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Flashback Friday: Relive ‘The Play’ 33 years later


If you are a college football fan that knows anything about the history of the sport, you more than likely know what is being talked about when someone mentions “The Play.” On this day in 1982, the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal were playing in Berkeley when one of the most memorable plays in football history went down.

The Cardinal led the Golden Bears, 20-19, late in the game after quarterback John Elway led them on a long drive to set up what seemed to be a game-winning field goal.

To prevent a long return on the ensuing kickoff, the Cardinal squibbed a kick down the middle of the field.

What happened next is history.

“I knew it was a big deal, but I didn’t know it would become such a big deal,” Joe Starkey, Cal’s radio broadcaster, told The Daily Californian in 2012. “There was no internet, there was no cable, there were no places that you could just pull things up. It wasn’t until all this amazing coverage where you could find it anywhere that it became bigger than life.”

This play will be remembered for years to come and with the Golden Bears and Cardinal playing each other this week, fans can only hope that something like this will happen again.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports

Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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