Nov. 23, 2002
California vs. Stanford
105th Big Game
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Today's crowd is the first sellout at Memorial Stadium since the 1994 Big Game (Nov. 19, 1994).
Cal Breaks Seven-Game Losing Streak
Cal's 30-7 win over Stanford breaks a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinal, the longest losing streak in 105 Big Games.
Cal Produces Second-Best Turnaround in School History
With a 7-5 record this season, the Bears produced the second-best turnaround in Cal history. The team bettered last year's win mark by six games (1-10 in 2001). The greatest one-year flip by a Cal team came in 1947, when Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf's team went 9-1, a six-and-a-half game improvement from the previous season (2-7 in '46).
Cal Records First Winning Season in Nine Years
Cal's win over Stanford puts the Bears record at 7-5 and marks the first winning season for Cal since 1993, when Keith Gilbertson's club etched a 9-4 mark.
Cal Sets Largest Big Game Margin of Victory Since 1993
Cal's 23-point scoring margin is the largest margin of victory in a Big Game since 1993, when the Bears defeated the Cardinal 48-17 (31 pts). In addition, it was the fewest points allowed by a Cal defense in the Big Game in 35 years, since Cal defeated Stanford 26-3 at Stanford Stadium in 1967.
Boller Leaves Berkeley with Career Day-Sets and Ties Records,
Finishes Ranked Second on Cal's All-Time Lists
QB Kyle Boller set a single season school record for the most passes attempted with 421 (previous record-420, Pat Barnes, 1996). Boller tied a single-season school record for most touchdowns responsible for with 32 (28 passing, 3 rushing, 1 receiving). The record ties Pat Barnes' 32 TDs in 1996.
Boller finishes his career at Cal ranked second on the career passing yardage list (7,980), second on the single season passing yardage list (2,815) and second on the single season touchdown passes chart (28). Boller's interception in the second quarter tied him for the Cal career mark of most passes intercepted (48, ties with Gale Gilbert, 1980-84).
Igber Rushes Up Cal All-Time Charts, Sets Big Game Rushing Record
With 226 rushing yards on 26 carries against Stanford today, TB Joe Igber set a Big Game rushing record, besting the 209 yards rushed by Stanford's Lou Valli on Nov. 24, 1956. He also tied Cal's Russell White (1991) for the most rushes in a season (241).
Igber posted the greatest rushing performance of his collegiate career and became the ninth player in Cal history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in a season and the first since 1993 (Lindsey Chapman, 1,037). He finishes the season with 1,130 yards on 241 carries.
Today was Igber's first 200-yard rushing game and the 10th game of his career rushing for 100 yards or more, which ties for the third most in Cal history (John Olszewski, 10 times)-trailing only Russell White and Chuck Muncie who both rushed for 100 yards 15 times.
For his career, Igber rushed for 3,124 yards on 678 carries, placing second on the Bears' all-time career rushing yardage list. He ranks fourth on Cal's all-time career all-purpose yardage list (3,879-3,124 rushing, 755 receiving).
LaShaun Ward Ties for Third Most Receiving TDs in a Season
With nine touchdowns this season, WR LaShaun Ward tied for the third most receiving touchdowns in a season, trailing only Sean Dawkins' 14 in 1992 and Bobby Shaw's 10 in 1997.
PK Mark Jensen Ties for Fourth on Cal's All-Time Scoring List
With 6 points against the Cardinal, senior Mark Jensen finished his career tied for fourth on Cal's career scoring list with 244 points, on 45 FG and 109 PAT (Robbie Keen, 244, 1987-90), and first on the Bears' modern-day list for most points scored in a season with 107 points. The pre-modern day record is 131 points, held by Duke Morrison, (18-td, 1-fg, 20-pat) was set in 1922.
Jensen's PAT Streak Broken
With a missed PAT after Cal's second touchdown of the game, Mark Jensen's streak of 72 consecutive PATs made was broken. The streak started in Jensen's sophomore season (2000).
Powell Sets Punt Return TD Record
With his 84-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, PR Jemeel Powell set a Cal modern-day record for most punt return touchdowns in his career, with three. The only Cal player to ever have more was Bobby Sherman who had four in 1901-02.
2002 Bears Boast Second-Best Turnover Mark Since 1951
With two interceptions and one fumble recovery today, the Bears +2 turnover margin against the Cardinal puts the season margin at +18. It is the second-best turnover margin since 1951, when Pappy Waldorf's 8-2 Bears finished with a +21 differential.
Cal Breaks Single Season Scoring Record
With their 10 points scored in the first quarter, the 2002 Bears set a modern day school record for most points scored in a season. Cal finished with 427 points in 2002, more than doubling the 201 point total from a year ago. The old mark was 406 points in 11 games in 1991. The pre-modern day record was 482 set in 1920.
The Golden Bears' Sack-Attack
DE Tom Canada's sack against Stanford gave him 10 on the season and marked the first time since 1999 (Andre Carter-10; Mawuko Tugbenyoh-13) that Cal had two players with double-digit sack totals. DE Tully Banta-Cain registered 13 sacks this season and finishes third on Cal's career sack list (26.5).
Stanford QB Kyle Matter's 8-yard touchdown pass to WR Teyo Johnson with 10:26 left in the first quarter, marked the first time an opponent had scored first against Cal this season. The Bears led opponents in first quarter scoring 116-43 in games this year...Freshman ROV Donnie McCleskey picked off the first pass of his career with an interception in the second quarter....The Bears outscored opponents 244-127 in first halves this season...Igber's 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest rush for the Golden Bears this year (surpassing Igber's 38-yard runs versus Washington State and Arizona).
Stanford's Ryan Wells Breaks KOR Yardage Record
Senior WR Ryan Wells set Stanford's career kickoff return yardage record with four returns for 80 yards. Wells finished his career with 2,010 kickoff return yards to break the old record of 1,950 set by Damon Dunn from 1994-96.
*Modern day records are from 1937 to present.