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Nov. 16, 2003

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Game #10 - California (6-6, 4-3) at Stanford (4-5, 2-5)
November 22, Stanford Stadium, 12:30 pm
The 106th Big Game

The Cardinal: Stanford's two-game winning streak came to an end onSaturday when the Cardinal lost at Oregon State to run its record to4-5 overall and 2-5 in th Pac-10. Stanford will host California inthe 106th playing of one of the oldest and most storied rivalries incollege football. The Bears enter the game with a 6-6 record and a4-3 conference mark. Both teams are still in the bowl picture withCal needing one win to become bowl eligible and the Cardinal needingto win its final two games to reach post-season play. In fact, thiswill be the first Big Game since 1996 in which both teams are stillin the bowl picture. Cal won last year's Big Game to snap Stanford'sBig Game winning streak at seven. The Cardinal, however, has wonseven of the last eight games with Cal and 11 of the last 14.Stanford has also won the last four Big Games played at StanfordStadium. A crowd of over 70,000 is expected.

Media Coverage: The 106th Big Game between Stanford and Cal will bebroadcast live on KGO (ABC local) in the Bay Area. The game willalso be part of ESPN's GamePlan on a national basis (pay-per-view).Fox Sports Bay Area will broadcast the game on a tape delay basis onMonday, November 24 at 9:30 am and again on Wednesday, November 26 at12:00 pm . Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, willcarry the game live with Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy. The pre-gameshow begins at 11:00 pm. Live game audio and live in-game stats areavailable at www.gostanford.com. In addition, the Stanford FarmReport is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.

What's At Stake: For the first time since the 1996 season, bothStanford and Cal enter Big Game week with bowl aspirations. Theloser of Saturday's game will be eliminated from post-seasonconsideration. A Cal win will make the Bears bowl eligible while aStanford win will put the Cardinal one win away from bowlconsideration. In '96, Stanford entered the game with a 5-5 recordand needed a win to advance to a bowl game while the Bears were 6-4and had already become bowl eligible. Stanford beat Cal 42-21 tofinish 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10, sending them to the SunBowl. The Bears also finished 6-5 and went on to play in the AlohaBowl.

Bowl Eligible: At 4-5, Stanford needs to win its last two games tobecome bowl eligible. The Cardinal is the only team in the Pac-10 tohave just 11 games scheduled and a minimum six wins will makeStanford eligible to play in post-season bowl game. Stanford mustbeat both Cal and Notre Dame to be considered for a post-season bowlgame. The Pac-10 Conference has committments wth six bowl games,including the Rose, Holiday, Sun, Insight, Las Vegas and SiliconValley.

Big Game Events
Nov. 17 Press Conference Perry's Restaurant 11:00 am
Nov. 17 Bear-ial White Plaza 12:00 pm
Nov. 18 Big Game Countdown White Plaza 2:00 am
Nov. 19 Guardsman Luncheon Fairmont Hotel-SF 11:30 am
Nov. 19 Gaities Memorial Auditorium 7:30 pm
Nov. 20 Big Game Bonfire Rally Arrillaga Plaza 7:00 pm
Nov. 20 Gaities Memorial Auditorium 8:30 pm
Nov. 21 Council of Chiefs Sheraton Palo Alto 7:00 am
Nov. 21 Gaities Memorial Auditorium 7:30 pm
Nov. 22 Big Splash - Water Polo Avery Aquatics Center 10:00 am

The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in his secondseason at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach onJanuary 9, 2002. Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanfordincluded 12 seasons as a head coach. A 1979 graduate of DartmouthCollege, he had previously held the head coaching position at theUniversity of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. Teevens spent threeseasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier. Teevenswas the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth forfive years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).

Stanford-Oregon State Game Notes

  • Stanford's two-game winning streak came to end

  • The Beavers extending their winning streak over the Cardinal to three

  • Oregon State held Stanford to a season low (-12) yards rushing and133 yards in total offense

  • The Beavers gained 663 yards in total offense, the fourth highesttotal by a Cardinal opponent in school history

  • Stanford gave up a season high 222 yards on the ground and 441through the air.

  • Oshiomogho Atogwe recorded 14 total tackles, the most by a Cardinaldefender in 2003.

