Stanford Travels To Notre Dame To Continue Rivalry
Sept. 29, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford and Notre Dame will meet for the 17th time in theirseries history on Saturday in South Bend ... The Cardinal is 1-2 in 2002 andcoming off a 65-24 loss at Arizona State in the Pac-10 opener for both schools... Notre Dame is a perfect 4-0 and ranked ninth in the nation by AP and USAToday ... A year ago, Stanford beat the Irish 17-13 at Stanford Stadium ...The home team has won the last six meetings in the series ... Saturday's gamewill also feature former Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham facing the teamhe led for seven years (1995-01) ... After playing three of its first fourgames on the road, Stanford will return home following Saturday's game in SouthBend to play its next two games at home: Oct. 12 vs. Washington State and Oct.19 vs. Arizona.
Stanford-Notre Dame Series: The Irish lead the all-time series with Stanford 10-6 ... The Cardinal are 4-3 vs. Notre Dame at Stanford Stadium and 2-6 vs. the Irish in South Bend ... The first meeting in the series occurred in the 1925 Rose Bowl ... Of late, the home team has had the advantage in the series, winning the past six games ... The last team to win on the road was Notre Dame in 1993 (48-20 victory at Stanford) ... Stanford has lost its last three games in South Bend (1994, 1998, 2000) ... Prior to that, however, the Cardinal recorded back-to-back wins at Notre Dame in 1990 and 1992 ... In the last five games, of course, Tyrone Willingham was Stanford's head coach ... During this time (1997-01), Willingham went 3-2 against the Irish
Upsets in South Bend: Three times in the last five meetings in South Bend, Stanfordhas faced a Notre Dame team ranked among the nation's top-10 ... And on twoof those occasions, the Cardinal came away an upset winner ... In 1990, a 1-3Cardinal team came to South Bend to face the No. 1 ranked Irish ... Led byquarterback Jason Palumbis (26-of-34, 256 yards) and FB Tommy Vardell (four, one-yardtouchdown runs), Stanford erased a 24-7 deficit to win 36-31 after Vardell scoredthe game-winner with 36 seconds remaining ... Stanford's running backs coachthat day was Tyrone Willingham, who was on Dennis Green's staff from 1989-91 ...The next time Stanford visited South Bend in 1992, it was a matchup between headcoaches Bill Walsh and Lou Holtz ... Notre Dame was ranked sixth nationally,but the 3-1 Cardinal entered the game ranked No. 18 ... The Irish jumped outto a 16-0 lead before watching Stanford storm back to score 33 unanswered pointsand dominate Notre Dame for its second straight win in South Bend ... In 1994,No. 7 Notre Dame won easily 34-15 ... The Irish were ranked No. 23 in theirnext meeting in South Bend in 1998 and defeated the Willingham coached Cardinal35-17.
The Head Coach: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens IIItook over the helm of the Cardinal football program on January 9, 2002 after a23-year coaching career, including 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach ...Teevens spent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier as the AssistantOffensive Coordinator and tight ends coach ... He has previously held the headcoaching positions at the University of Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth College -hisalma mater (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96) ... Teevens was the offensive coordinatorat the University of Illinois in 1997-98 before moving on to Florida in 1999 ...He is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth ... Teevens has also had assistant coachingstints at Depauw University (1979-80) and Boston University (1981-84) ... Whileat Florida, Teevens was part of one of the most successful programs in collegefootball ... During his three seasons (1999-2001) in Gainesville, Florida went29-9, played in three bowl games and finished ranked among the nation's top-12each season.
Willingham at Stanford: Tyrone Willingham compiled an overall record of 44-36-1in seven seasons as the Cardinal head coach (1995-01) ... He was also on theCardinal staff from 1989-91 as a running backs coach for Dennis Green ... AsStanford's head coach, Willingham led the Cardinal to four bowl games, includingthe 2000 Rose Bowl, and was twice named the Pacific-10 Conference Coach of theYear ... His 44 wins rank third in Stanford history behind Pop Warner's 71and John Ralston's 55 ... Willingham's seven-year tenure was also tied forthe third longest in school history, again behind Warner and Ralston, who eachcoached Stanford for nine seasons.
