Saturday, November 19, 2011
First Q: Cal 10, Stanford 7
By Kevin Gemmell
STANFORD, Calif. -- Turnovers have been the name of the game in the first 15 minutes.
With a steady rain coming down, Stanford capitalized on a wayward pitch by Cal quarterback Zach Maynard on the second play of the game. Ben Gardner recovered the fumble and a couple of plays later, freshman wide receiver Ty Montgomery scored on a 34-yard end around.
With a 7-3 lead, Andrew Luck was intercepted -- by Cal's Steve Williams after Montgomery slipped and fell during his route. It was returned for a touchdown. Luck has thrown an interception in four straight games.
Penalties on the return negated the touchdown, but only temporarily. Three plays later Maynard connected with Keenan Allen on a 17-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears up 10-7.
The rain also seems to be having an impact on the field. Aside from the Montgomery slip, other players have been slipping and sliding throughout the first 15 minutes.
Luck is 4-of-9 for 36 yards and an interception.
Allen has six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.