Stanford Returns to Pac-10 Play Saturday at Washington
Sept. 22, 2008
Game FiveStanford Cardinal at Washington Huskies
Sept. 27, 2008 Husky Stadium 7:00 p.m. PT
Stanford Returns to Pac-10 Play Saturday at Washington
After two straight non-conference games, the Stanford Cardinal (2-2, 1-1 Pac-10) returns to Pac-10 Conference play on Saturday night to face the Washington Huskies (0-3, 0-1 Pac-10). The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Husky Stadium (72,500). Stanford is coming off a 23-10 victory over San Jose State while Washington had a bye last weekend after falling to Oklahoma, 55-14, its last time out.
Saturday night's Stanford-Washington game will be carried live on KTRB AM 860 with Dave Flemming (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.The game will be televised by FSN-Northwest, with Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Mack Strong (color) and Nicole Zaloumis (sidelines) calling the action.
In a series that dates back to 1893, Stanford trails the all-time series with Washington, 34-40-4. Other than Cal, Washington ranks as Stanford's oldest rival. The Cardinal have won just four of the last 25 meetings against the Huskies since winning 10 straight games in the series from 1967-76. Stanford's four victories in the last 25 games against UW came in 1982 (43-31), 1994 (46-28), 2004 (27-13) and 2006 (20-3). Since 1977, Stanford is just 1-12 at Husky Stadium, with the win coming in the 2006 season, which marked the Cardinal's lone victory in an 1-11 campaign.
Stanford is 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Pac-10 Conference after defeating San Jose State, 23-10, Saturday at Stanford Stadium...the win came on the heels of consecutive road losses at Arizona State and TCU.A win over Washington on Saturday would give the Cardinal its best five-game start since the 2005 season when it was 3-2 after five games.Stanford is just 1-12 in its last 13 trips to Husky Stadium dating back to 1977...the lone win came in 2006, which marked the Cardinal's only victory during a 1-11 campaign.Stanford is 0-2 on the road this season and is 15-30 away from home over the last nine seasons.Spotted San Jose State a 10-0 lead on Saturday before scoring 23 unanswered points...place kicker Aaron Zagory was 3-for-3 in field goal attempts while quarterback Tavita Pritchard and running back Toby Gerhart scored on touchdown runs of one and two yards, respectively.After yielding 1,340 yards in total offense over the first three games of the year against Oregon State (490), Arizona State (472) and TCU (378), Stanford limited San Jose State to 219 yards in total offense on Saturday, including 54 on the ground and 165 in the air.Stanford registered a season-high eight sacks and 11.0 tackles-for-loss against San Jose State...the eight sacks were the highest single-game total by the Cardinal since it recorded eight sacks against UCLA on Nov. 1, 2003...redshirt freshman Tom Keiser and junior Tom McAndrew had two sacks each...the Cardinal ranks second in the Pac-10 with 12 sacks (Oregon, 14).Junior running back Toby Gerhart eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second time this season on Saturday against San Jose State, as he finished with a career-high 148 yards on 22 carries...Gerhart ranks third in the Pac-10 Conference in rushing, averaging 101.8 yards a game.Quarterback Tavita Pritchard was 13-for-28 for 159 yards against San Jose State, including 11-of-20 for 150 yards over the final 2 1/2 quarters as Stanford scored the game's final 23 points.Eight different players caught passes against San Jose State, including quarterback Tavita Pritchard, who completed a 25-yard pass to himself in the second quarter.After missing his first field goal of the season from 49 yards, Aaron Zagory has made each of his last six attempts, including a career-long and 2008 Pac-10 best 52-yarder Saturday vs. San Jose State.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...the Cardinal will be on the road the next two weekends at Washington (Sept. 27) and Notre Dame (Oct. 4) 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)...Stanford does not play back-to-back home games this season.
Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup
OffensePos. No. Player NotesWR 9 Richard Sherman Has eight receptions for 108 yards this seasonLT 76 Ben Muth Fifth-year senior made 9 starts last seasonLG 72 Chase Beeler Oklahoma transfer has started each of the first four 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 21 career starts, including 18 in a rowTE 84 Austin Gunder Has made 10 straight starts dating back to last seasonQB 14 Tavita Pritchard Is 45-for-84 (53.6) for 469 yards and one TDRB 7 Toby Gerhart Career-high 148 yards vs. San Jose StateFB 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 Has 12 tackles and one sack at the four-game markDT 92 Sione Fua Has started the last two gamesNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has eight tackles after four gamesDE 80 Erik Lorig Recovered two fumbles and had 0.5-sack against SJSUSLB 20 Clinton Snyder Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award candidateMLB 50 Nick Macaluso Has started the last two gamesWLB 44 Pat Maynor Leads the team with 35 total tackles, including 11 vs. SJSULC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Ranks third on the team in total tackles with 27FS 32 Sean Wiser Made his first career start against San Jose StateSS 22 Bo McNally Lott Trophy candidate has 22 tackles and one interceptionRC 24 Kris Evans Has two interceptions on the year
SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 6-for-7 on FGs, 10-for-10 on PATsK 32 Travis Golia Made the team as a walk-onP 38 David Green Third in the Pac-10 by averaging 41.2 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 Sixth in the Pac-10 by averaging 23.1 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 8.0 yards per return
It Happened Against Washington
Here's a look at some memorable performances by Stanford over the years against Washington.1934 Stanford picks off a school-record seven Husky passes in a 24-0 win at Stanford Stadium. Bobby Grayson has four of the seven interceptions and returns two for touchdowns. The Cardinal would equal the record in a 1987 game at Oregon State.1958 Rick McMillen rushes for 185 yards on 26 carries in a 22-12 victory at Stanford Stadium. McMillen's rushing total at the time was the third-best in school history.1971 Benny Barnes picks off three Sonny Sixkiller passes in a 17-6 win in Seattle.1977 Guy Benjamin completes 28-of-47 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns but Stanford sees its 10-game winning streak against the Huskies come to an end, 45-21 in Seattle.1981 Darrin Nelson becomes the first running back in school history to rush for four touchdowns in a game; however, the Cardinal fall to the Huskies, 42-31 in Seattle.1982 John Elway completes 20-of-30 passes for 265 yards and Mike Dotterer rushes for 106 yards on 20 carries as Stanford upsets top-ranked Washington before a national television watching on ABC and 55,213 at Stanford Stadium. The performance lands Elway on the front cover of the following week's edition of Sports Illustrated.1988 Jon Volpe rushes for 220 yards on 29 carries to set a new Stanford single-game rushing record in a 28-25 loss in Seattle.2006 T.C. Ostrander connects with Richard Sherman for a 74-yard touchdown pass and Bo McNally returns an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Stanford defeats the Huskies, 20-3, snapping a 12-game losing streak to Washington. The win was Stanford's lone victory in a 1-11 campaign.
Stanford Team Notes
Stanford Returns to Pac-10 Play on Saturday at Washington
Stanford renews its second-oldest rivalry in its football history on Saturday, as the Cardinal travels to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Husky Stadium. The Stanford-Washington series dates back to 1893, surpassed in longevity only by Stanford's series with California, which dates back to 1892.
Looking to Turn the Tide
Stanford has won two of the last three meetings against Washington, posting back-to-back wins in 2004 (27-13) and 2006 (20-3) before falling last season, 27-9 (the teams did not meet in 2005). However, dating back to the 1977 season, Stanford is just 4-21 against Washington, including 1-12 at Husky Stadium.
