Football Jumps Into Top 10

October 28, 2001

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The Cardinal: Stanford made program history last Saturday (Oct. 27) with its 38-28 win over fourth-ranked UCLA at Stanford Stadium ... The victory, coupled with a 49-42 win at then-No. 5 Oregon two weeks ago, gives the Cardinal back-to-back wins over top five opponents for the first time ever ... The win ties Stanford for its best start since it also went 5-1 in 1992 ... The road doesn't get any easier for the Cardinal this weekend as it lines up against its third consecutive top 10 opponent when it visits Washington (No. 10 USA Today, No. 11 AP) on Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium ... Stanford, which has lost four straight to Washington overall, has not won in Husky Stadium since 1975.

National Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 13 by USA Today/ESPN - the highest on The Farm since the Cardinal was ranked No. 9 in both polls in the final 1992 rankings (Stanford finished the year 10-3 after a Blockbuster Bowl win over Penn State) ... The back-to-back wins over Oregon and UCLA have jumped the Cardinal 19 spots in the AP Poll and 16 slots in the Coaches Poll ... The Cardinal first appeared in the national rankings on September 30 after beating USC and improving to 3-0 ... The Cardinal later fell out of the rankings after a loss to Washington State on Oct. 13

Stanford in the Polls

Date     Record      AP    ESPN/USA Today10-28       5-1      10         1310-21       4-1      20         2210-14       3-1      29         2910-7        3-0      23         229-30        3-0      22         24

Pac-10 Production: Stanford is 15-6 (.714) in the Pacific-10 Conference over the last three seasons, including six wins in its last seven tries dating back to last year ... The Cardinal started the run by winning the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference title with a 7-1 record ... A year ago, Stanford went 4-4 and finished in sole possession of fourth place in the conference ... This season, Stanford is 4-1 and locked in a four-way tie for the conference lead ... Stanford's four wins also marks the first time that the Cardinal will finish .500 or better in the Pac-10 for three straight years since 1990-92.

Pac-10 Standings (1999-2001)

Team               Record    .PctOregon               17-4    .810Washington           17-4    .810Stanford             15-6    .714Oregon State         13-8    .619Arizona State        9-11    .450UCLA                 8-12    .400USC                  7-14    .333Washington State     7-14    .333Arizona              6-15    .286California           5-16    .238

On Deck: Stanford is in the midst of one of the toughest stretches of games in school history ... Stanford has played three consecutive unbeaten teams in Washington State, Oregon and UCLA ... The final nationally-ranked team in Stanford's difficult stretch is Washington, which is 6-1 and ranked as high as No. 10 ... Those four teams are a combined 26-4 (two losses to one another, two losses to Stanford) ... At the time of the games, Washington State was 5-0 and Oregon and UCLA were both 6-0.

Stanford vs. the Top-5: The Cardinal has won its last three games vs. teams ranked in the top five nationally, including two in the last two weeks ... Stanford has recorded wins over No. 5 Texas in 2000 and No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA this season ... In defeating Texas and Oregon, Stanford scored the game-winning touchdown in the final moments and held on for the victory ... Stanford, of course, beat the then-No. 5 Ducks two weeks ago 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 5-1 record is the team's best start since the 1992 team also began the year 5-1.

Lately: Stanford has won seven of its last eight games overall and six of its last seven in conference play ... Stanford won its final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won five of the six 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, Oregon and UCLA ... The only loss during this time came against WSU on Oct. 13 ... The Cardinal has also been effective away from home in conference play, winning three straight dating back to last season (California, USC and Oregon).

2001 Opponents: Stanford's six opponents thus far have a combined record of 33-13 - a winning percentage of .717 ... USC is the Cardinal's only opponent in '01 with a losing record ... The other five are Boston College (6-2), Arizona State (4-3), Washington State (7-1), Oregon (7-1) and UCLA (6-1) ... In fact, three of Stanford's five wins have come against teams that already bowl eligible (Boston College, Oregon and UCLA) ... Stanford's schedule, which annually ranks among the toughest in the nation, will only get stronger with Saturday's game at Washington ... Stanford finishes the season with four teams (Arizona, Cal, Notre Dame, San Jose State) that have a combined record of 8-21 (.276).

