Big Game

See also:

100th Big Game Hightlights

Pappy's Boys

Big Game Memories

Big Game: Timeline

 1892 Cal and Stanford play the first Big Game in San Francisco. Despite forgetting to bring the ball, Stanford wins, 14-10.
 1898 Cal wins its first Big Game over the then-named Indians, 22-0.
 1899 Stanford purchases an axe and decorates it to inspire its students to root for their baseball team in a three-game series against Cal. Stanford loses, but the legend of the axe is born.
 1901 An underdog California team blocks a Stanford kick early in the game to score a safety and lead 2-0. Both teams threaten to score later in the contest, but a muddy field hampers their efforts and the game ends at 2-0.
 1904 At the first game played on the Bears' new California Field, Stanford clobbers Cal, 18-0.
 1906 California president Benjamin Ide Wheeler wants football "made over," and the teams switch from American football to rugby. The first Big Game of rugby ends 6-3 in favor of Stanford.
 1910 Cal students perform the first card stunts at a U.S. university. The stunts become famous and spread across the country.
 1912 Known as the "Mud Game," there was so much mud that players' uniforms are indistinguishable from one another. Not exactly the most exciting Big Game, it ends in a 3-3 tie.
 1915-1917 No Big Games are played because of a disagreement between the two schools regarding the freshman rule. Cal returns to American football in 1915.
 1918 This game marks the resumption of play between the schools. Cal stomps a Stanford team composed of military men stationed in Palo Alto, 67-0. This game is not included in the record books as a genuine Big Game.
 1920 California's "Wonder Teams," coached by Cal legend Andy Smith, are launched with a 38-0 Big Game win and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
 1923 Memorial Stadium, costing $1.4 million, is completed. The first game played in Cal's Memorial Stadium draws 80,000 fans who watch the Bears win their fifth straight Big Game, 9-0.
 1930 The Bears manage to hold Stanford to six points in the first half, but the Indians come roaring back to win 41-0, the largest margin in any Big Game.
 1931 Cal wins the Big Game, 6-0, after an seven-year drought.
 1932 The Bears and Indians battle to a scoreless deadlock, the only Big Game of its kind.
 1933 Cal and Stanford student governments sign an agreement to make the axe the trophy of the Big Game.
 1938 Cal wins the Big Game, 13-0, and goes on to the Rose Bowl, defeating Alabama to become the Pacific Coast Conference champion.
 1941 The first costumed Oski appears in a Cal sophomore's sweater. Before this, live bear cubs were used to represent the Cal mascot.
 1943-1945 Stanford does not have a football team during these war years and no Big Game was played. Cal's teams during this time are made up of Navy and Marine Corps officer trainees.
 1946 Cal students dress up in aviators' overalls and goggles, walk into the Stanford Tressider Union, unbolt the axe display case, (with the axe inside) and walk out with it.
 1947 Coach Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf comes to Cal from Northwestern University. His teams are undefeated in regular season play for the next three years. Waldorf leaves Cal in 1956 with a Big Game record of 7-1-2
 1949 Jim Monachino runs for 84 yards on a play, the last time a Cal player runs more than 50 yards on a single play in a Big Game. Cal rushes for 390 yards that day, a school record.
 1952 A record crowd of 83,000 watch in Memorial Stadium as the Cal Bears blank the Stanford Indians, 26-0.
 1957 Berkeley holds its last Big Game parade until 1994.
 1967 A Cal student steals the axe from Stanford, leaving no visible signs of entry. He needn't have bothered, since Cal scores 21 points in the fourth quarter, beating Stanford 26-3.
 1970 Cal upsets Rose Bowl-bound Stanford, winning 22-14.
 1972 Cal quarterback Vince Ferragamo hits receiver Steve Sweeny for a seven-yard touchdown pass in the last play of the game, winning the Big Game over Stanford.
 1973 Hoping to avenge the 1967 axe theft, Stanford students impersonate Cal head coach Mike White's staff and ask the Cal Rally Committee to bring the axe to Ming's Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto for a photo session. The committee falls for the bluff, and the axe is promptly stolen.
 1975 Cal beats Stanford, scoring 48 points, the most points Cal ever scores in a Big Game.
 1979 The axe and its plaque are refurbished and the original forging mark is discovered, proving that despite all the thefts, the axe is still the 1899 original.
 1982 Fifty-seven yards, five laterals and a trampled trombone player on the last play of the game give Cal the win. The event becomes known as "The Play."
 1985 Despite being down 24-0 in the third quarter, Cal almost pulls out a victory, scoring 22 points. Stanford wins, 24-22.
 1986 The Cal Bears, with a dismal record of 1-9, pull off the biggest upset in Big Game history, beating Stanford 17-11.
 1988 Eight field goals are kicked, tying an NCAA record. The game ends in a 19-19 tie.
 1989 Stanford hosts the first Big Game played under lights.
 1990 Despite losing the Big Game, 25-27, Cal goes on to win the Copper Bowl, the first bowl win since 1938.
 1991 Quarterback Mike Pawlawski hits receiver Sean Dawkins for a 66-yard pass; Cal loses, 21-38, but goes on to win the Citrus Bowl.
 1993 Cal blitzes Stanford, 45-17, and goes to the Alamo Bowl, winning 37-3 over Iowa.

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