Nov. 18, 2000
Stanford defeated California today 36-30 in the 103rd Big Game. It was the first Big Game to ever go into overtime in the long history of the series between the two schools. It was the sixth straight victory for the Cardinal. In the all-time series started in 1892, Stanford leads Cal 53-39-11. Cal finishes the season with a 3-8 record (2-6 in the Pac-10) and Stanford ends the season with a 5-6 record (4-4 in the Pac-10). 67,500 fans attended today's game.
Big Game MVP
In a vote by the media present at today's game, Stanford sophomore wide receiver Luke Powell has been named the Big Game MVP. Powell had three catches for 101 yards and one touchdown in today's game. Late in the 4th quarter, Powell turned a short pass from Randy Fasani into a 75-yard touchdown reception to give the Cardinal a brief 30-23 lead. It was the longest pass play allowed by the Cal defense this season. The previous long pass play allowed was a 68-yard touchdown pass from Griffin Goodman to Shaun McDonald at ASU.
Blocked Punts Lead to Easy Stanford Scores
Despite the fact that the Bears out-gained the Cardinal 376 yards to 290 in the game and had a 17-to-11 advantage in first downs, the Cardinal blocked two punts in the first half that directly led to two Stanford touchdowns. Prior to today's game the Bears had allowed only two blocked punts all season.
Nick Harris Ends Cal Career as One of All-Time Great Collegiate Punters
Cal senior punter Nick Harris finished the day with three punts downed inside the 10 yard line, giving him 20 punts downed inside the 10 yard line this season. For his career, Harris established new NCAA records for punt yardage and number of punts with 13,621 yards and 322 punts respectively.
Igber and Muhammad Have Big Games
Joe Igber rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in today's game. He finishes the season ranked No. 9 on the Cal single-season rushing list with 901 yards and five touchdowns on 195 carries. Igber now ranks No. 11 on the Cal career rushing list with 1,595 yards (needing just 43 more yards to move into the Top 10).
Saleem Muhammad rushed for a career-high 99 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries in today's game. His performance was one yard shy of his first 100-yard rushing game in his career. He had a career-long 45-yard run in the first quarter. Muhammad's previous long run was for 33 yards at UCLA last season.
Cal Displays First-Strike Offense
For the third time in the last four games (and for the third time this season), the Golden Bears scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game. The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drives at USC (80 yards on 4 plays), at Oregon (27 yards on 2 plays), and today vs. Stanford (75 yards on 7 plays). It was the Bears first offensive touchdown vs. Stanford since the 1997 Big Game (in 1998 the Bears scored only three points on a field goal and in 1999 the Bears scored both of their touchdowns on a kickoff and a punt return courtesy of Deltha O'Neal). Cal went the rest of the first half without scoring another point.
Carter Finishes Collegiate Career with Another Impressive Game
Cal senior defensive end Andre Carter had another good game today with three tackles including 1 tackle for loss. In the third quarter, his pressure on Stanford quarterback Randy Fasani forced an interception (caught by defensive tackle Jacob Waasdorp). Carter finishes his collegiate career as Cal's all-time sack leader with 30.5 sacks and ties Jerrott Willard (1991-94) for No. 2 on the career tackle-for-loss list at Cal with 54 stops for a loss.
Cal's Mark-Christian converted a 27-yard field goal to tie the game in the 4th quarter, 23-23. He missed, however, from 42 yards to give the Bears a lead in overtime. Jensen made 11-of-16 field goals this season, including 10 of his last 12 attempts. Jensen missed his first PAT of the season late in the third quarter after Cal scored its second touchdown of the game. Prior to the miss, Jensen had made 23-of-23 PATs this season. Sophomore defensive end Tully Banta-Cain had six tackles today including five tackles for loss and two sacks. Cal quarterback Kyle Boller threw one touchdown and four interceptions in today's game.