BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- California did not need any miraculous finish to defeat Stanford.
Joe Igber ran for 226 yards and a touchdown and Kyle Boller threw for a pair of scores as California easily won the 105th edition of the Big Game, 30-7.
This week marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most famous plays in college football history, a five-lateral kickoff return through the Stanford marching band that gave California a win over the Cardinal in 1982.
The Golden Bears (7-5, 4-4) had lost their last seven games to the Cardinal, but emphatically ended that streak Saturday and completed a remarkable turnaround under first-year coach Jeff Tedford.
California won just one game last season under Tom Holmoe before becoming almost instant winners under Tedford, a former Oregon assistant.
"We started this thing back in January. I told the kids, 'Thank you' for your trust,'" Tedford said. "We really needed a trust level and in order to get that, we worked very, very hard."
The Bears, however, an ineligible for a bowl game due to an NCAA probation. The NCAA refused an appeal by California on Monday, so the Bears were well aware that this was their final game of the season.
When it was over, Tedford was doused with ice water and the sellout crowd stormed the field at Memorial Stadium.
"It was so great to see the stadium filled and to see the support that was out there," Tedford said. "Now, we need to move it to every game being like that."
Igber carried 26 times and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He scored on a 42-yard yard run with 4:36 left in the second quarter that gave the Bears a 23-7 halftime
Boller completed TD passes of 31 and 22 yards in the first half to Lahsaun Ward. A senior playing in his final game, Boller completed 16-of-31 passes for 188 yards.
"It's tough to be a quarterback and what I went through last year made it more special," Boller said.
Stanford's only score came on an eight-yard TD pass from Kyle Matter to Teyo Johnson early in the second quarter.
Jemeel Powell returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown for the only score of the second half.
Matter completed 16-of-30 passes for 151 yards and was intercepted twice.
Stanford (2-9, 1-6) completed its worst season since 1983 with five straight losses.