Stanford Goes For Second Straight Win When ASU Comes To Town
Nov. 2, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #8 - ASU (4-5, 1-4) at Stanford (3-4, 1-4)
November 8, Stanford Stadium, 2:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford improved its record to 3-4 overall and 1-4 inthe Pac-10 after last Saturday's 21-14 win over UCLA. The winsnapped the Cardinal's four-game losing streak and assured Stanfordof finishing the 2003 campaign with a better record than a year ago.The Cardinal will play three of its final four regular season gamesat home, including Saturday's game with Arizona State. The SunDevils, who lost to Cal last Saturday 51-23, are 4-5 and 1-4 in theconference. Saturday's matchup will be the 20th meeting between thetwo schools with ASU holding a 19-7 advantage. Stanford has won thelast two meetings with Arizona State at Stanford Stadium (29-7 in2000, 51-28 in 2001). Following the ASU game, the Cardinal willfinish the regular season at Oregon State and at home against Cal andNotre Dame.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-Arizona State game will be televisedlive in the Bay Area on KRON with Greg Papa (play-by-play) andformer Stanford and San Francisco 49er head coach Bill Walsh(analyst). Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, willcarry the game live with Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy. The pre-gameshow begins at 12:30 pm. Live game audio and live in-game stats areavailable at www.gostanford.com. In addition, the Stanford FarmReport is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.
Hall of Fame: Ten former Cardinal greats will be formally inductedinto the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, November 7 andhonored at halftime of Saturday's Stanford-Arizona State footballgame. The Class of 2003 includes Olympic champions, All-Americans,bowl game heroes, record breakers and one of the great coaches inNCAA history. The list of inductees are: Don Bunce (football), DanteDettamanti (water polo coach), Steve Dils (football), PattyFendick-McCain (tennis), Jenna Johnson-Younker (swimming), AlanMouchawar (water polo), John Revelli (basketball), Larry Reynolds(baseball), Kim Schnurpfeil-Griffin (track/cross country) and TeresaSmith-Richardson (volleyball).
The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in his secondseason at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach onJanuary 9, 2002. Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanfordincluded 12 seasons as a head coach. A 1979 graduate of DartmouthCollege, he had previously held the head coaching position at theUniversity of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. Teevens spent threeseasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier. Teevenswas the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth forfive years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
Arizona Cardinal: Stanford has four players from the state ofArizona, including Fr. Mikal Brewer (Peoria, Centennial HS), Sr.Brian Gaffney (Phoenix, Brophy Prep), So. Nick Silvas (Phoenix,Brophy Prep) and Fr. Udeme Udofia (Scottsdale, Chaparral HS).
Stanford-UCLA Game Notes
Youth Be Served: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation.Consider that of the Cardinal's 94 players, 47 are either true orredshirt freshman. Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors onits 2003 roster. The Cardinal has a true freshman class of 30 and aredshirt freshman class of 17.
Atogwe's Way: In his second season in the starting lineup, juniorOshiomogho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one of theCardinal's defensive leaders, but one of the top safeties in thePac-10 Conference. As a strong safety in 2002, Atogwe led the teamwith 71 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.After making the switch to free safety, Atogwe is once again a forcefor the Stanford defense. He currently leads the team in totaltackles and has been the most active player on the Cardinal defense.He has recorded 52 total tackles, two interceptions, three forcedfumbles, four fumble recoveries, five pass break ups and one tacklesfor loss. Against USC, he scored his first career TD when hestripped Trojan return man Marcel Allmond on a kickoff return andraced 22-yards to the end zone. He also had 12 tackles vs. theTrojans. Against Washington a week later, he posted 12 tackles whilealso accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass breakup. He had six total tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery atOregon and last week vs. UCLA, he led the team with eight totaltackles while also recorded one pass break up and one fumble recovery.
Rush Defense: Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the topeight marks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in asingle game. In the season opener, the Cardinal allowed San JoseState just nine net yards rushing, the eighth lowest total in schoolhistory. The next game, Stanford held BYU to (-5) yards on theground, largely due to five sacks. That total ranks as the fourthbest single game effort in school history. Stanford has held itsopponents to under 100-yards rushing four times in seven games thisseason (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State, UCLA). Stanford'srun defense is giving up an average of 100 yards per game (17th NCAA,4th Pac-10). Last year, Stanford's run defense gave up an average of133 yards per game.
Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion ashe caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State. He continues to be one of Stanford's topoffensive threats and one of the most dangerous players in collegefootball. He leads the team with 32 receptions for 345 yards and tworeceiving touchdowns through seven games. He also has 26 puntreturns for 248 yards and one TD, that coming in last week's game vs.UCLA. Powell returned a punt 90-yards for a touchdown against theBruins, which goes in the record book as the second longest in schoolhistory. He also had a 68-yard return at BYU. Powell, who waslimited last year with an ankle injury, recorded career highs in bothreceptions and receiving yards against San Jose State in the seasonopener . His 12 catches tied for the ninth best single gameperformance in school history while his 172 receiving yards rankedtied for 15th. He caught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards outfrom quarterback Trent Edwards against the Spartans, giving him 13career receiving TDs. Powell now has 115 career receptions for1,905 yards and 15 touchdowns (13 by receiving, two punt returns).His 16.6 yards per reception average is ninth on Stanford's all-timelist. A former First-Team All-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell isthe only player in school history to have three touchdown receptionsof 75 yards or more.He also has 17 catches over 30 yards in hiscareer, which include two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69yards. As a kick returner, he is among the school's all-time best inpunt returns (73), punt return yards (801) and punt return average(11.0).
Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is alsothe only player with starting experience heading into the 2003campaign - senior Kirk Chambers. With a young and inexperiencedoffensive line, Chambers is the unquestioned leader of a group thatwill need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into aquality unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24,has started all 41 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting todo what few players in school history have accomplished - and that'sto start every game. He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle thepast four seasons (2000-03). After an All-American prep career atProvo High School, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998and '99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany. He marriedMarilyn Ord on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their firstchild, Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.
Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon surpassed the 1,000yard mark vs. USC on October 11. Tolon, from Albuquerque, NM, hasnow gained 1,148 yards on 248 carries (4.6 ypc) . In back-to-backgames vs. BYU and Washington, he carried the Cardinal running game onhis back as he has recorded 61 carries for 228 yards and one TD. Inthose two games, all other Cardinal running backs had six carries for15 yards. He established career bests in carries (32) and yardsrushing (141) at BYU on Sept. 20. Tolon became the team's topoffensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of the team's 144yards on the ground and accounting for more than half of Stanford's200 yards in total offense. His 32 carries were also the most on TheFarm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set a schoolrecord with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the most atStanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. A weeklater at Washington, he carried 29 times for 87 yards. He carriedthe ball 24 times for 87 yards against UCLA. He is fourth on theteam with 13 receptions and he has five kickoff returns for 117 yards(23.4 average)
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned thestarting quarterback assignment after his performance in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State on Sept. 6. Three days later, head coachBuddy Teevens named Edwards the team's starter. Edwards, whocompleted 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against theSpartans, made his starting debut on September 20 at BYU. He led theteam to an 18-14 victory, becoming the first freshman quarterback atStanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom beat Cornellin 1991. He has started the four games this season - vs. BYU,Washington, USC and Washington State. He suffered a shoulder injuryin the third quarter against WSU on October 18 and did not return.Hehas not played in the last two games at Oregon and at home vs.UCLA.Edwards, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2002, made his Cardinaldebut vs. San Jose State in the season opener. He came off the benchin relief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31unanswered points. Against the Spartans, he threw touchdown passesof 20 and 30 yards to Luke Powell. In the second quarter, in whichthe Cardinal outscored SJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130yards and two TDs. In his starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored thegame winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. Asecond-year player from Los Gatos High School, Edwards came toStanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps inthe nation. He was ranked by some as the No. 1 prep QB in thecountry in 2001. During his junior and senior seasons, he completed279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seveninterceptions. His completion percentage was an eye-opening .747.
