No. 2 in the Cardinal record book for season kickoff return average ... Only one player in school history has averaged over 30 yards per kickoff return in a season - Ron Inge in 1976 (12 returns, 33.9 average) ... Earlier this season, Rushing had a 99-yard return vs. BYU, the second longest in school history.
Senior RB Kenneth Tolon has 1,594 carer rushing yards and is 95 shy of moving into the school's all-time top-10.
Redshirt freshman punter Jay Ottovegio sports a 41.2 average and is attempting to become the first freshman punter in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt ... He has landed 17 of his 57 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Stanford's offensive starters this week in The Big Game could include one redshirt freshman (Ostrander), seven sophomores, one junior (Head) and two seniors (Smith, Tolon).
The Cardinal's starting offensive line in 2004 included four sophomores (Edwards, Cochran, Simpson, Vinson) and one junior (Head) ... All five will be back in 2005.
Saturday's Big Game marks the final game for 11 Cardinal seniors ... They include FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, ILB David Bergeron, FL Greg Camarillo, QB Ryan Eklund, OLB Jared Newberry, DE Scott Scharff, TE Alex Smith, DE Will Svitek, RB Kenneth Tolon, CB Leigh Torrence and CB Stanley Wilson.
OLB David Bergeron accounted for a career-high 16 tackles in last week's game with Oregon State ... He is tied for the team lead with 7.0 tackles per game.
The Cardinal intercepted nine passes in 2003, but has recorded 16 INTs this season,
Stanford's total number of sacks is also improved from last year ... In 2003, the Cardinal recorded 22 for -158 yards - an average of 2.0 sacks per game ... This year, Stanfoard has 27 sacks for 209 yards - an average of 3.0 sacks per game.