Stanford And Cal To Meet In 110th Big Game Saturday
Nov. 26, 2007
2007 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #12 - California (6-5, 3-5) at Stanford (3-8, 2-6)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Stanford, CA (4:00 pm, PT)
The 110th Big Game
Date: December 1, 2007
Kickoff: 4:00 pm, PT
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: Live, Versus (Ted Robinson, Kelly Stouffer, Lewis Johnson)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 AM (Dave Flemming, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 FM (Topher Anderson, David Lombardi)
Online: gostanford.com (Live Audio, Gametracker)
The Series: Stanford leads 54-44-11
Last Meeting: at California 26, Stanford 17 (12/2/06)
Series Notes: California has won last five Big Games
Last Stanford Win: 35-28 at Stanford (11/17/01)
Game Reset: Two of the oldest rivals in college football meet on Saturday, December 1 when Stanford (3-8, 2-6 Pac-10) and California (6-5, 3-5 Pac-10) face off in the 110th Big Game beginning at 4:00 pm, PT, at Stanford Stadium ... The game will be televised live nationally on Versus network ... The Cardinal is attempting to end a season-long four-game losing streak while the Bears, once in the thick of the BCS rankings, have lost two straight and five of their last six after beginning the season 5-0 ... Cal had a bye last Saturday while the Cardinal lost a 21-14 decision to Notre Dame at home ... Cal has won the last five Big Games (2002-06), including last year's 26-17 victory, and has not lost to the Cardinal since 2001.
Game Notes: After beating Oregon on September 29, Cal found itself 5-0 and in the conversation for national championship contenders ... But the Bears have lost five of their last six and enter the Big Game having lost consecutive games to USC and Washington ...The Bears need a win over Stanford to assure themselves a post-season bowl berth ... RB Justin Forsett leads the Pac-10 in rushing and is No. 15 nationally, averaging 118.8 yards per game on the ground, to spearhead the Bears' offense ... The Bears also lead the league, and rank No. 3 in the nation, in fewest sacks allowed (only .82 per game) ... Stanford has lost its last four games while averaging just 11.5 points per game ... The Cardinal is among the national leaders in both tackles for loss (8.36, No. 6) and sacks (3.27, No. 9) per game.
Big Game Tied for 10th Longest in NCAA History: The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division I-A college football history ... This year's 110th meeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on the all-time list ... The Top 10 list of longest rivalries in college football is listed below:
Big Game Streaks: Stanford holds the Big Game record for consecutive wins at seven (1995-2001) but the Bears have won the last five (2002-06), tying their longest winning streak over Stanford since 1919-23 ... Stanford also had a six-game Big Game winning streak from 1961-66 ... The Bears have never won as many as six straight Big Games.
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 109 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 or 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 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 History
Close Series: Only 35 points separates the two teams in their previous 109 games ... Stanford has scored 1,735 points to the Bears' 1,700.
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 its 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 its 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.
Bradford Among All-Time Receivers: Senior Mark Bradford, who has caught 19 passes for 252 yards the last two games, has moved up to No. 5 on Stanford's all-time receptions list and No. 6 on the school's all-time career receiving yards chart ... Bradford caught seven passes for 111 yards last Saturday vs. Notre Dame ... In the previous game at Washington State, he caught a career-high 12 passes for 141 yards ... Bradford, who made national headlines with his game-winning catch against USC earlier this season, is now No. 5 all-time on The Farm with 164 career receptions and No. 6 with 2,347 career receiving yards ... He needs 135 receiving yards in Saturday's Big Game to move all the way up into the No. 3 spot on the all-time receiving yards list and just 21 to move into the Top 5 ... He will finish his Cardinal career with the fifth most catches in school history ... Bradford, who set the school record for receptions by a freshman (37 in 2003), currently leads the team with a career-high 46 catches in 2007 despite playing much of the year at less than 100 percent.
Defensively Speaking: A year ago, the Cardinal had 14 total sacks and averaged a Pac-10 low 1.3 per game ... In 2007, the Cardinal is No. 2 in the conference and No. 9 in the naiton with 35 sacks and a per game average of 3.27 ... Stanford has also seen a similar increase in tackles for loss over a year ago ... The Cardinal recorded 4.2 tackles for loss per game in 2006 but that number has increased to 8.36 in 2007 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 and No. 6 nationally in tackles for loss ... In defeating No. 1 ranked USC, the Cardinal defense accounted for 4.0 sacks (-29 yards), 6.0 tackles for loss (-34 yards), four interceptions and five turnovers, while recording two pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick ... Stanford also held the Trojans, 10th in the nation averaging 237 yards rushing per game, to just 95 net yards on the ground ... A week later against TCU, the Cardinal defense was credited with 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and four quarterback hurries ... In Stanford's 21-20 win at Arizona, Stanford recorded 3.0 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception and two fourth down stops that were key to the Cardinal's win ... Stanford was effective again behind the line of scrimmage in its Oct. 27 game at Oregon State as the Cardinal registered 6.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss ... In Stanford's last game against Notre Dame, the Cardinal recorded a season best 13.0 tackles for loss, to go along with 5.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception, six pass breakups and one blocked kick.
Sack Time: Stanford's 3.27 sacks per game this season puts it among the top sack teams of all-time on the Farm ... Stanford has the highest per game sack average for a Cardinal defense since Stanford's 1999 Pac-10 championship and 2000 Rose Bowl team finished the season with 46 sacks (4.18 per game).
Active Defense: Stanford's defense has been more active than its defense of a year ago - and the numbers bear it out ... The 2007 Cardinal defense has increased its productivety in every defensive statistical category, not only in sacks and tackles for loss - and there is still one game to play.
Noting The Offense: Stanford's offensive numbers in 2007 are a significant improvement over last year's in every category ... A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 65.1 yards on the ground, 166.8 through the air, 231.9 yards in total offense and 10.6 points per game ... Fast forward to 2007 and those same numbers read: 110.3 rushing yards per game, 212.7 passing, 323.1 in total offense and 19.5 points scored per game ... A year ago, Stanford scored more than 20 points in just one of 12 games ... So far in 2007, the Cardinal has scored more than 20 points in five games, incuding three over 30 points ... In game two vs. San Jose State, the Cardinal offense accounted for 506 yards, the most on The Farm since getting 563 yards in a 63-26 win over SJSU on September 14, 2002 ... Stanford also going for 276 at Arizona on November 10, 2001 ... In the season opener vs. UCLA, Stanford threw for 346 yards, the most since Nov. 26, 2005, when Stanford passed for 347 yards vs. Notre Dame in the final game of the 'old' Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal's 37 points scored vs. San Jose State in game two was the most by a Cardinal offense in the last 20 games - dating back to Oct. 22, 2005, when Stanford defeated Arizona State, 45-35.