Football To Host Pac-10 Rival UCLA Next Saturday
Oct. 21, 2001
Date: October 27, 2001
Opponent: UCLA (6-0, 3-0)
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Stanford Stadium (85,500)
Television: ABC (regional), Live -- Keith Jackson, Tim Brant, Todd Harris
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 11:00 PM
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: Stanford will face its third straight undefeated team on Saturday when it hosts fourth-ranked UCLA (6-0) at Stanford Stadium ... In the previous two weeks, the Cardinal played Washington State and Oregon, both of whom entered the game with 6-0 records ... Still ahead after the UCLA game is Washington, currently 5-1 and ranked 11th in the nation ... UCLA is also Stanford's second straight top-five opponent (Oregon was ranked fifth last week) ... Stanford's 4-1 start is the team's best since 1995 when first-year head coach Tyrone Willingham began his tenure on The Farm with a 4-0-1 record ... Last Saturday, the Cardinal scored a 49-42 come-from-behind victory over Oregon in Eugene, snapping the Duck's 23-home game winning streak ... The Cardinal came back from two, 14-point deficits to hand Oregon its first loss of the season.
National Rankings: Stanford's victory over fifth-ranked Oregon propelled the Cardinal back into the national rankings this week ... Stanford is ranked 22nd by ESPN/USA Today and 20th by AP ... The Cardinal first appeared in the national rankings on September 30 after beating USC and improving to 3-0 ... But, the Cardinal fell out of the rankings after a loss to Washington State.
On Deck: Stanford is in the midst of one of the toughest stretches of games in school history , Already in the past two weeks, the Cardinal has played Washington State (7-0, ranked 14th) and Oregon (6-1, #11) ... In the next two weeks, Stanford will face No. 4 and undefeated UCLA (6-0) and No. 11 Washington (5-1) ... Those four teams are a combined 24-2 ... After that stretch, however, the Cardinal will finish the season against four teams with a combined record of 7-18 ... They include Arizona (3-4), Cal (0-6), Notre Dame (3-3) and San Jose State (1-5).
Stanford vs. the Top-5: The Cardinal has won its last two games vs. teams ranked in the top five nationally ... In both contests, Stanford scored the game-winning touchdown in the final moments of the game and held on to win ... Stanford, of course, beat No. 5 Oregon last week in Eugene 49-42 after scoring the deciding TD with 1:10 to play ... Last season, the Cardinal beat fifth-ranked Texas 27-24 at Stanford Stadium after scoring the game-winner with 1:12 remaining.
Quick Start: Stanford began the 2001 campaign with three straight wins - matching its best start in 15 years (since 1986) ... The Cardinal also began the year with two consecutive conference wins for the first time since its 1999 Rose Bowl season ... Stanford's current 4-1 record is the team's best start since the 1995 team went 4-0-1 after five games.
Lately: Stanford has won six of its last seven games overall and five of its last six in conference play ... Stanford won their final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won four of the first five in 2001 ... In Pac-10 play, Stanford's streak includes wins in 2000 vs. Arizona State and Cal, and victories this season over Arizona State, USC and Oregon ... The only loss during this time came against WSU on Oct. 13.
2001 Opponents: Stanford's five opponents thus far have a combined record of 23-10 - a winning percentage of .696 ... USC is the Cardinal's only opponent in '01 with a losing record ... The other four are Boston College (4-2), Arizona State (4-2), Washington State (7-0) and Oregon (6-1) ... Stanford's schedule, which annually ranks among the toughest in the nation, will only get stronger with upcoming games with UCLA and Washington in the next two weeks.
The UCLA Series: The Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford 39-29-3 dating back to 1925 ... Stanford and UCLA have had a very competitive series with several games being decided in the fourth quarter ... In fact, since 1989, seven of the 12 games have been decided by four points or less ... UCLA is 5-2 in those seven games ... Last year, UCLA beat Stanford 37-35 at the Rose Bowl ... At Stanford Stadium, the Cardinal won the last meeting in 1999, 42-32, but lost the three previous games ... Since '89, the two teams are 3-3 at Stanford Stadium ... Overall, the Bruins have won six of the last eight games with Stanford dating to 1993 ... The last time the two teams met with UCLA ranked in top-five was in a 1998 ... The Bruins entered the game 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation by the BCS while the Cardinal's record stood at 1-6 ... Stanford held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but lost 28-24 ... The Cardinal also fumbled at the Bruin's goal line late in the game with the go-ahead touchdown in sight.
Experience: Stanford's 2001 club is one of the most experienced in recent years, especially on the defensive side of the ball ... Stanford returned 16 starters and 39 letter-winners from last year's team ... 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 ... 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.
TyroneWillingham: 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 39-34-1 (.534) and PAC-10 record of 29-23 (.558) ... 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.
