Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Michael Roberson: Fumbles at game’s end costs Cardinal the Axe; Cal makes a comeback in 27-20 win in Berkeley

Cal Bears football play by play announcer Joe Starkey called his last Big Game against the Stanford Cardinal Sat Nov 19, 2022 at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Starkey called the famous 1982 “The Band on is on the field” game and Cal came back in miracle win in the fourth quarter Saturday (photo from ESPN)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal led for a majority of this game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley but just could hold onto it towards the end especially the football as the Bears Jackson Sirmon took advantage of a fumble and returned it for a 37 yard touchdown for a Cal 27-20 win at the Big Game.

#2 The Sirmon touchdown came after Stanford fumbled two balls away after leading through three quarters 17-6. Cal started chipping away at the Stanford defense with Jack Plummer throwing to Monroe Young for a one yard touchdown to close the gap 17-12 at 11:18 left in the game.

#3 Jackson Simon scored at the goal line for Cal on a fumble recovery with 9:54 left in the game and a Jadyn Ott threw for a two point conversion got Cal in front 20-17.

#4 Three plays in the next offensive series for the Bears Ott capitalized again carrying for a one yard score to put Cal on top for good with a ten point lead 27-17 with 0:58 left. Stanford Joshua Karty hit a 61 yard field goal for the Cardinal’s last score in a 27-20 final.

#5 The Cardinal host the BYU Cougars (6-5) and crushed the Utah Tech Trailblazers (4-7) 52-26. The Cardinal can’t fold against a team like the Cougars next Saturday and finishing on the road they will have to have defense to stop the high scoring Cougars.

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