Stanford Meets Cal in 111th Big Game this Saturday in Berkeley
Nov. 17, 2008
Stanford Cardinal at California Golden Bears
November 22, 2008 Memorial Stadium 12:30 p.m. PT
Stanford Meets Cal in 111th Big Game Saturday in Berkeley
Stanford (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10) will close out the 2008 regular season this Saturday in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears (6-4, 4-3 Pac-10) in the 111th renewel of the Big Game. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium (71,799). Stanford is coming off a 45-23 loss to sixth-ranked USC last Saturday, while Cal fell to Oregon State, 34-21 in Corvallis. A win over Cal would make the Cardinal bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season.
Saturday's Big 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 locally on KGO-TV.
In a series that dates back to 1892, Stanford leads the all-time series with California, 55-44-11. The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history. Cal has had the upperhand in the series since 2002, winning five out of the last six meetings, including five straight from 2002-06. The Cardinal snapped the Bears five-game winning streak in the series with a 20-13 victory last season at Stanford Stadium. Prior to Cal's recent five-game winning streak, Stanford won seven straight Big Games from 1995-2001 and held a 14-3-1 advantage in Big Games played from 1984-2001. Stanford's last win in Berkeley came in 2000 in a 36-30 overtime thriller.
Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup
OffensePos. No. Player NotesWR 8 Ryan Whalen Team's leading receiver with 36 receptions for 438 yardsLT 76 Ben Muth Fifth-year senior has started every game this seasonLG 63 Chris Marinelli Has made 27 career startsC 60 Alex Fletcher Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG 71 Andrew Phillips Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT 61 Matt Kopa Has started the last five gamesTE 83 Jim Dray Both of his catches this season have been for TDsQB 14 Tavita Pritchard Has completed 57.6 percent of his passes this yearRB 7 Toby Gerhart Needs 51 more yards to tie single-season rushing recordFB 48 Owen Marecic Returned to lineup against USCWR 89 Doug Baldwin Has six plays of more than 35 yards this season
DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Has 29 tackles and 1.5 sacksDT 98 Matt Masifilo Has 20 total tackles on the yearNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has 26 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-lossDE 80 Erik Lorig Has 35 total tackles, including 6.0-for-lossSLB 42 Will Powers Made his fifth career start on Saturday vs. USCMLB 20 Clinton Snyder Team's fifth leading tackler with 57 stopsWLB 43 Chike Amajoyi Has 46 total tackles on the yearLC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Team's fourth leading tackler with 60 stopsFS 32 Sean Wiser Career high 12 tackles vs. USCSS 22 Bo McNally Team's leading tackler with 70 stopsRC 24 Kris Evans Ranks third on the team in total tackles with 63
SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 13-for-15 on FGs, 34-for-35 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 23.3 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 8.6 yards per return
It Happened Against California
Here's a look at some memorable moments in the Stanford-Cal series over the years.1892 Before an overflow crowd of 20,000 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco on Mar. 10, Stanford defeats Cal, 14-10, in the inaugural Big Game. Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.1932 Steve Anderson booms a 75-yard punt, which ranks as the second-longest punt in school history.1956 Lou Valli runs for 209 yards on 23 carries in a 20-18 loss in Berkeley. The rushing total still ranks as the third-best single game mark in school history.1959 Dick Norman completes 34-of-39 passes for 401 yards and one TD in a 20-17 loss at Stanford Stadium.1974 Mike Langford boots a 50-yard field goal as time expires to lift Stanford to a 22-20 win over Cal in Berkeley. The two teams combined for 29 points in a wild fourth quarter.1977 Darrin Nelson rushes for 94 yards to become the sixth freshman in NCAA history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single season.1982 In one of the wildest endings in college football history, Cal defeats Stanford, 25-20, after using five laterals to return a kickoff 57 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Stanford had taken a 20-19 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Mark Harmon with 0:04 left.1984 Paced by Brad Muster's 204 yards, Stanford rushes for 322 yards and defeats Cal, 27-10 in Berkeley.1988 Tuan Van Le blocks a potential game-winning 20-yard field goal by Robbie Keen with 0:04 left, as Cal and Stanford play to a 19-19 tie.1989 With a 3:30 p.m. start, the Big Game finishes under the lights for the first time, as Stanford defeats Cal, 24-14 at Stanford Stadium.1990 Jon Hopkins kicks a game-winning, 39-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Stanford a 27-25 win in Berkeley. Jason Palumbis connected with Ed McCaffrey on a 19-yard TD with 0:12 left to cut Cal's lead to 25-24. Stanford recovered the onside kick on the Cal 37-yard line with 0:09 left in the game. A roughing the passer penalty moved the ball down to the 15-yard line, setting up Hopkins' game-winning field goal. Glyn Milburn finishes the game with 196 yards on the ground, which ranks as the ninth-best rushing performance in school history.1991 Before a national-television audience on ABC, Tommy Vardell rushes for 182 yards on a school-record 39 carries to lead Stanford to a 38-21 win over Cal before a crowd of 85,500 at Stanford Stadium.1992 Stanford defeats Cal, 41-21, to gain a share of the Pac-10 championship.1999 Casey Moore breaks loose for a 94-yard TD in the fourth quarter in Stanford's 31-13 victory at Stanford Stadium, marking the second longest TD run in school history.2000 In the first-ever overtime game between the two schools, Randy Fasani connects with Casey Moore on a 25-yard TD pass to lift Stanford to a 36-30 victory in Berkeley.