Rushing Facts: Under Tyrone Willingham (1995-01), a successful rushing attack has usually equaled good things for the Cardinal ... During this time, Stanford is 17-3 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 27-5 when it out rushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 13-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 20-7 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
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 157 times for 738 yards (4.7 ypc) and 11 touchdowns ... The duo has carried the ball 157 of Stanford's 229 carries (68%) and gained 738 of the team's 945 rushing yards (78%) ... They have also scored 11 of the team's 13 rushing touchdowns this season.
Rushing Attack: Stanford is third in the PAC-10 and 28th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 189.0 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 has rushed for over 200 yards in three of its five games this season, including 223 vs. Arizona State, 203 vs. USC and 219 vs. Washington State ... Stanford is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and has scored 13 rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (71-429) and Kerry Carter (86-309) 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).
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen broke into the school's all-time top-10 rushing list following the Washington State game ... Allen is now 10th all-time on The Farm with 1,654 rushing yards ... Kerry Carter, who has 1,368 career rushing yards and one more season of eligibility, is also knocking on the door ... He is 286 yards behind Allen and 306 behind Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards).
Rushing Touchdowns: RB Kerry Carter tied the school record by scoring four rushing touchdowns last week vs. Oregon ... Carter, who already owned the record with three others, became the first Cardinal back to score four rushing TDs in a game on two occasions ... The other backs to rush for four TDs in a game are Darrin Nelson in 1981, Tommy Vardell in '90 and Glyn Milburn in '91 ... Carter had four rushing TDs last season against USC ... He is now fifth on Stanford's career rushing TD list with 19 and is just two shy of No. 4 Mike Mitchell, who had 21 rushing TDs.
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense is proving to be among the nation's best ... This week, Stanford's offense ranks seventh in the nation in scoring (39.6 ppg), 13th in total offense (449.2 ypg), 18th in pass efficiency offense (144.13 rating) and 28th in rushing offense (189.0 ypg) ... In the PAC-10, Stanford ranks third in rushing, scoring and total offense ... Stanford has scored more than 38 points in four of its five games this season and has scored more than 30 seven of its last 10 games dating back to last season.
Special Teams: Stanford's return game is among the best in college football ... This week, the Cardinal ranks second in the nation in punt returns (first in the PAC-10) and ninth in kickoff returns (second in the PAC-10) ... As a team, Stanford is averaging 19.9 yards per punt return and 26.1 yards per KOR ... Luke Powell leads the nation in punt return average at 22.0 and Brian Allen is eighth in the NCAA in kickoff returns with a 30.7 average.
Brian's Song: Senior running back Brian Allen is emerging as one of the top runners in the PAC-10 Conference this season ... Allen, who has rushed for over 100 yards in two games this season, is currently fourth in the conference averaging 85.8 rushing yards per game ... He is also one of the top kickoff return specialists in the nation ... His 30.7 average ranks eighth in the nation and second in the PAC-10 ... Allen is also averaging 149.0 yards per game in all-purpose running, which ranks him 18th in the NCAA and second in the PAC-10 ... His two 100-yard rushing days came against Washington State (133 yards rushing, 3 TDs) and Arizona State (134 yards rushing, 1 TD) ... He is currently No.10 on the school's all-time rushing list with 1,654 career rushing yards ... All these numbers despite sharing the RB duties with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 22 games at running back for the Cardinal.
Lewis' Legacy: For the third time in his brief career, junior Chris Lewis came off the bench in place of an injured Randy Fasani to lead the Cardinal to a come-from-behind win ... Lewis, who started three games in 2000, engineered the Cardinal to wins over USC and Texas last season when Fasani went down with an injury ... He did the same last week at Oregon ... Lewis was just three-of-10 for 28 yards in the first half against the Ducks, but came out in the second half to complete nine-of-16 for 161 yards and two touchdowns ... Last season, he threw for 214 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner with 1:12 to play, to beat No. 5 Texas ... He came off the bench against USC to throw a touchdown pass on the game's final play to beat the Trojans ... He starts last season came at home vs. Arizona and at Notre Dame and at Oregon State ... Threw for 1,179 yards and eight touchdowns in 2000.
Randy's Rhetoric: Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani has been the catalyst for Stanford's high-powered offense in 2001 ... 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, was forced out of last week's game at Oregon with a knee injury and his status is unknown at this time ... He completed seven-of-11 passes for 141 yards and led the Cardinal to three first half touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter ... This week,he is ranked 110th in the country in pass efficiency (144.13 rating), 19th in points responsible for (14.4) and 33rd in total offense (235.4) ... ... The Cardinal has thrived under Fasani since he won the starting QB job prior to the 2000 season ... In the 13 games Fasani has started since winning the job, Stanford is 9-4 and averaging 33.5 points per contest (436 points) ... In those 13 contests, Stanford has scored fewer than 24 points only once and has put up 30 or more seven different times ... In the three games he missed last season because of injury last season, Stanford was 0-3 with 7.7 points per game ... He threw for 232 yards and four TDs in the season opener vs. Boston College, 295 yards and four more touchdowns vs. Arizona State, 194 yards and two TDs at USC and 202 yards and two touchdowns vs. WSU ... 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 ... ... 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.
