FINAL SCORE: Stanford 21, Cal 3. Bears’ final shot at comeback ends when Maynard is picked off at the Stanford 2 with 5:14 left. Cal’s two-game win streak is history. Bears fall to 3-5 overall, 2-3 in Pac-12 and must win three of final four to become bowl eligible. That means beating Utah and Washington, plus either Oregon or Oregon State. A very tall order. Cal outrushed by the hard-to-believe totals of
252 yards to 0. UPDATED WITH OFFICIAL STATS: 252 to 3.
11:39 4th Q: Good news is that Tedford goes for it on 4th and 1 from his own 44. Bad news is he gives ball to Sofele and the entire Stanford defense seemed to know what was coming. Sofele loses 2 and Stanford gets the ball. Still 21-3.
END OF 3rd Q: You’re still here? Stanford leads 21-3 and it feels like the past 35 minutes of my life have simply disappeared. Total offense: Stanford 371, Cal 103.
9:43 3rd Q: Never mind. Cal goes minus-9 yards in three plays and punts.
10:58 3rd Q: Cal stops Stanford on 4th and 2 and regains possession at its own 40. Very good opportunity if they can do anything with it.
HALFTIME: Stanford 21, Cal 3. And it could have been worse. And it will be, unless the Bears do something. Cal has 90 total yards and 51 of those came on two plays — the 21-yard pass to Bigelow and a 20-yard completion to Chris Harper. Otherwise, Cal has run 27 plays for a total of 42 yards — that’s 1.5 yards per play. Cal has 6 rushing yards on 14 carries — and it was zero until Sofele gained 6 on the final play of the half. If they cannot run the ball, they will not win. The Bears have six first downs, and three of them are courtesy of penalties. Stanford has 301 total yards. Nunes is 12 for 23 for 183 yards. Taylor has run for 82 yards.
8:15 2nd Q: Keenan Allen fumbles after reception and Nunes passes 20 yards to Ertz for a TD on the next play. Stanford leads 21-3 and this is quickly getting out of hand.
11:33 2nd Q: Brendan Biglow coughs up fumble on handoff from Maynard and Stanford recovers at its own 48.
12:12 2nd Q: Stanford goes 75 yards in three plays to make it 14-3. Cal blows coverage on first down and Nunes throws 68 yards to wide-open TE Zach Ertz to the 7. Two plays later, Nunes throws 9 yards to towering TE Levine Toilolo for the TD.
13:47 2nd Q: Vincenzo D’Amato kicks 21-yard field goal after three running plays net minus-1 yard. A promising drive nets just three points — a disappointing result for the Bears. And evidence they may have trouble winning the line of scrimmage when they have the ball. They may not get many opportunities as good as that one. Stanford 7, Cal 3.
END OF 1ST Q: Cal has second-and-goal at the Stanford 3 when the 2nd Q begins. Keenan Allen had a 29-yard punt return to the 25. Then, on second-and-18 from the 33, Maynard passed to Brendan Bigelow, who ran over safety Ed Reynolds for a 31-yard gain to the 2-yard line. CJ Anderson was shaken up while losing one yard on first down. Stanford leads 7-0.
4:35 1st Q: Brendan Bigelow just ripped off a 40-yard KO return to the 40. One step from gone.
8:29 1st Q: A 39-yard run by Stepfan Taylor gets Stanford deep into Cal territory, but Jordan Williamson misses wide left on 40-yard FG try. Stays scoreless.
11:33 1st Q: Josh Nunes fumbles to Deandre Coleman on Stanford’s first possession. Zach Maynard fumbles (Cal recovers) on Bears’ first third-down play, leading to punt. Both offenses a little shaky so far.
COIN TOSS: Cal wins the toss and defers. Will kick off.
T-MINUS 6 MINUTES: Must almost be game time — the sun just came out.
WELCOME: One of my favorite game-day moments at Memorial Stadium is arriving here early, seeing the fog still resting in Strawberry Canyon, watching the stadium slowly fill and come to life. Stanford players just beginning to trickle onto the field. Cal not yet out of its locker room. Sunshine is coming, so is the crowd. Should be a great day of football.