Stanford Hosts No. 9 Trojans Of USC
Nov. 3, 2002
The Cardinal: Stanford (2-6, 1-4) will attempt to snap a two-game losingstreak on Saturday when it hosts No. 9 USC (6-2, 4-1) at Stanford Stadium ...The Cardinal, which has lost its last two games to UCLA and Oregon, has beatenthe Trojans in each of the past three years ... USC is currently tied withArizona State for second place in the Pac-10, one game behind conference leaderWashington State (5-0) ... The Trojans, who had a bye last Saturday, have wonthree straight and four of their last five ... USC's last game (Oct. 26) resultedin a 44-33 win at Oregon ... Saturday's game with the Trojans will be broadcastlive on ABC on the West Coast only ... The Cardinal then conclude the 2002season with a home game vs. Oregon State on Nov. 16 and the Big Game vs. Californiain Berkeley on Nov. 23.
Stanford-USC Series : Stanford has won three straight over USC and will attempt to run its winning streak over the Trojans to four for only the second time in series history ... The only other time Stanford beat USC in four consecutive games was the first four games in the series (1905, 1911, 1912, 1913) ... The last three Cardinal victories have been decided by a total of 11 points ... Stanford had three other three-game winning streaks over USC, those coming from 1933-35, 1940-42 and 1955-57 ... Recently, the series has been dominated by down-to-the-wire contests ... Six of the last eight games between the schools has been decided by seven points or less, including each of the last three years ... A year ago, the Cardinal jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, then held on as the Trojans mounted a comeback that fell short in a 21-16 Cardinal victory ... The last time the two teams met at Stanford Stadium (10/21/00) the game ended in Cardinal touchdown on the final play ... Chris Lewis came off the bench to hit Jamien McCullum on a 20-yard pass play with no time left on the clock to give the Cardinal a 32-30 win ... RB Kerry Carter ran for 123 yards and tied a school record by scoring four rushing touchdowns ... USC leads the all-time series 53-28-3 in a series that dates back to 1905 (the teams have met annually since 1946) ... Since 1991, the Cardinal is 6-5 vs. USC, including a 3-2 record at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford-USC Ties: Stanford has seven members of its team and staff who have tiesto USC, including two players, four coaches and one member of its support staff ... Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, Co-Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker,running backs coach Wayne Moses and offensive line coach Steve Morton have allspent time on the Trojan sideline as assistant coaches ... Sanford has thedeepest roots with USC ... A 1978 graduate of USC, Sanford was a backup quarterbackand safety fo the Trojans from 1973-76 and was a member of some of the finestteams in USC history ... He was a reserve quarterback on the Trojan's 1973and '74 Rose Bowl teams and a safety on USC's Rose Bowl team in 1976 ... TheTrojans won the national championship in 1974 ... He began his coaching careeras a graduate assistant at USC in 1977 and returned to the Trojans as the widereceivers coach from 1989-96 ... Banker was a defensive assistant at USC in1996 ... Morton coached tight ends and the offensive line in 1999 and 2000and Moses was the Trojan's running backs coach last season (2001) ... Cardinalplayers Marcus McCutcheon and Garry Cobb also have ties to the USC program ...Cobb's father, Garry, was a three-year letterwinner at USC from 1976-78 beforemoving on to an 11-year career in the NFL ... McCutcheon is the brother ofTrojan great Daylon, a four-year letterwinner from 1995-98 ... Gurjot Dhaliwal,an assistant video director, was a member of the Trojan football team from 1994-98 ... He earned a letter in '98 as a tight end.
Hall of Fame: Ten former Stanford student-athletes will be inducted in the StanfordUniversity Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend ... The induction ceremony willbe held Friday, November 8 ... The 10-member Class of 2002 will be honoredat halftime of Saturday's game with USC ... The inductees include James Bergeson(water polo), George Haines (women's swimming coach), Ceci Hopp (track/cross country),Dan Goldie (tennis), Jon Louis (gymnastics), Jon Root (volleyball), Wendi Rush(volleyball), Ed Sprague (baseball), Katy Steding (basketball) and Roger Stillwell(football)
The Head Coach: Forty-five year old Eugene Francis 'Buddy' Teevens IIItook over the helm of the Cardinal football program on January 9, 2002 after a23-year coaching career, including 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach ...Teevens spent the last three seasons at Florida under Steve Spurrier as the AssistantOffensive Coordinator and tight ends coach ... He has previously held headcoaching positions at the University of Maine (1985-86), Dartmouth College - hisalma mater (1987-91) and Tulane (1992-96) ... Teevens was the offensive coordinatorat the University of Illinois in 1997-98 before moving on to Florida in 1999 ...He is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth ... Teevens has also had assistant coachingstints at Depauw University (1979-80) and Boston University (1981-84) ... Whileat Florida, Teevens was part of one of the most successful programs in collegefootball ... During his three seasons (1999-2001) in Gainesville, the Gatorswent 29-9, played in three bowl games and finished ranked among the top 12 inthe nation each season.
