Stanford to Host Cal Saturday in 112th Big Game
Nov. 16, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (7-3, 6-2 Pac-10; 14th AP/17th USA Today) will host the California Golden Bears
(7-3, 4-3 Pac-10) this Saturday at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000) in the 112th Big Game. Both
teams are coming off wins last weekend, as Stanford defeated previously 11th-ranked USC, 55-21
while Cal scored a 24-16 victory over Arizona. The Cardinal have won three straight but have dropped
six out of the last seven games to Cal.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Versus, with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Kelly Stouff er (analyst)
and Lou Johnson (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday’s Big Game game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Dave Flemming (playby-
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 1892, Stanford leads the all-time series with California, 55-45-11. The Big
Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history. Cal has had the
upperhand in the series since 2002, winning six out of the last seven meetings, including fi ve straight
from 2002 to 2006. Cal won last year’s game in Berkeley, 37-16, scoring 28 unanswered points to break
open a 10-3 contest. Prior to Cal’s recent success in the series, Stanford won seven straight Big Games
from 1995-2001 and held a 14-3-1 advantage in Big Games played from 1984-2001.
• Stanford is now 7-3 on the season and 6-2 in the Pac-10 Conference aft er defeating previously 11thranked
USC, 55-21 last Saturday in Los Angeles...the 55 points were the most ever scored against a
USC team...the win guaranteed Stanford its fi rst winning season since 2001 and a bowl berth.
• Are ranked 14th in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll and 17th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll...debuted at
No. 25 in the AP poll on Nov. 8 following a 51-42 victory over Oregon, marking the program’s fi rst
appearance in the AP poll since it was ranked 16th at the end of the 2001 season.
• Stanford’s seven wins are its most since the 2001 team fi nished with a 9-3 overall mark...the Cardinal’s
six conference victories are its most since fi nishing 6-2 in the 2001 Pac-10 race...the last time
Stanford won seven conference games was in 1999 (7-1) on its way to the Rose Bowl.
• 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 fi nal
game of the 2007 campaign against Cal.
• Have scored 50 or more points in each of the last two games against seventh-ranked Oregon (51)
and 11th-ranked USC (55)...are averaging 36.1 points a game, which is the second best mark in the
Pac-10 and ranks 10th nationally...last time Stanford averaged more than 30 points a game was in
• Are 3-0 against AP-ranked opponent this season and are 4-2 in its last six games against ranked opponents
dating back to the 2007 season...wins have come over No. 2 USC (2007), No. 24 Washington
(2009) and No. 7 Oregon (2009) and No. 11 USC (2009).
• Have accounted for 2,031 yards in total off ense over the last four games (507.7 avg.) against Arizona
(584), Arizona State (473), Oregon (505) and USC (469)...rank fi rst in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally
in total off ense averaging 445.6 yards per game.
• Rank second in the Pac-10 and 10th nationally in rushing off ense, averaging 222.4 yards a game...
coming off a 325-yard ground eff ort against USC, which was the sixth-best rushing total in school
history...have led the Pac-10 in rushing just once since 1954 (2001).
• Toby Gerhart continues to lead the the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally in rushing with a 139.50
per game average...has rushed for 401 yards in his last two games against Oregon (223) and USC
(178)...has rushed for a school-record 1,395 yards this season and now ranks second on Stanford’s
all-time career rushing list with 3,046 yards.
• Gerhart has rushed for 19 touchdowns this season and needs one more rushing TD to tie Tommy
Vardell’s single season record of 20 set in 1991...Gerhart ranks second in the nation in scoring, averaging 11.8 points per game.
• Stanford has allowed just 0.60 sacks per game this season, which is the second fewest in the country
behind Boise State (0.50).