Stanford Heads to the Rose Bowl For Pac-10 Showdown Against UCLA

Oct. 13, 2008

Game Eight
Stanford Cardinal (4-3, 3-1 Pac-10) at UCLA Bruins (2-4, 1-2 Pac-10)
October 18, 2008 • Rose Bowl • 1:00 p.m. PT

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Stanford Faces UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl
Stanford (4-3, 3-1 Pac-10) and UCLA (2-4, 1-2) will meet for the 79th time on Saturday afternoon in the Rose Bowl, as the Cardinal look to snap a four-game losing streak against the Bruins. Stanford defeated Arizona on Saturday, 24-23, and is tied with Oregon for for second place in the Pac-10 Conference, while UCLA is coming off a 31-24 loss to Oregon.

Broadcast Information
Saturday's Stanford-UCLA game will be carried live on KTRB AM 860 with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and former Stanford quarterback Todd Husak (analysis) 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 David Lombardi calling the action.The game will also be carries live in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Bay Area, with Glen Kuiper (play-by-play) and former Stanford offensive lineman Mike McLaughlin (color) handling the announcing duties..

Stanford-UCLA Series
In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails the all-time series with UCLA, 31-44-3. Stanford has dropped the last four contests to the Bruins, including last year's contest on The Farm, 45-17, in the season-opener for both teams. Stanford has lost its last five games against UCLA in the Rose Bowl, including the last two by shutout (31-0 in 2006; 21-0 in 2004). Stanford's last victory at the Rose Bowl came in 1996, 21-20.

Cardinal Clips

  • Have won three out of its last four games after Saturday's 24-23, last-second victory over 4-3 overall, Stanford is enjoying its best seven-game start since 2005 when the Cardinal was also 4-3 after seven games before stumbling down the stretch to finish 5-6...are 3-1 in the conference for the first time since `05.
  • A win Saturday would give Stanford its best eight-game start since 2001, when the Cardinal was 6-2 on its way to a 9-3 finish and an appearance in the Seattle Bowl....a win would also give Stanford its first 4-1 start in the conference since the `01 campaign.
  • Have won all three of its home games this season and have now won four straight at home dating back to last year's Big Game win over California...four-game home winning streak is the longest since the Cardinal captured the last three games in `01 and the first home game of `02.
  • Have dropped four straight to UCLA by the combined score of 137-40 and have been shutout in its last two trips to the Rose Bowl.
  • Rushed for a season-high 286 yards on Saturday and are now averaging 184.1 yards per game on the ground this season, which is the second best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks 33rd nationally...averaged 111.2 yards per game on the ground last season.
  • Toby Gerhart was named the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 116 yards and the game-winning touchdown against Arizona.
  • Gerhart (116) and Anthony Kimble (110) both eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark Saturday against Arizona, marking the first time Stanford has had two backs rush for 100 or more yards in the same game since Brian Allen (143) and Kenneth Tolon (100) accomplished the feat against Arizona, Nov. 10, 2001.
  • Gerhart recorded his fourth, 100-yard rushing game of the season on Saturday to become the first Stanford back since Brian Allen in 2001 to have four, 100-yard games in the same season...the last back to have five or more 100-yard games in a season was Tommy Vardell (7 in 1991).
  • With 641 rushing yards on the season, Gerhart is averaging 91.6 yards a game on the ground this season, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 37th nationally...he needs 359 more yards to become Stanford's first 1,000-yard rusher since Vardell rushed for a single-season record of 1,084 yards in 1991.
  • Converted on 4-of-5 trips to red zone on Saturday to improve to 19-for-21 (90.0) in red zone effieciency this season, which is the best percentage in the Pac-10 and is t-16th-best nationally.
  • Quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 13-of-17 passes for 113 yards, including one touchdownand one interception on Saturday against Arizona, however, he did not play in the second half after sustaining a mild concussion prior to halftime.
  • Had three sacks Saturday against Arizona, running its season total to 19, which ranks second in the Pac-10 behind Oregon (25).

    Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup

    OffensePos.	No.	Player	NotesWR	8	Ryan Whalen	Team's leading receiver with 27 receptions for 291 yards.LT	76	Ben Muth	Fifth-year senior made nine starts last seasonLG	63	Chris Marinelli	Moved over from right tackles against UAC	60	Alex Fletcher	Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG	71	Andrew Phillips	Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT	61	Matt Kopa	Made his first career start vs. ArizonaTE	84	Austin Gunder	Has 13 receptions for 101 yardsQB	14	Tavita Pritchard	Was limited to one half against Arizona after suffering mild concussionRB	7	Toby Gerhart	Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week with 116 yards and a TDFB	48	Owen Marecic	Pac-10 honorable mention selection last seasonWR	89	Doug Baldwin	Has five plays of more than 35 yards this season

    DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Has 17 tackles and one sackDT 92 Sione Fua Hase ight tackles, including three-for-lossNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has 16 tackles and one sackDE 80 Erik Lorig Had two sacks against Arizona on SaturdaySLB 20 Clinton Snyder Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award candidateMLB 50 Nick Macaluso Has started the last five gamesWLB 44 Pat Maynor Leads the team in tackles (54), sacks (4.0) and TFL (6.5)LC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Ranks fourth on the team in total tackles with 41FS 32 Sean Wiser Has started the last three games; 30 total tackles on seasonSS 22 Bo McNally Lott Trophy candidate has 23 tackles over last three gamesRC 24 Kris Evans Matched his career high with nine tackles against Arizona

    SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 7-for-9 on FGs, 21-for-21 on PATsK 11 Aaron Zagory Assumed kicking duties at Notre DameP 38 David Green Boomed 70-yard punt Saturday vs. ArizonaLS 56 Zach Nolan Takes over for four year starter Brent NewhouseHLD 22 Bo McNally Will be backed up by Daniel ZychlinskiKR 35 Jeremy Stewart Averaging 23.4 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 8.5 yards per return

    It Happened Against UCLA

    Here's a look at some memorable performances by Stanford over the years against UCLA.1925	In the first meeting between the two schools, Stanford scores a school-record 12 touchdowns and defeats UCLA, 82-0.1954	Stanford allows a school-record 72 points in a 72-0 defeat at the Coliseum.1968	Gene Washington sets a school record by catching 13 passes, but UCLA rallies from a 14-0 deficit to post a 20-17 victory at the Coliseum.1976	Guy Benjamin sets a school record for pass completions (35-of-73) and throws for 378 yards, but UCLA rallies from a 20-10 deficit and scores 28 fourth quarter points to post a 38-20 victory at the Coliseum.1979	Ken Naber boots a 56-yard field goal that hits the left upright and bounces over the cross bar as time expires to lift Stanford to a 27-24 victory before a crowd of 70,205 at Stanford Stadium. Naber's field goal ranks as the fourth-longest in school history.1977	Freshman Darrin Nelson rushes for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to lead Stanford to a 32-28 win over the Bruins at Stanford Stadium. The rushing performance ranks as the 11th-best in school history.1982	Vincent White ties a single-game school record with 14 receptions in a 38-35 loss at the Coliseum.1994	Steve Stenstrom passes for 408 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Armour catches 11 passes for 220 yards and Anthony Bookman rushes for 138 yards on 21 carries, however, the Cardinal squander a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and drop a 31-30 decision at the Rose Bowl. Stanford had a chance to win the game, but misfired on a 32-yard field goal attempt with 0:20 left.1996	Chad Hutchinson connects with Brian Manning on a 10-yard TD pass with 0:58 left to give Stanford a 21-20 win at the Rose Bowl.1997	UCLA's defense holds Stanford to its lowest ruhsing total in school history-- -34 yards.1998	Todd Husak finishes with 428 yards in total offense, but the Cardinaal drop a 28-24 decision at the Rose Bowl.1999	Joe Borchard throws for five touchdowns passes, including a school-record 98-yarder to Troy Walters in 42-32 victory at Stanford Stadium.2003	Luke Powell returns a punt 90 yards for a touchdown as Stanford defeats UCLA, 21-14. The punt return is second longest in school history.

