Stanford Versus Cal In The 104th Big Game
Nov. 11, 2001
The 104th Big Game
Date: November 17, 2001
Opponent: California (0-7, 0-9)
Kickoff: 12:38 pm
Location: Stanford Stadium (85,500)
Radio: KTCT (1050 am). Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy. Pregame show begins at 11:00 am
Internet: Live game audio and live game stats on www.gostanford.com
The Cardinal: The 10th longest rivalry in college football plays its 104th edition on Saturday as Stanford and Cal hook up for The Big Game at Stanford Stadium ... Stanford is in the midst of fighting for bowl position while the Bears enter the game winless in nine attempts in 2001 ... The Cardinal has won the last six Big Games and will be attempting to be the first team to win seven consecutive Big Games in the series history ... Stanford still has three regular season games to play in `01, including two after The Big Game (Nov. 24 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 1 vs. San Jose State).
Pac-10 Race: One conference game to play and Stanford's bowl possibilities are many ... The Cardinal, along with Oregon, Washington State and Washington, are the only teams in the league with one or two losses ... Oregon is in the driver's seat for the conference title and berth in the Fiesta Bowl ... If the Ducks beat Oregon State on December 1, they will be the Pac-10's representative in the Fiesta Bowl ... If Oregon loses and Washington State beats Washington on Nov. 17, the Cougars go to the Fiesta Bowl ... If both Oregon and WSU lose, and Stanford beats Cal, all four teams would finish with 6-2 Pac-10 records, but Oregon would win all the tie breakers and advance to the Fiesta Bowl ... The remaining Pac-10 bowl lineup includes the Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, Seattle Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl ...
The remaining Pac-10 schedule:
Oregon (6-1) at home vs. Oregon State, Dec. 1
WSU (6-1) at Washington, Nov. 17
Stanford (5-2) at home vs. Cal, Nov. 17
Washington (5-2) at home vs. WSU, Nov. 17
USC (4-3) at home vs. UCLA, Nov. 17
UCLA (3-3) at USC Nov. 17, vs. ASU Dec. 1
National Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 15 by USA Today/ESPN after Satrurday's win at Arizona ... Stanford was ranked No. 10 in the AP poll on Oct. 28, marking the highest national rating on The Farm since the final rankings of the 1992 season when the Cardinal was No. 9 after a 10-3 season ... Stanford has been ranked in the top-25 six of the last seven weeks ... The Cardinal first appeared in the national rankings on September 30 after beating USC and improving to 3-0 ... Wins over top-five teams Oregon and UCLA pushed the Cardinal up 19 spots in the AP poll and 16 spots in the ESPN poll during a two-week period.
Pac-10 Power: Stanford is 16-7 (.696) in the Pacific-10 Conference over the last three seasons, including seven wins in its last nine tries dating back to last season ... The Cardinal started the run by winning the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference title with a 7-1 record ... A year ago, Stanford went 4-4 and finished in sole possession of third place in the conference ... This season, Stanford is 5-2 in conference play ... Only Oregon and Washington have better Pac-10 records than Stanford over the last three seasons.
Pac-10 Standings (1999-2001)
Team Record .Pct
Oregon 19-4 .826
Washington 18-5 .783
Stanford 16-7 .696
Oregon State 14-9 .607
Arizona State 9-13 .409
USC 9-14 .392
UCLA 8-14 .363
Washington State 9-14 .392
Arizona 6-17 .261
California 5-18 .217
In the Pac: Stanford is 18-7 in its last 25 Pac-10 games dating back to the `98 season ... The Cardinal won its final two conference games in `98, went 7-1 in `99, 4-4 in `00 and are currently 5-2 in Pac-10 play this season.
Going Bowling: Stanford captured its sixth win of the season on Saturday in Tucson and made itself bowl-eligible in 2001 ... Stanford's last bowl appearance was in 1999 when the Cardinal won the Pac-10 championship and played Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... This year's bowl appearance will be the 20th in school history and fourth in the Tyrone Willingham Era (1995-01) ... Willingham has previously led Stanford to the 1995 Liberty Bowl and `96 Sun Bowl in addition to the Rose Bowl two years ago.
The Final Three: Stanford's final three opponents in have a combined record of 6-20 - a winning percentage of just .230 ... On the horizon in the next three weeks are California at 0-9, Notre Dame at 3-5 and San Jose State at 3-6 ... Prior to last week's game at Arizona, the Cardinal went 2-2 against one of the toughest four-game stretches in school history ... Ina four-week span, Stanford lost to Washington State (currently 9-1 and ranked in the top 10), beat then-No. 5 Oregon (now 9-1 overall and ranked sixth), beat then-No. 4 UCLA and lost at then-No. 10 Washington ... Those four teams are currently a combined 31-7.
