Stanford Wraps Up Home Schedule Saturday Against USC
Nov. 10, 2008
USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal
November 15, 2008 Stanford Stadium Stadium 4:00 p.m. PT
Stanford Wraps Up Home Schedule Saturday Against USC
Stanford (5-5, 4-3 Pac-10) will close out its 2008 home schedule this Saturday when it plays host to the sixth-ranked USC Trojans (8-1, 6-1 Pac-10) at Stanford Stadium (50,000). Kickoff is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. The Cardinal will bring a 4-0 home record into Saturday's game against the Trojans and will be looking to post its first perfect home season for the first time since Bill Walsh's 1977 team won all six of its home contests. Stanford needs one victory in its final two games against USC and Cal to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001.
Saturday's Stanford-USC 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 David Lombardi calling the action.The game will also be televised live on nationally on Versus, with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (color) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action.
In a series that dates back to 1905, Stanford trails the all-time series with USC, 25-58-3. The Trojans have won five out of the last six games in the series after the Cardinal posted three straight wins, 1999-2001. Dating back to 1980, Stanford is just 7-21 against USC, including a string of 11-straight losses from 1980-90. Last season, Stanford snapped USC's five-game winning streak in the series, as the Cardinal stunned the second-ranked (AP) Trojans, 24-23 at the Coliseum. Stanford is 3-5 against the Trojans over the last eight meetings at Stanford Stadium, with the last home win coming in the 2000 season, 32-30.
Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup
OffensePos. No. Player NotesWR 8 Ryan Whalen Team's leading receiver with 34 receptions for 403 yardsLT 76 Ben Muth Fifth-year senior has started every game this seasonLG 72 Chase Beeler Returned to starting lineup vs. Washington StateC 60 Alex Fletcher Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG 71 Andrew Phillips Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT 63 Chris Marinelli Returned to action against Oregon after missing WSU gameTE 83 Jim Dray Both of his catches this season have been for TDsQB 14 Tavita Pritchard Has completed 59.5 percent of his passes this yearRB 7 Toby Gerhart Needs 68 more yards to reach the 1,000-yard markFB 48 Owen Marecic Missed the Oregon game with a high-ankle sprainWR 89 Doug Baldwin Has six plays of more than 35 yards this season
DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Has 25 tackles and 1.5 sacksDT 98 Matt Masifilo Has 18 total tackles on the yearNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has 23 tackles and 1.5 tackle-for-lossDE 80 Erik Lorig Has 33 total tackles, including 6.0-for-lossSLB 20 Clinton Snyder Fifth leading tackler with 51 stopsMLB 43 Chike Amajoyi Returned to starting lineup against OregonWLB 44 Pat Maynor Leads the team in tackles (64), sacks (4.0) and TFL (8.5)LC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Team's fourth leading tackler with 57 stopsFS 32 Sean Wiser Has started the last six games; 44 total tackles on seasonSS 22 Bo McNally Scored a TD on a fake FG against OregonRC 24 Kris Evans Ranks tied for second on the team in total tackles with 61
SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 12-for-14 on FGs, 32-for-33 on PATsK 11 Aaron Zagory Assumed kicking duties at Notre DameP 38 David Green Boomed 70-yard punt vs. ArizonaLS 56 Zach Nolan Takes over for four year starter Brent NewhouseHLD 22 Bo McNally Will be backed up by Daniel ZychlinskiKR 81 Chris Owusu Averaging 23.5 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 9.5 yards per return
It Happened Against USC