    Stanford Team NotesStanford Ventures to the Rose Bowl on Saturday to Face UCLA
    Following Saturday's 24-23 win over Arizona, Stanford (4-3, 3-1 Pac-10) finds itself tied with Oregon for second place in the Pac-10 Conference heading into Saturday's game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. Both teams trail first place Cal, which has won both of its conference games on its way to a 4-1 overall start. UCLA, 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10 following Saturday's 31-24 loss at Oregon, has had the upperhand against Stanford in recent years, winning 11 of the last 15 meetings dating back to 1993.

    The Start
    At 4-3 overall, Stanford is off to its best seven-game start since the 2005 season, when the Cardinal was also 4-3 after seven games before stumbling down the stretch to finish 5-6 overall. In 2005, Stanford brought a 4-3 record into its game against UCLA and enjoyed a 24-3 lead in the fourth quarter, however, the Bruins rallied for three touchdowns in the final period to tie the game before winning in overtime on a 23 yard pass from Ben Olson to Brandon Breazell. Stanford would go onto drop three of its last four games to finish 5-6 overall.

    Stanford Has Come Away Empty in Its Last Two Trips to the Rose Bowl
    Stanford has been shutout by UCLA in its last two games to the Rose Bowl, dropping a 31-0 decision in 2006 and 21-0 in 2004. Stanford's last points against UCLA in the historic facility came on a 42-yard field goal by Michael Sgroi at the 6:47 mark of the second quarter on Oct. 26, 2002. Since then, Stanford has gone 125:13 without a point in the Rose Bowl.

    Last Year Against UCLA
    In the season-opener for both teams, UCLA defeated Stanford, 45-17 behind five touchdown passes by quarterback Ben Olson and 195 yards in rushing by Marin Catholic High School-product Kahlil Bell. UCLA jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Stanford got on the board just before halftime, as T.C. Ostrander connected with Jim Dray on a nine-yard touchdown pass with 0:48 left before intermission. UCLA scored touchdowns two third quarter touchdowns to take a 28-10 lead into the final period. After the Bruins increased their lead to 31-10 on a 39-yard field goal by Kai Forbath at the 11:44 mark of the fourth quarter, Stanford scored on its first play from scimmage following the kickoff, as Ostrander connected with Richard Sherman on a 70-yard touchdown pass to cut UCLA's lead to 31-17 with 11:25 left. However, the Bruins increased their lead to 38-17 on its next possession, as Olson tossed his fifth TD pass of the afternoon, this one to Breazell from 15 yards out to cap a six-play, 45-yard scoring drive. The Bruins closed out the scoring on a 24-yard touchdown run by Christian Ramirez with 0:20 left in the game.UCLA used a balanced offensive attack to account for 642 yards in total offense, including 338 on the ground and 286 in the air. Stanford finished with 383 yards in total offense, but just 52 yards on the ground.