Lewis' Legacy: Fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis, who has led theCardinal to some of its most impressive victories in recent years,has started the past two games at Oregon and vs. UCLA. Lewisreturned to the starting lineup after Edwards was knocked out of theWSU game (Oct. 18) . Against Oregon (Oct. 25), Lewis completed12-of-26 for 188 yards. He was 12-of-20 for 91 yards against UCLA,including a touchdown pass and the first rushing TD of his career.Lewis started the season opener vs. San Jose State on September 6,but then gave way to Edwards as the starter in the next four games.Lewis did not play against BYU or Washington, but came off the benchvs. USC and Washington State. For his career, has completed 297-602for 3,646 yards and 28 TDs. His 28 career TDs puts him in a tie forNo. 8 on Stanford's all-time list with Bobby Garrett (1951-53).Lewis' career passing total of 3,646 yards is 91 shy of Dick Norman(3,737 yards, 1958-60) for No. 10 on Stanford's all-time passingchart. In total offense, his 3,637 yards is 147 behind ChadHutchinson (3,784 yards, 1996-97) for No. 10 on the Farm and 149behind Mike Boryla (3,786 yards, 1970-73) for No. 9.
Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart willfind two starting tight ends - Brett Pierce and Alex Smith - and nofullback. That's because the Cardinal is utilizing its talentedtight end corps in its 'basic' offensive formation. Pierce is listedas one starting tight end with redshirt freshman Matt Traverso No. 2. At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshmanPatrick Danahy. Through seven games, Cardinal tight ends haveaccounted for 21 catches for 161 yards and four touchdowns. Smithleads all tight ends with 14 catches for 112 yards and twotouchdowns, while Pierce has recorded five receptions for 46 yardsand Traverso and Danahy each have one reception for one touchdown. Ayear ago, Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddled seasonswhile Smith came to the forefront to put together an outstandingyear (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team's only truetight end. Now, both Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) are healthyand, combined with Smith and Danahy, helps give the Cardinal fourtalented tight ends. Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards and threeTDs in 2001, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the firstquarter of the season opener last year at Boston College. BothPierce and Smith received pre-season honors as being among the toptight ends in the conference and the nation. Pierce, who has caught30 passes in his career for 345 yards and three TDs, was a pre-seasonFirst-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Teampre-season All-America honors.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can besummed up in one word: young.Senior Kirk Chambers is starting atleft tackle for the fourth straight year, but the remaining startersare young and inexperienced. Here were the hard facts prior to the2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford's roster,12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman) had never played forthe Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivanand sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) had receivedsome playing time as an offensive lineman, but had been a defensivelineman the past two years. Chambers (LT) and redshirt freshmenIsmail Simpson (LG) and Jeff Edwards (RG) have started all sevengames for the Cardinal. Junior Brian Head started the first fourgames, but has missed the last three due to a knee injury, forcingconverted defensive end Drew Caylor into the starting role. Redshirtfreshman Jon Cochran has started two games in place of senior MikeSullivan. Stanford's current two-deep with game experience listedbelow:
Pos - Starter, backup (game experience prior to 2003)
LT - Kirk Chambers (three-year starter), Matt McClernan (RFr., no experience)
LG - Ismail Simpson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
C - , Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years); Tim Mattran (RFr., no experience)
RG - Jeff Edwards, Josiah Vinson (both RFr., no experience)
RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)
True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in2003. Offensively, FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.), RB DavidMarrero (Parkland, Fla.), WR Evan Moore (Brea, Calif.) and TE PatrickDanahy (Sarasota, Fla.) have all contributed this season. Ondefense, OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, Calif.), NT Nick Frank (NewOrleans, LA) and SS Brandon Harrison (Baton Rouge, LA) have seenplaying time in '03.
More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played, butthey have made significant contributions and become a major part ofthe 2003 Cardinal. Mark Bradford has played in all seven games andstarted the past four against USC, Washington State, Oregon and UCLA. He is second on the team with 18 receptions. Evan Moore, who willalso play basketball for Stanford, had his break out game at USC onOctober 11, catching five balls for 52 yards while TE Patrick Danahycaught his first pass of the year against the Trojans, a one-yard TDfrom Chris Lewis off a tipped ball. RB David Marrero has carried theball 18 times for 50 yards and has shown flashes of what's to come.He scored his first TD as a Cardinal at USC on a nifty 15-yard run.Michael Okwo, Nick Frank and Brandon Harrison have contributed in areserve role on defense and on special teams.
