Cardinal Returns Home to Face Washington
Oct. 29, 2007
2007 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #9 - Washington (2-6, 0-5) at Stanford (3-5, 2-4)
Stanford, CA, 3:30 pm
Fox Sports Net Bay Area
Date: November 3, 2007
Kickoff: 3:30 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: Live, Fox Sports Net Bay Area (Ted Robinson,Todd Husak)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
On Line: gostanford.com (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: Washington leads 39-34-3
Last Meeting: Stanford 20, Washington 3 (11/11/06 at UW)
Series Notes: Stanford has won last two vs. Huskies
Last Stanford Win: 20-3, 11/11/06 at Washington
Game Reset: The Cardinal (3-5, 2-4) will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday, November 3 when it hosts Washington (2-6, 0-5) in game that will feature a celebration of Stanford's 2007 Hall of Fame class and the return of former head coach Tyrone Willingham ... Stanford is coming off a 23-6 loss at Oregon State last week while the Huskies were beaten at home by Arizona, 48-41, to run their current losing streak to six ... Stanford has won the last two meetings with Washington, including a 20-3 victory last year in Seattle, which was the Cardinal's only win of the 2006 campaign ... A Stanford victory would give the Cardinal three straight wins in the series, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Stanford won 10 straight from 1967-76.
Game Notes: Other than Cal, Washington is Stanford's oldest rival ... The series, which dates back to 1893, is led by the Huskies, 39-34-3 ... Washinngton,of course, is coached by former Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham, who is in his third season in Seattle after three years as the head coach at Notre Dame (2002-04) ... The Huskies have lost their last six games, giving up almost 42 points per game during this time, after beginning the year with victories over Syracuse and Boise State ... Willingham is 3-1 vs. his former team; 3-0 as coach of the Fighting Irish and 0-1 with Washington ... The only time Willingham faced his former team at Stanford Stadium was in 2003 with Notre Dame beat the Cardinal 57-7 ... Washington's Jake Locker is the Huskies leader on offense ... He leads the team in rushing (87 ypg, 6th in Pac-10) and is among the national leaders in total offense (278 ypg, No. 23 NCAA/No. 4 Pac-10) ... In last Saturday's game vs. Arizona, Locker became the 19th player in NCAA Division I history to pass for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards in a game.
Hall of Fame Class of 2007: Stanford Athletics will induct its Hall of Fame Class of 2007 on November 2, then honor the group of eight at the Cardinal-Washington game on November 3 ... The inductees include: 1993 NCAA Men's Volleyball Player of the Year Canyon Ceman; Three-time All-American (1993-1995) women's soccer star Jessica Fischer; three-time tennis All-American and 1990 NCAA singles champion Debbie Graham; quarterback John Paye, who threw 38 touchdown passes during his four year career in the 1980s; swimmer Brian Retterer, a member of the 1992 and 1994 men's swimming NCAA championship teams; 1997 NCAA women's basketball Player of the Year Kate Starbird; Jenny Thompson, a 19-time NCAA champion and the most decorated female swimmer in U.S. Olympic history; and Dr. Sebron 'Ed' Tucker, who in 1950 became Stanford first African-American scholar-athlete as a member of the men's basketball team.
Willingham and the Cardinal: Tyrone Willingham had two tours of duty and spent 10 years at Stanford ... He was the Cardinal's running backs coach under Dennis Green from 1989-1991 and the head coach from 1995-2001 ... Williingham was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1995, 1999) ... He led Stanford to four bowl games during his seven seasons as head coach, including the 1999 Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl.
Tavita's Tale: Sophomore quarterback Tavita Pritchard has started the past four games for the Cardinal, leading Stanford to two wins, including a memorable win at top-ranked USC ... Pritchard has also seen his passing numbers improve with each start ... He made his first collegiate start at 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 against TCU (Oct. 13) ... He threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 14 times ... In his third start (Oct. 20 at Arizona), Pritchard recorded career highs in pass completions (19), yards passing (181) and completion percentage (.703, 19-for-27) ... The following week at Oregon State, he established another career high in passing yards with 189 and passes attempted with 32 ... 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.
Defensively Speaking: Stanford has almost doubled the number of sacks it had all of last year - and there is still four more games to play in the regular season ... A year ago, the Cardinal had 14 total sacks and averaged a Pac-10 low 1.3 per game ... In 2007, the Cardinal is No. 2 in the conference and No,. 8 in the naiton with 28 sacks and a per game average of 3.38 ... Stanford has also seen a similar increase in tackles for loss over a year ago ... The Cardinal recorded 4.2 tackles for loss per game in 2006; that number has increased to 8.0 in 2007 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally in tackles for loss ... 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 ... In Stanford's 21-20 win at Arizona, Stanford recorded three sacks, eight tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception and two fourth down stops that were key to the Cardinal's win ... Stanford was effective again behind the line of scrimmage in its Oct. 27 game at Oregon State as the Cardinal registered six sacks and nine tackles for loss.
