Cardinal End Season With The 103rd Big Game

Nov. 12, 2000

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    Stanford's 2000 season comes to an end on Saturday as the Cardinal travel to Berkeley to play California in the 103rd Big Game ... The Cardinal (4-6, 3-4) will be looking for their sixth straight win over California, which would tie a Big Game record for the longest winning streak in the series by either team ... The only six-game winning streak in Big Game history occurred when Stanford beat Cal from 1961-67 ... The Cardinal, which won four straight from 1989-92, has won nine of the last 11 Big Games ... Stanford is coming off its biggest win of the season - a 29-7 victory over Arizona State last Saturday at Stanford Stadium ... Saturday's Big Game will the final collegiate game for 14 Cardinal players, including Sam Benner, Emory Brock, Mike Burke, Aaron Focht, Ben Garrison, Eddie Gayles, Byron Glaspie, Willie Howard,, Riall Johnson, DeRonnie Pitts, John Sande, Russell Stewart, Damion Tinsley and Sean Tolpinrud.

    The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met 102 times on the gridiron, with Stanford holding a 52-39-11 advantage ... The Cardinal has won the last five meetings with Cal and nine of the last 11 from 1989-99 ... Stanford has also won the last two games in Memorial Stadium (1998, '96) and four of the last five ... The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in college football ... Stanford and Cal have met every year since 1892 with the exception of 1915-18 and 1943-45 ... Since 1961, Stanford leads the series 27-11-1 ... Only 135 points separates the two teams in the previous 102 meetings.

    CLOSE CALLS: The Stanford-California rivalry has proven to be one of the most exciting in college football since it began in 1892 ... Of the 102 games, an amazing 48 have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 21-16-11 advantage in those games ... Even more impressive, 29 Big Games have been decided by three points less, with Stanford enjoying a 10-8-11 edge ... The Big Game has also produced an NCAA-best four 'cliffhangers,' which are games decided on the final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990).WILLINGHAM IN THE BIG GAME: Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham is a perfect 8-0 in the Big Game, 5-0 as the Cardinal's head coach (1995-99) and 3-0 as an assistant from 1989-91 under Denny Green ... Willingham is 5-0 in Big Games at Stanford Stadium and 3-0 in Berkeley.

    COACHING CONNECTION: Both Stanford and Cal have two coaches with ties to the team across the bay ... For the Cardinal, defensive coordinator KentBaer was Cal's defensive coordinator under Bruce Snyder from 1987-91 ...Cardinal secondary coach Denny Schuler had two stints in Berkeley: 1983-84 as the Bear's defensive coordinator and 1993-95 as Cal's offensive coordinator ... California head coach Tom Holmoe was Stanford's secondary coach under Bill Walsh in 1992 and '93 ...Ken Margerum, Cal's first-year wide receivers coach, is among the great receivers in Stanford history ... A four-year letterman at Stanford from 1977-80, Margerum is currently the Cardinal record holder for career receiving touchdowns (30), fourth all-time in career receiving yards (2,430) and tied for ninth in career receptions with 141.

    IN NOVEMBER: Stanford is 13-6 under Tyrone Willingham during the month of November (1995-00) ... Only once in five seasons under Willingham has the Cardinal had a losing record in November - that coming in '97 ... A year ago, Stanford was 3-0 in November as it beat Arizona State, Cal and Notre Dame ... In 1998, Stanford finished the season with November wins over Washington State and Cal ... Stanford's five-game winning streak in November was snapped on Nov. 4 at UCLA, but the Cardinal has still won six of the last seven November games.

    CONFERENCE CATALOGUE: Stanford is 12-5 in its last 17 Pacific-10 Conference games ... During this time, the Cardinal is 3-0 vs. Washington State, 2-0 vs. Arizona State, USC and California, 1-1 vs. UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona and 0-2 vs. Washington ... Stanford won its final two conference games in `98, went 7-1 in `99 en route to the Pac-10 championship and is 3-4 thus far in `00 ... In Pac-10 road games, the Cardinal is 5-3 in its last eight conference games away from Stanford Stadium, including 1-2 this season (won at WSU, lost at OSU and at UCLA), 3-1 in 1999 and a win at Cal in the '98 season finale.