    The Big Game: The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met 105 times on thegridiron, with Stanford holding a 54-40-11 advantage ... The Cardinalhas won seven of the last eight games with Cal and 11 of the last 14from 1989-02� Stanford has also won the last four games at StanfordStadium (1995, '97, '99, '01) and eight of the last nine� The BigGame is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in college football.Stanford and Cal have met every year since 1892 with the exception of1915-18 and 1943-45. Since 1961, Stanford leads the series 29-12-1.Only 125 points separates the two teams in the previous 105 meetings.

    Big Game Streak: Stanford's Big Game record of seven consecutive winsin the series was snapped last year when Cal beat the Cardinal 30-7in Memorial Stadium. It broke the Cardinal's previous Big Gamerecord of six consecutive wins, which was established from 1961-66.Only one time in Big Game history has a team gone eight years withouta win. Cal went 6-0-2 against Stanford from 1947-54. Cal's longestwinning streak in The Big Game is five from 1919-23.Close Calls: The Stanford-California rivalry has proven to be one ofthe most exciting in college football since it began in 1892 ... Ofthe 105 games, an amazing 50 have been decided by seven points orless, with Stanford holding a 23-16-11 advantage in those games ...Even more impressive, 29 Big Games have been decided by three pointsless, with Stanford enjoying a 10-8-11 edge. The Big Game has alsoproduced an NCAA-best five 'cliffhangers,' which are games decided onthe final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2000).

    The Final Play: Five Big Games have been decided on the game's finalplay: 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 fieldgoal for 27-25 Cardinal win; 2000 - Randy Fasani-Casey Mooretouchdown pass in overtime gives Stanford 36-30 victory.

    Big Game Rivalry: The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalryin NCAA Division 1-A college football history. This year's 106thmeeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on theall-time list.

    Youth Be Served: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation.Consider that of the Cardinal's 94 players, 47 are either true orredshirt freshman. Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors onits 2003 roster. The Cardinal has a true freshman class of 30 and aredshirt freshman class of 17.

    Atogwe's Way: In his second season in the starting lineup, juniorOshiomogho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one of theCardinal's defensive leaders, but one of the top safeties in thePac-10 Conference. As a strong safety in 2002, Atogwe led the teamwith 71 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.After making the switch to free safety, Atogwe is once again a forcefor the Stanford defense. He currently leads the team in totaltackles (77), forced fumbles (6), fumble recoveries (4), is tied forthe team lead in interceptions (2) and is tied for secod in passbreakups (7). He is tied for third in the Pac-10 in tackles per game(8.6), he leads the league in forced fumbles and fumble recoveriesand is tied for ninth in passes defensed� His 14 tackles lastSaturday at Oregon State is the most by a Stanford defender thisseason. Against USC (Oct. 11), he scored his first career TD when hestripped Trojan return man Marcel Allmond on a kickoff return andraced 22-yards to the end zone. He also had 12 tackles vs. theTrojans. Against Washington a week later (Oct. 18), he posted 12tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recoveryand pass break up. He had six total tackles, a forced fumble andfumble recovery at Oregon (Oct. 25) and vs. UCLA (Nov. 1), he led theteam with eight total tackles while also recording one pass break upand one fumble recovery. He turned in another outstanding game aweek ago against Arizona State as he tallied 11 tackles, forced twofumbles, had two pass break-ups one tacklke for loss. Atogwe has puthimeself in position for post-season honors.

    Rush Defense: Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the topeight marks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in asingle game. In the season opener, the Cardinal allowed San JoseState just nine net yards rushing, the eighth lowest total in schoolhistory. The next game, Stanford held BYU to (-5) yards on theground, largely due to five sacks. That total ranks as the fourthbest single game effort in school history. Stanford has held itsopponents to under 100-yards rushing five times in nine games thisseason (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State, UCLA, ASU).

    Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion ashe caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State. He continues to be one of Stanford's topoffensive threats and one of the most dangerous players in collegefootball. He leads the team with 36 receptions for 411 yards and tworeceiving touchdowns through nine games. He also has 34 punt returnsfor 320 yards and one TD, that coming against UCLA on Nov. 1. Powellreturned a punt 90-yards for a touchdown against the Bruins, whichwent in the record book as the second longest in school history. Healso had a 68-yard return at BYU. Powell, who was limited last yearwith an ankle injury, recorded career highs in both receptions andreceiving yards against San Jose State in the season opener . His 12catches tied for the ninth best single game performance in schoolhistory while his 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th. Hecaught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterbackTrent Edwards against the Spartans, giving him 13 career receivingTDs. Powell now has 119 career receptions for 1,971 yards and 15touchdowns (13 by receiving, two punt returns). His 16.6 yards perreception average is ninth on Stanford's all-time list. A formerFirst-Team All-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only playerin school history to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards ormore.He also has 18 catches over 30 yards in his career, whichinclude two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards. As akick returner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns(81), punt return yards (873) and punt return average (10.8).