    Offensive Notes

  • Stanford is averaging 333.9 yards in total offense (2,337 total) after seven games...averaging 184.1 yards a game on the ground and 149.7 in the air.
  • Rank second in the Pac-10 and 33rd nationally in rushing offense...rank sixth in the Pac-10 in total offense and 10th in passing.
  • Averaging 24.3 points a game, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10.
  • Rushed for a season-high 286 yards on Saturday against Arizona, which was Stanford's best rushing performance since the Cardinal totaled 276 rushing yards against San Jose State last season.
  • Of Stanford's 21 touchdowns this season, 12 have come on the ground, seven have been through the air, one on defense (interception return) and one on special teams (blocked punt)...running backs Toby Gerhart (7) and Anthony Kimble (4) have accounted for 11 of Stanford's 19 offensive touchdowns this season.
  • Stanford has rushed for 1,289 yards in seven games this season (184.1)...after seven games last year, the Cardinal had totaled 818 yards on the ground (116.8 per game).
  • Have turned in five 100-yard rushing performances this season, including four by Toby Gerhart and one by Anthony Kimble.
  • Anthony Kimble's 157 yards against Washington was the 21st-best rushing performance in Stanford history and the most rushing yards recorded by a Stanford back since J.R. Lemon finished with 162 yards against Washington in 2004.
  • A total of 14 different players have caught passes this season, including quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas.

    Defensive Notes

  • Stanford is yielding 386.0 yards a game in total offense, including 114.3 per game on the ground and 271.7 in the air...rank eighth in the Pac-10 in total defense, fourth in rushing defense and 10th in passing defense.
  • Have allowed 345 or more passing yards (404 vs. Oregon State; 345 at Arizona State; 347 at Notre Dame) three time this season...rank last in the Pac-10 in pass defense.
  • Registered three sacks Saturday against Arizona and have totaled 15.0 sacks in its last four games...finished with 9.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss against San Jose State, which were the most recorded by Stanford since it also registered 9.0 against Cal in the 1998 Big Game.
  • Rank second in the Pac-10 in total sacks with 19 (-122)...senior linebacker Pat Maynor leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.0 sacks, while defensive end Tom McAndrew has 3.0.
  • Maynor leads the team in total tackles with 54, including 31 solo efforts...he currently ranks third in the Pac-10 in total tackles.
  • Limited Arizona to 336 yards in total offense on Saturday, which was the second lowest offensive output by a Stanford opponent this season (219 vs. San Jose State).

    Special Teams Notes

  • Senior Aaron Zagory connected on his only field goal attempt Saturday against Arizona, converting on a 22-yard effort with 0:09 left in the first half...Zagory is 7-for-9 in field goal tries this season and is a perfect 21-for-21 in PATs.
  • Redshirt freshman David Green boomed a 70-yard punt in the third quarter against Arizona, which matched the sixth-longest punt in school history...for the season, Green is averaging 41.2 yards a punt after seven games (29-1196), which is the sixth-best mark in the Pac-10.
  • Jeremy Stewart ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in kick return average at 23.4 yards per return.
  • Stanford ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in punt return average (12.4).
  • Mark Mueller's blocked punt at TCU was Stanford's second this season...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 Arizona Game
    Toby Gerhart scored on a one-yard run with 0:25 left, capping an 11-play, 60 yard drive to lift Stanford to a 24-23 victory over Arizona on Homecoming Day at Stanford Stadium.With starting quarterback Tavita Prichard sidelined for the second half with a mild concussion, the signal-calling duties were split between backups Jason Forcier and Alex Loukas. At the end, it was Loukas at the controls for the final two drives, including the game-winning march that started on the Stanford 40 with 5:41 left in the game. During the final drive, Loukas picked up 32 yards on the ground and completed his only pass attempt of the game, a 21-yard to Ryan Whalen. Stanford drove to the Arizona nine yard line and on a third and six play, Loukas picked up seven yards and a first down that put the ball on the two yard line. Two plays later, Gerhart scored the game-winning touchdown with 0:25 left.Stanford trailed 17-10 at intermission, but the Cardinal defense limited the Wildcats to just a pair of fourth quarter field goals. On three occasions, Arizona drove the ball inside the Stanford six yard line only to come away with a field goal each time. Stanford limited Arizona to just 77 rushing yards on 23 carries.Stanford's running back tandem of Gerhart (116) and Anthony Kimble (110) combined for 226 yards on the ground, with Kimble picking up most on his yardage on a 70-yard run in the third quarter to set up his short touchdown run that tied the game, 17-17 at the 4:20 mark.

