Cardinal Hosts No. 13 Oregon in Pac-10 Showdown

Sept. 17, 2007

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Game #3 - No. 13 Oregon (3-0, 0-0) at Stanford (1-1, 0-1)
September 22, Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA, 7:00 pm, PT

Date: September 22, 2007
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: No live television
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: Stanford leads 43-26-1
Last Meeting: Oregon 48, Stanford 10 (9/2/06 at Oregon)
Series Notes: Oregon won last five meetings
Last Stanford Win: Stanford 49, Oregon 42 (10/20/01 at Oregon)


Game Reset: Coming off its first shutout in 11 years, the Cardinal (1-1, 0-1) will face its second nationally-ranked opponent in its first three games as they play host to No. 13 Oregon (3-0, 0-0),Saturday, September 22 at Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal is coming off a 37-0 win over San Jose State while the Ducks beat Fresno State, 52-21, last week in Eugene ... Oregon has won the last five meetings against the Cardinal, including last year's season opener (48-10 in Eugene) ... Stanford's next three games are against three unbeaten teams, two of whom are ranked among the top 13 in the country ... The Cardinal plays No. 13 Oregon (3-0), Arizona State (3-0) and top-ranked USC (2-0) the next three weeks.

Game Notes: Oregon enters Saturday's game with one of the most high-powered offenses in the nation ... The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in rushing offense (325 ypg), scoring offense (46 ppg) and total offense (519 ypg) ... Nationally, they rank third in rushing offense, 11th in scoring offense and 13th in total offense ... Stanford is coming off a game in which it shut out San Jose State while allowing 32 net yards rushing and 163 total yards ... The Cardinal offense also accounted for 506 yards,Stanford's first 500-yard output in five years ... The Cardinal's passing offense is ranked third in the conference and 23rd in the nation ... Oregon's defense is ranked 10th in the conference in total defense, allowing 412 yards per game.Stanford vs. Oregon Series Notes: While the Cardinal leads the all-time series with the Ducks, 43-26-1, Oregon has dominated the series the last five years ... The Ducks have not only beaten the Cardinal five straight years, but four of those wins have come by an average of 31 points ... Stanford's last win over Oregon came in 2001 when the Cardinal upset the fifth-ranked Ducks, 49-42, in a classic battle in Autzen Stadium ... Stanford's last win over Oregon at Stanford Stadium came in 1997 when the two teams set a Cardinal record by scoring 107 points in a 59-48 Stanford win.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh: A 15-year NFL veteran and owner of an impressive 29-6 record at the University of San Diego, Jim Harbaugh was named Stanford's head coach shortly after the conclusion of the 2006 season ... Harbaugh spent the last three seasons (2004-06) as the head coach at USD, leading the Toreros to Division I-AA Mid-Major national titles each of the past two campaigns ... His 29-6 (.829) at San Diego included 11-1 campaigns each of the past two years, a school record 18-game win streak and two Pioneer Football League championships ... Harbaugh starred at Palo Alto High School as one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation, then enjoyed a storied collegiate career at the University of Michigan (1983-86), leading the Wolverines to three bowl games while being named Big Ten Player of the Year in his final season in 1986 ... As a professional, Harbaugh finished his career among the Top 50 all-time in several passing categories and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Year in 1995 ... He played for five teams over 15 seasons (1987-2001) as a quarterback in the National Football League after entering the NFL as a first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1987 ... After seven seasons in Chicago (1987-93), Harbaugh played for the Indianapolis Colts for four years (1994-97) before playing one year with the Baltimore Ravens (1998), two seasons with the San Diego Chargers (1999-2000) and his final campaign with the Carolina Panthers (2001) ... In his brief coaching career, Harbaugh has been a part of one Super Bowl team (Oakland Raiders, 2002) and guided his USD teams to two national championships ... Harbaugh's dad, Jack, was Stanford's defensive coordinator in 1980 and '81.

Defensive Download: Stanford's 37-0 win over San Jose State was its first shutout since a 38-0 victory over Michigan State in the 1996 Sun Bowl ... The Cardinal defense not only pitched its first shutout in 11 years, but it accounted for seven tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, one interception and seven pass break ups ... Stanford also limited the San Jose State to just 32 net yards rushing, 131 yards through the air and 163 yards in total offense ... The 32 rushing yards allowed was the fewest allowed by a Cardinal defense since 2003 (-5 vs. BYU) ... FS Bo McNally led the team in tackles for the second straight game (11 tackles, 3 PBU, TFL, INT) and his 13.0 tackles per game is third in the nation and first in the Pac-10.