    CARDIAC CARDS: Three of Stanford's 10 games this season have been decided in the final two minutes while another - Nov. 4 at UCLA - was a two-point game in which the Cardinal had possession in the final moments of the game ... Earlier this season, Stanford beat Texas on a TD pass with 1:12 to play ... Against USC, Stanford won on the game's final play ...Two weeks ago against Washington, the Cardinal scored the go-ahead touchdown with 53 seconds remaining, only to see the Huskies score the game-winner with 17 seconds on the clock ... In fact, three of Stanford's last four wins have come in dramatic fashion ... Along with this year's Texas and USC games, the Cardinal beat Notre Dame 40-37 in the 1999 regular season finale on a 22-yard Mike Biselli field goal on the game's final play ... Both of Stanford's late heroics this season have come with quarterback Chris Lewis coming off the bench in place of starter Randy Fasani ... Lewis hooked up with DeRonnie Pitts with 1:12 left in the game on a 15-yard scoring pass for the game-winning TD against Texas on Sept. 16 ... Against USC, it was Lewis and Jamien McCullum on a 20-yard TD pass on the game's final play to give the Cardinal a 32-30 win ... Against Washington Stanford scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes, the final one coming on a two-yard run by Fasani with 53 seconds left in the game ... Washington, however, came right back to score the game-winner with 17 seconds left on the clock.

    ON THE GROUND: Stanford has rushed for 703 yards (175.8 per game) and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in the last four games after averaging 129.5 yards and scoring just one rushing TD through the first six games of the year ...Last Saturday, Stanford rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including 103 by Kerry Carter ... The Cardinal rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries (4.4 ypc) against UCLA on Nov. 4 ... In Stanford's 32-30 win over USC,the Cardinal rushed for 198 yards on a season-high 55 carries while scoring a season-best four rushing touchdowns ... Stanford rushed for 182 yards and two TDs on 44 carries against Washington on Oct. 28 ... Prior to the last four games, the Cardinal had gone five games without a rushing touchdown after scoring one in the season opener at Washington State.

    HEAD COACH TYRONE WILLINGHAM: Now in his sixth season at the helm of the Cardinal football program, Tyrone Willingham has the longest tenure on The Farm since John Ralston's nine-year run from 1963-71 ... Willingham has compiled an overall record of 34-33-1 ... His resume at Stanford includes three bowl games, two Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors (1995, `99), a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance ... Willingham previously held assistant coaching positions at Central Michigan (1978-79), Michigan State (1980-82), North Carolina State (1983-85), Rice (1986-88), Stanford (1989-91) and the Minnesota Vikings (1992-94) ... He first came to Stanford as the running backs coach under Dennis Green in 1989, then returned to the Farm as head coach to replace Bill Walsh on Nov. 28, 1994.

    SCHEDULE MAKER: Stanford's 2000 schedule is among the best in college football ... Eight of the Cardinal's 10 opponents this season have been ranked among the nation's top-25, including five that have appeared in the top-10 (Texas, Washington, UCLA, USC, Oregon State) ... Stanford's opponents have a cumulative record of 65-35 - a winning percentage of .650.

    MAKING A DIFFERENCE: In the seven games in which Randy Fasani has started at quarterback, the Cardinal has seen a significant improvement in its offensive production ... Consider the facts: in Fasani's seven starts, Stanford is 4-3 while averaging 28.9 points (202 total), 411.6 yards of total offense (2,881 total), 251.3 yards passing (1,759 total) and 160.3 yards rushing (1,122 total) ... In the three games in which Fasani did not play, Stanford went 0-3 and averaged 7.6 points, 320 yards of total offense, 201 passing yards and 119 yards rushing ... In addition to Fasani's play in his seven starts, Chris Lewis has also contributed in a backup role ... Lewis threw a game-winning 20-yard TD pass against USC on the game's final play and has come off the bench to throw for 418 yards and five touchdowns against Texas and UCLA.

