Stanford Hosts Oregon State In Final Home Game
Nov. 10, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford (2-7, 1-5) and Oregon State (6-4, 2-4) meet forthe 69th time in their series history Saturday at Stanford Stadium ... Bothteams are coming off losses last Saturday: the Cardinal losing at home to USCand the Beavers losing on the road at Washington ... Saturday's game will bethe Cardinal's final home game of the 2002 season and the final home game for16 seniors ... Stanford concludes the year on November 23 in the 105th BigGame vs. California in Berkeley's Memorial Stadium.
Final Home Game: Sixteen seniors will make their final appearance at Stanford Stadium on Saturday when the Cardinal plays host to Oregon State ... Four of the 16 are injured and will not be available to play ... The 16 departing seniors - eight on offense and eight on defense - include: NT Craig Albrecht (injured), CB Chijioke Asomugha, WR Caleb Bowman (injured), FS Colin Branch, RB Kerry Carter, CB Garry Cobb, WR Evan Combs, NT Trey Freeman, OLB Scott Giles, C Tom Kolich, DT Matt Leonard, FB Casey Moore, OG Greg Schindler, OG Paul Weinacht (injured), WR Ryan Wells and FS Jason White (injured).
Big Game Press Conference: Stanford and Cal will host a Big Game Press Conference/ Luncheon on Monday, November 18 at Perry's Restaurant in San Francisco ...Cardinal Head Coach Buddy Teevens and Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford will be in attendancealong with three players from each school ... In addition, special guests willbe in attendance to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 'The Play' in1982.
The Stanford-Oregon State Series: The Cardinal and Beavers will meet for the firsttime since the 2000 season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with OregonState 46-19-3 ... The two teams did not play each other during the 2001 season ... In their last meeting, October 14, 2000 in Corvallis, the Beavers beatthe Cardinal 38-6 in the most lopsided OSU victory in the series ... Stanfordbeat Oregon State 21-17 during the 1999 season in the team's last game at StanfordStadium ... OSU has won two of the last three and three of the last five againstStanford, but the Cardinal is 8-3 vs. OSU in the last 11 meetings (1990-2000) ... Stanford has won five of the last six games played at Stanford Stadiumagainst the Beavers.
The Last Time: Oregon State racked up nearly 500 yards in total offense and scoredthree unanswered second half touchdowns to pull away and beat the Cardinal 38-6on October 14, 2000 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis ... Stanford scored firstand led 3-0 after one quarter of play, but OSU scored 17 points in the secondquarter and never looked back ... Chris Lewis threw for 185 yards on 18-for-33passing while Kerry Carter rushed for 75 yards to lead the Cardinal offense ...OSU was led by Ken Simonton (14 carries, 81 yards, TD) and Jonathon Smith (14-for-26,324 yards, two touchdowns).
Corvallis Connection: Co-Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker and defensive endscoach Dave Tipton have both coached at Oregon State ... Banker was the Beaversdefensive backs coach in 1997 and '98 while Tipton coached the defensive linefor OSU in 1988.
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 at UCLA on Oct. 26 ... Craven started the first four games atOLB while Alston has started the last four ... Oshinowo, who had two sacks vs.Arizona on Oct. 19, started game four at Notre Dame ... Redshirt freshmen CaseyCarroll 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.
Chris Lewis: Junior Chris Lewis did not play for the third consecutive game lastSaturday vs. USC ... Lewis suffered a bruised shoulder in Stanford's Oct. 19game with Arizona ... He has missed four games this season (Boston College,UCLA, Oregon, USC) and been limited in several others due to injury ... Lewismoved into the school's all-time top-10 list for career touchdown passes whenhe threw the 25th TD pass of his career vs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ... He is currentlytied for ninth in the Cardinal record book with Randy Fasani (1998-01) and MikeCordova (1973-76) ... Next up is Stanford great Bobby Garrett (1951-53), whothrew 28 TD passes in his All-American career ... Lewis connected with tightend Alex Smith on a 12-yard scoring play in the first quarter against the Wildcatsfor the game's only touchdown ... Lewis has played in 21 games in his Cardinalcareer and started 12 ... He has thrown for 3,168 yards in his career, andis 569 yards away from Stanford's all-time top 10 ... Lewis was the Cardinal'sbackup quarterback the past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000and 2001 (because of injuries to starter Randy Fasani) and threw for 2,456 yardsand 20 touchdowns while completing 182-of-367 ... Lewis also had his time inthe spotlight during the '00 and '01 campaigns ... He threw last-second, game-winningtouchdowns in 2000 vs. Texas and USC, and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starterwhile leading Stanford to wins over No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA on consecutiveweeks ... It was Lewis' play during a five-game stretch last season whenFasani went down with an injury that helped the Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked16th in the country.
