Stanford Hosts 7th-Ranked Oregon Saturday
Nov. 2, 2009
Following a bye week, the Stanford Cardinal (5-3, 4-2 Pac-10) return to action this Saturday against the 7th-ranked Oregon Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Kickoff is set for 12:41 p.m. Stanford is unbeaten at home this season and have won eight of its last nine home games dating back to the final game of the 2007 season. Stanford needs one win in its remaining four games to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Petros Papadakis (analyst) and Rebecca Haarlow (sidelines) calling the action. The game will be carried live in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
Saturday’s Stanford-Oregon 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 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 43-28-1. However, the Ducks have won seven straight and eight out of the last nine games in the series dating back to 1998, including last year’s game in the Eugene, 35-28. The Ducks current seven-game winning streak is the second longest by either team in the series since Stanford won 11 games from 1900-29. Stanford’s last win in the series came in 2001, when the Cardinal upset fifth-ranked Oregon, 49-42 in Eugene, handing the Ducks their only loss of the season. The Cardinal had the upper hand in the series from 1964-97, posting a 23-8 record, which included a pair of five-game winning streaks (1967-71; 1973-77).
- Stanford is now 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in the Pac-10 Conference after defeating Arizona State, 33-14 on Oct. 24.
- Are enjoying 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.
- With four games remaining on the schedule, Stanford has matched last year’s win total...one more victory would give Stanford its most wins since 2001 (9-3) and make the Cardinal bowl eligible for the first time since 2001.
- Stanford is 4-0 at home this season and is 8-1 at home over the last two seasons...were just 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07...are 9-1 over its last 10 games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final game of the 2007 campaign against Cal.
- Are 4-9 following bye weeks dating back to the 2000 season...defeated Washington State, 58-0, last year following an open date.
- Have split its last four games against ranked opponents but are 2-21 against ranked teams dating back to the 2002 season.
- Close the regular season against teams that have combined to post a 25-7 record and are currently ranked in AP’s Top 25 poll, including No. 7 Oregon, No. 12 USC, No. 23 Cal and No. 19 Notre Dame...three of the four games are at home.
- Have accounted for 1,057 yards in total offense over the last two games against Arizona (584) and Arizona State (473)...rank second in the Pac-10 in total offense averaging 435.2 yards per game.
- Have scored 30 or more points five times this season and are averaging 31.9 points a game, which is the third best mark in the Pac-10 behind Oregon (35.6) and Cal (33.6)...last time Stanford averaged more than 30 points a game was in 2001 (34.0).
- Rank second in the Pac-10 and 16th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 205.6 yards a game...tallied 237 yards against an Arizona State defense that ranked first in the Pac-10 and second nationally in rush defense (57.8)...have led the Pac-10 in rushing just once since 1954 (2001).
- Toby Gerhart continues to lead the the Pac-10 and ranks seventh nationally in rushing with a 124.2 per game average...he now has 29 career rushing touchdowns which rank second all-time at Stanford behind Tommy Vardell (37).
- Gerhart now has 2,645 career rushing yards to rank third on Stanford’s all-time career list...he is 295 yards behind Brad Muster for second place on the school’s all-time career list.
- Stanford travels to Los Angeles next Saturday for a date with USC at the Coliseum.