Cal hosts Stanford in 125th big game

The first 10,000 fans through the doors receive a replica ax

BERKELEYCalifornia returns home to host Stanford in the 125th Big Game on Saturday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m. at California Memorial Stadium. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein on play-by-play and Lincoln Kennedy providing analysis. The first 10,000 fans through the doors on Saturday will receive a commemorative replica of the axe.

California Memorial Stadium
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT
Television (Pac-12 Network): Roxy Bernstein (game by game), Lincoln Kennedy (analyst)
Cal Bears Sports Network Powered by Northern California Auto Dealerships: 8:10 a.m.
Joe Starkey (game by game), Mike Pawlawski (analyst), Todd McKim (secondary reporter);
SiriusXM Ch. 109 or 197 / SXM App 959, the Varsity App

– This will be the 125th meeting ever between California and Stanford with the first game being played on March 19, 1892, at a field on the corner of Haight and Stanyan streets in San Francisco.
– The Cardinal led the series 65-48-11, but the Bears have won two of the last three meetings, including a 41-11 demolition of Stanford in their last meeting at The Farm last season, the biggest margin of victory of Cal against the Cardinal since a 41-6 win at Berkeley in 2004.

– The Bears beat the Cardinal, 41-11, when they last met Nov. 20, 2021 at Stanford Stadium. Cal’s offense recorded three plays for at least 75 yards, including the longest pass in Big Game history, an 84-yard touchdown pass from Chase Garbers to Trevon Clark in the second quarter. Marcel Dancy added a 76-yard touchdown run and Christopher Brooks snapped a 75-yard rush as Cal opened up a 27-3 lead with 1:26 left in the third quarter. The Bears’ total 636 yards was a Big Game record.
– Cal brought The Ax back to Berkeley for the first time in 10 years in 2019, beating Stanford 24-20, at The Farm behind a game-winning 16-yard touchdown run with 1:16 left from quarterback Chase Garbers. Trailing 20-17 with 2:23 left after a Cardinal field goal, the Bears completed a 75-yard drive capped by the Garbers’ run to the left corner of the end zone. Garbers completed 20 of 30 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown with 89 rushing yards and the game-winning score.

– Cal will celebrate the careers of 17 seniors ahead of the 125th Big Game on Saturday with the roster including Nick Alftin, Matthew Cindric, Ben Coleman, Odua Isibor, Demetric Jackson Jr., Darius Long Jr., Dario Longhetto, Jack Plumer, Ryan Puskas, Gunnar Rask, Daniel Scott, Jamieson Sheahan, Jackson Simon, Kyle Smith, Raymond Woodie III, Monroe Young and Slater Zellers.

–California has at least one takeaway in 22 of the last 23 games and had a 19-game streak tied for the longest streak in the nation before it was snapped against Washington on Oct. 22.
– The Bears are tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 12th nationally in turnover margin (.80), as well as tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 35th national rank with 10 interceptions.

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