No. 13 Football Hosts Notre Dame On Saturday In Last Home Game
Nov. 18, 2001
Next Game: vs. Notre Dame
Date: November 24, 2001
Opponent: Notre Dame (4-5)
Kickoff: 5:00 pm
Location: Stanford Stadium (85,500)
Television: Live, ABC (Keith Jackson, Tim Brandt, Todd Harris)
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 11:00 am
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: Stanford finished the Pac-10 season with a 6-2 record and no worse than a tie for second place (pending the outcome of the December 1 game between Oregon and Oregon State) ... The Cardinal will now finish the regular season with non-conference games against Notre Dame this Saturday and at San Jose State on December 1 ... Stanford is attempting to win nine regular season games for the first time since 1992 and only the second time in the last 50 years ... Saturday's matchup with Notre Dame will be the 16th in series history ... The home team has won each of the last five games, including Cardinal wins at Stanford Stadium in 1997 and `99.
Pac-10 Picture: Oregon sits on top of the Pac-10 standings with a 6-1 conference record while Stanford, Washington and Washington State follow at 6-2 ... Stanford can claim a share of the Pac-10 championship if Oregon State defeats Oregon on December 1 and creates a four-team tie ... Regardless of the outcome of the Oregon-OSU contest, the Ducks will be the Pac-10's representative in the Fiesta Bowl ... Stanford is in the mix for the Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28 in San Diego), Sun Bowl (Dec. 31 in El Paso, TX) or Seattle Bowl (Dec. 27 in Seattle).
National Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 13 by USA Today/ESPN after Satrurday's win vs. California ... Stanford was ranked No. 10 in the AP poll on Oct. 28, marking the highest national rating on The Farm since the final rankings of the 1992 season when the Cardinal was No. 9 after a 10-3 season ... Stanford has been ranked in the top-25 six of the last seven weeks ... The Cardinal first appeared in the national rankings on September 30 after beating USC and improving to 3-0 ... Wins over top-five teams Oregon and UCLA pushed the Cardinal up 19 spots in the AP poll and 16 spots in the ESPN poll during a two-week period.
Pac-10 Power: Stanford is 17-7 (.708) in the Pacific-10 Conference over the last three seasons, including eight wins in its last 10 tries dating back to last season ... 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 third place in the conference ... This season, Stanford finished the conference season at 6-2 ... Only Oregon and Washington have better Pac-10 records than Stanford over the last three seasons.
In the Pac: Stanford is 19-7 in its last 26 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 finished 6-2 in Pac-10 play this season.
Going Bowling: Stanford will compete in the 20th bowl game in school history this season and the fourth since Tyrone Willingham took over the reigns in 1995 ... Stanford's last bowl appearance was in 1999 when the Cardinal won the Pac-10 championship and played Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... Willingham has previously led Stanford to the 1995 Liberty Bowl and `96 Sun Bowl in addition to the Rose Bowl two years ago.
The Notre Dame Series: Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Stanford 10-5, but the Cardinal has won the last two games at Stanford Stadium (33-15 in 1997, 40-37 in 1999) ... Overall, the two teams have split the last four games with each team winning twice on their home field ... Since 1990, Stanford is 4-5 vs. Notre Dame, including upset wins in South Bend in 1990 and `92 and home wins in `97 and `99 ... The last two games have been decided by less than a touchdown ... The Cardinal beat the Irish in 1999 when Mike Biselli kicked a 22-yard field goal on the game's final play ... Last year, Notre Dame jumped out to a 13-0 lead in South Bend and won 20-14 ... Stanford and Notre Dame have met every year since 1988 with the exception of 1995 and `96 ... The two teams are scheduled to meet every year until 2010.
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 TD 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 - the best in the last 10 years - and Stanford's 7-2 record is the best on The Farm since the 1986 team had the same record after nine games.