Here's a look at some memorable moments in the Stanford-USC series over the years.1970 Before a crowd of 86,000 at Stanford Stadium, Stanford stuns fourth-ranked USC, 24-14, marking its first win over the Trojans since 1957. Jim Plunkett completed 19-of-31 passes for 275 yards and one TD and Stanford's defense turns back the Trojans twice on goal line stands.1973 Ron Garcia sets a Stanford and Pac-10 record by booting a 59-yard field goal in the first quarter. However, Chris Limahelu's 34-yard field goal with 0:34 left lifts the eighth-ranked Trojans to a 27-26 victory at the Coliseum.1974 Mike Langford kicks a 37-yard game-winning field goal as time expires, lifting Stanford to a 13-10 win over ninth-ranked USC at the Coliseum.1979 After trailing at halftime 21-0, Stanford rallies to score 14 points in the fourth quarter to tie top-raked USC, 21-21 at the Coliseum. It was the only blemish on USC's record, as the Trojans would finish the season ranked second in both wire service polls behind national champion Alabama.1982 John Elway completes 27-of-41 passes for 239 yards for his 26th career 200-yard passing game, setting a new NCAA record, previously held by Jim Plunkett. Elway's record-setting performance was not enough, as USC came away with a 41-21 victory at Stanford Stadium.1986 Before a national television audience and a crowd of 73,500 at Stanford Stadium, linebacker Dave Wyman records a school-record 27 tackles (5-22), however, USC shuts out the Cardinal, 10-0.1990 Jason Palumbis completes 30-of-45 passes for 360 yards, including three TD passes, however, the Trojans force three Cardinal fumbles and limit Glyn Milburn to just nine yards on nine carries in a 37-22 victory at Stanford Stadium. Palumbis' passing yardage is the highest total ever recorded by a Stanford quarterback against USC.1991 Stanford defeats USC, 24-21 at the Coliseum, marking the Cardinal's first victory over the Trojans since 1975.1992 Steve Stenstrom completes 23-of-39 passes for 273 yards and Stanford's defense limits 11th-ranked USC to 59 rushing yards in a 23-9 victory at Stanford Stadium.1996 Mike Mitchell runs for 147 yards on 22 carries to lead the Cardinal to a 24-20 come-from-behind victory over the Trojans at Stanford Stadium. The rushing yardage is the highest total by a Stanford back against USC.1997 Troy Walters catches 11 passes for 209 yards and two TDs, however, Stanford drops a 45-21 decision at the Coliseum. Walters also returned a punt 66-yards for a TD in the first quarter.2000 After coming off the bench to replace an injured Randy Fasani, Chris Lewis throws a 20-yard TD pass to Jamien McCullum as time expires to give Stanford a thrilling, 32-30 come-from-behind victory over USC. Kerry Carter ties a single-game record with four rushing TDs and DeRonnie Pitts catches 13 passes for 176 yards.2007 Tavita Pritchard connects with Mark Bradford on a 10-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-goal play with 0:49 remaining to lift Stanford to a 24-23 victory over second-ranked (AP) USC at the Coliseum, capping one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
Stanford Team Notes
Stanford Needs One More Win in Final Two Games to Become Bowl Eligible
With a 5-5 overall record, Stanford needs one more win in its final two games to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season, when the Cardinal earned a bid to the Seattle Bowl. Stanford's bowl drive continues this Saturday when the Cardinal play host to the sixth-ranked USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium. Stanford will close out the regular season with the annual Big Game against Cal on Nov. 22 in Berkeley.
Against Ranked Teams
Stanford is 1-20 against ranked teams dating back to the 2002 season, with its only win coming over second-ranked (AP) USC last season, 24-23 in Los Angeles. The Cardinal dropped its only game against a ranked opponent this season, losing 41-17 to 15th-ranked Arizona State on Sept. 6. The last time Stanford defeated a ranked team at home was on Oct. 27, 2001, when the Cardinal upset fourth-ranked UCLA, 38-28.
