ANALYSIS: Chopping Up the Big Game

BERKELEY -- A full game notebook plus analysis of Cal's 38-17 loss to Stanford in the 117th Big Game. Why did the Bears go to Luke Rubenzer in the third quarter? How many of the called-back touchdowns were actually scores? We discuss.



BERKELEY -- With Saturday’s 38-17 Stanford win, the Cardinal extended its winning streak in the series to five. The last time California won the Big Game was in 2009, and 2008 was the last time the Bears defeated Stanford in Berkeley.

Jared Goff’s lone touchdown pass today was the 33rd of the season, which set a school single-season record, surpassing the previous record of 32 set in 1996.

Goff set the school single-season record for passing yards, now with 3,580, surpassing the record he set in 2013 as a freshman (3,508). He ended the game 16-for-31 for 182 yards and one touchdown. Now with 31 touchdown passes this season, he tied Pat Barnes’ 31 passing scores in 1996 for the school single-season record. Goff’s 49 career passing touchdowns are sixth in school history. Kevin Riley is fifth with 50.

Now with 7,088 career passing yards, Goff remained fifth all-time in school history. Rich Campbell (1977-80) is fourth with 7,174.

Goff had his string of consecutive passes thrown without an interception snapped at 159, which is second in school history, giving him the top two school records in that category, with 185 between the first pass of the Colorado game until the final pass against UCLA.

Freshman quarterback Luke Rubenzer notched a personal-best 60 rushing yards, the first Cal quarterback to notch 50 rushing yards since Zach Maynard totaled 52 rushing yards against Fresno State in 2011.

Tailback Daniel Lasco picked up his 12th rushing touchdown of the season with a score in the fourth quarter, giving him 15 for his career. He has now scored a touchdown in the last 10 consecutive games (9 rushing, 1 receiving). The touchdown also puts Lasco in a tie for ninth in school single-season history. Lasco ended the day with 18 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. It was his fourth career 100-yard rushing performance, all earned this season.

Lasco now has 985 rushing yards this season. With 15 more yards, he will become the first Bears running back to break the 1,000-yard mark since Isi Sofele ran for 1,322 in 2011.

Wide receiver Bryce Treggs, with his 22-yard slant catch in the first quarter, has now caught a pass in 31 of the last 32 games that he has played in and his last 25 contests in a row.

JuCo transfer cornerback Darius White picked up his first career interception in the second quarter.

Safety Bryce McGovern (9) and defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil (6) both had career highs in tackles. McGovern – a converted receiver -- also notched his first career blocked punt. It was Cal’s first blocked punt since Richard Rodgers blocked a punt against Presbyterian in 2011.

Cal successfully recovered its’ own onside kick for the first time since last year against Colorado.

Saturday’s attendance was a season-high of 56,483.

Late Saturday night, it was announced that the Bears’ next game – against BYU on Nov. 29 – will kick off at 1:30 p.m., and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks. Cal needs one more win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.

STANFORD NOTES
With its win over Cal, Stanford improves to 6-5 overall on the season, ensuring bowl eligibility. The Cardinal are now 40-12 under head coach David Shaw, 29-8 against Pac-12 opponents, 12-4 in the month of November, 26-3 against unranked opponents, 11-1 coming off a loss and 36-6 when scoring first.

Stanford improved its record against the Bears to 60-46-11, and 26-21-6 in Berkeley.

The Cardinal allowed fewer than 30 points for 33rd time in its last 34 games. Stanford allowed 45 points at Oregon on Nov. 1, breaking a (then) nation-best streak of 31 consecutive games holding opponents below 30 points.

Stanford has held opponents to 20 or fewer points in 30 of its past 39games.Dating to 2010, the Cardinal has held 44 of its past 58 opponents to 20 or fewer points.

Stanford has recorded at least one sack in 44 of its last 45 games.

The Cardinal three tackles for loss, its lowest total on the season. Stanford has at least one tackle for loss in each of its last 57 contests.

The Cardinal rushed for 204 yards, and reached the 100-yard mark on the ground for the 35th time in its last 37 games. Stanford was held to 47 yards on the ground earlier this season at Notre Dame and 76 rushing yards at Arizona State.

Stanford held Cal to three points in the third quarter. The Cardinal have yielded only four field goals and one touchdown in the third quarter through 11 games this season.

Stanford's five takeaways were the most the Cardinal has forced in a game since Nov. 27, 2010, against Oregon State.

Senior running back Remound Wright became the first Stanford player to run for four touchdowns in a game since Stepfan Taylor on Nov. 6, 2010, against Arizona, tying the program record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game. He also became the first Cardinal to run for four touchdowns in a Big Game since Toby Gerhart in 2009.

The Cardinal held Cal below its season average in passing yards (231) and total offense (410). Stanford has held all of its opponents this season under their average in those two categories.

The Cardinal forced at least one turnover for the sixth time in its last 11 outings. In the 39 games prior to that stretch, Stanford had forced at least one turnover 38 times.

Stanford has committed at least one turnover in 16 consecutive games, going 9-7 in such contests. The Cardinal forced five turnovers to Cal’s one to improve its turnover margin to -6 on the season.

Prior to fifth-year senior punter Ben Rhyne's first-quarter punt, Stanford had scored on 11 of its last 15 drives against Cal dating to 2013.

Stanford has scored 101 points in its last two games against Cal, the most points in a two- game stretch by either team in the rivalry’s history.


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