The (Redshirt) Freshman Class: Seven freshmen - five redshirt freshmen and twotrue freshmen - have become integral parts of the young Cardinal defense ...Three of the redshirt freshmen and one true freshman have started this seasonwhile the other true freshman has made an immediate impact ... Redshirt freshmenOLB's Jon Alston and Michael Craven and NT Babatunde Oshinowo have all spent timein the starting lineup this season while true freshman Julian Jenkins made hisstarting debut at UCLA on Oct. 26 ... Craven started the first four games atOLB while Alston has started the last four ... Oshinowo, who had two sacks vs.Arizona on Oct. 19, started game four at Notre Dame ... Redshirt freshmen Casey Carroll and Michael Lovelady have been key reserves on the Cardinal's defensiveline ... True freshmen CB T.J. Rushing is Stanford's No. 3 cornerback and hasbeen a key member of the Cardinal's secondary in 2002.
Chris Lewis: Junior Chris Lewis did not play for the second consecutive game lastSaturday at Oregon and his status for this week's game at USC is uncertain ...Lewis suffered a bruised shoulder in Stanford's Oct. 19 game with Arizona ...He has missed three games this season (Boston College, UCLA, Oregon) and beenlimited in several others due to injury ... Lewis moved into the school's all-timetop-10 list for career touchdown passes when he threw the 25th TD pass of hiscareer vs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ... He is currently tied for ninth in the Cardinalrecord book with Randy Fasani (1998-01) and Mike Cordova (1973-76) ... Nextup is Stanford great Bobby Garrett (1951-53), who threw 28 TD passes in his All-Americancareer ... Lewis connected with tight end Alex Smith on a 12-yard scoring playin the first quarter against the Wildcats for the game's only touchdown ...Lewis has played in 21 games in his Cardinal career and started 12 ... He hasthrown for 3,168 yards in his career, and is 569 yards away from Stanford's all-timetop 10 ... Lewis was the Cardinal's backup quarterback the past two seasons ... He started seven games in 2000 and 2001 (because of injuries to starterRandy Fasani) and threw for 2,456 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 182-of-367 ... Lewis also had his time in the spotlight during the '00 and '01 campaigns ... He threw last-second, game-winning touchdowns in 2000 vs. Texas and USC,and a year ago, he went 3-1 as a starter while leading Stanford to wins over No.4 Oregon and No. 5 UCLA on consecutive weeks ... It was Lewis' play duringa five-game stretch last season when Fasani went down with an injury that helpedthe Cardinal finish 9-3 and ranked 16th in the country.
Kyle Matter: Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Matter (Newhall, CA/Hart High School) started his second straight game and third of the season last Saturday at Oregon ... Matter also started the season opener at Boston College and at UCLA on Oct. 26 ... He has seen significant playing time in 2002, not only as a starter but coming off the bench as well ... He has played in seven of Stanford's eight games (did not play against Notre Dame) ... He has completed 64-of-114 (.561) passes for 726 yards and three touchdowns thus far in 2002 ... Against Arizona (Oct. 19), Matter completed 7-of-10 for 71 yards in a relief role ... He lead the Cardinal on two long drives - a 13-play, 64-yard drive that took 5:56 off the clock and a 19-play, 83-yard drive that consumed 9:06 in the fourth quarter ... He completed 7-of-14 for 56 yards the week before against Washington State (Oct. 12) ... Against Arizona State (Sept. 28), Matter completed 7-of-14 for 86 yards and one TD - a six-yard pass to Teyo Johnson ... He came off the bench vs. San Jose State and completed 7-of-8 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown while rushing three times for 31 yards and another touchdown ... He led the Cardinal to five touchdown drives against the Spartans, including a 12-yard TD run and a four-yard scoring pass to Johnson ... He made his collegiate debut September 7 in the season opener at Boston College ... Matter was effective in completing 17-of-27 for 244 yards and one touchdown ... He also scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run ... He had pass completions of 42-yards to Luke Powell in the first quarter and 80-yards to Johnson in the second quarter ... Matter redshirted the 2001 campaign as a true freshman ... He came to Stanford as one of the most highly recruited preps in the nation following the 2000 season ... He was a consensus Prep All-American after completing 287-of-439 for 3,754 yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior season ... SuperPrep Magazine rated him as the fifth best QB prospect in the nation and No. 30 on its list of the country's Elite 50 recruits ... Matter led Hart High School to a 26-2 record as the team's starting quarterback in 1999 and 2000.
