The Cardinal Close Out Regular Season With Notre Dame

Nov. 23, 2003

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Game #11 - Notre Dame (4-6) at Stanford (4-6)
November 29, Stanford Stadium, 5:00 pm

The Cardinal: Stanford will conclude the 2003 season on Saturday whenthey host former head coach Tyrone Willingham and the Notre DameFighting Irish in a 5:00 game at Stanford Stadium. Both the Cardinaland Irish will enter the game with identical 4-6 records, althoughthe Irish do not conclude their regular season until a December 6game at Syracuse. Notre Dame is still in bowl contention if it canwin its final two games and finish 6-6. Stanford has beaten theIrish the last three times the two teams have met at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal will try and snap its two game losing streak while theIrish will look to extend their two-game winning streak.

Media Coverage: The Stanford-Notre Dame will be broadcast live to asplit-national audience on ABC. Stanford's flagship radio station,Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Ted Robinson and BobMurphy. The pre-game show begins at 3:30 pm. Live game audio andlive in-game stats are available at In addition,the Stanford Farm Report is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am onFox Sports Bay Area.

Senior Day: Thirteen members of the 2003 Cardinal will be playing intheir final collegiate game Saturday at Stanford Stadium. The listincludes: FB Cooper Blackhurst, C Drew Caylor, OT Kirk Chambers, MLBJake Covault, MLB Bran Gaffney, DE Louis Hobson, Pat Jacobs, P EricJohnson, QB Chris Lewis, TE Brett Pierce, WR Luke Powell, NT IanShelswell (injured), and OT Mike Sullivan.

Stanford-Notre Dame Connection: Seven members of the Notre Damecoaching staff were on the Cardinal's staff under Tyrone Willingham.Willingham, of course, was the Cardinal's head coach for sevenseasons (1995-01) and an assistant under Denny Green for three years(1989-91). Irish defensive coordinator Kent Baer was on Willingham'sStanford staff for all seven seasons, the last three as defensivecoordinator. Bill Diedrick, Notre Dame's offensive coordinator, heldthe same position at Stanford for four years (1998-01). MikeDenbrock and John McDonell were Stanford's offensive line coaches in2001, Buzz Preston was the Cardinal's running backs coach from1999-2001 and Trent Miles was Stanford's wide receivers coach in 2001. Trent Walters, Notre Dame's secondary coach, is the father of TroyWalters, one of Stanford's all-time great receivers who played underWillingham from 1995-99. Erica Genise, Notre Dame's Director ofFootball Operations, was Willingham's administrative associate atStanford. Cardinal co-defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff spent twoseasons (1984-85) as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame underGerry Faust.

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).

Stanford-California Game Notes

  • Stanford led 10-0 in the first quarter, but the Bears scored 28unanswered points in the second half to secure its second consecutiveBig Game victory.
  • Cal committed four turnovers in the first half, but trailed just 10-0.
  • The Bears gained 533 yards in total offense, 359 through the airand 174 on the ground.
  • The Bears snapped Stanford's string of four straight Big Game winsat Stanford Stadium.
  • Stanford's post-season bowl hopes were eliminated with the loss.

    Academic All-Pac-10: Stanford dominated the Pac-10 All-Academic teamwith 25 selections, including eight First-Team, eight Second-Team andnine honorable mention selectons. The Cardinal more than doubled thenumber of All-Academic selections by any other conference member.Two Stanford players earned First-Team recognition for the secondstraight year: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers and linebacker KevinSchimmelmann. The other First-Team selections included quarterbackKyle Matter, FB Cooper Blackhurst, WR Brandon Royster, NT BabatundeOshinowo, MLB Brian Gaffney and CB Leigh Torrence. EarningSecond-Team All-Academic were WR Greg Camarillo, WR Nick Sebes, OTMatt McClernan, DE Louis Hobson, NT Ian Shelswell, DE Will Svitek,MLB David Bergeron and OLB Mike Silva. Honorable mention selectionswere OG David Beall, OT Jon Cochran, RB Gerald Commissiong, RB J.R.Lemon, C Tim Mattran, PK Michael Sgroi, TE Alex Smith, OT MikeSullivan and OG Josiah Vinson.