    Gerhart Named the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Week
    Junior running back Toby Gerhart was named the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Week for the first time after he recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season Saturday against Arizona, finishing with 116 yards on 24 carries. Gerhart has gained 641 yards on 11 carries in seven games this season (5.8 per carry) and is averaging 91.6 yards on the ground this season. He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 37th nationally in rushing average (91.6), while his four 100-yard efforts are tied for the most in the conference. Dating back to last year's San Jose State game, Gerhart has combined to rush for 781 yards over his last eight games (97.6) on 123 carries (6.3 per carry). Gerhart is attempting to become Stanford's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tommy Vardell finished with a single-season record 1,084 rushing yards in 1991. Including Vardell, Stanford has had six 1,000-yard rushers in its history, including Jon Volpe (1,027 in 1991), Brad Muster (1,053 in 1986) and Darrin Nelson (1,014 in 1981; 1,061 in 1978; 1,069 in `77).

    Kimble Climbing Career Rushing Touchdown Chart
    Anthony Kimble's third quarter rushing touchdown against Arizona was the 15th of his career, which ranks ninth on Stanford's all-time career list for rushing touchdowns. Bill Tarr (1953-55) ranks eighth on the list with 16 rushing touchdowns. Kimble finished with 110 yards on the ground against Arizona, marking his second 100-yard game of the season. His 157-yard rushing performance this season at Washington marked the 21st best rushing performance in school history and the best single-game mark since J.R. Lemon finished with 162 yards against Washington in 2004. His 83-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Huskies tied for the fifth longest touchdown run in school history, matching Buck Fawcett's 1941 jaunt against Santa Clara.

    Tavita's Tale
    Junior quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 13-of-17 passes for 113 yards with one touchdown and an interception on Saturday against Arizona, but did not play in the secod half after suffering a mild concussion in the first half. Pritchard got Stanford on the board in the first quarter when he connected with Doug Baldiwn on a three-yard TD pass that culminated an 11 play, 88-yard scoring drive. After completeing 9-of-10 of his pass attempts in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame, Prtichard has now completed 22 of his last 27 pass attempts for 200 yards. For the season, the Tacoma, Wash., native has completed 92-of-153 passes (60.1) passes for 986 yards and seven touchdowns, along with eight interceptions. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in passing average per game (140.9) and ninth in passing efficiency (118.9). 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.

    Big Play Baldwin
    Sophomore wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been involved in five plays over the last four games that have totaled 35-yards or more. Against Notre Dame, Baldwin returned a punt 38 yards in the fourth quarter that set up a five-play 36-yard scoring drive that cut the Irish lead to 28-21. Against Washington, he was on the receiving end of a 61-yard touchdown pass from Tavita Pritchard. in the second quarter that gave Stanford a 21-14 lead at halftime. Against TCU, Baldwin scored his first career touchdown on a 35-yard reverse in the second quarter. Later in the game, he returned a punt 35 yards for an apparent touchdown, but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds on the 13-yard line. Against San Jose State, Baldwin was on the receiving end of a 38-yard pass from Pritchard, only to have the ball knocked out of his hands and through the end zone for a touchback. Including last year's 42-yard kickoff return against Notre Dame, Baldwin has been involved in six plays of 35 yards or more in his career.

    The Emergence of Ryan Whalen
    After catching just one pass for 12 yards last season as a freshman, Ryan Whalen has emerged as Stanford's primary receiver. After seven games, the Monte Vista HS-product has 27 receptions for 291 yards and one touchdown. He has been particularly impressive the last three weeks, recording 12 receptions for 134 yards, including his first career touchdown at Washington and a career-best eight receptions for 91 yards at Notre Dame.