Familiar Faces: Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham was named Stanford's head coach on November 28, 1994, succeeding Bill Walsh ... He left The Farm after seven years for Notre Dame, where he was introduced as the new Irish head coach on January 1, 2002 ... Willingham, however, is not the only former Stanford coach on the current Notre Dame coaching staff ... In fact, six former Cardinal assistant coaches and one administrator joined Willingham in South Bend.
Sanford at Stanford: Cardinal offensive coordinator Mike Sanford spent two seasonsin South Bend coaching quarterbacks in 1997 and '98 under Bob Davie ... Sanfordwas part of two bowl teams at Notre Dame ('97 Independence, '99 Gator) and hadRon Powlus and Jarius Jackson under his tutelage.
Stanford vs. the Top-10: Stanford has won its last three games against teams ranked in the top-10 ... Last season, the Cardinal beat No. 5 Oregon in Eugene 49-42 ... A week later at home, Stanford defeated No. 4 UCLA 39-28 ... In 2000, the Cardinal beat No. 5 Texas 27-24 at Stanford ... In all three of those games, Chris Lewis played a big role ... He threw the game-winning TD with 1:12 to play against the Longhorns after replacing starting QB Randy Fasani in the first quarter ... Last year at Oregon, he again replaced Fasani and engineered a 21-point comeback ... He started the UCLA game last season, completing 20-of-29 for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis needs just two more touchdown passes to moveinto the school's all-time top-10 ... Lewis,who threw his 23rd TD pass lastSaturday at Arizona State, , is two behind Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova(1973-76) for ninth in the Cardinal record book ... Lewis has started two gamesthis season (San Jose State, Arizona State) after being forced to sit out theseason opener at Boston College ... He has played in 18 games in his Cardinalcareer and started nine, including his second career start as a redshirt freshmanat Notre Dame in 2000 ... In that game vs. Notre Dame - a 20-14 Irish victory- Lewis completed 19-of-43 for 242 yards, one interception and two touchdowns... He has thrown for 2,731 yards in his career ... Lewis was the Cardinal'sbackup quarterback the past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000and 2001 (because of injuries to starter Randy Fasani) and threw for 2,456 yardsand 20 touchdowns while completing 182-of-367 ... Lewis also had his time inthe spotlight during the '00 and '01 campaigns ... He threw last-second, game-winningtouchdowns in 2000 vs. Texas and USC, and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starterwhile leading Stanford to wins over No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA on consecutiveweeks ... It was Lewis? play during a five-game stretch last season whenFasani went down with an injury that helped the Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked16th in the country ... During that five-game period, Lewis completed 90-of-163passes for 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizonaand California.
Matter's Moments: Redshirt freshman KyleMatter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) has completed 31-of-49 (.632) for 453yards and three touchdowns thus far in 2002 ... He started the season opener atBoston College and also appeared in each of the last two games (San Jose State,Arizona State) ... His pass efficiency rating of 152.96 currently ranks him 12thin the NCAA and sixth in the PAC-10 ... A week ago at ASU, Matter completed seven-of-14for 86 yards and one TD - a six yard pass to TeyoJohnson ... He came off the bench vs. San Jose State and completed seven-of-eightpasses for 123 yards and one touchdown while rushing three times for 31 yardsand another touchdown ... He led the Cardinal to five touchdown drives againstthe Spartans, including a 12-yard TD run and a four-yard scoring pass to Johnson... He made his collegiate debut September 7 in the season opener at Boston College... Matter was effective in completing 17-of-27 for 244 yards and one touchdown... He also scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run ... He had pass completions of42-yards to LukePowell in the first quarter and 80-yards to Johnson in the second quarter... Matter redshirted the 2001 campaign as a true freshman ... He came to Stanfordas one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation following the 2000season ... He was a consensus prep All-American after completing 287-of-439 passesfor 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazine ratedhim as the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on its list of thecountry's Elite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 record asthe team's starting quarterback in 1999 and 2000.
Picks: Stanford has recorded eight interceptions in three games, including three in the season opener at Boston College, four vs. San Jose State and one last Saturday at Arizona State ... No less than six players have already recorded an interception for the Cardinal ... CB Leigh Torrence and DT Matt Leonard each have two picks to lead the team ... CB Stanley Wilson, CB T.J. Rushing, FS Colin Branch and OLB Michael Craven have also recorded interceptions ... Craven returned his 33-yards for a touchdown against Boston College ... Both Torrence and Leonard rank tied for 14th in the nation and tied for first in the PAC-10 averaging 0.67 interceptions per game ... Stanford recorded seven interceptions in consecutive games to begin the '02 campaign, the highest two-game total since the 1988 season.
