No. 22 Football Homecoming Versus Washington State This Saturday
Oct. 7, 2001
Date: October 13, 2001
Opponent: Washington State (5-0, 3-0)
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Location: Stanford Stadium (85,500)
Television: no live television
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 12:30 pm.
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.comThe Cardinal: Stanford, which has played just three games in 2001, is coming off its second bye of the season ... Saturday's game with Washington State is the Cardinal's 2001 Homecoming Game ... Stanford will now play eight consecutive Saturdays, including two games (Notre Dame, San Jose State) after the conference finale vs. Cal on November 17.
National Rankings: For the second straight week, the Cardinal is ranked among the nation's top 25 ... This week, Stanford is ranked No. 22 by ESPN/Coaches and No. 23 by AP ... Stanford moved into the national rankings on September 30 for the first time since the 1999 final poll ... Last week, the Cardinal entered the rankings at No. 22 by AP and No. 24 in the ESPN/Coaches Poll ... Stanford finished the '99 season ranked No. 25 by ESPN ... The last time the Cardinal appeared in the AP rankings was prior to the 2000 Rose Bowl when Stanford was ranked No. 22 (No. 21 by ESPN/Coaches).
The Next Four: Stanford's next four opponents are a combined 18-0 ... Three of the Cardinal's opponents are ranked among the nation's top eight teams while the other, WSU, is knocking on the door , In order, Stanford will play WSU (5-0), at No. 6 Oregon (5-0), at home vs. No. 7 UCLA (4-0) and at No. 8 Washington (4-0) ... In contrast, Stanford's final four opponents are a combined 4-13 ... They include Arizona (3-2), Cal (0-4), Notre Dame (1-3) and San Jose State (0-4).
Fast Start: Stanford's 3-0 start is its first since 1986 ... That season, Stanford won its first four games and finished the regular season 8-3 ... Stanford's 2-0 start in Pac-10 play is its first since 1999 - when the Cardinal won the Pac-10 title and played in the Rose Bowl.
Streaking: The Cardinal has extended its winning streak to five games overall and four straight in conference play ... Stanford won their final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won their first three in 2001 vs. Boston College, Arizona State and USC ... Stanford's last five game winning streak occurred in 1996 when the Cardinal finished the season with five consecutive victories.
Schedule Notes: Stanford will finish the regular season in irregular fashion as it has two games to play after The Big Game with Cal on November 17 ... The last time a Stanford football team played two regular season games after The Big Game was in 1899 when Stanford played Multnomah (Portland) and a team called 'All-Seattle' ... Due to the cancellation of the September 15 game with San Jose State, the Cardinal will play the Spartans on December 1 ... In addition, moving the SJSU game means that the Cardinal will have played just three games as of October 12 ... The last time a Stanford team played as few as three games by October 12 was in 1962 ... During that season, Stanford played Tulane on September 21 (W, 6-3), Michigan State on September 29 (W, 16-13) and Oregon State on October 6 (L, 27-0) ... Stanford's fourth game that season was vs. Washington State in Pullman on October 13.
Against the Cougars: Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State 30-20-1 ... The Cardinal has won the last three meetings with WSU and eight of the previous nine ... Stanford is 5-1 vs. WSU under Tyrone Willingham ... The only WSU win over Stanford since 1990 occurred in 1997 when the Rose Bowl bound Cougars beat Stanford 38-28 ... Since 1973, Stanford owns an 18-4 record against Washington State.
Experience Across The Board: Stanford returns 16 starters and 39 letter-winners from last year's team that finished 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference (fourth place) ... The Cardinal returns nine starters on offense, seven on defense and both kickers from a year ago ... The experience that the Cardinal lacked in 2000 has given way to a veteran club in 2001 ... The Cardinal finds itself with a defense made up of 10 players in their final season of eligibility, including its entire starting secondary and linebacking corps.