Ground Game: Led by Toby Gerhart's 140-yards rushing, Stanford's 276 yards on the ground vs. San Jose State was the most by a Cardinal offense in six seasons ... The last time Stanford rushed for more yards in a game was a 291 yard rushing effort vs. Arizona in 2001 ... A year ago, Stanford had only two games in which it rushed for more than 100 yards, and its season high was 185 ... Gerhart became the first Cardinal running back to rush for over 100 yards in a game since J.R. Lemon in 2004 (162 yards vs. Washington State).

Kicking It: During his first three seasons, Derek Belch was a backup placekicker who did not see any game action ... In his fourth season, he became the team's kickoff specialist and did attempt one field goal during the year ... Now in his fifth season, Belch has not only won the No. 1 PK job, but through the first two games of the 2007 season, he has already made an impact in the Cardinal record book ... Belch hit one of two field goals in the season opener vs. UCLA, then made all three of his attempts in last Saturday's game vs. San Jose State, including two from 50 yards out ... Belch hit his first field goal of the game from 52-yards, which tied for the 10th longest in school history ... When he made a 50-yard field goal later in the game, Belch became just the second kicker in school history to make two, 50-yard field goals in the same game ... The other was Rod Garcia, who made a school-record 59-yarder to go along with a 52-yarder in a 1973 game vs. USC ... Belch, from San Diego, leads the Pac-10 and is tied for ninth in the nation this week in field goals per game (2.0) and his 9.0 points per game is tied for second in the conference.

Ostrander By The Numbers: Fifth-year senior T.C. Ostrander threw for more yards than any quarterback on The Farm since the 2001 season when he accounted for 346 passing yards in the season opener vs. UCLA ... Ostrander set career highs in yards, passes attempted (59), passes completed (27) ... The 59 passes tied Ostrander for the third highest in school history ... The school record is 68, set in a 1989 game vs. Notre Dame by Steve Smith ... The 346 passing yards was the most by a Stanford quarterback since Chris Lewis threw for 390 yards in the 2001 Big Game (Nov. 17) - a span of 60 games ... Through two games, Ostrander has thrown for 566 yards, four TDs and just one interception while completing 45-of-87 passes ... His 258 yards of total offense places him fourth in the Pac-10 ... Ostrander has played in 24 games and started none in his Cardinal career, but 2007 marks his first as the team's No. 1 quarterback and full-time starter ... Ostrander played a backup role to Trent Edwards the past three seasons and received his playing time when Edwards was unable to play due to injury ... Now, it's Ostrander's turn to take the reigns ... He has thrown for 2,905 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career ... He started the final five games of the 2006 season and is one of the team's two captains in 2007.

Offensive Outbox: The Cardinal offense is averaging 452 yards and 27 points per game through the first two contests of 2007 ... A year ago, Stanford averaged 232 yards and 10.6 points per game ... Not since Stanford's 9-3 team of 2001 has the Cardinal had a greater offensive output ... In game two vs. San Jose State, the Cardinal offense accounted for 506 yards, the most on The Farm since the 2002 season (563 yards vs. SJS) ... Stanford also rushed for 276 yards against the Spartans, the most for a Cardinal offense since the 2001 season ... In the season opener vs. UCLA, Stanford threw for 346 yards, the most since Nov. 26, 2005 when Stanford passed for 347 yards vs. Notre Dame in the final game of the 'old' Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal's 37 points scored vs. San Jose State in game two was the most by a Cardinal offense in the last 20 games - dating back to Oct. 22, 2005 (45 points vs. ASU) ... Compare Stanford's yards gained and points per game averages since the 2001 season:

Year Yds Pts
2007 452 27.0
2006 232 10.6
2005 316 24.5
2004 327 22.0
2003 283 16.9
2002 311 20.4
2001 451 34.0

Freshman Class: Stanford has had seven true freshman play in 2007, including one, FB Owen Marecic, who started each of the first two games ... The others include WR Doug Baldwin (3 receptions, 2 punt returns), FS Taylor Skaufel (five tackles), LB Chike Amajoyi (four tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks), WR Corey Gatewood, RB Jeremy Stewart (five carries, 19 yards) and WR Ryan Whalen.

