Football: Big Game facts and figures


KICKOFF: 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

TV/RADIO: FoxSports1; 680-AM/810-AM.

RECORDS: Stanford 5-5, 3-4 in Pac-12; Cal 5-5, 3-5.

SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads 59-46-11. The Cardinal won 63-13 last season and has won four straight.

STORYLINES: Both teams enter the 117th Big Game needing one win to become bowl eligible, in stark contrast to a year ago when Cal was on its way to a 1-11 season and Stanford headed toward a second straight Pac-12 title and fourth BCS bowl in a row … This marks the first time since 2003 that neither team has a winning record entering the Big Game and the first time in 35 seasons that both are exactly 5-5. . . . Cal, with just one player on its roster who has won The Axe, has been outscored 163-58 the past four seasons. . . . Stanford may need a victory Saturday more urgently than Cal in order to become bowl eligible. The Cardinal closes its regular season next Friday at No. 11 UCLA, while the Bears finish at home Saturday against a BYU team that is 2-4 since star quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a season-ending broken leg.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal: LB Jake Kearney (abdomen) is doubtful; DT David Davis (knee) is out; Stanford: DL Aziz Shittu (knee) and FB Patrick Skov (undisclosed) are out. S Kyle Olugbode (undisclosed) is probable.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s defense vs. Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery. The Cardinal ranks just 10th in the conference in passing, which has diminished the numbers put up by its versatile and explosive wideout. But the Bears are last nationally in passing yards allowed, and were victimized last year by Montgomery, who caught five passes for 160 yards, including four touchdowns, and ran for a fifth score. Montgomery has added returning punts to his arsenal this season and has scored twice via that route.

STANFORD STATS THAT MATTER: Only one team, Oregon, has scored 30 or more points against Stanford this season … Stanford leads the Pac-12 in fewest points allowed (16.5 per game) but is last in points scored (23.9 per game) … Stanford has struggling with situational football, ranking 11th in the league in third-down conversions (37.8 percent) and last in red zone efficiency (66.7 percent) … Quarterback Kevin Hogan has six touchdowns passes and no interceptions in two Big Games … The Cardinal is 10-1 following a loss under coach David Shaw and 5-0 this season against unranked teams.

CAL STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has not won a game this season scoring fewer than 31 points . . . Jared Goff needs one touchdown pass to equal Pat Barnes’ 1996 single-season school record of 31. He has thrown 146 passes since his most recent interception, Oct. 18 against UCLA … Daniel Lasco is second in the Pac-12 with 13 touchdowns, including at least one in nine consecutive games. He needs 118 yards to become Cal’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2011. . . . A year after finishing last in the conference in red-zone efficiency (72.1 percent), the Bears rank second (90.5 percent).


Football: BYU game to begin at either 1:30 or 3 p.m.

Cal’s regular-season finale against BYU on Nov. 29 at Memorial Stadium will kick off at either 1:30 or 3 p.m., and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, the conference office announced.

The final start time will be announced either Saturday or Sunday, after the Big Game at Cal on Saturday afternoon.

Cal and BYU have met three times previously, with the Cougars winning twice. But the Bears prevailed in the most recent matchup, posting a 35-28 victory in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl.


Athletics: Barbour lands on her feet

As you no doubt heard,former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was introduced Saturday as new AD at Penn State.

Barbour, who will receive a five-year contract worth $700,000 per year (plus up to $200,000 in incentives), achieved a lot at Cal. She said her problems in Berkeley were the result of her loyalty.

“What it really boils down to is I stayed too long,” Barbour was quoted saying the Associated Press story on her hiring. “Leading a program like Cal’s, like Penn State’s, in terms of a major conference and a lot of sports and a lot of moving parts, 10 years is a long time.

“If you look around the country, there are very few (athletic directors) that have that kind of length. Ultimately, it’s about having stayed a little too long, but it was about that I was loyal. I’m a loyalist.

“In the end, at some point, you stay too long.”

Here are stories on Barbour’s hiring from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Phildelphia Inquirer.


H. Michael Williams is Cal’s interim athletic director

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is Jeff Faraudo’s breaking news story on Cal’s athletic director situation:

By Jeff Faraudo

H. Michael Williams, a former Cal wrestler with extensive financial and leadership experience, has been named the school’s interim athletic director while the university conducts a search to replace Sandy Barbour, a campus source said.

A 1982 graduate of Cal, Williams is a trustee with the U.C. Berkeley Foundation and serves on several university panels, including the recently formed Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics. He is a former vice chairman, capital markets for Barclays Global Investors.

Williams’ appointment will be formally announced at a Friday news conference at Memorial Stadium. The source said Williams will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will oversee the search to replace Barbour, who has served as athletic director since 2004 but will move a position on the academic side in a sports management program. Barbour’s last day as AD is July 15.


Women’s basketball: Gray perfect in Russia

Cal junior forward Reshanda Gray shot 4 for 4 for eight points in 10 minutes, helping the U.S. to a 120-32 rout of Mali in its opening contest of the World University Games at Kazan, Russia.

Presumably, the event gets a bit more challenging for the U.S. squad, which faces the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

The U.S. shot 66 percent from the field and had 34 assists. Mali converted 19 percent.


Basketball: Jorge Gutierrez to play for Sacramento Kings summer league team

Former Cal star Jorge Gutierrez will play for the Sacramento Kings summer league team in Las Vegas, beginning July 13.

The 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Gutierrez will be joined on the Kings summer roster by the likes of first-round NBA draft pick Ben McLemore of Kansas and former UCLA/New Mexico forward Drew Gordon of San Jose.

The Kings gather for a mini-camp July 9-12 in Vegas, and open play the next day against the Dallas Mavericks.

Gutierrez played last season in Mexico and also with Canton in the NBDL. He played for the Denver Nuggets during the 2012 summer league.