Stanford to Host TCU in Homecoming Game

Oct. 8, 2007

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Date: October 13, 2007
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: No television coverage
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Series Notes: Teams will play at TCU on 9/13/08
Last Stanford Win: First Meeting

Game Reset: Stanford is coming off its victory over top-ranked USC last week that put the Cardinal in the national headlines ... Stanford (2-3, 1-3) will return on home on Saturday, October 13, to play its annual homecoming game against TCU (3-3) of the Mountain West Conference ... The Cardinal, of course, altered the national landscape of college football with its 24-23 win at the L.A. Coliseum in front of over 85,000 fans ... The Horned Frogs (3-3) saw their two-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday after they lost 27-24 at Wyoming ... TCU has been a post-season regular the past nine years as they have advanced to eight bowl games during this time, including last year's Pointsettia Bowl (37-7 win over N. Illinois) ... TCU will be only the second unranked team to face the Cardinal this season (San Jose State was the other) in six games ... Stanford will play three of its next four games on the road (at Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State).

Game Notes: The Cardinal and TCU will meet for the first time in series history on Saturday in Stanford's annual Homecoming Game ... Stanford will travel to Ft.Worth next season and play TCU on September 13, 2008 ... TCU, which has been to eight bowl games in the last nine seasons, is 3-3 in 2007 after last week's loss at Wyoming ... The Cardinal will be playing at Stanford Stadium for the fifth time in six games.

Beating the Trojans: Stanford put itself in the national conversation with its victory at USC last Saturday ... The Cardinal also sent a jolt ot excitement throughout the Stanford campus and community ... When the team returned to campus at 12:30 am Sunday following the win, a crowd estimated at over 2,000 greeted the team, yelled and cheered and gave them a heroes welcome as they embarked off the team buses ... The win was Stanford's first over a No. 1 team since a 1990 victory at Notre Dame and it was the teams first win over a top-5 team since a home win over Texas in 2000 ... It also snapped USC's 35-game home winning streak ... 'It was the biggest win in my life,' said Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'Sometimes in life, people keep telling you 'you can't' You can't do this and you can't do that. Well tonight, our players said 'yes we can.' And I'm so proud of them and honored to be a part of this program.'

What They Said... Following Stanford's 24-23 Win over USC'So many times in all of these guys' lives, they are told that they can't do something. They are told no, that you're not big enough, you're not fast enough, you're not strong enough, you've got too many players hurt this week, you can't possibly think or expect that you can beat USC. And they hear that hundreds and thousands of times, and this football team yesterday said yes. As a team, they said yes we can win. It was about the team, the team, the team, the team. This was one time when the players said yes.' -- Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

'I didn't want to go to sleep last night, because I felt like I was going to wake up to the hotel bed check call.' -- Quarterback Tavita Pritchard

It's one of these stories that I'm going to tell my grandkids. I'm just going to take this with me forever. It's just a great feeling.' -- Wide Receiver Mark Bradford

'We all believed we could win. Yeah, we were 40-point underdogs. But we all believed, and Coach Harbaugh believes. Coach Harbaugh instills this confidence upon us that is just unmatched.' - Guard Alex Fletcher

'It's really hard to explain. When I caught (the final interception), and then I slid down, it didn't really hit me that that was it, that was the game. I saw everybody running and the stadium was silent, and it was a pretty amazing feeling.' -- Safety Bo McNally

Active Defense: In defeating No. 1 ranked USC, the Cardinal defense accounted for four sacks (-29 yards), six tackles for loss (-34 yards), four interceptions, caused five turnovers, while recording two pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery ... Stanford also held the Trojans, 10th in the nation averaging 237 yards rushing per game, to just 95 net yards on the ground ... And now, Stanford is among the conference and national leaders in sacks (3.2 per game, No. 15 nationally, No. 2 Pac-10) and tackles for loss (7.8 per game, No. 21 in NCAA and No. 3 in Pac-10) ... Stanford has improved its per game sack average from 1.3 in 2006 to 3.2 in 2007 ... It's tackles for loss numbers have gone from 4.2 per game a year ago to 7.8 this season and its interception average is up from 0.6 to 1.2.

Sack Time: Stanford has recorded 16 sacks in five games this season, two more than its total for the entire 2006 campaign ... The Cardinal has recorded 10 sacks in the past two games (6 vs. ASU, 4 vs. USC) and are currently ranked second in the conference and 15th in the nation with a 3.20 sacks per game average ... LB Clinton Snyder is averaging 1.0 sacks per game and is second in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th nationally.

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 ... In five games thus far, Stanford has played four teams rated in the top-25 ... Stanford has played UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and USC, all teams who were in the national ratings at the time of the game ... USA Today/Coaches Poll has Oregon at No. 8, ASU at No. 13 and USC at No. 7 this week ... UCLA was in the top-25 until last weekend's loss ... Stanford's five opponnets this season are a combined 21-7 ... Stanford's last three opponents (Oregon, Arizona State and USC), were all unbeated at the time they played the Cardinal.

Tavita's Time: Sophomore quarterback Tavita Pritchard made his first collegiate start last week at top-ranked USC ... Pritchard, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2005, had a total of three pass attempts while seeing limited action in three games in 2006 and '07 ... He had one attempt and appearances in two games a year ago ... In Stanford's final three drives against the Trojans, in which he led the team to 17 points, Pritchard completed eight-of-15 for 120 yards and one touchdown, the game-winning 10-yard pass to Mark Bradford with 49 seconds to play ... In three third down and two fourth down plays in those three drives, Pritchard was four-of-five for 54 yards and a TD ... Pritchard, from Tacoma, Wash., is the nephew of Jack Thompson, the 'Throwin' Samoan' who starrted at WSU ... Pritchard passed for 5,323 yards and 55 touchdowns at Clover Park HS.

Offensive Output: The Cardinal offense is averaging 355 yards and 22 points per game through the first five 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.

T.C.B: Quarterback T.C. Ostrander did not play last week at USC ... After suffering a seizure at a Palo Alto restaurant on September 30, Ostrander was held out of action the entire week ... He is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Monday, October 8 ... He 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 ... Ostrander is attempting to 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 456 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.

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