Stanford vs. the Top-5: The Cardinal has won its last three games vs. teams ranked in the top five nationally, including two this season... Stanford has recorded wins over No. 5 Texas in 2000 and No. 5 Oregon and No. 4 UCLA in 2001 ... In defeating Texas and Oregon, Stanford scored the game-winning TD in the final moments and held on for the victory ... Stanford, of course, beat No. 5 Oregon earlier this season in Eugene 49-42 after scoring the deciding TD with 1:10 to play ... A year ago, the Cardinal beat fifth-ranked Texas 27-24 at Stanford Stadium after scoring the game-winner with 1:12 remaining.
Quick Start: Stanford began the 2001 campaign with three straight wins - matching its best start in 15 years (since 1986) ... The Cardinal also began the year with two consecutive conference wins for the first time since its 1999 Rose Bowl season ... Stanford's 5-1 start also matched the `92 team's record after six games - the best in the last 10 years.
Lately: Stanford has won eight of its last 10 games overall and seven of its last nine in conference play ... Stanford won their final two games of the 2000 season against Arizona State and Cal and have won five of the six in 2001 ... In Pac-10 play, Stanford's streak includes wins in 2000 vs. Arizona State and Cal, and victories this season over Arizona State, USC, Oregon and UCLA ... The only loss during this time came against WSU on Oct. 13.
2001 Opponents: Stanford's schedule has been ranked by the NCAA as the toughest in college football ... The Cardinal's eight opponents thus far have a combined record of 50-26 - a winning percentage of .658 ... Four of Stanford's opponents have been ranked in the top-10 during the 2001 campaign ... Opponent records to date are Boston College (6-3), Arizona State (4-5), USC (5-5), Washington State (9-1), Oregon (9-1), UCLA (6-3), Washington (7-2) and Arizona (4-6).
Experience: Stanford's 2001 club is one of the most experienced in recent years, especially on the defensive side of the ball ... Stanford returned 16 starters and 39 letter-winners from last year's team ... Fourteen starters are in their last season on The Farm, including nine on defense, four on offense and one kicker ... Only NT Trey Freeman and DT Matt Leonard will return to the Cardinal defense in `02 ... Lineman Austin Lee and Marcus Hoover, linebackers Coy Wire, Matt Friedrichs and Anthony Gabriel and the entire secondary in CB Ruben Carter and Ryan Fernandez, FS Tank Williams and SS Simba Hodari are playing their final seasons at Stanford ... Offensively, four starters are in their final seasons on The Farm, including QB Randy Fasani, RB Brian Allen, C Zack Quaccia and OG Eric Heitmann ... PK Mike Biselli is also in his final year at Stanford.
Tyrone Willingham: Head coach Tyrone Willingham is in his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford University football program ... Only two other coaches in school history have enjoyed a longer tenure on The Farm - Glenn 'Pop' Warner and John Ralston - who both coached at Stanford for nine seasons ... Willingham's tenure also ranks tied for second among current Pacific-10 Conference head coaches behind only Washington State's Mike Price and tied with Oregon's Mike Belotti ... Willingham, who has twice been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1995 & 1999), owns a career record of 41-35-1 (.539) and Pac-10 record of 31-24 (.564) ... He has led the Cardinal to three bowl games, including a 1999 Pac-10 Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2000 ... The Rose Bowl appearance was Stanford's first in 28 seasons.
Rushing Facts: Under Tyrone Willingham (1995-01), a successful rushing attack has usually equaled good things for the Cardinal ... During this time, Stanford is 19-4 when it has a RB gain over 100 yards and 29-6 when it outrushes the opponent ... Stanford is also 15-2 when it rushes for over 200 yards and 22-8 when it rushes for over 150 yards.
Running Back Duos: Kerry Carter and Brian Allen are among the best rushing duos in school history ...Combined, they have rushed for 1,253 yards in eight games and only Carter's injury will prevent them from putting up the best numbers in school history ... The top rushing duo in school history is the 1991 pair of Tommy Vardell and Glyn Milburn, who rushed for a combined 1,682 yards ... Vardell rushed for a school record 1,084 in `91 while Milburn chipped in with 598 yards ... Carter and Allen were on pace to surpass that mark before Carter's shoulder injury ... Ironically, Stanford's running backs coach in `91 for Vardell and Milburn was current Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham, who was an assistant under head coach Denny Green from 1989-91.
