Cardinal (4-4, 3-3) to Battle Oregon State (5-4, 3-3) in Key Pac-10 Matchup
Nov. 6, 2005
Date: November 12, 2005
Kickoff: 3:30 pm
Site: Corvallis, OR
Television: Live, Fox Sports Net Bay Area (Ted Robinson, Jim Plunkett)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Dave Flemming, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 46-22-3
Last Meeting: Oregon State 24, Stanford 19, Nov. 13, 2004 at Stanford
Series Notes: OSU has won the last four games in the series
Cardinal Takes Final Road Trip of Season at Oregon State
Stanford (4-4, 3-3) will take its final road trip of the season on Saturday, November 12 when it visits Oregon State (5-4, 3-3) in a key Pac-10 game ... The Cardinal is coming off back-to-back losses to UCLA and USC while the Beavers are coming off a conference road win at Washington last Saturday ... Oregon State has beaten the Cardinal the past four meetings, including last year's 24-19 win at Stanford Stadium ... Both Stanford and OSU are vying for post-season bowl eligibility ... The Cardinal is 3-1 away from Stanford Stadium this season, including conference wins at Washington State and Arizona and a non-conference win at Navy ... Stanford finishes the season with home games against California (Nov. 19) and Notre Dame (Nov. 26) ... Stanford's next win would give it five for the season, the most on The Farm since the Cardinal won nine in 2001.
The Bowl Picture
Stanford needs to win two of its final three games to reach six wins and be eligible for post-season bowl consideration ... The Cardinal plays at Oregon State this week, then finishes the season with home games against Cal and Notre Dame ... Stanford's last bowl appearance was the 2001 Seattle Bowl ... Oregon State, at 5-4, needs one win in its final two games to become bowl eligible.
Stanford-Oregon State Series Notes
Oregon State has won the last four games vs. Stanford by an average margin of 21 points (34-13) ... The Beavers have outscored the Cardinal 136-49 in those four games, two of which have been in Corvallis and two at Stanford ... The Cardinal leads the overall series 46-22-3, but since 1996 Oregon State has won six of the eight games against Stanford ... Prior to '96, however, the Cardinal went 23-3-1 vs. OSU from 1969-95 ... Stanford's last victory at Reser Stadium was a 27-24 decision in 1997 ... Since then, the Beavers have won the last two meetings in Corvallis, 38-6 in 2000 and 43-3 in 2003.
Two Stanford Alums to Broadcast Stanford-OSU Matchup
Two Stanford alums will be in broadcast booths in Corvallis on Saturday ... Former Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett will be the color analyst for the television broadcast on Fox Sports Net Bay Area ... He will team with Ted Robinson ... Another Cardinal alum, Dave Flemming, will handle the play-by-play duties for the radio broadcast and team with Bob Murphy on KNEW and the Cardinal radio network ... Flemming is also one of the voices of the San Francisco Giants on their radio broadcasts.
Cardinal-USC: Reviewing Last Week's Game
USC built leads of 24-0 in the first quarter and 44-7 at the half en route to a 51-21 win over the Cardinal
The Trojans scored six touchdowns and a field goal in their first seven possessions of the game.
Cardinal quarterback Trent Edwards threw for 245 yards on 21-of-35 passing while also leading the team with 44 rushing yards.
WR Justin McCullum set career highs in both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (138)
Stanford committed a season high five turnovers that led to 24 Trojan points.
Head Coach Walt Harris
In eight seasons at Pitt, Walt Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 11 as a head coach ... His career record stands at 67-72, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 4-4 at Stanford ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.
A Look Back: OSU 24, Stanford 19, November 13, 2004
Stanford fought back from a 21-6 third quarter deficit and pulled to within two at 21-19, but Oregon State held on for a 24-19 win at Stanford Stadium ... The Beavers Derek Anderson threw for 334 yards and three TDs and the OSU defense limited the Cardinal to one yard rushing ... Anderson threw all of his touchdown passes in the first half in building OSU's lead to 21-3 at the intermission ... His TD passes went to Dwight White from 43 yards out, Mike Haas from 13 yards out and Joe Newton on a six-yard scoring play ... The Cardinal did intercept Anderson four times on the day, but T.C. Ostrander, making his starting debut at quarterback for the Cardinal, struggled all day against the Beavers defense.
