Stanford Returns Home To Face Washington State At 2:00 PM, PT
Oct. 6, 2002
The Cardinal: After beginning the season with three of its first four games on the road, Stanford returns home for consecutive Pac-10 games against Washington State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 19) ... The Cardinal, 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-10, has won its only game at Stanford Stadium (San Jose State, Sept. 14) this season ... Stanford plays five of its final seven games in the Bay Area, four at home and at Cal ... Next up for the Cardinal is Washington State, led by quarterback Jason Gesser ... The Cougars are coming off a 30-27 overtime home win over USC on Saturday ... Stanford was beaten in its last outing 31-7 at Notre Dame ... The Cardinal will attempt to snap a two-game losing skid as it begins a string of seven straight conference matchups ... Stanford has not lost three consecutive games since the 2000 season (Arizona, at Notre Dame, at Oregon State).
Tough Schedule: After coming off Saturday's game against No. 9 Notre Dame, the road doesn't get any easier for the Cardinal ... Rated by the NCAA as having the toughest schedule in the nation (based on W-L records of its opponents), Stanford must now play three nationally-ranked opponents in its next four games ... Along with No. 12 (AP)/13 (Coaches) Washington State this Saturday, Stanford will play No. 25 (Coaches)/NR (AP) UCLA (Oct. 26) and No. 7/7 Oregon (Nov. 2) in the next four weeks ... Stanford's 11 opponents in 2002 have a combined record of 44-15 (.746) ... The Cardinal's remaining seven opponents have a combined record of 32-10 (.762) and its next four opponents are 17-4 (.810).
Stanford-WSU Series: The Cardinal lead the all-time series with Washington State 30-21-1 ... Despite losing to WSU a year ago (45-39 at Stanford), the Cardinal has beaten the Cougars in three of their last four meetings and eight of the last 10 since 1990 ... Last season, WSU scored the final 10 points to overcome a 39-35 deficit and beat the Cardinal 45-39 ... The Cougars scored touchdowns on a blocked punt and an interception return and QB Jason Gesser threw for 178 yards and two TDs as WSU handed Stanford its first loss of the year after three straight wins ... In a series that has traditionally been a high scoring affair, the winning team has scored more than 38 points in 11 of the previous 18 games (1978-01) ... The Cougars have not beaten the Cardinal in back-to-back seasons since 1988-89 ... Since 1973, Stanford owns an 18-5 record against Washington State.
Pac-10 @Home: Stanford has won four of its last five home Pac-10 games, including the last two, and is 10-3 in its last 13 conference games at Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal went 3-1 in Pac-10 home games last season, beating Arizona, UCLA and Cal ... Stanford's only home conference loss last season was to Washington State ... In conference games played at Stanford Stadium the past three seasons, Stanford went 4-0 in 1999, 2-2 in 2000 and 3-1 in 2001.
Coaching Connections: Cardinal offensive line coach Steve Morton is a 1977 graduate of Washington State University and a former Cougar coach ... Morton, who played center and guard for WSU in 1973 and '74, was a graduate assistant at WSU in 1975 and '76 ... He continued on the WSU staff from 1977-86 ... Morton coached the Cougars offensive line in 1977 and '82-86 and the tight ends from '78-81.
The Head Coach: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens III took over the helm of the Cardinal football program on January 9, 2002 after a 23-year coaching career, including 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach ... Teevens spent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier as the Assistant Offensive Coordinator and tight ends coach ... He has previously held head coaching positions at the University of Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth College -his alma mater (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96) ... Teevens was the offensive coordinator at 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 coaching stints at Depauw University (1979-80) and Boston University (1981-84) ... While at Florida, Teevens was part of one of the most successful programs in college football ... During his three seasons (1999-2001) in Gainesville, the Gators went 29-9, played in three bowl games and finished ranked among the top 12 in the nation each season.
Young on Defense: A quick look at Stanford's starting defensive unit in last week's game at Notre Dame would find two redshirt freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and two seniors ... Of the 11 starters, only DT Matt Leonard and FS Colin Branch had significant playing time last season ... Seven of Stanford's 11 starters in last Saturday saw limited playing time during the 2001 season ... Below illustrates the extent to which the 11 starters played in 2001:
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis needs just one more touchdown pass to move into the school's all-time top-10 ... Lewis, who threw his 24th TD pass last Saturday at Notre Dame, is just one behind Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova (1973-76) for ninth in the Cardinal record book ... Lewis has started three games this season (San Jose State, Arizona State, Notre Dame) after being forced to sit out the season opener at Boston College ... He has played in 19 games in his Cardinal career and started 10 ... He has thrown for 2,940 yards in his career ... Lewis was the Cardinal's backup quarterback the past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000 and 2001 (because of injuries to starter Randy Fasani) and threw for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 182-of-367 passes ... Lewis also had his time in the spotlight during the '00 and '01 campaigns ... He threw last-second, game-winning touchdowns in 2000 vs. Texas and USC, and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starter while leading Stanford to wins over No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA on consecutive weeks ... It was Lewis' play during a five-game stretch last season when Fasani went down with an injury that helped the Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked 16th in the country ... During that five-game period, Lewis completed 90-of-163 passes for 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California.