    Youth Be Served: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation.Consider that of the Cardinal's 96 players, 47 are either true orredshirt freshman and 66 are either freshman or sophomore. Stanfordhas just 13 seniors and 14 juniors on its 2003 roster. The Cardinalhas a true freshman class of 30 and a redshirt 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 (83), forced fumbles (6), fumble recoveries (6), is tied forthe team lead in interceptions (2) and is second in pass breakups (8). He is fourth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (8.3), he leads theleague in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries and is tied for ninthin passes defensed� Against the Bears, he accounted for six tackles,two tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. His 14 tackles atOregon State on Nov. 15 is the most by a Stanford defender thisseason. Against USC (Oct. 11), 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 (Oct. 18), he posted 12tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recoveryand pass break up. He had six total tackles, a forced fumble andfumble recovery at Oregon (Oct. 25) and vs. UCLA (Nov. 1), he led theteam with eight total tackles while also recording one pass break upand one fumble recovery. He turned in another outstanding game aweek ago against Arizona State as he tallied 11 tackles, forced twofumbles, had two pass break-ups one tacklke for loss. Atogwe has puthimeself in position for post-season honors.

    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 40 receptions for 481 yards andthree receiving touchdowns. He also has 35 punt returns for 320yards and one TD, that coming against UCLA on Nov. 1. Powellreturned a punt 90-yards for a touchdown against the Bruins, whichwent in the record book as the second longest in school history. Healso had a 68-yard return at BYU. Powell, who was limited last yearwith an ankle injury, recorded career highs in both receptions andreceiving yards against San Jose State in the season opener . His 12catches tied for the ninth best single game performance in schoolhistory while his 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th. Hecaught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterbackTrent Edwards against the Spartans. Powell now has 123 careerreceptions for 2,041 yards and 16 touchdowns (14 by receiving, twopunt returns). His 16.6 yards per reception average is ninth onStanford's all-time list. A former First-Team All-American (as a KORin 2001), Powell is the only player in school history to have threetouchdown receptions of 75 yards or more.He also has 18 catches over30 yards in his career, which include two from 50-59 yards and twoothers from 60-69 yards. As a kick returner, he is among theschool's all-time best in punt returns (82), punt return yards (873)and punt return average (10.6).

    Powell Nearing Top-10: Senior Luke Powell needs 48 yards inall-purpose running to move into the school's all-time top-10.Powell currently has 3,017 yards in all-purpose running. No. 10 onthe list is Ryan Wells, who gained 3,065 yards during his career(1999-2002). Powell has gained 2,041 yards in receiving yards, 873in punt returns, 72 on kickoff returns and 31 rushing yards.

    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 has been the unquestioned leader of the unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24, has startedall 44 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting to do what fewplayers in school history have accomplished - and that's to startevery game. He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle the past fourseasons (2000-03). After an All-American prep career at Provo HighSchool, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998 and '99seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany. He married MarilynOrd on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their first child,Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.. An honors candidate in 2003,Chambers was recently named First-Team District-8 AcademicAll-America and First-Team Academic All-Pac-10.Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon surpassed the 1,000yard mark vs. USC on October 11. Tolon, from Albuquerque, NM, hasnow gained 1,175 yards on 261 carries (4.5 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.

    Lemon Takes Advantage: Sophomore running back J.R. Lemon has madethe most of his oportunities in 2003. With starter Kenneth Tolonlimited in the season opener against San Jose State, Lemon carriedthe day with a career best 18 carries for 103 yards and twotouchdowns. Lemon played a reserve role for several weeks inmid-season with Tolon getting the majority of the carries, but withTolon again slowed by injury against Arizona State (Nov. 8), Lemonmade the most of his opportunity. He wound up setting career bestsagain with 34 carries for 151 yards and two toucdowns. The 34carries tied for the fourth highest single game total in schoolhistory and his 151 yards gained was the most by a Cardinal backsince Mike Mitchell in 1994 (179 yards vs. San Jose State). In thosetwo games in which he was the primary ball carrier (San Jose Stateand Arizona State), Lemon rushed for 254 yards on 52 carries (4.9ypc) while scoring four touchdowns. Lemon, who has started the lasttwo games vs. Oregon State and Cal, had 17 carries for 84 yards vs.the Bears. For the season, Lemon has gained 457 yards and scored ateam leading four rushing touchdowns on 113 carries (4.0 ypc).

