No. 25 Stanford Heads to Los Angeles for Showdown With USC
Nov. 9, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (6-3, 5-2 Pac-10), ranked 25th in this week’s Associated Press poll, will travel to Los Angeles this Saturday for a showdown with 11th-ranked USC (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10). Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000). Stanford is coming off a 51-42 win over previously seventh-ranked Oregon on Saturday while the Trojans posted a 14-9 victory at Arizona State. Stanford has won two straight and are 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 Michael Eaves (sidelines) calling the action. The game will be carried live in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.
Saturday’s Stanford-USC 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 1905, Stanford trails the all-time series with USC, 25-59-3. The Trojans have won six out of the last seven games in the series after the Cardinal posted three straight wins from 1999-2001. Dating back to 1980, Stanford is just 7-22 against USC, including a string of 11-straight losses from 1980-90. In 2007, Stanford snapped USC’s five-game winning streak in the series, as the Cardinal stunned the second-ranked (AP) Trojans, 24-23 at the Coliseum. USC won last year’s game at Stanford Stadium, 45-23, scoring 35 unanswered points after falling behind 17-10 in the second quarter.
- Stanford is now 6-3 on the season and 5-2 in the Pac-10 Conference after defeating previously 7th-ranked Oregon, 51-42 on Saturday at Stanford Stadium...with the victory, the Cardinal is now bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season.
- Are ranked 25th in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, marking the program’s first appearance in the AP poll since it was ranked 16th at the end of the 2001 season.
- Stanford’s six wins are its most since the 2001 team finished with a 9-3 overall mark...the Cardinal’s five conference victories are its most since finishing 6-2 in the 2001 Pac-10 race.
- Stanford is 5-0 at home this season and 9-1 at home over the last two seasons...were just 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07...are 10-1 over its last 11 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 games dating back to the 2000 season, including a 5-17 mark over the last four seasons...the Cardinal are 5-12 in conferene road games dating back to the 2006 campaign.
- Are 3-2 in its last five games against AP-ranked opponents but are 3-21 against ranked teams dating back to the 2002 season...wins have come over No. 2 USC (2007), No. 24 Washington (2009) and No. 7 Oregon (2009).
- Have accounted for 1,562 yards in total offense over the last three games against Arizona (584), Arizona State (473) and Oregon (505)...rank second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally in total offense averaging 443.0 yards per game.
- Scored a season-high 51 points vs. Oregon on Saturday and have scored 30 or more points seven times this season...are averaging 34.0 points a game, which is the second best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks 18th nationally...last time Stanford averaged more than 30 points a game was in 2001 (34.0).
- Rank second in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 211.0 yards a game...coming off a 254-yard ground effort against Oregon...have led the Pac-10 in rushing just once since 1954 (2001).
- Toby Gerhart continues to lead the the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally in rushing with a 135.2 per game average...he ran for 223 yards against Oregon, breaking the school’s single game record of 220 yards held previously by Jon Volpe...he also ran his season rushing total to 1,217 yards, breaking his own single-season rushing standard of 1,136 yards set last season.
- Gerhart now has 2,868 career rushing yards to rank third on Stanford’s all-time career list...he is 72 yards behind Brad Muster for second place on the school’s all-time career list.
- Stanford returns home to face California next Saturday in the 112th Big Game next Saturday.