Stanford To Visit UCLA
Oct. 20, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford snapped its three game losing streak and recorded its first Pac-10 win of the season last Saturday with a 16-6 home victory over Arizona ... The win improved the Cardinal's record to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference heading into Saturday's game at UCLA (4-3, 1-2) ... Stanford beat the Bruins last season 38-28 at Stanford Stadium, but have lost two straight and three of the last four in the Rose Bowl ... UCLA is coming off a 17-12 loss against Cal last Saturday ... The Bruins began the season with consecutive wins over Colorado State and Oklahoma State and were 4-1 and nationally-ranked after beating San Diego State and Oregon State ... Stanford will make its final trip outside the Bay Area following the UCLA game when it travels to Eugene to face Oregon on November 2 ... Home games vs. USC and Oregon State and the Big Game vs. Cal in Berkeley round out the regular season.
Stanford-UCLA Series: The Cardinal and Bruins meet for the 73rd time in their series history on Saturday at the Rose Bowl with UCLA holding a 39-30-3 advantage ... While the Cardinal has won two of the last three meetings with the Bruins, UCLA has won three of the last four games played in the Rose Bowl ... The series has always been very competitive, with last-second finishes and tight games, particularly at the Rose Bowl ... In the last 17 games played in the Rose Bowl (1968-2000), all but four have been decided by five points or less ... Even more telling of the competitive nature of the series is the fact that 10 of the 17 games have been decided by a field goal or less and five games have been decided by one point or less (four one-point games, one tie) ... In the last four meetings at the Rose Bowl, two games were decided by one point, one by two points and one by four points ... Three of the last six games played in Pasadena have been decided by one point, with UCLA winning two of the three (Stanford won 21-20 in 1996, UCLA won 31-30 in 1994, UCLA won 32-31 in 1990) .
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.
The (Redshirt) Freshman Class: Seven freshmen - five redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen - have become integral parts of the young Cardinal defense ... Three of the redshirt freshmen have started this season while the two true freshmen have made an immediate impact ... Redshirt freshman OLB's Jon Alston and Michael Craven and NT Babatunde Oshinowo have all spent time in the starting lineup this season ... Craven started the first four games at OLB while Alston has started the last two ... Oshinowo, who had two sacks last Saturday vs. Arizona, started game four at Notre Dame ... Redshirt freshmen Casey Carroll and Michael Lovelady have been key reserves on the Cardinal's defensive line ... True freshmen DE Julian Jenkins and CB T.J. Rushing have also been key elements on the Cardinal defense.
Lewis Among Top 10: Junior Chris Lewis threw the 25th touchdown pass of his career last Saturday vs. Arizona, moving him into the school's all-time top-10 list ... Lewis is currently tied for ninth in the Cardinal record book with Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova (1973-76) ... Next up is Stanford great Bobby Garrett (1951-53), who threw 28 TD passes in his All-American career ... Lewis connected with tight end Alex Smith on a 12-yard scoring play in the first quarter against the Wildcats for the game's only touchdown ... Lewis has started five games this season (San Jose State, ASU, Notre Dame, WSU, Arizona) after missing the season opener at Boston College ... He has played in 21 games in his Cardinal career and started 12 ... He has thrown for 3,168 yards in his career, and is 569 yards away from Stanford's all-time top 10 ... 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 ... 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 period, Lewis completed 90-of-163 for 1,277 yards and 12 TDs vs. Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and California.