The Washington Series: Washington has been the Cardinal's toughest opponent over the past two decades ... While the Huskies lead the all-time series just 37-32-4, UW has won 18 of 20 since 1977 and 14 of 15 since 1982 ... Washington has also won its last four meetings with the Cardinal (1995, '96, '99, '00) ... In Seattle, Stanford has not had much success against the Huskies ... The Cardinal's last win at Husky Stadium was in 1975 Kerry Carter (115-411) 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 moved up two spots on Stanford's all-time rushing list following his 87-yard performance vs. UCLA last week ... Allen is now eighth all-time on The Farm with 1,741 rushing yards ... He needs just 48 more yards to reach sixth place Tommy Vardell (1998-81, 1,789 yards) ... Kerry Carter, who has 1,470 career rushing yards and one more season of eligibility, is also knocking on the door ... He is 204 yards behind Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards) for 10th place.

Stanford's All-Time Top-10 Rushers

 1. Darrin Nelson, 77-81         4,033 2. Brad Muster, '84-87          2,940 3. Anthony Bookman, '94-97      2,523 4. Mike Mitchell, '93-97        2,446 5. Glyn Milburn, '90-92         2,178 6. Tommy Vardell, '88-91        1,789 7. Ray Handley, '63-65          1,768 8. Brian Allen, '98-01          1,741 9. Vincent White, '79-82        1,68910. Jon Volpe, '87-90            1,674    Kerry Carter, '99-01         1,470

Rushing Touchdowns: RB Kerry Carter scored his 20th career rushing touchdown last Saturday vs. UCLA and eighth of the season ... A week earlier at Oregon, he tied the school record by scoring four rushing touchdowns ... 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 and is just one shy of No. 4 Mike Mitchell (1993-97), who had 21 rushing TDs.

Career Rushing Touchdowns

1. Tommy Vardell, 1988-91      372. Brad Muster, 1984-87        273. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81      244. Mike Mitchell, 1993-97      215. Kerry Carter, 1999-01       20

More Carter: Kerry Carter turned in his first 100-yard rushing day and third of his career after a 102-yard effort against UCLA last Saturday ... Carter, who has rushed for 411 yards and scored a team-high nine touchdowns - eight rushing - is now among the league and NCAA leaders in scoring ... His 9.0 ppg average is tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for 14th nationally ... Against the much-heralded Bruin defense, Carter scored two touchdowns - one on a 26-yard pass play and the other on a season-high 27-yard run late in the game that clinched Stanford's upset win over UCLA ... Last season, Carter had two, 100-yard rushing games (123 vs. USC, 103 vs. ASU) and led the team with 729 yards on the ground.

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 year, is currently among the conference leaders with an average of 86 yards rushing per game ... He is also one of the top kickoff return specialists in the nation ... His 29.9 average ranks sixth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 ... Allen is also averaging 142.5 yards per game in all-purpose running, which ranks him 19th 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 eighth on the school's all-time rushing list with 1,741 career rushing yards ... He has accomplished these numbers despite sharing the RB duties with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 23 games at running back for the Cardinal.

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 scoring (39.3 ppg), 13th in total offense (451.3 ypg), 14th in pass efficiency offense (145.8 rating) and 27th in rushing offense (193.0 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford ranks second in scoring offense, third in rushing and pass efficiency and fourth in total offense ... Stanford has scored more than 38 points in five of its six games this season and has scored more than 30 eight of its last 11 games dating back to last season ... Last week, Stanford put up 38 points against a UCLA team that had no tgiven up more than 17 in its first six games.

