Stanford Faces Unbeaten Arizona State

Sept. 23, 2007

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Game #4 - No. 23 ASU (4-0, 1-0) at Stanford (1-2, 0-2)
September 29
Stanford Stadium
Stanford, CA, 7:00 pm

Date: September 29, 2007
Kickoff: 7:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: Live, Fox Sports Net Bay Area (Ted Robinson, Todd Husak)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: ASU leads 14-9
Last Meeting: ASU 38, Stanford 3 (10/21/06 at ASU)
Series Notes: Stanford won last four meetings at Stanford
Last Stanford Win: Stanford 45, ASU 35 (10/22/05 at Stanford)


Game Reset: Stanford will face its second unbeaten team in as many weeks on Saturday when the Cardinal (1-2, 0-2) hosts Arizona State, currently 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10 ... The Sun Devils are ranked No. 23 in the nation by AP and tied for No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll ... Stanford is coming off a 55-31 loss to No. 13 Oregon while the Sun Devils erased a 19-0 deficit to defeat Oregon State 44-32 last Saturday in Tempe ... ... A week ago, Stanford faced unbeaten Oregon, Saturday it will face unbeaten and the following week the Cardinal will make its first road trip of the season to undefeated and No. 1 ranked USC ... Saturday's game will also conclude the Cardinal's season opening four-game homestand.

Game Notes: Saturday's game will feature the two, first-year head coaches in the Pac-10, although ASU's Dennis Erickson could hardly be considered a first-year coach in the conference ... He has previously coached at Oregon State and Washington State, but this is his first season at Arizona State ... The Sun Devils are the top rated defense in the Pac-10, giving up just 289 yards per game ... ASU is also first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (15.5 ppg), pass defense and pass efficiency defense ... Stanford comes into the game averaging 28 points and 435 yards in total offense ... Two of the Pac-10's top backs will go head-to-head in ASU's Ryan Torian (101 ypg) and Stanford's Anthony Kimble (89 ypg rushing, 220 ypg all-purpose running) ... The Cardinal has won the last four meetings with ASU in Stanford Stadium dating back to 2000.

Rushing Attack: Stanford's run game has seen a marked improved over last year ... In fact, it's been the most effective rushing attack since 2001 when the Cardinal went 9-3 ... This year's ground game has increased its per game production by over 90 yards per game and its average per play is more than twice as productive as it was in 2006 ... The Cardinal is averaging 156 yards on the ground and 4.4 yards per carry this season, compared to 65.1 and 2.1 for the 2006 squad ... Stanford's 2007 ground game has already scored more rushing touchdowns in three games (four) than it did in all 12 games last year (three) ... The Cardinal did not have a running back gain over 100 yards in a game during the past two years ... So far, in just three games in '07, Stanford has had two backs (Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart) rush for more than 100 yards in a game ... Gerhart gained 140 in game two vs. San Jose State; Kimble gained 119 in game three vs. Oregon ... The last time Stanford had back-to-back games with 100-yard rushers was the first two games of the 2003 season (J.R. Lemon / Kenneth Tolon) ... Stanford's 276 yards on the ground vs. San Jose State equaled the most by a Cardinal offense in six seasons (276 yards 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).

Offensively Speaking: The Cardinal offense is averaging 435 yards and 28.3 points per game through the first three 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, equaling 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) ... When the Cardinal scored 31 points the following week vs. Oregon, it marked the first time that Stanford had scored more than 30 points in back-to-back games since the first two games of the 2004 season.

All-Purpose Runner: After his 331-yard performance in last Saturday's game against No. 13 Oregon, RB Anthony Kimble finds himself No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 4 nationally after his near-record setting effort against the Ducks ... Kimble, a junior from Baton Rouge, LA., was just 48 yards shy of setting the Stanford record for most all-purpose yards in a game (school record is 379, Glyn Milburn, 1990) ... Kimble had 119 yards rushing, 170 yards on seven kickoff returns and 42 yards on six receptons ... His 220.7 yards per game currently leads the Pac-10 ... Through three games, Kimble leads the Cardinal and is seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing (89.3 ypg) ... He has gained 268 yards on 49 carries to go along with a 5.5 yards per carry average and three touchdowns ... Kimble also leads the team in kickoff returns with a 21.7 average and is fourth on the team with 10 receptions.

