Cardinal Hosts No. 6 Notre Dame in Final Game at Stanford Stadium
Nov. 20, 2005
Date: November 26, 2005
Kickoff: 5:00 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: Notre Dame leads 13-6
Last Meeting: Notre Dame 23, Stanford 15, Oct. 9, 2004 at Notre Dame
Series Notes: Notre Dame has won the last three meetings
Final Game in Stanford Stadium Has Bowl Implications
Not only is Stanford playing its final game in Stanford Stadium before construction begins on a 'new' Stanford Stadium, but the Cardinal is also playing for a bowl game ... At 5-5, Stanford needs to beat sixth-ranked Notre Dame (8-2) on Saturday to record its sixth win and become bowl eligible ... The Irish are among the nation's top teams and are playing for BCS game ... Moments after the final gun sounds, constuction will begin immediately as 84-year old Stanford Stadium will get replaced by the New Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal has lost three of its last four games while the Irish are on a four-game winning streak, during which time their average margin of victory has been 23 points ... Notre Dame has also beaten Stanford the last three times the teams have met, including a 23-15 victory in South Bend last year.
Stanford Needs Win vs. Notre Dame For Bowl Game
Stanford needs to beat Notre Dame on Saturday to reach six wins and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001 ... Stanford's last bowl appearance was the 2001 Seattle Bowl ... The Cardinal went 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-10 in '01 and advanced to the Seattle Bowl against Georgia Tech ... 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)
Cardinal-Notre Dame Series Notes
The Irish have won the past three meetings with Stanford and lead the overall series 13-6 ... Notre Dame won the last game played at Stanford Stadium in 2003 by a 50 point margin (57-7), but prior to that the Cardinal had won three straight vs. the Irish at Stanford ... The Cardinal beat Notre Dame at Stanford Stadium 33-15 in 1997, 40-37 in 1999 and 17-13 in 2001 ... The series began in 1925 when Knute Rockne led the Irish to a 27-10 win over Ernie Nevers and Stanford in the Rose Bowl ... The two teams played each other every year -except 1995 and '96 - since 1988.
84-Year Stanford Stadium to Undergo Major Overhaul
Stanford Stadium, built in 1921, has served as home of the Cardinal football program for the past 84 years ... It is the largest privately owned college football facility in the U.S. and moments after Saturday's game with Notre Dame, it will undergo a major overhaul to build a state-of-the-art college football facility that creates a more intimate and comfortable game experience for both players and spectators ... The $90 million project is being funded by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Investment Fund (DAPER), as well as from alumni and friends of Stanford University ... As a result, the construction is anticipated to be complete without incurring any long-term debt ... The New Stanford Stadium, which is projected to open in Fall 2006, is poised to become a recognized Bay Area destination. The New Stanford Stadium project calls for a number of improved amenities, including:
Decrease stadium capacity to a 50,000 seat, two-tiered bowl, creating a more cozy and electrifying game experience
Removal of track and fencing to enhance sightlines bringing spectators 70-100 feet closer to the field of action
More comfortable seating with increased leg room (convert benches to armchair seats on sidelines; seatbacks in end zones)
Improved guest access with three new tunnels (seven total) and better circulation via expanded lower bowl concourse and new upper bowl concourse
New and increased number of restrooms; all restrooms will have universal restroom speakers
Upgraded concessions with closed circuit TVs at all concession stands
An improved distributed sound system and a new matrix video board at South End Scoreboard
New and expanded press box
More reliable, low maintenance synthetic turf
Improved ADA accessibility and increased seating for disabled
Stadium Salute to Include 9 Decades of Stanford Football
Stanford football has called Stanford Stadium its home for the past nine decades and on Saturday, November 26, the University will celebrate and highlight the football program since it played its first season in Stanford Stadium in 1921 ... At halftime of the Stanford-Notre Dame game, each decade will be featured in a video salaute of players and/or coaches who best exemplified Stanford football during the era ... The 1920's will be represented by Pop Warner and Ernie Nevers; 1930's - Tiny Thornhill and The Vow Boys; 1940's - Clark Shaughnessey, Frankie Albert, the T-Formation and Milt Vucinich; 1950's - Chuck Taylor, Paul Wiggin, Bill McColl and John Brodie; 1960's - John Ralston, Gene Washington and Bob Moore; 1970's - Jack Christiansen, Bill Walsh, Jim Plunkett, Darrin Nelson; 1980's - Jack Elway, Brad Muster; 1990's - Bill Walsh, Steve Stenstrom, Glyn Milburn, Ed McCaffrey, 2000's - Todd Husak, Troy Walters and the 2001 Team ... Expected to attend Saturday's game are Brodie, Ralston, Washington, Plunkett, Walsh, Nelson, Elway, Muster, Milburn, Stenstrom, Moore, Husak, Vucinich and McColl, among others.
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
Cardinal-Cal: Reviewing Last Week's Game
Stanford was limited to a net 16 yards rushing while the Bears accounted for 226 yards on the ground
Cal recorded nine sacks and allowed Stanford only a second quarter field goal by Michael Sgroi
Starting quarterback Trent Edwards completed nine-of-14 for 76 yards before being knocked out of the game with an injury in the third period.
