In the most lopsided win in Big Game history, Stanford cruised past the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday 63-13. With the news of Oregon’s upset loss to Arizona, the Cardinal has clinched the Pac-12 North title with no conference games remaining on the schedule.
Ty Montgomery was the hero for Stanford today, posting a ridiculous five total touchdowns in the first half alone. The first of his scores came in the form of a 31-yard touchdown run on the team’s opening drive.
After Jared Goff answered back with a touchdown pass to Maurice Harris, Montgomery scored his second touchdown, this one on a pass from Kevin Hogan. His third, a 12-yard reception, also came before the end of the first quarter.
A Vincenzo D’Amato field goal for Cal brought the score to 21-10 at the end of the opening quarter. Hogan and the Cardinal did not let up on offense in the second quarter, as Montgomery hauled in another score from 72 yards out. His fifth came after Michael Rector got involved with a 45-yard score.
At the half, the score was 42-13, and the Cardinal had the game under control.
Stanford kept churning out huge plays against a depleted Cal defense. The only scoring in the second half for either team came on a 58-yard run by Tyler Gaffney in the third quarter, a 27-yard run by Kelsey Young in the fourth quarter, and a beautiful touchdown catch by Francis Owusu in the final two minutes.
It is safe to say that the Cardinal bounced back in a big way after that tough loss to USC last week and the offense certainly found its groove again. The defense was also spectacular, holding the Bears to 65 rushing yards.
With this huge win and the Oregon loss, Stanford only has Notre Dame left to play before it heads to the Pac-12 Championship game. Next week, the Cardinal will take on the Irish at home at 4 p.m. Pacific.