No. 11 Football Versus Georgia Tech In The 2001 Seattle Bowl On December 27th
Dec. 6, 2001
Official Name: 2001 Seattle Bowl
Date: December 27, 2001
Kickoff: 1:00 pm (PT)
Location: SAFECO Field (47,000)
Pairings: ACC #4 vs. Pac-10 #4
Opponent: Georgia Tech (7-5)
Local Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy.
National Radio: Westwood One
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: Stanford concluded the regular season with a 9-2 overall record and 6-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Cardinal finished in a three-way tie for second in the Pac-10 with Washington and Washington State ... Stanford will play in the 20th bowl game in school history on December 27 when it faces Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the inaugural Seattle Bowl ... Stanford also concluded one of the best regular seasons in school history ... The Cardinal's nine wins thus far in 2001 marks the first time that Stanford has won nine regular season games since 1992 and only the second time in the last 50 years ... The Cardinal won its last four games of the season and six of its last seven.
Best Regular Seasons: The 2001 Cardinal turned in one of the finest regular seasons in the 106 year history of Stanford football ... The nine wins this season marks only the eighth time in school history that Stanford won at least nine games during the regular season ... In the last 50 years (1952-2001), only two teams have won nine regular season games: 1992 and 2001 ... If the Cardinal beats Georgia Tech in the Seattle Bowl and finishes with 10 wins, it would mark only the fourth time that Stanford completed a season with 10 wins ... The only other times it occurred was in 1926 (10-0-1, tied in Rose Bowl), 1940 (10-0, won in Rose Bowl) and 1992 (10-3, won in Blockbuster Bowl).
Going Bowling: Stanford will compete in the 20th bowl game in school history this season and the fourth since Tyrone Willingham took over the reins 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 ... Stanford is 9-9-1 in its previous 19 bowl games.
National Rankings: Stanford finished the regular season ranked No. 11 by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN ... 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 eight of the last nine 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 Picture: Stanford finished the Pac-10 campaign with a 6-2 record and in a three-way tie for second place with Washington and Washington State ... The Cardinal has finished in first (1999), second (2001) and fourth (2000) in the Pac-10 the past three years and has a combined 17-7 conference record ... Stanford finished 7-1 in winning the conference title in `99, 4-4 in `00 and 6-2 in 2001 ... Stanford has won eight of its last 10 Pac-10 games and trails only Oregon and Washington for the best conference record in the last three years ... In its last 26 Pac-10 games, Stanford is an impressive 17-7.
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).
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 matched the best on The Farm since the 1986 team had the same record after nine games ... The Cardinal's 8-2 record after 10 games was the best at Stanford since the 1970 team also went 8-2 after 10 games.
Lately: Stanford has won 11 of its last 13 games overall and eight of its last 10 in conference play ... Stanford won its final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and nine of 11 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 played two games against teams that were ranked in the top-5 at game time (Oregon, UCLA) and two others against teams that were ranked in nation's top-10 in 2001 (Washington, Washington State) ... Six of Stanford's 11 opponents in 2001 were 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 ... Of Stanford's opening day starters, 14 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 concluding 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 44-35-1 (.556) and Pac-10 record of 32-24 (.571) ... He has led the Cardinal to four 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.
All-Americans: Stanford had three players earn First-Team All-America honors in 2001, marking the first time since the 1973 season that the Cardinal had three players receive First-Team All-America recognition ... OG Eric Heitmann was selected First-Team All-America by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) and Football News, FS Tank Williams was a First-Team selection by the AFCA and Luke Powell was chosen First-Team All-America as a kick returner by the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) ... Heitmann becomes the first All-America offensive lineman at Stanford since Bob Whitfield in 1991 while Williams is Stanford's first All-America defensive back and Powell is the school's first kick returner to be chosen All-America ... Heitmann was also selected as a Second-Team All-America by The Sporting News while Williams was a Second-Team choice by Football News.