Year Rushing Duo Yards
1991 Tommy Vardell-Glyn Milburn 1,682
1977 Darrin Nelson-John Finley 1,525
1978 Darrin Nelson-Phil Francis 1,516
1992 Glyn Milburn-Ellery Roberts 1,478
1995 Anthony Bookman-Mike Mitchell 1,465
1981 Darrin Nelson-Vincent White 1,431
2001 *Kerry Carter-Brian Allen 1,253
Rushing Attack: Stanford is second in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 201.75 yards per game ...The Cardinal has never led the Pac-10 in rushing since the conference began keeping such rankings in 1954 (Oregon is the conference leader at 205 yards per game) ... The Cardinal has rushed for over 200 yards in five of its eight games this season, including a season-best 276 last week at Arizona ... Stanford's other big rushing games include 213 vs. UCLA, 223 vs. Arizona State, 203 vs. USC and 219 vs. Washington State ... Stanford is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has scored 19 rushing TDs thus far in 2001 ... Brian Allen (133-797-7) and Kerry Carter (123-456-9) are the main ball carriers behind Stanford's experienced offensive line ... Stanford is on pace to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season for only the third time in school history.
Top Rushing Teams: Stanford is on pace to become only the third team in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards ... The Cardinal has rushed for 1,614 yards this season and are averaging 201.75 yards rushing per game, which projects to 2,219 for the season ... Only the teams of 1949 (school record 2,481 rushing yards) and 1957 (2,259) have rushed for over 2,000 yards in a single season ... Stanford needs to average 129 yards in the final three games to surpass the 2,000 yard plateau ...
Top Cardinal rushing teams of all-time:
The Top 10 List: Brian Allen became the sixth runner in Stanford football history to surpass the 2000 yard platuea after his career-best 143-yard effort at Arizona ... Allen, who is sixth all-time at Stanford, has now rushed for 2,022 yards in his career ... He is 157 yards shy of passing Glyn Milburn or the No. 5 spot on the school's career rushing list ... Kerry Carter, who has 1,515 career rushing yards and one more season of eligibility, is also knocking on the door ... He is 159 yards behind Jon Volpe (1987-90, 1,674 yards) for 10th place.
Stanford's All-Time Top-10 Rushers
1. Darrin Nelson, 77-81 4,033
2. Brad Muster, `84-87 2,940
3. Anthony Bookman, `94-97 2,523
4. Mike Mitchell, `93-97 2,446
5. Glyn Milburn, `90-92 2,178
6. Brian Allen, `98-01 2,022
7. Tommy Vardell, `88-91 1,789
8. Ray Handley, `63-65 1,768
9. Vincent White, `79-82 1,689
10. Jon Volpe, `87-90 1,674
Kerry Carter, `99-01 1,515
Brian's Song: Senior running back Brian Allen
continued to assert himself as one of the top running backs in the Pac-10 ... He followed up a career-high 138 rushing performance against Washington on Nov. 3 with another career best 143 yards rushing at Arizona on Nov. 10 ... Allen, who has rushed for 797 yards this season, is on the verge of becomming only the fourth runner in school history to gain over 1,000 yards in a single season ... He needs just 203 yards in his final three games - an average of 68 yards per game - to join that elite group ... Allen is on pace to gain 1,095 yards, which would give him the school's single season rushing record currently held by Tommy Vardell (1991, 1084 yards) ... Along with Vardell, then only other runners to gain over 1,000 yards in a season are Darrin Nelson, who did it three times in 1977, `78 and `81, Brad Muster in 1986 and Jon Volpe in 1988 ... Allen has rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season, including 134 vs. Arizona State, 133 vs. Washington State, 138 vs. Washington and 143 vs. Arizona ... He ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing, first in kickoff returns and second in all-purpose running ... Nationally, Allen's 30.6 yards per kickoff return average is fourth in the nation while his 146.8 yards in all-purpose running is 20th in the nation ... In the Cardinal single season record book, Allen needs 54 all-purpose yards to tie Milburn (1992, 1,851 yards) for 10th place ...Against Washington, Allen had an 80-yard touchdown run, which was not only Allen's career long, but it tied for the eighth longest run from scrimmage in school history ... All these numbers despite sharing the RB duties throughout his career with Kerry Carter ... A native of Ontario, California, Allen has started the last 25 games at running back for the Cardinal.
