November 21, 2010

Quick Reads: Stanford-Cal (2010)

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By The Daily Axe Staff
California Memorial Stadium
California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif...
The current version of Memorial Stadium hosted its last Big Game on Saturday. (Image via Wikipedia)

The pomp, circumstance, and pregame fight were the only indications that the 113th Big Game was, in fact, a big game. Once the actual football started, Stanford dominated Cal both offensively and defensively. Even though the 48-14 final score doesn’t sound like the mark of a close game, Cal wasn’t even 34 points worse than the Card on Saturday in Berkeley. Quick Reads: Commence!

  • Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck led the way with 235 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, while completing 80% of his passing attempts. Luck also led all rushers with 72 yards on the ground. Luck’s 58-yard scramble early in the game constituted the bulk of his rushing yards, but Luck easily deserves the MVP of the game honors.
  • Cal got just 63 yards from star running back Shane Vereen. For a team forced to start its back-up quarterback, that kind of production from the run game simply won’t do.
  • Senior wideout Doug Baldwin played a magnificent game, and did an excellent job filling in for junior big-play threat Chris Owusu, who appears to still be hurt with an undisclosed injury. Baldwin picked up nearly 100 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches and also made some NFL-caliber, highlight reel catches.
  • Cal quarterback Brock Mansion will most likely improve over the off-season, but the junior from Dallas looked completely confused for most of the game. He completed just over 50% of his passing attempts, and threw 2 costly interceptions. Mansion fumbled the first snap of the game, and never managed to right the Cal offensive ship.
  • Stanford beat the Golden Bears in virtually every important statistical category, including first downs, total yards, time of possession, 3rd down conversions, turnovers, rushing yards, and passing yards.
  • Neither Stanford nor Cal has ever scored more than 48 points in a Big Game. In 1975, Cal put up 48 to beat Stanford 48-15 on the Farm.
  • Saturday was California Memorial Stadium’s second-to-last game before being renovated during the 2011 season. During the renovation, the Bears will play in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. And boy, does Memorial Stadium need a face lift.
  • Stanford leads the all-time Big Game series, 56-46-11
  • Cal security (Landmark Security, for those of you keeping score at home) bullied a number of Stanford students as they attempted to rush the field following the Card’s victory. We’ll probably have a post about this is the coming days, but here are some links to tide you over.

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