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No. 22 Stanford Shreds Cal 21-3 In Big Game

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The Stanford Cardinal celebrate with the Axe after beating the California Golden Bears in the 'Big Game' at California Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Stanford Cardinal celebrate with the Axe after beating the California Golden Bears in the ‘Big Game’ at California Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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BERKELEY (CBS/AP) — Stepfan Taylor ran for a career-high 189 yards and one touchdown, and No. 22 Stanford overwhelmed rival California 21-3 on Saturday for its third straight Big Game victory.

In the 115th meeting between the Bay Area schools and the first at remodeled Memorial Stadium, the sunny and serene Strawberry Canyon setting might have been Cal’s best highlight. The Cardinal outgained the Golden Bears 475 to 217 yards, outrushed Cal 252 to 3 yards and never lost its grip on the coveted Stanford Axe.

Josh Nunes completed 16 of 31 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. He also fumbled and threw an interception late in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.

Cal (3-5, 2-3) had not scored so few points in the Big Game since losing 10-3 in 1998. The Bears fumbled three times — losing two of them — and had another interception of Nunes wiped out by a penalty.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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