Season Rushing Yards
1. Tommy Vardell, 1991 1,084
2. Darrin Nelson, 1977 1,069
3. Darrin Nelson, 1978 1,061
4. Brad Muster, 1986 1,053
5. Jon Volpe, 1988 1,027
6. Darrin Nelson, 1981 1,014
7. Ray Handley, 1964 936
8. Darrin Nelson, 1980 889
9. Anthony Bookman, 1995 872
10. Glyn Milburn, 1992 851
Brian Allen, 2001 797
More Carter: Kerry Carter suffered a shoulder injury at Washington on Nov. 3 and did not play last week at Arizona ... He is expected to be out at least 2-3 weeks ... For the season, he has rushed for 456 yards on 123 carries and scored a team-best 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) ... His 8.57 points per game places him second in the conference and tied for 21st nationally in scoring ... He has had one, 100-yard rushing game this season - that coming on Oct. 27 vs. UCLA when he gained 102 yards and scored two touchdowns ... Against the much-heralded Bruin defense, Carter scored two touchdowns - one on a 26-yard pass play and the other on a season-high 27-yard run late in the game that clinched Stanford's upset win over UCLA ... Last season, Carter had two, 100-yard rushing games (123 vs. USC, 103 vs. ASU) and led the team with 729 yards on the ground.
On the Offensive: Under offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick, Stanford has produced one of the most feared offenses in the Pac-10 since Diedrick took over in 1998 ... During this time, Stanford has averaged 30.4 points per game and 419.1 yards in total offense ... The Cardinal has scored over 50 points five times, including two in 2001 (51 vs. Arizona State and Arizona) and over 40 points in nine games ... In the Cardinal record book, three of the top five single game passing totals in school history have come in the past three years under Diedrick, including 465 vs. UCLA in `99, 450 vs. Oregon State in `00 and 422 vs. UCLA in `98 ... Diedrick's offenses have also produced two of the top eight games in Cardinal history in total offense (672 vs. UCLA in `99, 614 vs. San Jose State in `00)
Year Gm Rush Pass Total Scoring
1998 11 75.5 319.6 395.2 23.7
1999 11 153.6 313.5 467.1 37.2
2000 11 138.9 236.8 375.7 23.7
2001 8 201.8 243.9 445.6 39.4
Totals 41 138.1 280.9 419.1 30.4
Offensive Numbers: The Cardinal offense is proving to be among the nation's best ... This week, Stanford's offense ranks sixth in the nation in scoring (39.4 ppg), 16th in total offense (445.7 ypg), 19th in pass efficiency offense (141.81 rating) and 22nd in rushing offense (201.75 ypg) ... In the Pac-10, Stanford leads the conference in scoring offense, is second in rushing offense and third in total offense and pass efficiency offense ... Stanford has scored more than 38 points in six of its eight games this season and has scored more than 30 nine of its last 13 games dating back to last season.
Special Teams: Stanford's return game is among the best in college football ... This week, the Cardinal is second in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in punt returns and is 10th in the nation and second in the conference in kickoff returns ... As a team, Stanford is averaging 15.36 yards per punt return and 24.5 yards per KOR ... Luke Powell is third in the nation in punt return average at 15.45 and Brian Allen is fourth in the NCAA in kickoff returns with a 30.7 average.
Lewis' Legacy: Junior Chris Lewis has played the last three-and-a-half games for Stanford in place of the injured Randy Fasani ... Lewis has led Stanford to a comeback win at Oregon as well as victories against UCLA and Arizona ... For the season, he has completed 70-of-125 (.560) for 887 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions ... Lewis played the entire second half against Oregon (Oct. 20) and has started the last three games vs. UCLA, Washington and Arizona ... In those games, Lewis has completed 64-of-112 (.571) for 839 yards and eight touchdowns ... A week ago at Arizona, he went 13-of-23 for 169, three touchdowns and no interceptions ... In his first start of the season against UCLA, he was impressive in Stanford's win over the No. 4 Bruins as he completed 20-of-29 for 250 yards and three touchdowns ... He started three games in 2000 (at home vs. Arizona, at Notre Dame, at Oregon State) ... Lewis, whose sister Robyn is a member of Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team, has has shown the knack for coming off the bench and leading the Cardinal to come-from-behind wins, which he has done three times in the last two seasons ... He has already done it once this year- October 20 at fifth ranked Oregon ... After Fasani was knocked out of the game, Lewis came on to spearhead Stanford's upset win in Eugene ... After completing just three-of-10 for 28 yards in the first half against the Ducks, he came out in the second half to complete nine-of-16 for 161 yards and two touchdowns ... Last season, he threw for 214 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner with 1:12 to play, to beat No. 5 Texas ... He came off the bench against USC to throw a touchdown pass on the game's final play to beat the Trojans.
