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San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - SPORTING GREEN - By Rusty Sim­mons and Tom FitzGer­ald

Bowl in­vi­ta­tions due for Car­di­nal and Bears.

The teams won’t know for sure un­til Sun­day, but af­ter Stan­ford’s 23-13 vic­tory over Cal on Satur­day af­ter­noon, it’s likely that the Car­di­nal will play in ei­ther the Red­box Bowl or the Sun Bowl and the Bears will head to the Cheez-It Bowl.

Stan­ford (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) se­cured third place in the North Di­vi­sion stand­ings and dropped Cal (7-5, 4-5) into the sev­enth spot among the con­fer­ence’s bowl-el­i­gi­ble teams.

If Wash­ing­ton State makes an im­prob­a­ble leap in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings and earns a spot in the New Year’s Six, both the Car­di­nal and Bears would move up a spot.

The Red­box Bowl, which will pit a Pac-12 team against a Big Ten op­po­nent Dec. 31 in Santa Clara, could choose Ore­gon over Stan­ford. Such a move would push the Car­di­nal into the Sun Bowl, which will match a Pac-12 team with an ACC op­po­nent Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas.

Cal, which will be mak­ing just its sec­ond bowl ap­pear­ance in seven sea­sons, ap­pears headed for a Dec. 26 matchup with a Big 12 op­po­nent in Phoenix.

“We get to play again,” Cal head coach Justin Wil­cox said. “This team, this group of guys gets to play to­gether again. We get to prac­tice and work to­gether and de­velop some of the younger guys who haven’t got­ten as many reps. That’s a big deal.”

Wakeup call: Run­ning back Patrick Laird ran 19 times for 116 yards, be­com­ing the first Cal player to rush for at least 100 yards in con­sec­u­tive Big Games since Mar­shawn Lynch in 2005-06.

His re­ward? A 4 a.m. wakeup call.

Laird will fly from SFO on Sun­day morn­ing and make his way to Spring­dale, Ark., for Mon­day’s Burlsworth Tro­phy cer­e­mony. He, along with Clem­son re­ceiver Hunter Ren­frow and Idaho safety Mar­cus Epps, are the three fi­nal­ists for the award — which goes to the na­tion’s top player who started his ca­reer as a walk-on.

“Bran­don Burlsworth stood for a lot of great things and had great char­ac­ter,” Laird said. “I would like to de­velop that. I want to be a man of char­ac­ter. It’s go­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence, but it’s go­ing to be aw­ful wak­ing up at 4 a.m. to­mor­row.”

Bai­ley’s record boot: Stan­ford’s Jake Bai­ley un­loaded a school-record 84-yard punt in the third quar­ter, break­ing Frankie Al­bert’s 1940 record of 79. “I wish it had been one yard shorter,” head coach David Shaw said.

The ball sneaked into the end zone — elud­ing the ef­forts of Tre­john But­ler to keep it in play — so Cal got the ball at its 20.

“The wind picked up a lit­tle bit right as I punted it,” Bai­ley said. “It was a per­fect storm.” Key rough­ing penalty: Cal was flagged for only three penal­ties that net­ted 30 yards, but Tevin Paul’s rough­ingthe-passer penalty was one of the game’s most cru­cial plays.

The Bears forced an in­com­ple­tion on a 3rd-and-6 sit­u­a­tion that would have got­ten them the ball back with eight min­utes re­main­ing in a 13-6 game. In­stead, Paul lev­eled quar­ter­back K.J. Costello a step af­ter he re­leased the pass, and Stan­ford used its new set of downs to march for a field goal that all but sealed the vic­tory.

“Tevin feels aw­ful,” Wil­cox said. “He’s a good kid. He cares about the team. He works his butt off. He got a penalty, and that one kept the drive alive.” Screen gem: The 46-yard screen pass on which Stan­ford’s Cameron Scar­lett scored fea­tured a fine block by pulling guard Bran­don Fanaika on cor­ner­back Cam­ryn Bynum.

“The way th­ese guys get on the passer, we had to do some­thing,” Shaw said. “We had a cou­ple of plays that would have been huge plays, but the quar­ter­back didn’t have time. …We used (the screen passes) to slow down the rush.” Missing re­ceivers: Stan­ford tight end Kaden Smith was side­lined for a sec­ond straight game be­cause of a foot in­jury. Cal was hope­ful that re­ceiver Kanawai Noa could re­turn from an undis­closed in­jury, but the ju­nior, who has missed the past three games, did not play.

Stan­ford’s Trent Ir­win left the game with an in­jury in the first quar­ter, caus­ing Con­nor Wed­ing­ton to play his fourth game of an in­jury-short­ened season. He will not play in the bowl game, pre­serv­ing his red­shirt sta­tus, Shaw said. Briefly: Stan­ford’s JJ Arce­gaWhite­side caught five passes for 109 yards, but he and Costello were un­able to con­nect on their usual jump-ball touch­down pass on suc­ces­sive plays near the end of the first half. … Af­ter Paul­son Adebo’s one­handed in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone in the fourth quar­ter, Bryce Love (22 car­ries, 74 yards) lost a fum­ble, but Cal’s Greg Thomas then missed a 36-yard field goal. … Adebo tied the school record with 22 passes de­fended this season . ... Costello com­pleted 18 of 29 passes for 237 yards and a touch­down . ... Jet Toner owns the high­est field-goal per­cent­age in Stan­ford his­tory in a season (.929) and ca­reer (34for-40, .850).

San­ti­ago Me­jia / The Chron­i­cle

Stan­ford play­ers show off the Axe tro­phy af­ter beat­ing Cal, the ninth time in a row the Car­di­nal have won the Big Game.

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