Fourth Quarter Finishes on the Road
Three of Stanford's wins this season have come in close games on the road that have been decided in the fourth quarter ... A year ago, Stanford had three, three point games - and lost them all ... In 2005, the Cardinal has been able to make a defensive stand in each of those wins to preserve the victory ... The Cardinal led Navy 41-38 when the Midshipmen took over with 1:47 to play and a chance to win the game ... But, the Cardinal defense forced a sack and two incomplete passes before taking over on downs ... Against WSU, the Cardinal again led by three points when the Cougars took over with 1:01 left in the game ... An interception by Nick Sanchez gave the Cardinal the win ... Against Arizona, the Wildcats trailed 20-14 with 3:53 and the ball at midfield, but a Brandon Harrison interception ended UA's threat.
Turnover Tale: Stanford One Turnover in Four Wins
Stanford is 4-1 this season when it wins the turnover battle and 0-3 when it loses ... In its four wins over Navy, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State, Stanford is plus-9 while in its four loses, the Cardinal is minus-4 in the turnover column ... Stanford has committed one turnover in its four wins and 12 in its four loses ... Stanford had a string of four consecutive games without a turnover end last Saturday when it committed a season-high five at USC ... In the Cardinal's 20-16 win over Arizona on Oct. 15, Stanford forced five Wildcat turnovers while committing none ... The Cardinal scored 13 of its 20 points vs. Arizona off turnovers ... Stanford was among the national leaders in turnover margin prior to last week's effort at USC.
Cardinal 3-1 on the Road; Only Loss at No. 1 USC
The Cardinal is a 3-1 on the road in 2005 with its only loss coming last Saturday at No. 1 ranked USC ... Stanford has beaten Navy, Washington State and Arizona on the road in front of loud, hostile crowds ... Before losing at USC, Stanford had won three straight road games - and two Pac-10 road games on successive weekends - for the first time since it won four straight in 1995 ... In all three of its road wins, the Cardinal had to make defensive stands in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Cardinal has Nation's Second Toughest Schedule
Stanford's 2005 schedule is currently ranked the second toughest in the nation, according to the NCAA (rankings based on opponent's won-loss record in 2005) ... Only Michigan has played a tougher schedule than the Cardinal this season ... Stanford is coming off back-to-back games against unbeaten, top-10 teams (UCLA, USC) and still has one more date with a top-10 team (Nov. 26 vs. No. 7 Notre Dame) ... The Cardinal's final three games are against teams vying for post-season play with a combined record of 23-9 ... Stanford will play at Oregon State (5-4) on Saturday, at home vs. Cal (6-3), ranked 26th by both AP and USA Today/Coaches, and at home vs. Notre Dame.
Final Season in Original Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium, built in 1921, has served as home of the Cardinal football program for the past 83 years ... This season, however, will mark the final year in the original Stadium before a major renovation begins immediately following the Cardinal's season finale vs. Notre Dame on November 26, 2005 ... The Cardinal will play six home games in Stanford Stadium this season and moments after the season finale against the Fighting Irish, the process will begin on an $85-90 million renovation project ... See page 6 of this press release for more details on the Stadium renovation project.
Trent Edwards Leads Cardinal Offense
Fourth-year senior Trent Edwards continues to make his mark as one of the top quarterbacks in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He has been the driving force on the Cardinal offense in 2005, both with his passing and running skills ... He has started 21 games and played in 25 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all eight games this season, but was limited to just two series in the second game of the year vs. UC Davis due to injury ... Edwards has completed 131-of-206 for 1,512 yards and 13 touchdowns this year ... Throughout his career, he has thrown for 3,980 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 356-of-647 passes ... Against eighth-ranked UCLA, Edwards completed his first 10 passes and finished 18-of-25 for 169 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions ... In Stanford's win over Arizona State, he established a career high by throwing for 303 yards on 19-of-27 with three touchdowns and no interceptions ... He turned in one of his finest performances as a Cardinal against WSU (Oct. 8) as he threw for 257 yards on 19-of-28 passing and rushed for an additional 92 yards on 12 carries ... He equalled his career-best by throwing three touchdown passes, with no interceptions, in leading Stanford to a 24-14 win at WSU ... He was named the team's starting quarterback on August 28 after an intense competition with junior T.C. Ostrander ... Edwards, who has one more year of eligibility remaining after the 2005 season, completed 21-of-33 against Navy in the season opener for 235 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions ... ... Trent came to Stanford as one of the nation's most highly sought-after prep quarterbacks from nearby Los Gatos High School in 2002 and, after sitting out his true freshman season, he earned a starting role during the 2003 and '04 campaigns ... He was the team's starter a year ago over the first nine games before an injury forced him to miss the final two ... He threw for 1,732 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 while completing 149-of-274 (.544) ... Missed the final two games of the year vs. Oregon State and California ... He began the year by completing 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 43-3 win over San Jose State ... He came back the next week to throw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over BYU ... Edwards was impressive in game three vs. top-ranked USC as he engineered two long drives in the first half and finished the game completing 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two TDs ... He had seven touchdown passes and just one interception through the first three games of the year ... In game four, he was equally effective in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington as he completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He set career high marks by completing 24 passes and attempting 46 at the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA ... Injuries forced him from game seven against Oregon and game nine against Arizona State.
