Stanford Hosts Cal in 108th Big Game
Nov. 13, 2005
Date: November 19, 2005
Kickoff: 4:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
Television: Live, ABC (Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts, Todd Harris)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 54-42-1
Last Meeting: Cal 41, Stanford 6, Nov. 20, 2004 at Cal
Series Notes Cal has won the last three Big Games
Stanford-Cal Meet in 108th Big Game on November 19
Stanford (5-4, 4-3) moved one game closer to its first bowl game since 2001 with its 20-17 win at Oregon State last Saturday (Nov. 12) and now must face California in the 108th Big Game with a post-season bowl game on the line ... The Cardinal and Bears (6-4, 3-4) renew the 10th longest rivalry in college football in a series that dates back to 1892 ... Stanford has lost three straight to the Bears, but Cal enters the Big Game having lost two straight and four of its last five while Stanford is coming off a hard-fought road win at OSU ... The Bears, with six wins, have already qualified for post-season competition ... Stanford, however, needs one win in its final two games to reach post-season play ... The game will be televised to a West Coast audience on ABC with Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts calling the action ... Stanford concludes its regular season on November 26 as it hosts Notre Dame in the final game at Stanford Stadium before its major renovation project begins immediately after the game.
Cardinal Looking for One Win to Become Bowl Eligible
Stanford needs to win one of its final two games to reach six wins and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001... The Cardinal hosts Cal and Notre Dame to conclude the regular season ... Stanford's last bowl appearance was the 2001 Seattle Bowl ... The Pac-10 has ties to six bowl games: Fiesta, Holiday, Sun, Insight, Las Vegas and Emerald ... The Pac-10 champion goes to the Fiesta Bowl unless such champion is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, in which case it will play in the national championship game in the Rose Bowl ... The bowls are then chosen by the highest ranking teams in the conference standings ... Here are the Pac-10 bowl ties for 2005:
1. Fiesta Bowl (unless team plays in BCS championship game), Phoenix, Jan. 2
2. Holiday Bowl, San Diego, Dec. 29 (vs. Big 12 #3)
3. Sun Bowl, El Paso, Dec. 30 (vs. Big 10 #5)
4. Insight Bowl, Phoenix, Dec. 27 (vs. Big East #3)
5. Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, Dec. 22 (vs. Mountain West #2)
6. Emerald Bowl, San Francisco, Dec. 29 (vs. Mountain West #3)
Stanford Records Best Record Since 2001
Stanford's five overall wins and four victories in the Pac-10 Conference are the most since the Cardinal went 9-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play in 2001 ... Stanford has gone 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-10 in each of the last two years ... A Cardinal win in The Big Game would give Stanford five Pac-10 wins, equaling the number of conference wins the Cardinal recorded in the last three years (2002-04)
November 19 at Stanford Stadium
November 19 is an historic day in Big Game history ... The first Big Game played in Stanford Stadium was held on November 19, 1921 and the last Big Game played in Stanford Stadium, before a major renovation takes place, will be this Saturday, November 19, 2005 ... A week later, following Stanford's game with Notre Dame on November 26, renovation will begin on the 84-year old stadium ... Built in 1921 at an estimated cost of $200,000, Stanford Stadium hosted its first game on November 19 in the 27th Big Game ... While Stanford did score the first touchdown in the new stadium, the Bears went on to win the game easily, 42-7.
Cardinal Leads Big Game Series 54-42-11
The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met 107 times on the gridiron, with Stanford holding a 54-42-11 advantage ... The Cardinal has won seven of the last 10 games with Cal and 11 of the last 16 from 1989-04, but the Bears have won the last three, including last year's 41-6 win at Memorial Stadium ... The Cardinal has won four of the last five Big Games played in Stanford Stadium ... The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in college football ... Stanford and Cal have met every year since 1892 with the exception of 1915-18 and 1943-45 ... Since 1961, Stanford leads the series 29-13-1 ... Only 78 points separates the two teams in the previous 107 meetings.
Big Game Streaks
Stanford holds the Big Game record for consecutive wins at seven (1995-2001), but the Bears have won the last three (2002-04) and are attempting to beat the Cardinal four straight seasons for the first time since 1936-39 ... Stanford's seven game streak broke its previous Big Game record of six consecutive wins, which was established from 1961-66 ... Cal's longest winning streak in The Big Game is five from 1919-23.
Close Calls in The Big Game
The Stanford-California rivalry has proven to be one of the most exciting in college football since it began in 1892 ... Of the 107 games, an amazing 50 have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 23-16-11 advantage in those games ... Even more impressive, 29 Big Games have been decided by three points less, with Stanford enjoying a 10-8-11 edge ... The Big Game has also produced an NCAA-best five 'cliffhangers,' which are games decided on the final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2000).
