NCAAF Game Recap - California at Stanford
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Nov 23, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

California (6-5)

7

3

0

14

24

Stanford (4-7)

7

3

7

3

20

Garbers' late touchdown lifts Cal past Stanford 24-20
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:02 PM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) It took nearly a decade, a heads-up play by oft-injured California quarterback Chase Garbers and one final stand by the Golden Bears defense to make it happen.

The Axe is headed back to Berkeley.

Garbers scored on a 16-yard scramble with 1:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, lifting California to a 24-20 win over Stanford in the 122nd annual Big Game on Saturday.

"We finally got it back," Garbers said of The Axe, which has been in Stanford's possession since 2009.

Garbers, who was knocked out of last week's loss to USC, passed for 285 yards and a touchdown and ran for 72 yards on 13 carries. His final run came after he overthrew Nikko Remigio in the end zone and helped the Golden Bears (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12) end a nine-game losing streak to their San Francisco bay rivals.

"I was just excited I had a rushing touchdown" Garbers said.

Garbers wasn't even cleared to play against Stanford until late Thursday evening. He had suffered an upper body injury a week earlier against USC and was held out of all contact drills in the days leading up to the Big Game.

"Gutsy, tough," Bears coach Justin Wilcox said of his quarterback. "To make the throws that he made on the last drive and then the scramble for the touchdown, those are huge plays. I think people are going to be talking about that drive for a while."

California fans stormed the field after the game, forming a blue-and-yellow sea on the floor of Stanford Stadium.

More importantly for Wilcox's team, California became bowl eligible heading into the season finale against UCLA next week.

"To be able to get a win, get the axe back and what that means to the players and our institution, it's a big deal," Wilcox said. "To get bowl eligible and have a chance to win a bowl game, it's huge for our program. To get the both at the same day is special."

The Bears forced two turnovers and stopped Cardinal running back Cameron Scarlett on a 4th-and-1 play to seal the win. The play was reviewed and upheld.

"To lose the axe after nine years is a tough pill to swallow," Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson said. "This next week will be all about our character."

Davis Mills completed 26 of 35 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown for Stanford. Mills was intercepted twice.

The loss essentially ends any hope Stanford has of making it to the postseason. The Cardinal have been to a bowl game each of the last 10 seasons.

"This was Chase Garber's game," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. "We couldn't stop him. Athletic quarterbacks have been difficult for us all year. He makes a difference with his legs."

Stanford took a 20-17 lead on Ryan Sanborn's 44-yard field goal with 2:23 left in the fourth quarter. Sanborn earlier made a career-best 48-yarder.

When California huddled for the final drive, Remigio delivered an impassioned plea to his teammates.

"Let's go make history," he said.

Garbers had an up-and-down afternoon against a Stanford defense that was credited with three official sacks but danced away from the pressure to keep plays alive.

Remigio repeatedly came up big for the Bears and finished with nine catches for 157 yards and a touchdown.

Scarlett scored a touchdown for Stanford despite his feet never landing in the end zone. Scarlett dove over the goal line from a yard out and landed in the arms of several of his teammates who carried him while celebrating the score.

Cal's Greg Thomas kicked a career-long 49-yard field but had a 38-yarder blocked just before halftime.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears looked like they were headed for another disappointing loss before Garbers bailed them out. It was a big lift for both Cal and Garbers, who has been in and out of the lineup because of various injuries. They did it despite an uneven day by their normally stout defense.

Stanford: The Cardinal defense played pretty well until the final drive but ultimately it was the offense's failure to get into the end zone and having to settle for a field goal that decided things.

REMIGIO'S BIG DAY: Remigio had never caught more than five passes in a game before scorching Stanford's defense all afternoon. Afterward, an emotional Remigio celebrated on the field with his family. "I was sitting there crying like a baby," Remigio said. "I just wanted to find my brothers and my parents. It was an indescribable experience. I'll never forget it."

UP NEXT

California: Plays at UCLA on Nov. 30. The Bears have allowed the Bruins to score 30 or more points in six of the last eight games between the two.

Stanford: Hosts No. 15 Notre Dame on Nov. 30. The Cardinal have won three of the last four games between the two teams, although the Irish picked up a 38-17 victory last year.

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Passing

Cal Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Garbers 30 20 66.7 1 285 40 0 108.3
Stan Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Mills 35 26 74.3 1 290 43 2 84.2

Rushing

Cal Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Garbers 13 72 5.5 19 1
C. Brown Jr. 18 55 3.1 14 1
Stan Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Scarlett 12 31 2.6 6 1
A. Jones 6 23 3.8 8 0

Receiving

Cal Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
N. Remigio 9 157 17.4 40 1
T. Clark 3 46 15.3 37 0
Stan Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Archer 1 0 0.0 0 0
M. Wilson 6 63 10.5 21 0

Fumbles

Returning

Cal KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Collins 2 18.0 0 21 0 - 0 0
N. Remigio 0 - 0 0 1 15.0 0 15
Stan KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Peat 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
C. Wedington 1 37.0 0 37 0 - 0 0

Punting

Cal Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Coutts 5 176 35.2 46
Stan Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Sanborn 3 98 32.7 38

Takeaways

Cal Int Yds InTD
J. Hawkins 1 0 0
D. Scott 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Cal Stan
Points For 24 20
Total Yards 424 351
Rushing Yards 139 61
Passing Yards 285 290
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/30 26/35
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 22 16
Penalties - Yards 4/51 4/30
Time Of Possession 30:30 30:30
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/13 7/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/35 3/33

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Cal Stan
Stan 2:00 TD Donald Stewart 40 yd pass from Davis Mills (Ryan Sanborn kick) 0 7
Cal 14:15 TD Christopher Brown Jr. 7 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Cal Stan
Stan 3:15 FG Ryan Sanborn 48 yd FG 7 10
Cal 7:23 FG Greg Thomas 49 yd FG 10 10
3rd Quarter Cal Stan
Stan 12:51 TD Cameron Scarlett 1 yd run (Ryan Sanborn kick) 10 17
4th Quarter Cal Stan
Cal 7:16 TD Nikko Remigio 18 yd pass from Chase Garbers (Greg Thomas kick) 17 17
Stan 12:37 FG Ryan Sanborn 44 yd FG 17 20
Cal 13:41 TD Chase Garbers 16 yd run (Greg Thomas kick) 24 20

Game Information

Stadium: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Attendance: 48,904
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