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CBS 5 Remembers ‘The Play’ 30 Years Later

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"The Play" from Cal-Stanford's 1982 Big Game (CBS)

“The Play” from Cal-Stanford’s 1982 Big Game (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the Bay Area’s most memorable sports moments, and perhaps one of the biggest moments in all of college sports history: The Play. Back in 1982, when some of the stations had packed up their camera gear late in the 4th quarter of the Big Game, a KPIX-TV CBS 5 photographer was still rolling. He captured the only close-up shot of the entire play, from Stanford’s final kick-off to Kevin Moen’s mad dash through the Cardinal band into the end zone.

On Thursday at 11 p.m., CBS 5 will celebrate the anniversary by broadcasting some of this rare footage, which includes the pandemonium that erupted on the field, a triumphant Cal team carrying away The Axe, and the locker room interviews with stunned and elated players. There’s also video of star Stanford quarterback John Elway throwing a fantastic game in his last college appearance.

CBS 5 has also reconnected with the unexpected stars of this slice of sports history and will show interviews with Cal’s Kevin Moen and Stanford band member Gary Tyrrell, who found himself knocked over by the ball carrier. Viewers will also meet CBS 5 photographer Al Lopez, and hear what made him shoot that play differently than the rest of the game.

Much of this footage has never been broadcast, and CBS 5 is looking forward to sharing it with Cal and Stanford students, alumni, and football fans everywhere.

CBS 5 Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell’s piece “Remembering The Play” airs Thursday in Eyewitness News at 11 p.m. on CBS 5.

(Copyright 2012 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

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