The Home Record
Stanford is undefeated at home this season, posting wins over Oregon State (36-28), San Jose State (23-10), Arizona (24-23) and Washington State (58-0). It marks the first time Stanford has opened 4-0 at home since 1977, when first-year head coach Bill Walsh's squad posted a perfect 6-0 home mark on its way to the Sun Bowl. Stanford has won five straight games at Stanford Stadium dating back to last year's victory over Cal in the Big Game. The five-game home winning streak is the team's longest since 1996-97, when the Cardinal defeated USC (24-20) and Washington State (33-17) to close out the `96 home schedule before posting wins over San Jose State (28-12), Oregon (58-49) and Notre Dame (33-15) in its first three home games of the `97 campaign. Heading into this season, Stanford was just 11-25 on its home turf dating back to the 2002 season, including a 3-16 mark from 2005-07.
Stanford in November
Stanford has posted a 6-20 record in the month of November over the last six-plus seasons and last posted a winning record in the month back in 2001 (3-1). The Cardinal lost all four of its November games in 2002, went 2-3 in 2003 (wins over UCLA and Arizona State), 0-3 in 2004, 1-3 in `05 (win at Oregon State), 1-3 in `06 (win at Washington) and 1-3 last season (win over Cal).
Six of Stanford's 10 games this season have been decided by eight points or less, including two contests (Arizona and UCLA) that have been decided by three points or less. Three of the last four games have been decided on last second touchdowns. Stanford used a one-yard touchdown run by Toby Gerhart with 0:25 left to defeat Arizona, 24-23 on Oct. 11. However, Stanford's last two defeats have come in similiar fashion. Against UCLA, Stanford held a 20-16 lead with 2:31 left, only to see the Bruins drive 87 yards in 11 plays, culminating in a seven-yard game winning touchdown pass from Kevin Craft to Cory Harkey with 0:10 left. Last Saturday against Oregon, Anthony Kimble's three-yard TD run gave Stanford a 28-27 lead with 2:18 left only to see the Ducks drive 74 yards in 11 plays to score the winning touchdown with 0:06 left.
Margins of Victory
Stanford's 58-0 win over Washington State marked the team's second-largest margin of victory in the post-World War II-era, behind a 63-0 blanking of Idaho in 1949. The 58-point margin of victory was the fifth-largest in school history, behind pastings of Mare Island (82-0 in 1923), UCLA (82-0 in 1925), Idaho and the Cal Aggies (59-0 in 1932).
The 58-0 win over Washington State marked Stanford's first shutout victory over a Pac-10 opponent since the Cardinal blanked Oregon, 17-0 in 1974. It also marked Stanford's sixth shutout since 1971 and just its third since the 1975 season.
Last Year Against USC
In what will be remembered as one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Stanford stunned second-ranked and unbeaten USC, 24-23 at the Coliseum, as Tavita Pritchard connected with Mark Bradford on a 10-yard, game-winning TD pass with 0:49 left. A leaping Bradford caught the ball over cornerback Mozique McCurtis in the corner of the end zone, leaving the crowd of 85,125 at the Coliseum in stunned silence. Prtichard, making his first career start, rallied the Cardinal for 17 fourth quarter points and drove Stanford 45 yards in 11 plays, culminating in his 10-yard game-winning TD pass to Bradford on a fourth-and-goal play. USC rolled up 459 yards in total offense compared to just 235 for Stanford.
Special Teams Notes
The Running Game
Stanford has rushed for 2,070 yards this season, bcoming just the third team in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. Stanford's current rushing total is the third-best single-season mark in school history, trailing only the 1957 (2,259) and 2001 (2,211) teams. The Cardinal is averaging 207.0 yards per game on the ground this season, which is the second best mark in the Pac-10 and a figure that ranks 17th nationally and is on pace to break the single-season team rushing record of 2,259 yards, set in 1957. Stanford has not finished higher than ninth in conference rushing in the last five seasons and has averaged more than 100 yards per game on the ground just twice in the last six campaigns. The last time Stanford led the Pac-10 in rushing was 2001 when the Cardinal averaged 201.0 yards per game on the ground.
