Photo Essay: Football 2021

Photo of an adult and a boy in Cal football gear
Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff
Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

It was a landmark football season for the Golden Bears, whose fans came roaring back after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the disjointed 2020 season to be played behind closed doors in empty stadiums. This season could not have been more different: Week in and week out, the Berkeley faithful showed support and passion, exploding in applause after each touchdown and providing the backdrop for the marching band, cheerleaders and University of California Rally Committee. While marked by a mediocre 5-7 record, the Golden Bears were victorious when it counted, collecting wins against rivals Stanford and USC, much to the delight of Cal fans in attendance who stormed the field with gleeful exuberance on both occasions. These moments and more were documented by The Daily Californian photographers, who found inspiration in both the moments of glory on the field and the moments of intimacy on the sidelines and in the crowd. 

 — Theo Wyss-Flamm, photo editor

Photo of a Cal football player helping up another

Dec. 4, 2021, versus USC (Nick Quinlan/Staff)

Photo of a football referee posing on the sidelines

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football fan with football gloves on

Dec. 4, 2021, versus USC (Nick Quinlan/Staff)

Photo of Cal football players celebrating

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Vanessa Lim/Senior Staff)

Photo of a crowd of Cal football fans

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Vanessa Lim/Senior Staff)

Photo of Cal football players celebrating after an interception

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of Cal football fans posing with a Cal sign

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football fan blowing bubbles on the Stanford field

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of Cal football fans rushing the Stanford field

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football sign being held above a crowd of fans

Nov. 20, 2021, versus Stanford (Lisi Ludwig/Senior Staff)

Photo of Cal football players celebrating

Sept. 18, 2021, versus Sacramento State (Anthony Angel Pérez/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football player flying through the air

Nov. 27, 2021, versus UCLA (Antonio Martin/Staff)

Photo of a Cal football player being chased down

Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Antonio Martin/Staff)

Photo of a Cal football fan kicking a field goal

Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Antonio Martin/Staff)

Photo of a Cal football fan posing after making a field goal

Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of Chase Garbers posing with Cal football fans

Dec. 4, 2021, versus USC (Nick Quinlan/Staff)

Photo of Cal football players

Nov. 27, 2021, versus UCLA (Kyle Garcia Takata/Staff)

Photo of a crowd of Cal football fans

Dec. 4, 2021, versus USC (Nick Quinlan/Staff)

Photo of a Cal football player

Oct. 30, 2021, versus Oregon State (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of the marching band leader

Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football player on the sidelines

Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of an adult and a boy in Cal football gear

Oct. 23, 2021, versus Colorado State (Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football player making a heart with his hands

Oct. 2, 2021, versus Washington State (Lisi Ludwig/Senior Staff)

Photo of Cal football fans after a game

Nov. 27, 2021, versus UCLA (Antonio Martin/Staff)

Photo of Cal cheerleaders

Oct. 2, 2021, versus Washington State (Lisi Ludwig/Senior Staff)

Photo of a Cal football player about to snap the ball

Oct. 30, 2021, versus Oregon State (Eran Kohen Behar/Staff)