Randy's Rhetoric: Fifth-year senior quarterback Randy Fasani was enjoying an outstanding season before suffering a knee injury Oct. 20 at Oregon ... The Granite Bay, Calif. native, who was one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, suffered an MCL sprain of his right knee at Oregon and has missed the last three games ... He may be able to return to practice this week, but his status for the game at this time is unknown ... Prior to leaving the Oregon game, he had completed seven-of-11 passes for 141 yards and led the Cardinal to three first half touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter ... He was among the national leaders in pass efficiency (144.13 rating), points responsible for (14.4) and total offense (235.4) before the injury ... The Cardinal has thrived under Fasani since he won the starting QB job prior to the 2000 season ... In the 13 games Fasani has started since winning the job, Stanford is 9-4 and averaging 33.5 points per contest (436 points) ... In those 13 contests, Stanford has scored fewer than 24 points only once and has put up 30 or more seven different times ... In the three games he missed last season because of injury last season, Stanford was 0-3 with 7.7 points per game ... He threw for 232 yards and four TDs in the season opener vs. Boston College, 295 yards and four more touchdowns vs. Arizona State, 194 yards and two TDs at USC and 202 yards and two touchdowns vs. WSU ... He is the first Cardinal quarterback to throw four TDs in back-to-back games since John Elway accomplished the feat in 1980 (5 at Washington State and 6 vs. Oregon State) ... In addition, Stanford quarterbacks have thrown for four touchdowns or more in a game on 19 occasions in program history and Fasani, who also threw for four TDs against San Jose State last year, joins Elway (four) and 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett (three) as the only QBs to accomplish that feat three or more times ... ... Fasani, who married longtime girlfriend Monica Stahr this summer, threw for 1,400 yards and 11 TDs in 2000, and also proved to be a great play-maker, tremendous runner and an athlete capable of making plays down the stretch ... His best single game numbers in 2000 came against San Jose State, when he was threw for 373 yards and a career-high four TDs and one interception ... Also last season, Fasani threw for 242 yards and three TDs in the Big Game at Cal, including the game-winner to FB Casey Moore in overtime ... He also engineered drives of 64-, 58- and 48- yards in the final six minutes against Pac-10 champ Washington to erase a 24-6 deficit ... Prior to becoming the Cardinal's starting QB in 2000, Fasani had also received playing time at tight end, linebacker and special teams.
Fasani on the Run: QB Randy Fasani has proven to be an effective runner out of the pocket and very capable of alluding the defense and scrambling for big gains ... He has gained 205 yards rushing in five games, but has netted just 113 due to yardage lost through sacks ... However, Fasani has made some big plays with his legs in 2001 ... He has eight runs over more than 10 yards and five of more than 20 yards, including a 20-yard scramble at Oregon ...Against WSU, he had runs of 20 and 29 yards ... In Stanford's win at USC, Fasani had key runs of 21 and 23 yards ... His other big runs have been a 13 yard and 11 yard scramble against Boston College and a 15-yard gainer vs. Arizona State ... He is third on the team with 36 rushing attempts.
Stanford's Running Quarterbacks: Randy Fasani's rushing numbers are already among the best in school history for a starting quarterback ... Fasani, in just 13 games as the starter, has rushed for 236 net yards ... Of the top 10 quarterbacks on the Cardinal's all-time passing list, only one finished his career with positive rushing numbers - Jim Plunkett, who rushed for 343 yards from 1968-70 ... Other Cardinal quarterbacks who finished with positive rushing numbers include Don Bunce (1968-71) with 479 rushing yards, Bobby Garrett (1951-53) with 238 yards and Mike Cordova (1973-76) with 92 rushing yards ... Some of the great Cardinal quarterbacks who did not have positive rushing yards include John Elway (-279 net yards rushing), Steve Stenstrom (-706), John Paye (-130), Todd Husak (-136) and Guy Benjamin (-181).
Tight End Production: Stanford has made good use of its talented corps of tight ends in 2001 ... Through eight games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright, Darin Naatjes and Alex Smith have combined to catch 20 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns ... Cardinal tight ends have accounted for key plays throughout the season ... Against Washington on Nov. 3, Pierce was a key weapon as he caught four passes for 45 yards ... Against WSU, Naatjes had two receptions for 28 yards and two touchdowns while Pierce added one catch for 15 yards ... Pierce recorded five catches for 40 yards and one TD against USC ... In game two vs. Arizona State, Wright had two receptions for 17 yards and Pierce caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Fasani ... For the season, Pierce leads the tight end trio with 15 receptions for 172 yards and two TDs while Naatjes and Wright each have two catches ... A year ago, starter Russell Stewart led all Cardinal tight ends with eight catches.
