If you imagined all the scenarios for how this 2003 edition of the Big Game would play out, you probably did not imagine a fast start for your Cardinal off an unending string of Cal miscues. And if you were told that would be the first quarter story, then perhaps you would imagine a dominating win much like the ASU game. Instead, Stanford fans were dealt disappointment in a 28-16 loss that reminded us of the 2002 UCLA game in its futility.
You can sum up this edition of the Big Game with one statistic: 10 points off
four first half turnovers. With so many opportunities handed to the good
guys, so little was capitalized. And though Stanford led their cross-Bay
rivals 10-0 at the half, a 28-0 run would irrevocably turn the tide in favor of
the California Bears. Though the final statistics will show poorly for the