Post-Season Pac-10 Honors: Stanford had 16 players earn All-Pac-10 honors and 17 players earn Academic All-Pac-10 honors in 2001 ... The only player to earn First-Team All-Pac-10 and First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 was Brian Allen ... Allen was a First-Team all-conference selection as a kickoff return specialist and honorable mention as a running back ... OG Greg Schindler was chosen Second-Team All-Pac-10 and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10 while QB Randy Fasani and OT Kirk Chambers were honorable mention picks on both teams ... Freshman wide receiver Teyo Johnson was named the conference's Co-Freshman of the Year along with WR Reggie Williams of Washington.
All-Pac-10 Team: The 16 players on the All-Pac-10 team include first-team members Brian Allen as a KOR specialist, ILB Coy Wire, OG Eric Heitmann and FS Tank Williams ... Earning Second-Team All-Pac-10 was OT Kwame Harris, OG Greg Schindler, C Zack Quaccia, DE Marcus Hoover and PR Luke Powell ... Honorable mention recognition went to Allen at RB, Powell at FL, CB Ruben Carter, CB Ryan Fernandez, OT Kirk Chambers, QB Randy Fasani, OLB Anthony Gabriel, WR Teyo Johnson and DT Matt Leonard.
Academic All-Pac-10: Stanford placed 17 players on the Pac-10 All-Academic team, including three on the first team, five on second and nine honorable mention ... First-Team selections include RB Brian Allen, NT Craig Albrecht and CB Garry Cobb... Second-team selections were WR Ryan Wells, OG Greg Schindler, DE Cooper Blackhurst, NT Trey Freeman and ILB Matt Friedrichs ... Honorable mention honors went to PK Mike Biselli, OT Kirk Chambers, QB Randy Fasani, ILB Brian Gaffney, DE Louis Hobson, DE Austin Lee, QB Chris Lewis, WR Jamien McCullum and TE Matt Wright.
Rushing Attack: Stanford led the Pac-10 and ranked 23rd in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 201 yards per game ... This marks the first time that the Cardinal has led the Pac-10 in rushing (the conference began keeping records since 1954) ... The Cardinal has rushed for over 200 yards in six of its 11 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, 219 vs. Washington State and 220 vs. San Jose State ... Stanford is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and scored 27 rushing TDs in 2001 ... Brian Allen (174-899-9) and Kerry Carter (123-456-9) were the main ball carriers behind Stanford's experienced offensive line.
Top Rushing Teams: Stanford rushed for 2,211 yards in 2001 and became only the third team in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards ... The Cardinal's rushing total is the most on The Farm since the 1957 team gained 2,259 yards ... The school record for rushing yards in a season is 2,481 set by the 1949 team ... Top Cardinal rushing teams of all-time:
Year Rushing Yards
Rushing Facts: Under Tyrone Willingham (1995-01), a successful rushing attack has usually equaled good things for the Cardinal ... During this time, Stanford is 20-4 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 31-6 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 16-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 25-8 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen finished his career as the sixth leading rusher in Stanford football history ... Allen gained 2,117 yards in his Cardinal career and became only the sixth running back to gain over 2,000 yards on the ground ... 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.
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. Brian Allen, `98-01 2,117
7. Tommy Vardell, `88-91 1,789
8. Ray Handley, `63-65 1,768
9. Vincent White, `79-82 1,689
10. Jon Volpe, `87-90 1,674
Kerry Carter, `99-01 1,515
Brian's Song: Senior running back Brian Allen enjoyed one of the best seasons for a running back in school history ... He rushed for 899 yards in 2001, the sixth best season in school history ... Allen was on pace to break the 1,000 yard barrier and challenge the school record, but injuries limited his play over the final three games ... He gained 102 yards on 40 carries in those games and fell short of becoming the fifth runner in school history to gain over 1,000 yards in a season ... Nevertheless, Allen had a tremendous season as the team's starting running back in all 11 games ... He was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as a kick returner and honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a running back ... His 26.6 kickoff return average ranked him fourth in the conference and 18th nationally ... He averaged 123.7 yards in all-purpose running, placing him third in the league and 37th in the NCAA ... In the Cardinal record book, Allen ranks 10th all-time at Stanford with 2,870 career all-purpose yards (2,055 rushing, 178 receiving, 575 kickoff returns) ... He rushed for over 100 yards in four games in `01, including 134 vs. Arizona State, 133 vs. Washington State, 138 vs. Washington and 143 vs. Arizona ...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 28 games at running back for the Cardinal.
