Stanford Football Live: The Big Game
Nov. 21, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
First quarter (13:24 left): Stanford 7, California 0 Stanford took the opening kickoff and scored on its third play from scrimmage. Toby Gerhart burst through the line off left guard and outran the Golden Bear defense to the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown run.
It was the longest run of Gerhart's collegiate career and it tied 'Touchdown' Tommy Vardell's school record for rushing touchdowns in a season, with 20. Gerhart now has 36 career rushing TDs, one away from Vardell's record.
Stanford and California meet for the 112th time, renewing a rivalry that began in 1892. Stanford leads the Big Game series 55-45-11.
Stanford (7-3 overall, 6-2 in the Pac-10), ranked No. 14 in the A.P. poll, still holds out hope for a Rose Bowl berth. Cal (7-3, 4-3) also is headed to a bowl game.