BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Freshman Mike Ford set up California's first touchdown with a 61-yard pass reception and later ran 47 yards to score on an end-around play for the lowly Bears, who gave departing Coach Joe Kapp a 17-11 victory Saturday over 16th- ranked Stanford in one of the biggest upsets in the schools' 89-year ''Big Game'' football series.

Kapp, whose firing was announced two weeks earlier, was carried off the field by his players after Cal ended an eight-game losing streak. The Bears finished the season 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the Pacific-10.

Stanford, 7-3 with one regular season game remaining, will play Clemson in the Gator Bowl on Dec. 27.

Cal got its first touchdown in four weeks, taking a 10-0 lead, when Kevin Brown hit wide receiver Wendell Peoples on a 5-yard pass midway in the second period, four plays after the 61-yard bomb to Ford. Leland Rix kicked a 34-yard field goal for Cal in the opening period.

Cal led the Cardinal 17-3 after Ford ran for his TD with 7:36 left in the game. With 5:37 remaining, John Paye threw a 69-yard TD pass to Jeff James and a two-point conversion pass to tight end Jim Price.

The Cardinal offense got the ball back with 4:33 remaining and moved into Cal territory before being shoved back by a penalty, which nullified a first- down play, and several quarterback sacks.

Stanford's David Sweeney kicked a 48-yard field goal in the second period, but he missed attempts from 21 and 47 yards in the game.

Sweeney's miss from 21 yards came after Stanford took the opening kickoff and drove to the Cal 4-yard line on eight plays. It was his seventh straight miss dating back to the fourth week of the season.

Fullback Brad Muster starred on the early drive, rushing for 35 yards and throwing an 18-yard pass off a fake running play. But Muster, who had rushed for 373 yards over his last two games, totaled only 59 against Cal.

The Bears' standouts on defense included lineman Natu Tuatagaloa and linebacker Ken Harvey, who had three sacks apiece, and linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who ended his college career with a 16-tackle performance.

Brown passed for 221 yards, completing 15 of 21 attempts. His leading receiver, James Devers, caught seven passes for 99 yards.

A 29-yard pass to Devers helped set up the field goal by Rix. Cal's first TD drive covered 93 yards, with Devers making two catches for first downs.

Kapp's five-year record at Cal, his alma mater, was 20-34-1 and he went 3-2 against Stanford, which now leads the Big Game series 42-37-10.