Season Rushing Yards
1. Tommy Vardell, 1991 1,084
2. Darrin Nelson, 1977 1,069
3. Darrin Nelson, 1978 1,061
4. Brad Muster, 1986 1,053
5. Jon Volpe, 1988 1,027
6. Darrin Nelson, 1981 1,014
7. Ray Handley, 1964 936
8. Brian Allen, 2001 899
9. Darrin Nelson, 1980 889
10. Anthony Bookman, 1995 872
More On Carter: Kerry Carter suffered a shoulder injury at Washington on Nov. 3 and missed the final four games of the season (at Arizona, home games vs. California and Notre Dame, at San Jose State) ... He may be ready to return for the Seattle Bowl ... For the season, he rushed for 456 yards on 123 carries and scored a team-best 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) ... He had one, 100-yard rushing game this season - that coming on Oct. 27 vs. UCLA when he gained 102 yards ... 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 ... In 2000, 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.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
1. Tommy Vardell, 1988-91 37
2. Brad Muster, 1984-87 27
3. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 24
4. Mike Mitchell, 1993-97 21
4. Kerry Carter, 1999-01 21
Tolon's Time: With Kerry Carter out the final four games of the year and Brian Allen limited due to injuries, sophomore Kenneth Tolon was given the chance to see increased playing time - and he made the most of his opportunities ... Through the first seven games of the year, Tolon carried the ball six times for 10 yards ... But, in the final four games of the `01 campaign, the sophomore from Albuquerque gained 336 yards and scored three touchdowns on 48 carries while averaging 7.0 yards per carry ... He had two, 100-yard games in a three game span - a 100-yard performance vs. Arizona and a career-high 133 yards vs. Notre Dame ... Tolon also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown against Cal ... He had a 71-yard TD run at Arizona, a 29-yard touchdown run vs. Cal and the game-winning one-yard TD against Notre Dame with 1:08 to play ... He finished the season third on the team with 346 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries.
More Rushing Notes: Stanford's 4.4 yards per carry average this season is the second highest in school history ... Only the 1957 team, which averaged 4.5 yards per carry (2,259 yards, 506 carries) had a better average than the `01 Cardinal ... Leading the way was RB Brian Allen's 5.2 average on a team-leading 174 carries and a 6.4 averages by both RB Kenneth Tolon and FB Casey Moore.
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 30.4 points per game and 422 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 10 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 single game yardage totals in Cardinal history (672 vs. UCLA in `99, 614 vs. San Jose State in `00) ... Diedrick's offenses hold school records for most points scored in a season (409 in 1999), most touchdowns in a season (54 in 2001), most yards in total offense in a season (5,138 in 1999) and most points per game (37.2 in 1999) ... Stanford's offensive numbers the past four seasons under Diedrick:
Year Gm Rush Pass Total Scoring
1998 11 75.5 319.6 395.2 23.7
1999 11 153.6 313.5 467.1 37.2
2000 11 138.9 236.8 375.7 23.7
2001 11 201.0 250.5 451.5 37.1
Totals 44 142.3 280.1 422.4 30.4
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense was among the best in college football in 2001 ... Stanford led the Pac-10 in scoring offense (37.1 ppg), total offense (451.5 ypg) and rushing offense (201 ypg) and was fourth in passing offense (250.5 ypg) ... Nationally, Stanford's offense ranked tied for ninth in scoring, 10th in total offense, 23rd in rushing offense and 32nd in passing ... Stanford scored more than 38 points in seven of its 11 games in 2001 and has scored more than 30 in 11 of its last 16 games dating back to the 2000 season.
