A year ago, Steve Levy was a backup fullback who played on special teams in the Big Game. He was California's winning quarterback on Saturday...
STANFORD, Calif. — A year ago, Steve Levy was a backup fullback who played on special teams in the Big Game. He was California’s winning quarterback on Saturday night — yet Levy found it to be a much easier assignment.
That was all because of the Golden Bears’ defense, which blitzed, blasted and blazed the way to Cal’s fourth straight victory over Stanford.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and first-time starter Levy passed for 125 yards and another score in Cal’s 27-3 win in the 108th Big Game.
Justin Forsett ran for a 21-yard score and running back Terrell Williams threw a TD pass for the Bears (7-4, 4-4 Pac-10), who held the Cardinal without a touchdown for the second straight season. Cal sacked Stanford’s two quarterbacks nine times to keep the Axe for another season in Northern California’s biggest college rivalry.
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“It always feels good when the defense has your back,” said Levy, who replaced struggling starter Joe Ayoob. “You know you don’t have to do too much. I did what I had to do to win. It’s a dream come true that I never thought would happen.”
Cal has outscored Stanford 126-32 since 2002, and the Bears have won four straight Big Games for the first time since 1939.
“[The defense] put a relentless rush on [Stanford], and I’m just real proud of the way we dominated,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “Four straight feels great. I’m really proud of our seniors to be able to maintain the Axe.”