Stanford Tries To Keep Bowl Hopes Alive In Corvallis
Nov. 9, 2003
Game #9 - Stanford (4-4,2-4) at Oregon State (6-3,3-2)
November 15, Reser Stadium, 1:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford is now on a two-game winning streak after beatingArizona State on Saturday, 38-27 at Stanford Stadium ...The Cardinal is now4-4 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10 with three regular season games remaining ...Oregon State enters this week's game with a 6-3 record and a 3-2 league mark...The Beavers had an open date last Saturday (Nov.8)and are coming off a bigwin at Arizona in their last game (52-23 on Nov.1)... Stanford leads the overallseries with OSU 46-20-3, but the Beavers have won the last two meetings withthe Cardinal and four of the last six ...Stanford will close out the regular seasonwith two home games:the 106th Big Game vs.Cal on Nov.22 and a Nov.29date with Notre Dame.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-Oregon State game will not be televised live... Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast a tape--delay on Sunday,Nov.16 at 1:00 pm ... Stanford''s flagship radio station,Talk 910 KNEW,will carry thegame live with Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy ... The pre-game show be-gins at 12:30 pm ... Live game audio and live in--game stats are available atwww.gostanford.com ... In addition,,the Stanford Farm Report is broadcastevery Saturday at 8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.
Bowl Eligible: At 4-4,Stanford needs to win two of its last three games tobecome bowl eligible ...The Cardinal is the only team in the Pac-10 to have just11 games scheduled and a minimum six wins will make Stanford eligible to playin post-season bowl game ... Stanford''s final three games include this week'sgame at Oregon State and home dates with Cal and Notre Dame ...The Pac-10Conference has committments wth six bowl games, including the Rose, Holiday, Sun, Insight, Las Vegas and Silicon Valley.
The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in his second seasonat Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach on January 9,2002 ...Teevens ' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanford included 12 seasons as ahead coach ...A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College,he had previously heldthe head coaching position at the University of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane ...Teevens spent three seasons at Florida (1999-2001)working under Steve Spurrier ...Teevens was the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth for five years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
Stanford-Arizona State Game Notes
Youth Be Served: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation ... Con-sider that of the Cardinal's 94 players,47 are either true or redshirt freshman ...Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors on its 2003 roster ...The Cardinalhas a true freshman class of 30 and a redshirt freshman class of 17.
Atogwe's Way: In his second season in the starting lineup,junior Oshiomog-ho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one of the Cardinal's defensiveleaders,but one of the top safeties in the Pac-10 Conference ...As a strong safe-ty in 2002,Atogwe led the team with 71 total tackles,three interceptions andthree forced fumbles ...After making the switch to free safety,Atogwe is onceagain a force for the Stanford defense ... He currently leads the team in totaltackles and has been the most active player on the Cardinal defense ... He hasrecorded 63 total tackles,two interceptions,five forced fumbles,four fumblerecoveries,seven pass break ups and two tackles for loss ...Against USC (Oct.11),he scored his first career TD when he stripped Trojan return man MarcelAllmond on a kickoff return and raced 22-yards to the end zone ... He alsohad 12 tackles vs.the Trojans ...Against Washington a week later (Oct.18),he posted 12 tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble,fumble recov-ery and pass break up ... He had six total tackles,,a forced fumble and fumblerecovery at Oregon (Oct.25)and vs.UCLA (Nov.1),he led the team with eighttotal tackles while also recording one pass break up and one fumble recovery ...He turned in another outstanding game a week ago against Arizona State as hetallied 11 tackles,forced two fumbles,had two pass break-ups one tacklke forloss ...Atogwe has put himeself in position for post-season honors.Rush Defense:Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the top eightmarks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in a single game ... Inthe season opener,the Cardinal allowed San Jose State just nine net yards rush-
2003 Stanford Cardinal Football Notebook
Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion as hecaught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs.San Jose State ... He continues to be one of Stanford''s top offensive threats andone of the most dangerous players in college football ... He leads the team with34 receptions for 386 yards and two receiving touchdowns through eight games... He also has 31 punt returns for 278 yards and one TD,,that coming againstUCLA on Nov.1 ... Powell returned a punt 90--yards for a touchdown againstthe Bruins,which goes in the record book as the second longest in school his-tory ... He also had a 68--yard return at BYU ... Powell,,who was limited lastyear with an ankle injury,recorded career highs in both receptions and receivingyards against San Jose State in the season opener ... His 12 catches tied for theninth best single game performance in school history while his 172 receivingyards ranked tied for 15th ... He caught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yardsout from quarterback Trent Edwards against the Spartans,giving him 13 careerreceiving TDs ... Powell now has 117 career receptions for 1,946 yards and 15touchdowns (13 by receiving,two punt returns)... His 16.6 yards per receptionaverage is ninth on Stanford's all-time list ...A former First-Team All-American(as a KOR in 2001),Powell is the only player in school history to have threetouchdown receptions of 75 yards or more ...He also has 18 catches over 30yards in his career,which include two from 50-59 yards and two others from60-69 yards ...As a kick returner,he is among the school 's all-time best in puntreturns (78),punt return yards (831)and punt return average (10.7).