Matter's Moments: Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) has completed 31-of-49 (.632) passes for 453 yards and three touchdowns thus far in 2002 ... He started the season opener at Boston College and also appeared in games two and three vs. San Jose State and at Arizona State ... His pass efficiency rating of 153.0 currently ranks him 11th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-10 ... Against Arizona State (Sept. 28), Matter completed 7-of-14 for 86 yards and one TD - a six-yard pass to Teyo Johnson ... He came off the bench vs. San Jose State and completed 7-of-8 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown while rushing three times for 31 yards and another touchdown ... He led the Cardinal to five touchdown drives against the 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 of 42-yards to Luke Powell 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 Stanford as one of the most highly recruited preps in the nation following the 2000 season ... He was a consensus prep All-American after completing 287-of-439 passes for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazine rated him as the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on its list of the country's Elite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 record as the team's starting quarterback in 1999 and 2000.
Interceptions: The Cardinal defense intercepted its ninth pass of the season and continued its streak of having intercepted at least one pass in every game thus far in 2002 ... Against Notre Dame, it was SS Oshiomogho Atogwe who recorded the pick, his first of the season ... He became the seventh player to record an interception this season ... Stanford's per game average of 2.25 interceptions per game puts it on pace to challenge for a spot as one of the school's best ever ... Stanford has not intercepted more than 20 passes since the 1988 season ... The school record is 26, set by the 1972 club ... Stanford began the year with three interceptions at Boston College, followed by four vs. San Jose State and one at Arizona State ...CB Leigh Torrence and DT Matt Leonard lead the team with two interceptions ... CB Stanley Wilson, CB T.J. Rushing, FS Colin Branch, OLB Michael Craven along with Atogwe have recorded one interception ... Craven returned his interception 33 yards for a touchdown against Boston College ... Both Torrence and Leonard rank tied for 22nd in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.50 interceptions per game ... Stanford recorded seven interceptions in consecutive games to begin the '02 campaign, the highest two-game total since the 1988 season.
Two-Sport Teyo: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Teyo Johnson has earned the reputation as one of the top two-sport athletes in the nation ... A power forward on Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team the past two years, Johnson is in his second season as a receiver after coming to Stanford as one of the most highly-touted prep quarterbacks in the nation from Mira Mesa High School in the San Diego Area ... Johnson was a redshirt freshman QB 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 difficult matchup 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-Freshman of 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 the 2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yards and one TD in the season opener at Boston College ... He scored the team's first TD of the year on a seven-yard pass from Kyle Matter ... Earlier in the drive, Matter and Johnson hooked up on an 80-yard pass 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 pair of four-yard TD passes, the first from Chris Lewis in the second quarter and the second from Kyle Matter in the fourth quarter ... Johnson caught five passes, including one for a touchdown, at Arizona State on Sept. 28 ... He scored Stanford's only touchdown at Notre Dame on Oct. 5, catching a 14-yard pass from Lewis ... Johnson has now caught touchdown passes in the last five games (including all four in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and 11 of the 16 games in which he has played ... In his last 11 regular season games, Johnson has caught 48 passes for 724 yards (15.1 ypc) and 10 touchdowns ... In basketball, Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after the football season concluded in 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 rushing threat through the first four games of the season ... Moore, who started his 37th consecutive game against Notre Dame on Saturday, has rushed for a team-leading 255 yards on 39 carries ... His 6.4 yards per carry average is the best in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Against the Sun Devils, Moore tied his career best by rushing for 116 yards on 11 carries for the second 100-yard rushing day of his career ... He also gained 116 yards in the 1999 Big Game vs. California ... Moore scored Stanford's first two touchdowns against ASU, the first on a two-yard reception from Chris Lewis and the second on a 68-yard run ... He carried the ball nine times for 65 yards against San Jose State after opening the season with a 10-carry, 58-yard effort at Boston College ... Throughout his career, Moore has been productive when given the ball ... He has gained 868 yards (on 143 carries) and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground in his career and his average of 6.2 yards per carry is the best in school history for a fullback ... He has also caught 41 passes for four TDs ... In the 1999 Big Game vs. California, Moore scored on a 94-yard touchdown run, the second longest in school history ... He has also scored on 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 37 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 868 yards and currently leads the team with 255 yards through four games ... Some of the great Cardinal fullbacks of recent history include two are currently playing in the NFL: Jon Ritchie for the Oakland Raiders 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 (by the Raiders) 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.
