It was all Stanford, all the time in the 113th Big game today in Berkley. The Cardinal jumped all over the Cal Bears, cruising to a 48-14 victory when all was said and done. Up 31-0 at the half, Stanford rolled to victory, easily outclassing the Bears in a dominating performance.
The Stanford offense was the picture of efficiency, scoring the first seven times they had the ball. On the day, the Cardinal racked up 466 yards of total offense, including 236 yards through the air, while picking up 28 first downs. The defense held Cal to just 299 yards of offense while forcing three turnovers.
Andrew Luck continued to impress, throwing for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 21 passing. Luck was also the Cardinal’s leading rushing, carrying the ball three times for 72 yards, including an outstanding 58-yard run in the first half. Running backs Stepfan Taylor and Anthony Wilkerson combined for 126 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Doug Baldwin led all receivers with 90 yards and a touchdown.
Brock Mansion struggled for much of the day, throwing for 173 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His only touchdown pass on the day came on a hook and lateral late in the fourth quarter. Running back Shane Vereen carried the ball 15 times for 63 yards. Keenan Allen also added a passing touchdown on a trick play in the second half, eluding multiple defenders and throwing a strike to Marvin Jones for the touchdown. Allen also caught six passes for 70 yards to lead the Bear’s receivers.
The Cardinal improved to 10-1 on the year with another strong performance this week. Cal fell to 5-6 and must win next week against the Washington Huskies to become bowl eligible. The Bears host the Huskies next Saturday in Berkley. Stanford hosts the Oregon State Beavers next Saturday.