Football Hosts Washington Saturday Night
Sept. 21, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10) will return to conference play this Saturday night against the Washington Huskies (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10). Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Stanford Stadium (50,000). Both teams are coming off wins last week as Stanford defeated San Jose State, 42-17 while the Huskies upset third-ranked USC, 16-13 in Seattle.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Fox College Sports Pacific, with Sean Farnham (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (color) and Samantha Steele (sidelines) calling the action. The game will be carried on DirectTV (617) and will be available in the Bay Area on Comcast premium channel (415).
Saturday’s Stanford-Washington game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 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.
In a series that dates back to 1893, Stanford trails the all-time series with Washington, 35-40-4. Other than Cal, Washington ranks as Stanford’s oldest rival. The Cardinal have won just five of the last 26 meetings against the Huskies since winning 10 straight games in the series from 1967-76. Stanford’s five victories in the last 26 games against UW came in 1982 (43-31), 1994 (46-28), 2004 (27-13), 2006 (20-3) and last year (35-28). The Cardinal is just 3-9 in the last 12 games played between the two schools at Stanford Stadium, including a 27-9 defeat in the Huskies last visit to the Bay Area in 2007.
- Now 2-1 on the year after defeating San Jose State, 42-17 Saturday night at Stanford Stadium in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game...Stanford is enjoying its best three-game start since the 2004 season when the Cardinal was also 2-1 after three games.
- A win over Washington on Saturday would give Stanford its best four-game start since the 2004 team broke out of the gates with a 3-1 record.
- Stanford is now 5-1 at home over the last two seasons after posting just a 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07.
- Scored in a wide variety of ways last Saturday against San Jose State, finding the end zone via a kickoff return, a punt return, an interception return, one passing TD and two rushing TDs...have scored four non-offensive touchdowns in three games (2 kickoff returns, one punt return and one interception return).
- Averaging 32.7 points a game after three games to rank third in the Pac-10 in scoring offense...rank fourth in total offense (418.0).
- Toby Gerhart recorded his 11th career 100-yard game Saturday vs. San Jose State, finishing with 113 yards on 24 carries...the performance pushed Gerhart’s career rushing total to 1,967 yards, placing him eighth on Stanford’s all-time career list...he needs just 72 yards to tie Kerry Carter (1999-02) for seventh place and 150 to tie Brian Allen (1998-01) for sixth.
- Sophomore Chris Owusu returned the opening kickoff Saturday 94 yards for a touchdown, marking his second kickoff return for a TD this year...Owusu leads the nation with ia 52.8 yard kickoff return this season (5 total; 264 yards).
- With Owusu taking the opening kickoff return for a touchdown, Stanford has scored on its first possession in all three games this season.
- Registered a season-best 6.0 sacks on Saturday and now have nine on year...sophomore Thomas Keiser finished with a career-best three sacks vs. San Jose State, while Will Powers added two and Chase Thomas one...Keiser is tied for seventh nationally in sacks-per-game (1.33).
- Senior offensive tackle Allen Smith made his first appearance since Sept. 22, 2007 on Saturday vs. San Jose State...he tore his patella tendon in the fourth game of the 2007 season against Oregon and has overcome numerous setbacks in his road to recovery.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck has completed 43-of-69 passes for 639 yards and four TDs over his first three games...Luck ranks third in the Pac-10 in passing average per game (213.0) and second in passing efficiency (153.4) and total offense (238.7)...he ranks 24th nationally in passing efficiency.
- Stanford will remain at home next Saturday to host UCLA at Stanford Stadium before visiting Oregon State (Oct. 10) and Arizona (Oct. 17) in consecutive weekends.
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