No. 16 Football At Arizona On Saturday
Nov. 4, 2001
Date: November 10, 2001
Opponent: Arizona (4-5, 1-5)
Kickoff: 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT
Location: Arizona Stadium (56,002)
Television: ABC, Live (west coast only)
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 3:00 pm PT
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: After consecutive wins over top-five teams Oregon and UCLA, the Cardinal lost to No. 11 Washington on Saturday to end its four game stretch of games vs. nationally-ranked teams ... During this span, Stanford's wins over the Ducks and Bruins were surrounded by losses at home to Washington State and at Washington ... Now, the Cardinal must finish the season against four teams that have sub-.500 records and are not nationally ranked ... Stanford lost 27-3 to Arizona last season, but beat the Wildcats in their last meeting in Tucson (50-22 in 1999).Pac-10 Race: Stanford is in the thick of the Pacific-10 standings that include three teams with one loss (WSU, Washington, Oregon) and two teams with two losses (Stanford and UCLA) ... The Pac-10 Conference champion receives a BCS berth in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2002 ... The remaining bowl schedule for the Pac-10 includes the Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, Seattle Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl for teams finishing second-fifth ... Here's a look at the remaining Pac-10 schedule for the top 5 teams:
Stanford: at Arizona, Cal
Washington State : at ASU, at Washington
Washington : at Oregon State, Washington State
Oregon : at UCLA, Oregon State
UCLA : Oregon, at USC
National Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 16 by the Associated Press andNo. 19 by USA Today/ESPN following its loss at Washington on Saturday ... A weekago, Stanford's No. 10 ranking in the AP poll marked the highest on The Farm sincethe final rankings of the 1992 season when the Cardinal was No. 9 after a 10-3season ... Stanford has been ranked in the top-25 five of the last six weeks ...The Cardinal first appeared in the national rankings on September 30 after beatingUSC and improving to 3-0 ... Wins over top-five teams Oregon and UCLA pushed theCardinal up 19 spots in the AP poll and 16 spots in the ESPN poll during a two-weekperiod.
Pac-10 Power: Stanford is 15-7 (.681) in the Pacific-10 Conference overthe last three seasons, including six wins in its last eight tries dating backto last season ... The Cardinal started the run by winning the 1999 Pacific-10Conference title with a 7-1 record ... A year ago, Stanford went 4-4 and finishedin sole possession of third place in the conference ... This season, Stanfordis 4-2 and locked in a battle for the conference championship ... Only Oregonand Washington have better Pac-10 records than Stanford over the last three seasons.
In the Pac: Stanford is 17-7 in its last 24 Pac-10 games dating back to the '98 season ... The Cardinal won its final two conference games in '98, went 7-1 in '99, 4-4 in '00 and are currently 4-2 in Pac-10 play this season.
Four Behind, Four Ahead: Analyzing the Cardinal's previous four games and the four that lie ahead and one finds a dramatic difference ... In the previous four games, Stanford played Washington State (currently 8-1), Oregon (8-1), UCLA (6-2) and Washington (7-1) - those four teams are all nationally-ranked and have a combined record of 29-5 (.853) ... Stanford's final four opponents have a combined record of 9-24 (.272) and are nowhere on the national map ... They include Arizona (4-5), Cal (0-8), Notre Dame (3-5) and San Jose State (2-6).
Stanford vs. the Top-5: The Cardinal has won its last three games vs. teams ranked in the top five nationally, including two this season... Stanford has recorded wins over No. 5 Texas in 2000 and No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA in 2001 ... 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 No. 5 Oregon earlier this season in Eugene 49-42 after scoring the deciding TD with 1:10 to play ... A year ago, 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 5-1 start also matched the '92 team's record after six games as the best in the last 10 years.
Lately: Stanford has won seven of its last nine games overall and six of its last eight in conference play ... Stanford won their 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.
