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FOOTBALL POST-GAME NOTES
at Stanford 20, California 13 (Stanford, CA - Stanford Stadium)
December 1, 2007
Stanford snapped losing skids of four straight overall, five straight to California in the Big Game and 10 consecutive Pac-10 home losses.
Stanford's defense held California to its lowest point total (13) in the Big Game since a 10-3 Cardinal win in 1998.
Stanford now leads the all-time series over California, 55-44-11.
The seven-point Stanford victory was the 51st time in 110 all-time meetings the game has been decided by seven of less points.
The first Big Game in the history of the new Stanford Stadium drew a home season-high crowd of 49,209 that was the second largest crowd to ever see a game in the new Stanford Stadium.
Stanford finished the season with a 4-8 record and three more victories than the 1-11 campaign the squad posted in 2006 was Stanford's best since the 2001 squad was 9-3 after the 2000 club recorded a 5-6 mark for a four-win improvement.
Stanford forced three turnovers (two interceptions, one turnover) and has now forced at least one turnover in 10 of its last 11 games.
Mark Bradford had five catches for 84 yards and one TD. Bradford finished his Stanford career among the team's all-time leaders in receptions (169, #5) and receiving yards (2431, #4) while adding 14 TD catches that was one outside the team's all-time Top 10. Bradford finished 2007 with career-best season totals 51 receptions and 642 receiving yards with most by a Stanford player since Alex Smith hauled in 52 in 2004. Bradford also threw the first pass of his career on a reverse but it was intercepted.
Evan Moore had four catches for 36 yards and finished his Stanford career with 103 catches, 1555 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches.
T.C. Ostrander finished his career with 3783 passing yards on 297-580 passing with 15 TDs and 11 interceptions.
Richard Sherman did not make a catch but did still manage to lead Stanford in receiving yards with 651 to mark the second straight year he has paced the Cardinal in that category after 581 receiving yards as a freshman in 2006.
Jeremy Stewart rushed for a career-high 70 yards on a career-high 24 carries that were also a team season-high.
Stanford had 8.0 tackles for loss and finished the season with 101.0, which is the most since the Cardinal had 91.0 in 1999. Clinton Snyder (2.5) and Pat Maynor (2.5) co-led the team, while Bo McNally (1.5) equaled a career-high.
Stanford had 2.0 sacks and ended with 37.0 on the season, which is the most the club has had since recording 46.0 in 1999.
Bo McNally had 13 tackles for his sixth double-digit tackle game of 2007 and finished the season with 114 tackles for the highest total by a Stanford player since ...
Clinton Snyder forced his team-high fourth of the season and the seventh of his career. Snyder also recovered the fumble he forced for his third of the campaign.
Nick Sanchez picked off a pair of passes for the first time his career to finish the 2007 season with a team-high four and his career with seven. Sanchez' two-interception game was Stanford's first since Bo McNally picked off a pair of passes in Stanford's lone win of the 2006 campaign at Washington (11/11/06).
Ben Ladner had an 18-yard kickoff return that was the longest of his career.
Pannel Egboh extended his consecutive games started streak to 24. Egboh was one of seven Stanford players to start all 12 games in 2007 along with Mikal Brewer, Owen Marecic, Chris Marinelli, Tim Mattran, Bo McNally and Austin Yancy.
Jay Ottovegio finished his career as Stanford's all-time leader in punts (272) and punt yardage (11,083).
The 47 passes thrown by California equaled the most thrown against Stanford by an opponent in 2007.
The 10 penalties and 118 penalty yards by California were both the most by a Stanford opponent in 2007.
Stanford won the time of possession battle for third consecutive game, holding on to the ball for 31:58 compared to 28:02 for California.
Nate Wilcox-Fogel and Mark Mueller both recorded their first career tackles.
Stanford had a 15-play drive that accounted for the most plays on a Stanford drive in 2007. The drive covered 58 plays over 5:47 and resulted in a 36-yard field goal by Derek Belch with 12:55 to go in the second quarter that gave Stanford a 10-7 lead.
Derek Belch made both of his extra point attempts to finish a perfect 26-of-26 on the season and become the first Stanford kicker to make all of his extra points in a season since Michael Sorgi hit all 32 of his attempts in 2005.