The Cardinal Fly North To Face The Oregon Ducks
Oct. 27, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford (2-5, 1-3) takes its final road trip outside theBay Area on Saturday when it travels to Eugene to face the No. 16 ranked OregonDucks (6-2, 2-2) ... The Cardinal is coming off a 28-18 loss at UCLA whilethe Ducks were beaten last Saturday by USC, 44-33 ... Stanford jumped on topof UCLA 15-0 in the first quarter - its largest first quarter lead of the season- before falling to the Bruins ... Oregon began the season with six straightwins and were ranked as high as sixth in the nation before losing the past twoweeks at home (Arizona State, USC) ... In fact, Oregon has just four of its12 games in 2002 away from Autzen Stadium ... For the Cardinal, Saturday'sgame at Oregon is its final road trip of the year outside the Bay Area ...Stanford plays at home on Nov. 9 (USC) and Nov. 16 (Oregon State) before finishingout the season at Cal in the Big Game on Nov. 23 ... The Cardinal will faceNo. 11 USC following Saturday's game at Oregon.
Stanford-Oregon Series: Stanford has won four of the last five games against Oregon at Autzen Stadium, including last season's 49-42 come-from-behind win ... The Cardinal beat the Ducks at Autzen in 1991 (33-13), '93 (38-34), '95 (28-21) and lost to Oregon in 1998 (63-28) before last year's win ... Overall, the Cardinal leads the series 43-21-1 ... Stanford is 7-2 vs. Oregon since 1991 ... Since 1964, the Cardinal owns a 24-9 record vs. the Ducks ... Recently, the two teams have played high scoring affairs ... In the last seven games, the two teams have combined to score over 70 points in five of those games ... In four of those games, the winning team has scored more than 40 points, including the last three ... Stanford's 49-42 win last year was preceded by a 63-28 Oregon win in 1998 and a 59-48 Cardinal win in '97.
A Year Ago: Stanford ended Oregon's 23-game home winning streak and handed theDuck's its only loss of the 2001 season with a stunning 49-42 win that saw theCardinal score the game's final 21 points ... Oregon led 42-28 in the fourthquarter before Stanford's rally began ... The Cardinal used a blocked punt(by Amon Gordon), an onsides kick (recovered by Colin Branch) and an interception(by Marcus Hoover) to score three late touchdowns, the final one coming on a three-yardrun by Kerry Carter with 1:10 to play ... Carter tied a school record by rushingfor four touchdowns (26 carries, 64 yards), including the final two ... ChrisLewis entered the game in the second quarter in relief of injured starter RandyFasani ... Lewis was just three-of-10 for 28 yards in the second quarter, butcame out in the second half to complete nine-of-16 for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
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.
The (Redshirt) Freshman Class: Seven freshmen - five redshirt freshmen and twotrue freshmen - have become integral parts of the young Cardinal defense ...Three of the redshirt freshmen and one true freshman have started this seasonwhile the other true freshman has made an immediate impact ... Redshirt freshmenOLB's Jon Alston and Michael Craven and NT Babatunde Oshinowo have all spent timein the starting lineup this season while true freshman Julian Jenkins made hisstarting debut last Saturday at UCLA ... Craven started the first four gamesat OLB while Alston has started the last three ... Oshinowo, who had two sacksvs. Arizona on Oct. 19, started game four at Notre Dame ... Redshirt freshmenCasey Carroll and Michael Lovelady have been key reserves on the Cardinal's defensiveline ... True freshmen CB T.J. Rushing is Stanford's No. 3 cornerback and hasbeen a key member of the Cardinal's secondary in 2002.
Stanford Leads League in Rushing: The Cardinal is attempting to do something it has never done in the history of the program - lead the Pac-10 in rushing in consecutive seasons ... Currently, the Cardinal's 159.14 yards rushing per game is first in the league ... Last season, Stanford averaged a PAC-10 best 201 yards per game ... The Cardinal rushed for a season high 258 yards on 47 carries, including six rushing touchdowns, against San Jose State in game two on Sept. 14 ... Stanford followed that game with a 239 yard effort at Arizona State on Sept. 28 ... The Cardinal's other top rushing games this season include 175 yards vs. Arizona, 166 last Saturday at UCLA and 150 vs. Washington St.
Tough Schedule: Stanford's 2002 schedule is ranked this week as the third toughestin college football ... The Cardinal's 11 opponents have a cumulative recordto date of 59-30 and a winning percentage of .662 ... That trails only USC(66-30, .687) and Texas Tech (67-34, .663) as the toughest in the nation ...Still ahead for the Cardinal is No. 16 Oregon (6-2), No. 11 USC (6-2), OregonState (5-3) and California (5-4).