Powell Nearing Top-10: Senior Luke Powell needs 193 yards in all-purposerunning to move into the school's all-time top-10 ... Powell currently has 2,872in all-purpose running ... No..10 on the list is Ryan Wells,who gained 3,065yards during his career (1999-2002)... Powell has gained 1,946 yards in receiv-ing yards,831 in punt returns,64 on kickoff returns and 31 rushing yards.Captain Kirk:The leader of the Cardinal 's offensive line is also the onlyplayer with starting experience heading into the 2003 campaign -senior KirkChambers ...With a young and inexperienced offensive line,Chambers is theunquestioned leader of a group that will need his maturity and knowledge tohelp it develop into a quality unit ... Chambers,,who is the oldest player on theteam at 24,has started all 42 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting todo what few players in school history have accomplished -and that 's to startevery game ... He has been the team 's No.1 left tackle the past four seasons(2000-03)...After an All-American prep career at Provo High School,Cham-bers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998 and '99 seasons on a MormonMission in Berlin,Germany ... He married Marilyn Ord on June 23,,2001 andthe couple gave birth to their first child,Marianne Deniece,on July 7,2003.Tolon's Tale:Junior running back Kenneth Tolon surpassed the 1,000 yardmark vs.USC on October 11 ...Tolon,from Albuquerque,NM,has now gained1,148 yards on 248 carries (4.6 ypc)... In back--to-back games vs.BYU and Washington,he carried the Cardinal running game on his back as he has record-ed 61 carries for 228 yards and one TD ... In those two games,,all other Cardi-nal running backs had six carries for 15 yards ... He established career bests incarries (32)and yards rushing (141)at BYU on Sept.20 ...Tolon became theteam's top offensive threat against the Cougars,gaining 141 of the team's 144yards on the ground and accounting for more than half of Stanford's 200 yardsin total offense ... His 32 carries were also the most on The Farm since the BigGame in 1991,when Tommy Vardell set a school record with 39 carries ...His 141 yards rushing were the most at Stanford since Brian Allen gained 143vs.Arizona in 2001 ... A week later at Washington,,he carried 29 times for 87yards ... He carried the ball 24 times for 87 yards against UCLA ... He is fourthon the team with 13 receptions and he has five kickoff returns for 117 yards(23.4 average).
Lemon Takes Advantage: Sophomore running back J.R.Lemon has madethe most of his oportunities in 2003 ...With starter Kenneth Tolon limited inthe season opener against San Jose State,Lemon carried the day with a careerbest 18 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns ... Lemon played a reserverole the past several weeks with Tolon getting the majority of the carries,butlast Saturday,with Tolon again slowed by injury,Lemon made the most of hisopportunity ... He wound up setting career bests again with 34 carries for 151yards and two toucdowns ...The 34 carries is tied for the fourth highest singlegame total in school history and his 151 yards gained was the most by a Cardi-nal back since Mike Mitchell in 1994 (179 yards vs.San Jose State)... In thosetwo games in which he was the primary ball carrier (San Jose State and ArizonaState),Lemon has rushed for 254 yards on 52 carries (4.9 ypc)while scoringfour touchdowns ... For the season,,Lemon has gained 361 yards and scored ateam leading four rushing touchdowns.
