No. 21 Cal Wins Big Game for Fifth Straight Year

Dec. 2, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Nate Longshore passed for 217 yards and No. 21 California survived a bitter wind and stubborn Stanford for a 26-17 victory in the 109th Big Game on Saturday.

Justin Forsett had 75 of his 67 yards rushing in the fourth quarter as the Golden Bears (9-3, 7-2 Pac-10) barely did enough to beat the Cardinal (1-11, 1-8) for the fifth straight year in a lackluster performance by both of the Bay Area archrivals.

Tom Schneider kicked four field goals and DeSean Jackson caught seven passes for 127 yards for Cal, which hasn't lost a Big Game since coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002. The Bears had lost seven straight to the Cardinal before the Tedford era, but now have maintained possession of The Axe during their longest winning streak in the series since the 1920s.

Syd'Quan Thompson returned a fumble 15 yards for a second-quarter touchdown as Cal completed an unbeaten seven-game home schedule and set a single-season attendance record for Memorial Stadium. Despite losing its previous two games to Arizona and USC in disheartening fashion, Cal is headed to the Holiday Bowl to play Texas A&M on Dec. 28.

Evan Moore and Richard Sherman caught TD passes from T.C. Ostrander for the Cardinal, who scored more than one offensive touchdown for just the second time in their miserable season. But neither offense had much luck fighting a strong wind that blew throughout the afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

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