Chris Lewis: Junior Chris Lewis did not play last Saturday at UCLA due to a bruisedshoulder ... He has missed two games this season (Boston College, UCLA) andbeen limited in several others due to injury ... His status for this week'sgame at Oregon is day-to-day ... Lewis moved into the school's all-time top-10list for career touchdown passes when he threw the 25th TD pass of his careervs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ... He is currently tied for ninth in the Cardinal recordbook with Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova (1973-76) ... Next up isStanford great Bobby Garrett (1951-53), who threw 28 TD passes in his All-Americancareer ... Lewis connected with tight end Alex Smith on a 12-yard scoring playin the first quarter against the Wildcats for the game's only touchdown ...Lewis has played in 21 games in his Cardinal career and started 12 ... He hasthrown for 3,168 yards in his career, and is 569 yards away from Stanford's all-timetop 10 ... Lewis was the Cardinal's backup quarterback the past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000 and 2001 (because of injuries to starterRandy 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 duringa five-game stretch last season when Fasani went down with an injury that helpedthe 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.
Kyle Matter: Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) receivedhis second start of the season last Saturday at UCLA ... Matter also startedthe season opener at Boston College ... He has seen significant playing timein 2002, not only as a starter but coming off the bench as well ... He hasplayed in six of Stanford's seven games (did not play against Notre Dame) ...He has completed 55-of-95 (.579) passes for 655 yards and three touchdowns thusfar in 2002 ... Against Arizona (Oct. 19), Matter completed 7-of-10 for 71yards in a relief role ... He 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 consumed9:06 in the fourth quarter ... He completed 7-of-14 for 56 yards the week beforeagainst Washington State (Oct. 12) ... Against Arizona State (Sept. 28), Mattercompleted 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 yardsand one touchdown while rushing three times for 31 yards and another touchdown ... He led the Cardinal to five touchdown drives against the Spartans, includinga 12-yard TD run and a four-yard scoring pass to Johnson ... He made his collegiatedebut September 7 in the season opener at Boston College ... Matter was effectivein completing 17-of-27 for 244 yards and one touchdown ... He also scored atouchdown on a 10-yard run ... He had pass completions of 42-yards to LukePowell in the first quarter and 80-yards to Johnson in the second quarter ... Matterredshirted the 2001 campaign as a true freshman ... He came to Stanford asone 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 3,754yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazine rated himas the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on its list of the country'sElite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 record as the team'sstarting quarterback in 1999 and 2000.
Young on Defense: A quick look at Stanford's starting defensive unit in last week's game against UCLA would find one true freshman, one redshirt freshman, four 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 or no 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 teamwith 296 yards rushing and tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns ... His 5.7 yards per carry is also second on the team to Casey Moore's 6.0average ... Tolon, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been impressive when giventhe ball ... A year ago, when injuries to the Cardinal backfield provided Tolonwith an opportunity to play, he was indeed impressive as he rushed for 346 yardsand three touchdowns on 54 carries (6.4 ypc) ... In his brief career, Tolonhas gained 642 yards and scored six touchdowns on 103 carries while sporting animpressive 6.2 yards per carry average ... After not playing in the seasonopener at Boston College, Tolon rushed for 47 yards and scored two TDs on justfour 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 gained89 yards and scored one TD on 14 carries ... He had 44 yards on just nine carrieslast week at UCLA ... Tolon came to Stanford as a First-Team All-State runningback 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 was 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 eight games (including four of seven in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl) and 11 of the 19 games in which he has played ... In his last 14 regular season games, Johnson has caught 58 passes for 794 yards (13.7 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 began the season by rushingfor 255 yards on 39 carries (6.6 ypc) through the first four games of the year ... But a foot injury has slowed Moore over the last three games, during whichtime he has carried the ball just six times for 17 yards ... Moore, who startedhis 40th consecutive game against UCLA on Saturday, has rushed for a 272 yardson 45 carries ... His 6.0 yards per carry average is among the best in thenation for a fullback ... Against Arizona State on September 28, Moore tiedhis 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 885 yards (on 149 carries) and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground inhis career and his average of 5.9 yards per carry is the best in school historyfor a fullback ... He has also caught 45 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 40 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 885 yards, caught 45 passes and scored 13 touchdowns in his career ... 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.
Alex Smith: Before the 2002 campaign, sophomore Alex Smith was one of three talentedtight 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 beforefall camp began and injuries to starter Brett Pierce (suffered a season endinginjury in the season opener at Boston College) and freshman Matt Traverso, Smithnot 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 Cardinaltight end in nine seasons to record over 100 receiving yards in a game when hecaught eight passes for 120 yards and one touchdown vs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ...Smith had 12 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown in consecutive games againstWashington State and Arizona ... A native of Denver, Colo., Smith is now secondon the team with 21 receptions for 282 yards (13.4 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 roleand caught one ball for 20 yards (vs. UCLA).