Rush Defense: In the Cardinal's last four regular season games, including the season finale against San Jose State in 2001, Stanford has given up an average of just 79.2 yards rushing per game ... The Cardinal has allowed 317 yards on 134 carries during this time, an average of 2.4 yards per rush ... This season, Stanford has allowed 287 yards on the ground in three games - a per game average of 95.7 ... Stanford is ranked 18th in the nation and third in the PAC-10 in rushing yards allowed per game ... The Cardinal led the PAC-10 in rushing defense in 2001, allowing 109.6 yards per game.
Two-Sport Teyo: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver TeyoJohnson has earned the reputation as one of the top two-sport athletes inthe nation ... A power forward on Stanford?s nationally-ranked basketball teamthe past two years, Johnson is in his second season as a receiver after comingto Stanford as one of the most highly-touted prep quarterbacks in the nation fromMira Mesa High School in the San Diego Area ... Johnson was a redshirt freshmanQB at Stanford in 2000, but was moved to wide receiver for the 2001 season ...At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, the very athletic Johnson has proven to be a difficultmatchup for opposing defenses ... He wound up catching 38 balls for 565 yards(14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns in 2001 and was named the PAC-10?s Co-Freshmanof the Year ... He could emerge as one of the nation?s top receivers in 2002 ...He is on the Biletnikoff Award 'Watch List' for the 2002 season ... He began the2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yards and one TD in the season openerat Boston College ... He scored the team's first TD of the year on a seven-yardpass from KyleMatter ... Earlier in the drive, Matter and Johnson hooked up on an 80-yardpass play, the longest reception of Johnson's career ... Against San Jose State,Johnson caught seven passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns ... He caught a pairof four-yard TD passes, the first from ChrisLewis in the second quarter and the second from KyleMatter in the fourth quarter ... Johnson caught five passes, including onefor a touchdown, in last week's game at Arizona State ... He has now caught touchdownpasses in the last four games (including the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and 10 of the15 games in which he has played ... In his last 10 regular season games, Johnsonhas caught 45 passes for 683 yards (15.2 ypc) and nine touchdowns ... In basketball,Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after the football season concludedin late December ... He is a potential starter for the Cardinal in 2002-03.
More Moore: Fifth-year senior fullback Casey Moore has been Stanford's top rushingthreat through the first three games of the season ... Moore, who started his36th consecutive game against Arizona State on Saturday, has rushed for a team-leading239 yards on 30 carries ... His 8.0 yards per carry average is the best inthe Pacific-10 Conference ... Against the Sun Devils, Moore tied his careerbest by rushing for 116 yards on 11 carries for the second 100-yard rushing dayof his career ... He gained 116 in 1999 Big Game vs. California ... Moorescored Stanford's first two touchdowns against ASU last week, the first on a two-yardreception from Chris Lewis and the second on a 68-yard run ... He carried theball nine times for 65 yards against San Jose State after opening the season witha 10-carry, 58-yard effort at Boston College ... Throughout his career, Moorehas been productive when given the ball ... He has gained 852 yards and scored11 touchdowns on the ground in his career and his average of 6.4 yards per carryis the best in school history for a fullback ... He has also caught 38 passesfor four TDs ... In the 1999 Big Game vs. California, Moore scored on a 94-yardtouchdown run, the second longest in school history ... He has also scoredon runs of 68 yards (2002 vs. ASU) and 49 yards (1999 vs. Arizona) ... At 6-foot-2,250 pounds, Moore is effective as an inside runner, receiver and blocker.