November Numbers: Stanford is 17-7 in the month of November under Tyrone Willingham (1995-2001), including 2-1 this year ... Over the last four years, Willingham's team have accumulated a record of 9-3 in November ... This season, Stanford's November record includes a 42-28 loss at Washington, a 51-37 win at Arizona and a 35-28 win over California in The Big Game
Conference Wins: Stanford recorded six wins in conference play for the fourth time since the 1971 season, but the second time in the last three years ... The Cardinal went 7-1 en route to winning the Pac-10 title in 1999 and has gone 6-2 in 1991 and `92 before this season ... Prior to the `91 campaign, the Cardinal's last six-win season in conference play came in Stanford's back-to-back Rose Bowl years of 1970 (6-1) and `71 (6-1) ... The only other times a Stanford team won as many as six conference games was in 1940 (7-0) and 1951 (6-1).
Lately: Stanford has won nine of its last 11 games overall and eight of its last 10 in conference play ... Stanford won their final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won seven of nine 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, UCLA, Arizona and California ... The only conference losses during this time have come against WSU on Oct. 13 and Washington on Nov. 3.
Toughest Schedule: Stanford's schedule has been ranked by the NCAA as one of the toughest in college football ... The Cardinal has played two games against teams that were ranked in the top-5 at gametime (Oregon, UCLA) and two other teams that have been ranked in nation's top-10 in 2001 (Washington, Washington State) ... Six of Stanford's nine opponents thus far are already bowl-eligible.
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.
Tyrone Willingham: Head coach Tyrone Willingham is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford University football program ... He became the third winningest coach in Stanford football history when he posted career win No. 41 at Arizona on November 10 ... 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 42-35-1 (.545) and Pac-10 record of 32-24 (.571) ... 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 19-4 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 30-6 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 15-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 23-8 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
Rushing Attack: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 199.1 yards per game ...The Cardinal has never led the Pac-10 in rushing since the conference began keeping such rankings in 1954 (Oregon is the conference leader at 205 yards per game) ... The Cardinal has rushed for over 200 yards in five of its nine games this season, including a season-best 276 at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... Stanford's other big rushing games include 213 vs. UCLA, 223 vs. Arizona State, 203 vs. USC and 219 vs. Washington State ... Stanford is averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has scored 20 rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (146-881-7) 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.
Running Back Duos: Kerry Carter and Brian Allen are among the best rushing duos in school history ...Combined, they have rushed for 1,278 yards in nine games and only Carter's injury will prevent them from putting up the best numbers in school history ... The top rushing duo in school history 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 were on pace to surpass that mark before Carter's shoulder injury ... 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.
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 has rushed for 1,792 yards this season and are averaging 199.1 yards rushing per game, which projects to 2,190 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 104 yards in the final two games to surpass the 2,000 yard plateau.
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen became the sixth runner in Stanford football history to surpass the 2000 yard platuea after his career-best 143-yard effort at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... Allen, who is sixth all-time at Stanford, has now rushed for 2,040 yards in his career ... He is 139 yards shy of passing Glyn Milburn or the No. 5 spot on the school's career rushing list ... 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.
Brian's Song: Senior running back Brian Allen continued to assert himself as one of the top running backs in the Pac-10 ... He followed up a career-high 138 rushing performance against Washington on Nov. 3 with another career best 143 yards rushing at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... Allen, who has rushed for 822 yards this season, is on the verge of becomming only the fourth runner in school history to gain over 1,000 yards in a single season ... He needs just 178 yards in his final two games - an average of 89 yards per game - to join that elite group ... Allen is also in position to challenge for the school's single season rushing record currently held by Tommy Vardell (1991, 1084 yards) ... Allen would need to gain 263 yards agaiinst Notre Dame and San Jose State to break Vardell's record ... 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 has rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season, including 134 vs. Arizona State, 133 vs. Washington State, 138 vs. Washington and 143 vs. Arizona ... He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing, fifth in kickoff returns and second in all-purpose running ... Nationally, Allen's 26.6 yards per kickoff return average is 21st while his 140.1 yards in all-purpose running is 20th in the nation ... In the Cardinal single season record book, Allen is 10th all-time at Stanford with 2,760 career all-purpose yards (2,040 rushing, 145 receiving, 575 kickoff returns) ...Against Washington, Allen had an 80-yard touchdown run, which was not only Allen's career long, but it tied for the eighth longest run from scrimmage in school history ... All these numbers despite sharing the RB duties throughout his career with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 26 games at running back for the Cardinal.
