Postgame Notes on the 101st Big Game
November 21, 1998
Cal vs Stanford November 21, 1998 101st Big Game Notes - Final 10-3 (Stanford Win)
The Records Today's 101st Big Game was the lowest combined-points Stanford-Cal game since 1948 when Cal defeated Stanford 7-6. Cal's 3 points are the fewest since 1977 when Stanford won 21-3 in Palo Alto. The 10 points scored by Stanford today represent the lowest point-total by the Cardinal in any Big Game since 1965 when Stanford won 9-7 in Palo Alto. Stanford now leads the all-time series 51-39-11 and has won the last four.
Ground Game Grounded The Bears rushed for -36 yards in today's game, the third fewest rushing yards in a game in Cal history. It marks the fewest rushing yards since Cal rushed for -38 yards vs Fleet City on Oct. 21, 1944. Combined, the two teams had the fewest rushing yards (- 26 yards) in any Cal game ever played. The previous low for combined rushing yards by two teams was 41 yards (Cal 2, San Diego State 39) on September 18, 1982.
Douglas Sets Pac-10 Season Reception Record, Moves Into Third on Pac-10 Career List Cal WR Dameane Douglas caught 13 passes (124 yards) today, becoming the Pac-10's all-time season reception leader with 100 receptions in 1998. Douglas dethroned Keyshawn Johnson of USC, who caught 90 passes during the 1995 season. The record breaking 91st catch was a 17-yard reception with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter, drawing the sounding of the Cal's cannon, usually reserved for Bears scores. The record tying reception came with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter. Douglas caught a 17-yard pass on 3rd and 30 to set up a 33-yard FG by Ignacio Brache (Cal up 3-0). His 100 catches ranks tied for the 14th most receptions in a season in NCAA history (entering this season).
Douglas ends his Cal career with 195 career receptions, moving into third on the Pac-10 career charts, surpassing Brad Muster of Stanford (1984-87), who had 194. Douglas has caught at least 10 passes in six games this season, and eight times in his career. He also now has six 100-yard games this season and eight in his career, tying Wesley Walker (1973-76) as the second-most 100-yard games in a career.
Douglas and Walters - Back to Back 100+ yard Big Games Stanford WR Troy Walters joins Douglas with 100+ receiving yards in back-to-back Big Games with his 106 yards (1 TD) on 9 receptions today. Walters became Stanford's all-time career receiving yardage leader today with 2,530, surpassing Justin Armor (1991-94; 2,482).
O'Neal Punt Returning Guru Deltha O'Neil returned a punt for a career long, and season best, 57 yards with 2:14 remaining in the game.
Game of Field Goals Stanford missed a 35-yard FG in the 1st quarter with 12:12 remaining that would have put it up 3-0. In the 2nd quarter with 9:55 remaining, the Cardinal missed a 32-yard FG attempt that would have tied the score at 3-3. Cal made a 33-yard attempt with 5:54 remaining the 1st quarter to grab a 3-0 lead. A 4th quarter FG by Stanford gave it a 10-3 lead.
Harris Adds to Possible All-Pac-10 Punting Numbers Cal punter Nick Harris continued his stellar punting pace inside the 20 this season. He had 1 punt inside the 20 today, bringing his season total to 27. During his freshman campaign, he nailed only 8 punts inside the 20. Harris has placed 27 of his 87 total punts this season inside the 20. Harris has averaged 44.7 yards/punt over the last 5 games of the season.
Stanford Offensive Notes In Stanford's first drive of the game, QB Todd Husak completed a 61-yard pass to Emory Brock, the Cardinal's longest pass play of the season. The drive ended in a 35-yard missed FG attempt. Brock later caught a 39-yard pass to set up a 7-yard TD pass to Troy Walters, putting the Cardinal up 7-3.
Three Dot Data With 18 seconds left in the third quarter, on third and 14, Vedder completed a 43-yard pass to Joel Young, the second longest pass play of Cal's season, behind only A.J. Kunkle's 44 yard catch vs. NebraskaStanford tallied 9 sacks (4 in the Q1)Cal has given up 58 sacks on the seasonCal OLB Sekou Senyika saw a string of 13-straight games with at least one tackle for lost snappedQB Justin Vedder has thrown an interception in 17 of his 22 career gamesStanford allowed only 3 points to Cal today after coming into the game allowing 36.2 ppg to opponentsmeanwhile, Cal's defense continued its strong play, allowing the Cardinal only 10 points, below Cal's scoring defense average of 24.1