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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Halftime: Stanford 14, Cal 13

By Kevin Gemmell

STANFORD, Calif. -- Observations from the first half of the Big Game.

Turning point: Stanford finally got its running game going in the second quarter. After rushing for just 27 yards in the first quarter (they average 64.3 in the first for the season), Tyler Gaffney plowed ahead for a 6-yard touchdown run to help the Cardinal regain the lead at 14-13. The Cardinal rushed for 85 yards in the second quarter and have 112 in the first half. Stanford is now averaging 7.5 yards per rush attempt.

Stat of the half: 58-of-59. Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson missed a 33-yard field goal in the closing minute of the first half -- marking the first time this season Stanford has failed to score in the red zone.

Best player in the half: Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen has sucked up everything thrown his way. He has six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Stanford hasn’t been able to slow him down.