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The Big Game started with a hiccup for Cal.

It quickly turned into a long, satisfying, Stanford-killing burp.

The Bears (7-5, 4-4 in the Pac-10) fell behind 7-0, then ripped off 30 unanswered points on the hapless Cardinal to end seven years of soul-crushing frustration in their most important rivalry.

Joe Igber ran for a Big Game-record 226 yards, Lashaun Ward caught a pair of scores and the Cal defense feasted on a Stanford (2-9, 1-7) team that had always seemed to have their number.

Kyle Boller was 16-for-31 for just 188 yards in his final game, but he led the team to the most significant win of his career.

The way Igber took over in the second quarter, the rest of the offense didn't have much pressure on it. The senior running back, had 135 total yards in the period, including a 42-yard TD sprint through the heart of the Cardinal defense to put the Bears ahead 23-7.

"I don't know what to say, I had the easy part," Igber, who played with a bruised rib that made it hard for him to speak in the post-game press conference, said. "The line is what made it work, and the receivers did a great job blocking downfield."

Blocking and long runs were a sort of recurring theme for the Bears. Igber used his blocker brilliantly on a weaving 55-yard run in the third quarter, just minutes after Jemeel Powell got away untouched on an 84-yard punt return for a score.

That TD gave Powell the school record for the most career TDs off punt returns with three. More importantly, it gave the Bears a 30-7 lead, a score that held up for the last 27 minutes of the game.

Paul Ugenti intercepted Kyle Matter's next throw, and even though Cal never scored again, the game was as over as the Mark Madsen dance craze.

"After Ugenti's interception, I had the feeling all we had to do was just put the lights out," Tully Banta-Cain said. "And we did it."

The game started ominously for the Bears.

A pair of drops, including a potential 35-yarder by Ward on their first play, forced a three and out,

Stanford marched down the field for a TD to Teyo Johnson.

However, that was the only bit of offense the Card would get the rest of the day, and the Bears overcame some uncharacteristic mistakes on offense to put the result out of doubt early.

Cal failed to score on four red zone possessions (after failing just three times all season) and Mark Jensen missed three short field goals and an extra point, but it hardly mattered against a pathetic Stanford D.

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