Edwards' Team Leader in Rushing and Passing Last Five
Consider the last five games for Trent Edwards, in which the Cardinal has won three: 93-of-141 (.660) for 1,111 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions along with 48 rushes for 177 yards ... Edwards had a string of 113 consecutive passes without an interception snapped last Saturday at USC ... He has thrown just five interceptions this season, both coming against nationally ranked teams (two vs. Oregon, three vs. USC) ... In the last five, however, Edwards has led the Cardinal offense in both rushing and passing ... He ran for 92 yards and threw for 257 and three touchdowns in Stanford's win at WSU and threw for a career-high 303 yards in the Cardinal's victory over ASU.
Edwards Rushing Performance Among Best Ever for QB
Trent Edwards was a running threat against Washington State as he was credited with 12 carries for 92 yards while leading the team in rushing against the Cougars ... Edwards, who entered the game with a net of (-10) yards on the ground after three games, gained 103 yards, but lost 11 on two sacks ... He fell just shy of becoming only the second Cardinal quarterback in the modern era (since WWII) to rush for over 100 yards in a game ... The only other Stanford quarterback to rush for over 100 in a game was Don Bunce vs. Washington State in 1969 (13 carries, 129 yards) ... Edwards has been Stanford's leading rusher over the past five games as he has carried 48 times for 177 yards ... He has rushed for a net of 167 yards this season ... The school record for season rushing yards by a quarterback is 248 set in 1971 by Bunce.
Edwards in the Cardinal Record Book
Trent Edwards has moved into the Cardinal record in total offense (4,156 yards), TD passes (26), pass attempts (647) and pass completions (356) ... Edwards ranks ninth all-time in career total offense, pass attempts and pass completions and 10th in touchdown passes ... He has thrown for 3,980 yards and is just 102 from reaching the top-10 in that category as well ...
Offensive Output vs. WSU Best Since 2002
Stanford's rushing and total offense output at Washington State (Oct. 8) were the best on The Farm since the 2002 season ... The Cardinal gained 475 yards in total offense against the Cougars, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 563 yards against San Jose State on September 24, 2002 ... The Cardinal rushed for 218 yards in Pullman, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 239 at Arizona State on September 28, 2002.
Bradford's Performance vs. ASU No. 10 All-Time
Junior Mark Bradford turned in one of the finest games for a wide receiver in Stanford history vs. Arizona State when he recorded nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns ... Bradford, who leads the team with 29 catches for 431 yards and five touchdowns, hauled in TD receptions from Trent Edwards from 32 and 31 yards out against the Sun Devils ... His 185 receiving yards against ASU is the 10th highest single game total in school history ... Bradford, from Fremont High School in Los Angeles, has 100 career receptions for 1,500 yards (15.0 ypc) and nine TDs ... He had four career receiving touchdowns entering the 2005 campaign and he already has five this season ... Bradford did not play in last week's game at USC due to injury.