True Freshman Receivers: Mark Bradford, who established career bestsat Oregon (Oct. 25) with seven catches for 153 yards, and Evan Moore,give the Cardinal two of the best true freshman receivers in thePac-10. Bradford is second on the team with 18 receptions for 301yards and his 16.7 average leads the team. Moore has six catches for71 yards.
More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 18 receptions is the most in recordedhistory for receptions by a true freshman receiver. Bradford's totalsurpassed the 1993 numbers put up by Brian Manning, who had 17catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns for the entire season.Bradford's 153 receiving yards at Oregon was the first 100-plusreceiving day by a true freshman receiver since Manning in '93. Inthe last three games vs. Washington State, Oregon and UCLA, Bradfordhas been the team's top receiver with 12 catches for 209 yards andone TD. A 6-2, 190-pounder from Fremont High School in Los Angeles,,Bradford was a consensus prep All-America last year and one of themost highly sough-after recruits in the nation.
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of theCardinal defense, has recorded 27 tackles in the last four games. Hehad a career-high with 10 tackles against the Trojans and eight vs.Washington State. He is tied for fourth on the team with 39 totaltackles. A second year starter, Bergeron started 10 games in '02 atoutside linebacker, but was moved to the middle linebacker spot forthe 2003 campaign. He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup forthe past 17 games, second only on the Stanford defense to OshiomoghoAtogwe's 18 straight. Bergeron redshirted the 2000 season, played onspecial teams and as a reserve in '01 before moving into the startinglineup in game two of the 2002 season.
Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came toStanford in 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.. In his firstthree years as a Cardinal, Newberry played inside linebacker,fullback, outside linebacker and special teams. He started threegames at OLB a year ago and his continued improvement earned him astarting role in 2003. After recording six tackles and one tacklefor loss October 11 at USC, he recorded a career-best 10 total stopsvs. Washington State the following week. Against Oregon, he hadeight tackles, two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack. Lastweek vs. UCLA, he added seven tackles, forced one fumble, had onepass break up, one sack anone tackle for loss. Newberry, who hasstarted all seven games this season, is tied for second on the teamwith 42 tackles. He leads the team with nine tackles for loss.
Craven Returns to Lineup: Sophomore Michael Craven began hisredshirt freshman season in 2002 as a starter at outside linebacker,but after four games he was moved into a reserve role where heremained for the final seven games. After beginning the '03 seasonas a reserve for the first six games, the 6-1, 230 pounder from LaQuinta, Calif., was inserted into the starting lineup in last week'sgame vs. UCLA. And Craven did not dissapoint as he accounted forseven tackles, which included three tackles for loss and two sacksagainst the Bruins. He played well the week before at Oregon as herecorded five tackles in a reserve role. Craven was a consensusFirst-Team Prep All-America in 2000 out of La Quinta High School.
Gordon's Game: Junior Amon Gordon has played inside linebacker,defensive end and defensive tackle the past three years, but may havefound a home at defensive tackle in 2003. A starter last year at DE,Gordon, 6-3, 285 pounds from San Diego, Calif., was converted totackle last spring and has been impressive in 2003. He leads allCardinal defensive lineman wiht 18 total tackles.He has alsoaccounted for four tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one passdeflection and one blocked kick. Gordon is Stanford's mostexperienced defensive lineman with 14 career starts.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, isproving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10. Now in his first season as a starter, Oshinowo has made hispresence known in the middle of the Cardinal's defensive line. He issecond among Cardinal defensive lineman with16 total tackles and heleads all lineman - and the team - with four quarterback sacks. Heis tied for second on the team - first among linemen - with seventackles for loss. Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles,including one sack and two tackles for loss. Last week vs. UCLA, hehad three tackles, which included two sacks and two tackles for loss. A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowo startedone game and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirt freshman,accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.