    NOTING LEWIS: In his first season after redshirting the 1999 campaign, Chris Lewis has, 1) been the team's backup quarterback behind Randy Fasani for six games, 2) started three games agains three teams likely headed to bowl games and, 3) come off the bench to throw two, game-winning touchdown passes in the final moments vs. Texas and USC ... Lewis repalced Fasani in the Texas game and threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 1:12 to play ... He came off the bench against USC and threw the game-winning TD pass on the game's final play ... Last week at UCLA, Lewis played the entire second half and almost led the Cardinal to another come-from-behind win, this time, however, coming up short in a 37-35 loss ... He threw for 204 yards and two TDs against the Bruins ... In his three starts vs. Arizona, Oregon State and Notre Dame, Lewis threw for 604 yards, two TDs and had five interceptions ... As a reserve, Lewis has thrown for 575 yards, six TDs and no incerceptions.

    TURNOVER TALES: Stanford's turnover margin in 2000 has not been as successful as it was a year ago, when the Cardinal ranked second in the conference and tied for sixth in the nation with a +0.91 turnover margin ... For the season, Stanford was +10 in turnovers ... A year ago, Stanford took 30 turnovers and turned them into 87 points ... In 2000, however, the Cardinal has scored 20 points off turnovers ... In Stanford's four wins (Washington State, Texas, USC, Arizona State), the Cardinal is +5 in turnovers while in its five losses, Stanford is -9 in turnovers ... In the last 22 games ('99, '00), Stanford is 8-2 when it wins the turnover battle, 2-7 when it loses and 2-1 when the turnovers are even.

    YOUTH MOVEMENT: Stanford fields one of its youngest teams in recent years ... Only seven players, including six starters, off the current two-deep chart are in their final season of eligibility ...Of the 44 players listed on the team's regular two-deep chart, 19 players will return in 2001 for their final season of eligibility, 12 players have two years remaining (2001, '02), six have three years remaining after the 2000 season (2001, '02, '03) and seven will not return in 2001 ... Offensively, starting WR DeRonnie Pitts and TE Russell Stewart along with backup FB Emory Brock are the only three players currently in their final year of eligibility ... On the defensive side of the ball, Stanford returns everyone with the exception of DT Willie Howard, DE Sam Benner, OLB Riall Johnson and SS Aaron Focht.

    THEY'RE BACK IN 2001: Stanford will return nine of 11 starters on offense and seven of 11 on defense in 2001 ... Offensively, returning starters include QB Randy Fasani, RB Brian Allen (along with Kerry Carter), FB Casey Moore, FLs Jamien McCullum and Ryan Wells (both started in 2000), LT Kirk Chambers, LG Paul Weinacht, C Zack Quaccia, RG Eric Heitmann and RT Greg Schindler ... Returing on defense will be all three players who started at NT (Ttravis Pfeifer, Matt Leonard, Craig Albrecht), DE Marcus Hoover (and backup Austin Lee), ILBs Anthony Gabriel and Coy Wire (along with part-time starter Matt Friedrichs), CBs Ruben Carter and Ryan Fernandez and FS Tank Williams.

    PENALTY BOX: Stanford once again leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalties ... The Cardinal is tops in the league in fewest penalties (58), penalty yards (416) and penalty yards per game (41.6) ... Stanford has led the Pac-10 in fewest penalties and penalty yards per game in each of the last four seasons ... A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 42.9 penalty yards per game (58 penalties, 472 penalty yards) ... Stanford, which was second in the league in 1995, also led the league in 1996 (59 penalties, 539 yards), `97 (66-596) and `98 (73-544).