Heitmann Hits: Senior Eric Heitmann, now in his third season in the Cardinal's starting lineup, has earned the reputation as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation ... He was on the Lombardi Award Watch List this season as one of the top lineman in college football ... Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 in 1999 and Second-Team All-Conference last season, Heitmann was a consensus preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and a First-Team All-America choice by Athlon's and Preview Sports ... Street & Smith's named Heitmann as the No. 6 offensive guard in the country ...A native of Katy, Texas, Heitmann has played in all 42 games of his Stanford career and started the last 31.The O-Line: Stanford returned its top six offensive linemen from last year's team and has been recognized this season as one of the top groups in the nation ... Athlon's Preseason Magazine ranked the Cardinal's O-Line No. 5 in the nation while Lindy's had Stanford at No. 10 ...Stanford's starting five of tackles Kirk Chambers and Kwame Harris, guards Eric Heitmann and Greg Schindler and center Zack Quaccia represent four players who were starters a year ago and a sophomore (Harris) who played as a true freshman and was one of the nation's top recruits two years ago (Chambers was also a true freshman in `00) ... In Heitmann, Schindler and Quaccia, the Cardinal has three players who are in the starting lineup for the third consecutive season ... The trio has combined to start 87 games the past two-plus years ... Schindler was the team's starter at right tackle the past two years, but has been moved to guard this season to strengthen the Cardinal's front five ... Harris has already proven to be one of the most talented young lineman in the nation ... Sixth man Paul Weinacht, who started for the injured Schindler at USC and at Washington, is also a talented lineman who provides Stanford with a versatile and very capable backup ...'They're tabbed with one of the best offensive lines in both the Pac-10 and the country, and it showed,' commented UCLA head coach Bob Toledo after Stanford rushed for 213 yards against a Bruin defense considered among the best in the nation.
Experience Up Front
Games Started by the O-Line
31 - Eric Heitmann (third year as a starter)
28 - Greg Schindler (third year as a starter)
28 - Zack Quaccia (third year as a starter)
19 - Kirk Chambers (second year as a starter)
10 - Paul Weinacht (starter in 2000)
8 - Kwame Harris (lettered as true freshman)
Teyo's Time: Stanford two-sport standout Teyo Johnson has become an integral part of the Cardinal offense in 2001 ... After setting career bests in both receptions with eight and receiving yards with 116 in last week's game at Arizona, Johnson is now the team's leading receiver with 29 receptionsand six TDs this season ...The 6-7, 245 pound quarterback-turned-receiver has presented matchup problems for opposing defenses ... Johnson, who is also a member of the Cardinal's nationally-ranked basketball team, came to Stanford as a highly-touted quarterback out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego ... After playing QB as a true freshman in 2000, Johnson was moved to wide receiver in the final week of spring practice last April ...He has responded to his new position by becomming one of the team's top offensive weapons ... Against Arizona, Johnson had his first two-TD game of the his career ... He caught a 23-yard touchdown from Chris Lewis in the first quarter, then had a three-yard TD pass play inthe second quarter on a 'jump ball' in the corner of the end zone ...Johnson has had four TDs and two, two-point conversions in the last four games ...Against Washington on Nov. 3, Johnson recorded six receptions for 80 yards, including a career-long 54-yarder from Lewis ... Johnson also caught a two-point conversion which tied the score at 28-28 in the third quarter ... ... In his first game as a receiver, Johnson had four receptions for 51 yards and one TD vs. Boston College ... The following week against Arizona State, he caught three passes for 42 yards and another touchdown ... Johnson received extensive playing time at Oregon on October 20 and responded with his biggest game to date - five catches, 95 yards one touchdown ... He caught a three-yard TD pass from Lewis vs. UCLA ... As a true freshman in 2000-01, Johnson was used as a reserve forward on the basketball team ... He was named to the Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team after averaging 4.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg ... He will contend for a starting assignment next season ... Johnson is the younger brother of Riall, who recently graduated from Stanford after a stellar four-year career on The Farm in which he twice led the Pac-10 in sacks and was named First-Team All-Conference in 2000 ... Riall is currently playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Powell's Play: Junior FL Luke Powell is vastly becoming one of the most dangerous players in the nation ... Powell has shown the ability to make big plays as both a receiver and punt returner ... He is currently fourth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in punt returns, averaging 15.5 yards per return (11 returns, 170 yards) ... He had a 49-yard return vs. Boston College in the season opener, a 51-yard return vs. Arizona State and a 46 yard return against Washington State ... As a receiver, he is second on the team with 28 receptions for 457 yards (16.3 ypc) and four TDs, including a 26-yard TD pass play last Saturday at Arizona ... In his last 12 games (final four in `00, first eight in `01), Powell has 37 receptions for 768 yards (20.8 ypc) and five TDs along with 12 punt returns for 221 yards (18.4 avg.) and one touchdown ... In his career, Powell has 45 receptions for 948 yards - an average of 21.1 yards per catch ... Stanford's school record for yards per catch average is 21.1 (Bob Blunt, 1964-66) ... Against USC, Powell had four receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown ... His two big games this year include Arizona State (six receptions, 143 yards) and USC (4-124-1 touchdown).