Five Big Games Decided on Game's Final Play
Five Big Games have been decided on the game's final play: 1972 - Vince Ferragamo-Steve Sweeney TD pass for 24-21 Cal win; 1974 - Mike Langford 50-yard field goal for 22-20 Stanford win; 1982 - 'The Play' gives Cal 25-20 win; 1990 - John Hopkins' 37-yard field goal for 27-25 Cardinal win; 2000 - Randy Fasani-Casey Moore touchdown pass in overtime gives Stanford 36-30 victory.
Big Game Tied for 10th Longest in NCAA History
The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history ... This year's 108th meeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on the all-time list.
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 68-72, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 5-4 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: Cal 41, Stanford 6, November 20, 2004
Cal won its third straight Big Game in impressive fashion as it beat the Cardinal 41-6 at Memorial Stadium ... It was the Bear's largest margin of victory in the Big Game since 1930 ... The Bears held a slim 10-3 lead at halftime, but extended to 20-6 after three periods before a 21-0 fourth quarter put Stanford away ... Cal rushed for 307 yards and quarterback Aaron Rodgers was an efficient 14-of-17 for 167 yards ... J.J. Arrington gained 169 yards on 27 carries while Marshawn Lynch added 122 on nine carries to lead the Bear's attack ... The Cardinal struggled offensively throughout the day and finished the 2004 campaign with its fifth straight loss.
Fourth Quarter Finishes on the Road
Four 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 ... At Oregon State, the Cardinal was nursing a three point lead in the fourth quarter and withstood the Beaver's last drive, which went to the Cardinal 35-yard line ... A 52-yard field goal attempt with 16 seconds remaining fell short, preserving Stanford's 20-17 victory.
Turnover Margin Key Component in Cardinal Wins
Stanford is 4-1 this season when it wins the turnover battle and 1-3 when it loses ... In wins over Navy, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State, Stanford was plus-9 while in loses to UC Davis, Oregon, and USC, the Cardinal is minus-7 in the turnover column ... Stanford has committed four turnovers in its five wins and 12 in its four loses ... Stanford had a string of four consecutive games without a turnover end at USC when it committed a season-high five against the Trojans ... 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.
Cardinal 4-1 on the Road; Only Loss at No. 1 USC
The Cardinal is 4-1 on the road in 2005 with its only loss coming at No. 1 ranked USC ... Stanford has beaten Navy, Washington State, Arizona and Oregon State 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 four of its road wins, the Cardinal had to make defensive stands in the fourth quarter to preserve the win ... Stanford's four road wins are the most on The Farm since 2001.
Cardinal has Nation's Fourth Toughest Schedule
Stanford's 2005 schedule is currently ranked the fourth toughest in the nation, according to the NCAA (rankings based on opponent's won-loss record in 2005) ... Only Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio State have played a tougher schedule than the Cardinal this season ... Stanford has played three teams currently ranked in the top-11 and a fourth - Notre Dame - is ranked seventh this week ... The Cardinal has lost to No. 1 USC, No. 10 Oregon and No. 11 UCLA ... Still ahead are bowl-bound Cal and No. 7 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 22 games and played in 26 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all nine 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 147-of-234 for 1,708 yards and 15 touchdowns this year ... Throughout his career, he has thrown for 4,176 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 372-of-675 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 Six
Consider the last six games for Trent Edwards, in which the Cardinal has won four: 109-of-169 (.645) for 1,307 yards and 13 touchdowns along with 53 rushes for 180 yards ... Edwards had a string of 113 consecutive passes without an interception snapped at No. 1 USC on November 5 ... He has thrown just seven interceptions this season ... In the last six games, 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 six games as he has carried 53 times for 180 yards ... He has rushed for a net of 170 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 became the 10th all-time leading passer in school history last week after throwing for 196 yards vs. Oregon State ... Edwards now has 4,176 career passing yards and is just 170 yards away from No. 8 in the Cardinal record book ... Edwards, who still has one more year of eligibility remaining, is also No. 8 all-time in career total offense with 4,355 yards, No. 9 (tie) in career touchdown passes with 28, career pass attempts with 675 and career completions with 372 ... In the single season record book, Edwards is No. 10 in completion percentage at .628 and is three touchdown passes shy of moving into a tie for 10th place.