Coaching Staff: Among the nine assistant coaches on Jim Harbaugh's staff are a mix of former NFL players and coaches, former Stanford players, three coaches who were on Harbaugh's staff at USD and a defensive coordinator who guided one of the top defensive units in college football in 2006 ... Harbaugh's staff is young - average age 34.2 years old - and comes to Stanford from all parts of the country ... Two members of the Cardinal staff are former Stanford players, offensive line coach Chris Dalman (1988-92) and offensive coordinator David Shaw (1991-94) ... Dalman played seven years in the NFL while Shaw's resume includes nine seasons coaching in the NFL ... DB coach Clayton White played in the NFL; Lance Anderson, Tim Drevno and Shaw were on Harbaugh's staff at USD last season while Scott Shafer was running a defense at Western Michigan that ranked 11th in the country.

All-Academic: Stanford once again led the conference with 14 players selected to last year's Academic All-Pac-10 Team ... Eleven of those players are on this year's roster ... The list includes First-Team selections Anthony Kimble, Kelton Lynn, Chris Horn and Tom McAndrew; Second-Team picks Michael Miller, Evan Moore, Gustav Rydstedt, Clinton Snyder and Aaron Zagory; and honorable mention selections Chris Marinelli and Will Powers ... Stanford led the league in 2005 with 15 Academic All-Pac-10 members.

The Starting Five: The Cardinal's offensive line is anchored by juniors Allen Smith and Alex Fletcher, who have each started 22 games in their careers, six-year senior Tim Mattran, fifth-year senior Mikal Brewer and sophomore Chris Marinelli ... All five have starting experience ... Mattran and Brewer have each started eight games in their careers while Marinelli has started seven ... Mattran has been selected to the 2007 Rimington Watch List for the award given annually to college football's top center.

Player Notes - Offense

Mark Bradford, Sr., WR
• Has returned to the starting lineup after being injured in game two in 2006 and missing rest of season due to foot injury• Has a chance to be among Stanford's all-time Top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs• Career Stats: Receiving (125-1851-14.8-11-76)• Last Game vs. SJSU: Receiving (4-41-0-17)

Mikal Brewer, Sr., LG
• Starting left guard has started eight games in his career at C (5) and OG (2)• Three-year letterwinner

Jim Dray, So., TE
• Has started team's last 13 games at TE• Named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team• Career Stats: Receiving (25-269-10.8-2-46)• Last Game vs. SJSU: Receiving (2-19-0-13)

Alex Fletcher, Jr., RG
• In his third season in the starting lineup• Has started 22 games at Stanford, including his first 20 possible in 2005 and '06 before missing final three in '06 due to injury• Started at RG in '05 and C in '06 and is back at RG in '07

Toby Gerhart, So., RB
• Expected to share time at RB with Anthony Kimble• Starting left fielder for Stanford's baseball team and a top major league prospect• Career Stats: Rushing (118-515-4.4-1-48), Receiving (15-124-8.3-0-16)• Last Game vs. SJSU: Rushing (12-140-1-48) ... Career-high rushing yards ... first career TD ... first Stanford player with more than 100 yards rushing since J.R. Lemon (10/2/04 vs. Washington) ... career-long 48-yard run

Anthony Kimble, Jr., RB
• Has started 19 games at RB in his career, including 13 of 14 over last two years• Leads the team with 149 rushing yards and 33 carries• Changed his number from 26 to 5 in 2007• Had career-highs in kickoff returns (8) and kickoff return yardage (150) in season-opener vs. UCLA• Career Stats: Rushing (213-863-4.1-5-41) ... Receiving (37-306-8.3-2-26)• Last Game vs. SJSU: Rushing (19-80-0-14), Receiving (1-3-0-3), Kickoff Returns (1-27-0-27) ... career-high carries ... three yards shy of career-high in rushing• Rankings: All-Purpose Yards (165.5, #2 Pac-10, #23 NCAA), Kick Return Avg (19.7, #7 Pac-10)

Owen Marecic, Fr., FB
• True freshman has started the team's first two games at fullback after expected starter Emeka Nnoli was lost for the season due to injury• Oregon prep Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 as a LB at Jesuit HS• Last Game vs. SJSU: No stats

Chris Marinelli, So., RT
• Has started the first two games of 2007 at right tackle and has now started seven games in his career after starting five in 2006 as a redshirt freshman• Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006• Youngest member of Stanford's starting five on OL

Tim Mattran, Sr., C
• Received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA• Former walk-on in 2002; moved into the starting lineup in 2005• Missed all of 2006 season due to high ankle sprain• On the Rimington Watch List as nation's top center

