Cal Hosts Stanford In 125th Big Game
BERKELEY -- California returns home to host Stanford in the 125th edition of the Big Game on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. in California Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein on play-by-play and Lincoln Kennedy providing analysis. The first 10,000 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a commemorative replica Axe.
Venue: California Memorial Stadium
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT
Television (Pac-12 Network): Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Lincoln Kennedy (analyst)
Cal Bears Sports Network Powered By Northern California Auto Dealers: 810 AM
Joe Starkey (play-by-play), Mike Pawlawski (analyst), Todd McKim (sideline reporter);
SiriusXM Ch. 109 or 197 / SXM App 959, The Varsity App
ABOUT THE SERIES
– This will be the 125th all-time meeting between California and Stanford with the first game played on March 19, 1892, on a field at the corner of Haight and Stanyan Streets in San Francisco.
– The Cardinal lead the series 65-48-11, but the Bears have won two of the last three matchups, including a 41-11 demolition of Stanford in their most recent meeting on The Farm last season, Cal's largest margin of the victory against the Cardinal since a 41-6 win in Berkeley in 2004.
BEARS VS CARDINAL
– The Bears defeated the Cardinal, 41-11, in their most recent meeting on Nov. 20, 2021, at Stanford Stadium. Cal's offense registered three plays of at least 75 yards, including the longest pass play in Big Game history, an 84-yard touchdown pass from Chase Garbers to Trevon Clark in the second quarter. Marcel Dancy added a 76-yard touchdown run and Christopher Brooks reeled off a 75-yard run of his own as Cal opened up a 27-3 lead with 1:26 to play in the third quarter. The Bears' 636 total yards were a Big Game record.
– Cal brought the The Axe back to Berkeley for the first time in 10 years in 2019, defeating Stanford 24-20, on The Farm behind a game-winning 16-yard touchdown run with 1:16 to play from quarterback Chase Garbers. Trailing 20-17 with 2:23 to play after a Cardinal field goal, the Bears went on a 75-yard drive capped by the Garbers run to the left corner of the endzone. Garbers finished 20-of-30 passing for 285 yards and a touchdown along with 89 rushing yards and the game-winning score.
– Cal will celebrate the careers of 17 seniors prior to the 125th Big Game on Saturday with the list including Nick Alftin, Matthew Cindric, Ben Coleman, Odua Isibor, Demetric Jackson Jr., Darius Long Jr., Dario Longhetto, Jack Plummer, Ryan Puskas, Gunnar Rask, Daniel Scott, Jamieson Sheahan, Jackson Sirmon, Kyle Smith, Raymond Woodie III, Monroe Young and Slater Zellers.
– California has at least one takeaway in 22 of the last 23 games and had a streak of 19 consecutive games to tie for the longest stretch in the nation before it was broken against Washington on Oct. 22.
– The Bears are tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 12th nationally in turnover margin (.80), as well as tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 35th nationally with 10 interceptions.