Powell in the Cardinal Record Book
Career Yards Per Catch (receptions-yards)
1. Luke Powell, 2000-01 (45-948) 21.1
2. Bob Blunt, 1964-66 (35-738) 21.1
3. Miles Moore, 1971-72 (65-1,234) 19.0
4. Randy Vataha, 1969-70 (83-1,234) 18.5
Emile Harry, 1981-84 (123-2,270) 18.5
Defending the Run: Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense and is 17th nationally, giving up an average of just 106.6 yards per game ... The Cardinal has led the Pac-10 in rush defense only once since the conference began keeping the stat in 1954 - that coming during Stanford's Rose Bowl season in 1971 ... Stanford held USC to 28 yards rushing, UCLA to 57 and Arizona State to 86.
Tank's Tale: Clevan 'Tank' Williams has earned the reputation as one of the best safeties in all of college football and is a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award ... Williams, a 6-3, 225-pound free safety from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was named preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention All-America by several publications ... Lindy's rated him as the No. 15 safety in the country ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper listed Williams as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the nation (tied with teammate Coy Wire) ... Williams has intercepted four passes in eight games and is among the best in the country in interceptions per game at 0.50 (tied for 16th in NCAA, tied for fourth in the Pac-10) ...He is also the most active player on the Cardinal defense ... In addition to registering 52 tackles, he also has two sacks, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two forced forced fumbles ... Against Arizona, he picked up a loose ball and raced 25 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble which was brought also brought back for a Stanford touchdown ... 'Physically, he's everything you look for in a football player,' says Cardinal secondary coach Denny Schuler. 'He's got cornerback speed, but linebacker size. Clearly, a big-time NFL player.'
High Wire: Senior ILB Coy Wire is one of the top linebackers in college football in 2001 ... He was listed on the Lombardi Award Watch List as one of the top linemen in the nation ... ESPN's Mel Kuiper ranked Wire as the fifth best senior safety prospect in the country (along with teammate Tank Williams) and the 30th best player in college football ... And after the first eight games of the year, Wire has indeed established himself as the leader of the Cardinal defense (60 tackles, five tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sacks, one blocked punt) ... He had an 89-yard fumble return for a touchown last week at Arizona ... Against UCLA's vaunted rushing offense and Heisman Trophy candidate DeShaun Foster, Wire led Stanford with nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a half-sack ... A running back his first two seasons at Stanford, Wire has the distinction of being the only Cardinal player in modern times to lead the team in rushing and tackles ...He was a running back in 1998 and `99 and, after redshirting the `97 season, he led the team in rushing in `98 (298 yards) ... He was then was moved to linebacker for the 2000 campaign, where he promptly earned the starting role and led the team in total tackles ... 'A lot of what we're doing defensively is based on what Coy can do,' said defensive coordinator Kent Baer. ' No question, he's an honors candidate this season. He's one of the best defensive players in our conference.'
* Head coach Tyrone Willingham became the third all-time winningest coach in school history by recording win No. 41 last Saturday at Arizona ... Willingham, who moved ahead of Chuck Taylor, trails Pop Warner (71 wins from 1924-32) and John Ralston (55 victories from 1963-71) ... With a bowl bid locked up for 2001, Willingham has now become the only coach to lead Stanford to four bowl games ... He has previously led the Cardinal to the `95 Liberty Bowl, `96 Sun Bowl and `00 Rose Bowl.
* Stanford's defensive line has been plagued by injuries of late ... Two of the starters were not available (Matt Leonard, Austin Lee) while the other two were limited (Marcus Hoover, Trey Freeman) ... The Cardinal's starting D-line against Arizona included Drew Caylor, who was convertd back to the defensive line last week, Travis Pfiefer, Criag Albrecht and Louis Hobson, making his first start.
* Stanford is on pace to become the most prolific scoring team in school history ... The Cardinal has scored 315 points and are currently averaging 39.4 points per game - which projects to 433 points for the season ... The 1999 Rose Bowl team holds the school records for most points scored in a season (409) and points per game average (37.2).
* PK Mike Biselli kicked three field goals last Saturday at Arizona, raising his career total to 30 ... He is sixth on Stanford's all-time list ... In PATs, Biselli now has 111 and is third all-time ... He is also seventh in career scoring with 201 points.