Special Teams: Stanford's return game is among the best in college football ... This week, the Cardinal leads the nation and the Pac-10 in punt returns and is seventh in the nation and second in the conference in kickoff returns ... As a team, Stanford is averaging 18.5 yards per punt return and 26.0 yards per KOR ... Luke Powell leads the nation in punt return average at 19.7 and Brian Allen is sixth in the NCAA in kickoff returns with a 29.9 average.

Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis made his first start of the season last Saturday vs. UCLA and fourth of his career in place of an injured Randy Fasani ... Lewis, who has two more years of eligibility, was impressive in Stanford's win over the Bruins as he completed 20-of-29 for 250 yards and three touchdowns ... He started three games in 2000 (at home vs. Arizona, at Notre Dame, at Oregon State) ... Lewis, whose sister Robyn is the starting setter on Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team, has completed 38-of-68 (55.9 percent) this season for 487 yards and five touchdowns ... He has shown the knack for coming off the bench and leading the Cardinal to come-from-behind wins, which he has done three times in the last two seasons ... He has already done it once this year- October 20 at then-No. 5 Oregon ... After Fasani was knocked out of the game, Lewis came on to spearhead Stanford's upset win in Eugene ... After completing just 3-of-10 for 28 yards in the first half against the Ducks, he completed 9-of-16 in the second half 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 then-No. 5 Texas ... Last October, he came off the bench against USC to throw a game-winning touchdown pass to Jamien McCullum on the final play of the game.

Lewis' Career Statistics
YearG/GSPAPC.PctYDSINTTD
20008/320492.4511,17958
20015/16838.55948745
Totals13/4272130.4781,666913

Game-by-Game with Lewis in 2001
YearG/GSPAPC.PctYDSINTTD
BC1/010.000000
ASU1/075.7143000
WSU1/051.2001810
@Ore1/02612.46218902
UCLA1/12920.68925033
Totals5/16838.55948745

Randy's Rhetoric: Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani has enjoyed an outstanding season thus far 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, suffered an MCL sprain of his right knee October 20 at Oregon ... He is expected to return in 3-5 weeks ... Prior to leaving the game, he had completed 7-of-11 passes for 141 yards and led the Cardinal to three touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter ... Despite missing last week's game, Fasani still ranks 10th in the country in pass efficiency (144.13 rating), 20th in points responsible for (14.4) and 36th 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 ... This year, 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 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 prior to the 2001 season ... A native of Katy, Texas, Heitmann has played in all 40 games of his Stanford career and started the last 29.

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 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 82 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 ... Chambers has started all 17 games since he entered the program last season after a two-year Mormon Mission ... 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 ...'They're tabbed with one of the best offensive lines in both the Pac-10 and the country, and it showed,' commented UCLA head coach Bob Toledo after Stanford rushed for 213 yards against a Bruin defense considered among the best in the nation.

Experience Up Front

Games Started by the O-Line
29 - Eric Heitmann (third year as a starter)
27 - Greg Schindler (third year as a starter)
26 - Zack Quaccia (third year as a starter)
17 - Kirk Chambers (second year as a starter)
9 - Paul Weinacht (starter in 2000)
6 - Kwame Harris (lettered as true freshman)

Teyo's Time: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson has become an integral part of the Cardinal offense in 2001 ... The 6-7, 245 pound quarterback-turned-receiver has presented matchup problems for opposing defenses ... He has responded to his new position by catching 15 balls for 225 yards (15.0 ypc) and four touchdowns, including one each the last two weeks vs. No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA ... Johnson, who is also a member of the Cardinal's nationally-ranked basketball team, came to Stanford as a highly-touted quarterback out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego (he attended Mariner High School in Seattle as a sophomore and junior) ... After playing QB as a true freshman in 2000, Johnson was moved to wide receiver in the final week of spring practice last April ... In his first game as a receiver, Johnson had four receptions for 51 yards and one TD vs. Boston College ... The following week against Arizona State, he caught three passes for 42 yards and another touchdown ... Johnson received extensive playing time at Oregon on October 20 and responded with his biggest game yet - five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown ... He caught a three-yard TD pass from Chris Lewis last Saturday vs. UCLA ... 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 pointd and 2.2 rebounds ... 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 19.7 yards per return (9 returns, 177 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 is second on the team with 21 receptions for 373 yards (17.8 ypc) and two touchdowns ... In his last 10 games (final four in '00, first six in '01), Powell has 31 receptions for 695 yards (22.4 ypc) and four TDs along with 10 punt returns for 228 yards (22.8 avg.) and one touchdown ... Powell has 39 receptions for 875 yards - an average of 22.4 yards per catch ... The 22.4 yard average is currently the school record in that category, ahead of the old mark of 21.1 set by Bob Blunt from 1964-66 ... ... His two big games this year include Arizona State (six receptions, 143 yards) and USC (4-124-1 touchdown).

