BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
K.J. Costello’s 46 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Scarlett and a pair of interceptions by Paulson Adebo helped lead Stanford to a 23-13 victory over Cal at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Saturday, its ninth straight Big Game win.
Adebo made a spectacular one-handed interception in the end zone to maintain the Cardinals lead in the fourth quarter. He also added another one later in the game, returning it to the 3-yard line, to set up Scarlett’s second score and help Stanford maintain its Bay Area superiority for another year.
Stanford (8-4, 6-3) scored on their first two drives to jump out to a 10-0 lead and and their defense made it stand up as Cal (7-5, 4-5) trailed throughout, extending the longest winning streak in the 126 year old rivalry.
The matchup featured both teams with at least seven wins for just the second time since 1991. The game was delayed two weeks after being postponed on Nov. 17 because of unhealthy air quality from the series of wildfires in Northern California.
Costello finished 18-29 with 237 yards passing. Bryce Love added 74 on the ground, but was held in check by the Golden Bears most of the day. Patrick Laird was once again Cal’s primary offensive threat. Just named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding player who started his career as a walk-on, Laird tallied 116 yards on the ground on just 19 carries.
The two teams now await Bowl selection Sunday. With their superior record, Stanford is rumored to most likely be headed to either the Sun Bowl in El Paso or the Las Vegas Bowl. Meanwhile the Golden Bears, headed for just their third Bowl appearance in the past decade, are likely to appear in either the Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix or possibly the inaugural Redbox Bowl at Levi’s Stadium.