    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 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.Hedid not play against Oregon and UCLA and has seen action in a reserverole the past three weeks vs. Arizona State, Oregon State and Cal.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 five games (vs. Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State,Oregon State and Cal). Lewis returned to the starting lineup afterTrent Edwards was knocked out of the WSU game (Oct. 18) . AgainstOregon (Oct. 25), Lewis completed 12-of-26 for 188 yards. He was12-of-20 for 91 yards against UCLA, including a touchdown pass andthe first rushing TD of his career. In Stanford's 38-27 win over ASU(Nov. 8), Lewis completed 18-of-34 for 279 yards and two touchdownswhile also running for another TD. It was the second best passingday of his career, surpassed only by his 390 yard effort in the 2001Big Game vs. Cal. Lewis started the season opener vs. San Jose Stateon September 6, but then gave way to Edwards as the starter in thenext four games. Lewis did not play against BYU or Washington, andcame off the bench vs. USC and Washington State. For his career, hascompleted 336-684 for 4,178 yards and 32 TDs. He is No. 7 all-timein career touchdown passes, No. 8 in total offense (4,157 yards) andNo. 9 in passing

    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. Thus far in 2003, Cardinal tight ends have accountedfor 35 catches for 262 yards and five touchdowns. Smith leads alltight ends with 22 catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns, whilePierce has recorded 11 receptions for 84 yards and Traverso andDanahy each have one reception for one touchdown. A year ago, Pierceand Traverso suffered through injury-riddled seasons while Smithcame to the forefront to put together an outstanding year (30receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team's only true tight end.This season, however, Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) have remainedhealthy. Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards and three TDs in 2001,but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of theseason opener last year at Boston College. Both Pierce and Smithreceived pre-season honors as being among the top tight ends in theconference and the nation. Pierce, who has caught 38 passes in hiscareer for 391 yards and three TDs, was a pre-season First-TeamAll-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-seasonAll-America honors.

    Smith's Status: By the time junior Alex Smith concludes his Cardinalcareer at the end of the 2004 season, his name will likely appear ona list of the best tight ends in school history. That's becauseSmith has been one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in thepast 25 years, and potentially of all-time. The Denver, Coloradonative and son of former NFL player Edwin, Smith already has 53career receptions for 575 yards and five touchdowns - numbers thatrank among the best in school history for tight ends. Smith caughtone pass as a redshirt freshman in 2001 as a backup, then recorded 30(for 380 yards and two TDs) as a starter in 2002.He has caught 22balls in '03. Over the past 25 years, the only Cardinal tight endswith similar or better numbers than Smith are Greg Baty (85receptions, 1982-85), Jim Price (79, 1985-89), Tony Cline (51,1989-92) and Greg Clark (43, 1995-96). All four went on to play inthe NFL.

    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) have started all 10 games for the Cardinal whileRG and redshirt freshman Jeff Edwards started the first eight beforesuffering a knee injury vs. Arizona State on Nov. 8� Head started thefirst four games before a season-ending knee injury at USC (Oct. 11)forced converted defensive end Drew Caylor into the starting role.Redshirt freshman Jon Cochran has started two games in place ofsenior Mike Sullivan and redshirt freshman Josiah Vinson has startedthe last two games in place of theinjured Jeff Edwards. Stanford'scurrent two-deep with game experience listed below:

    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 - Josiah Vinson, David Beall (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 10 games andstarted the past seven. He is second on the team with 30 receptions. Evan Moore has caught eight balls for 150 yards and one touchdownwhile TE Patrick Danahy recorded his first TD reception at USC (Oct.11) . RB David Marrero has carried the ball 32 times for 90 yardsand has shown flashes of what's to come. He scored his first TD as aCardinal at USC on a nifty 15-yard run. Michael Okwo, Nick Frank andBrandon Harrison have contributed in a reserve role on defense and onspecial 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 30 receptions for 458yards and an impressive 15.3 average . Moore, who suffered injuriesto his shoulder and ankle on Nov. 8 vs. Arizona State and has notplayed the past two games at Oregon State and vs. Cal, has eightcatches for 150 yards and one TD.

    More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 30 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 six games (vs. Washington State, Oregon, UCLA, ArizonaState, Oregon State and Cal), Bradford has been the team's topreceiver with 24 catches for 366 yards and two TDs. A 6-2,190-pounder from Fremont High School in Los Angeles,, Bradford was aconsensus prep All-America last year and one of the most highlysough-after recruits in the nation.

    Junior Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the team in total tackles.

    Corner Trio: Stanford's three man rotation at cornerback continuesto improve and become a force in the Pac-10. Juniors Leigh Torrenceand Stanley Wilson along with sophomore T.J. Rushing have providedthe Cardinal with quality play in the defensive backfield. Torrenceis among the league leaders with 11 pass breakups and is first amongCBs on the team with 56 total tackles. Rushing, who has 17 tackles,two forced fumbles and a quarterback sack the past three games, has39 tackles and five breakups while Wilson has 25 tackles, oneinterception and six breakups. The trio have shared the twocornerback position all season long with Torrence starting eightgames, Wilson and Rushing six. All three will return for theCardinal in 2004.