    NATIONAL ROSTER: Stanford's roster includes players from two countries and 28 states, making the Cardinal perhaps the most diverse team in college football ... Stanford has players from Canada and every region in the U.S. ... The Cardinal roster includes 24 players from California, seven from Pennsylvania, six each from Washington and Texas, four from Florida and Utah, three from Michigan, Ohio and Idaho, two from Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia and Missouri and one each from Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

    Big Game Notebook

    * The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history ... This year's 103rd meeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on the all-time list ... The top-10 list of longest rivalries in college football is listed below:

    * Only 135 points separates the two teams in their previous 102 games.

    * Four Big Games have been decided on the game's final play: 1972 - Vince Ferragamo-Steve Sweeney TD pass for 24-21 Cal win, 1974 - Mike Langford 50-yard field goal for 22-20 Stanford win, 1982 - 'The Play' gives Cal 25-20 win, 1990 - John Hopkins' 37-yard field goal for 27-25 Cardinal win.

    * Stanford junior Chijioke Asomugha and Cal soph. Nnamdi Asomugha may become the first brothers to play on opposite teams in the same Big Game ... Chijioke is a special teams player and reserve cornerback for the Cardinal while Nnamdi is Cal's starting free safety and the team's leading tackler.

    * To the winner of the Big Game goes 'The Axe'... The Axe made its first appearance at a Stanford-Cal baseball game on April 13, 1899, but it wasn't until 1933 that the two universities decided that The Axe would be a trophy given to the winner of The Big Game.

    * The Big Game was interrupted from 1915-18 and again from 1943-45 (World War II) ... When the two schools disagreed over freshman eligibility, athletic relations were severed from 1915-18 ... Stanford's 'Big Game' became their annual rugby match with Santa Clara.

    * The first Big Game was played on March 10, 1892 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco ... Cal had fielded a team for 10 years, but for upstart Stanford University, which opened on October 1, 1891, this was to be their first intercollegiate football game ... Stanford pulled off the upset, beating the more experienced Bears 14-10.

    * An overflow crowd of 20,000 witnessed the first Big Game ... Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.

    The Opponent

    About the Golden BearsThe Bears are coming off a 25-17 loss at Oregon in a game in which Cal led 17-12 after three quarters ... The Bears have been very competitive with the top teams in the league over the past five weeks ... During this time, Cal has beaten UCLA and USC while losing at Washington in a game the Bears led in the fourth quarter and at home vs. Oregon State in a close 38-32 decision ... Joe Igber leads the team in rushing wtih 812 yards, a 4.5 average per carry and three TDs ... Igber also leads the team with 22 receptions for 233 yards and two TDs ... QB Kyle Boller has thrown for 1,926 yards and 14 TDs, but has completed just 44.8% of his passes (141-of-315) and thrown nine interceptions ... DE Andre Carter is one of the best in the nation ... He is among the conference leaders in sacks (13-97) and tackles for loss (18-103)

    Head Coach Tom HolmoeFormer Stanford assistant Tom Holmoe is in his fourth season as California's head coach ... Holmoe served as secondary coach under Bill Walsh at Stanford from 1992-93, which included a Pac-10 co-championship and Blockbuster Bowl victory in 1992 ... Prior to coaching on The Farm, Holmoe played safety for the San Francisco 49ers from 1983-89 and captured three Super Bowl rings ... He later returned to Candlestick Park as the secondary coach for the 49ers from 1994-95, before serving as Cal's defensive coordinator in 1996 ... Holmoe, who took over as head coach for Steve Mariucci prior to the 1997 season, has guided the Golden Bears to records of 3-8, 5-6 and 4-7 in his first three years in Berkeley.

    The Last TimeStanford's 31-13 win over Cal in the 102nd Big Game at Stanford Stadium gave the Cardinal the Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl berth ... Stanford led just 14-13 late in the second quarter before a 36-yard TD pass from Todd Husak to Dave Davis sent both teams into the locker room at halftime with Stanford ahead 21-13 ... Stanford's defense dominated Cal the entire afternoon as it limited the Bears to just 11 yards rushing, 130 yards of total offense and just eight first downs ... Cal's only two scores came on a 100-yard kickoff return and a 58-yard punt return by Deltha O'Neal ... For the Cardinal, Casey Moore's 94-yard TD run in the fourth quarter not only set a Big Game record for the longest run, but it put Stanford on top 28-13 ... Stanford piled up 410 yards against the league's top rated defense.