Defending the Run: The Cardinal defense continues to improve on its run defense ... Over the past four games, Stanford has limited opponents to under 100 yardsrushing per game and less than three yards per carry - a significant improvementfrom the first four games of the year ... After the first four, Cardinal opponentswere avearging 134 yards rushing and 3.9 yards per carry while scoring eight TDson the ground ... In the last four games, Stanford is giving up 97.5 yardsrushing per game, 2.8 yards per carry and only four rushing touchdowns.
Young on Defense: A quick look at Stanford's starting defensive unit in last week's game against Oregon would find one redshirt freshman, five sophomores, two juniors and three seniors ... Of the 11 starters, only DT Matt Leonard and FS Colin Branch had significant playing time last season ... Seven of Stanford's 11 starters in last Saturday's game saw limited or no playing time during the 2001 season ... Stanford's two-deep depth chart this week includes 14 freshmen or sophomores (seven each) and eight juniors and seniors (four each).
Top Tacklers: Eleven of Stanford's top 16 tacklers are either freshman or sophomores ... Of the top 16 on this week's list, three are seniors (Colin Branch, MattLeonard, Trey Freeman), two are juniors (Jake Covault, Louis Hobson), six ar sophomores,three are redshirt freshman and two are true freshman ... So. Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the team with 51 total tackles, followed by Branch, with 47 and Covaultwith 46 followed by four sophomores and two freshmen.
Tolon's Time: Redshirt sophomore running back Kenneth Tolon is among the team'stop running backs with 323 yards rushing and is tops on the team with four rushingtouchdowns ... His 5.5 yards per carry is also second on the team to Casey Moore's 6.8 average ... Tolon, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been impressivewhen given the ball ... A year ago, when injuries to the Cardinal backfieldprovided Tolon with an opportunity to play, he was indeed impressive as he rushedfor 346 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries (6.4 ypc) ... In his briefcareer, Tolon has gained 670 yards and scored six touchdowns on 110 carries whilesporting an impressive 6.1 yards per carry average ... After not playing inthe season opener at Boston College, Tolon rushed for 47 yards and scored twoTDs on just four carries in game two vs. San Jose State ... The next week atArizona State, he carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards ... Against WashingtonState, he gained 89 yards and scored one TD on 14 carries ... He had 44 yardson just nine carries last week at UCLA ... Tolon came to Stanford as a First-TeamAll-State running back from Valley HS.
Two-Sport Teyo: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Teyo Johnson has earned the reputationas one of the top two sport athletes in the nation ... A power forward on Stanford'snationally-ranked basketball team the past two years, Johnson is in his secondseason as a receiver after coming to Stanford as one of the most highly-toutedprep quarterbacks in the nation from Mira Mesa High School in the San Diego area ... Johnson was a redshirt freshman QB at Stanford in 2000, but was moved towide receiver for the 2001 season ... At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, the veryathletic Johnson has proven to be a difficult matchup for opposing defenses ...He wound up catching 38 balls for 565 yards (14.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns in2001 and was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year ... He was onthe Biletnikoff Award 'Watch List' for the 2002 season ... He beganthe 2002 campaign by catching four balls for 117 yards and one TD in the seasonopener at Boston College ... He scored the team's first TD of the year on aseven-yard pass from Kyle Matter ... Earlier in the drive, Matter and Johnsonhooked up on an 80-yard pass play, the longest reception of Johnson's career ...Against San Jose State, Johnson caught seven passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns ... He caught a pair of four-yard TD passes, the first from Chris Lewis inthe second quarter and the second from Kyle Matter in the fourth quarter ...Johnson caught five passes, including one for a touchdown, at Arizona State onSept. 28 ... He scored Stanford's only touchdown at Notre Dame on Oct. 5, catchinga 14-yard pass from Lewis ... Johnson has caught touchdown passes in six ofthe last nine games (including five of eight in 2002 and the 2001 Seattle Bowl)and 12 of the 20 games in which he has played ... In his last 15 regular seasongames, Johnson has caught 60 passes for 799 yards (13.3 ypc) and 11 touchdowns ... In basketball, Johnson started 11 games for Stanford last year after thefootball season concluded in late December ... He is a potential starter forthe Cardinal in 2002-03.
