California Golden Bears football

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The California Golden Bears football program represents the University of California, Berkeley, in college football as a member of the Pac-12 Conference at the NCAA Division I FBS level.wikipedia
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Justin Wilcox (American football)

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The team plays its home games at California Memorial Stadium and is coached by Justin Wilcox.
He is currently the head football coach at the University of California, Berkeley.

California Memorial Stadium

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The team plays its home games at California Memorial Stadium and is coached by Justin Wilcox.
Commonly known as Memorial Stadium, it is the home field for the University of California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference.

Big Game (American football)

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It has also produced what are considered to be two of the oddest and most memorable plays in college football: Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels' fumble recovery at the 1929 Rose Bowl and The Play kickoff return in the 1982 Big Game.
It is an American college football rivalry game played by the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California, Berkeley and the Stanford Cardinal football team of Stanford University.

Stanford Cardinal football

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In March 1892, the school played it first game against Stanford University.
Its annual Big Game against California is the oldest and most storied rivalry in the Pac-12 and western United States.

Roy Riegels

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It has also produced what are considered to be two of the oddest and most memorable plays in college football: Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels' fumble recovery at the 1929 Rose Bowl and The Play kickoff return in the 1982 Big Game.
The 1920s saw the first golden age of California football, as the Golden Bears went 50 straight games without a defeat from 1920 to 1925, with a record of 46 wins and 4 ties.

Andy Smith (American football)

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It was also the year when Andy Smith, former coach of Purdue, became Cal's head coach.
As head coach of the California Golden Bears football program, Smith guided his "Wonder Teams" to a record of 74–16–7, captured five Pacific Coast Conference titles, and three national championships.

Northwestern Wildcats football

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In 1947 former Northwestern coach Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf become the new head coach of Cal. During his first season the Bears went 9–1, with their only loss coming from conference champs - USC.
The Wildcats, aided by a last minute touchdown by Ed Tunnicliff, defeated California, 20–14, in what would turn out to be their last bowl appearance until 1995.

Joe Kapp

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That year's team was led by Joe Kapp, who is considered to be one of the greatest players in Cal history.
He played college football as a quarterback at the University of California, Berkeley.

College football

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The California Golden Bears football program represents the University of California, Berkeley, in college football as a member of the Pac-12 Conference at the NCAA Division I FBS level.
As a result of Camp's late arrival, Stanford played just three official games, against San Francisco's Olympic Club and rival California.

1950 Michigan Wolverines football team

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However, California lost all three Rose Bowls: 20–14 to Northwestern in 1949, 17–14 to Ohio State in 1950, and 14–6 to Michigan in 1951.
Coached by Bennie Oosterbaan, the Wolverines won the Big Ten Conference championship with a record of 6–3–1 (4–1–1 in conference) and defeated the California Bears in the 1951 Rose Bowl, 14–6.

Stub Allison

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In 1936 Nibs was replaced by Stub Ellison.
In 1937 and 1938, he guided the Bears to back-to-back ten-win seasons, which was at the time the only such occurrence in school history.

Ronnie Knox

The 1953 season is also remembered for recruiting scandal involving star freshman quarterback Ronnie Knox, who along with his father and high school coach were promised paid positions at the university.
He played college football at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Chuck Muncie

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In the 1970s Cal had seven winning seasons, in 1975 it was led by coach Mike White, running back Chuck Muncie, and quarterback Joe Roth.
Muncie played college football for the California Golden Bears, setting numerous school records.

1929 Rose Bowl

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It has also produced what are considered to be two of the oddest and most memorable plays in college football: Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels' fumble recovery at the 1929 Rose Bowl and The Play kickoff return in the 1982 Big Game.
On January 1, 1929, the Golden Bears faced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Aaron Rodgers

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Led by future NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers, the 2004 Bears posted a 10–1 regular season record.
Rodgers played college football at California, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates.

Keith Gilbertson

In 1993 and under Cal's next coach Keith Gilbertson, Cal was able to go 9-4 overall and 4–4 in the Pac-10, finishing in 5th place.
He was the head coach at the University of Idaho (1986–1988), the University of California, Berkeley (1992–1995), and the University of Washington (2003–2004), compiling a career college football record of 55–51.

Jeff Tedford

California began a renaissance under Jeff Tedford who became head coach in 2002.
From 2002 to 2012, Tedford was the head football coach at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and holds California Golden Bears football program records for most wins, games coached, and bowl game victories.

Joe Roth (American football)

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In the 1970s Cal had seven winning seasons, in 1975 it was led by coach Mike White, running back Chuck Muncie, and quarterback Joe Roth.
Joseph Lawrence Roth (May 29, 1955 – February 19, 1977) was a college football player and All-American quarterback at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jared Goff

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Quarterback Jared Goff can be considered as one of the few positive highlights of that period.
He played college football at University of California, Berkeley and was a first-team All-Pac-12 quarterback in 2015.

1951 Rose Bowl

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However, California lost all three Rose Bowls: 20–14 to Northwestern in 1949, 17–14 to Ohio State in 1950, and 14–6 to Michigan in 1951.
The Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, defeated the California Golden Bears, champions of the Pacific Coast Conference, 14–6.

Arizona State Sun Devils football

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Because of salary negotiation problems with Cal's new athletic director, Snyder left Cal for the Arizona State Sun Devils right after the Citrus Bowl.
Bruce Snyder left California to become ASU's head coach in 1992.

John Elway

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Led by quarterback John Elway, Stanford made a field goal with only four seconds left in the game, resulting in the Cardinal taking a one-point lead.
In his senior season in 1982, Stanford was 5-5 and needed to win its final game, the Big Game against California, to secure an invitation to the Hall of Fame Classic bowl game.

Nibs Price

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The following year, Smith was succeeded by his former assistant coach Nibs Price.
Succeeding Andy Smith as Cal's football coach, Price guided the Golden Bears to the 1929 Rose Bowl, a game infamous for Roy Riegels's wrong-way run.

1959 Rose Bowl

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California went 6–1 in the PCC, but unfortunately lost the 1959 Rose Bowl to Iowa, 38 to 12.
16th-ranked California entered the game as Pacific Coast Conference champions with a record of 7–3 (6–1 PCC).

1937 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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The Thunder Team ended the season beating Alabama 13–0 in the Rose Bowl becoming that year's national champions.
On November 30, Alabama accepted an invitation to play in the 1938 Rose Bowl against the California Golden Bears.