Julian Jenkins: True freshman Julian Jenkins (Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA) made his starting debut last Saturday at UCLA ... Jenkins, who has played in every game and been in integral part of the Cardinal's defensive line all season, came to Stanford as one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation ... One recruiting service ranked him No. 21 on their list of the nation's top recruits ... A consensus prep All-American, Jenkins has given notice that he has the tools to be a big time college player ... Against UCLA on Saturday, Jenkins scooped up a loose ball and ran the final three yards for a touchdown ... He also forced a fumble and had three solo tackles.
Luke Powell: 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 20.1 yards per reception average after recording 72 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 5 all-time at Stanford with a 11.9 average on punt returns (37 returns, 441 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 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) enteredthe 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 entered 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 Magazine namedHarris the top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002 ... He hasstarted the last 19 games for the Cardinal at right tackle.
Offensive 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 38 of the last 42 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all 30 games at left tackle since returning from a Mormon Mission in 2000 ... He was an Honorable Mention All-PAC-10 pick last year ... Weinacht played a key role as a reserve before moving into the starting lineup on a full-time basis in 2002 ... He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 19 against Arizona and was replaced in the lineup by junior Dustin Stimson ... The Sporting News ranked Stanford?s offensive line as the 10th best in the nation entering the 2002 campaign.
Jake Covault: Junior linebacker Jake Covault (Tarpon Springs, Fla., East LakeHS) recorded a career-high 12 tackles last Saturday at UCLA and now leads theteam in total tackles with 42 ... In his fourth year in the Cardinal footballprogram, Covault has started all seven games at middle linebacker in 2002 ...He redshirted the 1999 season and was a reserve linebacker and special teams playerin 2000 and '01 ... Against UCLA, he was credited with nine solo tackles andthree assisted tackles.
Strong Safety: A year ago as a redshirt freshman, Oshiomogho Atogwe played onspecial teams, recorded four total tackles, and waited his turn ... And now,in 2002, the sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is an integral part of theCardinal defense ... Atogwe has become one of the most active defensive playeron the team ... He is tied for second on the team with 38 total tackles ...He has also accounted for two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery (42-yard returnvs. Washington State), two interceptions (26-yard return at Notre Dame), threepass breakups, one quarterback sack and one tackle-for-loss ... Atogwe, whoalso runs the 100 meters and competes in the long and triple jump for the Cardinaltrack team, has three years of eligibility remaining.
Carter Among All-Time Rushers: Senior running back Kerry Carter is now seventhon Stanford's all-time rushing list after gaining 84 yards last Saturday at UCLA ... Carter, who now has 1,818 career rushing yards, passed Ray Handley (1963-65)with 1,768 yards and Tommy Vardell (1988-91) with 1,789 career rushing yards ...Carter currently leads the team in rushing with 303 yards on a team-leading 88carries ... In his last two games, he has rushed 27 times for 98 yards vs.Arizona and 23 times for 84 yards against the Bruins ... Next up on the all-timerushing chart is Brian Allen (1998-2001), who rushed for 2,117 yards in his career ... Carter rushed for 330 yards and six TDs as true freshman in 1999, thenfollowed that up with a team-leading 729 yards on 179 carries in 2000 ... Hegained 456 yards and scored nine touchdowns in an injury-shortened 2001 campaign.
Carter Among Top TD Makers: Kerry Carter is also among the best in school historyin touchdowns and rushing touchdowns ... His one-yard TD plunge against UCLAlast week added to his career numbers of 22 rushing touchdowns and 24 total touchdowns ... Carter ranks fourth in Cardinal history in rushing touchdowns and tiedfor seventh in total touchdowns ... Still ahead of Carter on the rushing TDchart is Darrin Nelson (1977-81), who is third all-time with 24 rushing touchdowns ... Carter is tied with DeRonnie Pitts (1997-2000) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92)on the career touchdown list.
Interceptions: The Cardinal has intercepted 13 passes in 2002 and has recordedat least one interception in all but one game this season ... Eight differentCardinal defenders have intercepted passes this year ... Stanford is on paceto record 20 interceptons, a feat that has not been accomplished on The Farm sincethe 1988 team had 21 picks ... CB Stanley Wilson, SS Oshiomogho Atogwe, CBLeigh Torrence, FS Colin Branch and DT Matt Leonard each have two interceptionsthis season ... OLB Jared Newberry, CB T.J. Rushing and OLB Michael Cravenhave also recorded one interception this season ... Craven returned his interception33 yards for a touchdown against Boston College.
Turnovers: After turning the ball over 18 times in its first four games of the2002 campaign, the Cardinal has had just four turnovers in the last three ...Through four games, Stanford's 18 turnovers led to 53 points by their opponents ... However, the Cardinal has surrendered just 13 points off turnovers in thelast three games.
Tough Defense: In the last two games vs. Arizona and UCLA, Stanford has givenup an average of 268 yards in total defense ... The Wildcats managed just 266yards and were held to 22 yards on the ground ... Stanford held the Bruinsto 270 total yards, 128 on the ground and 142 through the air ... The Cardinalis currently ranked 19th in the nation in rushing defense, yielding 108 yardsper game on the ground.