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California's collapse is complete

December 02, 2007|From the Associated Press

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- California bottomed out in the Big Game, and Stanford was left holding the Axe.

T.C. Ostrander passed for 151 yards and an early touchdown to Mark Bradford, and Stanford ended its five-game losing streak against Cal with a 20-13 victory Saturday night, the Golden Bears' sixth loss in seven games during an incredible collapse by the former No. 2 team.

Nick Sanchez intercepted two passes in the 110th Big Game for the Cardinal (4-8, 3-6), which earned its first home Pacific 10 Conference victory under rookie Coach Jim Harbaugh in the most rewarding way possible for Cardinal fans enduring their sixth straight losing season.

Stanford won for only the sixth time in 29 games, but beat Cal Coach Jeff Tedford for the first time in six tries. With Sanchez making the biggest plays, the Cardinal held Tedford's offense to 13 points or fewer for only the fourth time in his six seasons.

Nate Longshore completed 22 of 47 passes for 252 yards for the Golden Bears (6-6, 3-6).

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