Stanford Team Notes
Stanford's Bowl Hopes Come Down to One Big Game
With a 5-6 overall record, Stanford needs a win over California on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season, when the Cardinal earned a invitation to the Seattle Bowl, falling to Georgia Tech, 24-14. The last time Stanford had its bowl hopes pinned on the outcome of its final regular season game was in the 1982 Big Game against Cal. The Cardinal entered the 1982 Big Game with a 5-5 record, but fell to Cal, 25-20, in one of the wildest finishes in college football history, simply remembered as 'The Play.'
Big Game Tied for 10th Longest Rivalry in NCAA History
The Big Game between Stanford and Cal is the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history. This year marks the 111th meeting between the two schools, with ties the Purdue-Indiana series for the 10th longest rivalry on the all-time list. Here's a look at the top-10 list of the all-time longest rivalries in college football...
No. Teams First Game118 Minnesota-Wisconsin 1890117 Missouri-Kansas 1891115 Nebraska-Kansas 1892115 Texas-Texas A&M 1894114 Baylor-TCU 1899113 North Carolina-Virginia 1892113 Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati 1888112 Auburn-Georgia 1892112 Oregon-Oregon State 1894111 Stanford-Cal 1892111 Purdue-Indiana 1891
Big Game Cliffhangers
Of the 110 games played between Stanford and Cal, 51 of those contests have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 24-16-11 advantage in those games. Twenty-nine Big Games have been decided by three points or less, with Stanford holding a 10-8-11 edge. A total of five Big Games have been decided on the game's final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990 and 2000).
Year Final Score Play1972 Cal, 24-21 Vince Ferragamo to Steve Sweeney TD pass1974 Stanford, 22-20 Mike Langford 50-yard FG1982 Cal, 25-20 The Play1990 Stanford, 27-25 John Hopkins 37-yard FG2000 Stanford, 36-30 Randy Fasani to Casey Moore TD pass in overtime
Other Big Game Notables
The Axe: To the winner of the Big Game goes 'The Axe'...The Axe made its first appearance at a Stanford-Cal baseball game on April 13, 1899, but it wasn't until 1933 that the two universities decided The Axe would be given to the winner of the Big Game.
Close Series: Only 42 points separates the two teams in their previous 110 games...Stanford has scored 1,755 points to the Bears 1,713.
Series History: The Big Game was interrupted from 1915-18 and again from 1943-45 (World War II)...when the two schools disagreed over freshman eligibility, athletic relations were severed from 1915-18...Stanford's 'Big Game' became its annual rugby match with Santa Clara.
The First Big Game: The first Big Game was played on March 10, 1892 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco...Cal had fielded a team for 10 years, but for upstart Stanford University, which opened on October 1, 1891, this was to be its first intercollegiate football game...Stanford pulled off the upset, beating the more experienced Bears, 14-10, before an overflow crowd of 20,000...Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.
The Immortal Twenty-One: A group of Stanford students added to the Big Game lore by stealing the Axe at Cal's annual Axe Rally on April 3, 1930...The Axe, which had been in a bank vault for 31 years, was now in the possession of the Immortal Twenty-One...when the students returned to campus, the celebration began. Classes were canceled for two days and the University presented each member of the Immortal Twenty-One with a block 'S' letter.
The Home Record
Stanford finished its home schedule with a 4-1 record at Stanford Stadium, winning its first four home contests before falling to USC last Saturday. The Cardinal posted its best home record since the 2001 squad finished with a 5-1 home mark. The loss to USC snapped Stanford's five-game home winning streak dating back to last year's Big Game win over Cal. The five-game home winning streak was 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 6-21 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 11 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 five 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. 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. Against Oregon, Anthony Kimble's three-yard TD run gave Stanford a 28-27 lead with 2:18 left, but the Ducks drove 74 yards in 11 plays and scored the game-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 California
Quarterback T.C. Ostrander completed 16-of-23 passes for 151 yards and freshman running back Jeremey Stewart rushed for 70 yards on 24 carries as Stanford defeated Cal, 20-13 in the 110th Big Game at Stanford Stadium, snapping Cal's five-game winning streak in the seriesStanford took a early 7-0 lead at the 10:49 mark of the first quarter when Ostrander connected with Mark Bradford for a 28-yard touchdown. Cal tied the game just minutes later, as Robert Jordan hauled down a 46-yard TD pass from Nate Longshore.Stanford's Derek Belch connected on two field goals from 36 and 38 yards to give the Cardinal a 13-10 lead at halftime.Tavita Pritchard, who took over the quarterbacking duties for Stanford in the second half, connected with tight end Austin Gunder for a one-yard TD pass at the 8:00 mark of the third quarter, as the Cardinal extended their lead to 20-10.Jordan Kay's 42 yard field goal at the 4:34 mark of the final period cut Stanford's lead to 20-13. Following a a fumble by Stewart, the Bears regained possession on their own 36-yard line with 2:43 left in the game. After Cal drove down to the Stanford 19, Cal's Lavelle Hawkins dropped a pass in the end zone and on a third-and-10 play, Stanford's Nick Sanchez intercepted a Longshore pass on the 8-yard line, preserving the win for the Cardinal.
