Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in only 40 seconds. Cal started off with the football, but fumbled it away on the second play of the game. That allowed for Stanford's Ty Montgomery to rip off a 34-yard touchdown run and the early lead. Cal got the ball back and went on a 12-play drive result in a field goal to cut into the Stanford lead.
The Golden Bears were able to force an Andrew Luck interception on Stanford's next drive, setting the Bears up in striking distance. Zach Maynard connected with Keenan Allen for a 17-yards for a touchdown to take the 10-7 lead over the Cardinal. Early in the second quarter Cal added another field goal to increase their lead. The Cardinal were able to take the 14-13 lead however, on a touchdown run by Tyler Gaffney before the half.