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned the start-ing quarterback assignment after his performance in the season opener vs.SanJose State on Sept.6 ...Three days later,head coach Buddy Teevens namedEdwards the team's starter ... Edwards,,who completed 21-of-37 for 278 yardsand two touchdowns against the Spartans,made his starting debut on September20 at BYU ... He led the team to an 18--14 victory,becoming the first fresh-man quarterback at Stanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrombeat Cornell in 1991 ... He has started the four games this season --vs.BYU,Washington,USC and Washington State ... He suffered a shoulder injury in thethird quarter against WSU on October 18 and did not return ...He did not playagainst Oregon and UCLA and came in in a reserve role against Arizona State... Edwards,,who redshirted as a true freshman in 2002,made his Cardinal debutvs.San Jose State in the season opener ... He came off the bench in relief ofstarter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points ... Againstthe Spartans,he threw touchdown passes of 20 and 30 yards to Luke Powell... In the second quarter,,in which the Cardinal outscored SJS 21-0,Edwardscompleted nine-of-11 for 130 yards and two TDs ... In his starting debut atBYU,Edwards scored the game winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51to play ...A second-year player from Los Gatos High School,Edwards came toStanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation ...He was ranked by some as the No.1 prep QB in the country in 2001 ... Dur-ing his junior and senior seasons,he completed 279-of-373 for 5,064 yards,58touchdowns and just seven interceptions ... His completion percentage was aneye-opening .747.
Lewis'Legacy: Fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis ,who has led the Cardinalto some of its most impressive victories in recent years,has started the pastthree games vs.Oregon,UCLA and Arizona State ... Lewis returned to thestarting lineup after Edwards was knocked out of the WSU game (Oct.18)...Against Oregon (Oct.25),Lewis completed 12-of-26 for 188 yards ... He was12-of-20 for 91 yards against UCLA,including a touchdown pass and the firstrushing TD of his career ... In Stanford''s 38-27 win over ASU (Nov.8),Lewiscompleted 18-of-34 for 279 yards and two touchdowns while also running foranother TD ... It was the second best passing day of his career,,surpassed onlyby his 390 yard effort in the 2001 Big Game vs.Cal ... Lewis started the seasonopener vs.San Jose State on September 6,but then gave way to Edwards as thestarter in the next four games ... Lewis did not play against BYU or Washing-ton,but came off the bench vs.USC and Washington State ... For his career,,has completed 315-636 for 3,925 yards and 30 TDs ... He is now No..8 all-timein career touchdown passes,No.9 in total offense (3,930 yards)and No.10 inpassing.
Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart will find twostarting tight ends -Brett Pierce and Alex Smith -and no fullback ...That'sbecause the Cardinal is utilizing its talented tight end corps in its 'basic'of-fensive formation ... Pierce is listed as one starting tight end with redshirtfreshman Matt Traverso No.2 ...At the other tight end spot,Smith's backupis true freshman Patrick Danahy ... Through eight games,Cardinal tight endshave accounted for 28 catches for 225 yards and five touchdowns ... Smithleads all tight ends with 20 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns,whilePierce has recorded six receptions for 61 yards and Traverso and Danahy eachhave one reception for one touchdown ...A year ago,Pierce and Traverso suf-fered through injury-riddled seasons while Smith came to the forefront to puttogether an outstanding year (30 receptions,380 yards,two TDs)as the team 'sonly true tight end ... Now,,both Pierce (ACL)and Traverso (ankle)are healthyand,combined with Smith and Danahy,helps give the Cardinal four talentedtight ends ... Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards and three TDs in 2001,,butsuffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener lastyear at Boston College ... Both Pierce and Smith received pre--season honors asbeing among the top tight ends in the conference and the nation ... Pierce,,whohas caught 33 passes in his career for 368 yards and three TDs,was a pre-seasonFirst-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-seasonAll-America honors.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal 's offensive line can be summed upin one word:young ...Senior Kirk Chambers is starting at left tackle for thefourth straight year,but the remaining starters are young and inexperienced ...Here were the hard facts prior to the 2003 campaign:of the 16 offensive line-man on the Stanford 's roster,12 (five true freshman,seven redshirt freshman)had never played for the Cardinal,two had seen limited playing time (seniorMike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head )and one (senior Drew Caylor )hadreceived some playing time as an offensive lineman,but had been a defensivelineman the past two years ... Chambers ((LT)and redshirt freshmen IsmailSimpson (LG)and Jeff Edwards (RG)have started all eight games for theCardinal ... Junior Brian Head started the first four games,,but has missed thelast four due to a knee injury,forcing converted defensive end Drew Caylor intothe starting role ... Head underwent knee surgery and will not return in 2003 ...Redshirt freshman Jon Cochran has started two games in place of senior MikeSullivan.