Tyrone Willingham: Head coach Tyrone Willingham is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford University football program ... Only two other coaches in school history have enjoyed a longer tenure on The Farm - Glenn 'Pop' Warner and John Ralston - who both coached at Stanford for nine seasons ... Willingham's tenure also ranks tied for second among current Pacific-10 Conference head coaches behind only Washington State's Mike Price and tied with Oregon's Mike Belotti ... Willingham, who has twice been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1995 & 1999), owns a career record of 38-33-1 (.534) and Pac-10 record of 28-22 (.560) ... He has led the Cardinal to three bowl games, including a 1999 Pac-10 Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2000 ... The Rose Bowl appearance was Stanford's first in 28 seasons.
Fasani's Fast Start: Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani is putting up early season numbers that rival any quarterback in the nation ... The fifth-year senior has already thrown for 10 touchdowns, while going 43-of-80 for 721 yards and only one interception ... The Granite Bay, Calif. native, who is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, ranks fifth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (168.2 rating), fifth in the NCAA and second in the conference in points responsible for (20.0 per game) and 26th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in total offense (259.0 ypg) ... He threw for 232 yards and four TDs in the season opener vs. Boston College, 295 yards and four more touchdowns vs. Arizona State and 194 yards and two TDs last week at USC ... He is the first Cardinal quarterback to throw four TDs in back-to-back games since John Elway accomplished the feat in 1980 (5 at Washington State and 6 vs. Oregon State) ... In addition, Stanford quarterbacks have thrown for four touchdowns or more in a game on 19 occasions in program history and Fasani, who also threw for four TDs against San Jose State last year, joins Elway (four) and 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett (three) as the only QBs to accomplish that feat three or more times ... The Cardinal has thrived under Fasani since he won the starting QB job prior to the 2000 season ... In the 11 games Fasani has started since winning the job, Stanford is 8-3 and averaging 31.6 points per contest (348 points) ... In those 11 contests, Stanford has scored fewer than 24 points only once and has put up 30 or more five different times ... In the three games he missed because of injury last season, Stanford was 0-3 with 7.7 points per game ... Fasani, who married longtime girlfriend Monica Stahr this summer, threw for 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2000, and also proved to be a great play-maker, tremendous runner and an athlete capable of making plays down the stretch ... His best single game numbers in 2000 came against San Jose State, when he was 18-of-42 for 373 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and one interception ... Also last season, Fasani threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Big Game at California, including the game-winner to FB Casey Moore in overtime ... He also engineered drives of 64-, 58- and 48- yards in the final six minutes against Pac-10 champ Washington to erase a 24-6 deficit ... Prior to becoming the Cardinal's starting QB in 2000, Fasani had also received playing time at tight end, linebacker and special teams.
Awards 'Watch' List: QB Randy Fasani, FS Tank Williams, OG Eric Heitmann and ILB Coy Wire are all listed on various Watch Lists for national awards ... Fasani is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback ... Williams is on the Jim Thorpe Watch List for the nation's top defensive back ... Both Heitmann and Wire are included on the Lombardi Award Watch List for the best lineman in college football.
The Top 10 List: Both Kerry Carter and Brian Allen could crack the Cardinal's all-time top-10 rushing list in 2001 ... Allen, in his final season of eligibility, has gained 1,474 rushing yards in his career and needs just 119 to move into the top-10 list ... The Southern California native took a big step in that direction on September 22 vs. ASU with a career-high 134 yards and one touchdown on just 13 carries (10.3 yard average) ... Carter, who still has two years of eligibility remaining, has gained 1,256 yards and is 337 yards shy of the top 10.
Heitmann Hits: Senior Eric Heitmann, now in his third season in the Cardinal's starting lineup, has earned the reputation as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation and is a member of the 'Watch List' for the 2001 Lombardi Award given to the top lineman in college football ... Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 in 1999 and Second-Team All-Conference last season, Heitmann was a consensus preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and a First-Team All-America choice by Athlon's and Preview Sports ... Street & Smith's named Heitmann as the No. 6 offensive guard in the country ...A native of Katy, Texas, Heitmann has played in all 37 games of his Stanford career and started the last 26.