    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 andagainst UCLA on Nov. 1, he added seven tackles, forced one fumble,had one pass break up, one sack and one tackle for loss. He had aninterception, two pass break ups and six tackles at Oregon State onNov. 15. In the Big Game vs. Cal, he equalled his career-high with10 tackles. Newberry, who has started all 10 games this season, issecond on the team with 61 tackles while leading the team with 10tackles 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 against UCLAon Nov. 1. And Craven did not dissapoint as he accounted for seventackles, which included three tackles for loss and two sacks againstthe Bruins. For his efforts, Craven was named the Pac-10 DefensivePlayer of the Week. Craven was a consensus First-Team PrepAll-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 he hasfound 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 30 total tackles.He has alsoaccounted for six tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, four passdeflections, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Gordon isStanford's most experienced defensive lineman with 17 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 with 25 total tackles and heleads all lineman - and the team - with four quarterback sacks. Heis second on the team - first among linemen - with eight tackles forloss. He recorded a career-high seven tackles at Oregon State onNov. 15. Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, includingone sack and two tackles for loss. He had three tackles, whichincluded two sacks and two tackles for loss, against UCLA on Nov. 1.A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowo started onegame and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirt freshman,accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.

    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.).

    In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of theCardinal defense, has started the past 19 games at MLB, is one of theteam's most experienced players and has developed into one of theteam leaders on defense. After equalling his career-high with 10tackles in last week's Big Game vs. Cal, Bergeron now has 59 totaltackles in 2003 to go along with five tackles for loss, three forcedfumbles and three pass breakups. He established a career-high with10 tackles against the USC on Oct. 11 and followed that with eighttackles vs. Washington State. A second year starter, Bergeronstarted 10 games in '02 at outside linebacker, but was moved to themiddle linebacker spot for the 2003 campaign . Bergeron redshirtedthe 2000 season, played on special teams and as a reserve in '01before moving into the starting lineup in game two last year.

    Punting Records: Fifth-year senior punter Eric Johnson is on theverge of breaking Cardinal single season records for most punts andmost punting yardage. The Antioch, Calif., native is having one ofthe finest seasons in school history. His current average of 43.3 isnot only among the best in the nation, but in the Cardinal recordbook only three punters in school history have enjoyed better seasons. His 2003 season totals of 78 punts for 3,379 yards is nearing theschool's single season records of 82 punts for 3,427 yards, both setby Paul Stonehouse in 1992. Johnson almost broke one of the oldestrecords in the Cardinal record book at Oregon State (Nov. 15) whenhis punted for 516 yards. The school record for most punting yardagein a game is 565 set by the great Ernie Nevers vs. USC in 1925.

    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 five times this season (San JoseState, BYU, Washington State, UCLA, ASU).This Week's Opponent - Notre Dame (4-6)

    About the Irish: Notre Dame has lost to three top-5 teams inMichigan, USC and Florida State, but at 4-6 they are still in bowlcontention if they can win their final two games. Julius Jones hasrushed for 996 yards and scored nine of the team's 17 touchdownswhile freshman QB Quinn Brady, a starter in seven games, hascompleted 131-of-285 (.460) for 1,455, six TDs and 13 interceptions.ILB Courtney Watson (102 tackles, 14 tackles for loss) and DE JustinTuck (65 tackles, 15 TFL, 9.5 sacks) lead the Irish defense.

    Stanford-Notre Dame Series: The Irish lead the all-time series withStanford 11-6, but the two teams have split the last six games witheach team winning three games on their home field. The Cardinal,with Willingham as its head coach, beat Notre Dame at StanfordStadium in 1997 (33-15), 1999 (40-37) and 2001 (17-13). Notre Damewon five of the first six games in the series, but in the last 11 -from 1990-2002 - the Irish have won six of the 11. Stanford is 4-3all-time vs. Notre Dame in Stanford Stadium.

    Last Year's Game: The Cardinal scored first and led 7-3 at the half,but 21 third quarter points in a span of 3:13 put Notre Dame on topand enabled the Irish to beat the Cardinal 31-7 on October 5 at NotreDame Stadium. Chris Lewis hit Teyo Johnson on a 14-yard scoring passwith :46 left in the first quarter to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead.Stanford held the lead at 7-3 until late in the third quarter whenthe Irish scored 21 points in just over three minutes on a three-yardrun by Rashon Powers-Neal, a 34-yard interception return by ShaneWalston when he stripped the ball from Cardinal tight end Alex Smith,and an 18-yard interception return by Courtney Watson.