True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in 2003... Offensively,,FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles,Calif.),RB David Marrero(Parkland,Fla.),WR Evan Moore (Brea,Calif.)and TE Patrick Danahy (Sara-sota,Fla.)have all contributed this season ... On defense,,OLB Michael Okwo(Redondo Beach,Calif.),NT Nick Frank (New Orleans,LA)and SS BrandonHarrison (Baton Rouge,LA)have seen playing time in '03.
More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played,but they havemade significant contributions and become a major part of the 2003 Cardinal ...Mark Bradford has played in all eight games and started the past five ... He istied for second on the team with 20 receptions ...Evan Moore has caught eightballs for 150 yards and one touchdown while TE Patrick Danahy recorded hisfirst TD reception at USC (Oct.11)... RB David Marrero has carried the ball24 times for 64 yards and has shown flashes of what's to come ... He scored hisfirst TD as a Cardinal at USC on a nifty 15-yard run ...Michael Okwo,NickFrank and Brandon Harrison have contributed in a reserve role on defenseand on special teams.
True Freshman Receivers: Mark Bradford ,who established career bests atOregon (Oct.25)with seven catches for 153 yards,and Evan Moore ,give theCardinal two of the best true freshman receivers in the Pac-10 ... Bradford istied for second on the team with 20 receptions for 322 yards and his 16.1 aver-age leads the team ... Moore has eight catches for 150 yards and one TD..More Bradford:Mark Bradford's 20 receptions is the most in recorded his-tory for receptions by a true freshman receiver ... Bradford''s total surpassed the1993 numbers put up by Brian Manning ,who had 17 catches for 382 yardsand four touchdowns for the entire season ... Bradford''s 153 receiving yards atOregon was the first 100-plus receiving day by a true freshman receiver sinceManning in '93 ... In the last four games vs..Washington State,Oregon,UCLAand Arizona State,Bradford has been the team's top receiver with 14 catches for230 yards and one TD ...A 6-2,190-pounder from Fremont High School in LosAngeles,,Bradford was a consensus prep All-America last year and one of themost highly sough-after recruits in the nation.
Corner Trio: Stanford's three man rotation at cornerback continues to improveand become a force in the Pac-10 ... Juniors Leigh Torrence and StanleyWilson along with sophomore T.J.Rushing have provided the Cardinal withquality play in the defensive backfield ...Torrence is among the league leaderswith 11 pass breakups and is first among CBs on the team with 43 total tackles... Rushing,,who had five tackles and quarterback sack vs.Arizona State,has 27tackles and five breakups while Wilson has 19 tackles,one interception and fivebreakups ...The trio have shared the two cornerback position all season longwith Torrence starting seven games,Wilson five and Rushing four ...All threewill return for the Cardinal in 2004.
Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came to Stanfordin 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.... In his first three years as aCardinal,Newberry played inside linebacker,fullback,outside linebacker andspecial teams ... He started three games at OLB a year ago and his continuedimprovement earned him a starting role in 2003 ...After recording six tacklesand one tackle for loss October 11 at USC,he recorded a career-best 10 totalstops vs.Washington State the following week ...Against Oregon,he had eighttackles,two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack and against UCLA onNov.1,he added seven tackles,forced one fumble,had one pass break up,onesack anone tackle for loss ... Newberry,,who has started all eight games thisseason,is second on the team with 45 tackles ... He leads the team with ninetackles for loss.
Craven Returns to Lineup: Sophomore Michael Craven began his redshirtfreshman season in 2002 as a starter at outside linebacker,but after four gameshe was moved into a reserve role where he remained for the final seven games...After beginning the '03 season as a reserve for the first six games,the 6-1,230 pounder from La Quinta,Calif.,was inserted into the starting lineup againstUCLA on Nov.1 ...And Craven did not dissapoint as he accounted for seventackles,which included three tackles for loss and two sacks against the Bruins... For his efforts,,Craven was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week... He played well at Oregon on Oct..25 as he recorded five tackles in a reserverole ... Craven was a consensus First--Team Prep All-America in 2000 out of LaQuinta High School.