T.C.B: Quarterback T.C. Ostrander is averaging 276 passing yards per game, the highest for a Cardinal quarterback since Todd Husak in 1998 ... Ostrander, a fifth-year senior from Atherton, Calif., has thrown for 828 yards in three games ... He has also thrown for six touchdowns and just two interceptions in 131 pass attempts ... if Ostrander can continue his pace, he will become only the fourth quarterback in school history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season, joining John Elway, Steve Stenstrom and Husak ... 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 ... Ostrander has played in 25 games and started 10 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 3,189 yards and 14 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.

Belch Bytes: 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 three games of the 2007 season, he has already made an impact in the Cardinal record book ... Belch has made five of six field goal attempts through the first three games and is second in the Pac-10, averaging 1.67 field goals per game ... He also leads the team in scoring with 25 points ... Belch hit one of two field goals in the season opener vs. UCLA, then made all three of his attempts 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 ... Last Saturday vs. Oregon, he hit his only field goal attempt - from 39 yards out - and made all four of his PATs, making him a perfect 10-for-10 this season.

Defense Records First Shutout in 11 Years: 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 leads the team with 32 total tackles and his 10.7 tackles per game leads the Pac-10.

The O-Line: An experienced and veteran offensive line has provided quarterback T.C. Ostrander with solid protection while allowing the Cardinal running game to be more productive ... And the numbers bear it out ... A year ago, opponents registered a sack every 6.32 passes attempted by Stanford quarterbacks (50 sacks/316 attempts) ... This year, that number has improved to a sack every 16.6 pass attempts (8 sacks/133 attempts) ... The line has also allowed the running game to produce 156 yards on the ground and 4.4 yards per carry, compared to 65 and 2.1 in '06 ... The Cardinal's offensive line is anchored by juniors Allen Smith and Alex Fletcher, who have each started 23 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 nine games in their careers while Marinelli has started eight ... Mattran has been selected to the 2007 Rimington Watch List for the award given annually to college football's top center.

Stanford-ASU Series Notes

• Arizona State leads the all-time series 14-9• Stanford has won the last four games with ASU in Stanford Stadium (2005, '03, '01, '00)• ASU's last win at Stanford Stadium was in 1997 (31-14)• Overall, Stanford has won five of the last eight vs. the Sun Devils since 1999• Stanford has lost the last three games vs. ASU at Sun Devil Stadium• The last time these two teams met at Stanford Stadium (Oct. 22, 2005), the Cardinal won 45-35. Stanford built a 45-7 lead in the third quarter before ASU scored 28 consecutive points.• In winning five of the last eight vs. ASU, the Cardinal has averaged 43 points per game in those five victories.

Player Notes - Offense

Mark Bradford, Sr., WR
• Has increased his production each game this season (3-21 vs. UCLA; 4-41 vs. SJSU, 6-72-1TD vs. ORE) in his return to the starting lineup after suffering a season-ending injury in the second game of 2006• Second on the club in 2007 in receptions (13) and third in receiving yards (154) ... Has one TD catch• Career Stats: Receiving (131-1923-14.7-12TD-76) ... Has moved within 10 receptions and three TD catches of the all-time Top 10 in those categories• Last Game vs. ORE: Receiving (6-72-1TD-29) ... had both his first TD of the season and his longest reception ... led the team in receiving yards and co-leader in receptions

Mikal Brewer, Sr., LG
• Starting left guard and three-year letterwinner has started eight games in his career at C (5) and OG (3)

Jim Dray, So., TE
• Has started team's last 14 games at TE• Named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2006• Career Stats: Receiving (26-285-11.0-2TD-46)• Last Game vs. ORE: Receiving (1-16-16)

Alex Fletcher, Jr., RG
• Has started 23 games in third season as a starter 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, C in '06 and back at RG in '07

Toby Gerhart, So., RB
• Has not played in two of three games due to injury• Had a huge game in his only action of the season versus San Jose State, rushing for a career-high 140 yards and his first career TD on just 12 carries ... also had a career-long 48-yard run• Career Stats: Rushing (118-515-4.4-1TD-48), Receiving (15-124-8.3-0-16)• Last Game vs. ORE: DNP - Injured