One Point Shy: Stanford finished the 2001 season with 408 total points scored, one shy of the school record of 409 set in 1999 ... Stanford scored more than 50 points in two games, more than 40 points in four games and more than 35 points in eight of 11 games in 2001.
Touchdown Record: Stanford set a school record by scoring 54 touchdowns in 2001 ... The previous school record was 52 TDs, which was set in Stanford's 1999 Rose Bowl season ...Only three times in school history had a Stanford team scored as many as 44 touchdowns in season (44 in 1969, 47 in 1991 and 52 in `99) ... The Cardinal also scored 27 touchdowns on the ground this season, second best on The Farm and just two shy of the school record of 29, set in 1991 ... In the air, the Cardinal scored 25 touchdowns, which ranks tied for fourth all-time ... The school record of 27 passing TDs was set in 1980 (with QB John Elway) and 1993 (QB Steve Stenstrom) ... The 1969 team with Jim Plunkett at QB, scored 26 TDs through the air.
Lewis' Legacy: While junior Chris Lewis did not play the last two games of the season vs. Notre Dame and San Jose State as Randy Fasani returned to the lineup, his play during Fasani's absence proved to be one of the keys to Stanford's success in 2001 ... Lewis played four-and-a-half games for Stanford in place of the injured Fasani ... During this time, Lewis 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) passes for 1,277 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Lewis played the entire second half against Oregon (Oct. 20) and started four consecutive games vs. UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California ... In those games, Lewis completed 84-of-150 (.560) for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns ... He threw for a career high 390 yards and four touchdowns in his final start vs. Cal ... He threw seven TD passes in his final two starts (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 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 ... He played one play vs. Cal on Nov. 17 and returned to the starting lineup Nov. 24 vs. 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 15 games Fasani has started since winning the job, Stanford is 11-4 and averaging 32.9 points per contest (494 points) ... In those 15 contests, Stanford has scored fewer than 24 points only twice and has put up 30 or more eight different times ... In the three games he missed in 2000 because of injury, Stanford was 0-3 with 7.7 points per game ... He threw for 232 yards and four TDs in the 2001 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 21 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 last summer, threw for 1,400 yards and 11 TDs in 2000 ... His best single game numbers in 2000 came against San Jose State, when he threw for 373 yards and a career-high four TDs ... Also last season, Fasani threw for 242 yards and three TDs in the Big Game at Cal, including the game-winning pass 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 in the Cardinal Record Book
Career Touchdown Passes
1. John Elway, 1979-82 77
2. Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94 72
3. Jim Plunkett, 1968-70 52
4. Guy Benjamin, 1974-77 45
5. Todd Husak, 1996-99 41
6. John Paye, 1983-86 38
7. Mike Boryla, 1970-73 31
8. Bobby Garrett, 1951-53 28
9. Mike Cordova, 1973-76 25
Randy Fasani, 1997-01 25
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 322 yards rushing in eight games, but has netted just 174 due to yardage lost through sacks ... However, Fasani has made some big plays with his legs in 2001 ... He has 12 runs over more than 10 yards and six of more than 20 yards ... In the season finale at San Jose State, he rushed for a career-high 68 yards on five carries, including a 34-yard touchdown run ... Against Notre Dame, he ran for 19 yards in Stanford's game-winning drive ... He had a 20-yard scramble in Stanford's upset win 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 13- and 11-yard scrambles against Boston College and a 15-yard gainer vs. Arizona State ... He finished the season third on the team with 59 rushing attempts.