Kyle Matter: Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) started his third straight game and fourth of the season last Saturday against USC ... Matter also started the season opener at Boston College and at UCLA on Oct. 26 ... He has seen significant playing time in 2002, not only as a starter but coming off the bench as well ... He has played in eight of Stanford's nine games (did not play against Notre Dame) ... He has completed 87-of-149 (.584) passes for 891 yards and five touchdowns thus far in 2002 ... Last week against USC, Matter set career highs for pass completions (23), pass attempts (35) and touchdown passes (two) ... Against Arizona (Oct. 19), Matter completed 7-of-10 for 71 yards 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 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.
Defending the Run: The Cardinal defense continues to improve on its run defense ... Over the past five games, Stanford has limited opponents to under 100 yardsrushing per game and less than three yards per carry - a significant improvementfrom the first four games of the year ... After the first four, Cardinal opponentswere avearging 134 yards rushing and 3.9 yards per carry while scoring eight TDson the ground ... In the last five games, Stanford is giving up 95.4 yardsrushing per game, 2.8 yards per carry and seven rushing touchdowns ... TheCardinal held USC to 87 yards rushing on 29 carries last Saturday.
Young on Defense: A quick look at Stanford's starting defensive unit in last week's game against USC 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 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).
Top Tacklers: Seven of Stanford's top nine tacklers and 13 of the team's top 19are either freshman or sophomores ... Of the top nine on this week's list,there is one senior (Colin Branch) and one junior (Jack Covault) along with fivesophomores and two redshirt freshman ... Following Branch, who leads theteam with 56 tackles, is sophomore Oshiomogho Atogwe (54 tackles), Covault (48tackles), sophomores David Bergeron, Leigh Torrence, Stanley Wilson and JaredNewberry and redshirt freshman Jon Alston and Michael Craven.
Tolon's Time: Redshirt sophomore running back Kenneth Tolon is second on the teamwith 351 yards rushing and is tops on the team with four rushing touchdowns ...His 5.4 yards per carry is also second on the team to Casey Moore's 6.8 average ... Tolon, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been impressive when given theball ... 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 698 yards and scored six touchdowns on 116 carries while sporting animpressive 6.0 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 HS.
Two-Sport Teyo: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Teyo Johnson has earned the reputationas one of the top two sport athletes in the nation ... A power forward on Stanford'snationally-ranked basketball team the past two years, Johnson is in his secondseason as a receiver after coming to Stanford as one of the most highly-toutedprep 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 towide receiver for the 2001 season ... At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, the veryathletic 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 in2001 and was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year ... He was onthe Biletnikoff Award 'Watch List' for the 2002 season ... He beganthe 2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yards and one TD in the seasonopener at Boston College ... He scored the team's first TD of the year on aseven-yard pass from Kyle Matter ... Earlier in the drive, Matter and Johnsonhooked 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 inthe second quarter and the second from Kyle Matter in the fourth quarter ...Johnson caught five passes, including one for a touchdown, at Arizona State onSept. 28 ... He scored Stanford's only touchdown at Notre Dame on Oct. 5, catchinga 14-yard pass from Lewis ... Johnson has caught touchdown passes in sevenof the last 10 games (including six of nine in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl)and 13 of the 21 games in which he has played ... In his last 16 regular seasongames, Johnson has caught 64 passes for 831 yards (13.0 ypc) and 12 touchdowns ... He has caught seven of Stanford's 11 receiving touchdowns this season ...In basketball, Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after the footballseason concluded in late December ... He is a potential starter for the Cardinalin 2002-03 ... He will join the basketball team shortly after the footballseason ends on Nov. 23.
