Stanford Cardinal Hosts Arizona Wildcats In Homecoming Game
Oct. 13, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford will attempt to snap a three-game losing streakon Saturday, October 19 when it hosts Arizona at Stanford Stadium in the annualHomecoming Game ... Kickoff time is set for 2:00 pm ... The Cardinal, 1-4 overalland 0-2 in the PAC-10, is coming off a 36-11 loss to conference leaders WashingtonState ... The Wildcats, 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the PAC-10, lost last Saturday32-28 at Washington ... Arizona has lost its last two and three of its last fourafter opening the season with wins over Northern Arizona and Utah ... FollowingSaturday's game, Stanford will make its final two trips outside the Bay Area:October 26 at UCLA and November 2 at Oregon.
Stanford-Arizona Series: While the Wildcats own a 12-7 lead in the series, Stanford has won two of the last three meetings, including a 51-37 win at Arizona Stadium last year ... The Cardinal,however, has lost the last five games against the Wildcats in Stanford Stadium and has not beaten UA at Stanford since 1985 ... In those five games, defense has been the key for Arizona ... Stanford has scored just 46 points - an average of 9.2 points per game - during this time and has not scored more than 14 in a single game ... UA beat the Cardinal at Stanford in 2000 (27-3), 1998 (31-14), 1994 (34-10), 1992 (21-6) and 1987 (23-13) ... The Cardinal has scored at least 50 points and won the last two meetings in Tucson: 51-37 in 2001 and 50-22 in 1999.
Toughest Schedule: Stanford's 2002 schedule is currently ranked as the secondtoughest in the nation, according to the NCAA ... Rankings are based on a team'spast opposition and future opposition ... The Cardinal's cumulative opposition(both past and future) has an aggregate record of 48-21 and a winning percentageof .695 ... Only USC, with a cumulative opposition record of 53-21 and a winningpercentage of .716, is ranked tougher than Stanford ... Still ahead for Stanfordare games at UCLA (4-2) and Oregon (6-0, ranked No. 6),home games with USC (4-2,ranked No. 20) and Oregon State (4-3) and the Big Game vs. California (4-3).
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 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, the Gatorswent 29-9, played in three bowl games and finished ranked among the top 12 inthe nation each season.
Young on Defense: A quick look at Stanford's starting defensive unit in last week's game against Washington State would find one redshirt freshmen, four sophomores, three juniors and three 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 game saw limited playing time during the 2001 season ... Stanford's two-deep depth chart this week includes 14 freshman or sophomores (seven each) and eight juniors and seniors (four each).
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis needs just one more touchdown pass to move intothe school's all-time top-10 ... Lewis, who threw his 24th TD pass at NotreDame on October 5, is just one behind Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova(1973-76) for ninth in the Cardinal record book ... Lewis has started fourgames this season (San Jose State, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Washington State)after being forced to sit out the season opener at Boston College ... He hasplayed in 20 games in his Cardinal career and started 11 ... He has thrownfor 3,042 yards in his career ... Lewis was the Cardinal's backup quarterbackthe past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000 and 2001 (because ofinjuries to starter Randy Fasani) and threw for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdownswhile completing 182-of-367 passes ... Lewis also had his time in the spotlightduring the '00 and '01 campaigns ... He threw last-second, game-winning touchdownsin 2000 vs. Texas and USC, and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starter while leadingStanford 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 wentdown with an injury that helped the Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked 16th in thecountry ... During that five-game period, Lewis completed 90-of-163 passesfor 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 38-of-63 (.603) passes for 509 yards and three touchdowns thus farin 2002 ... He started the season opener at Boston College and also appearedin games two and three vs. San Jose State and at Arizona State and game five lastweek against Washington State ... His pass efficiency rating of 134.37 currentlyranks him 37th in the NCAA ... In his last appearance, Matter completed seven-of-14for 56 yards against Washington State ... 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 for123 yards and one touchdown while rushing three times for 31 yards and anothertouchdown ... 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 madehis 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 Luke Powell in the first quarter and 80-yards to Johnson in the secondquarter ... Matter redshirted the 2001 campaign as a true freshman ... Hecame to Stanford as one of the most highly recruited preps in the nation followingthe 2000 season ... He was a consensus prep All-American after completing 287-of-439passes for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazinerated him as the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on its list ofthe country's Elite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 recordas the team's starting quarterback in 1999 and 2000.