Anthony Kimble, Jr., RB
• Leads the Pac-10 and ranks fourth nationally with 220.7 all-purpose yards per game (662 total - 268 rushing, 47 receiving, 347 kickoff returns)• Paces the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing (89.3 yards per game, 268 yards), while contributing 10 catches for 47 yards• Leads the team and has the third-highest kick return yardage total (347) in the Pac-10 and is already nearly halfway to Stanford's single season record of 715 set by Ryan Wells in 2002• Has moved to within 18 yards of the career 1,000-yard mark with his current total of 982• Has started 20 games at RB in his career, including 14 of 15 over last two years• Had a career-high eight kickoff returns (8) vs. UCLA and a career-high 170 kickoff returns yards against Oregon when he also had a 49-yard return that was the longest of his career• Has increased rushing output each game (14-69 vs. UCLA; 19-80-1TD vs. SJSU; 16-119-2TD vs. ORE)• Has already scored a career-high three rushing TDs• Career Stats: Rushing (229-982-4.3-7TD-60) ... Receiving (43-348-8.1-2TD-41)• Last Game vs. ORE: Rushing (16-119-2TD-60), Receiving (6-42-16), Kickoff Returns (7-170-49), All-Purpose Yards (331) ... career-high rushing yards, rushing TDs and receptions ... career-long rush, kickoff return

Ben Ladner, So., TE
• Has contributed seven catches, 76 receiving yards (15.3 avg) and one TD catch as a backup TE• Last Game vs. ORE: Receiving (2-36-1TD-31) ... first career TD ... longest career catch ... career-high receiving yards

Owen Marecic, Fr., FB
• True freshman has started three straight games

Chris Marinelli, So., RT
• Has started the first three games of 2007 at right tackle and has now started eight games in his career after starting five in 2006 as a redshirt freshman• Youngest member of Stanford's starting five on OL

Tim Mattran, Sr., C
• Received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after missing all of 2006 due to high ankle sprain• On the Rimington Watch List as nation's top center

Evan Moore, Sr., WR
• Second on the club in receiving yards (151) and third in receptions (11)• Career-high six catches and career-high-tying 87 receiving yards in 2007 opener vs. UCLA• Career Stats: Receiving (75-1225-16.3-11TD-67)• Last Game vs. ORE: Receiving (3-35-22)T.C. Ostrander, Sr., QB• Fifth-year senior in his first season as full-time starter and second as team captain• 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)• Has started the team's last eight games and thrown for two TDs in each of his last four contests• Has thrown for 828 yards on 70-of-131 (career-high 53.4%) with six TD and two INT• Leads the team and ranks sixth in Pac-10 in total offense (254.0)• Career Stats: Passing (237-482, 3189 yards, 49.2%, 14 TD, 10 INT) ... seven 200-yard games, one 300-yard game• Last Game vs. ORE: Passing (25-44-1-262-2TD) ... tied career-high TD passes for fourth straight game

Richard Sherman, So., WR
• Leads Stanford in receptions (14), receiving yards (234) and receiving TDs (2)• Ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (78.0) and tied for eighth in receptions per game (4.67)• Led Stanford in receiving yards for seven consecutive games (10/21/06 - 9/15/07)• 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• Has team's only 100-yard receiving game of 2007 when he made four catches for 100 yards vs. UCLA• Career Stats: Receiving (48-815-17.0-5TD-74) ... two 100-yard receiving games• Last Game vs. ORE: Receiving (6-72-16) ... career-high-tying six receptions

Allen Smith, Jr., LT
• Has started the past 23 games, including the last 22 at left tackle

Jeremy Stewart, Fr., RB
• Has filled in admirably as Anthony Kimble's backup during Toby Gerhart's injuries, rushing for 56 yards on 15 carries• Brought back his only kickoff return attempt 62 yards vs. Oregon (longest by a Stanford player in 2007)• Last Game vs. ORE: Rushing (10-37-11), Kickoff Returns (1-62-62)Player Notes - Defense

Chike Amajoyi, Fr., WLB
• Has contributed six tackles, 1.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 sack (-1 yard), a fumble recovery and a QB hurry• Last Game vs. ORE: 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-3 yards), first career fumble recovery

Pannel Egboh, Jr., DE
• Has started 15 straight games at DE• Leads all DL with 12 tackles, adding 1.5 TFL (-9 yards), 0.5 sacks (-4 yards) and one fumble recovery• Last Game vs. ORE: 5 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards), first career fumble recovery

Levirt Griffin, So., DT
• Has contributed nine tackles, 2.0 TFL (-5 yards), 0.5 sacks (-4 yards) and one formed fumble• Career-high-tying four tackles vs. UCLA and Oregon, while adding career-high 1.5 TFL (-1 yard) vs. UCLA• Last Game vs. ORE: 4 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 sacks (-4 yards), first career forced fumble

