Stanford Closes Out Regular Season Saturday vs. Notre Dame
Nov. 23, 2009
The Stanford Cardinal (7-4, 6-3 Pac-10) will close out the regular season Saturday night against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-5). Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000) and the contest will be televised by ABC. Both teams are coming off losses last weekend, as the Cardinal fell 34-28 to California while the Irish suffered a 33-30, double overtime home loss to Connecticut.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on ABC, with Brent Musberger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday’s Stanford-Notre Dame 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-Notre Dame Series
In a series that dates back to the 1925 Rose Bowl, Stanford trails the all-time series with Notre Dame, 6-17-0. Notre Dame has won the last seven games in the series dating back to 2002, including last year, when the Irish defeated the Cardinal, 28-21 in South Bend. Stanford’s last win in the series came in 2001, when the Cardinal posted a 17-13 victory at Stanford Stadium. The two school’s have met each of the previous 12 seasons and in 19 of the last 21 campaigns dating back to 1988.
- Stanford is now 7-4 on the season and 6-3 in the Pac-10 Conference after Saturday’s 34-28 loss to California in the 112th Big Game...the loss was Stanford’s first at home this season and snapped the Cardinal’s three-game winning streak.
- Stanford’s seven wins are the most since the 2001 team finished with a 9-3 overall mark...the Cardinal’s six conference victories are its most since finishing 6-2 in the 2001 Pac-10 race...have posted its first winning season and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2001.
- Stanford is 5-1 at home this season and 9-2 at home over the last two seasons...were just 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07...are 10-2 over its last 12 games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final game of the 2007 season....had won five straight at home this season before being upended last Saturday against Cal.
- Are averaging 35.4 points a game this season, which ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference and 13th nationally...have scored 389 points this season and are attempting to become just the third team in school history to score 400 or more points in a season (422 in 2001; 418 in 1999).
- Scored 50 or more points in consectutive wins over seventh-ranked Oregon (51) and 11th-ranked USC (55)...marked just the second time in school history Stanford had scored 50 points in consectutive games.
- Finished with a season-low 345 yards in total offense on Saturday vs. Cal after averaging 507.7 yards in its previous four games against Arizona (584), Arizona State (473), Oregon (505) and USC (469)...rank first in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally in total offense with a 436.5 per game average.
- Rank second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 219.3 yards a game...put forth a 325-yard ground effort against USC, which was the sixth-best rushing total in school history...have led the Pac-10 in rushing just once since 1954 (2001).
- Need just 69 more yards on Saturday to tie the school’s single-season rushing record of 2,481 yards set in 1949.
- Toby Gerhart continues to lead the the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally in rushing with a 139.2 per game average...recorded his fifth straight, 100-yard game Saturday against Cal, which is a school record...is averaging 179.0 yards a game (537 total) over his last three contests against against Oregon (223), USC (178) and Cal (136).
- Gerhart has rushed for a single-season school record 23 touchdowns this season and now has 39 career touchdowns (all rushing)...needs just one more touchdown to tie Darrin Nelson’s school record for total career toucchdowns...Gerhart ranks second in the nation in scoring, averaging 12.91 points a game and leads the nation with 23 touchdowns.
- Stanford has allowed just 0.55 sacks per game this season, which is the second fewest in the country behind Boise State (0.45).