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Final

(7) Stanford 48

(10-1, 7-1 Pac-12)

California 14

(5-6, 3-5 Pac-12)

3:30 PM ET, November 20, 2010

Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, CA), Berkeley, CA

1 2 3 4 T
#7STAN 10 21 14 348
CAL 0 0 0 1414

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (STAN) - 235 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Taylor (STAN) - 15 CAR, 59 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Baldwin (STAN) - 5 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Andrew Luck leads Stanford to scores on all his possessions

Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- About the only fight California put up against Stanford came before the pregame coin toss when the Golden Bears came out on the field en masse jawing at their rivals.

Stanford's players responded, and that bit of trash-talking ended in a standstill. After that, the Cardinal (No. 6 BCS, No. 7 AP) turned the day into a Big Game blowout.

Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and led Stanford to scores on all eight possessions he played as the Cardinal beat California 48-14 on Saturday for its most lopsided win in the rivalry in 80 years.

"Our guys really kept their cool and I think that was a big difference today," Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said. "They kept their poise. I don't like that kind of football where you try and talk and intimidate. ... Just play football. Shut up and play football."

That's what the Cardinal (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10) did to win for just the second time in the past nine games against the Golden Bears (5-6, 3-5).

Luck completed 16 of 20 passes for 235 yards and added 72 yards on the ground. Stepfan Taylor ran for three scores as the Cal defense, which shut down No. 1 Oregon's high-powered spread offense in a 15-13 loss just one week ago, had no answers for Luck and the Cardinal's power game.

Luck managed to atone a bit for last year's struggles against Cal, when he completed 10 of 30 passes and threw a game-sealing interception deep in Cal territory with just over a minute left in a 34-28 loss.

"I definitely had some motivation coming off last year's disappointment," Luck said. "That being said, it was a new year and you can't really dwell on the past too much. But I did get a little extra motivation from that experience."

Twenty-eight years to the day after Stanford was stunned on this same field by The Play, Luck made sure the Cardinal could not be done in by a five-lateral kickoff return through the band for the game-winning touchdown this time. Stanford even got a pep talk from John Elway, the losing quarterback in that 1982 game.

Luck led the Cardinal on touchdown drives of 95, 86, 90 and 61 yards in the first half. He threw touchdown passes to Zach Ertz and Doug Baldwin and bowled over safety Sean Cattouse on a 58-yard run that set up Stanford's first touchdown.

Luck also engineered touchdown drives on the first two drives of the second half, then led the Cardinal to a field goal in the fourth quarter as the offense never slowed down until he left the game in the final minutes.

"It's hard to slow down Stanford consistently," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "They're the most complete team [we've played]. They obviously have the best quarterback. In my opinion, he's the best quarterback in the country. He's an accurate passer. He doesn't make mistakes. He puts the ball right between the numbers. He's big and strong. When he pulls it down, you can't arm-tackle him, he has speed and athleticism."

Brock Mansion fumbled the first snap from center, and that was an omen for how this day would go for Cal. Mansion threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and finished 19-for-37 for 173 yards.

Shane Vereen ran for 63 yards, giving him a career-high 1,061 for the season, and Cal got its first score on a 17-yard TD pass from receiver Keenan Allen to Marvin Jones early in the fourth quarter to make it 45-7.

Cal scored on another trick play in the closing seconds as Isi Sofele took a lateral from Allen and scored to help the Bears avoid matching the most one-sided loss in the history of this rivalry. Stanford beat Cal 41-0 in 1930.

The Bears now need to win their season finale at home next week against Washington to be eligible to go to a bowl for an eighth straight season.

The Cal players decided in the morning they would all come out for the opening coin toss to challenge the Cardinal.

"We wanted to show we were emotional, we were here and we were ready to play this game," Cattouse said. "We wanted to let them know we were here."

The officials quickly defused the situation by calling offsetting personal fouls and ejecting Stanford reserve receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson.

"When all that stuff happened, we kind of got anxious to get out there on the field," Baldwin said. "It kind of hyped us up a little bit more than we expected it to."

Mansion then fumbled two of the first three snaps from center, losing the second to set up a field goal by Nate Whitaker.

Richard Sherman intercepted a pass from Mansion to end Cal's second possession. Stanford capitalized with a 95-yard TD drive, capped by Taylor's 3-yard run. The drive was highlighted by Luck's 58-yard run that included the shoulder knockdown of Cattouse.

"It kind of snowballed from there," Vereen said. "It's kind of tough to rebound. We shot ourselves in the foot offensively."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STAN
CAL
1st Downs2820
Total Yards467299
Passing235190
Rushing232109
Penalties2-309-95
3rd Down Conversions5-106-14
4th Down Conversions2-22-3
Turnovers03
Possession33:0326:57

Passing Leaders

StanfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Luck16/2023511.820
CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mansion19/371734.712

Rushing Leaders

StanfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Luck37224.0058
Wilkerson18673.7114
CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vereen15634.2016
Sofele3206.7013

Receiving Leaders

StanfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baldwin59719.4147
Ertz24522.5132
CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen8546.8014
Jones34916.3121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSTANCAL
FG12:20Nate Whitaker 29 Yd 30
TD03:46Stepfan Taylor 3 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERSTANCAL
TD10:44Stepfan Taylor 1 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 170
TD02:47Zach Ertz 13 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 240
TD00:22Doug Baldwin 19 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 310
THIRD QUARTERSTANCAL
TD12:09Stepfan Taylor 4 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 380
TD04:53Anthony Wilkerson 3 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 450
FOURTH QUARTERSTANCAL
TD14:27Marvin Jones 17 Yd Pass From Keenan Allen (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 457
FG07:04Nate Whitaker 40 Yd 487
TD00:15Isi Sofele 12 Yd Pass From Brock Mansion (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 4814

Research Notes

Stanford's 48 points in the Big Game tied the record for the most points scored by either team in the history of the Stanford-California rivalry.
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Andrew Luck passed for 2 TD vs California. He ties John Elway (1982) for the 3rd most pass TD in a single season in school history.
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