Evan Moore, Sr., WR
• Fifth-year senior who missed 13 games in 2005 and '06 due to injury• Career-high six catches and career-high-tying 87 receiving yards in 2007 opener vs. UCLA• Career Stats: Receiving (72-1190-16.5-11)• Last Game vs. SJSU: Receiving (2-29-0-21)

T.C. Ostrander, Sr., QB
• Fifth-year senior in his first season as full-time starter• Voted by his teammates as team captain (along with Chris Horn) for 2007 season• Career-highs in completions (27), attempts (59) and passing yards (346), tied career-highs in TD passes (2) vs. UCLA in season-opener ... first Stanford QB to throw for 300-plus yards since Trent Edwards vs. Arizona State (10/22/05)• Born at the Stanford Medical Center; father, Clint, graduated from Stanford and was a member of the track and field team• Has started the team's last seven games and thrown for two TDs in each of his last three• Career Stats: Passing (212-438, 2927 yards, 48.4%, 12 TD, 8 INT) ... six 200-yard games, one 300-yard game• Rankings: Passing Yards (283.0, #3 Pac-10), Total Offense (258.0, #4 Pac-10, #39 NCAA)• Last Game vs. UCLA: Passing (28-18-1-220-2) ... tied career-high TD passes for third straight game

Richard Sherman, So., WR
• Leads Stanford in receiving yards (171), yards per catch (21.4), receiving TDs (2) and receptions (8)• Has led Stanford in receiving yards for seven consecutive games dating back to 2006• Has the team's longest catch when he hauled in a 70-yard TD strike from T.C. Ostrander in the season-opener vs. UCLA• First Team Pac-10 All Freshman Team in 2006• Team leader in '06 in receptions (34) and receiving yards (581)• Has the team's only 100-yard receiving game of the season when he caught four balls for 100 yards in the season-opener vs. UCLA• Career Stats: Receiving (42-752-17.9-5) ... two 100-yard receiving games• Last Game vs. SJSU: Receiving (4-71-1-46)• Rankings: Receiving Yards (85.5, #4 Pac-10, #39T NCAA), Scoring TDs (2, #7T Pac-10)

Allen Smith, Jr., LT
• Has started the past 22 games, including the last 21 at left tackle• Started all 12 games at left tackle in '06• Has All-Conference potential

Player Notes - Defense

Pannel Egboh, Jr., DE
• Has started 14 straight games at DE• Led all DL on team with 45 tackles and 5.5 TFL in 2006 and is currently DL leader in 2007 with seven tackles• Has claimed one starting DE spot in 2007• Career Stats: 67 tackles, 8.5 TFL (-25 yards), 3.0 sacks (-14 yards)• Last Game vs. SJSU: 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks (-4 yards), 0.5 TFL (-4 yards)

Levirt Griffin, So., DT
• Starting defensive tackle after coming off the bench in all 12 games in 2006 during his true freshman season as a reserve defensive lineman• Career-high four tackles and 1.5 TFL (-1 yard) in season-opener vs. UCLA• Last Game vs. SJSU: 1 tackle

Chris Horn, Sr., DT
• Defensive team captain for 2007• Has played both DE and DT during his career, but is playing DT this season• Two-time First Team Pac-10 All-Academic• Career Stats: 46 tackles, 11.0 TFL (-45 yards), 5.5 sacks (-34 yards), 1 FF, 1 INT• Last Game vs. UCLA: 1 tackle, 1.0 sack (-9 yards), 1.0 TFL (-9 yards)

Erik Lorig, So., DE
• Converted tight end who made his first start at Stanford versus SJSU• Career-high 1.5 TFL (-3 yards) in season-opener and defensive debut vs. UCLA• Last Game vs. SJSU: Two tackles

Pat Maynor, Jr., WLB
• Has started first two games at weakside linebacker• Started nine of games in 2006 at both outside and middle linebacker, collecting 44 tackles and 3.0 TFL (-3 yards)• Had a career-high 10 tackles and tied a career-high with 1.0 TFL in season-opener vs. UCLA• Career Stats: 58 tackles, 4.5 TFL (-6 yards)• Last Game vs. SJSU: 1 tackle, 0.5 TFL (-1 yard)

Bo McNally, So., FS
• Has moved into the team's starting free safety role in 2007 after playing in all 12 games with one start in 2006• Leads Stanford and the Pac-10 while ranking third in the NCAA with 13.0 tackles per game (26 total)• Has the team's only interception of the season, while ranking second with three pass breakups• Had two INTs in Stanford's lone win a year ago at Washington, returning one 49 yards for a TD• Had a career and game-high 15 tackles in the season-opener vs. UCLA• Career Stats: 47 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 sacks (-5 yards), 1 FR, 3 INT (1 TD)• Last Game: 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards), 1 INT (28 yards), 3 PBU (career-high)• Rankings: Tackles (11.0, #1 Pac-10, #3T NCAA) Interceptions (1, #3T Pac-10, #48T NCAA)

