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Cardinal Football Live: The Big Game
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/19/2011

Nov. 19, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. -

Final score: Stanford 31, Cal 28

Cal will try on onside kick, but it is caught by Coby Fleener, icing the game.

Fourth quarter (0:14 left): Stanford 31, Cal 28

On second and 13 from the 14, Maynard's pass to Keenan Allen goes out of the end zone. It's now third down. Maynard hits C.J. Anderson, who gets the first down and pushes all the way to the 1.

Stanford jumped offside, setting the ball to inches short of the goal line with 18 seconds left.

C.J. Anderson leaps over the line for a touchdown with 14 seconds left from 1-yard out. Giorgio Tavecchio's extra-point try is good, cutting the deficit to three.

Fourth quarter (0:47 left): Stanford 31, Cal 21

Cal returns the kickoff to its 26, with 3:02 left. The first down pass was incomplete, but at the opposite end of the field, receiver Michael Calvin went down without being touched and appears to have injured his right leg.

On second down, Maynard hits tight end Anthony Miller for a short gain, but the clock runs. Cal attracts a pass interference penalty, moving the ball to its 39.

Maynard runs out of the pocket to buy time, and throws down the middle, but Stanford's Delano Howell is called for pass interference for going over the back of a receiver and Cal has the ball at Stanford's 46.

Maynard connects with Jackson Bouza for 19 yards, and a short completion to Miller to the 20. On second down, he finds Bouza for a first down to the 11 with under 1:00 to go.

Maynard is sacked by Trent Murphy and Cal calls a timeout with 47 seconds left, with the ball at the 14.

Fourth quarter (3:07 left): Stanford 31, Cal 21

Tyler Gaffney gained four in the Wildcat before slipping, and Andrew Luck carried on the next play, but was stopped short of the first down.

Facing a fourth-and-2 at the Cal 17, Stanford appears it will go for it, but calls its last timeout with 3:12 left. Jordan Williamson will try a 35-yard field goal from the right hashmark. He made it.

Fourth quarter (4:24 left): Stanford 28, Cal 21

Stanford takes over at its 26. Stepfan Taylor is stuffed for a two-yard loss and Stanford is having some difficulty running on this Cal defense. Andrew Luck doesn't like what he sees and calls a timeout on second-and-12.

Luck rolls right and hits Coby Fleener running across the field for 12 yards and a first down, and moments later faces a third-and-1 at its 47. Fullback Ryan Hewitt picks it up though, off left tackle.

Luck hits Hewitt off play action for 10 and moves the ball to the Cal 37 as the clocks ticks under 7:00. Again, Stanford gets little on a first-down, but Luck goes to Hewitt again, this time for eight, creating a third-and-1 at the 29.

Hewitt picks up the first down on a run to the 25. Gaffney doesn't get much on first down, but the clock is now under 5:00. Gaffney lines up in the Wildcat, but there's confusion and he calls a timeout, Stanford's second, with 4:24 left.

Fourth quarter (10:53 left): Stanford 28, Cal 21

Cal takes over at its own 32 and cornerback Terrence Brown is called for holding, for a 10-yard penalty. Isi Sofele picks up 12 on the next play, breaking a tackle at the line.

Zach Maynard throws short to C.J. Anderson, who breaks two tackles and advances 39 yards before being hauled down by Michael Thomas, creating a first-and-goal at the 8.

Sofele slips on first down for one yard, and carries out of the Wildcat for three yards to the 3. Maynard rolls left, thinks about running, which draws a defender, and tosses a short pass to Spencer Hagan for the touchdown. Cal goes for the two-point conversion and Maynard's pass is caught low by Marvin Jones.

Fourth quarter (13:25 left): Stanford 28, Cal 13

The last play of the half was under a review after Isi Sofele ran for 11 yards. Officials overturned the call that he was down, and instead ruled that he fumbled. Stanford's Delano Howell recovered.

Stanford, however, faces a third-and-4 at the Cal 33. Taylor is stopped short. However, the Cardinal goes for it, with two yards to go and the Taylor is stopped for a yard loss. Aaron Tipoti was in there first.

End of third quarter: Stanford 28, Cal 13

Cal takes over at the 20 and moves to midfield. On third down and 10, Zach Maynard finds tight end Anthony Miller, but Delano Howell and Michael Thomas stop him three yards short. The Bears go for it, and Maynard is sacked by Jarek Lancaster. Maynard rolled left and had Marvin Jones open briefly, but waited too long to throw, perhaps thinking for a moment that he could run for the first down.

Stanford takes over at the 50, but can't move the ball. Andrew Luck rifled the ball toward Drew Terrell on third down, but the pass was broken up.

A Stanford punt gives the ball to Cal at its own 17, but the Bears immediately are faced with a third-and-11, but Zach Maynard weaves his way for a first down as the rain begins to come down.

Third quarter (5:42 left): Stanford 28, Cal 13

Cal returns the kickoff to its 41. Corey Gatewood broke up a pass on second down, and Cal faces a third-and-8, but Ben Gardner sacked Zach Maynard from behind for a four-yard loss and Cal punts.

Andrew Luck is sacked on first down and Stepfan Taylor is dropped for a loss on second, setting up a third-and-14 at its own 18. Stanford sets up for a screen and Luck withstands the rush to dump the ball off to Taylor, who gains 23.

After a Tyler Gaffney eight-yard run, Luck lofts a pass that Levine Toilolo runs under for a 41-yard gain to the 10.

