Stanford to Renew Longtime Rivalry with San Jose State
Sept. 15, 2008
San Jose State Spartans at Stanford Cardinal
Sept. 20, 2008 Stanford Stadium 6:00 p.m. PT
Stanford Renews Longtime Rivalry With San Jose State on Saturday
The Stanford Cardinal (1-2, 1-1 Pac-10) returns home to Stanford Stadium this Saturday night to play host to the San Jose State Spartans (2-1, 0-0 WAC) in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, renewing a longtime rivalry between the two schools that dates back to 1900, Stanford has dropped its last two games to Arizona State (17-41) and TCU (14-31) on the road after opening the season with a 36-28 win over Oregon State. The Spartans are coming off a 35-10 home win over San Diego State on Saturday. This Saturday's contest marks Stanford's second of only five home games on the season. Following the San Jose State game, the Cardinal will be on the road for the next two weekends at Washington and Notre Dame.
Saturday night's Stanford-San Jose State game will be carried live on KTRB AM 860 with Tim Roye (play-by-play) and former Stanford players Todd Husak (analysis) and Mike McLaughlin (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts will begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show. In addition, KTRB will air the Cardinal Locker Room Report immediately following the game, complete with a game recap, highlights and interviews. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast the game live with Jake Kelman and David Lombardi calling the action.
Stanford-San Jose State Series
In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with San Jose State, 47-14-1. Stanford has won five of the last six meetings, including last year's affair, 37-0 at Stanford Stadium. The Spartans last win in the series came in 2006, as San Jose State posted a 35-34 victory at Spartan Stadium to snap a four-game Stanford winning streak in the series. Stanford's last five victories in the series have been by a margin of 32.4 points.
Stanford is 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Pac-10 Conference after dropping a 31-14 decision Saturday at TCU...has dropped two straight after opening the season with a 36-28 victory over Oregon State on August 28 at Stanford Stadium. A win over San Jose State on Saturday would give the Cardinal its best four-game start since the 2005 season, when it was 2-2 after four games on the way to a 5-2 start.
Have yielded 1,340 yards in total offense over the first three games of the year against Oregon State (490), Arizona State (472) and TCU (378)...a total of 894 of the 1340 (66.7%) yards have come in the air.
Stanford had just 10 first downs on Saturday against TCU, which were the fewest since the Cardinal totaled just seven first downs in a 20-3 win at Washington on Nov. 11, 2006.
Stanford is averaging 131.3 yards on the ground after three games this season, which is 20 yards more than last year's season average of 111.2...running back Toby Gerhart is averaging a team-best 86.3 rushing yards per game three weeks into the season, which is fifth-best in the Pac-10 and 43rd nationally.
Stanford is averaging 111.0 yards per game in the air, completing 35-of-69 passes with one touchdown pass and four interceptions...three Stanford quarterbacks--Tavita Pritchard, Jason Forcier and Alex Loukas--have seen action this season.
Mark Mueller's blocked punt in the second quarter that led to a Richard Sherman touchdown was Stanford's second blocked punt of the season...Stephen Carr also blocked a punt in the season opener against Oregon State...Stanford had three blocked kicks all of last season.
Stanford was -3 in the turnover column on Saturday at TCU, losing two fumbles and throwing one interception...Stanford is now -4 in the turnover column over the last two games after posting a +3 in the turnover column in the season opener against Oregon State...last season, Stanford finished +3 in turnover ratio, which was the second best mark in the Pac-10 behind Oregon (+7)...in 2006, the Cardinal were -11 in the same category.
Redshirt freshman Sean Wiser made his collegiate debut on Saturday at TCU, coming off the bench to tie for the team lead with total 11 tackles, including seven solo efforts.
After opening the season at home against Oregon State, Stanford is in a stretch that will see the team play four of five games on the road...after playing San Jose State on Saturday, the Cardinal will travel to Washington (Sept. 27) and Notre Dame (Oct. 4) on back-to-back weekends before returning home to face Arizona on Oct. 11...all told, seven of Stanford's 12 regular season games are on the road, marking the second time in three seasons and the third time in school-history the team has played seven road games (2006 and 1976)...seven of the 12 opponents on Stanford's schedule appeared in bowl games last season.
Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup
OffensePos. No. Player NotesWR 9 Richard Sherman Has led Stanford in receiving each of the last two seasonsLT 76 Ben Muth Fifth-year senior who made 9 starts last seasonLG 72 Chase Beeler Oklahoma transfer has started each of the first three gamesC 60 Alex Fletcher Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG 71 Andrew Phillips Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT 63 Chris Marinelli Has made 20 career starts, including 17 in a rowTE 84 Austin Gunder Has made nine straight starts dating back to last seasonQB 14 Tavita Pritchard Is 32-for-56 (57.1) for 310 yards and one TDRB 7 Toby Gerhart Fifth in the Pac-10 with 86.3 rushing yards per gameFB 48 Owen Marecic Pac-10 honorable mention selection last seasonWR 89 Doug Baldwin Scored his first career TD on a reverse vs. TCU
DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Recorded 13.5 TFL and 6.0 sacks in `07DT 92 Sione Fua Earned his first start of the season Saturday vs. TCUNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has seven tackles after three gamesDE 80 Erik Lorig Six of his 12 tackles on the season came against ASUSLB 20 Clinton Snyder Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award candidateMLB 50 Nick Macaluso Finished with a career best nine tackles vs. TCUWLB 44 Pat Maynor Ranks second on the team in total tackles with 24LC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Ranks third on the team in total tackles with 20FS 40 Taylor Skaufel Has 17 total tackles through three games (10 solo)SS 22 Bo McNally Had 34-yard interception return for TD vs. Oregon StateRC 24 Kris Evans Team's top tackler with 25 (21 solo); has two interceptions on the year
SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 3-for-4 on FGs, 8-for-8 on PATsK 32 Travis Golia Made the team as a walk-onP 38 David Green Third in the Pac-10 by averaging 42.6 yards a puntLS 56 Zach Nolan Takes over for four year starter Brent NewhouseHLD 22 Bo McNally Will be backed up by Daniel ZychlinskiKR 35 Jeremy Stewart Second in the Pac-10 by averaging 26.6 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 8.0 yards per return
It Happened Against San Jose State
Here's a look at some memorable performances by Stanford over the years against San Jose State.1965 Bob Blunt catches two passes for 129 yards in a 26-6 Stanford victory in the 1965 season-opener.1972 John Winesberry scampers 86 yards in the second quarter to give Stanford a 14-0 lead en route to a 44-0 victory. The run ranks as the fourth-longest in Stanford history.1977 Freshman Darrin Nelson runs for 211 yards on 20 carries to set break the school's single-game rushing record...Nelson's 211 yards gave him 975 on the season, surpassing Ray Handley's previous single-season rushing record of 963 yards set in 1964.1988 Alan Grant returns an interception 78 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter in a 44-12 Stanford victory...the interception return for a touchdown is the third-longest in school history.1989 Steve Smith throws for a career-high 384 yards and three touchdowns, which was then the seventh-best passing performance in school history; however, the Spartans come away with a 40-33 victory in a game in which the teams combined for 830 yards in total offense.1990 Jason Palumbis throws for a career-high 387 yards and Glyn Milburn contributes 292 all-purpose yards, but the Spartans come away with a 29-23 vctory at Stanford Stadium.1994 Mike Mitchell runs for a career high 179 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as Stanford rolls up 314 rushing yards in a 51-20 victory over the Spartans.1999 Troy Walters catches 10 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in 44-39 loss.2001 Randy Fasani throws four touchdown passes in a 51-28 victory over the Sun Devils at Stanford Stadium.2006 Trent Edwards throws for a career-best four TD passes in a 35-34 loss at Spartan Stadium.2007 Toby Gerhart rushes for 140 yards on 12 carries before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter of a 37-0 victory.
Stanford Team Notes
Stanford Renews Long Non-Conference Rivalry With San Jose State on SaturdayStanford and San Jose State will meet for the 63rd time Saturday night in a renewel of a longtime Bay Area rivalry between the two schools. Stanford will be trying to even its record at 2-2 after it dropped a 31-14 decision at TCU on Saturday. San Jose State brings a 2-1 record into Saturday's game, with home wins over UC Davis and San Diego State sandwiched in-between a road loss at Nebraska.