More On Carter: Kerry Carter suffered a shoulder injury at Washington on Nov. 3 and has not played the past two games at Arizona and vs. California ... For the season, he has rushed for 456 yards on 123 carries and scored a team-best 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) ... 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 ... Carter is tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time career rushing touchdown list with 21.
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 30.5 points per game and 422.6 yards in total offense ... The Cardinal has scored over 50 points five times, including two in 2001 (51 vs. Arizona State and Arizona) and over 40 points in nine 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).
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense is proving to be among the nation's best ... This week, Stanford's offense fifth in the nation in scoring (38.9 ppg), ninth in total offense (459.2 ypg), 18th in pass efficiency offense (143.54 rating) and 24th in rushing offense (199.1 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford leads the conference in scoring and total offense, is second in rushing offense and third in passing efficiency and fourth in passing offense ... Stanford has scored more than 38 points in six of its nine games this season and has scored more than 30 in 10 of its last 14 games dating back to last season.
Special Teams: Stanford's return game is among the best in college football ... This week, the Cardinal is seventh in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in punt returns and is 24th in the nation and fifth in the conference in kickoff returns ... As a team, Stanford is averaging 13.9 yards per punt return and 22.7 yards per KOR ... Luke Powell is ninth in the nation in punt return average at 13.6 and Brian Allen is 21st in the NCAA in kickoff returns with a 26.6 average.
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis has played the last four-and-a-half games for Stanford in place of the injured Randy Fasani ... Lewis has led Stanford to a comeback win at Oregon as well as victories against UCLA, Arizona and California ... For the season, he has completed 90-of-163 (.552) for 1,277 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Lewis played the entire second half against Oregon (Oct. 20) and has started the last four games vs. UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California ... In those games, Lewis has completed 84-of-150 (.560) for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns ... He threw for a career high 390 yards and four touchdowns a week ago vs. Cal ... He has thrown seven TD passes the last two weeks (four vs. Cal, three vs. Arizona) ... In his first start of the season against UCLA, he was impressive in Stanford's win over the No. 4 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 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 did not play against UCLA,Washington or Arizona ... Fasani, who played one play last Saturday vs. Cal, is expected to return to the starting lineup this Saturday against Notre Dame ... Prior to leaving the Oregon 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 ...
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 219yards rushing in six games, but has netted just 127 due to yardage lost through sacks ... However, Fasani has made some big plays with his legs in 2001 ... He has nine 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 37 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 14 games (13 as the starter) over the past two seasons, has rushed for 250 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 nine games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright, Darin Naatjes and Alex Smith have combined to catch 23 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns ... Cardinal tight ends have accounted for key plays throughout the season ... A week ago vs. Cal, Pierce caught two passes for 68 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, and Naatjes had a 32-yard reception ... Against Washington on Nov. 3, 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 Cardinal tight end corps with 17 receptions for 240 yards and three TDs while Naatjes has three receptions and two touchdowns ... A year ago, starter Russell Stewart led all Cardinal tight ends with eight catches.
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 90 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.
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 ... He was on the Lombardi Award Watch List this season as one of 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 43 games of his Stanford career and started the last 32.
Teyo's Tale: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson has become an integral part of the Cardinal offense in 2001 ... After setting career bests in both receptions with eight and receiving yards with 116 against Arizona, Johnson came back last week o again lead all Cardinal receivers with six catches against Cal ... Johnson leads the team with 35 receptions and seven TDs this season ...The 6-7, 245 pound quarterback-turned-receiver has presented matchup problems for opposing defenses ... 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 ...He has responded to his new position by becomming one of the team's top offensive weapons ... He had six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown vs. Cal, that coming on a 31-yard pass from QB Chris Lewis ... Against Arizona, Johnson had his first two-TD game of the his career ... He caught a 23-yard touchdown from Lewis in the first quarter, then had a three-yard TD pass play in the second quarter on a 'jump ball' in the corner of the end zone ...Johnson has had five TDs and two, two-point conversions in the last five games ...Against Washington on Nov. 3, Johnson recorded six receptions for 80 yards, including a career-long 54-yarder from Lewis ... Johnson also caught a two-point conversion which tied the score at 28-28 in the third quarter ... ... 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 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.