Schimmelmann Finalist for 'Draddy Award'
Senior ILB Kevin Schimmelmann has been named a semifinalist for the 'Draddy Award,' better known as the Academic Heisman ... He is a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection who is currently working a Master's degree in Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Economics ... The Draddy Award is one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards ... It recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
Schimmelmann Among League Leaders in Tackles
Three-year letter-winner and two-year starter Kevin Schimmelmann is eighth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game at 8.2 ... The fifth-year senior has registered 66 total tackles this season ... He has also recorded four tackles for loss, three pass break ups, two quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... In the season opener at Navy, he had 12 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... In game two vs. UC Davis, Schimmelmann had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... He scored a touchdown against the Aggies after he sacked QB Jon Grant in the end zone and recovered the fumble for Stanford's first TD of the game ... He added 10 tackles in Stanford's win over Arizona State and 12 vs. eighth-ranked UCLA ... He was leading the Cardinal in tackles last season when an injury forced him to miss the final two games of the year ... In nine games, he had 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and interception ... In 2003, he played in all 11 games and started six, finishing with 49 tackles and eight tackles for loss as an outside linebacker ... Schimmelmann, a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, has played in 36 games and started 21 for Stanford since 2002 ... Throughout his career on The Farm, Schimmelmann has played four positions, including inside and outside linebacker and free and strong safety
Stanford's Starting Nose Tackle: Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Conference ... A native of Naperville, Ill., Oshinowo is of Nigerian decent and his full name is Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr. ... He entered the 2005 season as a First-Team preseason all-conference pick and ranked among the top defensive lineman in the nation ... In the season opener against Navy, Oshinowo recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss ... He had five tackles in Stanford's win at Washington State and four tackles and a pass deflection at Arizona the following week ... Against Arizona State on Oct. 22, he had a career day by recording nine tackles, including four tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks ... For his efforts, he was named the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week ... A 6-2, 320-pounder, he has started 29 straight games for the Cardinal (2003-05) and played in all 41 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 129 career tackles, 26.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks ... Oshinowo, a two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection the last two years, is a co-term student working on his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Jenkins Among Top Defensive Lineman in Pac-10
Senior defensive end Julian Jenkins, recognized as one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, began his final season on The Farm in the season opener at Navy by recording eight tackles in Stanford's win at Navy ... In the last three games - vs. ASU, UCLA and USC - Jenkins has accounted for 19 tackles, including five tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble... He had nine tackles, a forced fumble, three sacks and three tackles for loss vs. UCLA ... The week before vs. Arizona State, he had six tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack ... Jenkins, who has record 118 career tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks, has appeared in 39 games and started 20 since playing as a true freshman in 2002 ... A 6-4, 275-pounder from Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins continues to be one of the team leaders both on and off the field ... He was named First-Team preseason All-Pac-10 and rated among the top defensive lineman in the country heading into the 2005 campaign.
McCullum Records Career Bests vs. USC
Senior wide receiver Justin McCullum took over as the team's number one receiving threat against top-ranked USC in place of the injured Mark Bradford ... McCullum, from Mercer Island, Washington, did not disspoint as he accounted for a career single game high nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown ... McCullum caught 26 passes for 376 yards in 2004 and is on track to improve upon those numbers in 2005 ... He is the team's second leading receiver with 23 catches for 319 yards and two TDs ... Throughout his career, McCullum has registered 56 receptions for 759 yards and three touchdowns.
Lemon Joins Elite List of 1,000-Yard Rushers
Fifth-year senior J.R. Lemon, who did not play the first three games due to injury, has rushed for 1,106 yards and scored 15 TDs in his Cardinal career ... Lemon received his first starting assignment of the 2005 campaign vs. UCLA and rushed for 53 yards while leading the team with six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns, his first two receiving TDs of his career ... He started his second straight game last Saturday at USC ... Lemon is tied for ninth all-time at Stanford with 13 rushing touchdowns.
Alston Named One of Nation's Top Outside Linebackers
Senior outside linebacker Jon Alston entered his fifth season on The Farm as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 and in the nation ... At 6-2, 220, Alston is Stanford's best pass rushing threat in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense ... He was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top six in the conference in sacks (fourth with 9.5), forced fumbles (tied for fifth with three) and tackles for loss (sixth with 14.0) ... A three-year letter-winner, Alston has recorded 152 total tackles, 19.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005 ... In his last five games, Alston has accounted for 28 tackles, five tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, one pass break up and two forced fumbles ... In Stanford's win at Washington State, he had eight tackles, one quarterback sack, tackle for loss and pass break up ... Against Arizona (Oct. 15), he had nine tackles, including three sacks, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Cardinal Shuffle on the Offensive Line
Stanford entered the season with nine returning lettermen on the offensive line and all five starters from 2004 ... Through the first eight games of the 2005 campaign, Stanford's offensive line has seen eight starters and a shuffling of players at different positions ... At left tackle, Jeff Edwards started the first four games of the season, but sophomore Allen Smith has started the last four in place of Edwards ... Edwards has 23 career starts on The Farm ... Smith, who was impressive in Stanford's win at WSU, has started the past five games (vs. WSU at right tackle, vs. Arizona, ASU, UCLA and USC at left tackle) and has proven himself to be one of the top, young offensive lineman in the conference ... At right tackle, senior Jon Cochran has started seven of eight games and 21 in his career ... Fifth-year senior Brian Head (15 career starts) started the first two games of the year at center and was expected to be the team's starter in 2005 ... However, a series of injuries forced Head to announce his retirement from football on Oct. 13 ... That left Tim Mattran as the team's number one center ... Mattran, a former walk-on, started five games before suffering an injury in game eight vs. UCLA ... That forced Alex Fletcher, Stanford's starter at right guard the first eight games, to move over to center vs. USC ... Ismail Simpson, a veteran who had started 22 straight games in 2003 and '04, started his first game of the year at right guard against the Trojans ... Josiah Vinson has started all eight games this year at left guard and 21 in his career.
