Cal @ Stanford … … Bears Axe’d by the Tree …

Cal @ Stanford

Stanford Cardinal Logo

… Bears Axe’d by the Tree

63-13 in the 2013 BIG GAME

… ’nuff said …

… well, maybe not!  😉 …

… can’t help wondering why a team that used to be called the Indians and has an axe for a symbol …

The Axe

… which sorta made sense in the old days …

… is now called the Cardinal (the color, not the bird) … and has a tree for its “mascot” …

… particularly since an axe would typically be used to chop down a tree

… but have to admit that they beat the snot out of the Bears … so I guess they can call themselves whatever they like.

… Wood Chips …

Cal was never in this game, falling behind … as usual … 21-7 in the first quarter … and 42-13 by halftime …

Stanford’s Ty Montgomery had a monster game … he scored five touchdowns … one on a 31 yard run to open the scoring … and 4 on TD pass receptions (50, 12, 72 and 9 yards) …

… this was the fourth straight Big Game win for the Cardinal … which now leads the all-time series 59-46-11

63 points is the most ever scored by either team in a Big Game

… and Stanford’s 42 first half points is the most ever scored in a half.

… Bears in Hibernation …

The Bears finished the season with their worst ever record (1-11) and went winless in the Pac-12 (0-9) …

… all in all … there wasn’t much good to be said about either the game or the season …

QB Jared Goff Passing

QB Jared Goff Passing

QB Jared Goff set an all-time Cal single season passing record with 3508 yards

WR Bryce Treggs finished the season with 77 receptions, 4th on Cal’s all-time single season receiving list …

K Vincenzo D’Amato had two field goals, giving him 17 of 20 for the year … with a total of 82 points scored.

On the other hand … Cal surrendered an all-time worst 551 points on defense … an abysmal 45.9 ppg … while scoring just barely half as many (276 & 23.0 ppg) …

… the defensive performance was hampered by the fact that players on its two-deep defensive chart missed 138 games this year … including 73 missed games by projected starters …

… in other words, on average, the starting defense had 6 missing players in each game! …

… tough to play good defense with more than half of the starting team out of the game.

… the Bears in 2014 …

QB Jared Goff had successful surgery on his shoulder and should be fully recovered by next year …

… the defensive two-deep loses only three players and just one starter …

… so a lot of young players with a considerable experience will be returning in 2014 …

… virtually the entire offense returns as well, including a talented corps of young receivers …

… and all of the team’s top running backs.

Game Reports

ESPN logo

… stats and photos are available on ESPN:

Cal Logo Cal on Blue Paw on white

… and the official Cal Bears website:


The BCS and other college football poll rankings are here:

Cal Bears 2013 LogoGO BEARS!

Cal Band Pregame Show on the Scoreboard

Cal Band Pregame Show on the Scoreboard



KR Khalfani Muhammad

Khalfani Muhammad Returning a Kickoff

Khalfani Muhammad Barely Tripped Up

Khalfani Muhammad Barely Tripped Up

Protecting the QB

Protecting the QB

HB Brendan Bigelow

HB Brendan Bigelow

HB Daniel Lasco

HB Daniel Lasco

HB Khalfani Muhammad

HB Khalfani Muhammad

QB Zach Kline Passing

QB Zach Kline Passing

Leading Cheers

Leading Cheers


All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly


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