Teyo's Time: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson is making a good first impression at wide receiver ... The sophomore, who redshirted the 2000 season as a quarterback and was moved to wide receiver this spring, has caught eight passes for 120 yards (15.0 ypc) and two scores in the Cardinal's three victories ... In his collegiate debut against Boston College, he caught four passes for 51 yards and one touchdown while showing the kind of athleticism that makes him one of the nation's top two-sport athletes ... Against Arizona State, he grabbed three passes for 42 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter ... He had a 27-yard reception at USC ... Johnson, who is also a member of Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team, presents a major problem for opposing defenses with his 6-foot-7, 245-pound stature ... As a true freshman in 2000-01, Johnson was used as a reserve forward on the basketball team ... He was named to the Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team after averaging 4.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg ... He will contend for a starting assignment next season ... Johnson is the younger brother of Riall, who recently graduated from Stanford after a stellar four-year career on The Farm in which he twice led the Pac-10 in sacks and was named First-Team All-Conference in 2000 ... Riall is currently playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The O-Line: Stanford returns its top six offensive linemen from last year's team and has been recognized as one of the top groups in the nation ... Athlon's Preseason Magazine ranked the Cardinal's O-Line No. 5 in the nation while Lindy's had Stanford at No. 10 ...Stanford's opening day starting five of tackles Kirk Chambers and Kwame Harris, guards Eric Heitmann and Greg Schindler and center Zack Quaccia represent four players who were starters a year ago and a sophomore (Harris) who played as a true freshman and was one of the nation's top recruits two years ago (Chambers was also a true freshman in '00) ... In Heitmann, Schindler and Quaccia, the Cardinal has three players who are in the starting lineup for the third consecutive season ... The trio has combined to start 73 games the past two-plus years ... Schindler was the team's starter at right tackle the past two years, but has been moved to guard this season to strengthen the Cardinal's front five ... Harris has already proven to be one of the most talented young lineman in the nation ... Sixth man Paul Weinacht,who started for the injured Schindler at USC, is also a talented lineman who provides Stanford with a versatile and very capable backup.
Powell Takes Off: Junior FL Luke Powell is vastly becomming one of the most dangerous players in the nation ... Powell has shown the ability to make big plays as both a receiver and punt returner ... He currently leads the NCAA and Pac-10 in punt returns, averaging 25.5 yards per return (4 returns, 102 yards) ... He had a 49-yard return vs. Boston College in the season opener and a 51-yard return vs. Arizona State ... As a receiver, he has 12 receptions for 275 yards (22.9 ypc) and one touchdown ... He is currently ranked 18th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game at 91.67 ... In his last seven games (final four in '00, first three in '01), Powell has 22 receptions for 597 yards (27.1 ypc) and three TDs along with five punt returns for 153 yards (30.6 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 30 receptions for 777 yards - an average of 25.9 yards per catch ... Stanford's school record for yards per catch average is 21.1 (Bob Blunt, 1964-66) ... Against USC, Powell had four receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown ... He and Randy Fasani hooked up on pass plays covering 50, 34 (TD) and 33 yards ... The week before against ASU, Powell had six catches for 143 yards ... In his last two games, he has 10 receptions for 267 yards.
Tank's Tale: Clevan 'Tank' Williams has earned the reputation as one of the best safeties in all of college football and is a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award ... Williams, a 6-3, 225-pound free safety from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was named preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention All-America by several publications ... Lindy's rated him as the No. 15 safety in the country ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper listed Williams as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the nation (tied with teammate Coy Wire) ... 'Physically, he's everyting you look for in a football player,' says Cardinal secondary coach Denny Schuler. 'He's got cornerback speed, but linebacker size. Clearly, a big-time NFL player.' ... Through the first three games of the season, Williams has recorded 18 tackles, three pass deflections and two interceptions ... He is currently tied for ninth in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in interceptions (.67 per game) ... He recorded his second INT of the season vs. USC.