Chris Horn, Sr., DT
• Defensive team captain for 2007• Second on team with 1.0 sack (-9 yards) and tied for third with 2.0 TFL (-10 yards), while contributing five tackles• Last Game vs. ORE: 1 tackle

Erik Lorig, So., DE
• Has contributed six tackles and 1.5 TFL (-3 yards)• Career-high 1.5 TFL (-3 yards) vs. UCLA• Last Game vs. ORE: 2 tackles

Pat Maynor, Jr., WLB
• Has started first two games at weakside linebacker• Leads the team with 3.0 TFL (-12 yards) and second with 23 tackles, while adding 0.5 sacks (-3 yards) and a pass breakup• Has a pair of double-digit tackle games in 2007, recording 12 vs. Oregon and 10 against UCLA• Last Game vs. ORE: 12 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-9 yards), 0.5 sacks (-3 yards) ... career and game-high tackles, career-high TFL and sacks

Bo McNally, So., FS
• Leads Stanford and the Pac-10 while ranking 17th in the NCAA with 10.7 tackles per game (32 total)• Has the team's only interception of the season (#9T Pac-10), while ranking second with three pass breakups• Had a career and game-high 15 tackles vs. UCLA and another double-digit game with 11 vs. SJSU to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week• Last Game vs. ORE: 6 tackles

Wopamo Osaisai, Jr., CB
• Third on the team with 20 tackles and leads club with six pass breakups while adding 0.5 TFL (-1 yard)• Career-high-tying eight tackles vs. UCLA• Career-high four pass breakups vs. SJSU• Last Game vs. ORE: 7 tackles, 1 pass breakup

Nick Sanchez, Sr., CB
• Has started 18 games at CB the past three years, including each of the season-openers• Has contributed 13 tackles and 0.5 TFL (-2 yards)• Last Game vs. ORE: 4 tackles

Tim Sims, Sr., CB
• Started season-opener versus UCLA but has come off bench in last two games, contributing 11 tackles and one pass breakup• Last Game vs. ORE: 7 tackles

Taylor Skaufel, Fr., FS
• Tied for fourth on the team with 14 tackles• One of seven true freshmen to have played• Last Game vs. ORE: career-high 9 tackles

Clinton Snyder, So., SLB
• Has started 14 straight games• Tied for fourth on the team with 14 tackles, while leading the club with 2.5 TFL (-15 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-14 yards)• Has one forced and one recovered fumble• Has forced four career fumbles• Career-high-tying two TFL and team's only sack (-10 yards) vs. UCLA• Has 97 career tackles, needing just three more for 100 in his career• Last Game vs. ORE: 10 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 sack (-4 yards), 1 FF, 1 FR

Ekom Udofia, So., DT
• Has started 15 straight games• Has contributed six tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yards) and 0.5 sacks (0 yards)• Last Game vs. ORE: 3 tackles

Udeme Udofia, Sr., DE
• Has contributed four tackles, 1.5 TFL (-5 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-4 yards)• Last Game vs. ORE: 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 sacks (-4 yards)

Austin Yancy, So., SS
• Has started the team's first three games at strong safety, contributing 10 tackles and two pass breakups• Last Game vs. ORE: 3 tackles

Player Notes - Specialists

Derek Belch, Sr., PK
• Has won the starting job kicking field goals and extra points in addition to the kickoff role he held in 2006• Has made four consecutive field goals (4-5 on season) and all 10 of his extra-point attempts• Made his first career field goal and PAT attempts vs. UCLA then followed that with a huge game against San Jose State to earn Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors by making 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• Last Game vs. ORE: Made his only FG attempt from 39 yards out and all four of his PAT chances

Chris Hobbs, So., Punt Returner
• Leads Stanford with seven punt returns and 34 punt return yards• Equaled a career-best with four punt returns vs. UCLA• Last Game vs. ORE: Punt Returns (1-6-6)

Jay Ottovegio, Sr., P
• Has averaged 40.0 or more yards in 26 of his 37 career games, including all three in 2007• Career-high 10 punts and 429 punting yards vs. UCLA• Career Stats: (215-8755-40.7-59) ... has chance to become school's career leading punter (current leader Kevin Miller, 1995-98, 248 punts, 9973 punting yards) ... has had two punts blocked• Last Game vs. ORE: Punting (9-377-41.9-56)

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