    Powell Nearing Top-10: Senior Luke Powell needs 126 yards inall-purpose running to move into the school's all-time top-10.Powell currently has 2,939 in all-purpose running. No. 10 on thelist is Ryan Wells, who gained 3,065 yards during his career(1999-2002). Powell has gained 1,971 yards in receiving yards, 873in punt returns, 64 on kickoff returns and 31 rushing yards.

    Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is alsothe only player with starting experience heading into the 2003campaign - senior Kirk Chambers. With a young and inexperiencedoffensive line, Chambers is the unquestioned leader of a group thatwill need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into aquality unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24,has started all 43 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting todo what few players in school history have accomplished - and that'sto start every game. He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle thepast four seasons (2000-03). After an All-American prep career atProvo High School, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998and '99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany. He marriedMarilyn Ord on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their firstchild, Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.. An honors candidate in2003, Chambers was recently named First-Team District-8 AcademicAll-America.

    Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon surpassed the 1,000yard mark vs. USC on October 11. Tolon, from Albuquerque, NM, hasnow gained 1,156 yards on 254 carries (4.6 ypc) . In back-to-backgames vs. BYU and Washington, he carried the Cardinal running game onhis back as he has recorded 61 carries for 228 yards and one TD. Inthose two games, all other Cardinal running backs had six carries for15 yards. He established career bests in carries (32) and yardsrushing (141) at BYU on Sept. 20. Tolon became the team's topoffensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of the team's 144yards on the ground and accounting for more than half of Stanford's200 yards in total offense. His 32 carries were also the most on TheFarm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set a schoolrecord with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the most atStanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. A weeklater at Washington, he carried 29 times for 87 yards. He carriedthe ball 24 times for 87 yards against UCLA. He is tied for fourthon the team with 15 receptions and he has nine kickoff returns for187 yards (20.8 average).

    Lemon Takes Advantage: Sophomore running back J.R. Lemon has madethe most of his oportunities in 2003. With starter Kenneth Tolonlimited in the season opener against San Jose State, Lemon carriedthe day with a career best 18 carries for 103 yards and twotouchdowns. Lemon played a reserve role for several weeks inmid-season with Tolon getting the majority of the carries, but withTolon again slowed by injury against Arizona State (Nov. 8), Lemonmade the most of his opportunity. He wound up setting career bestsagain with 34 carries for 151 yards and two toucdowns. The 34carries tied for the fourth highest single game total in schoolhistory and his 151 yards gained was the most by a Cardinal backsince Mike Mitchell in 1994 (179 yards vs. San Jose State). In thosetwo games in which he was the primary ball carrier (San Jose Stateand Arizona State), Lemon rushed for 254 yards on 52 carries (4.9ypc) while scoring four touchdowns. For the season, Lemon has gained373 yards and scored a team leading four rushing touchdowns.

    Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned thestarting quarterback assignment after his performance in the seasonopener vs. San Jose State on Sept. 6. Three days later, head coachBuddy Teevens named Edwards the team's starter. Edwards, whocompleted 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against theSpartans, made his starting debut on September 20 at BYU. He led theteam to an 18-14 victory, becoming the first freshman quarterback atStanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom beat Cornellin 1991. He has started the four games this season - vs. BYU,Washington, USC and Washington State. He suffered a shoulder injuryin the third quarter against WSU on October 18 and did not return.Hedid not play against Oregon and UCLA and came in in a reserve roleagainst Arizona State and Oregon State the past two weeks. 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 inrelief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unansweredpoints. Against the Spartans, he threw touchdown passes of 20 and30 yards to Luke Powell. In the second quarter, in which theCardinal outscored SJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130yards and two TDs. In his starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored thegame winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. Asecond-year player from Los Gatos High School, Edwards came toStanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps inthe nation. He was ranked by some as the No. 1 prep QB in thecountry in 2001. During his junior and senior seasons, he completed279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seveninterceptions. His completion percentage was an eye-opening .747.