2001 Opponents: Stanford's schedule to date has arguably been the toughest in the nation ... The Cardinal's seven opponents thus far have a combined record of 43-16 - a winning percentage of .729 ... USC is the Cardinal's only opponent in '01 with a losing record at 4-5... The other six are Boston College (6-2), Arizona State (4-4), Washington State (8-1), Oregon (8-1), UCLA (6-2) and Washington (7-1).
The Arizona Series: The Wildcats hold a 12-6 advantage over the Cardinal in a series that dates back to 1979 ... Arizona, which beat Stanford 27-3 last season at Stanford Stadium, has won seven of the last eight meetings with the Cardinal dating back to 1991 ... Stanford's last win over Arizona was also the last game played in Arizona Stadium - a 50-22 victory in 1999 as the Cardinal moved towards a Pac-10 championship ... Stanford is 4-6 all-time in Arizona Stadium ... Th ... The Wildcats dominated the Cardinal en route to a 20-0 halftime lead and a 27-3 victory ... Stanford was limited to just 245 yards in total offense and committed six turnovers.
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 40-35-1 (.532) and Pac-10 record of 30-24 (.555) ... 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 18-4 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 28-6 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 14-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 21-8 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 233 times for 1,110 yards (4.8 ypc) and 16 touchdowns ... The duo has carried the ball 233 of Stanford's 316 carries (74%) and gained 1,110 of the team's 1,338 rushing yards (83%) ... They have also scored 16 of the team's 18 rushing touchdowns this season.
Running Back Duos: Kerry Carter and Brian Allen are on pace to become the top single season rushing duo in school history ... Through seven games, Carter and Allen are averaging 158.57 rushing yards per game - which projects to 1,744 for the season ... The top rushing duo in school is the 1991 pair of Tommy Vardell and Glyn Milburn, who rushed for a combined 1,682 yards ... Vardell rushed for a school record 1,084 in '91 while Milburn chipped in with 598 yards ... Carter and Allen need to average 143 yards over the final four games to surpass Vardell and Milburn ... Ironically, Stanford's running backs coach in '91 for Vardell and Milburn was current Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham, who was an assistant under head coach Denny Green from 1989-91.
Rushing Attack: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 26th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 191.0 yards per game ...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 four of its seven games this season, including 213 vs. UCLA, 223 vs. Arizona State, 203 vs. USC and 219 vs. Washington State ... Stanford is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has scored 18 rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (110-654-7) and Kerry Carter (123-456-9) 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 third time in school history.
Top Rushing Teams: Stanford is on pace to become only the third team in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards ... The Cardinal are averaging 191.0 yards rushing per game, which projects to 2,101 for the season ... Only the teams of 1949 (school record 2,481 rushing yards) and 1957 (2,259) have rushed for over 2,000 yards in a single season ... Stanford needs to average 165.5 in the final four games to surpass the 2,000 yard plateau ... Top Cardinal rushing teams of all-time:
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen moved up two spots and is now the No. 6 leading rusher in Stanford football history after his career-high 138 yard performance vs. Washington on Saturday ... Allen, who now has 1,879 career rushing yards, passed Ray Handley (1963-65, 1,768 yards) and Tommy Vardell (1988-91, 1,789 yards) on the all-time list ... Next up is Glyn Milburn (1990-92, 2,178 yards) at the No. 5 spot ... Kerry Carter, who has 1,515 career rushing yards and one more season of eligibility, is also knocking on the door ... He is 159 yards behind Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards) for 10th place.
Rushing Touchdowns: RB Kerry Carter scored his 21st career rushing touchdown last Saturday vs. Washington and ninth of the season ... He is now tied with Mike Mitchell for fourth on Stanford's all-time rushing touchdown list ... Earlier this season at Oregon, Carter 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 ... Next up for Carter is Darrin Nelson, who rushed for 24 touchdowns during his career.