Teyo's Surge: Teyo Johnson has continued to impress as a wide receiver and become more a part of the Cardinal's offense ... And the numbers bear that out ... In his first four games at wide receiver, the converted quarterback had nine catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns - an average of just over two catches and 32 yards per game ... In the last five games, however, Johnson has recorded 26 receptions for 378 yards and five touchdowns - an average of 5.2 receptions, 76 yards and one TD per game.
Powell's Play: Junior FL Luke Powell has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in all of college football ... Powell has shown the ability to make big plays as both a receiver and punt returner ... He is coming off one of his biggest games of the year ... Last week, Powell had five catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard TD pass play that ranks as the 12th longest in school history ... He is ninth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in punt returns with a 13.6 average ... 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 33 receptions for 609 yards (18.5 ypc) and six TDs ... In his last 13 games (final four in `00, nine in `01), Powell has 42 receptions for 920 yards (21.9 ypc) and seven TDs along with 15 punt returns for 242 yards (16.1 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 50 receptions for 1,100 yards - an average of 22.0 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 ... Other 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 16th nationally, giving up an average of just 103.9 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, Cal to 82 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 ... A pre-season candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, Williams has had the kind of season in 2001 worthy of All-America recognition ... 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 four passes in nine games and is among the best in the country in interceptions per game at 0.44 (tied for 26th in NCAA) ...He is also the most active player on the Cardinal defense ... In addition to registering 59 tackles, he also has two sacks, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries - one returned for a touchdown - two forced forced fumbles and eight pass break-ups ... Against Arizona, he picked up a loose ball and raced 25 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble which was brought also brought back for a Stanford touchdown, had one interception, one quarterback sack,one tackle for loss and three total tackles and was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his effort ... '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 nine games in 2001, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (71 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sacks, one blocked punt, one fumb le recovery) ... He had an 89-yard fumble return for a touchown at Arizona ... 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.'
Backup Backs: In the last two games, backup running backs Kenneth Tolon and Justin Faust have been impressive in their most extensive playing time to date ... Against Arizona and Cal, Tolon has gained 182 yards and scored two TDs on 24 carries while Faust has gained 87 yards on 24 carries ... Tolon and Faust are the Cardinal's No. 3 and No. 4 RB behind Brian Allen and Kerry Carter.
* Stanford is on pace to become the most prolific scoring team in school history ... The Cardinal has scored 350 points and are currently averaging 38.9 points per game - which projects to 428 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) ... Stanford needs to score 60 points against Notre Dame and Cal to break the record.
* Stanford needs four more touchdown passes to break the school's single season record ... Currently, the Cardinal has 24 touchdown passes - 12 each by Chris Lewis and Randy Fasani ... The school record of 27 is held by the 1980 and 1993 teams.
* The Cardinal can als break the school record for most touchdowns in a season ... Stanford has scored 46 TDs in 2001 and is chasing the single season record of 52 held by the 1999 team.
* TE Brett Pierce has 17 receptions in 2001, the most by a Cardinal tight end since Greg Clark (now with the 49ers) had 20 in 1996 ... Clark also had 23 receptions in 1995.
* Stanford's win over California on Nov. 17 was the seventh straight Big Game win for the Cardinal and it established a new series record ... The previous best was Stanford's six-game streak from 1961-66.
* Tyrone Willingham improved his Big Game record to 10-0 - 7-0 as a head coach and 3-0 as a Cardinal assistant coach from 1989-91.
* Notre Dame offensive line coach Dave Borbely was a member of Tyrone Willingham's first three teams at Stanford ... Borbely coached centers and guards for the Cardinal from 1995-97 and was a member of two bowl teams (`95 Liberty, `96 Sun).
* Stanford leads the Pac-10 in time of possession ... The Cardinal are averaging 34:19 per game.
* Stanford leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (44.8) ... 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 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.
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