Moore Among Top Cardinal FB's: Put Casey Moore in the list of the best fullbacks in Cardinal history ... Moore, who has started 36 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 852 yards and currently leads the team with 239 through three games ... Some of the great Cardinal fullbacks of recent history include two are currently playing in the NFL: Jon Ritchie for the Oakland Raider and Greg Comella for the Tennessee Titans ... Both Ritchie and Comella played their final season at Stanford in 1997 ... Ritchie was a third round draft pick while Comella was a free agent who played for the New York Giants from 1998-2001 ... Tommy Vardell is the only fullback in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft ... 'Touchdown' Tommy set school records in 1991 for single season rushing (1,084) and touchdowns (20) and was the ninth pick overall in the 1992 Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Moore's Big Plays: Casey Moore has spent the past four years quietly starting 36 straight games at fullback and making big plays ... His career average of 8.0 yards per rush is testimony to his big play performance ... He has scored 15 touchdown in his career, including TD rushes from 94, 68 and 49 yards out ... Moore has accounted for 12 plays of 18 yards or more in his career.
Powell's Production: FL/KR Luke Powell, a First-Team All-American kick returner in 2001, has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in college football ... Powell, a junior from Smyrna, Tennessee, has proven to be one of those players who can score anytime he touches the ball ... He is currently first in school history with a 21.7 yards per reception average after having caught 64 balls for 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 2 all-time at Stanford with a 13.8 average on punt returns (29 returns, 400 yards, one TD) ... He was second in the NCAA and first in the PAC-10 last season with a 16.0 punt return average ... Throughout his career, Powell has exemplified the knack for making big plays ... He has caught 15 receptions of over 30 yards, including seven over 50 ... In the season opener at Boston College, Powell's first reception of the year was a 42-yarder from Kyle Matter ... Powell was limited in the San Jose State game and did not play last week at Arizona State due to an ankle injury ... His status for Saturday's game at Notre Dame is uncertain.
Receiving Corps: The Sporting News ranked Stanford?s receiving corps the No. 6 unit in the nation - and for good reason ... Not only does the Cardinal return 168 of the 176 receptions from a year ago, but Stanford?s receiving corps has speed, experience, athleticism, size, breakaway speed and maturity ... The top three are Luke Powell, Teyo Johnson and fifth-year senior Ryan Wells ... Add that trio to a group of very talented and athletic young receivers and Stanford?s unit is among the best in the nation ... The Cardinal's depth at receiver includes sophomores Greg Camarillo and Nick Sebes and redshirt freshmen Gerren Crochet and Grant Mason.
Kwame's The Name: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris is making his name knownthroughout the country as one of the top offensive linemen in college football... Now in his third season at Stanford, Harris (6-foot-7, 308 pounds) entersthe 2002 campaign as a bonafide All-America candidate and an Outland Trophy andLombardi Award prospect ... Harris came to Stanford in 2000 as one of the nation?sprized recruits from Newark High School in Delaware - and he has lived up to thoseexpectations ... He lettered as a true freshman in 2000 and moved into thestarting lineup in 2001 at right tackle, where he started all 12 games ...He was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season ... He enters the 2002 seasonon the Lombardi Award 'Watch List' ... He was rated No. 16 on ESPN'slist of the nation's top 100 players ... Street & Smith's named Harristhe top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002.
Impact Player: Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Michael Craven was listedamong ESPN The Magazine's group of newcomers who are expected to be 'impact'players in 2002 ... Craven lived up to that billing after an impressive collegiatedebut September 7 at Boston College ... The La Quinta, California native, startingand playing in his first game for Stanford, recorded six tackles, one tackle-for-lossand one pass defensed while also returning an interception 33 yards for a touchdown... The TD, with 1:44 to play in the third period, put the Cardinal on top27-17 ... It was Stanford's first interception return for a touchdown in threeyears (Chris Johnson, 30-yard return vs. USC, 10/23/99) ... In three games,Craven has an interception return for a touchdown, two tackles-for-loss and 12total tackles ... He was one of Stanford's prized recruits in 2001 ... Hewas a consensus Prep All-American, rated by some as the top LB prospect in thecountry ... He also won the prestigious Watkins Award in 2000, given annuallyto the nation's top African-American high school football player.