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 21.5 yards per reception average after having caught 65 balls for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 3 all-time at Stanford with a 13.3 average on punt returns (31 returns, 411 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 has been limited this season due to an ankle injury ... He saw limited action in game two vs. San Jose and did not play in game three at Arizona State ... He returned last Saturday at Notre Dame but was still not operating at full strength.
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, break-away 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 known throughout 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) entered the 2002 campaign as a bonafide All-America candidate and an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award prospect ... Harris came to Stanford in 2000 as one of the nation's prized recruits from Newark High School in Delaware - and he has lived up to those expectations ... He lettered as a true freshman in 2000 and moved into the starting 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 season on the Lombardi Award 'Watch List' ... He was rated No. 16 on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players ... Street & Smith's Magazine named Harris the top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002 ... He has started the last 16 games for the Cardinal at right tackle.
New Kicker: Redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi (pronounced SKROY) has been impressive in his first season as the team's starting placekicker ... He has made all three of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond 40 yards ...He hit a 45-yarder at Arizona State on Sept. 28, the longest field goal for theCardinal since Mike Biselli hit a 47-yarder vs. Notre Dame in 1999 ... Sgroi is 13-of-14 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 against BC ... 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 40yards 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 placekickers 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 running back duties with Brian Allen the past two years, needs just 93 more yards to move into Stanford's all-time top-10 rushing list ... Carter, from Vaughn, Ontario, Canada, has gained 1,581 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in his Cardinal career ... He is already tied for fourth on Stanford's career rushing TD list with 21 ... A punishing runner at 6-foot-2, 235-pounds, Carter led the team in rushing in 2000 (729 yards) and was second a year ago despite missing four games with a shoulder injury ... He trails only Cardinal greats Tommy Vardell, Brad Muster and Darrin Nelson on Stanford's career rushing TD list ... On the career rushing chart, he needs 93 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) in 2002.
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 by Street & Smith's ... Luke Powell, a First-Team All-American 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 by The Sporting News ... OG Greg Schindler received recognition as a pre-season All-American from Street & Smith's 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 'Watch Lists' 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 watched for the Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in college football ... Sophomore WR Teyo Johnson is on the 'Watch List' for the Biletnikoff Award 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 from Street & Smith's heading into the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup in 35 of the last 39 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 27 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 14 games throughout his career ...The Sporting News ranked Stanford's offensive line as the 10th best in the nation entering the 2002 campaign.
Grant's Game: Redshirt freshman Grant Mason is making the most of his playing time in 2002 and emerging as one of the Cardinal's top young offensive threats ...A Pontiac, Michigan, native, Mason redshirted the 2001 season as a true freshman ... But, he has come on in 2002 to become the team's second leading receiver and one of the top punt return specialists in the conference ... He is second to Teyo Johnson with 13 receptions for 110 yards ... In the absence of Luke Powell early in the season, Mason has filled in admirably on punt returns, averaging 17.5 yards per return (4 returns, 70 yards) ... He has also rushed twice for 19 yards ... Mason came to Stanford as a prep All-American out of St. Mary's Prep School in Michigan.
Fifth Highest Ever: Stanford's 63 point outburst vs. San Jose State on Sept. 7 tied for the fifth highest single game total in school history and the most on The Farm since John Elway led the 1981 Cardinal to a 63-point game at Oregon State ...Only four times in school history has a Stanford team scored more than 63 points in a game ... The school record is 82, set in 1923 and again in 1925 ... The Cardinal scored 68 points vs. San Jose State in 1968 and 67 vs. Army in 1975 ... Four other Stanford teams have scored 63 points in a game.
Freshman Tandem: True freshman Julian Jenkins and T.J. Rushing are making an immediate impact on the Cardinal defense in 2002 ... Jenkins, one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation last year from Woodward Academy in Atlanta, has seen significant playing time at defensive end ... He recorded three tackles last Saturday at Notre Dame, giving him six total tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one quarterback sack through four games ... Rushing, from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, is the Cardinal's third cornerback ... He has one interception, three tackles and one tackle-for-loss thus far in 2002.
Rushing Offense: Stanford is ranked third in the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing offense, averaging 155.75 yards per game ... Twice this season, Stanford has rushed for 200 yards or more ... The Cardinal racked up 258 yards and six touchdowns on 47 carries vs. San Jose State and 239 yards and one score on 40 carries at Arizona State ...Stanford led the conference last year, averaging 201 yards rushing per game.