    Lewis' Legacy: Fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis, who has led theCardinal to some of its most impressive victories in recent years,has started the past four games vs. Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State andOregon State. Lewis returned to the starting lineup after TrentEdwards was knocked out of the WSU game (Oct. 18) . Against Oregon(Oct. 25), Lewis completed 12-of-26 for 188 yards. He was 12-of-20for 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),Lewis completed 18-of-34 for 279 yards and two touchdowns while alsorunning for another TD. It was the second best passing day of hiscareer, surpassed only by his 390 yard effort in the 2001 Big Gamevs. Cal. Lewis started the season opener vs. San Jose State onSeptember 6, but then gave way to Edwards as the starter in the nextfour games. Lewis did not play against BYU or Washington, but cameoff the bench vs. USC and Washington State. For his career, hascompleted 324-659 for 4,017 yards and 30 TDs. He is now No. 8all-time in career touchdown passes, No. 9 in total offense (4,004yards) and No. 10 in passing

    Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart willfind two starting tight ends - Brett Pierce and Alex Smith - and nofullback. That's because the Cardinal is utilizing its talentedtight end corps in its 'basic' offensive formation. Pierce is listedas one starting tight end with redshirt freshman Matt Traverso No. 2. At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshmanPatrick Danahy. Through nine games, Cardinal tight ends haveaccounted for 30 catches for 234 yards and five touchdowns. Smithleads all tight ends with 20 catches for 161 yards and threetouchdowns, while Pierce has recorded eight receptions for 70 yardsand Traverso and Danahy each have one reception for one touchdown. Ayear ago, Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddled seasonswhile Smith came to the forefront to put together an outstandingyear (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team's only truetight end. This season, however, Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle)have remained healthy. Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards andthree TDs in 2001, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in thefirst quarter of the season opener last year at Boston College. BothPierce and Smith received pre-season honors as being among the toptight ends in the conference and the nation. Pierce, who has caught35 passes in his career for 377 yards and three TDs, was a pre-seasonFirst-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Teampre-season All-America honors.

    Smith's Status: By the time junior Alex Smith concludes his Cardinalcareer at the end of the 2004 season, his name will likely appear ona list of the best tight ends in school history. That's becauseSmith has been one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in thepast 25 years, and potentially of all-time. The Denver, Coloradonative and son of former NFL player Edwin, Smith already has 51career receptions for 561 yards and five touchdowns - numbers thatrank among the best in school history for tight ends. Smith caughtone pass as a redshirt freshman in 2001 as a backup, then recorded 30(for 380 yards and two TDs) as a starter in 2002.He has caught 20balls in '03 thus far. Over the past 25 years, the only Cardinaltight ends with similar or better numbers than Smith are Greg Baty(85 receptions, 1982-85), Jim Price (79, 1985-89), Tony Cline (51,1989-92) and Greg Clark (43, 1995-96). All four went on to play inthe NFL.

    O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can besummed up in one word: young.Senior Kirk Chambers is starting atleft tackle for the fourth straight year, but the remaining startersare young and inexperienced. Here were the hard facts prior to the2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford's roster,12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman) had never played forthe Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivanand sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) had receivedsome playing time as an offensive lineman, but had been a defensivelineman the past two years. Chambers (LT) and redshirt freshmenIsmail Simpson (LG) have started all nine games for the Cardinalwhile RG and redshirt freshman Jeff Edwards started the first eightbefore suffering a knee injury vs. Arizona State on Nov. 8� Headstarted the first four games before a season-ending knee injury atUSC (Oct. 11) forced converted defensive end Drew Caylor into thestarting role. Redshirt freshman Jon Cochran has started two gamesin place of senior Mike Sullivan. Stanford's current two-deep withgame experience listed below:

    Pos - Starter, backup (game experience prior to 2003)
    LT - Kirk Chambers (three-year starter), Matt McClernan (RFr., no experience)
    LG - Ismail Simpson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
    C - , Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years); Tim Mattran (RFr., no experience)
    RG - Josiah Vinson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
    RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)

    True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in2003. Offensively, FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.), RB DavidMarrero (Parkland, Fla.), WR Evan Moore (Brea, Calif.) and TE PatrickDanahy (Sarasota, Fla.) have all contributed this season. Ondefense, OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, Calif.), NT Nick Frank (NewOrleans, LA) and SS Brandon Harrison (Baton Rouge, LA) have seenplaying time in '03.

