Nov. 16, 1997
Cal won the 1986 Big Game 17-11, despite being a 17-point underdog.
Bears and Cardinal Meet in 100th Big Game
California (3-7) Visits Stanford (4-6)
GAME NO. 11:
California Golden Bears (3-6, 1-5 Pac-10) at Stanford Cardinal (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10)
TIME: Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997
SITE: Stanford Stadium (85,000 - Grass), Stanford, CA
KICKOFF/ATTENDANCE: Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. A sold-out crowd of 85,000 is expected.
TELEVISION: The game will be aired live locally on KGO TV (Channel 7 in San Francisco) beginning at 12:30 p.m. Brian Webber will call play-by-play, with Matt Bouza, Darrin Nelson and Mike Schumann providing analysis and sideline reports.
RADIO: The game will be aired live over KGO Radio (810 AM) San Francisco and the five-station Golden Bear Radio Network. Other stations on the network are: KRCK (1490 AM) in King City; KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka; KFIV (1360 AM) in Modesto; and KJAX (1280 AM) in Stockton. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO Radio is in its 24th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 23rd season handling play-by-play duties, and he is joined with color commentary by Lee Grosscup, who is in his ninth year in the booth. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Radio each Tuesday at 6:20 p.m.
Getting "The Axe" is a prize for victory.
CAL GAMES AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE BY 800 TELEPHONE SERVICE:
All Cal football radio broadcasts during the 1997 season are available nationwide via telephone through the facilities of TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans can access the Cal Radio Network from anywhere in the country at 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5918. The cost is $.50 for the first minute, with decreasing rates for additional minutes.
OFFICIAL CAL WEB SITE:
All Cal releases, results, statistics, schedules, coach and player information, as well as historical data, can be found on the World Wide Web at www.calbears.com.
CAL BROADCASTS AVAILABLE OVER THE INTERNET:
All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard on the Internet at www.audionet. com/schools/berkeley. Visit the site and download the necessary software, then log on at game time to catch the Bears live.
The Big Game of 1892 was delayed an hour for lack of a ball.
Saturday's game will be the historic 100th meeting between the Bears and Cardinal with Stanford holding a 49-39-11 advantage in the series. The 10th-most played rivalry in college football, Cal and Stanford have played four games decided on the final play of the game (1972, '74, '82, '90). Last year, however, Stanford jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead and defeated the Bears, 42-21, before 70,500 fans in Berkeley.
AROUND THE PAC-10:
The remainder of the Pac-10 schedule for the week of Nov. 22 is: Oregon State at Oregon; UCLA at USC; and Washington Sate at Washington. Both Arizona and Arizona State are idle, but will meet Friday, Nov. 28 in Tempe.
RELEASE AVAILABLE ON FAXBACK:
All California releases, statistics and rosters are available to the media on the Pacific-10 Conference FaxBack system. To access FaxBack, dial (503) 614-4044 from the handset of your fax machine. The Bears release is in directory 121050 and is generally available late Sunday afternoon. The rest of Cal's directory is as follows: notes and depth chart only (121051); stats only (121052); latest game stats (121053); latest game book (121054); and roster (121056).
100TH BIG GAME PRESS CONFERENCE:
In lieu of Cal's regularly scheduled Tuesday press luncheon, Cal and Stanford will hold a joint 100th Big Game Press Conference at Planet Hollywood (2 Stockton St.) in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Cal coach Tom Holmoe and Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham will be in attendance for interviews along with selected players from both schools.
BIG GAME EVENTS:
The following are some of the events scheduled for Big Game Week:
DATE EVENT SITE TIME
Monday, Nov. 17 Big Game Week Press Conference Planet Hollywood 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18 Big Game Bear Backer Luncheon Hs Lordship's 12:00 noon
Wednesday, Nov. 19 Guardsman Luncheon Fairmont Hotel 12:00 noon
Band Night Washington Square Bar 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20 Bond Club Luncheon Park Hyatt Hotel 12:15 p.m.
All-Time Big Game Team Dinner Planet Hollywood 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21 Big Game Bonfire Greek Theater 7:00 p.m.
Big Game Auction Cow Palace 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 Big Game Train Emeryville, Oakland, Hayward 9:15 a.m.
Cal vs. Stanford Water Polo de Guerre Pool (Stanford) 10:00 a.m.
Big Game Tailgate Party Angell Field Pregame
Cal vs. Stanford Football Stanford Stadium 12:30 p.m.
In 1975 Cal scored a big game record 48 points in defeating the Cardinal.
Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his first year as head coach of the Bears and second with the Cal program. A 1983 graduate of BYU, Holmoe was the Cougars starting cornerback from 1980-82, and led the WAC in interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. He went on to earn first team WAC honors as a senior and later was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers. Holmoe went on to play seven years with in the NFL, all with San Francisco, and helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls. After retiring from pro football, he entered the coaching ranks, serving as a graduate assistant during the 1990 and '91 seasons under LaVell Edwards at his alma mater, BYU. In 1992, Holmoe was reunited with Bill Walsh after accepting and offer to become the Stanford secondary coach. After two years as a member of the Cardinal staff, he moved back to the pro ranks and his former team, the 49ers, as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for the 1994 and '95 seasons. Last year, Holmoe joined the Bears staff as the defensive coordinator and on Jan. 18, 1997, he was named head football coach at Cal.
Tyrone Willingham, Stanford (Michigan State '77) is in his third season at Stanford. In that time, Willingham has compiled an 18-15-1 overall record and has led the Cardinal to bowl berths following both the 1995 (Liberty Bowl) and '96 seasons (Sun Bowl). Selected the 1995 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year, this is Willingham's second tour of duty on The Farm as he also coached running backs for Stanford from 1989-91 under then-head coach Dennis Green. Following the 1991 season, he went wit h Green to Minnesota and served three years as the Vikings running backs coach before being named Stanford's 30th head coach on Dec. 9, 1994. Willing ham got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant in 1977 at Michigan State. From there, he spent two years coaching defensive backs at Central Michigan before returning as the defensive secondary and special teams coach at his alma mater, MSU, in 1980. In 1983 Willingham joined the coaching staff at North Carolina State, again as the DBs and special teams coach, and then moved on to coach receivers and special teams at Rice in 1986. In all, Willingham spent 17 years as an assistant coach in the collegiate and professional ranks before taking control of the Cardinal program.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
CALIFORNIA (3-7, 1-6) Stanford (4-6, 2-5)
Sept. 6 at Houston, 35-3 Sept. 6 San Jose State, 28-12
Sept. 20 OKLAHOMA, 40-36 Sept. 13 at North Carolina, 17-28
Sept. 27 USC, 17-27 Sept. 20 at Oregon State, 27-24
Oct. 4 at Louisiana Tech, 34-41 Sept. 27 Oregon, 58-49
Oct. 11 WASHINGTON, 3-30 Oct. 4 Notre Dame, 33-15
Oct. 18 at Washington State, 37-63 Oct. 11 at Arizona, 22-28
Oct. 25 at UCLA, 17-35 Oct. 18 Arizona State, 14-31
Nov. 1 OREGON STATE, 33-14 Nov. 1 UCLA, 7-27
Nov. 8 ARIZONA STATE, 21-28 Nov. 8 at USC, 21-45
Nov. 15 at Arizona, 38-41 2OT Nov. 15 at Washington State, 28-38
Nov. 22 at Stanford Nov. 22 California
The Pacific-10 Conference provides a weekly satellite feed every Wednesday throughout the season. The weekly feed will air from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon PT on Telstar 5, Transponder 23 (C-Band). In case of trouble with the feed, call Master Control at (310) 286-3800 or Renee Lyall at (510) 932-4411.
The weekly one-half hour California Football Highlight Show, hosted by Tim Sharp, is in its 12th season on KPIX-TV (Channel 5) in San Francisco. The show will be aired each Sunday on KPIX at 5 p.m. In addition, the program will be rebroadcast on Fox Sports Bay Area (formerly SportsChannel) on Mondays, usually at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. each week. In addition, Cal football will also be featured in Fox Sports Bay Area's weekly Cal Sports Magazine show this fall. The show is scheduled to air Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. There will be re-airings throughout Friday and Saturday mornings.
IKON OFFICE SOLUTIONS PLAY OF THE WEEK:
Each week throughout the 1997 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. Against Arizona, the play was defensive end Mawuko Tugbenyoh's 38-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the third quarter. Linebacker Sekou Sanyika forced a fumble on a sack of Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins, and Tugbenyoh returned the loose ball for his second TD of the year.
THE TIMES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Each week throughout the 1997 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. For the Arizona game, the player was junior wide receiver Dameane Douglas, who caught a career-high 12 receptions for 143 yards.
CISCO SYSTEMS SEAT CUSHION GIVEAWAY:
All 85,000 fans entering Stanford Stadium for the 100th Big Game will receive a seat cushion courtesy of Cisco Systems. Embossed with the 100th Big Game logo, these high quality cushions will also contain valuable coupons.