In the college football notebook in Thursday's editions, the outcome of the 1992 California-Stanford football game and the team that Cal defeated for the 1959 NCAA men's basketball championship were incorrect. In 1992, then-No. 13 Stanford defeated Cal, 41-21. In 1959, Cal defeated West Virginia in the NCAA men's basketball tournament final. (Published 11/21/99)
California and Stanford will meet in the 102nd Big Game Saturday at Stanford Stadium, and they don't call the matchup unpredictable for nothing.
In 1992, Stanford entered ranked 13th in the nation, and got routed, 41-21, by a Cal team that had been 3-7. In 1990, a 4-6 Cardinal team scored nine points in the final 12 seconds for a 27-25 victory over a 7-3-1 Cal squad. In 1988, Stanford's Tuan Van Le blocked a 20-yard field goal attempt with four seconds left to preserve a 19-19 tie and deprive Cal of a winning season. Then there was the unforgettable 1982 game, when the Golden Bears dodged and lateraled their way through Stanford players and band members en route to a kickoff return for the winning touchdown as, and after, time expired.
But it's been a while since the game has been as big--or as ripe for a storybook upset--as it is this week. If Stanford wins, it will go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1971 season. California, whose 4-6 record already has eliminated it from bowl contention, will start a fifth-year senior quarterback who had not thrown a pass in a college game until last week.
His name is Wes Dalton, and he came to California as a walk-on and was not rewarded with a scholarship until this season, which he began as the fifth-stringer. But two quarterbacks quit the team and second-stringer Sam Clemons missed most of the season with a hairline fracture in his leg. Then last week against Oregon, usual starter Kyle Boller suffered a separated shoulder. Dalton entered the game early in the second half and helped the Bears nearly overcome an 18-point deficit before losing, 24-19.
Dalton's father, Bob, knows something about big games. He was on the California basketball team that upset Oscar Robertson and Cincinnati for the 1959 national championship.
The Cardinal was undefeated in conference play before giving up 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing to Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo in a 35-30 loss on Oct. 30. But, in the Negative Pac-10 Note of the Week, the Huskies renewed Stanford's Rose Bowl hopes by losing to UCLA last weekend. Now, the Huskies can reach the Rose Bowl only if Stanford loses and they beat Washington State on Saturday for the Apple Cup.
Oregon also has an outside shot at the Rose Bowl, but Stanford and Washington must lose and the Ducks must beat Oregon State on Saturday. That game, nicknamed the Civil War, has a compelling storyline anyway. It will be the first time since 1964 that the teams have met with at least seven wins apiece, and this will be the first season in which both teams will be in bowl games.
With 225 yards rushing last week against Massachusetts-Lowell, American International senior running back Kavin Galliard broke the Division II season rushing record of 2,265 yards, set by Emporia State's Brian Shay last season. Galliard has 2,455 yards this season and needs 173 yards Saturday against C.W. Post in the Eastern Football Conference championship game to break Barry Sanders's all-division record of 2,628, set at Oklahoma State in 1988.
Galliard's accomplishments are all the more extraordiary, considering that in August he was shot in the neck by an unknown assailant in his home town of Albany, N.Y. He has played the entire season (and rushed for a Division II-record eight straight 200-yard games) with the bullet still in him. . . .
Scott Pingel of Division III Westminster (Mo.) capped a remarkable career by breaking Howard Twilley's 1965 all-division record for receptions per game, averaging 13.6 catches per contest this season. Twilley's record of 13.4, for Tulsa, was one of the longest-standing individual marks in NCAA football. Pingel made 136 catches for 1,648 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
Pingel also holds NCAA all-division career records for receiving yards (6,108), receptions (436) and touchdown receptions (75), and the season record for receiving yards (2,157, set last season) and receiving yards per game (215.7).
And in Conclusion
Perhaps the wildest ending of the season happened last Saturday in Methodist's 38-37 win over Newport News Apprentice. With 1 minute 20 seconds left, Newport News Apprentice cut Methodist's lead to 31-30 on Will Harris's 12-yard touchdown reception. After recovering the onside kick, the Builders took a 37-31 lead on Sinque Holmes's five-yard touchdown run.
Needing to score a touchdown in 20 seconds, Methodist embarked on a three-play, 61-yard scoring drive that was capped with Antonio Wilkerson's 22-yard touchdown catch as time expired. Methodist players and coaches charged the field in celebration and were slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. But Philip Keever kicked the 35-yard extra point to win the game.
No. 1 Florida State (10-0) at No. 3 Florida (9-1)
Seminoles win: They are Sugar Bowl-bound.
Gators win: Sugar Bowl picture gets cloudy.
Ohio State (6-5) at No. 10 Michigan (8-2)
Buckeyes win: They become eligible for a bowl game.
Wolverines win: Buckeyes miss postseason for first time since 1988.
No. 8 Alabama (8-2) at Auburn (5-5)
Crimson Tide wins: Faces Florida in SEC title game.
Tigers win: SEC gets NCAA-record ninth bowl-eligible team.
Utah (7-3) at No. 19 BYU (8-2)
Utes win: Possible four-way tie for Mountain West title.
Cougars win: Take Mountain West and Liberty Bowl berth.
Boise State (8-3) at Idaho (7-3)
Winner takes Big West title and Humanitarian Bowl berth.
Harvard (5-4) at Yale (8-1)
Bulldogs need victory to guarantee at least share of Ivy title with Brown, which plays Columbia.
Lafayette (4-6) at Lehigh (9-1)
Mountain Hawks enter teams' 135th meeting tied for first in Patriot, but they lost to Colgate, which can take league's Division I-AA playoff bid by beating Holy Cross.