The Big Game turned into a big party for host Stanford, which wrapped up its first undisputed Pac-10 title. The Cardinal is heading to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972.
Casey Moore had two scoring runs for Stanford, which defeated California, 31-13, yesterday.
"It's surreal right now. I can't believe it's happening," said Stanford quarterback Todd Husak, who joined teammates in waving roses to fans as the game ended. "To be able to put a rose between my teeth is a great feeling."
Moore's 94-yard run early in the fourth quarter was the second-longest in school history and the longest at Stanford in 47 years. Moore also had a one-yard scoring run in the second period.
The Cardinal (7-3, 7-1 Pac-10) overcame two touchdowns by Deltha O'Neal, who returned a kickoff 100 yards and a punt 58 yards for scores.
Cal (4-7, 3-5) managed just 130 yards of offense.
"There's a real sense of euphoria," said Cardinal Coach Tyrone Willingham, who is 8-0 in the Big Game with five straight victories since becoming Stanford coach in 1995 and three wins as an assistant in 1989-91. "We've accomplished something that many people don't understand. This just feels great."
It is the first undisputed conference championship for Stanford since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 in 1978. The Cardinal tied Washington for the title in 1992.
There now have been six different Pac-10 champions in the last six seasons--Oregon won in 1994, followed by Southern California, Arizona State, Washington State and UCLA last season.
* WASHINGTON 24, WASHINGTON STATE 14: Freshman Paul Arnold scored on an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Washington (7-4, 6-2), which received an invitation to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 29 in San Diego. The Cougars (2-9, 1-7) lost their fifth straight.
* HOFSTRA 31, JAMES MADISON 16: Giovanni Carmazzi threw three touchdown passes for host Hofstra (10-1), which clinched a home game in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. James Madison (8-3) already had clinched a spot in the playoffs by winning the Atlantic 10.
* USC 17, UCLA 7: Chad Morton rushed for 143 yards, and John Fox threw for two touchdowns for the visiting Trojans (5-6, 3-5 Pac-10), who ended their eight-game losing streak against the Bruins (4-7, 2-6).
* OREGON 25, OREGON STATE 14: Reuben Droughns rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown for host Oregon (8-3, 6-2), which won its 14th straight at home and earned an invitation to the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso. Oregon State is 7-4, 4-4.
* TEXAS TECH 38, OKLAHOMA 28: Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes announced his retirement shortly after the victory. Kliff Kingsbury threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns for host Texas Tech (6-5, 5-3 Big 12). Oklahoma is 6-4, 4-3.
* ILLINOIS 29, NORTHWESTERN 7: Two years after going 0-11, Illinois is going to a bowl game. Brandon Lloyd set up two first-half touchdowns with a punt return and a long reception for the host Illini (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten).
* HOUSTON 26, ARMY 14: Mike Green rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns for visiting Houston (7-4, 3-3 Conference USA). Army is 3-7, 1-5.
* LEHIGH 14, LAFAYETTE 12: Ronald Jean carried 37 times for 183 yards to lead host Lehigh (10-1, 5-1), which gained a share of the Patriot League title with Colgate. Bill Russo coached his last game for Lafayette (4-7, 2-4).
* IVY LEAGUE: Joe Walland threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Eric Johnson with 29 seconds left, lifting host Yale over Harvard, 24-21. The victory earned Yale (9-1, 6-1) a tie for the conference title with Brown. Harvard finished 5-5, 3-4. . . . Michael Malan rushed for 118 yards and scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns for Brown (9-1, 6-1), which clinched its share of the league title with a 23-6 victory over visiting Columbia. The Bears' only other Ivy League championship was in 1976, when they also shared the title with Yale. Columbia finished 3-7, 1-6. . . . Ricky Rahne completed 24 of 48 passes for 296 yards to lead Cornell to a season-ending 20-12 victory over host Penn. Cornell finished 6-3, 4-2; Penn finished 5-5, 4-3. . . . Host Dartmouth scored 19 points in the fourth quarter for a 19-18 comeback victory over Princeton (3-7, 1-6). Dartmouth finished 2-8, 2-5.