Stanford Hosts San Jose State to Begin Seven-Game Homestand
Sept. 14, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (1-1, 1-0 Pac-10) opens its 2009 home schedule Saturday night against longtime rival San Jose State (0-2, 0-0 WAC). Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Stanford Stadium (50,000). Stanford is coming off 24-17 loss at Wake Forest last week while the Spartans fell at home to Utah, 24-14. Saturday’s Bill Walsh Legacy Game honors the hall of fame coach who had deep ties with both schools.
There will be no television coverage of Saturday’s game.
Saturday’s Stanford-San Jose State game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Dave Flemming (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. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game live with David Lombardi calling the action.
Ken Margereum to be Honored in Pre-Game Ceremonies
Former Stanford All-American wide receiver and current San Jose State wide receivers coach Ken Margerum will be honored prior to Saturday’s game for his selection to College Football’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony will include a video tribute and an on-the-field presentation.
Stanford-San Jose State Series
In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with San Jose State, 48-14-1. Stanford has won six of the last seven meetings, including last year’s affair, 23-10 at Stanford Stadium. The Spartans last win in the series came in 2006, as San Jose State posted a 35-34 victory at Spartan Stadium to snap a four-game Cardinal winning streak. Stanford has played San Jose State more times (63) than any other non-conference opponent, ahead of Santa Clara (35) and Notre Dame (23).
- Now 1-1 on the year after dropping a 24-17 decision at Wake Forest on Saturday...opened the season with a 39-13 victory at Washington State on Sept. 5...gave up the game-winning touchdown with just 0:02 left in the game, marking the third time in the last two seasons the Cardinal has allowed the game winning touchdown with 0:10 seconds or less left in the game...are 2-4 over the last two seasons in games decided by a touchdown or less.
- Plays the first of seven home games on the 2009 docket Saturday against longtime rivalry San Jose State in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game...Stanford was 4-1 at home last season after posting just a 3-16 on its home turf over the previous three seasons.
- Stanford is 3-10 in non-conference games dating back to the 2005 season...two of three wins have come against San Jose State while the other came at Navy in 2005.
- With 82 yards on Saturday, Toby Gerhart pushed his career rushing total to 1,854 yards, moving past Tommy Vardell (1989-91) into ninth place on Stanford’s all-time career rushing list...Gerhart needs 86 yards in Saturday to tie Anthony Kimble (2005-08) for eighth place on the all-time list.
- Gerhart also has 18 career rushing TDs, tying him with Bobby Grayson (1933-35) and Anthony Kimble (2005-08) for sixth on Stanford’s all-time career list.
- Two of Gerhart’s top three rushing performances have come against San Jose State (140 in 2007; 148 in ‘08).
- Junior wide receiver Ryan Whalen set career bests for both receptions (9) and receiving yardage (123) at Wake Forest...Whalen leads the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (98.5) and ranks second in receptions per game (6.5).
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck has completed 34-of-57 passes for 469 yards over his first two games...Luck ranks second in the Pac-10 in passing average per game (234.5) and fifth in passing efficiency (142.6).
- Nate Whitaker’s 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half on Saturday equaled the fifth-longest field goal in school history and was the longest by a Stanford players since John Hopkins kicked a 54-yarder against San Jose State in 1989.
- Stanford will play the first of eight straight games against Pac-10 opponents next Saturday against Washington with kick time set for 6:00 p.m....UCLA will follow the Huskies into Stanford Stadium on Oct. 3.