    DERONNIE PITTS PUTTING FINAL TOUCHES ON OUTSTANDING SEASON/CAREER: Stanford WR DeRonnie Pitts burst onto the scene in 1998 with one of the finest seasons in school history - 74 receptions (tied for third in Stanford history) for 1,012 yards (fifth in school history) and seven touchdowns ... This season, Pitts is trying to take those numbers a step further ... Already this year, Pitts has recorded 73 receptions for 826 yards (11.3 ypc) and seven touchdowns ... Pitts ranks tied for fourth in all of Division I-A football and first in the Pac-10 with 7.30 receptions per game and is 29th in the nation and third in the conference with 82.60 receiving yards per game ... He's also 29th in the nation and third in the conference in total receiving yards (826) and 10th in the conference in all-purpose rushing (96.10 ypg) ... These numbers will mark the third straight season Pitts has finished among the national leaders in receptions (1998, 13th, 6.73, 1999, 41st, 5.27) and receiving yards per game (1998, 23rd, 92.00, 1999, 39th, 77.55) ... Pitts, who now ranks second on the Pacific-10 Conference's all-time reception list, had the best game of his career last month against USC ... He had 13 catches - just one shy of the school record and most ever against USC - for 176 yards ... Those numbers marked Pitts' third 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career ... Pitts' biggest catch of the year was a 15-yard TD reception with 1:12 remaining that gave the Cardinal an upset win over then-#5 Texas.

    PITTS JUMPS INTO SECOND ON PAC-10'S ALL-TIME RECEPTION LIST: Fifth-year senior WR DeRonnie Pitts can leave a few more marks in the Stanford and Pac-10 record books with an impressive performance in the Big Game ... He needs 114 yards on Saturday to become the second player in Stanford history - along with former teammate Troy Walters - to record 3,000 career receiving yards ... Pitts, who ranks second in Stanford history in both career receptions and receiving yards and third in TD receptions, can also climb up the school single season reception list on Saturday in Berkeley ... Pitts currently ranks fifth on that list with 73, and is just five catches away from moving into a tie for second place ... Pitts' 74 catches in 1998 is tied with Walters (74, 1999) for third place, while Brad Muster is second with 78 (1985) and Walters leads the way with his record-setting 86 in 1997 ... The Saginaw, Michigan native's 72 catches also ranks him 11th on the conference's single season list ... Pitts further placed himself among the Pac-10's elite with his five catches against Arizona State ... He now has 224 career receptions (including bowl games), which moves him into second on the conference's all-time reception list ahead of former Cardinal Darrin Nelson (223, 1977-81) and Arizona's Dennis Northcutt (223, 1996-99) ... Stanford now has three of the top four on that list (Walters, Nelson, Pitts) ... On the conference's career receiving yardage chart, Pitts needs 54 yards in the finale to move into fourth.RIALL'S SACK ATTACK: Stanford fifth-year senior OLB Riall Johnson moved just one step away from history when he recorded his Pac-10 leading 14th sack in Saturday's win over Arizona State ... Johnson, who leads California's Andre Carter by one sack entering the Big Game, is bidding to become the first player to ever lead the Pacific-10 Conference in sacks in back-to-back seasons (the Pac-10 began keeping the statistic in 1984) ...Johnson has recorded at least one sack in eight of the Cardinal's 10 games this season, and made at least one tackle-for-loss in all 10 contests ... On the season, Johnson has recorded 47 tackles (33 unassisted), 18 tackles-for-loss (-123 yards), the 14 sacks (-105 yards) and two passes defensed ... Besides being tied for second in the Pac-10 in tackles-for-loss, Johnson is also among the national leaders in both sacks and tackles-for-loss ... Johnson, who recorded three sacks at UCLA two weeks ago, has recorded two or more sacks in a game four times this season and nine times in his career ... For his career, Johnson has an impressive 50 tackles-for-loss (-313 yards) and 35 sacks (-266 yards) ... Last season, he recorded 13 sacks to tie for the Pac-10 lead with California's Mawu Tugenyoh ... The 14 and 13 sacks, respectively, recorded by Johnson ranks him third and fourth on the school single season sack list ... The Stanford record for sacks in a season is 17 by Duncan McColl in 1976 ... He is also just the second player in school history to record 10 or more sacks in back-to-back seasons (Kailee Wong, 12 sacks in `96 & `97) ... Johnson, who was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for his three sack performance vs. Texas, has recorded at least one tackle-for-loss in all nine games this season, and has started 32 of the last 33 games dating back to 1998.

