For the second year in a row, the "Big Game" between Stanford and Cal was a sloppy mess of intermittent rain. As a photographer, I don't mind shooting in the rain because it can produce interesting pictures, but the on-again-off-again rain had me putting on and taking off my camera covers to the point of distraction. Eventually I just left them on so I could focus on shooting. Stanford came out flat after watching their national championship hopes fizzle with last week's loss to Oregon. Cal led for a bit and came back to make it close in the end before falling 31-28. I made it a point to shoot a bunch of panning pictures, both on special teams and plays from scrimmage, and here are a few kick returns at 1/20-1/40th:
Andrew Luck's Heisman chances took a hit with the loss to Oregon, but he played well enough to help Stanford beat Cal:
Ty Montgomery opened the scoring for Stanford with this 34-yard touchdown run:
Stanford's secondary has endured several injuries, but still managed to largely contain Cal's speedy receivers:
Still, it's difficult to keep Cal receiver Keenan Allen away from the ball:
Oh Jeff Tedford...
As a rivalry game, the hits always seem harder:
Ryan Hewitt pulled in a short pass from Luck and turned it into a six points:
Cal has been iffy at quarterback, and transfer Zach Maynard has added some speed and athleticism but hasn't been the answer they were looking for:
With Stanford leading 31-21 inside two minutes, Cal drove down the field on the back of running back C.J. Anderson who eventually dove for a touchdown to get Cal within three points.
Cal's onside kick was recovered by Stanford and that was the game. Stanford hosts Notre Dame on Saturday in their final regular season game.