Bill Walsh Legacy Game
The Stanford-San Jose State game was been named the 'Bill Walsh Legacy Game,' in honor of the late Hall of Fame coach who had a long association with both schools. Walsh received his bachelor's degree from San Jose State in 1955 and his Master's in 1959. He served as an assistant coach at Stanford in 1963 and `64 and enjoyed two stints as the Cardinal's head coach, first from 1977-78 and again from 1992-94. During his Stanford coaching tenure, he compiled a 34-24-1 (.585) record, guiding the Cardinal to three bowl victories (1977 Sun Bowl, 1978 Bluebonnet Bowl and 1993 Blockbuster Bowl).Last Year Against the Spartans
Toby Gerhart ran for 140 yards and a touchdown to lead Stanford to a 37-0 victory over San Jose State, giving the Cardinal its first shutout since the 1996 Sun Bowl, when it blanked Michigan State, 38-0. The win also marked Stanford's first victory in new Stanford Stadium. Quarterback T.C. Ostrander completed 18-of-28 passes for 230 yards and the Cardinal compiled 506 yards in total offense for the first time in five years. Three field goals by Derek Belch gave Stanford a 9-0 lead at halftime. Stanford finally reached the end zone of its first possession of the third quarter, as Toby Gerhart capped off a 66 yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. Gerhart accounted for 45 of Stanford's 66 yards on the drive and seemed well on his way to challenging the school's single-game rushing record; however, he suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the third quarter.
Stanford-San Jose State Connections
Three current San Jose State assistant coaches--Kent Baer, Ken Margerum, Steve Morton--have also served on Stanford's coaching staff. Baer served as Stanford's defensive coordinator and linebacker's coach from 1995-2001. Margerum is a 1981 Stanford graduate, a two-time All-American and the school's record holder for career receiving touchdowns (30). He ranked first in career receiving yards and second in receptions when he graduated from The Farm. Margerum also coached the wide receivers at Stanford in 2004. Veteran offensive line coach Steve Morton held the same position at Stanford from 2002-04 before moving onto San Jose State. Stanford's tight end coach Tim Drevno served as offensive line coach at San Jose State in 1999. The late Bill Walsh, who guided Stanford to three bowl victories in his five-year Stanford head coaching tenure, earned both his bachelor's and Master's degree from San Jose State and served as a graduate assistant coach at San Jose State in 1956. Former Stanford broadcaster Bob Murphy is a former athletic director at San Jose State...San Jose State senior associate athletics director Vince Otoupal graduated from Stanford in 1993 and played on the Cardinal football team from 1989-92.
Stanford is averaging 242.3 yards in total offense (727 total) over the first three games, including 131.3. per game on the ground (489 total) and 111.0 in the air (333 total)...rank ninth in the Pac-10 in total offense, sixth in rushing (161.5) and 10th in passing (111.0)...of Stanford's eight touchdowns this season, five have come on the ground, one has come via the pass, one on defense (interception return) and one on special teams (blocked punt)...averaging 4.1 yards per play...were limited to just 10 first downs on Saturday at TCU, the fewest since registering seven at Washington in 2006...had the ball for just 20:13 Saturday at TCU, running 50 offensive plays...running back Toby Gerhart, who has accounted for four of Stanford's six touchdowns this season, is averaging 86.3 yards (259 total) and 5.2 yards a carry (50 total) after three games...quarterback Tavita Pritchard has completed 32-for-56 passes (57.1) this season for 310 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions (98.82 pass efficiency rating)...nine different players have caught passes this season, topped by tight end Austin Gunder, who has six catches for 40 yards in the first three games.
Stanford is yielding 446.0 yards a game in total offense, including 148.7 per game on the ground and 298.0 in the air...rank eighth in the Pac-10 in total defense, sixth in rushing defense (148.7) and ninth in passing defense (298.0)..have four sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss after three games...four sacks are tied for fourth in the Pac-10...Kris Evans tops Stanford with 25 tackles after three games...21 of his 25 tackles have been solo efforts...redshirt freshman Sean Wiser made his collegiate debut on Saturday at TCU, coming off the bench to total 11 tackles...linebacker Nick Macaluso made his first start of the season (seventh career) and finished with nine tackles (five solo)...senior linebacker Pat Maynor had his sixth career double-figure tackle game on Saturday at TCU, finishing with 11 stops (seven solo) .
Special Teams Notes
Aaron Zagory is 3-for-4 in field goal attempts this season and has made his last three in a row (41, 42 and 28) after missing his first try of the season from 48...he is a perfect 8-for-8 in PATs...redshirt freshman David Green is averaging 42.6 yard a punt after two games (16-682), which is the third best mark in the Pac-10 behind UCLA's Aaron Perez...Jeremy Stewart ranks second in the Pac-10 in kick off return average at 26.6 yards per return...Mark Mueller's blocked punt on Saturday was Stanford's second this season, after Stephen Carr blocked a punt early in the first quarter against Oregon State...Richard Sherman scooped up Mueller's blocked punt and raced 21 yards for a touchdown, marking Stanford's first blocked punt return for a touchdown since Oct. 1, 2005 vs. Oregon (Jon Alston).