Stanford's Running Quarterbacks: Randy Fasani's rushing numbers are among the best in school history for a starting quarterback ... Fasani rushed for 321 net yards in his career ... 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 and Mike Cordova (1973-76) with 92 ... 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: Led by senior Brett Pierce, Cardinal tight ends provided some key plays for Stanford during the 2001 campaign ... As a group, Stanford's tight end corps accounted for 25 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns ... Pierce, who started all 11 games, led the way with 19 receptions for 258 yards (13.6 ypc) and three touchdowns ... It was the most receptions by a Cardinal tight end since Greg Clark (now with the San Francisco 49ers) caught 20 in 1996 ... Against Cal on Nov. 17, 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 ... A year ago in 2000, starter Russell Stewart led all Cardinal tight ends with eight catches.
The O-Line: Stanford's offensive line was expected to be a team strength heading into the 2001 season and the experienced-laden group did not disappoint ... All five starters received post-season recognition, including OG Eric Heitmann as a First-Team All-America and First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, OG Greg Schindler, C Zack Quaccia and OT Kwame Harris as Second-Team All-Pac-10 picks and OT Kirk Chambers as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... Prior to the season, the Cardinal's offensive line was rated No. 5 in the nation by Athlon's and No. 10 by Lindy's ...Stanford's starting five 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 were in the starting lineup for the past three seasons ... The trio combined to start 96 games from 1999-01 ... Schindler was the team's starter at right tackle in `99 and `00, but was moved to guard in 2001 to strengthen the Cardinal's front five ... Harris has proven to be one of the most talented young lineman in the nation ... Sixth man Paul Weinacht, who started two games this season for the injured Schindler at USC and at Washington, is also a talented lineman who provided Stanford with a versatile and very capable backup ... Stanford's league-leading rushing game and offensive success in 2001 is largely due to what has to be considered one of the finest lines in school history.
Experience Up Front
Games Started by the O-Line
34 - Eric Heitmann (three-year starter)
31 - Greg Schindler (three-year starter)
31 - Zack Quaccia (three-year starter)
22 - Kirk Chambers (two-year starter)
11 - Kwame Harris (first-year starter)
10 - Paul Weinacht (key reserve, part-time starter)
Heitmann Hits: Senior Eric Heitmann placed his name firmly in the Cardinal record book as one of the best offensive lineman in school history after he concluded his Stanford career as a First-Team All-America by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Football News ... He was also named Second-Team All-America by The Sporting News and First-Team All-Pac-10 ... He became Stanford's first, First-Team All-America offensive lineman since Bob Whitfield in 1991 ... He was on the Lombardi Award Watch List as one of the top lineman in college football ... Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 in 1999 and Second-Team All-Conference in `00, 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 played in all 45 games of his Stanford career and started the last 34.
Teyo's Tale: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson was converted from quarterback to wide receiver prior to the 2001 campaign and quickly earned a reputation as one of the top, young receivers in the nation ... He was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year after catching 38 passes for 565 yards (14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns ... He was also named a Fourth-Team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... At 6-7, Johnson created matchup problems for opposing defenses all season ... 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 began his career as a wide receiver by catching four passes for 51 yards and one TD in the season opener vs. Boston College ... He had three catches for 42 yards and one touchdown a week later vs. Arizona State ... Johnson received extensive playing time at Oregon on October 20 and responded with his biggest game to date - five catches, 95 yards and one touchdown ... He caught a three-yard TD pass from Lewis vs. UCLA ... 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 ... He had his best game at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... He caught eight passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns as 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 ... He had six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown vs. Cal, that coming on a 31-yard pass from QB Chris Lewis ... 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 in 2001-02 ... 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-Pac-10 in 2000 ... Riall is currently playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Defending the Run: Stanford led the Pac-10 and ranked 17th nationally in run defense, allowing 109.6 yards per game ... It marks only the second time in school history that Stanford finished the season No. 1 in the conference in run defense (the only other season was 1971) ... Stanford held five opponents under 100 yards rushing in 2001, including 28 against USC, 30 against San Jose State, 57 vs UCLA, 82 against California and 86 vs. ASU.