Wopamo Osaisai, Jr., CB
• Part of a three cornerback rotation with Nick Sanchez and Tim Sims• First Team All-Pac-10 in 2006 as a specialist when he started six games and played in all 12• Had a 72-yard INT return for touchdown versus Arizona in 2006, the fourth longest in school history• School record holder in 100m at 10.39• Career-high-tying eight tackles in vs. UCLA• Career Stats: 72 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-5 yards), 1 INT (TD)• Last Game vs. SJSU: 5 tackles, 4 pass break-ups (career-high)

Nick Sanchez, Sr., CB
• Has started season-opener three straight seasons• Started 17 games at CB the past three years• Career Stats: 109 tackles (team's active career leader), 5.5 TFL (-12 yards), 12 PBU, 2 FF, 2 FR, 3 INT• Last Game vs. UCLA: 6 tackles, 0.5 TFL

Tim Sims, Sr., CB
• Started season-opener versus UCLA and seven games in 2006 when he led all CBs with 54 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.5 tackles for loss (team-best -27 yards)• Career Stats: 62 tackles, 5.5 TFL (-27 yards), 1.0 sacks (-15 yards), 5 PBU, 1 FR• Last Game vs. UCLA: 2 tackles

Taylor Skaufel, Fr., FS
• One of five true freshmen to play in the team's opener versus UCLA when he made four tackles• Last Game vs. UCLA: 1 tackle

Clinton Snyder, So., SLB
• Has started 13 straight games• First Team All-Freshman and Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic in 2006 when he was third on the team with 83 tackles (#10 Pac-10) and the team leader with forced three fumbles to rank tied for fourth in the Pac-10• Career-high-tying two TFL and team's only sack (-10 yards) vs. UCLA• Career Stats: 87 tackles, 5.5 TFL (-31 yards), 3.0 sacks (-27 yards), 1 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF• Last Game vs. SJSU: Started but played sparingly before being removed from game with injury

Ekom Udofia, So., DT
• Has started 14 straight games• Named Third Team Freshman All-American and First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 in 2006• Career Stats: 46 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-9 yards), 1.5 sack (-7 yards), 2 FR• Last Game vs. SJSU: 1 tackle, 0.5 TFL (-0 yards), 0.5 sacks (-0 yards)

Udeme Udofia, Sr., DE
• Started nine of 12 games in 2006 at OLB• Has moved to DE where he is currently backing up Pannel Egboh• Has played in 32 career games and started 20• Career Stats: 79 tackles, 7.0 TFL (-24 yards), 1.0 sack (-10 yards), 2 FF, 1 FR, 3 blocked kicks• Last Game vs. SJSU: 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard) ... season-debut after missing UCLA opener with injury

Austin Yancy, So., SS
• Has started the team's first two games at strong safety after converting from WR, where he started six games and had 16 catches for 168 yards in 2006• Last Game vs. UCLA: 4 tackles (career-high)

Player Notes - Specialists

Derek Belch, Sr., PK
• Has won the starting job kicking field goals and extra points in addition to the kickoff position he held in 2006• Made his first career field goal and PAT attempts vs. UCLA• Last Game vs. SJSU: Made each of his career-high three FG attempts (all in the first half) to mark the most made field goals by a Stanford kicker since Michael Sgroi also had three at Washington State (10/16/04) ... Hit a 52-yarder that ties for 10th-longest in Stanford history and another from 50 yards that makes him just the second kicker in Stanford history to hit two FGs from 50 or more yards in a game

Chris Hobbs, So., Punt Returner
• Has been Stanford's primary punt returner for most of the past two seasons• Equaled a career-best with four punt returns vs. UCLA• Career Stats: Punt Returns (19-101-5.3-20)• Last Game vs. SJSU: Punt returns (2-5-0-6)

Jay Ottovegio, Sr., P
• Fourth consecutive season as starting punter who has chance to become school's career leading punter• Has averaged 40.0 or more yards in 24 of his 35 career games• Career-high 10 punts and 429 punting yards vs. UCLA• Career Stats: (206-8378-40.7-59) ... has had two punts blocked• Last Game vs. SJSU: Punting (2-81-40.5-41)