    More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played, butthey have made significant contributions and become a major part ofthe 2003 Cardinal. Mark Bradford has played in all nine games andstarted the past six. He is second on the team with 25 receptions.Evan Moore has caught eight balls for 150 yards and one touchdownwhile TE Patrick Danahy recorded his first TD reception at USC (Oct.11) . RB David Marrero has carried the ball 31 times for 86 yardsand has shown flashes of what's to come. He scored his first TD as aCardinal at USC on a nifty 15-yard run. Michael Okwo, Nick Frank andBrandon Harrison have contributed in a reserve role on defense and onspecial teams.

    True Freshman Receivers: Mark Bradford, who established career bestsat Oregon (Oct. 25) with seven catches for 153 yards, and Evan Moore,give the Cardinal two of the best true freshman receivers in thePac-10. Bradford is second on the team with 25 receptions for 387yards and an impressive 15.5 average . Moore, who suffered injuriesto his shoulder and ankle on Nov. 8 vs. Arizona State and did notplay Nov. 15 at Oregon State, has eight catches for 150 yards and oneTD.

    More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 25 receptions is the most in recordedhistory for receptions by a true freshman receiver. Bradford's totalsurpassed the 1993 numbers put up by Brian Manning, who had 17catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns for the entire season.Bradford's 153 receiving yards at Oregon was the first 100-plusreceiving day by a true freshman receiver since Manning in '93. Inthe last five games vs. Washington State, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona Stateand Oregon State, Bradford has been the team's top receiver with 19catches for 295 yards and one TD� A 6-2, 190-pounder from FremontHigh School in Los Angeles,, Bradford was a consensus prepAll-America last year and one of the most highly sough-after recruitsin the nation.



    FL Luke Powell leads the team with 36 receptions for 411 yards.


    Corner Trio: Stanford's three man rotation at cornerback continuesto improve and become a force in the Pac-10. Juniors Leigh Torrenceand Stanley Wilson along with sophomore T.J. Rushing have providedthe Cardinal with quality play in the defensive backfield. Torrenceis among the league leaders with 11 pass breakups and is first amongCBs on the team with 51 total tackles. Rushing, who has 12 tacklesand quarterback sack the past two games, has 34 tackles and fivebreakups while Wilson has 21 tackles, one interception and fivebreakups. The trio have shared the two cornerback position allseason long with Torrence starting seven games, Wilson six andRushing five. All three will return for the Cardinal in 2004.

    Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came toStanford in 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.. In his firstthree years as a Cardinal, Newberry played inside linebacker,fullback, outside linebacker and special teams. He started threegames at OLB a year ago and his continued improvement earned him astarting role in 2003. After recording six tackles and one tacklefor loss October 11 at USC, he recorded a career-best 10 total stopsvs. Washington State the following week. Against Oregon, he hadeight tackles, two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack andagainst UCLA on Nov. 1, he added seven tackles, forced one fumble,had one pass break up, one sack and one tackle for loss. He had aninterception, two pass break ups and six tackles at Oregon State onNov. 15. Newberry, who has started all nine games this season, istied for second on the team with 51 tackles. He leads the team withnine tackles for loss.

    Craven Returns to Lineup: Sophomore Michael Craven began hisredshirt freshman season in 2002 as a starter at outside linebacker,but after four games he was moved into a reserve role where heremained for the final seven games. After beginning the '03 seasonas a reserve for the first six games, the 6-1, 230 pounder from LaQuinta, Calif., was inserted into the starting lineup against UCLAon Nov. 1. And Craven did not dissapoint as he accounted for seventackles, which included three tackles for loss and two sacks againstthe Bruins. For his efforts, Craven was named the Pac-10 DefensivePlayer of the Week. He played well at Oregon on Oct. 25 as herecorded five tackles in a reserve role. Craven was a consensusFirst-Team Prep All-America in 2000 out of La Quinta High School.

