Football Prepares for 104th Big Game

Nov. 11, 2001

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Cal and Stanford meet in the 104th renewal of the Big Game when the Bears travel to Stanford Stadium Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. Cal, at 0-9 on the season, is still in search of its first victory of the year and faces a tall task against the 13th-ranked Cardinal.

The biggest test will come when Stanford has the ball. The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (39.4 ppg), while the Bears are 10th in the league in scoring defense, allowing a school-record 42.9 ppg.

Last week vs. USC, Cal began the game in familiar fashion, taking a 7-0 lead on an efficient eight-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a five-yard TD run by quarterback Kyle Boller. It was the fifth time this season the Bears scored first in a game. However, the Trojans responded with 35 unanswered points to send Cal to its 12th consecutive defeat.

Even in the loss, LaShaun Ward displayed his big-play ability at wide receiver. Converted from cornerback prior to the Oregon State contest, Ward has 10 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games. Against USC, he hauled in a 44-yard reception on the opening drive, his sixth play of at least 35 yards this year (5 catches, 1 run).

A Quick Look at Stanford
Stanford has one of the most potent offenses in the country, averaging 445.6 yards per game. The Cardinal presents opponents with a balanced attack, gaining 201.8 ypg on the ground and 243.9 ypg in the air. Brian Allen leads the rushing attack with 99.6 ypg, including a 143-yard effort at Arizona last week. Kenneth Tolon also had 100 yards (12 carries) vs. the Wildcats, helping Stanford roll up a 51-37 victory. At quarterback, Chris Lewis has replaced the injured Randy Fasani and thrown for 887 yards and eight touchdowns. Special teams have also been a key element to the Cardinal's success. Stanford is in the Top 10 nationally in both punt returns (2nd, 15.4 ypr) and kickoff returns (10th, 25.4 ypr). In addition, Stanford is by far the least penalized team in the league with only 43 flags in eight games.

Big Game Week Events
The following are some of the events scheduled for Big Game Week:

Cable Car Rally, Embarcadero Center, 11:00 a.m.
Cal Grid Club Luncheon, 12:00 noon

Guardsman Luncheon at St. Francis Hotel, SF, 11:30 a.m.
Battle of the Bands at Pier 39, SF, 1:30 p.m.

Bond Club Luncheon at Fairmont Hotel, SF, 11:15 a.m.
Big Game Cup Golf Tournament, All Day

So. Bay Big Game Luncheon, 11:00 a.m.
ASUC Big Game Parade at Kleeberger Field, 3:30 p.m.
Big Game Bonfire Rally at Greek Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Big Splash Water Polo at Stanford, 10:00 a.m.
CAA Tailgate Party, Frost Amphitheater, Stanford, 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call the Bear Backer Office at 510-642-2427

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