High Wire: Senior ILB Coy Wire is expected to be one of the top linebackers in college football in 2001 ... He is listed on the Lombardi Award Watch List as one of the top linemen in the nation ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper ranked Wire as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the country (along with teammate Tank Williams) and the 30th best player in college football ... And after the first three games of the year, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (23 tackles, one blocked punt) ... A running back his first two seasons at Stanford, Wire has the distinction of being the only Cardinal player in modern times to lead the team in rushing and tackles ...He was a running back in 1998 and '99 and, after redshirting the '97 season, he led the team in rushing in '98 (298 yards) ... He was then was moved to linebacker for the 2000 campaign, where he promptly earned the starting role and led the team in total tackles ... 'A lot of what we're doing defensively is based on what Coy can do,' said defensive coordinator Kent Baer. ' No question, he's an honors candidate this season. He's one of the best defensive players in our conference.'
Wells Watch: Senior wide receiver Ryan Wells has caught nine balls and three touchdowns in the first three games of the year ... He followed an impressive season opener vs. Boston College (6 rec., 138 yds, 2 TD) by catching another TD pass against Arizona State in game two ... The Middletown, Ohio native, who started seven games a year ago, caught TD passes of 46 and 69 yards from QB Randy Fasani against BC ... A year ago, he had 19 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns ... Wells is currently sixth all-time at Stanford with 1,079 career kickoff returns yards and fourth all-time in career kickoff return average (24.5).
Rushing Attack: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 26th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 195.33 yards per game (UCLA leads the conference) ...The Cardinal has never led the Pac-10 in rushing since the conference began keeping such rankings in 1954 ... The Cardinal gained 203 yards rushing vs. USC after netting 223 the week before against Arizona State ... Stanford is averaging an impressive 4.3 yards per carry and has scored five rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (39-249) and Kerry Carter (50-197) are the main ball carriers behind Stanford's experienced offensive line ... Stanford is on pace to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season for only the second time in school history (2,259 yards in 1957).
Rushing Tandem: Stanford's running back tandem of Kerry Carter and Brian Allen have combined to give the Cardinal outstanding production out of the backfield ... Together, Allen and Carter have carried the ball 89 times for 446 yards (5.0 ypc) and four touchdowns ... The duo have carried the ball 89 of Stanford's 137 carries (65%) and gained 446 of the team's 586 rushing yards (76%) ... They have also scored four of the team's five rushing touchdowns this season.
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense is proving to be among the nation's best ... This week, Stanford's offense ranks fifth in the nation in pass efficiency (161.41 rating), 12th in scoring (36.67 ppg), 15th in total offense (445.67 ypg) and 26th in rushing offense (195.33 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford ranks second in rushing and pass efficiency offense, third in total offense and scoring offense and fifth in passing offense ... Adding to the offensive production are the Cardinal return teams, which are currently first in the nation in punt returns (23.2 ypr) and 31st in KOR (23.8 ypr).
The D-Line: Stanford's defensive line has continued to improve through the first three games of the season ... It has already gained the reputation as one of the toughest fronts to run against ... The Cardinal has given up an average of 81.3 yards rushing per game, placing it 12th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 ...Against USC, Stanford held the Trojans to just 28 rushing yards ...Trojan RB Sultan McCullough gained only 32 yards on 16 carries ... In the season opener against Boston College, Stanford held Eagles running back William Green in check most of the game ... Green, who had 204 yards rushing the week before, wound up rushing for 103 yards on 25 carries ... In the first half, Stanford held Green to 39 yards on 14 carries ... The Cardinal limited Arizona State to 86 yards rushing in game two ... As a team, Stanford has recorded 24 tackles for loss and five sacks in three games ... ILB Matt Friedrichs leads the team with six TFL and OLB Anthony Gabriel is next with five ... Up front, DE Marcus Hoover has recorded 14 tackles, three TFL and one sack while DT Matt Leonard has eight tackles, three TFL and a team-leading three sacks.