Powell in the Cardinal Record Book

Career Yards Per Catch (receptions-yards)
1. Luke Powell, 2000-01 (39-875)      22.42. Bob Blunt, 1964-66 (35-738)        21.13. Miles Moore, 1971-72 (65-1,234)    19.04. Emile Harry, 1981-84 (123-2,270)   18.55. James Lofton, 1975-77 (68-1,216)   17.9

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 has intercepted three passes in six games and is among the best in the country in interceptions per game at 0.50 (tied for 17th NCAA, third in the Pac-10) ... He is second on the team with 40 total tackles and he leads the team with 10 pass deflections ... '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 six games of the year, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (50 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, 1.5 QB sacks, one blocked punt) ... Against UCLA's vaunted rushing offense and Heisman Trophy candidate DeShaun Foster, Wire led Stanford with nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a half-sack ... 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 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 leads the team with 22 receptions for 383 yards (17.4 ypc) ... In the past two games vs. No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA, Wells has had a big play of over 50 yards which led to a Cardinal touchdown ... He had a 50-yard catch at Oregon and a 52-yarder against UCLA ... He caught six balls for 103 yards against the Bruins - his second 100-yard receiving game of the year ... Wells began the year by catching nine passes and scoring three TDs in the first two games of the season ... He followed an impressive season opener vs. Boston College (6 receptions, 138 yards, two touchdowns) 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 ... One of the great kick returners in school history, Wells is currently third all-time at Stanford with 1,184 career kickoff return yards and fifth all-time in career kickoff return average (24.7) ... Wells, who redshirted the 1998 season, has one more year of eligibility remaining.

Cardinal Notebook

  • Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense and is 11th in the nation, giving up an average of just 93.3 yards per game ... UCLA entered last week's game averaging over 223 yards per game on the ground, but managed just 57 against the Cardinal.

  • Cardinal offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick has Washington roots ... A native of Spokane, Diedrick attended North Central HS in Spokane before graduating in 1970 from Eastern Washington University ... After two high school coaching assignments in Spokane and stops at Whitworth College, Montana State, Idaho and Washington State, Diedrick spent four years with the Huskies as offensive coordinator (1994-95) and quarterbacks coach (1996-97) ... He came to Stanford in 1998.

  • Two other Cardinal assistant coaches spent time at UW - Denny Schuler and Buzz Preston ... Schuler was an assistant DB coach for the Huskies in 1975 while Preston was a graduate assistant in 198.

  • WR Teyo Johnson and ILB Amon Gordon played their sophomore and junior seasons at Mariner High School in Washington before transferring to Mira Mesa HS in San Diego for their senior seasons.

  • Stanford's roster includes four players from the state of Washington: QB Ryan Eklund (Federal Way), Justin and Jamien McCullum (Mercer Island) and Brett Pierce (Vancouver).

  • Stanford leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (39.3) ... 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).

  • Stanford has scored 24 times in 30 possessions inside its opponents 20-yard line (.800) ... The Cardinal has scored 21 TDs and three field goals ... Opponents, meanwhile, have scored 13 times (11 TDs, two FGs) in 16 trips inside the Cardinal 20.

  • 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.

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