More Moore: Fifth-year senior fullback Casey Moore began the season by rushingfor 255 yards on 39 carries (6.6 ypc) through the first four games of the year ... But a foot injury has limited Moore over the last four games ... AgainstOregon on Saturday, he carried the ball four times for 62 yards, including a 43-yarder ... In the three previous games (Washington State, Arizona, UCLA), Moore waslimited to six carries and 17 yards rushing ... Moore, who started his 41stconsecutive game against Oregon on Saturday, has rushed for a 334 yards on 49carries ... His 6.8 yards per carry average is among the best in the nationfor a fullback ... Against Arizona State on September 28, Moore tied his careerbest by rushing for 116 yards on 11 carries for the second 100-yard rushing dayof his career ... He also gained 116 yards in the 1999 Big Game vs. California ... Moore scored Stanford's first two touchdowns against ASU, the first ona two-yard reception from Chris Lewis and the second on a 68-yard run ... Hecarried the ball nine times for 65 yards against San Jose State after openingthe season with a 10-carry, 58-yard effort at Boston College ... Throughouthis career, Moore has been productive when given the ball ... He has gained885 yards (on 149 carries) and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground in his careerand his average of 5.9 yards per carry is the best in school history for a fullback ... He has also caught 46 passes for four TDs ... In the 1999 Big Game vs.California, Moore scored on a 94-yard touchdown run, the second longest in schoolhistory ... He has also scored on runs of 68 yards (2002 vs. ASU) and 49 yards(1999 vs. Arizona) ... At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Moore is effective as an insiderunner, receiver and blocker.
Moore Among Top Cardinal FB's: Put Casey Moore in the list of the best fullbacks in Cardinal history ... Moore, who has started 41 consecutive games for Stanford, has rushed for 947 yards, caught 46 passes and scored 13 touchdowns in his career ... Some of the great Cardinal fullbacks of recent history include two who are currently playing in the NFL: Jon Ritchie for the Oakland Raiders and Greg Comella for the Tennessee Titans ... Both Ritchie and Comella played their final season at Stanford in 1997 ... Ritchie was a third round draft pick (by the Raiders) while Comella was a free agent who played for the New York Giants from 1998-2001 ... Tommy Vardell is the only fullback in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (Cleveland Browns).
Moore's Big Plays: Casey Moore has spent the past four years quietly starting41 straight games at fullback and making big plays ... His career average of6.2 yards per rush is testimony to his big play performance ... He has scored15 touchdowns in his career, including TD rund from 94-, 68- and 49- yards out... Moore has accounted for 15 plays of 18 yards or more in his career.
Alex Smith: Before the 2002 campaign, sophomore Alex Smith was one of three talentedtight ends who figured to give the Cardinal one of the best trios in the conference ... But, after junior Darrin Naatjes signed a pro baseball contract beforefall camp began and injuries to starter Brett Pierce (suffered a season endinginjury in the season opener at Boston College) and freshman Matt Traverso, Smithnot only became the team's starter, but the only tight end on the roster ...And he has taken advantage of the opportunity ... Smith became the first Cardinaltight end in nine seasons to record over 100 receiving yards in a game when hecaught eight passes for 120 yards and one touchdown vs. Arizona on Oct. 19 ...Smith had 12 catches for 164 yards and a TD in consecutive games against WashingtonState and Arizona ... A native of Denver, Colo., Smith is now second on theteam with 23 receptions for 310 yards (13.5 average) and two touchdowns ...He has already equaled the most receptions for a Cardinal tight end since Greg Clark caught 23 in 1995 ... As a redshirt freshman in 2001, Smith played inall 11 games in a reserve role and caught one ball for 20 yards (vs. UCLA).
Luke Powell: FL/KR Luke Powell, a First-Team All-American kick returner in 2001,has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in college football ... Powell, a junior from Smyrna, Tennessee, has proven to be one of thoseplayers who can score anytime he touches the ball ... He is currently secondin school history with a 19.6 yards per reception average after recording 75 receptionsfor 1,470 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He is also No. 5 all-time at Stanfordwith a 12.1 average on punt returns (39 returns, 473 yards, one TD) ... Hewas second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 last season with a 16.0 punt returnaverage ... Throughout his career, Powell has exemplified the knack for makingbig plays ... He has caught 15 receptions of over 30 yards, including sevenover 50 ... Powell has been limited this season due to an ankle injury.