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 limited Moore over the last five games, during whichtime he has carried just 10 times for 79 yards ... He did not carry the ballin last Saturday's game vs. USC ... Against Oregon on Nov. 2, he carried theball four times for 62 yards, including a 43-yarder ... Moore, who startedhis 42nd consecutive game against USC on Saturday, has rushed for a 334 yardson 49 carries ... His 6.8 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 47 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 42 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 947 yards, caught 47 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 starting42 straight games at fullback and making big plays ... His career average of6.2 yards per rush is testimony to his big play performance ... He has scored15 touchdowns in his career, including TD rund from 94-, 68- and 49- yards out... Moore has accounted for 15 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 TD in consecutive games against WashingtonState and Arizona ... A native of Denver, Colo., Smith is now second on theteam with 24 receptions for 327 yards (13.6 average) and two touchdowns ...His 24 cathches are the most for a Cardinal tight end since Tony Cline caught35 in 1994 ... As a redshirt freshman in 2001, Smith played in all 11 gamesin a reserve role and caught one ball for 20 yards (vs. UCLA).
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 thoseplayers who can score anytime he touches the ball ... He is currently secondin school history with a 19.3 yards per reception average after recording 77 receptionsfor 1,487 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 5 all-time at Stanfordwith a 11.7 average on punt returns (41 returns, 479 yards, one TD) ... Hewas second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 last season with a 16.0 punt returnaverage ... Throughout his career, Powell has exemplified the knack for makingbig plays ... He has caught 15 receptions of over 30 yards, including sevenover 50 ... 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 21 games for the Cardinal at right tackle.
Offensive Line: Senior Greg Schindler and junior Kirk Chambers have been steadyand consistent performers for Stanford over the past three seasons ... Schindlerwas named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago and received pre-season Second-TeamAll-American recognition from Street & Smith's heading into the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup in 40 of the last 44games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old junior who has started all32 games at left tackle since returning from a Mormon Mission in 2000 ... Hewas an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 pick last year ... The Sporting News rankedStanford's offensive line as the 10th best in the nation entering the 2002campaign.
Carter Among All-Time Rushers: Senior running back Kerry Carter is seventh onStanford's all-time rushing list with 1,925 career yards ... He is 75 yardsshy of becomming only the seventh player in Stanford history to rush for over2,000 yards ... Carter passed Ray Handley (1963-65) with 1,768 yards and TommyVardell (1988-91) with 1,789 career rushing yards in the Oct. 26 game at UCLA ... Carter currently leads the team in rushing with 410 yards on a team-leading117 carries ... In his last three games (Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, USC), Carterhas had a team-leading 79 carries ... Next up on the all-time rushing chartis Brian Allen (1998-2001), who rushed for 2,117 yards in his career ... Carterrushed for 330 yards and six TDs as true freshman in 1999, then followed thatup with a team-leading 729 yards on 179 carries in 2000 ... He gained 456 yardsand 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 UCLA(Oct. 26) 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.
Wells Nearing KOR Records: Senior Ryan Wells, who had six kickoff returns for150 yards last Saturday against USC, has already tied one school record and ischasing three other records for kickoff returns ... Wells, who has 73 careerkickoff returns for 1,855 yards,is 95 yards shy of the school record of 1,950yards held by Damon Dunn (1994-96) ... He is also tied for second on the school'ssingle season list for kickoff returns with 28 and needs just two more in thefinal two games to set a new Cardinal record ... Wells is tied with Ray Anderrson(1974) and one behind school record holder Vincent White, who had 29 KOR in 1980 ... Another record in Wells' reach is season kickoff return yards ... Theschool record is 603, set by White in 1980 ... Wells curently has 560 returnyards thus far in 2002 ... Wells has tied the school record for most kickoffreturns with 73 (Damon Dunn, 1994-96) and needs just one more KOR to set the school record ... Wells is eighth on the school's career kickoff return average chartat 22.3 yards per return
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 ... Atogwe has become perhaps the most active defensive player on the team ... He is second on the team with 54 total tackles and he leads the team with three interceptions and three forced fumbles ... He has also accounted for one fumble recovery (42-yard return vs. WSU), three pass breakups, one quarterback sack and one tackle-for-loss ... Against Oregon on Nov. 2, he recorded a career-high 13 tackles while intercepting his third pass of the year ... 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.