Tolon's Time: When sophomore running back Kenneth Tolon has been given the ball, he has made the most of the opportunity ... This season, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native has carried the ball 33 times for 220 yards and a team-leading 6.7 yards per carry ... He is also tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns, including a one-yard run for Stanford's only TD of the game vs. Washington State last Saturday ... A year ago, when the opportunity to play presented itself due to injuries, Tolon rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries (6.4 ypc) ... In his brief career, Tolon has gained 556 yards and scored six touchdowns on 84 carries while sporting an impressive 6.6 yards per carry average ... After not playing in the season opener at Boston College, Tolon rushed for 47 yards and scored two TDs on just four carries in game two vs. San Jose State ... The next week at Arizona State, he carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards ... Last week against Washington State, he gained 89 yards and scored one TD on 14 carries ... A First-Team All-State running back from Valley High School, Tolon has three years of eligibility remaining.
Interceptions: The Cardinal defense intercepted its 10th pass of the season last Saturday vs. Washington State and continued its streak of having intercepted at least one pass in every game thus far in 2002 ... FS Colin Branch recorded his second interception of the season against the Cougars ... Against Notre Dame, it was SS Oshiomogho Atogwe who recorded the pick, his first of the season ... Stanford's per game average of 2.0 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 caught touchdown passes in five of the last six games (including four of five in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and 11 of the 17 games in which he has played ... In his last 12 regular season games, Johnson has caught 53 passes for 760 yards (14.3 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 rushingthreat through the first five games of the season ... Moore, who started his38th consecutive game against Washington State on Saturday, has rushed for a team-leading266 yards on 42 carries ... His 6.3 yards per carry average is among the bestin the nation for a fullback ... Against the Sun Devils on September 28, Mooretied his career best by rushing for 116 yards on 11 carries for the second 100-yardrushing day of his career ... He also gained 116 yards in the 1999 Big Gamevs. 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-yardrun ... He carried the ball nine times for 65 yards against San Jose Stateafter opening the season with a 10-carry, 58-yard effort at Boston College ...Throughout his career, Moore has been productive when given the ball ... Hehas gained 879 yards (on 146 carries) and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground inhis career and his average of 6.0 yards per carry is the best in school historyfor a fullback ... He has also caught 41 passes for four TDs ... In the1999 Big Game vs. California, Moore scored on a 94-yard touchdown run, the secondlongest in school history ... He has also scored on runs of 68 yards (2002vs. ASU) and 49 yards (1999 vs. Arizona) ... At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Mooreis 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 38 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 879 yards and currently leads the team with 266 yards through five 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.
Moore's Big Plays: Casey Moore has spent the past four years quietly starting37 straight games at fullback and making big plays ... His career average of6.0 yards per rush is testimony to his big play performance ... He has scored15 touchdown in his career, including TD rushes from 94-, 68- and 49- yards out... Moore has accounted for 14 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 second in school history with a 20.9 yards per reception average after recording 68 receptions for 1,423 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 4 all-time at Stanford with a 12.8 average on punt returns (32 returns, 410 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.
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 17 games for the Cardinal at right tackle.
Strong Safety: A year ago as a redshirt freshman, Oshiomogho Atogwe played on special teams, recorded four total tackles, and waited his turn ... And now, in 2002, the sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is an integral part of the Cardinal's defense ... Through five games, Atogwe is tied for the team lead with 29 total tackles ... He is also one of the most active players on the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe has also accounted for two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery (42-yard return vs. Washington State), one interception (26-yard return at Notre Dame), two pass breakups, one quarterback sack and one tackle for loss ... Atogwe,who also runs the 100-meters and competes in the long and triple jump for the Cardinal track team,, has three more years of eligibility remaining.
New Kicker: Redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi (pronounced SKROY) has been impressive in his first season as the team's starting placekicker ... He has made four of his six 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 the Cardinal 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 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 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 1,636 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 38 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 36 of the last 40 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 28 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 15 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 15 receptions for 117 yards ... In the absence of Luke Powell early in the season, Mason 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.
Rushing To Play: Freshman T.J. Rushing continues to show that he will be a force in the Cardinal's secondary for the next three years ... A native of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Rushing has become the team's number three cornerback behind starters Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson ... He had a season and career-high seven tackles last week against Washington State ... He also accounted for one tackle for loss and one forced fumble ... Through five games, the 5-10, 170 pound Rushing has registered 14 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception, that coming in game two against San Jose State.
PAC-10 Runners: Stanford is the only team in the PAC-10 to have two rushers among the top eight in the conference ... Sophomore Kenneth Tolon, who ran for 89 yards last Saturday vs. Washington State, is seventh in the PAC-10, averaging 55.0 yards per game (220 yards in four games) ... Fullback Casey Moore, Stanford's leading rusher with 266 yards in five games, is eighth in the league, averaging 53.2 yards per game.