Berkeley, CA- It’s the 125th game between Cal and Stanford aka “The Big Game” and it was everything that was advertised. A sell out crowd, a competitive game, and an ending that may not have been as
crazy as the band being on the field, but crazy enough to have everyone in Cal Memorial
Stadium stunned after the 27-20 victory over Stanford.
Stanford was leading 3 quarters until a fumble recovered by Cal’s Jackson Sirmon he took all the way to the end zone changed the complexion of the entire game. Through 3 quarters we saw 2 teams having completely different days.
On one hand Stanford was having a balanced offense of rushing and passing led by Tanner McKee, who in total had 271 passing yards. On the other hand Cal couldn’t catch a break, the 2 stars on offense
Plummer and Ott were slow to get off the ground, but that would all change by the 4th quarter.
Ott was the main focus on a 7 play, 47 yard touchdown drive that made the game 17-12
Stanford, but the very next drive for Stanford would be where the rivalry would reach its
Stanford’s running back Ashton Daniels, who was productive all game got the ball and Cal’s Daniel Scott forced a fumble, the loose ball would be recovered by Jeremiah Earby, Ashton Daniels would then force Earby to fumble, but the ball was recovered by Cal’s defensive captain Jackson Sirmon for a textbook scoop and score. 20-17 Cal!
At that point everyone in the press box, everyone in the stands, and everyone in the game didn’t know where this game would go and Plummer throwing his second interception of the game that was also
intercepted in the end zone and an interception thrown by McKee late in the 4th, the game
would end with Cal winning and keeping the victory ax which is a trophy of the rivalry.
Even though neither of these teams are bowl eligible or even close to it, this game was as big
as a bowl game for every person in the stadium and probably even matters more to the alumni.
Cal and Stanford is one of the most storied rivalries in college football and when you have
players like Marshawn Lynch, Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Andrew Luck, and many more in the
picture you can see how this rivalry is not only always going to attract a crowd, but also make
memories that will be cherished for decades or in this game, a century.