More Carter: Kerry Carter suffered a shoulder injury in last Saturday's game at Washington and his status for this week's game at Arizona in unknown ... For the season, he has rushed for 456 yards on a team-leading 123 carries and scored a team-best 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) ... His 8.57 points per game places him third in the conference and 20th nationally in scoring ... He has had one, 100-yard rushing game this season - that coming on Oct. 27 vs. UCLA when he gained 102 yards and scored two touchdowns ... 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 ... Last week against Washington, Allen rushed for a career-high 138 yards and scored two touchdowns - one coming on an 80-yard TD run in the third period ... That run was not only Allen's career long, but it tied for the eighth longest run from scrimmage in school history ... He has gained 654 yards and scored seven touchdowns this season and his 5.9 yards per carry average is quite impressive ... He has a chance to become only the fifth player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season and the first since Tommy Vardell in 1991 (school record 1,084 yards) ... Allen is currently averaging 93.4 yards per game and is on pace to gain 1,027 for the season ... Along with Vardell, then only other runners to gain over 1,000 yards in a season are Darrin Nelson, who did it three times in 1977, '78 and '81, Brad Muster in 1986 and Jon Volpe in 1988 ... Allen, who has rushed for over 100 yards in three games this season, is also among the conference and national leaders in kickoff returns and all-purpose running ... He ranks 16th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running (147.29 ypg) and eighth in the NCAA and second in the conference in kickoff returns (30.64 average) ... Along with last week's performance, his other two 100-yard rushing days this season have come against Washington State (133 yards rushing, 3 TDs) and Arizona State (134 yards rushing, 1 TD) ... He is currently sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 1,879 career rushing yards ... All these numbers despite sharing the RB duties with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 24 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 12th in the nation in scoring (37.7 ppg), 16th in total offense (445.7 ypg), 23rd in pass efficiency offense (139.9 rating) and 26th in rushing offense (191.0 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford ranks second in scoring offense and rushing, third in total offense and fourth in pass efficiency offense ... Stanford has scored more than 38 points in five of its seven games this season and has scored more than 30 eight of its last 12 games dating back to last season.
On the Offensive: Under offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick, Stanford has produced one of the most feared offenses in the Pac-10 since Diedrick took over in 1998 ... During this time, Stanford has averaged 29.9 points per game and 418.5 yards in total offense ... The Cardinal has scored over 50 points four times, including a 51-point performance this season vs. Arizona State, and over 40 points in eight games ... In the Cardinal record book, three of the top five single game passing totals in school history have come in the past three years under Diedrick, including 465 vs. UCLA in '99, 450 vs. Oregon State in '00 and 422 vs. UCLA in '98 ... Diedrick's offenses have also produced two of the top eight games in Cardinal history in total offense (672 vs. UCLA in '99, 614 vs. San Jose State in '00)
Special Teams: Stanford's return game is among the best in college football ... This week, the Cardinal is second in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in punt returns and is 10th in the nation and second in the conference in kickoff returns ... As a team, Stanford is averaging 16.8 yards per punt return and 25.5 yards per KOR ... Luke Powell is third in the nation in punt return average at 17.3 and Brian Allen is eighth in the NCAA in kickoff returns with a 30.7 average.
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis has played the last two-and-a-half games for Stanford in place of the injured Randy Fasani ... Lewis is once again expected to start this Saturday at Arizona as Fasani continues to recover from a knee injury ... Lewis played the entire second half against Oregon (Oct. 20) and has started the last two games vs. UCLA and Washington ... In those games, Lewis has completed 51-of-89 (.573) for 670 yards and five touchdowns ... Last week at Washington, he went 19-of-34 for 231 yards ... In his first start of the season against UCLA, he 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 a member of Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team, has completed 57-of-102 this season for 718 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 fifth ranked Oregon ... After Fasani was knocked out of the game, Lewis came on to spearhead Stanford's upset win in Eugene ... After completing just three-of-10 for 28 yards in the first half against the Ducks, he 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.