    HOWARD SELECTED AS ONE OF NATION'S TOP LINEMEN: Fifth-year senior DT Willie Howard joined some elite company this fall as one of 12 semifinalists for the prestigious 2000 Rotary Lombardi Award ... The Lombardi Award is given annually to the top lineman in the country ... Howard, who was a 2000 Preseason First Team All-American selection by Athlon and Second Team Preseason All-American pick by Street & Smith's, won the 1999 Morris Award, emblematic of the top lineman in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Cardinal ironman, who can accomplish the rare feat for starting in all 45 games over his four-year career, is also projected to be a high pick in the 2000 National Football League draft ... The Bay Area native turned in one of his best performances of the season in the win over Arizona State ... Howard had eight tackles (four unassisted), including a season-high three for a loss (-10 yards), and one quarterback sack (-7 yards) ... Howard is fourth on the team, and first among defensive lineman, with 50 tackles (29 unassisted) this season ... He also has nine tackles-for-loss (-41 yards), five sacks (-36 yards) and two passes defensed ... All totaled, he has 40 career tackles-for-loss (-172 yards) and 22.5 career sacks (-136 yards) ... Last season, Howard emerged as the leader - both on and off the field - of Stanford's defensive line unit known as the 'Trench Dogs' by finishing third in the Pac-10 in both quarterback sacks (10, -60 yards) and tackles-for-loss (19, -79 yards) in `99 ... He recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin despite playing with ACL damage and an MCL sprain to his right knee.

    WIRE PROVIDES DEFENSIVE SPARK: In just a two-year span, senior ILB Coy Wire (two years of eligibility remaining) has gone from leading the team in rushing to leading the team in tackles ... Wire came to Stanford as a Prep All-American running back out of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and promptly led the team in rushing as a redshirt freshman with 85 carries for 298 yards and two touchdowns ... More impressively, Wire led the team despite missing the final five games of the season due to injury ... He was one of the Cardinal's top ground threats again last season, gaining 317 yards on 88 carries with four touchdowns ... Wire, however, was moved to safety this spring and slid over to inside linebacker early this season ... The rest is history, as Wire has stepped up as one of the team's top defenders and has led the team in tackles three of the last four weeks ... He recorded three of Stanford's six sacks in last Saturday's convincing win over ASU, as well as 10 tackles (seven unassisted), four tackles-for-loss and two passes defensed as Stanford held the Sun Devils to just 174 yards of total offense ... Wire is tied for fifth in the conference and second on the team in quarterback sacks (eight) and tied for ninth in the Pac-10 and second on the club in tackles-for-loss (13) to go along with four passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery ... He also currently leads the team in tackles with 72 (49 unassisted), which places him eight ahead of safety Aaron Focht ... He also recorded the first interception of his career last Saturday at UCLA to go along with nine tackles (seven unassisted) ... He has also led the team in tackles two of the last three weeks, and recorded at least one tackle-for-loss in six of the Cardinal's nine games this season.

