The Big Game in Stanford is already off to an exciting start. On a rainy field, California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Maynard threw a 42-yard completion to Keenan Allen on the first play of the game. The Bears looked ready to score just seconds into the game, but on the next play Maynard messed up on the pitch to Isi Sofele for a 10-yard loss and fumble. Stanford then struck for a 7-0 lead.
Andrew Luck completed a 14-yard pass to Ty Montgomery and then gained 15 more yards after a personal penalty on Cal. After Luck threw an incompletion, he came back with a hand-off to Montgomery for a 34-yard touchdown run.
Cal got on the board with their next drive when Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 25-yard field goal. A 15-yard pass interference play gave the Bears a much needed boost on that drive.