A Look Back at the TCU Game
Stanford managed just 10 first downs and 193 yards in total offense and dropped a 31-14 decision to TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Tex. The kickoff, originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT, was moved up to 12 noon to avoid the effects of Hurricane Ike, which struck southeastern Texas early Saturday morning. TCU opened a 14-0 lead on short touchdown runs by Justin Watts and Jeremy Kerley. Stanford cut the TCU lead to 14-7 when Doug Baldwin raced 38 yards on an end around reverse for his first career touchdown. The Cardinal tied the game at the 6:18 mark of the third quarter, when Richard Sherman returned a blocked punt by Mark Mueller 21 yards for a touchdown. However, Stanford managed just 77 yards in total offense in the second half, as TCU scored 17 unanswered points for the final, 31-14 count. Redshirt freshman Sean Wiser made his collegiate debut, coming off the bench to total 11 tackles, matching Pat Maynor for team-high honors.
After opening the season with a career-high 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Oregon State, junior running back Toby Gerhart has totaled 112 yards over the last two games against Arizona State (67) and TCU (45) and is averaging 86.3 yards per game after three contests. The rushing average ranks fifth in the Pac-10. The junior from Norco, Calif. has four rushing touchdowns on the season, with two each in the first two games of the season against Oregon State and Arizona State. Gerhart has combined to rush for 399 yards on 62 carries and five touchdowns over his last four games dating back to last year's San Jose State game, when he rushed for 140 yards on 12 carries before suffering a season ending knee injury in the third quarter. His 147 yards against Oregon State was the best by a Stanford back ever in a season opener and the highest rushing total since J.R. Lemon rushed for 162 yards on 19 carries against Washington in 2004. It also tied for 27th-best rishing performance in school history (Mike Mitchell vs. USC, 1996).
It's Tavita for Starters
Junior quarterback Tavita Pritchard has completed 32-of-56 (57.1) passes for 310 yards and one touchdown, along with three interceptions, through the first three games of the 2008 season. In the season-opener against Oregon State, he completed 10-of-17 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown, hooking up with Anthony Kimble for a 15-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter. Against Arizona State, he finished with 97 yards, completing 11-of-18 passes with two interceptions. Last Saturday at TCU, Pritchard finished with 122 yards, completing 11-of-21 passes with one interception. Pritchard appeared in nine games last season and made seven consecutive starts from Oct. 6 to Nov. 4, completing 97-of-194 (50.0) of his passes for 1,114 yards and five touchdowns. He secured his spot in Stanford football lore when he engineered an epic, 24-23 upset victory over top-ranked (USA Today) USC in his first career start, connecting with Mark Bradford for the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play from the USC 10-yard line with 0:49 left in the game.
Wiser Impressive in Collegiate Debut
Redshirt freshman safety Sean Wiser made his collegiate debut on Saturday at TCU, coming off the bench to total 11 tackles (seven solo efforts), tying Pat Maynor for team-high tackle honors. A converted wide receiver, Wiser prepped at Oaks Christian Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he was a favorite target of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Macaluso Earns First Start of Season
Sophomore linebacker Nick Macaluso made his first start of the season (seventh of his career) Saturday at TCU and finished with nine tackles, including five solo efforts. A native of Middletown, N.J., Macaluso played in nine games and made six starts last season as a redshirt freshman. He has totaled 32 tackles, including 20 solo efforts, in his seven career starts.
Zags on the Mark
After serving in a back-up role last season to placekicker Derek Belch, Aaron Zagory is 3-for-4 in field goal tries this season. He has made his last three in a row from distances of 41, 42 and 28 yards after missing his first try of the year from 49 yards against Oregon State. Zagory is now 11-for-17 in field goal tries in his Stanford career (8-for-13 in 2006) with a career long of 42 (vs. Oregon State, 2008).
Redshirt freshman punter David Green is averaging 42.6 yards over his firt 16 punts of the season, which ranks as the third best mark in the Pac-10. Against TCU, he twiced pinned the Horned Frogs within its own 10-yard line in the third quarter and now has four punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line on the season.
Welcome Back Jim Dray
Junior tight end Jim Dray, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year against TCU on a punt play, has dressed for the last two games at Arizona State and TCU and was cleared to play against the Horned Frogs; however, did not see action. Dray's injured left knee required two offseason surgeries (Oct. 18 and Dec. 6) to repair his ACL, PCL, LCL, hamstring, lateral band and posterior capsule. Dray resumed full football drills last Tuesday. The Paramus, N.J.-native started the first six games of last season and finished the year with nine catches for 116 yards and one touchdown.
