Nov. 20, 2007
BERKELEY - To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the unforgettable 1982 classic California-Stanford football game which was capped by Cal's amazing five-play lateral to the end zone with no time remaining, Comcast SportsNet West is re-airing the complete original telecast on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 at 5:30 p.m.
This classic game was played at Cal's Memorial Stadium, where the conclusion of the 85th Big Game would go down as perhaps the most memorable play in college football history. With Cal leading late in the game, Stanford, led by future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, drove down the field to retake the lead 20-19 on a field goal.
With four seconds left, the Golden Bears then used five lateral passes on the ensuing kickoff return to score the winning touchdown and turn defeat into a 25-20 victory. Members of the Stanford Band had come onto the field midway through the kickoff return, believing that the game was already over, and this was the basis for some protests as to the legitimacy of what came to be known as "The Play", but the touchdown stood.
Cal and Stanford will meet for the 110th playing of the Big Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Stanford Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by the Versus Network with kickoff slated for 4 p.m.
Following the telecast, Comcast SportsNet will air Great Moments of the Big Game: Cal vs. Stanford. The 60-minute program, produced in 1990, chronicles the history of the legendary series between the two rivals. The documentary includes classic film footage and photos as well as interviews with former players and coaches that provide insight into The Big Game.
Beginning on Friday, November 23, both the '82 Big Game telecast and Great Moments of the Big Game will be available to Comcast Digital Cable subscribers on Video On Demand through December 31.