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Stanford 27, California 25

November 17, 1990 • California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA • •
Stanford Cardinal California Golden Bears
Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Cardinal 0 3 12 12 27
Golden Bears 3 14 0 8 25

The Cardinal scored nine points in the final 12 seconds to pull out an improbable 27-25 victory. Quarterback Jason Palumbis connected with wide receiver Ed McCaffrey on a 19-yard TD with 12 seconds on the clock, lifting the Cardinal to within a point of Cal at 25-24. A two-point conversion, however, failed and the Bears celebrated a certain victory. But, Stanford recovered the ensuing onside kick and Cal was penalized 15 yards on the first play, setting the Cardinal up at the Bears' 22-yard line. Stanford kicker John Hopkins came on to hit a 37-yard field goal as time ran out and Stanford began celebrating its 27-25 win.


1st Quarter

CAL: Keen 50 yard field goal

2nd Quarter

STAN: Hopkins 26 yard field goal

CAL: White 2 yard run (Keen kick)

CAL: Dawkins 15 yard pass from Pawlowski (Keen kick)

3rd Quarter

STAN: Hopkins 29 yard field goal

STAN: Hopkins 47 yard field goal

STAN: Milburn 53 yard run (run failed)

4th Quarter

STAN: Hopkins 32 yard field goal

CAL: White 8 yard run (Pawlowski to Zomalt pass)

STAN: McCaffery 19 yard pass from Palumbis (pass failed)

STAN: Hopkins 39 yard field goal