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The Big Game is the rivalry game between the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal. The Golden Bears have won six of the last seven Big Games under head coach Jeff Tedford.

History of the Big GameEdit

107th Big Game (2004)Edit

California dominated Stanford 41-6, with many smelling Roses for the first time since 1959. J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch combined for 291 rushing yards and the Bears broke open a 10-3 halftime score.[1]

108th Big Game (2005)Edit

Steve Levy started in place of the struggling Joe Ayoob and led Cal to a fairly easy 27-3 victory in Palo Alto. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 123 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown and Stanford's quarterbacks were sacked nine times, Trent Edwards getting injured early.[2]

109th Big Game (2006)Edit

See the main article, 109th Big Game

In a lifeless affair after Cal lost the Rose Bowl berth the Bears held off the efforts of a 1-win Stanford team, 26-17. Tom Schneider connected on a career-long 55 yard field goal, DeSean Jackson caught 7 passes for 127 yards.[3]

110th Big Game (2007)Edit

With the Bears reeling from losing five of their last six, Stanford took an early lead and stayed ahead of the Bears and reclaimed the Axe for the first time in the Tedford era.

111th Big Game (2008)Edit

A close game through the first half with Cal up 10-3, the Bears broke it open with three early third quarter touchdowns. Jahvid Best rushed for over 200 yards and 3 TDs, and Stanford was denied their first bowl berth under the tenure of head coach Jim Harbaugh.


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