* Backup running backs Kenneth Tolon and Justin Faust received their first extensive playing time last week in the absence of Kerry Carter ... Both responded with impressive performances ... Tolon carried 12 times for 100 yards and one TD, including a TD 71-yard run, while Faust gained 45 yards on 13 carries.
* Stanford leads the Pac-10 in time of possession ... The Cardinal are averaging 34:23 per game.
* Stanford leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalty yards per game (39.1) ... The Cardinal has led the conference in this category in each of the last five seasons ... Last season, Stanford led the league in fewest penalties (64), fewest penalty yards (471) and fewest penalty yards per game (42.8).
Stanford Football Team Notes
NFL Ties: Stanford has six players on its current roster with fathers who played in the NFL and three others with brothers who played in the NFL ... Those with NFL dads include CB Garry Cobb (father, Garry, played 11 seasons with the Lions, Eagles and Cowboys), CB Ryan Fernandez (father David, Kansas City Chiefs), WRs Jamien and Justin McCullum (father, Sam, played in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Seahawks and Vikings), TE Alex Smith (father, Edwin, played for Broncos for four years) and CB Stanley Wilson (father, Stanley, played six seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals) ... Three other players have brothers with NFL experience, including SS Colin Branch (brother Calvin), WR Teyo Johnson (brothers Ahmani and Riall) and OG Dustin Stimson (brother Nate).
In the Classroom: Stanford has 50 players on its current roster who are members of the National Honor Society ... Twelve players have been recognized as National Merit Scholars and 10 players have been honored as National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes.
Two-Sport Athletes: Stanford has eight two-sport athletes on the football team ... WR Teyo Johnson is a member of the Cardinal basketball team, TE Darin Naatjes is on the Stanford baseball team while six other athletes participate in track, including RB Brian Allen, WR Brandon Royster, WR Nick Sebes, DE Will Svitek, CB Leigh Torrence and CB Stanley Wilson.
Sibling Rivalry: The Cardinal has six players on its roster with siblings who are or were student-athletes at Stanford ... QB Chris Lewis' sister, Robyn, is a senior setter on Stanford's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team ... C Zack Quaccia's brother, Luke, played baseball at Stanford in 1996 and `97, WR Teyo Johnson's brother, Riall, played football at Stanford from 1997-2000 and freshman WR Gerren Crochet's brother, Damien, played football on The Farm from `92-95 ... The other two are, of course, the McCullums, freshman Justin and senior Jamien.
NFL Head Coaches: Sixteen current or former NFL head coaches have spent time on The Farm as a head or assistant coach for Stanford, including six who are presently head coaches in the National Football League ... The current NFL head coaches with Stanford experience include Denny Green with the Minnesota Vikings (assistant at Stanford in 1977, `78, `80 and head coach from `89-91), Brian Billick of the Baltimore Ravens (Stanford assistant from 89-91), Jim Fassel with the New York Giants (Stanford assistant from `79-83), Jim Mora with the Indianapolis Colts (Stanford assistant in 1967), George Siefert with the Carolina Panthers (Stanford assistant from `72-74 and `77-79) and Dick Vermeil with the Kansas City Chiefs (Stanford assistant from `65-68) ... The list of others who have coached at Stanford and been head NFL coaches includes Frankie Albert (San Francisco 49ers, 1956-58), Phil Bengsten (Green Bay Packers, 1968-70), Monte Clarke (49ers, 1976, Detroit Lions `78-84), Rod Dowhower (Baltimore Colts, 1985), Ray Handley (New York Giants, 1991-92), Norb Hecker (Atlanta Falcons, 1966-68), John Ralston (Denver Broncos, 1972-76), Bill Walsh (San Francisco 49ers, 1979-88), Mike White (Oakland Raiders, 1995-96) and Paul Wiggin (Kansas City Chiefs, 1975-77).
Musical Cards: Several Stanford players are very accomplished in the arts, particularly music and dance ... The list includes Eric Heitmann (pianist, composes his own music), Kwame Harris (played piano for 11 years, played violin in high school orchestra), David Bergeron (A Capella Choir, performed at Carnegie Hall), Kerry Carter (R&B dance group performed throughout Canada), Kirk Chambers (choir), Evan Combs (high school orchestra), O.J. Oshinowo (jazz band, wind symphony orchestra) and Jared Newberry (choir).
International Cardinal: Stanford's roster is dotted with players from around the nation and the world ... Three players are of Nigerian deent: Chijioke Asomugha, O.J. Atogwe and O.J. Oshinowo ... OT Kwame Harris was born in Jamaica , RB Brian Allen is of Jamaican decent and DE Will Svitek was born in the Czech Republic ... RB Kerry Carter was born in Trinidad and Tobago and is a Canadian citizen while DE Louis Hobson is also a Canadian citizen.