Stanford Looks for Third Straight Win Saturday vs. UCLA
Sept. 28, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) will look for its third straight win on Saturday against the UCLA Bruins (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10). Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium (50,000). Stanford sits alone on top of the Pac-10 standings after Saturday’s 34-14 win over Washington but have lost five straight games to UCLA dating back to the 2004 season. The Bruins are coming off a bye week, winning their last time out against Kansas State, 23-9, on Sept. 19.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on a regional basis by ABC, with Dave Lamont (play-by-play) and David Norrie (color) calling the action.
Saturday’s Stanford-UCLA 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. The game will also broadcast nationally by the Compass Media Networks. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game live with David Lombardi calling the action.
In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails the all-time series with UCLA, 31-45-3. The two schools have met each year beginning with the 1946 season. Stanford has dropped the last five games in the series, including last year’s meeting at the Rose Bowl, 23-20. Stanford’s last win in the series came in 2003, when the Cardinal scored a 21-14 victory at Stanford Stadium. Stanford’s current five-game losing streak to UCLA is the second-longest in the history of the series. Stanford lost six in a row to the Bruins from 1963-68.
- Have won two straight and are 3-1 on the season after defeating Washington, 34-14 Saturday night at Stanford Stadium...Stanford is enjoying its best four-game start since the 2004 season when the Cardinal broke out of the gates with a 3-1 record.
- A win over UCLA on Saturday would give Stanford its best five-game start since 2001, when the Cardinal posted a 4-1 record on its way to a 5-1, six-game start...also looking for its first three-game winning streak since 2005.
- Sit atop the Pac-10 Conference standings with a 2-0 record with wins over Washington State and Washington...have won its first two conference games since the 2001 season.
- Have trailed for only 0:02 seconds in any game this season.
- Stanford is now 6-1 at home over the last two seasons after posting just a 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07.
- Rank second in the Pac-10 in total offense (419.5) and third in scoring offense (33.0).
- Toby Gerhart rushed for a career high 200 yards Saturday vs. Washington, which tied for the seventh-best single-game rushing performance in school history...he leads the Pac-10 Conference and is ranked third nationally in rushing average with a 129.0 per game mark.
- Stanford finished with 321 yards on the ground against Washington, which tied for the eighth-best rushing performance on the school’s single-game charts...the Cardinal lead the conference in rushing offense at 233.8 per game.
- For the second straight week, sophomore Chris Owusu returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, marking his third KOR for a TD this season, tying a Pac-10 record...Owusu leads the nation with ia 59.2 yard kickoff return this season (6 total; 355 yards).
- Stanford has scored on its first possession in all four games this season.
- Stanford’s offensive line, which features a pair of redshirt freshmen, has allowed just two sacks this season and has helped pave the way for a rushing offense that is averaging 233.8 yards per game.
- Registered a season-best 6.0 sacks vs. San Jose State and now have 10 on year...sophomore Thomas Keiser leads the squad with 4.0 sacks while Will Powers and Chase Thomas have 2.0 each.
- Keiser was added to the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which honors the top defensive end in the nation...Erik Lorig is also included on the list.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck has completed 50-of-83 passes for 742 yards and four TDs over his first four games...Luck ranks third in the Pac-10 in both passing efficiency (153.4) total offense (238.7) and ranks fifth in passing average per game (213.0).
- Following Saturday’s game against UCLA, Stanford will be on the road for the next two weekends, traveling to Oregon State (Oct. 10) and Arizona (Oct. 17)..
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