Stanford Looks to Get Back on Track at Arizona
Oct. 13, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (4-2, 3-1 Pac-10) will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when it faces the Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) at Arizona Stadium (57,400) in Tucson. Stanford is coming off a 38-28 loss at Oregon State while Arizona dropped a 36-33 decision at Washington. The Cardinal have won four straight games at Wildcat Stadium dating back to the 1999 season.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on the Versus Network (Dish 151, no Direct TV), with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday’s Stanford-Arizona 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.
In a series that dates back to 1979, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona, 11-13-0. However, Stanford has won two straight, five of the last six and six of the last eight games in the series dating back to a 50-22 victory in 1999, which snapped Arizona’s six-game winning in head-to-head meetings. Stanford won last year’s affair, 24-23 on Homecoming at Stanford Stadium, as Toby Gerhart scored the game-winnning touchdown on a one-yard run with 0:25 left. Stanford is 4-7 in 11 home games against Arizona, but have posted a 6-6 record against the Wildcats in Tucson, including winning each of the last four games. The two teams also played one neutral site game in 1986, with Stanford claiming a 29-24 victory in Tokyo, Japan.
- Stanford is now 4-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Pac-10 Conference after dropping a 38-28 decision at Oregon State last Saturday...the loss snapped Stanford’s three-game winning streak, its longest since the 2005 season.
- Are off to its best start since the 2005 season when it had the same 4-2 record at the six-game point...that team dropped four out of its last five contests to ultimately finish 5-6 on the year..
- A win on Saturday would give Stanford its best seven-game start since 2001 campaign, when the Cardinal were 5-2 at the seven-game point of the season on its way to a berth in the Seattle Bowl and a final 9-3 record.
- Have won five out of the last six and six out of the last eight games played against Arizona dating back to the 1999 season, including the last four games played at Arizona Stadium.
- Were held to 149 yards in rushing last Saturday at Oregon State, the second-lowest rushing total of the season behind a 115-yard effort at Wake Forest in week two...Stanford is averaging 248.5 yards a game (994 total) in its four victories this season and 132 (264 total) in its two losses.
- Are 1-2 on the road this season and are 17-35 in road contests dating back to the 2000 season, including a 5-16 mark over the last four seasons...the Cardinal is 5-11 in conference road games dating back to the 2006 campaign
- Stanford is 7-1 at home over the last two seasons after posting just a 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07...are 8-1 over its last nine games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final game of the 2007 campaign against Cal.
- Lead the Pac-10 in rushing offense (209.7)...also rank second in scoring offense (30.7) and third in total offense (404.2)...have led the Pac-10 in rushing just once since 1954.
- Toby Gerhart continues to lead the Pac-10 and ranks fourth nationally in rushing with a 124.3 per game average...he now has 26 career rushing touchdowns which rank third all-time at Stanford behind Tommy Vardell (37) and Brad Muster (27).
- Gerhart now has 2,397 career rushing yards to rank fifth on Stanford’s all-time career list...he is 49 yards shy of tying Mike Mitchell (1993-97) for fourth place and 126 yards away from tying Anthony Bookman (1994-97) for third place.
- The Cardinal return home to Stanford Stadium on Oct. 24 to host Arizona State in the annual Reuinion Homecoming Game...Stanford will play four out of its last five games at home to close out the regular season.
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