Here comes Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, all 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds of him, barreling across the line of scrimmage. So, Cal linebacker Devin Bishop, how exactly will you tackle him? "It's like taking down a bull," Bishop said. "We're going to have to make sure we gang tackle him, get the rope, make sure his legs are together, click the heels and then he'll go down." Bishop sounded so emphatic, so sure of the sequence, it seemed like he had experience with bulls.
"Nahh, I haven't taken one down," he said, smiling, "but I know the technique." The Bears will need good technique and then some in today's Big Game at Stanford Stadium. Cal's defense, which struggled much of the season before hopping to life in last week's win over Arizona, now faces a daunting challenge against Gerhart, quarterback Andrew Luck and the rest of the Cardinal. Stanford lit up the scoreboard for 106 points in its past two games, against Oregon and USC. Gerhart ran for 401 yards in those games, gaudy numbers against two of the top teams in the Pac-10.