Arizona Up Next For Cardinal
Oct. 15, 2007
2007 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #7 - Stanford (2-4, 1-3) at Arizona (2-5, 1-3)
Tucson, AZ, 4:00 pm
Date: October 20, 2007
Kickoff: 4:00 pm
Site: Tucson, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Bay Area/FSN Arizona (Dave Sitton, Todd Husak, Dale Hellestrae)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: gostanford.com (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: Arizona leads 13-9
Last Meeting: Arizona 20, Stanford 7 (10/14/06 at Stanford)
Series Notes: Stanford has won last three in Tucson
Last Stanford Win: 20-16, 10/15/05 in Tucson
Game Reset: The Cardinal begins a four- week stretch in which it plays three road conference games ... Stanford begins with a trip to Tucson to face the Wildcats (2-5, 1-3), who lost last week at USC, 20-13 ... The Cardinal (2-4, 1-3) led TCU 31-17 last week before losing to the Horned Frogs, 38-36 ... Following this week's game at Arizona, the Cardinal will play at Oregon State on Oct. 27, then home against Washington (Nov. 3) and back on the road at Washington State (Nov. 10) ... Saturday's game in Tucson will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Bay Area and Fox Sports Arizona beginning at 4:00 pm.
Game Notes: The Cardinal and Arizona meet for the 23rd time in series history with the Wildcats holding a 13-9 advantage over Stanford ... Arizona's two victories this season have come against Northern Arizona and Washington State while their Pac-10 losses have come against Cal, Oregon State and USC ... The Wildcats enter the game with a rushing offense that averages 77 yards per game (10th in the Pac-10 and 113th nationally), but a passing offense that accounts for 296 yards per game (second in the conference and 17th in the NCAA) ... QB Willie Tuitama is third in the Pac-10 in total offense at 274 yards per game and receiver Mike Thomas leads the league and is among the national leaders with over seven receptions per game ... Stanford comes into the game ranked third in the conference and among the top-20 in the country in both sacks (3.0 per game) and tackles for loss (7.8).
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 ... A week later against TCU, the Cardinal defense was credited with eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass break ups and four quarterback hurries ... Stanford is among the conference and national leaders in sacks (3.0 per game, No. 17 nationally, No. 3 Pac-10) and tackles for loss (7.8 per game, No. 19 in NCAA and No. 3 in Pac-10) ... Stanford has improved its per game sack average from 1.3 in 2006 to 3.0 in 2007 and its tackles for loss numbers have gone from 4.2 per game a year ago to 7.8 this season.
Sack Time: Stanford has recorded 18 sacks in six games this season, four more than its total for the entire 2006 campaign ... The Cardinal has recorded 12 sacks in the past three games (vs. ASU, USC and TCU) and are currently ranked second in the conference and 15th in the nation with a 3.0 sacks per game average ... LB Clinton Snyder is averaging 1.0 sacks per game and is third in the Pac-10 and tied for 10th nationally ... He is also fourth in the conference in tackles for loss per game (1.17).
Tavita's Time: Sophomore quarterback Tavita Pritchard made his first collegiate start at top-ranked USC on October 6 and made national headlines as he led the Cardinal to a 24-23 win ... 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 before facing the Trojans ... 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 ... His second start came last week against TCU (Oct. 13) ... He threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 14 times ... 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 357 yards and 24.67 points per game through the first six 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 ... Stanford has now scored over 30 points in three of its first six games.
Kimble's Rushing Numbers: RB Anthony Kimble turned in his second, 100-yard rushing game of the season last Saturday when he gained 109 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns ... The junior now has 429 yards rushing this season, six touchdowns and a healthy 4.5 per carry average ... Kimble, who earlier this season gained 119 yards vs. Oregon, has a chance to be among the school's all-time top-10 rushers ... His 71.5 yards per game average puts him on pace to gain 858 yards this season ... No. 10 on Stanford's single season list is 872 yards (Anthony Bookman, 1995) ... The last Cardinal running back to gaine over 800 yards in a season was Brian Allen in 2001 with 899 yards ... Kimble also has six rushing touchdowns this season, more than any Cardinal back since J.R. Lemon had six TDs in 2004 ... The last running backs to have more than six rushing touchdowns in a season were Allen and Kerry Carter, who both had nine in 2001 ... Kimble's top game this season came against Oregon, when he accounted for 331-yards in all-purpose running against the then-No. 13 Ducks ... He 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 ... kickoff returns (18 returns for 385 yards).
Ostrander's Journey: Senior quarterback T.C. Ostrander started the first four games of the season before suffering a seizure at a Palo Alto restaurant on September 30, forcing him to miss Stanford's October 6 game at USC ... He did not start last week's game vs .TCU, but went three-for-three for 23 yards in a relief role ... Ostrander, one of Stanford's co-captains this season, was averaging 266 yards per game through the first four games of the year ... He has thrown for six touchdowns and just three interceptions in 169 pass attempts this year ... 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 27 games and started 11 in his Cardinal career, but 2007 was 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 ... He has thrown for 3,449 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career ... He started the final five games of the 2006 season ... Ostrander is a fifth-year senior who was born at the Stanford Hospital.
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 120.3 yards on the ground and 3.3 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 six games (seven) 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 six 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 and 109 vs. TCU... 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)
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.
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 its first five games of the year, Stanford played four teams that were ranked 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. 6, USC at No. 9 and ASU at No. 12 this week ... UCLA was in the top-25 for the first part of the season ... Stanford's six opponnets this season are a combined 28-11... Stanford faced three opponents this year (Oregon, Arizona State and USC) who were unbeaten at the time they played the Cardinal.
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 nine of 12 field goal attempts in '07 and is fourth in the Pac-10 (1.50 fgg) ... He also leads the team in scoring with 44 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 ... His only three misses this year have come from 47, 47 and 44 yards out ... e is five-for-five inside the 40-yard line and two-for-two from 50 yards out ... At his current average of 1.5 field goals per game, Belch finds himself in position to challenge for the school's single season record ... Belch is on pace for 18 field goals this season; the school record is 19 set in 1988 by John Hopkins.