Stanford in the Red Zone
Stanford converted on all four trips to the red zone against Oregon and is 33-for-35 (94%) in the red zone this season, which is the best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks tied for fourth nationally. In 35 trips to the red zone, Stanford has come away with 27 touchdowns and six field goals.
Time of Possession
Stanford has won the time of possession four times this season. The Cardinal controlled the clock in the season opener against Oregon State (31:14-28:46), against Arizona (34:35 to 25:25) in game seven and the last two games against Washington State (32:21 to 27:39) and Oregon (39:13 to 20:47). Stanford's offense has the ball on average for 28:16 a game, which is the third lowest average in the Pac-10.
Stanford is +8 in the turnover column over the last two games (+5 vs. Washington State; +3 at Oregon) after recording a -9 margin over the first eight games. Stanford is now -1 in turnover margin on the season, which ranks tied for sixth 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 did not record a sack on Saturday at Oregon but are still tied for first in the Pac-10 and ranks tied for ninth nationally in sacks per game at 3.00 (30 total). The Cardinal also rank fifth in the conference and 27th in the NCAA with 6.60 tackles-for-loss per contest (66 total). Against UCLA, Stanford finished with 7.0 sacks, marking second-highest total of the season behind the 9.0 the Cardinal registered against San Jose State. 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.
A Look Back at the Oregon Game
After Anthony Kimble's three-yard touchdown run gave Stanford a 28-27 lead with 2:18 left, Oregon took 11 plays to drive 74 yards and scored the game winning touchdown with 0:06 remaining on a three-yard run by LeGarrette Blount, as the Ducks defeated the Cardinal for the seventh straight time, 35-28 in rainy conditions in EugeneThe Ducks used just six offensive plays to build a 10-0 lead 3:24 into the game. After Stanford fumbled the opening kickoff, Oregon's Morgan Flint connected on a 37-yard field goal to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead. After Stanford went three-and-out in its first offensive possession, Oregon took just two plays to increase its lead to 10-0. Jeremy Masoli connected with Drew Davis on a 45-yard pass down to the Stanford five yard line and one play later, found Jeff Maehl in the endzone for a five yard TD pass.A 39-yard field goal by Aaron Zagory got Stanford on the board at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter, but the Ducks increased their lead to 17-3 when Jeremiah Johnson ran for a 41-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-two play at the 4:08 mark.The Cardinal cut the lead to 17-10 when Tavita Pritchard connected with fullback Josh Catron on a five yard TD pass, culminating a 10 play, 50 yard drive. The Ducks fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Stanford regained possession on Oregon's 40-yard line. After driving down to the eight yard line, Stanford faked a field goal attempt on fourth-and-one, as holder Bo McNally raced untouched into the end zone to tie the game, 17-17.A 26-yard field goal by Flint gave Oregon a 20-17 lead at intermission.After Stanford tied the game at 20-20 on a 20 yard field goal by Zagory, Oregon quickly regained the lead as Blount broke a 38-yard TD run with 5:33 left in the third quarter to give the Ducks a 27-20 lead, setting up a wild fourth quarter.Stanford benefitted from team safety when the Ducks fumbled out of the end zone on a punt attempt with 8:41 left in the game. After the kickoff, the Cardinal took nine plays to drive down seven yard line. Kimble ran for three yards down to the Oregon one and then recovered his own fumble in the end zone, giving Stanford a 28-27 lead with 2:18 left in the game.However, Masoli calmly guided the Ducks on a game-winning 11-play, 74 yard drive, culminating in a three-yard TD run by Blount with 0:06 left to deny Stanford the victory.The Cardinal were without the services of running back Toby Gerhart for most of the game, as the Pac-10's third leading rusher strained his right hamstring early in the game and was limited to just 21 yards on eight carries. Kimble finished with 106 yards on 24 carries, marking his third 100-yard game of the season.