Matter's Moments: Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) has completed 45-of-73 (.616) passes for 580 yards and three touchdowns thus far in 2002 ... He started the season opener at Boston College and also appeared in relief in every game this season except Notre Dame ... In his last appearance, Matter completed 7-of-10 for 71 yards in last Saturday's game with Arizona ... Matter came into the game in the third quarter after starter Chris Lewis went out with an injury ... He proceeded to lead the Cardinal on two long drives - a 13-play, 64-yard drive that took 5:56 off the clock and a 19-play, 83-yard drive that consumed 9:06 in the fourth quarter ... He completed 7-of-14 for 56 yards the week before against Washington State (Oct. 12) ... 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 for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns in 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 three more passes in last Saturday's game with Arizona to bring its season total to 13 ... Stanford has recorded at least one interception in all six games in 2002 ... Against the Wildcats, CB Stanley Wilson, SS Oshiomogho Atogwe and OLB Jared Newberry each intercepted a Jason Johnson pass ... It was the second pick of the season for Atogwe and Wilson, and the first for Newberry ... Eight different Cardinal defenders have intercepted passes in 2002 ... Stanford's per game average of 2.16 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 1988 (21) ... The school record is 26, set by the 1972 club ... Against Washington State, FS Colin Branch recorded his second interception of the season ... Against Notre Dame, Atogwe recorded his first pick of the season ... 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 join Atogwe, Wilson and Branch as the team leaders with two interceptions apiece ... CB T.J. Rushing and OLB Michael Craven have also recorded one interception this season ... Craven returned his interception 33 yards for a touchdown against Boston College ... Stanford recorded seven interceptions in consecutive games to begin the '02 campaign, the highest two-game total since the 1988 season.
Young on Defense: A quick look at Stanford's starting defensive unit in last week's game against Arizona would find one redshirt freshman, five sophomores, two 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's game saw limited playing time during the 2001 season ... Stanford's two-deep depth chart this week includes 14 freshmen or sophomores (seven each) and eight juniors and seniors (four each).
Tolon's Time: Redshirt sophomore running back Kenneth Tolon is second on the team with 252 yards rushing and tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns ... His 5.9 yards per carry is also second on the team to Casey Moore's 6.2 average ... Tolon, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been impressive when given the ball ... A year ago, when injuries to the Cardinal backfield provided Tolon with an opportunity to play, he was indeed impressive as he rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries (6.4 ypc) ... In his brief career, Tolon has gained 598 yards and scored six touchdowns on 94 carries while sporting an impressive 6.4 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 ...Against Washington State, he gained 89 yards and scored one TD on 14 carries ... Tolon came to Stanford as a First-Team All-State running back from Valley High School.
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 seven games (including four of six in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and 11 of the 18 games in which he has played ... In his last 13 regular season games, Johnson has caught 54 passes for 762 yards (14.1 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 rusher through the first six games of the season ... Moore, who started his 39th consecutive game against Arizona on Saturday, has rushed for a team-leading 267 yards on 43 carries ... His 6.2 yards per carry average is among the best in the nation for a fullback ... Against Arizona State on September 28, 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 880 yards (on 147 carries) and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground in his career and his average of 6.0 yards per carry is the best in school history for a fullback ... He has also caught 44 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 39 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 880 yards and currently leads the team with 267 yards through six games ... Some of the great Cardinal fullbacks of recent history include two who 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 (Cleveland Browns).
Moore's Big Plays: Casey Moore has spent the past four years quietly starting 39 straight games at fullback and making big plays ... His career average of 6.0 yards per rush is testimony to his big play performance ... He has scored 15 touchdowns in his career, including TD rund from 94-, 68- and 49- yards out ... Moore has accounted for 14 plays of 18 yards or more in his career.
Starting TE: Before the 2002 campaign, sophomore Alex Smith was one of three talented tight ends who figured to give the Cardinal one of the best trios in the conference ... But, after junior Darrin Naatjes signed a pro baseball contract before fall camp began and injuries to starter Brett Pierce (suffered a season ending injury in the season opener at Boston College) and freshman Matt Traverso, Smith not only became the team's starter, but the only tight end on the roster ... And he has taken advantage of the opportunity ... Smith became the first Cardinal tight end in nine seasons to record over 100 receiving yards in a game when he caught eight passes for 120 yards and one touchdown last Saturday vs. Arizona ... In the last two games (WSU, Arizona), Smith has 12 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown ... A native of Denver, Colo., Smith is now second on the team with 20 receptions for 279 yards (13.9 average) and two touchdowns ... A year ago, Pierce led all Cardinal tight ends with 19 receptions ... As a redshirt freshman in 2001, Smith played in all 11 games in a reserve role and caught one ball for 20 yards (vs. UCLA).
