Cardinal Headed to Wake Forest
Sept. 8, 2009
First-Ever Meeting With Wake Forest Set for Saturday
Stanford Looks to Improve to 2-0 For First Time Since 2004
The Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 1-0 Pac-10) will travel to Winston-Salem, NC for its first ever meeting with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-1, 0-0 ACC) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon ET at BB&T Field (31,500). The trip is Stanford’s first to the East Coast since opening the 2005 campaign against Navy in Annapolis, MD and its first to the state of North Carolina since 1997.
Saturday’s Stanford-Wake Forest game will be televised by Raycom Sports, with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Rick Walker (color) and Mike Hogewood (color) handling the announcing duties. The game will distributed via ESPN GamePlan, a pay-per-view package on DirecTV, Dish Network and via broadband on ESPN 360.
Saturday’s Stanford-Wake Forest game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 AM with Tim Roye (play-by-play) and former Stanford players Todd Husak (analysis) and Mike McLaughlin (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. KNBR 1050 will also broadcast games against Washington (Sept. 25) and UCLA (Oct. 3). All other broadcasts will be available on Stanford’s flagship station XTRA Sports 860. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game live with David Lombardi calling the action.
Stanford-Wake Forest Series
Stanford will meet Wake Forest for the first time in its football history on Saturday in Winston-Salem, NC. The Demon Deacons will venture to the Bay Area for the return game on Sept. 11 of next season. Stanford is 4-7 against teams in the current ACC alignment, which includes Boston College (2-2). Stanford last played an ACC team in 2001, losing to Georgia Tech in the Seattle Bowl. The Cardinal did play current ACC member Boston College in 2002 when the Eagles were a member of the Big East Conference.
- Posted a 39-13 victory in its season-opener at Washington State on Saturday...the 39 points were the most scored by the Cardinal in a season-opening game since it defeated Navy, 41-38 in the 2005 opener.
- Stanford is now 7-3 in its last 10 season-opening games dating back to the 2000 season.
- A win on Saturday would give the Cardinal its first 2-0 start since the 2004 season when it defeated San Jose State (43-3) and Brigham Young (37-10) out of the gates...a win would also give Stanford back-to-back road victories for the first time since 2007 when it defeated USC (24-23) and Arizona (21-20).
- They will meet Wake Forest on Saturday for the first time in its football history...the game marks Stanford’s first cross country trip since it traveled to Annalpolis, MD to face Navy in the 2005 season opener...marks the first trip to the state of North Carolina since 1997, when Stanford lost to North Carolina, 28-17 in Chapel Hill.
- Against Washington State, Toby Gerhart rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns...it marked Gerhart’s 10th career 100-yard game and raised his career TD total to 18, tying his with Bobby Grayson (1933-35) and Anthony Kimble (2005-08) on Stanford’s all-time career list.
- By gaining 121 yards on Saturday, Gerhart pushed his career rushing total to 1,772 yards, moving him into 10th place on Stanford’s all-time career list...he needs just 17 yards on Saturday to tie Tommy Vardell (1989-91) for ninth place.
- Chris Owusu’s 85-yard kickoff return for a TD in the third quarter of Saturday’s game was the first by a Stanford player since T.J. Rushing accomplished the feat against Notre Dame in 2005.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck made his collegiate debut last Saturday at Washington State and completed 11-of-23 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown...Luck became the first redshirt freshman quarterback to start a season-opening game since Kyle Matter in 2002 at Boston College.
- Stanford’s special teams shined against Washington State...Chris Owusu returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Richard Sherman returned a punt 59 yards in the second period...Nate Whitaker converted his only field goal attempt, a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter.
- Stanford will play its first of seven home games on the 2009 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19 against longtime rival San Jose State in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game...kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Stanford Stadium.
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