Special Teams Notes
Stanford Closing in on Single-Season Rushing Record
Stanford has rushed for 2,272 yards this season, becoming just the fourth 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 the 1949 (2,481) and 1957 (2,259) teams. Stanford needs 209 yards on Saturday against Cal to tie the school's single season rushing mark of 2,481 yards, set in 1949. The Cardinal is averaging 206.5 yards per game on the ground this season, which is the third best mark in the Pac-10 and a figure that ranks 20th nationally. 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 Tied for First Nationally in Red Zone Efficiency
Stanford converted on all four trips to the red zone against USC and is 37-for-39 (95%) in the red zone this season, which is the best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks tied for first nationally with Oklahoma, Miami (Fla.) and Pitt. In 39 trips to the red zone, Stanford has come away with 30 touchdowns and seven field goals.
Time of Possession
Stanford has controlled the time of possession in each of its last three games against Washington State (32:21 to 27:39), Oregon (39:13 to 20:47) and USC (31:42 to 28:18). The Cardinal controlled the clock just twice in its first seven games. 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 three games (+5 vs. Washington State; +3 at Oregon; E USC) after recording a -9 margin over the first eight games. Stanford is now -1 in turnover margin on the season, which ranks seventh 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 recorded three sacks against USC on Saturday, running its season total to 33. The Cardinal is tied for first in the Pac-10 and tied for sixth nationally, averaging 3.0 sacks per game. Stanford also ranks sixth in the conference and 33rd in the NCAA with 6.36 tackles-for-loss per contest (70 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 USC Game
Gerhart Nearing Single-Season Rushing Mark
With 1,033 net yards to his credit after 11 games, junior running back Toby Gerhart needs just 51 more yards to tie Stanford's single-season rushing record held by Tommy Vardell, who rushed for a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991. Against USC, Gerhart rushed for 101 yards, marking his seventh, 100-yard rushing game of the season. He is the first Stanford back to record seven 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 (34th nationally), averaging 93.9 yards per game.
Gerhart Joins Elite Club
With 1,033 yards on the season, Toby Gerhart is the fifth Stanford running back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in a single-season. Darrin 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) while Brad Muster (1,053 in 1986), Jon Volpe (1,027 in 1989) and Tommy Vardell (1,084 in 1991) accomplished the feat once in their careers.
Toby Gerhart has rushed for 14 touchdowns this season, which is tied with Tommy Vardell (1990) for the second highest single-season total in school history. Vardell holds the single-season record for rushing touchdown with 20, set in 1991. Gerhart's 14 rushing touchdowns are also the second highest total among Pac-10 running backs. Gerhart tied a single-game Stanford record by rushing for four touchdowns in the first half against Washington State. It marked the sixth, four-TD effort by a Stanford back, following Darrin Nelson (1981 at Oregon State), Vardell (1990 at Notre Dame), Glyn Milburn (1991 vs. Oregon State) and Kerry Carter (2000 at USC; 2001 at Oregon).
Kimble Continues to Climb Stanford's Career Rushing Chart
Fifth-year senior Anthony Kimble has rushed for a career-high 688 yards this season, increasing his career total to 1,911, which ranks eighth all-time on Stanford's career list. He needs 128 more yards to tie Kerry Carter (1999-02) for seventh place. The Baton Rouge, La. scored his 18th career rushing touchdown against USC, which is tied with Bobby Grayson (1933-35) for sixth place on Stanford's career list. 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
A total of 16 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 utilized a season-high nine different receivers against USC. Earlier this year, the Cardinal used as many as eight different receivers three times (Arizona State, San Jose State, Washington) and seven receivers in two other games (Oregon State and TCU).
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-t-15th), tackles-for-loss (0.85 - t-15th) and sacks (0.40-t-16th).Redshirt freshman Tom Keiser, ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with 0.60 sacks per game (6.0 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 35 games. Missouri's Stryker Sulak is the active leader wtih 12 career forced fumbles, but he has accrued those numbers over 51 games. California's Zack Follett has produced 11 fumbles in 46 contests.Snyder is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 and tied for 38th nationally with 0.27 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.