Stanford Hosts Arizona State on Saturday
Oct. 19, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (4-3, 3-2 Pac-10) return home this Saturday night to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10) in the annual Reunion Homecoming Game. Kickoff is set for 7:25 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal have now lost two straight after dropping a 43-38 decision last Saturday to Arizona. The Sun Devils are coming off a 24-17 victory at home over Washington and come to Stanford riding a two-game winning streak.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Petros Papadakis (analyst) and Michael Eaves (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be carried live in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
Saturday’s Stanford-Arizona 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.
Stanford-Arizona State Series
Stanford trails the overall series with Arizona State, which dates back to 1978, 9-16-0. Stanford has dropped the last three games in the series by a combined score of 120-23, losing 38-3 in 2006 in Tempe, 41-3 in 2007 in Palo Alto and 41-17 last year in Tempe. Stanford’s last win in the series came in 2005, when the Cardinal posted a 45-35 victory over the Sun Devils at Stanford Stadium.
- Stanford is now 4-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Pac-10 Conference after dropping a 43-38 decision to Arizona last Saturday in Tucson.
- Have lost two straight for the first time this season following a three-game winning streak.
- A win on Saturday would give Stanford its best eight-game start since the 2001 campaign, when the Cardinal were 6-2 at the eight-game point of the season on its way to a berth in the Seattle Bowl and a final 9-3 record.
- Stanford is 3-0 at home this season and is 7-1 at home over the last two seasons...were just 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.
- Are 1-3 on the road this season and are 17-36 in road contests dating back to the 2000 season, including a 5-17 mark over the last four seasons...the Cardinal is 5-12 in conference road games dating back to the 2006 campaign.
- Ran up a season-high 584 yards in total offense on Saturday, its best offensive showing since recording 614 yards against San Jose State in the second game of the 2000 season.
- Defense has yielded 81 points and 1016 yards in total offense over the last two weeks in losses to Oregon State and Arizona, including a combined 705 yards in the air.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck completed 21-of-35 passes for 423 yards and three touchdowns Saturday at Arizona...his passing yardage was the third highest single-game total in school history...he also accounted for 443 yards in total offense, which was the second-highest single-game total in school history.
- Ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing offense averaging 201.1 yards per game...also rank second in scoring offense (31.7) and third in total offense (429.9)...have led the Pac-10 in rushing just once since 1954.
- Toby Gerhart continues to lead the the Pac-10 and ranks fifth nationally in rushing with a 124.1 per game average...he now has 28 career rushing touchdowns which rank second all-time at Stanford behind Tommy Vardell (37).
- Gerhart now has 2,520 career rushing yards to rank fourth on Stanford’s all-time career list...he is three yards shy of tying Anthony Bookman (1994-97) for third place and 420 yards behind Brad Muster for second place on the school’s all-time career list.
- Chris Owusu is now averaging 35.6 yards per kickoff return this season (18 for 640) with three returns going for TDs...Stanford leads the nation in KOR average at 32.5 per return.
- Four players made their first starts of the season Saturday at Arizona, including LT Allen Smith, WLB Shayne Skov, SS Austin Yancy and RC Kris Evans.
- Stanford will be off next Saturday before returning to action to face Oregon on Nov. 7.