Randy's Rhetoric: Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani was enjoying an outstanding season before suffering a knee injury Oct. 20 at Oregon ... The Granite Bay, Calif. native, who was 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 at Oregon and has missed the last two games ... Prior to leaving the game, he had 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 ... He was among the national leaders in pass efficiency (144.13 rating), points responsible for (14.4) and total offense (235.4) before the injury ... 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 TDs 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 threw for 373 yards and a career-high four TDs and one interception ... Also last season, Fasani threw for 242 yards and three TDs in the Big Game at Cal, 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 in 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 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 seven games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright, Darin Naatjes and Alex Smith have combined to catch 20 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns ... Cardinal tight ends have accounted for key plays in each game this season ... Last week, Pierce was a key weapon as he caught four passes for 45 yards ... 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 15 receptions for 172 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 were all mention on the Watch Lists for national awards prior to the 2001 campaign ... Fasani was one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback ... Williams was on the Jim Thorpe Watch List for the nation's top defensive back ... Both Heitmann and Wire were 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 41 games of his Stanford career and started the last 30.
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 84 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 and at Washington, 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.
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 21 balls for 305 yards (14.5 ypc) and four touchdowns, including one each against No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA ... Last Saturday at Washington, he had a career-high six receptions for 80 yards, including a career-long 54-yarder from Chris Lewis ... Johnson also caught a two-point conversion which tied the score at 28-28 in the third quarter ... 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 ... 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 to date - five catches, 95 yards one touchdown ... He caught a three-yard TD pass from Chris Lewis 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 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 is currently third in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in punt returns, averaging 17.3 yards per return (10 returns, 173 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 tied for the team lead with 25 receptions for 415 yards (16.6 ypc) and three touchdowns ... In his last 11 games (final four in '00, first seven in '01), Powell has 35 receptions for 737 yards (21.1 ypc) and four TDs along with 11 punt returns for 224 yards (20.4 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 43 receptions for 917 yards - an average of 21.3 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).
Defending the Run: Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense and is 14th nationally, giving up an average of just 98.6 yards per game ... The Cardinal has led the Pac-10 in rush defense only once since the conference began keeping the stat in 1954 - that coming during Stanford's Rose Bowl season in 1971 ... Stanford held USC to 28 yards rushing, UCLA to 57 and Arizona State to 86.
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 seven games and is among the best in the country in interceptions per game at 0.43 (tied for 37th NCAA, third in the Pac-10) ... He leads the team in interceptions and pass deflections (10) and is second on the team with 49 total tackles ... He also has one sack, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... '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 was 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 seven games of the year, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (56 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 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.'
* Head coach Tyrone Willingham's next win will place him alone in third on Stanford's all-time win list with 41 ... Ahead of Willingham are Pop Warner with 71 wins from 1924-32 and John Ralston with 55 victories from 1963-71 ... Willingham is currently tied with Chuck Taylor, who recorded 40 wins from 1951-57.
* Stanford had the same starting lineup on defense for the first three games of the year, but injuries have forced several starters to miss games or be limited ... In the last four games, four starters on defense have been forced from the starting lineup, including OLB Anthony Gabriel, DT Matt Leonard, NT Trey Freeman and CB Ryan Fernandez.
* Stanford is on pace to become the most prolific scoring team in school history ... The Cardinal are currently averaging 37.7 points per game - which projects to 415 points for the season ... The 1999 Rose Bowl team holds the school records for most points scored in a season (409) and points per game average (37.2).
* PK Mike Biselli moved into a tie for sixth place on Stanford's all-time field goal list with 27 ... He is tied with Kevin Miller (1995-98) ... In career PATs, Biselli is third all-time with 105.
* Stanford leads the Pac-10 in time of possession ... The Cardinal are averaging 33:48 per game.
* Stanford leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (39.0) ... 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).
* 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.
* Stanford will host Cal in the 104th Big Game at Stanford Stadium on November 17 ... The Cardinal has won the last six meetings and 10 of the last 12 with the Bears and have not lost to Cal at Stanford Stadium since 1994.
Stanford Football Team Notes
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, particularly 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 deent: Chijioke 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 Hobson is also a Canadian citizen.