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Stanford-California Football Post-Game Notes (November 19, 2005)
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/19/2005

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• Stanford's loss today leaves the Cardinal one victory shy of bowl eligibility with one regular season game remaining versus Notre Dame at Stanford Stadium next Saturday, November 26. The Cardinal last qualified for a post-season bowl game in 2001 when the team played in the Seattle Bowl.

• Stanford lost its fourth straight Big Game, marking the first time the Cardinal has dropped four in a row to California since 1936-39.

Gerren Crochet recorded career-highs of eight catches and 86 yards receiving. His previous high in both categories came last week when he had five catches for 77 yards.

Matt Traverso recorded career highs of four catches and 55 yards receiving. His previous high was three catches for 39 yards earlier this season against UC Davis.

• Stanford limited Cal to 139 yards passing, the fewest it has allowed all season. The previous low was 161 yards allowed vs. both Washington State and Arizona.

• The Cardinal rushed for a season-low 16 yards today. The previous low was 62 last week at Oregon State.

• Today's attendance of 71,743 was the largest crowd at Stanford Stadium since the 1999 Big Game (80,746).

• Stanford's three points today was its lowest total in the Big Game since 1967 (26-3 Cal win).

• Stanford fell to 1-4 at home this season (the Cardinal finished its regular season road schedule with a 4-1 mark).

• Stanford's three points were its lowest total of the season and the fewest the Cardinal has scored since being shutout, 21-0, at UCLA on October 30, 2004.

Trent Edwards moved up one spot to No. 9 on Stanford's all-time list for passing yards (4252) and one spot to No. 8 in career pass completions (381). Edwards also ranks eighth on Stanford's all-time total offense list (4426), ninth in pass attempts (689) and tied for ninth in touchdown passes (28). Edwards did not throw a TD, snapping a string of seven straight games with at least one touchdown throw.

• The 9.0 sacks allowed by Stanford were the most given up by the Cardinal this season.

T.C. Ostrander had season-highs of 15 completions, 23 attempts and 152 yards passing.

Michael Sgroi's kicked the 46th field goal of his career for Stanford's only points in the contest (ranks fourth on Stanford's all-time list). The three points gives him 233 in his career (sixth). He is also fifth on Stanford's PAT list with 95.

T.J. Rushing returned five kickoffs for 82 yards, upping his career totals to 51 kickoff returns for 1313 yards (fourth all-time at Stanford).


• The second-to-last play of the third quarter put sophomore TB Marshawn Lynch over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Lynch had 123 yards rushing in the game and now has 1052 this season.

• California opened the game with an offensive line of Marvin Philip ( C), Noris Malele (LG), Jonathan Murphy (LT), Aaron Merz (RG) and Ryan O'Callaghan (LT). It was the sixth different starting OL combination used by the Golden Bears this season.

• Steve Levy's first-quarter touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson was the first for Cal since the fourth quarter of the Washington State game. That span of nine quarters includes the overtime session at Oregon.

• Cal's first-quarter touchdown drive covered 88 yards. It was the second-longest scoring march of the season for Cal, behind only a 94-yard march at Washington in the second week of the season.

• When Steve Levy opened the game at quarterback, he became the third starter at that position this season, joining Nate Longshore and Joy Ayoob.

• Steve Levy's 21-yard run in the third-quarter is a season-long for the junior QB. Levy started his career at Cal as a FB.

• Cal recorded 9.0 sacks against Stanford, which is a season-high for the Golden Bears. The 9.0 sacks are also the highest in the Pac-10 this season. Nine Cal players contributed to the season-high sack total - Mickey Pimentel (2.5), Brandon Mebane (1.5), Phil Mbakogu (1.5), Donnie McCleskey (1.0), Brandon Hampton (0.5), Mika Kane (0.5), Abu Ma'afala (0.5), Nu'u Tafisi (0.5) and Worrell Williams (0.5).


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