New Kicker: Redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi (pronounced SKROY) has been impressive in his first season as the team's top place-kicker ... He has made all three of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond 40 yards ... He hit a 45-yarder last Saturday at Arizona State, the longest field goal for the Cardinal since Mike Biselli hit a 47-yarder vs. Notre Dame in 1999 ... Sgroi is 12-of-13 on extra points ... Playing in his first game for the Cardinal at Boston College on September 7, Sgroi made both of his field goal attempts and all three PATs ... He hit field goals from 42-and 24-yards out ... He scored Stanford's first points of the season when he hit a 42-yarder with 1:57 to play in the first quarter ... Stanford made only two field goals beyond 40 yards during the entire 2001 campaign - the longest coming from 44 yards out ... Against San Jose State, he was 8-of-8 on Pats ... Sgroi, from Plymouth, Michigan, was rated as one of the top place-kickers in the Midwest out of Catholic Central High School in 2000 ... He redshirted the '01 season at Stanford as a true freshman.
Carter Nearing Top-10: Senior running back Kerry Carter, who shared the runningback duties with Brian Allen the past two years, needs just 128 yards to moveinto Stanford's all-time top-10 rushing list ... Carter, from Vaughn, Ontario,Canada, has gained 1,546 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in his Cardinal career... He is already No. 4 on Stanford?s career rushing TD list with 21 ...A punishing runner at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Carter led the team in rushing in2000 (729 yards) and was second a year ago despite missing four games with a shoulderinjury ... He trails only Cardinal greats Tommy Vardell, Brad Muster and DarrinNelson on Stanford's career rushing TD list ... On the career rushing chart,he needs 128 yards to catch Jon Volpe for No. 10 all-time with 1,674 yards ...Carter should also pass Vincent White (1,689 yards), Ray Handley (1,768 yards)and Vardell (1,789 rushing yards).
Pre-Season Honors: Several Cardinal players received pre-season recognition, most notably junior tackle Kwame Harris, who heads into his third season on The Farm as one of the top linemen in college football ... Harris, from Newark, Delaware, was named a First-Team Pre-Season All-American by Street & Smith?s and Athlon and a consensus First-Team All-PAC-10 pick ... He was also mentioned as an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award candidate and ranked as the No. 2 offensive lineman in the nation ... Luke Powell, a First-Team All-America kick returner last season, was named a Pre-season All-American, a consensus First-Team All-PAC-10 selection and ranked as the No. 2 kick returner in college football ... OG Greg Schindler received recognition as a pre-season All-American while pre-season all-conference honors also went to TE Brett Pierce, DT Matt Leonard and RB Kerry Carter ... As a team, The Sporting News ranked the Cardinal?s receiving corps No. 6 in the nation and its offensive line No. 10.
The 'Watch' Lists: Three Cardinal players are included on 'WatchLists' for some of the most prestigious awards in college football ...Junior OT Kwame Harris is on the 'Watch List' for the Lombardi Award,presented to the nation's top lineman ... Senior RB Kerry Carter is being watchedfor the Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in college football... Sophomore WR Teyo Johnson is on the 'Watch List' for the BiletnikoffAward as the best wide receiver in the country.
O-Line Experience: In addition to Harris, Stanford returns all-conference lineman Greg Schindler at one guard position and OT Kirk Chambers along with fifth-year senior guard Paul Weinacht, giving Stanford the potential to have an outstanding offensive line in 2002 ... Schindler was named Second-Team All-PAC-10 a year ago and received pre-season Second-Team All-America recognition heading into the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal?s starting lineup in 34 of the last 38 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 26 games at left tackle since returning from a Mormon Mission in 2000 ... He was an Honorable Mention All-PAC-10 pick last year ... Weinacht has played a key role as a reserve the past three years and has seen action in the starting lineup in 13 games throughout his career ... The Sporting News ranked Stanford?s offensive line as the 10th best in the nation.
What's Ahead: Four of Stanford's next six opponents are among the nation's top-25in this week's rankings, including Notre Dame (9th USA Today/9th AP), WashingtonState (17/17), Oregon (7/8) and USC (20/18) ... The other two opponents duringthis time are Arizona and UCLA, both with 3-1 records ... The four ranked opponentshave a combined record of 15-2 while Stanford's next six opponents have a combinedrecord of 21-4 (.840).
Rushing Offense: Stanford is ranked first in the Pacific-10 Conference in rushingoffense, averaging 187.3 yards per game ... The Cardinal gained 258 yards onthe ground vs. San Jose State and 239 last Saturday at Arizona State ... Stanfordled the league last year, averaging 201 yards rushing per game.