The Bear's Marshawn Lynch rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown
Cal beat Stanford for the fourth consecutive season
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 68-73, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 5-5 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: Notre Dame 23, Stanford 15, Oct. 9, 2004
Stanford led 6-0 after one quarter and took a 9-3 lead early in the third period on Michael Sgroi's third field goal of the day, but Notre Dame scored three second half touchdowns to pull away and defeat the Cardinal 23-15 in South Bend ... Stanford drove deep in to Irish territory twice in the first quarter, but each time had to settle for short field goals by Sgroi (27 and 20 yards out) ... The Irish scored their first touchdown after a 13-play, 73-yard drive in the third quarter to take a 10-9 lead ... The Cardinal came back with an 80-yard drive of their own, culminating in a one-yard run by J.R. Lemon, to retake the lead at 15-10 ... Notre Dame, however, scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to secure the win ... QB Trent Edwards was 17-of-38 for 267 yards while Brady Quinn of Notre Dame went 11-of-24 for 173 yards.
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 (0-1 when turnover margin is tied) ... 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 13 in its five 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 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 Oklahoma, has played a tougher schedule than the Cardinal this season ... Stanford's opponents have a winning percentage of .648 (59-32) while the Sooner's opponents have a winning percentage of .653 (64-34) ... Stanford has played three teams currently ranked in the top-11 and a fourth - Notre Dame - is ranked sixth this week ... The Cardinal has lost to No. 1 USC, No. 8 Oregon, No. 11 UCLA and last week's game vs. Cal ... Those four teams have a combined record of 37-6.
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 23 games and played in 27 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all 10 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 156-of-248 for 1,784 yards and 15 touchdowns this year ... Throughout his career, he has thrown for 4,252 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 381-of-689 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 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) ... 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 moved up to ninth in the Cardinal record book in passing as he passed Chad Hutchinson (4,235 yards, 1996-97) after last week's performance against Cal ... Edwards has now thrown for 4,252 career yards ...Next up is Chris Lewis (2000-03) who is eighth all-time with 4,346 yards ... Edwards, who still has one more year of eligibility remaining, is also No. 8 all-time in career total offense with 4,428 yards and career completions with 381, and No. 9 (tie) in career touchdown passes with 28 and career pass attempts with 689 ... In the single season record book, Edwards is No. 10 in completion percentage at .629 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 at Oregon State the following week 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 four-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 7.8 ... The fifth-year senior has registered 78 total tackles this season ... He has also recorded 6.5 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 four-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, has played in 38 games and started 23 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 43 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 136 career tackles, 28.0 tackles for loss and 15.0 sacks ... Oshinowo, a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, is a co-term student working on his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Schimmelmann Academic All-Pac-10 for Fourth Year
Kevin Schimmelmann earned First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 recognition for the fourth consecutive season while NT Babatunde Oshinowo earned the same honor for the third straight year ... Stanford led the league with six players earning First-Team honors, five with Second-Team recognition and seven more with honorable mention honors ... Stanford's 19 selections were the best in the conference.
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 five games - vs. ASU, UCLA, USC, Oregon State and Cal - Jenkins has accounted for 27 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 126 career tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks, has appeared in 41 games and started 22 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.
Crochet Stanford's Leading Receiver Last Two Games
Fifth-year senior Gerren Crochet entered the season with 18 career receptions, but injuries to Mark Bradford and Justin McCullum the past two games have made Crochet the team's top receiving target ... Crochet has responded by recording a career high five catches for 77 yards at OSU, then another career high the next week with seven receptions for 86 yards at Cal ... Crochet is now third on the team with 29 receptions for 387 yards.
McCullum 16 Receptions vs. USC and Oregon State
With Mark Bradford slowed by an injury against USC and Oregon State, senior wide receiver Justin McCullum answered the call as the team's main receiving threat and hauled in 16 receptions in those two games ... McCullum, who entered the 2005 campaign with 33 career catches, is second on the team in receiving with 30 catches for 438 yards (14.6 avg) and four touchdowns ... The Mercer Island, Washington native caught 16 balls for 257 yards and three touchdowns against the Trojans and Beavers... He did not play in the second half at Oregon State and last week vs. Cal due to injury ... Against the top-ranked Trojans, he accounted for a career single game high nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown ... He came back at OSU to catch seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, which all came in the first half ... 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 1,174 yards and scored 15 TDs in his Cardinal career ... Lemon, who has started the past four 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 against UCLA, at USC, at Oregon State and last week in The Big Game vs. Cal ... 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 159 total tackles, 20.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005 ... In his last seven games, Alston has accounted for 35 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five quarterback sacks, one pass break up, an interception and three 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 ... In the Big Game vs. Cal, Alston accounted for five tackles, an interception, two tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble ... He currently leads the team with three forced fumbles and is tied for the team lead with nine tackles for loss and is second with six sacks ... He also has one interception, one blocked kick and one pass deflection.
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 10 games this season ... At left tackle, Jeff Edwards started the first four games of the season, but sophomore Allen Smith has started the last six in place of Edwards ... Edwards has 25 career starts on The Farm ... Smith, who was impressive in Stanford's win at WSU, has started the past seven games (vs. WSU at right tackle, vs. Arizona, ASU, UCLA, USC, Oregon State and Cal 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 the last two weeks at Oregon State and vs. Cal ... 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 three games vs. USC, Oregon State and Cal ... Ismail Simpson, a veteran who had started 22 straight games in 2003 and '04, has started the last three games at right guard ... Josiah Vinson has started all 10 games this year at left guard and 23 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 51 kickoff returns for 1,313 yards and two touchdowns ... His 25.7 career kickoff return average currently places him fourth 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 1,313... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned 20 kicks for 479 yards and his 24.0 average ... ... Rushing began returning punts for the first time in his career at WSU and has 14 returns for 128 yards (9.1 avg) the past seven 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 14 field goals in 10 games this season and his 46 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 233 points ... Sgroi is six-of-nine 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 1.40 field goals per game and is currently ranked 24th 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 ... Sgroi's 14 field goals this season places him tied with five others for eighth in the Cardinal single season record book.