Sack Attack: Stanford recorded a season high eight sacks in lastweek's game vs. UCLA and have now recorded 19 for the season (3.2 pergame). A year ago, Stanford had 24 sacks in 11 games, an average of2.18 per game. NT Babatunde Oshinowo leads the team with four whileOLBs Jon Alston and Jared Newberry each have three.
Walk-on: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has three former walk-ons eitherstarting or playing key roles. The group includes outside linebackerJared Newberry (redshirt junior), punter Eric Johnson (fifth-yearsenior from Antioch, Calif.) and flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirtjunior from Menlo Park, Calif.).
The Need For Speed: Sophomore defensive back T.J. Rushing and widereceivers Gerren Crochet (redshirt sophomore) and Nick Sebes(redshirt junior) made up three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relayteam that won the prestigious Texas Relays last spring in thethird-fastest time in school history (40.25). Besides excelling onthe track, all three are playing key roles for the Cardinal in 2003.
Stanford in the NFL: Stanford has 22 former players currently on NFLrosters. The list includes: RB Brian Allen, Indianapolis Colts; OLBrad Badger, Oakland Raiders; FS Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers; RBKerry Carter, Seattle Seahawks; FB Greg Comella, Houston Texans; ILBChris Draft, Atlanta Falcons; DL Jason Fisk, San Diego Chargers; OTKwame Harris, San Francisco 49ers; OL Eric Heitmann, San Francisco49ers; QB Chad Hutchinson, Dallas Cowboys; LB Riall Johnson,Cincinatti Bengals; TE Teyo Johnson, Oakland Raiders; FS John Lynch,Tampa Bay Buccaneers; WR Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos; FB CaseyMoore, Carolina Panthers; FB Jon Ritchie, Philadelphia Eagles; LBDonnie Spragan, Denver Broncos; WR/KR Troy Walters, IndianapolisColts; OT Bob Whitfield, Atlanta Falcons; FS Tank Williams, TennesseeTitans; FS Coy Wire, Buffalo Bills; LB Kailee Wong, Houston Texans.
About the Sun Devils: Arizona State has lost its last two games,both in conference play, to drop to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils won their first two games of the season, but havewon just of two of seven since. Loren Ward and Hakim Hill havecombined to rush for over 1,000 yards for the Sun Devils, who average116 yards per game. QB Andrew Walter has completed 53.1% of hispasses on 163-of-307 for 2,144 yards and 16 TDs. His favoritereceivers have been Derek Hagen (47-674-4) andn Skyler Fulton(45-621-8). Defensively, ASU has given up over 27 points and almost400 yards per game. Jason Shivers leads the team with 80 tackles
Stanford-Arizona State Series: Arizona State has won 12 of the 19games in the series, including last year, but the Cardinal has wonthe last two played at Stanford Stadium (2000, 2001). In fact,Stanford has won three of the last four games in a series that hasbeen dominated by offense in recent years. In four of the last fivegames, the winning team has scored 44, 50, 51 and 65 points. The twoteams have averaged over 73 points in the last five games. TheCardinal has scored over 50 against the Sun Devils twice in the lastfour years (50 in 1999, 51 in 2001).
Last Year's Game: Stanford began the game with an impressive fourplay, 65-yard drive and an early 7-0 lead, but by halftime ASU hadopened up a 38-16 lead on the strength of four touchdown passes byquarterback Andrew Walter, who finished the day with 414 yards andfive TDs. Casey Moore's 68-yard run in the first quarter brought theCardinal within a point at 14-13, but ASU added 24 points before theend of the first half to open up a big lead. Moore finished the gamewith 116 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter: Now in his third season at Arizona State,Dirk Koetter enters Saturday's game with a career record of 42-28,including a 16-18 record as the Sun Devil's head coach. Koetterposted a 26-10 record in three seasons at Boise State (1998-2000)that included two Big West Conference championships and two trips tothe Humanitarian Bowl. His ASU team played Kansas State in theHoliday Bowl and finished 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10.Koetter's assistant coaching stops included San Francisco State,UTEP, Missouri, Boston College and Oregon.
Opponent: Arizona State Sun Devils
Date: November 8, 2003
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Series: ASU leads 12-7
Television: KRON, live (local)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: KRON, live (local)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show - 12:30 pm