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Cal stuns Stanford in Big Game

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CEE senior Joe Igber (number 20) ran for 226 yards and a score to contribute to Stanford’s defeat.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CAL MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE

History was made and several records broken when Berkeley defeated Stanford 30-7 at the 105th Big Game at Memorial Stadium last fall.

The sellout crowd of 71,224 and a 23-point scoring margin were just two of the stratospheric stats as the Cal Bears recaptured the Axe last November. They broke a seven-year losing streak against their historic opponents to the south and ended the season with a 7-5 record, the first winning season since 1993 and the second-best one-year turnaround since 1947.

The victory came at a fitting moment, on the 20th anniversary of "the Play" — the legendary five-lateral kickoff return in which Cal’s Kevin Moen trampled a Stanford trombonist to a 25-20 victory as the clock ran out.

Cal Bear tailback and CEE senior Joe Igber’s brilliant performance made the victory even sweeter for Berkeley Engineering. Igber set a Big Game rushing record, finishing his Cal career with 3,124 yards on 678 carries, to finish second in school history. The Nigerian native arrived at Berkeley in 1999, after completing a high school career in Hawaii as Offensive Player of the Year. About Igber’s Big Game performance, Cal quarterback Kyle Boller says, "Joe did an amazing job. He has so much fun playing the sport. I can’t say enough good things about him, off and on the field."

 


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