Experience: Stanford's 2001 club is one of the most experienced in recent years, especially on the defensive side of the ball ... Fourteen starters are in their last season on The Farm, including nine on defense, four on offense and one kicker ... Only NT Trey Freeman and DT Matt Leonard will return to the Cardinal defense in '02 ... Lineman Austin Lee and Marcus Hoover, linebackers Coy Wire, Matt Friedrichs and Anthony Gabriel and the entire secondary in CB Ruben Carter and Ryan Fernandez, FS Tank Williams and SS Simba Hodari are playing their final seasons at Stanford in 2001 ... Offensively, four starters are in their final seasons on The Farm, including QB Randy Fasani, RB Brian Allen, C Zack Quaccia and OG Eric Heitmann ... PK Mike Biselli is also in his final year at Stanford.
Rushing Facts: Under Tyrone Willingham (1995-01), a successful rushing attack has usually equaled good things for the Cardinal ... During this time, Stanford is 17-2 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 27-4 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 13-1 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 20-6 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
The Big Play: The big play has been a staple in the Cardinal's attack through the first three games ... Stanford has registered 19 plays over 20 yards, 12 over 30 yards and seven over 40 yards ... QB Randy Fasani has completed eight passes over 30 yards thus far in '01, including four for touchdowns ... FL Luke Powell has been involved in nine plays over 20 yards, including punt returns of 49 and 51 yards and receptions of 50, 47, 37, 34, 33, 21and 20 ... Stanford's big plays are listed below:
* Stanford is currently second in the Pac-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (48.0) ... The Cardinal has led the conference in this category in each of the last five seasons ... Last season, Stanford led the league in fewest penalties (64), fewest penalty yards (471) and fewest penalty yards per game (42.8).
* The Cardinal's win over USC established a few 'firsts' on The Farm ... It marked Stanford's first three game winning streak over USC since 1955-57 and the school's second straight win at the L.A. Coliseum for the first time since 1955 and '57.
* Stanford's defense is second in the Pac-10 in opponent third down conversion percentage and first in opponent first downs ... The Cardinal's opponents have made just 11 of 47 third down conversions (23.4%) and have allowed a league-low 50 first downs through three games.
* Stanford is third in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation in turnover margin with a +1.33 mark after the first three games of the year ... Stanford has committed four turnovers while recording eight takeaways (six INTs, two fumbles).
* Stanford has scored 10 times in 13 possessions inside its opponents 20-yard line (.769) ... The Cardinal has scored nine TDs and one field goal ... Opponents, meanwhile, have scored five times (four TDs, FG) in eight trips inside the Cardinal 20 ... Stanford's red zone defense of .625 ranks second in the Pac-10.
* RB Kerry Carter scored his 15th career rushing touchdown vs. USC and is still number seven on Stanford's all-time list ... Ahead of Carter are Bill Tarr (1953-55) with 16, Anthony Bookman (1994-97) with 17 and Mike Mitchell (1993-97) with 21.
* Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in time of possession ... The Cardinal are averaging 33:48 of offense through its first three games ... Against USC, the Cardinal held the ball for 13:53 of the fourth quarter as the Trojans attempted to overcome a 21-16 deficit ... Washington State leads the league at 34:39.
* PK Mike Biselli, a 1999 First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, moved into fourth place on Stanford's career PAT list with 89 ... He is currently tied for eighth all-time with 23 career field goals.