Powell's Play: Junior FL Luke Powell became Stanford's first, First-Team All-America as a kick returner when he was named to the Football Writer's Association of America All-America team ... Powell was also chosen Second-Team All-Pac-10 as a punt returner and honorable mention as a receiver ... He led the Pac-10 and was second in the nation with a 16.0 punt return average ... He led the Cardinal in receiving with 40 catches for 790 yards (19.8 ypc) and seven touchdowns ... Proved once again to be one of the most dangerous players in college football ... His 19.8 yards per reception average this season ranked second in the Cardinal record book and his punt return average ranked third all-time on The Farm ... He finished the season with a big game against San Jose State in the finale ... He caught six passes for 158 yards and one touchdown and had two punts returns for 78 yards ... He had a 27-yard TD catch to go along with receptions of 54, 37 and 27 yards ... He also returned a punt 58 yards... In The Big Game against Cal, 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 ... In the final three games of the season, Powell had 12 receptions for 333 yards (27.8 ypc) and three touchdowns ... His long punt returns included a 49-yard return vs. Boston College in the season opener, a 51-yard return vs. Arizona State, a 46-yard return against Washington State and a 58-yard return vs. SJS ... In his career, Powell has 58 receptions for 1,292 yards - an average of 22.3 yards per catch ... Stanford's school record for career 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, TD).
Powell in the Cardinal Record Book
Career Yards Per Catch (receptions-yards)
1. Luke Powell, 2000-01 (58-1,292) 22.3
2. Bob Blunt, 1964-66 (35-738) 21.1
3. Miles Moore, 1971-72 (65-1,234) 19.0
4. Randy Vataha, 1969-70 (83-1,234) 18.5
Emile Harry, 1981-84 (123-2,270) 18.5
Tank's Tale: Clevan 'Tank' Williams was named First-Team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, making him the first defensive back to capture such an honor in school history ... Williams was also named First-Team All-Pac-10 and Second-Team All-America by Football News ... A preseason candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, Williams, a 6-3, 225-pound free safety from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was Stanford's top play-maker on defense ... He was second on the team with 68 total tackles, but he also accounted for a team-leading five interceptions, two sacks, two tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... He returned one of his fumble recoveries 25 yards for a touchdown against Arizona ... He was tied for third in the Pac-10 and tied for 16th in the NCAA in interceptions per game (0.45) ... He is tied for ninth all-time at Stanford with nine career interceptions ... Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after his game against Arizona ... In addition to his 25-yard fumble return for touchdown, he also forced a fumble which was brought back for a Stanford touchdown, had one interception, one quarterback sack, one tackle for loss and three total tackles ... 'Physically, he's everything you look for in a football player,' says Cardinal secondary coach Denny Schuler. 'He's got cornerback speed, but linebacker size. Clearly, a big-time NFL player.'
High Wire: Senior ILB Coy Wire earned 2001 First-Team All-Pac-10 honors after leading the Cardinal in tackles for the second straight season ...He led the team and was among the conference leaders in tackles with 92 ... He also led the team with 12 tackles for loss ... He was on the Lombardi Award Watch List ... 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 prior to the 2001 campaign ... He had an 89-yard fumble return for a touchdown 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 ... He recorded a career-high 15 tackles against Notre Dame on Nov. 24 ... 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 one of the best defensive players in our conference.'
Penalty Box: For the sixth consecutive season, Stanford led the Pac-10 in fewest penalties (60), penalty yards (464) and penalty yards per game (42.2) ... Last season, Stanford led the league in fewest penalties (64), fewest penalty yards (471) and fewest penalty yards per game (42.8).
League Leaders: Stanford finished first in the Pac-10 in time of possession by almost two minutes per game (33:28), third down conversions (41.5%) and punt returns (15.9) ... The Cardinal also finished second in the nation in punt returns.
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 nine two-sport athletes on the football team ... WR Teyo Johnson is a member of the Cardinal basketball team, TE Darin Naatjes and OLB Michael Craven are 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 descent: Chijioke Asomugha, O.J. Atogwe and O.J. Oshinowo ... OT Kwame Harris was born in Jamaica, RB Brian Allen is of Jamaican descent 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.