- The professor is on leave for behavior toward a professor at another school
- Cal collapsed late in the game against USC, blowing a 14-point lead and losing 50-49
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Fifteen people, mostly University of California, Berkeley students, were arrested and led away in handcuffs after storming the field and staging a sit-in that marked the start of Saturday’s game between Cal and No. 24 Southern California at Memorial Stadium was delayed.
According to a statement released by the Cal Police Department, people were protesting the suspension of a professor.
The protesters, many wearing T-shirts that read “Justice for Ivonne,” sat back to back in the center of the Cal logo.
Ivonne del Valle, a Spanish and Portuguese professor, was recently suspended from the university for allegedly stalking and harassing a professor at another school.
Police and security guards approached the group as players from both teams stood and watched.
Fifteen people, mostly Cal Berkeley students, delayed the kickoff of a football game in protest
They staged the sit-in to support a suspended professor who was accused of stalking a colleague
Cal went on to lose 50-49, collapsing late and failing to score a game-winning 2-point conversion
The fans were eventually handcuffed and led away. According to police statements, 13 of the 15 protesters were Cal students.
What these protesters missed was USC’s collapse of their school as the Golden Bears gave up a 14-point lead in the final quarter.
Up 43-29 with 14:06 left, Cal allowed three consecutive Trojans touchdowns to fall behind 50-43.
With less than a minute left, Cal quarterback Fernando Mendoza hit Jaivian Thomas for a 13-yard touchdown pass, making it a one-score game.
But when Cal head coach Justin Wilcox was given the choice to go for the tie or the win, he chose the latter.
Unfortunately, USC safety Jaylin Smith intercepted a potentially game-winning pass and the Trojans won 50-49.