Fasani on the Run: QB Randy Fasani has proven to be an effective runner out of the pocket and very capable of alluding the defense and scrambling for big gains ... He has gained 205 yards rushing through five games, but has netted just 113 due to yardage lost through sacks ... However, Fasani has made some big plays with his legs in 2001 ... He has eight runs over more than 10 yards and five of more than 20 yards, including a 20-yard scramble last week at Oregon ...Against WSU, he had runs of 20 and 29 yards ... In Stanford's win at USC, Fasani had key runs of 21 and 23 yards ... His other big runs have been a 13 yard and 11 yard scramble against Boston College and a 15-yard gainer vs. Arizona State ... He is third on the team with 36 rushing attempts.
Stanford's Running Quarterbacks: Randy Fasani's rushing numbers are already among the best in school history for a starting quarterback ... Fasani, in just 13 games as the starter, has rushed for 236 net yards ... Of the top 10 quarterbacks on the Cardinal's all-time passing list, only one finished his career with positive rushing numbers - Jim Plunkett, who rushed for 343 yards from 1968-70 ... Other Cardinal quarterbacks who finished with positive rushing numbers include Don Bunce (1968-71) with 479 rushing yards, Bobby Garrett (1951-53) with 238 yards and Mike Cordova (1973-76) with 92 rushing yards ... Some of the great Cardinal quarterbacks who did not have positive rushing yards include John Elway (-279 net yards rushing), Steve Stenstrom (-706), John Paye (-130), Todd Husak (-136) and Guy Benjamin (-181).
Tight End Production: Stanford has made good use of its talented corps of tight ends in 2001... Through five games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright and Darin Naatjes have combined to catch 13 passes for 152 yards and four touchdowns ... Cardinal tight ends have accounted for key plays in each game this season ... Against WSU, Naatjes had two receptions for 28 yards and two touchdowns while Pierce added one catch for 15 yards ... Pierce recorded five catches for 40 yards and one TD against USC ... In game two vs. Arizona State, Wright had two receptions for 17 yards and Pierce caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Fasani ... For the season, Pierce leads the tight end trio with nine receptions for 107 yards and two TDs while Naatjes and Wright each have two catches ... A year ago, starter Russell Stewart led all Cardinal tight ends with eight catches.
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.
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 39 games of his Stanford career and started the last 28.
The O-Line: Stanford returned its top six offensive linemen from last year's team and has been recognized this season 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 79 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.
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 14 passes for 222 yards (15.9 ypc) and three scores ... Johnson received significant playing time last week at Oregon and turned in his finest performance to date, catching five passes for 95 yards and one touchdown along with a key two-point conversion attempt ... 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 TD reception ... 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.
Powell Takes Off: Junior FL Luke Powell is vastly becoming 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 nation and the PAC-10 in punt returns, averaging 22.0 yards per return (7 returns, 154 yards) ... He had a 49-yard return vs. Boston College in the season opener, a 51-yard return vs. Arizona State and a 46 yard return against Washington State ... As a receiver, he leads the team with 20 receptions for 353 yards (17.6 ypc) and one touchdown ... In his last nine games (final four in '00, first five in '01), Powell has 30 receptions for 675 yards (22.5 ypc) and three TDs along with eight punt returns for 205 yards (25.6 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 38 receptions for 855 yards - an average of 22.5 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 ... His two big games this year include Arizona State (six receptions, 143 yards) and USC (4-124-1 touchdown).
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) ... Williams leads the PAC-10 and is tied for ninth in the nation in interceptions per game at .60 (3 INTs in 5 games) ... He is second on the team with 34 total tackles ... 'Physically, he's everything 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.'
High Wire: Senior ILB Coy Wire is 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 five games of the year, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (41 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, 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.'
* Saturday is Hall of Fame Day at Stanford ... Thirteen Cardinal greats will be formally inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 26 ... The Class of 2001 will also be honored at half-time of Saturday's Stanford-UCLA game ... The group of inductees includes Mike Aldrete (baseball), Frank Brennan (women's tennis coach), Carol Cady (track), Gordy Ceresino (football), Linda Gates (tennis), Sonja Henning (basketball), Jeff Kostoff (swimming), Brad Muster (football), Bev Oden (volleyball), Eileen Richetelli (diving), Summer Sanders (swimming), Howard Wright (basketball) and Dave Wyman (football)
* The Cardinal leads the PAC-10 in time of possession, averaging 33:44 per game.
* Stanford leads the PAC-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (45.2) ... The Cardinal has led the conference in this