Gerhart Nearing Single-Season Rushing Mark
With 932 net yards to his credit after nine games, junior running back Toby Gerhart needs just 68 more yards to become the first Stanford back to record 1,000 rushing yards in a single-season since Tommy Vardell rushed for a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991. A strained right hamstring limited Gerhard to just 21 yards on eight carries against Oregon, snapping his string of four consecutive 100-yard games. Gerhart has six 100-yard games on the season to become the first Stanford back to record six or more 100-yard games in a single-season since Vardell, who hit the century mark a school-record seven times during the 1991 regular season and for an eighth time in the Aloha Bowl. Gerhart now ranks fourth among Pac-10 rushing leaders and 34th nationally, averaging 93.2 yards per game. Stanford has had just four backs reach the 1,000-yard plateau in a single-season. In addition to Vardell, Nelson hit the 1,000-yard mark three times in his illustrious career (1,069 in 1977; 1,061 in `78; 1,014 in `81). Brad Muster finished the 1986 season with 1,053 yards on the ground and Jon Volpe rushed for 1,027 in 1989.
Toby Gerhart rushed for four touchdowns in the first half against Washington State to tie a single-game record for rushing touchdowns. It marked the sixth, four-TD effort by a Stanford back, following Darrin Nelson (1981 at Washington), Tommy Vardell (1990 at Notre Dame), Glyn Milburn (1991 vs. Oregon State) and Kerry Carter (2000 at USC; 2001 at Oregon). Gerhart has rushed for 13 touchdowns this season, which ranks as the third-highest single-season total in school history behind Vardell, who rushed for 20 in 1991 and 14 in 1990.
Kimble Continues to Climb Stanford's Career Rushing Chart
Fifth-year senior Anthony Kimble rushed for 106 yards Saturday at Oregon, marking his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and fourth of his career. Kimble has now rushed for a career-high 650 yards this season, incerasing his career total to 1,873, which ranks eighth all-time on Stanford's career list. He needs 166 more yards to tie Kerry Carter (1999-02) for seventh place. The fifth-year senior scored his 17th career rushing touchdown against Oregon, which is tied with Anthony Bookman (1994-97) for seventh place on Stanford's all-time career list. He needs one more rushing TD to tie Bobby Grayson (1933-35) for the sixth spot. Kimble's 157-yard rushing performance earlier this season at Washington marked the 21st best rushing performance in school history and was 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.
Big Play Baldwin
Sophomore wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been involved in six plays this season that have totaled 35-yards or more. In the first quarter against UCLA, he rushed for 36-yards on a reverse down to the Bruin three-yard line, setting up Stanford's first touchdown one play later. 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. At 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 seven plays of 35 yards or more in his career.
Spreading the Wealth
With Josh Catron and Chris Owusu catching passes against Arizona, a total of 15 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.
Keiser and Maynor Among Pac-10 Defensive Leaders
Senior linebacker Pat Maynor ranks in the top 20 among Pac-10 defensive leaders for tackles per game (6.4-14th), tackles-for-loss (0.85 - 16th) and sacks (0.40-16th).Redshirt freshman Tom Keiser, ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 0.60 sacks per game (6.0 total). He is just outside the leaderboard for tackles-for-loss with 0.70 per contest (7.0 total).
Snyder Among Nation's Best at Forcing Fumbles
Junior linebacker Clinton Snyder ranks third among all active players in FBS football with 10 career forced fumbles in his 34 games. Missouri's Stryker Sulak is the active leader wtih 12 career forced fumbles, but he has accrued those numbers over 50 games. California's Zack Follett has produced 11 fumbles in 45 contests.Snyder is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 30th nationally with 0.30 forced fumbles per game in 2008 (three total).
With the collegiate debut of WR Griff Whalen against Washington State, Stanford has utilized eight natural freshmen in game action this season, including CB Johnson Bademosi, LB Alex Debniak, K Travis Golia, RB Delano Howell, WR Chris Owusu, CB Michael Thomas and WR Warren Reuland.
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.
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.
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.