The 1982 California vs. Stanford game is best known for "The Play", a game-ending multi-lateral kickoff return for a touchdown scored by Cal as Stanford's band came on the field before the game was over. The Play is also remembered for Joe Starkey's excitable radio call, as he yelled "The band is on the field!" during the final return.



November 20, 1982 • California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA • USA Network •
Stanford Cardinal 85th Big Game California Golden Bears
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Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Cardinal 0 0 14 6 20
Golden Bears 0 10 0 15 25
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1st Quarter

  • No Scoring

2nd Quarter

  • CAL - 9:26 - Joe Cooper 31 yard field goal
  • CAL - 2:42 - Mariet Ford 29 yard pass from Gale Gilbert (Joe Cooper kick)

3rd Quarter

  • STAN - 5:29 - Vincent White 2 yard pass from John Elway (Mark Harmon kick)
  • STAN - 1:42 - Vincent White 43 yard pass from John Elway (Mark Harmon kick)

4th Quarter

  • CAL - 13:28 - Joe Cooper 35 yard field goal
  • CAL - 11:24 - Wes Howell 32 yard pass from Gale Gilbert (pass failed)
  • STAN - 5:32 - Mark Harmon 22 yard field goal
  • STAN - 0:04 - Mark Harmon 35 yard field goal
  • CAL - 0:00 - Kevin Moen 25 yard kickoff return after numerous laterals

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