Return Specialist Rushing in Cardinal Record Book
Senior T.J. Rushing, a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a kickoff return specialist last season, took his first kickoff return of the season and raced 93 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinal's season opening win at Navy, the second touchdown return of his career (99-yard return last year vs. BYU) ... He had two returns against the Mids for 127 yards - a 63.5 yards per return average ... In his career, Rushing has 45 kickoff returns for 1,209 yards and two touchdowns ... His 26.9 career kickoff return average currently places him tied for second in the Cardinal record book ... He is the seventh player in school history to amass 1,000 yards in kickoff return yards ... He is fourth all-time at Stanford in kickoff return yardage with 1,209 ... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned 14 kicks for 375 yards and his 26.8 average ... ... Rushing began returning punts for the first time in his career at WSU and has 10 returns for 90 yards (9.0 avg) the past five games as the team's starter.
Sgroi Among All-Time Best Placekickers
Fifth-year senior placekicker Michael Sgroi has placed his name among the school's all-time best placekickers ... He has hit 11 field goals in eight games this season and his 43 career field goals places him fourth on the school's all-time list ... He is also seventh in scoring with 222 points ... Sgroi is six-of-eight from 40-49 yards out this season and has a season long of 48 yards, that coming in game two vs. UC Davis ... Sgroi is averaging 1.29 field goals per game and is currently ranked 22nd in the nation and second in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He is also fifth all-time with 93 PATs ... Walt Harris called Sgroi the 'difference maker' in Stanford's 41-38 win at Navy in the season opener ... That's because Sgroi hit two, fourth quarter field goals, from 40 and 47 yards out to help the Cardinal hold off Navy ... Sgroi, who made 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, has now made 41-of-67 in his career... Last season, Sgroi made 10 consecutive field goals, which tied for the third longest in school history ... Next up for Sgroi in the Cardinal record book is Mark Harmon (1981-84), who is third in the record book with 50 career field goals.
Former Defensive Tackle Frank Now No. 1 Fullback
Now in his third season on The Farm, Nick Frank, has transformed himself from backup defensive tackle to first team fullback ... He made his debut at fullback in Stanford's season opening win at Navy and was an integral part of the Cardinal offense ... He wound up scoring his first collegiate TD on a two-yard run ... He has 16 receptions for 128 yards and has carried the ball 33 times for 113 yards ...Frank had his biggest day rushing in Stanford's loss to UCLA as he led the team with 61 yards rushing on 13 carries while scoring one touchdown ... In 2003 and '04, Frank played in 21 of Stanford's 22 games at both nose and defensive tackle and tallied 17 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks ... He was moved to fullback last spring and continued to climb up the depth chart until eventually landing at the No. 1 spot ... Frank, who plans to pursue a career in medicine, is Stanford's only player from New Orleans.
Kimble Now Starting Running Back After Move From WR
A year ago at this time, Anthony Kimble was a true freshman wide receiver who had just come on the Stanford campus from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Now, Kimble is the team's number one running back and one of the team's main offensive weapons ... He started the first six games of the season before missing the last two due to injury ... Still, Kimble leads the team in rushing (59 carries, 234 yards, 4.0 avg) while while adding 12 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns ... He rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries in the season opener at Navy and 77 yards in Stanford's win at Washington State ... His status for this week's game with Oregon State is uncertain.