    Head Coach Tyrone Willingham: The Irish head coach spent 10 seasonsat Stanford, three as an assistant coach under Denny Green (1989-91)and seven as its head coach (1995-2001). Willingham compiled arecord of 44-36-1 as the Cardinal's head coach while leading Stanfordto four bowl games, including the 2000 Rose Bowl, Stanford's firstRose Bowl appearance in 27 years. He was twice named Pac-10 Coach ofthe Year and his 44 wins ranks third on Stanford's all-time list. Hewas named the Irish coach in January 2002. His record at Notre Damestands at 14-9, which includes a 10-3 record and Gator Bowlappearance in 2002.

    Game Facts

    Opponent: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    Date: November 29, 2003
    Kickoff: 5:00 pm
    Location: Stanford, Calif.
    Stadium: Stanford Stadium
    Series: Notre Dame leads 11-6
    Television: ABC (split national), live
    Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
    Internet: (live game audio and live game stats)


  • Stanford will return 10 defensive starters in 2004. The currentstarters include one senior (DE Louis Hobson), seven juniors, twosophomores and one redshirt freshman.

  • Stanford leads the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage, allowing opponentsjust 13.8 yards per return. The longest return allowed by theCardinal has been 31 yards.

  • Through the first six games, the Cardinal had given up 18 sacks.In the last four, however, Stanford has yielded just eightquarterback sacks.

  • One impressive stat for the Cardinal is the fact that they havelost only six fumbles all season. Defensively, Stanford hasrecovered 18 fumbles.

  • Six redshirt freshman have started for the Cardinal this season.The list includes SS Trevor Hooper, QB Trent Edwards, LG IsmailSimpson, RG Jeff Edwards, RG Josiah Vinson and RT Jon Cochran.Hooper and Simpson have started all 10, Jeff Edwards has startedeight while Trent Edwards has started four, Vinson and Cochran two.

  • One of the most prestigious awards for a prep athlete is theFranklin D. Watkins Award, which is given annually to the topAfrican-American student-athlete in the nation. On the Cardinal's2003 roster, Stanford has six players who have been named nationalfinalists, including two who have won the award. Winners of theWatkins Award are sophomore Michael Craven and redshirt freshmanMarcus McCutcheon while national finalist include seniors ChrisLewis, Luke Powell and Brandon Royster and sophomore J.R. Lemon.

  • Redshirt freshman David Lofton is the son of former Cardinal andNFL great James, who was inducted into the Professional FootballHall of Fame on August 3 in Canton. David delivered his father'sinduction speech in front of an estimated 8,500 in attendance.Lofton played quarterback last season, but was moved to receiver forthe 2003 campaign.

  • CB Stanley Wilson is one of 15 Senators at Stanford for the 2003-04academic year. He was elected by the student body in April, 2003,

  • A quick look at the Cardinal's current two-deep chart on defensefinds just two seniors among the 22 listed. Also included are ninejuniors, seven sophomores, two redshirt freshman and two truefreshman.

  • Freshmen Evan Moore (Brea, CA) and Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, CA),will both join the Cardinal's basketball team in 2003-04. Both willbegin practicing with the basketball team soon after footballconcludes.

  • In addition to Moore and Bradford, several other Cardinal playerscompete in another sport. The list includes P Eric Johnson (golf)and track athletes Gerren Crochet (sprints), T.J. Rushing (sprints),Nick Sebes (sprints), Timi Wusu (decathlon).

  • Stanford's roster includes 57 players who received recognition asmembers of the National Honor Society.

  • Stanford has led the Pac-10 the past two years iin All-Academicselections with 19 in 2002 and 25 in 2003.

  • Stanford's NFL lineage includes five players whose fathers playedprofessional football, one who has a brother currently playing in theNFL and one who has a father and brother with NFL experience. Thelist includes Julian Jenkins (father, Eddie), David Lofton (father,James), Justin McCullum (father, Sam), Marcus McCutcheon (father,Lawrence and brother, Daylon), Alex Smith (father, Edwin) and StanleyWilson (father, Stanley). Taualai Fonoti has a brother,Toniuolevaiavea, who curently plays in the NFL.

  • Stanford has had 10 players selected in the NFL draft the past twoseasons. That two-year total is the most on The Farm since 1974-75,when Stanford had 12 players chosen (the draft was 16 rounds,however).
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