Big Game victory gives Cal a successful season
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
California beat Stanford at its own game -- running the ball -- and listened to what coach Jeff Tedford has been preaching all season.
The Bears surprisingly easy 37-16 win turned on those two things.
They ran the ball better than Stanford -- a huge 292 yards to 122 margin.
And they protected the football better -- a 4-to-1 advantage in turnovers.
Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard, forced to pass, put up a big yardage total -- 306 yards -- but he also tossed three picks.
If California beats Washington on Dec. 6 as expected, the Bears would finish 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10. That should be good enough to earn them a nice bowl berth in what qualified as a rebuilding year.