NFL Ties: Stanford has six players on its current roster with fathers who played in the NFL and three others with brothers who played in the NFL ... Those with NFL dads include CB Garry Cobb (father, Garry, played 11 seasons with the Lions, Eagles and Cowboys), CB Ryan Fernandez (father David, Kansas City Chiefs), WRs Jamien and Justin McCullum (father, Sam, played in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Seahawks and Vikings), TE Alex Smith (father, Edwin, played for Broncos for four years) and CB Stanley Wilson (father, Stanley, played six seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals) ... Three other players have brothers with NFL experience, including SS Colin Branch (brother Calvin), WR Teyo Johnson (brothers Ahmani and Riall) and OG Dustin Stimson (brother Nate).
In the Classroom: Stanford has 50 players on its current roster who are members of the National Honor Society ... Twelve players have been recognized as National Merit Scholars and 10 players have been honored as National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes.
Two-Sport Athletes: Stanford has eight two-sport athletes on the football team ... WR Teyo Johnson is a member of the Cardinal basketball team, TE Darin Naatjes is on the Stanford baseball team while six other athletes participate in track, including RB Brian Allen, WR Brandon Royster, WR Nick Sebes, DE Will Svitek, CB Leigh Torrence and CB Stanley Wilson.
Sibling Rivalry: The Cardinal has six players on its roster with siblings who are or were student-athletes at Stanford ... QB Chris Lewis' sister, Robyn, is a senior setter on Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team ... C Zack Quaccia's brother, Luke, played baseball at Stanford in 1996 and '97, WR Teyo Johnson's brother, Riall, played football at Stanford from 1997-2000 and freshman WR Gerren Crochet's brother, Damien, played football on The Farm from '92-95 ... The other two are, of course, the McCullums, freshman Justin and senior Jamien.
NFL Head Coaches: Sixteen current or former NFL head coaches have spent time on The Farm as a head or assistant coach for Stanford, including six who are presently head coaches in the National Football League ... The current NFL head coaches with Stanford experience include Denny Green with the Minnesota Vikings (assistant at Stanford in 1977, '78, '80 and head coach from '89-91), Brian Billick of the Baltimore Ravens (Stanford assistant from 89-91), Jim Fassel with the New York Giants (Stanford assistant from '79-83), Jim Mora with the Indianapolis Colts (Stanford assistant in 1967), George Siefert with the Carolina Panthers (Stanford assistant from '72-74 and '77-79) and Dick Vermeil with the Kansas City Chiefs (Stanford assistant from '65-68) ... The list of others who have coached at Stanford and been head NFL coaches includes Frankie Albert (San Francisco 49ers, 1956-58), Phil Bengsten (Green Bay Packers, 1968-70), Monte Clarke (49ers, 1976, Detroit Lions '78-84), Rod Dowhower (Baltimore Colts, 1985), Ray Handley (New York Giants, 1991-92), Norb Hecker (Atlanta Falcons, 1966-68), John Ralston (Denver Broncos, 1972-76), Bill Walsh (San Francisco 49ers, 1979-88), Mike White (Oakland Raiders, 1995-96) and Paul Wiggin (Kansas City Chiefs, 1975-77).
Musical Cards: Several Stanford players are very accomplished in the arts, particulary music and dance ... The list includes Eric Heitmann (pianist, composes his own music), Kwame Harris (played piano for 11 years, played violin in high school orchestra), David Bergeron (A Capella Choir, performed at Carnegie Hall), Kerry Carter (R&B dance group performed throughout Canada), Kirk Chambers (choir), Evan Combs (high school orchestra), O.J. Oshinowo (jazz band, wind symphony orchestra) and Jared Newberry (choir).
International Cardinal: Stanford's roster is dotted with players from around the nation and the world ... Three players are of Nigerian decent: Chiijoke Asomugha, O.J. Atogwe and O.J. Oshinowo ... OT Kwame Harris was born in Jamaica , RB Brian Allen is of Jamaican decent and DE Will Svitek was born in the Czech Republic ... RB Kerry Carter was born in Trinidad and Tobago and is a Canadian citizen while DE Louis Hobsonis also a Canadian citizen.