O'Neal Dominates But Cal Loses
Nov. 20, 1999
Berkeley - Stanford 31 California 13 Stanford Stadium (80,746)
An electrifying performance by Cal senior Deltha O'Neal was wasted as the Golden Bears couldn't generate any offense against a Stanford defense that entered the game ranked No. 113 in the nation, and the Cardinal clinched a Rose Bowl berth with a 31-13 victory.
The Bears were playing with walk-on quarterback Wes Dalton following a shoulder injury to Kyle Boller in last weekend's game against Oregon and he was ineffective in his first collegiate start. The loss ended Cal's season with a 4-7 mark, 3-5 in league action.
Stanford wasted no time in drawing first blood. A 32-yard opening kickoff return by Ryan Wells gave the Cardinal great field position at their own 43-yard-line. On the first play, Todd Husak found Troy Walters open for a 26-yard gain to the Cal 31-yard-line. Three plays later, on a 3rd-and-1, Brian Allen went straight up the middle for a 22-yard TD. Less than two minutes into the game, the Cardinal was up 7-0.
Cal replied immediately by calling upon All-American Deltha O'Neal, who took the ensuring kickoff at the goalline, eluded several tacklers as he broke to the sidelines at the Cal 35 and went all the way for a 100-yard game-tying touchdown.
After exchanging punts, Stanford moved the ball to the Cal 16-yard-line. But the Cardinal elected to test O'Neal on a corner route in the endzone. O'Neal made them pay as he came up with an interception to kill the threat with just under three minutes left in the quarter.
Early in the second period, Cal was pinned at its own 1-yard-line on a fine punt by Sean Tolpinrud. Eventually, a Cal fumble on an attempted reverse was recovered by Marc Stockbauer at the Cal 45-yard-line and Stanford took advantage of the mistake.
A pair of completions moved the ball to the 11-yard-line and three straight runs netted a first down at the 1-yard-line. On the next play, Casey Moore dived in for a 14-7 lead with 8:33 left in the half.
Stanford elected not to kick to O'Neal on the ensuing kickoff, but minutes later they had to punt to the sensational Cal senior and O'Neal turned a line drive punt into a 58-yard return for yet another touchdown. It was first time in his career he returned a punt for a touchdown. However, a 5-yard procedure penalty on the extra point was followed by a block of Brache's PAT and the Cardinal clung to a 14-13 lead with 5:10 left in the first half.
Stanford responded immediately on 5-play, 66-yard drive. The scoring play came on a post pattern to Dave Davis for a 36-yard TD. Chidi Iwuoma was in perfect position to defend the play, but Davis used his body to shield the ball from the defender and managed to shake loose for the final 10 yards on the scoring play. The extra point made it 21-13 with 2:08 left in the half.
Cal's offense continued to struggle in the third quarter, accounting for 1 yard of total offense and putting the Cal defense in terrible field position. Stanford started three drives in the third quarter at its own 46-yard-line or better. Still, Cal pitched a shutout on those drives.
The Bears offense finally got untracked on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Putting together three straight first downs, Cal moved 41 yards in 10 plays to the Stanford 48. However, the drive stalled there and the Bears had to punt the ball away. A 47-yard Nick Harris punt was downed at the Stanford 5-yard-line.
However, Cal's defense finally caved in. On 2nd down, fullback Casey Moore broke through the middle of the line and raced 94 yards for a touchdown and a 28-13 lead with 11:23 left in the game.
Sensing the kill on its next possession, Stanford used a 47-yard pass from Husak to Troy Walters to get the ball to the Cal 6-yard-line. However, Cal's defense stiffened and Mike Bisselli had to come on to knock through a 17-yard field goal with 8:07 left to extend the lead to 31-13.
Drae Harris broke a 71-yard return on the ensuing kickoff to the Stanford 24-yard-line, but Cal couldn't take advantage, losing the ball on downs.
Deltha O'Neal did finish his career by overtaking Russell White for the Cal career all-purpose rushing mark. With 158 yards on the day, he finished his career with 4948 all-purpose yards.
Cal's defense was relentless all day, forcing Husak into his poorest outing of the season, completing just 11-of-26 passes for 216 yards. The Bears ended the day with three sacks (all by Mawuko Tugbenyoh), giving them 52 on the season - tying for the second best mark in Pac-10 history (behind Arizona's 59 in 1993).
GAME STATISTICS Qtr Time Play Score S 1 13:07 B. Allen 22 run (Biselli kick) 0-7 Scoring Drive: 57 yards in 4 plays, 1:53 C 1 12:47 O'Neak 100 kickoff return (Brache kick) 7-7 S 2 8:33 Moore 1 run (Biselli kick) 7-14 Scoring Drive: 45 yards in 8 plays, 3:07 C 2 5:10 O'Neal 58 punt return (kick blocked) 13-14 S 2 2:08 Davis 36 pass Husak (Biselli kick) 13-21 Scoring Drive: 66 yards in 5 plays, 3:02 S 4 11:23 Moore 94 run (Biselli kick) 13-28 Scoring Drive: 95 yards in 2 plays, 0:53 S 4 8: 07 Biselli 17 field goal 13-31 Scoring Drive: 58 yards in 4 plays,INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Igber 13-53 Muhammad 3-(-6)STANFORD:
Moore 6-116 Allen 17-62 Wire 10-31PASSING
Dalton 11-25-119-0 TD-2 INTSTANFORD:
Husak 11-26-216-1 TD-1 INTRECEIVING
D. Harris 2-11STANFORD:
Walters 6-126 Davis 2-51
Team Statistics Cal Stanford First Downs (Rush-Pass-Pen) 8(2-4-2) 18(7-9-2) Rushing (Att-Net Yds) 26-11 46-194 Passing (PC-PA-Int) 11-26-2 11-27-1 Passing Yards 119 216 Total Offensive Plays 52 73 Total Offensive Yards 130 410 Punts-Average 9-39.2 8-35.8 Penalties-Yards 20-141 6-41 Time of Possession 24:52 35:08