    FASANI RUNS THE SHOW: Senior QB Randy Fasani (two years of eligibility remaining) has posted impressive numbers in his first season as Stanford's starting signal-caller ... In seven games - all starts - Fasani is 81-of-157 for 1,158 yards with eight touchdowns and just five interceptions ... He is also among the team leaders in rushing with 49 carries for 163 net yards (3.3 ypc) ... He's posted these impressive numbers despite missing three entire games because of injury (Arizona Notre Dame, OSU), and leaving two others in the first half (UCLA, ASU) ... Three weeks ago against Washington, Fasani engineered drives of 64, 58 and 48 yards in the final six minutes to erase a 24-6 deficit ... Statistically, he enjoyed his best game in week two against San Jose State when he threw for 373 yards - the 20th highest single game total in school history - and went 18-of-42 with four touchdowns and one interception ... Prior to earning the starting quarterback job before the start of the 2000 campaign, Fasani had proven himself to be one of the most versatile players in the Stanford football program ... Not only was Fasani a back-up quarterback, but he also saw action at wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and was a vital part of the Cardinal's special teams ... At QB, Fasani appeared in 13 games off the bench in `98 and `99, and went 9-of-22 for 94 yards.


    * - Sophomore RB Kerry Carter has become one of the top ground threats in the Pacific-10 Conference in recent weeks ... He has carried the ball 160 times for 689 yards (4.3 ypc) and six touchdowns in 2000 ... In the first five games of the season, Carter rushed 72 times for 270 yards (3.8 ypc) and no touchdowns ... Over the last five weeks, the Ontario, Canada native has carried the ball 88 times for 419 yards (4.8 ypc) and six touchdowns ... Saturday against Arizona State, Carter rushed 18 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, and also threw a 26-yard TD pass to Ryan Wells ... On Oct. 21 vs. USC, Carter tied the school single game record with four rushing touchdowns en route to a career-best 123 yards on 20 carries ... As a true freshman last season, Carter carried the ball 87 times for 330 yards (3.8 ypc) and six touchdowns.

    * - For the second straight week, redshirt freshman WR Luke Powell came through with a big play for a touchdown ... Two weeks ago at UCLA, Powell caught a 76-yard third quarter touchdown pass from Chris Lewis that ranks as the 15th longest pass play in school history ... He finished the game with four receptions for a career-high 149 yards ... Last week, Powell returned an Arizona State punt 51 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter ... It was the Cardinal's first punt return for a score since Troy Walters took one back 77 yards on Nov. 15, 1997 vs. Washington State ... On the receiving end this season, Powell has caught 15 passes for 401 yards - an average of an impressive 26.7 yards per catch - and two touchdowns ... The school record for average yards per catch is 21.5 set by Miles Moore in 1971 (38-816), but Powell will need five catches vs. Cal to finish with 20 and qualify for the record books in that category.

    * - Fifth-year senior S Aaron Focht has been among Stanford's team leaders in tackles all season long, and is now tied for the club lead in interceptions ... The Germantown, Ohio native is second the squad with 64 total tackles, and leads the way with 50 unassisted stops ... He also picked off his third pass of the season last Saturday to tie for the team lead with CB Ryan Fernandez ... Focht is also tied for second with seven passes defensed, and has recorded three tackles-for-loss.

    * - Stanford held Arizona State to just 174 yards of total offense on Saturday, its lowest total since it held California to 130 in last season's Big Game ... The Cardinal also held ASU to just 23 net yards rushing on 34 attempts, its lowest since it limited then-No. 5 Texas to 13 yards on Sept. 16 ... Stanford has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing on three occasions this season (WSU, Texas, ASU) ... The performance against the Sun Devils dropped Stanford's yards against average from 384.0 to 364.8 ... Stanford also jumped up 30 spots in the NCAA's total defense rankings - from 87th to 57th - and moved from 10th to sixth in the Pac-10.

    * - Stanford currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in red zone productivity ... The Cardinal has scored on .811 percent of its opportunities, which is behind only Washington's .902.

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