Last Year Against the Huskies
Louis Rankin rushed for 255 yards and a touchdown in the best performance by a Washington running back in 11 years as the Huskies posted a 27-9 victory at Stanford Stadium. The Huskies finished with 388 yards on the ground and racked up 539 yards in total offense to snap a six-game losing streak. Washington also registered six sacks on the day and limited Stanford to 253 yards in total offense. The Huskies took a 13-9 lead into the fourth quarter, but a one-yard TD run by Rankin early in the final period and a seven-yard scoring run by quarterback Jake Locker with 0:21 left accounted for the 27-9 final. Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard was knocked out of the game early in the first quarter and was replaced by T.C. Ostrander, who completed 16-of-28 passes for 133 yards.
A Familiar Face
Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham had two tours of duty and spent 10 years at Stanford, serving as the Cardinal's running back coach under Dennis Green from 1989-91 and head coach from 1995-2001. He posted a 44-36-1 (.549) record in seven seasons as Stanford's head coach, guiding the Cardinal to four bowl games, including the 1999 Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl appearance. As head coach at Notre Dame (2002-04) and Washington (2005-present), Willingham is 4-1 against his former school, winning all three matchups while at Notre Dame and splitting a pair of contests at Washington.
Stanford has three players on its roster who hail from the state of Washington, including OL David DeCastro (Bellevue-Bellevue HS), QB Tavita Pritchard (Tacoma-Clover Park HS) and WR Marcus Rance (Yakima-A.C. Davis HS).
Stanford is averaging 272.5 yards in total offense (1,090 total) over the first four games...is averaging 149.5 yards a game on the ground and 112.0 in the air...ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in total offense, fourth in rushing (161.5) and 10th in passing (111.0).Turned in its second best rushing effort of the season on Saturday against San Jose State, finishing with 204 yards on the ground...rushed for 210 yards in the season-opener against Oregon State.Of Stanford's 10 touchdowns this season, seven have come on the ground, one has come via the pass, one on defense (interception return) and one on special teams (blocked punt).Running back Toby Gerhart has accounted for five of Stanford's eight offensive touchdowns on the year...Gerhart rushed for a career-high 148 yards against San Jose State and now has gone over the 100-yard mark three times in his last five games dating back to last season.Quarterback Tavita Pritchard has completed 45-of-84 (53.6) passes for 469 yards, including one touchdown and four interceptions.A total of 10 different players have caught passes this season, including quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas.
Stanford is yielding 389.8 yards a game in total offense, including 125.0 per game on the ground and 264.8 in the air...Ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in total defense (389.8), fifth in rushing defense (125.0) and ninth in passing defense (264.8).Turned in its best defensive effort of the season Saturday against San Jose State...limited the Spartans to 219 yards in total offense, including just 54 on the ground.Registered 8.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss Saturday against San Jose State...the 8.0 sacks were the most recorded by Stanford since it also registered 8.0 against UCLA in 2003.Ranks second in the Pac-10 in total sacks with 12 (-75)...senior linebacker Pat Maynor leads the team with 3.5 sacks, while Tom McAndrew and Tom Keiser have two apiece...finished fifth in the Pac-10 last season with 37 sacks.Pat Maynor recorded his second straight double-figure tackle game on Saturday against San Jose State, finishing with 11 stops (five solo)...it marked his seventh career double figure tackle game...also had 11 tackles at TCU.
Special Teams Notes
Aaron Zagory was 3-for-3 in field goal attempts Saturday against San Jose State, converting from 37, 52 and 24 yards...the 52-yarder in the third quarter was a career-long, was the best in the Pac-10 this year and tied for the ninth-longest field goal in school history...is 6-for-7 in field goal attempts this season and has made his last six in a row after missing his first try of the season from 49...he is a perfect 10-for-10 in PATs...Redshirt freshman David Green is averaging 41.2 yard a punt after four games (20-825), which is the sixth-best mark in the Pac-10...Jeremy Stewart ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in kick return average at 23.1 yards per return...Mark Mueller's blocked punt at TCU 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 San Jose State Game
After spotting San Jose State a 10-0 lead, Stanford scored 23 unanswered points to post a 23-10 victory over the Spartans. Running back Toby Gerhart rushed for a career-high 148 yards on 22 carries and placekicker Aaron Zagory contributed a career-best three field goals, including a career long from 52 yards as Stanford evened its record at 2-2 on the season. Stanford put forth its best defensive showing of the season, limiting San Jose State to 219 yards in total offense, including just 54 on the ground. The Cardinal registered 8.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss. The eight sacks were the most recorded by Stanford since also totaling eight against UCLA in 2003.