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 20.4 yards per reception average after recording 70 receptions for 1,429 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 4 all-time at Stanford with a 12.8 average on punt returns (34 returns, 435 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.
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 entered 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 18 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 defense ... Through six games, Atogwe leads the team with 33 total tackles ... He is also one of the most active players on the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe has accounted for two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery (42-yard return vs. Washington State), two interceptions (26-yard return at Notre Dame), three 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 years of eligibility remaining.
Placekicker: Redshirt freshman Michael Sgroi (pronounced SKROY) hit three field goals last Saturday vs. Arizona and helped the Cardinal beat the Wildcats 16-6 ... He was good from 21-, 27- and 45-yards, which tied his career best ... Sgroi is now 7-for-10 this season, including 3-of-5 from beyond 40 yards ... He has also hit 14 of his 15 PAT attempts ... Sgroi's first 45-yarder came on September 28 at Arizona State, the longest field goal for the Cardinal since Mike Biselli hit a 47-yarder vs. Notre Dame in 1999 ... 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 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 placekickers in the Midwest out of Catholic Central High School in 2000 ... He redshirted the 2001 season at Stanford as a true freshman.
Carter Places Name in Record Book: Senior running back Kerry Carter moved into ninth place on the Cardinal's career rushing chart after his 98-yard effort last Saturday vs. Arizona ... Carter, who had 27 carries against the Wildcats, has now rushed for 1,734 yards in his career ... He passed Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards) and Vincent White (1979-82, 1,689 yards) on the all-time list ... Next up is Ray Handley (1963-65) with 1,768 yards and Tommy Vardell (1988-91) with 1,789 career rushing yards ... Carter is already in the record book for career touchdowns and career rushing touchdowns ... He is tied for fourth on Stanford's career rushing TD list with 21 and ninth in career touchdowns with 23 ... 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.
Veteran Line: In addition to Harris, Stanford returned all-conference lineman Greg Schindler at one guard position and OT Kirk Chambers along with fifth-year senior guard Paul Weinacht, giving Stanford an experienced and talented offensive line ... Schindler was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago and received pre-season Second-Team All-American recognition from Street & Smith's heading into the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup in 37 of the last 41 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 29 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 16 games throughout his career ...The Sporting News ranked Stanford's offensive line as the 10th best in the nation entering the 2002 campaign.
Run Defense: Stanford has allowed just 92 yards rushing and one touchdown on 53 carries in the last two games vs. Washington State and Arizona ... A week ago, the Wildcats managed just 22 net yards on 23 carries against Stanford's run defense ... WSU gained 70 yards on 30 carrries the week prior ... The Cardinal, which led the Pac-10 in rushing defense in 2001, allowing 109.6 yards per game, is currently giving up an average of 104.7 yards rushing per game, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation ... Three of Stanford's six opponents have been held to under 100 rushing yards: Arizona, Washington State and San Jose State (23 carries, 34 yards).
Rushing To Play: Freshman T.J. Rushing continues to show that he will be a force in the Cardinal's secondary for years to come ... A native of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Rushing has become the team's number three cornerback behind starters Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson ...Through six games, Rushing has accounted for 14 total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one quarterback sack, one interception and one forced fumble ... Last Saturday against Arizona, he had four tackles, including a sack and tackle-for-loss ... The week before against Washington State, he had a season and career-high seven tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one forced fumble.
Alston Moves in as Starter: Redshirt freshman Jon Alston has started the past two games at outside linebacker after beginning the season as a backup through the first four games ... A native of Shreveport, LA, Alston's speed and athleticism have proven to be a valuable weapon for the Cardinal defense ... He has registered 21 total tackles, including two sacks and two tackles-for-loss, and one forced fumble ... In last Saturday's game with Arizona, Alston led the team and recorded a career-high with seven total tackles ... He also had a sack and tackle-for-loss ... Alston redshirted the 2001 season as an inside linebacker, but was moved to outside linebacker for the 2002 campaign ... He came to Stanford as one of the nation's top recruits out of Loyola College Prep School in Louisiana.