Gordon's Game: Junior Amon Gordon has played inside linebacker,defensiveend and defensive tackle the past three years,but may have found a home at de-fensive tackle in 2003 ...A starter last year at DE,Gordon,6-3,285 pounds fromSan Diego,Calif.,was converted to tackle last spring and has been impressive in2003 ...He leads all Cardinal defensive lineman wiht 24 total tackles ...He hasalso accounted for five tackles for loss,two quarterback sacks,three pass deflec-tions and one blocked kick ...Gordon is Stanford's most experienced defensivelineman with 15 career starts.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo ,nickname Baba,is prov-ing to be one of the best young,defensive lineman in the Pac-10 ... Now in hisfirst season as a starter,Oshinowo has made his presence known in the middleof the Cardinal's defensive line ... He is second among Cardinal defensivelineman with17 total tackles and he leads all lineman -and the team -with fourquarterback sacks ... He is tied for second on the team --first among linemen-with seven tackles for loss ...Against Washington,Oshinowo had five tack-les,including one sack and two tackles for loss ... He had three tackles,,whichincluded two sacks and two tackles for loss,against UCLA on Nov.1 ...A thirdyear player out of Naperville,Illinois,Oshinowo started one game and played inall 11 a year ago as a redshirt freshman,accounting for 23 tackles,six tackles forloss and three sacks.
Sack Attack: Stanford,which recorded a season high eight sacks vs.UCLA onNov.1,has recorded 20 for the season ...A year ago,Stanford had 24 sacks allyear ... NT Babatunde Oshinowo leads the team with four while OLBs JonAlston and Jared Newberry each have three.
About the Beavers: The Oregon State offensive attack begins with runningback Steven Jackson ,the Pac-10's leading rusher at 124.2 yards per game ...Jackson has gained 1,118 yards and scored 12 TDs this season while averagingalmost 30 carries per game ... Quarterback Derek Anderson has been effectiveas well,completing 159-of-324 for 2,597 yards and 15 touchdowns ... His fa-vorite receiver has been James Newsom,who has caught 54 balls for 944 yards(17.5 ypc)and two TDs ... Defensively,,OSU is ranked first in the conference intotal defense,giving up just 306 yards per game ... LB Richard Siegler leadsthe Beavers with 65 total tackles and is among the conference leaders with 15.5tackles for loss
Stanford-Oregon State Series: The Beavers have won the last two meetingswith Stanford,three of the last four and four of the last six,but the Cardinal stillleads the overall series 46-20-3 ... Oregon State beat Stanford 38--6 at ReserStadium in 2000 and 31-21 last year at Stanford Stadium ... In a series thatbegan in 1919,the Cardinal,which won the first 11 games against Oregon Statefrom 1919-36,has enjoyed great success against the Beavers ... From 1969--87,Stanford went 17-2 vs.Oregon State ... Since then,,however,the series has beenmuch more competitive with the Cardinal going 8-5-1 vs.OSU from 1988-2002.Last Year's Game:Stanford saw a 21-3 lead evaporate as the Beavers scored 28unanswered points to take home a 31-21 win at Stanford Stadium ... QB KyleMatter threw touchdown passes to Luke Powell (49-yards)and Casey Moore(31-yards)and Kerry Carter added a one-yard TD plunge to put the Cardinalon top 21-3 late in the first half ... But,,the Beavers,behind Steve Jackson 's 230rushing yards,came back with a strong second half to record the win ... Jacksonbegan the comeback when he took the first play of the second half 58 yards for atouchdown,narrowing the Cardinal lead to 21-13.
Head Coach Mike Riley: Mike Riley returned to Oregon State in 2003 forhis second tour of duty as the Beaver's head coach ... Riley,,who coached OSUin 1997 and '98,spent three years as the San Diego Chargers head coach from1999-2001 ... He was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints last yearbefore returning to Corvallis ... In his previous stint,,Riley led OSU to a 3-8record in '97 and 5-6 in '98,the best record in 27 years at Oregon State.