Stanford is -4 in turnover margin the last two games against Arizona State (-1) and TCU (-3) after holding a 3-0 advantage in turnover margin against Oregon State. Last season, the Cardinal finished +3 in turnover margin in the Pac-10, which was the second best mark in the conference behind Oregon (+9).
Sacks and Tackles-for-Loss
Stanford finished the 2007 season ranked second in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally with 37 sacks and a per game average of 3.17, which was the highest per game average since the 1999 Rose Bowl team finished with a 4.2 per game mark. The Cardinal also averaged 8.33 tackles for loss per game last year, a figure that ranked third in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally. The figure was also the best per game average since 1999. Three games into the 2008 season, Stanford has registered four sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss.
Four of Stanford's first six games of the year will be on the road. All told, Stanford will play seven road games this season, marking the second time in three seasons and the third time in school history Stanford has played as many as seven road games. In 2006, the Cardinal's lone win during a 1-11 campaign was a 20-3 victory at Washington. In 1976, Stanford posted a 3-4 road record on its way to a 6-5 finish in Jack Christiansen's final season as head coach. Stanford dropped its first four road games to Penn State, Michigan, Army and UCLA before rebounding to defeat Washington State, Oregon and Cal in its final three road tests.
More on the Schedule
Seven of the 12 opponents on Stanford's 2008 schedule participated in bowl games last season, including Oregon State (Emerald), TCU (Texas), Arizona State (Holiday), USC (Rose), UCLA (Las Vegas), Oregon (Sun) and California (Armed Forces). For just the second time in school history, Stanford will not play back-to-back home games this season. In 1985, Stanford alternated between home and road games throughout its 11-game schedule and finished 4-7 under head coach Jack Elway.
Home and Road
The Cardinal is 12-25 at Stanford Stadium dating back to the 2002 season, including a 4-16 mark over the last three seasons. Stanford posted a 1-5 home record in 2005 (win over Arizona State, 45-35), went winless in five home games in 2006 and posted a 2-6 home record last season (wins over San Jose State, 37-0; California, 20-13).Stanford is 15-30 on the road over the last nine seasons, but went 2-2 last year away from home, with a pair of one-point victories at USC (24-23) and Arizona (21-20).
Two notable changes to Stanford's coaching ranks come on the defensive side, where Ron Lynn takes over as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator while linebackers coach Andy Buh takes on additional duties as co-defensive coordinator. Lynn, a 38-year coaching veteran, previously held defensive coordinator positions in the NFL with San Diego (1986-91), Cincinnati (1992-93) and Washington (1994-96). He also served as secondary coach with New England (1997-99), Oakland (2000-03) and San Francisco (2004). His collegiate experience includes stops at Toledo (1966), Mount Union College (1967-73), Kent State (1974-76), San Jose State (1977-78), Pacific (1979) and California (1980-82).
Preseason Watch Lists
Four Stanford players are included on various preseason watch lists heading into the 2008 season. Outside linebacker Clinton Snyder is on the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik and Butkus Award, along with the Lombardi Award, recognizing the top lineman in college football (offense or defense). Senior center Alex Fletcher is inccluded on watch lists for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), the Rimington Trophy (top center) and Lobardi Trophy (top linemen). Junior safety Bo McNally is included on the watch list for the Lott Trophy, awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. It is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Junior linebacker Pat Maynor appears on the watch list for the Butkus Award.
Chase, Wilcox-Fogel and Zagory Elevated to Scholarship Status
Senior linebacker Thaddeus Chase, senior wide receiver Nate Wilcox-Fogel and senior placekicker Aaron Zagory have been awarded scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.Chase enters the 2008 season battling for playing time at outside linebacker. He will also he a steady contributor on special teams. Chase appeared in 12 games last season and finished with four tackles, including two solo efforts. He was credited with one blocked kick and played on all four special teams units.Wilcox-Fogel, a fifth-year senior from nearby Los Altos, has lettered each of the last two seasons after sitting out the 2004 and `05 campaigns.After serving as a back-up kicker last season, Zagory regained the starting role in fall camp.
Stanford finished the 2007 season with a 4-8 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the Pac-10 Conference. Included in the win total were victories over top-ranked (USA Today) USC and defending Pac-10 Conference co-champion California in the Big Game. Other victories came over San Jose State (37-0) and at Arizona (21-20). Of the eight losses, two came by a touchdown or less (TCU and Notre Dame). The four wins were a three-game improvement from the previous season when Stanford struggled to a 1-11 overall mark.