Stanford Travels to L.A. to Face Top-Ranked Trojans
Oct. 1, 2007
Game #5 - Stanford (1-3, 0-3) at No. 1 / 2 USC (4-0, 2-0)
Los Angeles Coliseum
Los Angeles, CA, 4:00 pm
Date: October 6, 2007
Kickoff: 4:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: Live, Versus (Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer, Lewis Johnson)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio:KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internetgostanford.com (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: USC leads 57-27-3
Last Meeting: USC 42, Stanford 0 (11/4/06 at Stanford)
Series Notes: USC won last five meetings
Last Stanford Win: Stanford 21, USC 16 (11/29/01 at USC)
Game Reset: For the fourth time in five games this season, the Cardinal will face a team ranked in the nation's top-25 ... This time, however,Stanford will play the No. 1 team in the nation as the Cardinal (1-3, 0-3) travel to the Los Angeles Coliseum to face USC (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday, October 6 ... The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the nation in this week's USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the AP Poll ... The game, which will be televised live to a national audience on Versus, will be the Cardinal's first road game after opening the season with four games at Stanford Stadium ... The Trojans are coming off a 27-24 win at Washington while Stanford suffered a 41-3 defeat to Arizona State..... The Cardinal will play three of its next four and four of its next six games on the road.
Game Notes: USC comes into the game having won 35 consecutive home games and 24 straight Pac-10 home games, both Pac-10 records ... The Trojans last loss at home - overall and in conference games - was to the Cardinal, 21-16 on September 29, 2001 in Pete Carroll's first conference home game as the Trojan head coach ... The Trojans are Stanford's fourth nationally-ranked opponent in its first five games ... Previously, Stanford has played then No. 14 UCLA, then No. 13 Oregon and then No. 23 Arizona State ... USC is powered by quarterback John David Booty and one of the nation's best rushing attacks ... USC averages over 237 yards on the ground and is ranked No. 10 in the country and No. 2 in the Pac-10 ... They are led by a running tandem of Stafon Johnson (94 rushing yards per game) and Chauncey Washington (78 yards per game) ... The Trojans are also among the national leaders in scoring offense (9th at 40 points per game), rushing defense (9th at 73 yards allowed per game) and total defense (1st in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally at 277 yards allowed per game).
The Ratings Game: Perhaps no team in the country has faced the array of nationally-ranked opponents as the Cardnal have thus far in 2007 ... On Saturday, Stanford will play its fifth game of the season, and fourth vs. a team rated in the top-25 ... Stanford has played UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State, all teams who were in the national ratings at the time of the game and are currently ranked in this week's national polls ... USA Today/Coaches Poll as Oregon at No. 13, ASU at No. 19 and UCLA at No. 25 ... USC, of course, is ranked No. 1 by USA Today and No. 2 by AP ... Stanford's five opponnets this season, including USC, are a combined 19-4 ... The Trojans are the third straight unbeaten team the Cardinal has played.
Improved Run Game: 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 50 yards per game and its average per play is almost twice as productive as it was in 2006 ... The Cardinal is averaging 116.5 yards on the ground and 3.5 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 four 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 four 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. WSU)
Offensive Output: The Cardinal offense is averaging 385 yards and 22 points per game through the first four 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 against No. 13 Oregon on Sept. 22, RB Anthony Kimble vaulted to the top of the conference and national leaders in all-purpose running ... This week, the junior from Baton Rouge ranks second in the Pac-10 and No. 16 in the NCAA averaging 180 all-purpose yards per game ... Against the Ducks, Kimble 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 ... He is currently the team leader in rushing with 288 yards (4.9 yards per carry average), fourth on the team with 10 receptions, and the team leader in kickoff returns (18 returns for 385 yards)
T.C.B: Quarterback T.C. Ostrander is averaging 266 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 1,065 yards in four games ... He has also thrown for six touchdowns and just three interceptions in 1661 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 is also averaging 41.5 pass attempts per game, putting him on school-record pace ... At his current rate, Ostrander would have 498 pass attempts ... The school record is 455 set by Stenstrom in 1993 ... 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 26 games and started 11 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 3,426 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.
Sack Time: Stanford has recorded 12 sacks in four games this season, only two shy of its total for the entire 2006 campaign ... The Cardinal had a season best six sacks against ASU ... Clinton Snyder leads the team and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 3.5 sacks ... Last year, Stanford had 14 sacks for (-111) yards ... In just four games in '07, the Cardinal has 12 sacks for (-90) yards.
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 SJS 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.
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 attempted one field goal and was the team's kickoff specialist ... Now in his fifth season, Belch has not only won the No. 1 PK job, but, he has already made an impact in the Cardinal record book ... Belch has made six of nine field goal attempts in '07 and is third in the Pac-10 (1.50 fgg) ... He also leads the team in scoring with 28 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 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 and a 52-yarder in a 1973 game vs. USC