    Spreading the Wealth
    With Josh Catron and Chris Owusu catching passes on Saturday against Arizona, a total of 14 Stanford receivers have caught passes this season, including quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas. Pritchard completed a 25-yard pass to himself in the second quarter of the San Jose State game, when his pass attempt was deflected back into his hands at the line of scrimmage. Loukas, a backup quarterback, was on the receiving end of Stanford's first pass completion of the season against Oregon State. Stanford has utilized as many as eight different receivers three times this season (Arizona State, San Jose State, Washington) and has used seven receivers in two other games (Oregon State and TCU). Last season, Stanford utilized 15 receivers.

    Maynor Among Pac-10 Leaders in Tackles and Sacks
    Senior linebacker Pat Maynor ranks in the top 10 among conference defensive leaders in both tackles (54-7th) and sacks (4.0-8th). Maynor has led or tied for the team lead in tackles in three of the last five games, totaling 41 stops over the five game stretch, including back-to-back 11-tackles efforts against TCU and San Jose State. Maynor is one of two players in the conference to have more than 50-tackles on the year. Oregon State's Greg Laybourne has been credited with 50 stops after six games.

    Notre Dame Transfer Konrad Reuland Now Eligible
    Konrad Reuland, who transferred to Stanford this fall after spending the first two years of his collegiate career at Notre Dame, is now eligible for competition but has yet to see game action. 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.

    The Running Game
    Seven games into the 2008 season, Stanford has rushed for 1,289 yards and is averaging 184.1 yards per game, which is the second best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks 33rd nationally. After seven games last season, the Cardinal had rushed for 818 yards and were averaging 120.3 yards a game on the ground. The Cardinal ranked ninth in the conference last season in rushing offense with a 116.8 per game average.

    Stanford in the Red Zone
    Stanford is 19-for-21 (90%) in the red zone this season, which is the best mark in the Pac-10 and is tied for the 16th-best mark in the nation. In 21 trips to the red zone, Stanford has come away with 15 touchdowns and four field goals.

    Time of Possession
    Stanford won the time of possession against Arizona, 34:35 to 25:25, marking the first time since the season-opener against Oregon State the Cardinal controlled the clock.

    First Strike
    Stanford has scored just 21 points in the first quarter this season and has allowed the opponent to score first in all seven games. The Cardinal is averaging 72.0 yards in total offense (504 yards total) in the first quarter this season. Stanford has been outscored 113-86 in the first half, but have outscored the opponent, 84-76 after intermission.

    Turnover Margin
    Stanford is -11 in turnover margin the last six games against Arizona State (-1), TCU (-3), San Jose State (E), Washington (E), Notre Dame (-4) and Arizona (-3) after holding a 3-0 advantage in turnover margin against Oregon State. Stanford is -8 in turnover margin for the season, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10. 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 ranks second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally with 19 sacks among its 44 tackles-for-loss this season. Stanford totaled 9.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss against San Jose State, which were the most recorded by Stanford since it also totaled nine against California in the 1998 Big Game. 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.

    Natural Freshmen
    With the collegiate debuts of Chris Owusu and Alex Debniak at Notre Dame, Stanford has utilized seven natural freshmen in game action this season. In addition to Owusu and Debniak, CB Johnson Bademosi, K Travis Golia, RB Delano Howell, CB Michael Thomas and WR Warren Reuland--have been called upon for duty this season.

    Road Tested
    Four of Stanford's first six games of the year were 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.

    Stanford Undefeated at Home This Season
    After posting just a 9-22 record at home over the previous five seasons, Stanford is 3-0 at home this season and have won four straight at Stanford Stadium dating back to last year's Big Game victory over Cal. The last time Stanford had three wins at home in the same season was in 2004 (3-3).

    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 included on watch lists for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), the Rimington Trophy (top center) and Lombardi 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 be 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.

    Cut to the Chase
    As a reminder, it's -- OG Chase Beeler (Jenks, OK), LB Thaddeus Chase (El Paso, TX), S Chase Richard (Atherton, CA) and DE Chase Thomas (Marietta, GA).

    2007 Rewind
    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.

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