Sack Time: Stanford is on pace to record 40 sacks this season (3.38 sacks per game), a mark that would put it among the top sack teams of all-time ... The Cardinal, currently among the national leaders in sacks and tackles for loss, have the highest per game average for a Cardinal defense since Stanford's 1999 Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl team ... The 2007 Cardinal is on pace to record 41 total sacks and 96 TFL for a 12 game schedule ... Those numbers are the best on The Farm since the '99 team had 46 sacks (4.18 per game) and 91 tackles for loss (8.27 per game) over an 11 game regular season ... Stanford has two players among the conference's top-10 sack leaders (No. 7 Clinton Snyder, No. 10 Udeme Udofia) and two among the league's top five in tackles for loss (No. 3 Pat Maynor, No. 5 Snyder).
Leading Receiver: Sophomore WR Richard Sherman is attempting to become the first player to lead the Cardinal in receptions in back-to-back seasons since Brad Muster led the team three straight years from 1984-86 ... Sherman is also attempting to become the first wide receiver to lead the team in receptions in consecutive seasons since Andre Tyler in 1979-80 ...The second-year Cardinal from Compton, Calif., was Stanford's top receiver a year ago as a true freshman with 34 catches for 581 yards, three touchdowns and a 17.1 average ... He currently leads the team in all receiving categories: 36 receptions, 635 yards, 17.6 average and four touchdowns ... His career yards per catch average of 17.4 is currently sixth in the Cardinal record book ... Sherman's per game average of 79.3 receiving yards per game currently ranks second in the Pac-10 ... If he continues on that pace over the final four games of the season, Sherman could challenge to become only the fifth receiver in Stanford history to gain over 1,000 receiving yards in a season (the last one was Troy Walters in 1999) ... In his brief career on The Farm, Sherman already has 70 receptions for 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns.
Ottovegio Sets Punting Records: Senior Jay Ottovegio became the most prolific punter in Stanford history last week as broke school records for most punts and most punting yards ... The Coral Gables, Fla. native is now No. 1 in the Cardinal record book with 249 punts for 10,176 yards, breaking Kevin Miller's (1995-98) marks of 248 punts for 9,973 yards ... Ottovegio, who became the first Cardinal freshman to average over 40 yards per punt when he average 41.3 in 2004, has a career punting average of 40.8 ... He is having another outstanding season in 2007, averaging 42.0 per punt, good for 4th in the Pac-10 and 43rd in the nation.
Snyder's Impact: In his two seasons as one of the Cardinal's starting linebackers, sophomore Clinton Synder has made his presence known throughout the Pacific-10 Conference ... A year ago, he was 10th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (6.9); this year, he is among the conference leaders in tackles (7.9), sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles ... He began this season battling injuries and saw his play limited in the first two games ... But, over the course of the last six games, he has averaged 10 tackles per game and been one of the team's most active and effective players on defense ... In the past two years, he has started 18, recorded nine of more tackles in 10 of those contests.
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 11 of 15 field goal attempts in '07 and is fourth in the Pac-10 (1.375 fgg) ... He also leads the team in scoring with 53 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 four misses this year have come from 47, 47 and 44 yards out with one blocked ... He is five-for-six inside the 40-yard line and six-for-nine from beyond 40 yards out.
Noting the Offense: Stanford's offensive numbers in 2007 are a significant improvement over last year's in every category ... A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 65 yards on the ground, 167 through the air, 232 yards in total offense and 10.6 points per game ... Fast forward to 2007 and those same numbers read: 101 rushing yards per game, 224 passing, 325 yards in total offense and 20.9 points scored per game ... A year ago, Stanford scored more than 20 points in just one of 12 games ... So far in 2007, the Cardinal has scored more than 20 points in five games, incuding three over 30 points ... 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).
Cardinal Notebook: Stanford has already tripled its win total over last year ... Last year, the Cardinal had a per game point differential of 21 (31-10) ... This year, that same number is eight (30-22) ... Free safety Bo McNally is tied for third in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (9.5) ... DE Pannel Egboh is the only player on the team to have started the past 20 games in 2006 and '07 ... Washington defensive coordinator Kent Baer was on Willingham's staff at Stanford from 1995-2001, the last three as the Cardinal's defensive coordinator ... Pat Maynor is third in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.14) and 10th in tackles (8.1
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