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 at USC and played sparingly last week at Oregon State 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 among the league leaders in tackles per game at 7.9 ... The fifth-year senior has registered 71 total tackles this season ... He has also recorded five tackles for loss, three pass break ups, three 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 37 games and started 22 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 42 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 132 career tackles, 27.0 tackles for loss and 15.0 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 four games - vs. ASU, UCLA, USC and Oregon State - Jenkins has accounted for 25 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, six 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 ... In Stanford's win at Oregon State, he had six tackles, including three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks ... Jenkins, who has record 124 career tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks, has appeared in 40 games and started 21 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 Steps Up Last Two Games with 16 Receptions
With Mark Bradford slowed by an injury the last two games, senior wide receiver Justin McCullum has answered the call and become the team's top receiving threat the past two weeks ... McCullum, who entered the 2005 campaign with 33 career catches, now leads the team in receiving with 30 catches for 438 yards (14.6 avg) and four touchdowns ... That's because the Mercer Island, Washington native has caught 16 balls for 257 yards and three touchdowns the last two games vs. USC and Oregon State ... Against the top-ranked Trojans, he accounted for a career single game high nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown ... He came back last week at OSU to catch seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, which all came in the first half (he did not play in the second half due to injury) ... It was McCullum's first, two-touchdown game of his Stanford career ... McCullum's older brother, Jamien, played football at Stanford from 1997-2001 and his father, Sam, played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings.
Lemon Among Select Group 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 1,152 yards and scored 15 TDs in his Cardinal career ... Lemon, who has started the past three games, 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 at USC and last week's game at Oregon State and was the team's leading rusher with 46 yards ... Lemon is tied for ninth all-time at Stanford with 13 rushing touchdowns.
Alston One of Stanford's Top Defensive Threats
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 154 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 six games, Alston has accounted for 30 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 ... Throughout the year, however, Stanford's offensive line has seen eight starters and a shuffling of players at different positions ... Only one position, left guard, has had the same starter in all nine games this season ... At left tackle, Jeff Edwards started the first four games of the season, but sophomore Allen Smith has started the last five in place of Edwards ... Edwards has 24 career starts on The Farm ... Smith, who was impressive in Stanford's win at WSU, has started the past six games (vs. WSU at right tackle, vs. Arizona, ASU, UCLA, USC and Oregon State at left tackle) and has proven himself to be one of the top, young offensive lineman in the conference ... At right tackle, the Cardinal has started three players ... Senior Jon Cochran started seven of the first eight games (he has 21 starts in his career), Smith started one and Edwards started last week at Oregon State ... 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 the last two games vs. USC and Oregon State ... Ismail Simpson, a veteran who had started 22 straight games in 2003 and '04, has started the last two games at right guard ... Josiah Vinson has started all nine games this year at left guard and 22 in his career ... Stanford has also had three starters at tight end this season.
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 46 kickoff returns for 1,231 yards and two touchdowns ... His 26.8 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 1,231... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned 15 kicks for 397 yards and his 26.5 average ... ... Rushing began returning punts for the first time in his career at WSU and has 12 returns for 118 yards (9.8 avg) the past six games as the team's starter.
Sgroi in the Record Book: No. 4 Field Goals, No. 6 Scoring
Fifth-year senior placekicker Michael Sgroi has placed his name among the school's all-time best placekickers ... He has hit 13 field goals in nine games this season and his 45 career field goals places him fourth on the school's all-time list ... He is also sixth in the Cardinal record book in scoring with 230 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 1.44 field goals per game and is currently ranked 23rd in the nation and second in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He is also fifth all-time with 95 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 ... He has also kicked two field goals in four other games this season: vs. Oregon, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State ... Sgroi, who made 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, has now made 45-of-72 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 36 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns ...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 Stanford's leading rusher and one of the team's main offensive weapons ... He started the first six games of the season, but missed two (UCLA, USC) and was limited in a third (last week at Oregon State) ... Still, Kimble leads the team in rushing (64 carries, 241 yards) while adding 13 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns ... Kimble made his collegiate debut on September 10 at Navy and gained 59 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run ... He also added three catches for 28 yards ... In his second game, Kimble rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries ... Against Washington State, Kimble turned in his finest performance to date as he gained 77 yards rushing on 18 carries - both season and career highs - while also catching two passes for 48 yards ... He caught four balls in Stanford's win at Arizona, which included a 10-yard TD pass from Trent Edwards ... In Stanford's win over Arizona State, he scored two touchdowns for the first time in his career on a 15-yard reception and a two yard run ... After redshirting the 2004 season, Kimble was moved to running back last spring under new head coach Walt Harris ... Kimble was impressive during spring drills and his continued improvement vaulted him into the No. 1 role ... He played some running back in high school, but came to Stanford as a highly-touted wide receiver ... Kimble, 6-1, 195, only played two years of football in high school and redshirted last season on The Farm ... While other running backs were limited due to injury during fall camp, Kimble continued to impress.
Cardinal Concludes Regular Season Against Notre Dame
Stanford will host Notre Dame on November 26 to conclude the regular season ... The Cardinal has lost three straight to the Irish, who are 7-2 and ranked seventh in the nation ... The game will be broadcast on ABC.
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