California vs. Stanford Game Notes

¿ The second-to-last play of the third quarter put sophomore TB Marshawn Lynch over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Lynch entered the game with 929 yards and has been averaging 1
By Cal Athletics on Sat, November 19, 2005

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• The second-to-last play of the third quarter put sophomore TB Marshawn Lynch over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Lynch entered the game with 929 yards and has been averaging 116.1 yards per game. He now has 1,060 yards on the season, which is No. 8 on Cal's all-time single-season rushing list.

• California opened the game with an offensive line of Marvin Philip (C), Noris Malele (LG), Jonathan Murphy (LT), Aaron Merz (RG) and Ryan O'Callaghan (LT). It was the sixth different starting OL combination used by the Bears this season.

Steve Levy's first-quarter touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson was the first for Cal since the fourth quarter of the Washington State game. That span of nine quarters includes the overtime session at Oregon.

• Cal's first-quarter touchdown drive covered 88 yards. It was the second longest scoring march of the season for Cal, behind only a 94-yard march at Washington in the second week of the season.

• When Steve Levy opened the game at quarterback, he became the third starter at that position this season, joining Nate Longshore and Joe Ayoob.

Steve Levy's 21-yard run in the third quarter is a season-long for the junior QB. Levy started his career at Cal as a FB.

• Cal recorded nine sacks against Stanford, which is a season-high for the Bears. The nine sacks is the most by a Pac-10 team this season.

• Nine Cal players had at least an assisted sack: ROV Donnie McCleskey (1U), DE Phil Mbakogu (1U, 1A), LB Worrell Williams (1A), DT Brandon Mebane (1U, 1A), LB Mickey Pimentel (1U, 3A), DE Nu'u Tafisi (1A), DT Abu Ma'afala (1A), DT Mika Kane (1A), DB Brandon Hampton (1A).

With the win...

...Cal has defeated Stanford four years in a row for the first time since 1936-39.
...Jeff Tedford is now 4-0 vs. Stanford which gives him the best record against Stanford in a Cal coach's first four years.
...The Bears have won two consecutive Big Games in Palo Alto for the first time since 1949 and 1951.

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