On the next play, Luck swings the ball out right to fullback Ryan Hewitt who scores easily from 10 yards out.

Third quarter (10:12 left): Stanford 21, Cal 13

Stanford takes possession at the beginning of the second half.

First half stats: Andrew Luck 8 of 15 for 81 yards and one interception. Cal quarterback Zach Maynard was 11 of 14 for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Luck hits Ty Montgomery on a crossing route for a good gain. On the next play, Luck goes play action and has Levine Toilolo wide open on the same play as the first quarter. Again, the ball falls incomplete with nothing but space between Toi.lolo and the end zone. This time, Toilolo dropped the ball.

On third-and-6 at the Cal 45, Luck rolls left and hits Coby Fleener for 23 to the 21.

Lucks scrambles for yardage and Cal is called for a personal foul after Luck slides. The ball is at the 8.

On third and goal at the 5, Luck lofts a pass to the 6-foot-8 Toilolo, who makes the grab at the side of the end zone.

Halftime: Stanford 14, Cal 13

Cal takes possession. Zach Maynard finds Spencer Hagen for four yards, but is one yard short of a first down at its own 34 and Cal has to punt.

Stanford takes over at its 18 with 4:50 left in the first half. Stepfan Taylor picks up a first down with a gain of nine up the middle and then Andrew Luck finds Coby Fleener for 22.

Luck throws deep on the next play, but Ty Montgomery is interfered with by cornerback Marc Anthony, moving Stanford to the Cal 34. Stepfan Taylor nearly breaks one off the left side for 13 before being dragged down.

Luck's pass to the deep left corner to Montgomery fell incomplete, setting up a 33-yard field-goal try by Jordan Williamson, who missed wide left with 50 seconds left.

That was the first time Stanford has not scored this season when inside the 20-yard line.

Cal ran twice and the clock ran out.

Second quarter (7:10 left): Stanford 14, Cal 13

Anthony Wilkerson rips off a 21-yard gain on his first carry. Andrew Luck finds Ryan Hewitt for eight. Luck gains eigtht on a run and Stepfan Taylor gains a first down on the next play to the Cal 35.

Tyler Gaffney gains 19 up the middle to the 6. On the next play, Gaffney carried again, scoring behind blocks by Jonathan Martin and Tyler Mabry and Stanford takes the lead.

Second quarter (10:40 left): Cal 13, Stanford 7

Cal has a first-and-20 at the Stanford 37 when Zach Maynard, under pressure, throws to C.J. Anderson just before the quarterback is pushed out of bounds. The play gains 19 yards to the 18. Maynard sneaks for a yard and the first down.

A handoff to receiver Marvin Jones, who looked to throw ball, ended in a nine-yard loss to the 26, but Jones makes up for it with a 19-yard reception to the 7.

Two Isi Sofele runs gain five yards, setting up a third-and-goal at the 2. Maynard was pressured by Ben Gardner, and his throw into the end zone was broken up by A.J. Tarpley, though it would have been incomplete.

Giorgio Tavecchio kicks a 19-yard field goal.

End of first quarter: Cal 10, Stanford 7

Cal picks up a pair of quick first downs on its next series, with Zach Maynard pitching to Isi Sofele in space for 13 and into Stanford territory.

First quarter (2:25 left): Cal 10, Stanford 7

Stanford faces third and 3 at its 28, and Andrew Luck throws a short pass to Griff Whalen for six yards and a first down. A short pass to Ty Montgomery picks up another 11.

Luck overthrows Whalen on a deep sideline route. Moments later, Luck is sacked on third down for a 14-yard loss by Mychal Kendricks and Stanford must punt.

First quarter (5:53 left): Cal 10, Stanford 7

This, so far, is not one of Andrew Luck's best days. Luck overthrew Griff Whalen on a potential long gain (he overthrew Levine Toilolo earlier) and then threw an interception to cornerback Steve Williams.

Receiver Ty Montgomery fell on the play and Williams ran it 49 yards for a touchdown. However, two Cal penalties on the return negated the score, but Cal took over at the Stanford 17.

Shortly after, Zach Maynard lofted a pass to the deep right corner and Keenan Allen ran under it for a 15-yard score.

First quarter (7:12 left): Stanford 7, Cal 3

Cal methodically moved down the field, reaching the Stanford 8-yard line before settling for a 25-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio.

First quarter (13:42 left): Stanford 7, Cal 0

A wild beginning to the game began on the first play from scrimmage when Cal quarterback Zach Maynard went deep to his brother, Keenan Allen, who caught the ball after a collision with defender Johnson Bademosi. The play went for 42 yards.

However, on the next play, Maynard's pitch to Isi Sofele was wild and Stanford's Ben Gardner recovered the ball amid a scramble.

Stanford took possession on its own 37 yard line and quarterback Andrew Luck connected with Ty Montgomery for a 12-yard gain. On the next play, Luck rolled right against the grain and had tight end Levine Toilolo wide open, with no defenders anywhere on that side of the field, but Luck overthrew him.

But on the next play, Montgomery carried the ball on a reverse and found room down the left sideline, running all the way to the end zone to complete a 34-yard touchdown run.

Jordan Williamson, back in action after missing games with an injury, kicked the extra point.


It's 15 minutes before kickoff of the 114th Big Game and it's has begun to rain. Stanford is 9-1 and Cal is 6-4.

The Axe has just made its way on to the field, held aloft by the Stanford Axe Committee.



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