Kwame's The Name: Junior offensive tackle Kwame Harris is making his name knownthroughout the country as one of the top offensive linemen in college football ... Now in his third season at Stanford, Harris (6-foot-7, 308 pounds) enteredthe 2002 campaign as a bonafide All-America candidate and an Outland Trophy andLombardi Award prospect ... Harris came to Stanford in 2000 as one of the nation'sprized recruits from Newark High School in Delaware - and he has lived up to thoseexpectations ... He lettered as a true freshman in 2000 and moved into thestarting lineup in 2001 at right tackle, where he started all 12 games ...He was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season ... He entered the 2002 seasonon the Lombardi Award 'Watch List' ... He was rated No. 16 on ESPN'slist of the nation's top 100 players ... Street & Smith's Magazine namedHarris the top NFL prospect in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2002 ... He hasstarted the last 20 games for the Cardinal at right tackle.
Offensive Line: In addition to Harris, Stanford returned all-conference linemanGreg Schindler at one guard position and OT Kirk Chambers along with fifth-yearsenior guard Paul Weinacht, giving Stanford an experienced and talented offensiveline ... Schindler was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago and receivedpre-season Second-Team All-American recognition from Street & Smith's headinginto the 2002 campaign ... He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineupin 39 of the last 43 games from 1999-2002 ... Chambers is a 23-year old juniorwho has started all 31 games at left tackle since returning from a Mormon Missionin 2000 ... He was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 pick last year ... Weinachtplayed a key role as a reserve before moving into the starting lineup on a full-timebasis in 2002 ... He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 19 againstArizona and was replaced in the lineup by junior Dustin Stimson ... The SportingNews ranked Stanford's offensive line as the 10th best in the nation enteringthe 2002 campaign.
Carter Among All-Time Rushers: Senior running back Kerry Carter is seventh onStanford's all-time rushing list with 1,851 career yards ... Carter passedRay Handley (1963-65) with 1,768 yards and Tommy Vardell (1988-91) with 1,789career rushing yards in the Oct. 26 game at UCLA ... Carter currently leadsthe team in rushing with 336 yards on a team-leading 99 carries ... In hislast three games (Arizona, UCLA, Oregon), Carter has had a team-leading 61 carries ... Next up on the all-time rushing chart is Brian Allen (1998-2001), who rushedfor 2,117 yards in his career ... Carter rushed for 330 yards and six TDs astrue freshman in 1999, then followed that up with a team-leading 729 yards on179 carries in 2000 ... He gained 456 yards and scored nine touchdowns in aninjury-shortened 2001 campaign.
Carter Among Top TD Makers: Kerry Carter is also among the best in school historyin touchdowns and rushing touchdowns ... His one-yard TD plunge against UCLA(Oct. 26) added to his career numbers of 22 rushing touchdowns and 24 total touchdowns ... Carter ranks fourth in Cardinal history in rushing touchdowns and tiedfor seventh in total touchdowns ... Still ahead of Carter on the rushing TDchart is Darrin Nelson (1977-81), who is third all-time with 24 rushing touchdowns ... Carter is tied with DeRonnie Pitts (1997-2000) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92)on the career touchdown list
Strong Safety: A year ago as a redshirt freshman, Oshiomogho Atogwe played onspecial teams, recorded four total tackles, and waited his turn ... And now,in 2002, the sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is an integral part of theCardinal defense ... Atogwe has become perhaps the most active defensive playeron the team ... He leads the team with 51 total tackles and three interceptions ... He has also accounted for two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery (42-yardreturn vs. Washington State), four pass breakups, one quarterback sack and onetackle-for-loss ... A week ago at Oregon, he recorded a career-high 13 tackleswhile intercepting his third pass of the year ... Atogwe, who also runs the100 meters and competes in the long and triple jump for the Cardinal track team,has three years of eligibility remaining.
The Punter: Junior Eric Johnson has seen his punting average continue to rise since he was the team's part time punter in 2000 ... Johnson, from Antioch, Calif., moved into the starting lineup a year ago after sharing the job in '00 ... In 25 punts during the 2000 season, Johnson averaged 34.0 yards per punt ... Those numbers improved to 38.1 as he became the team's No. 1 punter in 2001 ... Now, Johnson has seen his average rise to 41.1 (34 punts, 1,398 yards) in 2002 ... Last Saturday at Oregon, he turned in one of his best games: six punts, 284 yards, 47.3 average and two punts inside the 20 yard line.
Media Alert: Stanford and Cal will hold a joint press conference for the 105thBig Game on Monday, November 18 at Perry's Restaurant on Union Street in San Francisco ... Players and coaches from each team will be in attendance.
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