Junior running back Toby Gerhart rushed for a career-high 148 yards on 22 carries Saturday against San Jose State, marking his second 100-yard game of the season and third of his career. The rushing yardage was the was the 27th-highest single-game total in school history. Gerhart ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing averaging (101.8) and has five rushing touchdowns, which is tied for the second best total in the conference. Dating back to last year's San Jose State game, Gerhart has combined to rush for 547 yards over his last five games (109.4) on 84 carries (6.5 per carry) with six touchdowns. The Norco, Calif.-native opened the season rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon State, which 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.
Junior quarterback Tavita Pritchard has completed 45-of-84 (53.6) passes for 469 yards and one touchdown, along with four interceptions, through the first four games of the 2008 season. He anks ninth in the Pac-10 in passing average per game at 117.2. Last Saturday against San Jose State, Pritchard established season highs for completions (13), attempts (28) and yards (159) in Stanford's 23-10 win over the Spartans. After opening the game 2-for-8 for 9 yards and an interception, Pritchard finished 11-of-20 for 150 yards over hte final 2 1/2 quarters. A native of Tacoma, Wash., 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 and McAndrew Make First Career Starts
Redshirt freshman safety Sean Wiser and junior defensive end Tom McAndrew made their first career starts Saturday against San Jose State. One week after totaling 11 tackles in his collegiate debut against TCU, Wiser made his first career start Saturday against San Jose State and finished with four tackles (three solo). 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. McAndrew got the starting nod at defensive end in place of Pannel Egboh, whose practice time was limited during the week due to sinus problems. The Glen Ellyn, Ill.-native finished with three tackles, including his first two career sacks.
Zags on the Mark
After serving in a back-up role last season to placekicker Derek Belch, Aaron Zagory is 6-for-7 in field goal tries this season. He has made his last six in a row from distances of 41, 42, 28, 37, 52 and 24 yards after missing his first try of the year from 49 yards against Oregon State. Against San Jose State, the native of Yellow Springs, Ohio nailed a career-long 52 yarder that gave Stanford a 13-10 lead with 1:49 left in the third quarter. It tied for the ninth-longest field goal in Stanford history, and was the longest in the Pac-10 thus far in 2008. Zagory is now 14-for-20 in field goal tries in his Stanford career (8-for-13 in 2006).
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 three games and saw his first action of the season Saturday night against San Jose State. 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.
Notre Dame Transfer Konrad Reuland Eligible for Washington Game
Konrad Reuland, who transferred to Stanford this fall after spending the first two years of his collegiate career at Notre Dame, will be eligible for game action Saturday at Washington. The junior tight end played seven games as a freshman and three games last season for the Irish, but did not catch a pass. He spent part of the 2007-08 academic year at Saddleback Junior College, but did not play football. A blue-chip recruit out of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School, Reuland was a first team tight end on the USA Today's prep All-America team as a senior.
Stanford is -4 in turnover margin the last three games against Arizona State (-1), TCU (-3) and San Jose State (E) after holding a 3-0 advantage in turnover margin against Oregon State. Stanford is -1 in turnover margin for the season, which is the fourth best mark in the Pac-10 behind USC (+4), California (+3) and Arizona (0). 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 totaled 8.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss Saturday against San Jose State. The eight sacks were the most recorded by Stanford since it also totaled eight against UCLA in 2003. The Cardinal have registered 12 sacks among its 23 tackles-for-loss this season. Last year, the Cardinal 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.
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 13-25 at Stanford Stadium dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-16 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