    Gordon's Game: Junior Amon Gordon has played inside linebacker,defensive end and defensive tackle the past three years, but may havefound a home at defensive tackle in 2003. A starter last year at DE,Gordon, 6-3, 285 pounds from San Diego, Calif., was converted totackle last spring and has been impressive in 2003. He leads allCardinal defensive lineman wiht 25 total tackles.He has alsoaccounted for five tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, threepass deflections, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Gordonis Stanford's most experienced defensive lineman with 16 careerstarts.

    Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, isproving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10. Now in his first season as a starter, Oshinowo has made hispresence known in the middle of the Cardinal's defensive line. He issecond among Cardinal defensive lineman with 24 total tackles and heleads all lineman - and the team - with four quarterback sacks. Heis second on the team - first among linemen - with eight tackles forloss. He recorded a career-high seven tackles at Oregon State onNov. 15. Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, includingone sack and two tackles for loss. He had three tackles, whichincluded two sacks and two tackles for loss, against UCLA on Nov. 1.A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowo started onegame and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirt freshman,accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.

    Walk-on: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has three former walk-ons eitherstarting or playing key roles. The group includes outside linebackerJared Newberry (redshirt junior), punter Eric Johnson (fifth-yearsenior from Antioch, Calif.) and flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirtjunior from Menlo Park, Calif.).

    In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of theCardinal defense, has started the past 18 games at MLB, is one of theteam's most experienced players and has developed into one of theteam leaders on defense. After recording six tackles and a forcedfumble last week at Oregon, Bergeron now has 49 total tackles in 2003to go along with four tackles for loss, three forced fumbles andthree pass breakups. He had a career-high with 10 tackles againstthe Trojans and eight vs. Washington State. A second year starter,Bergeron started 10 games in '02 at outside linebacker, but was movedto the middle linebacker spot for the 2003 campaign . Bergeronredshirted the 2000 season, played on special teams and as a reservein '01 before moving into the starting lineup in game two of the 2002season.

    Punting Records: Fifth-year senior punter Eric Johnson is on theverge of breaking Cardinal single season records for most punts andmost punting yardage. The Antioch, Calif., native is having one ofthe finest seasons in school history. His current average of 43.3 isnot only among the best in the nation, but in the Cardinal recordbook only three punters in school history have enjoyed better seasons� His 2003 season totals of 70 punts for 3,031 yards is nearing theschool's single season records of 82 punts for 3,427 yards, both setby Paul Stonehouse in 1992. Johnson almost broke one of the oldestrecords in the Cardinal record book last Saturday when his punted for516 yards. The school record for most punting yardage in a game is565 set by the great Ernie Nevers vs. USC in 1925.This Week's Opponent - California Bears (6-6, 4-3)

    About the Bears: Cal set a school record last Saturday by gaining 729yards in total offense in its 54-7 win over Washington. The Bearsneed a win over Stanford to advance to their first bowl game since1996. Cal enters the game No. 2 in the Pac-10 in rushing offense(170 ypg) and No. 3 in total offense (416 ypg). Cal has lost fourgames by a touchdown or less. WR Geoff McArthur ranks No. 2 in thePac-10/No. 6 in the NCAA in receiving yds/gm (104.9).

    Stanford-Cal Series: The Cardinal and Bears meet for the 106thedition of the Big Game on Saturday, November 22 with Stanfordholding 54-40-11 lead a series that dates back to 1892. As notedearlier, the Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in collegefootball. Stanford has held a significant edge over the Bears since1961, posting a 29-12-1 record vs. Cal. Since 1989, Stanford is 11-3vs. the Bears. In recent Big Games played at Stanford Stadium, theCardinal has won the last four and eight of the last nine. Cal'slast Big Game win at Stanford Stadium was a 46-17 decision in 1993.The Bears won last year's game at Cal 30-7 and are attempting to winback-to-back Big Games for the first time since the '93-94 seasons.

    Last Year's Game: The Bears snapped Stanford's seven game winningstreak in the Big Game with a 30-7 victory at Memorial Stadium. TheCardinal scored first on an eight-yard scoring pass from QB KyleMatter to WR Teyo Johnson on its first possession of the game to takean early 7-0 lead. But the Bears came back to score 30 unansweredpoints to record their first win over Stanford since 1994. All fourof the Bear's touchdowns came from at least 22 yards out. QB KyleBoller and receiver Lashaun Ward hooked up on TD passes from 31 and22 yards out, RB Joe Igber scored on a 42-yard run and Jameel Powellconcluded the scoring with an 84-yard punt return in the thirdquarter.

    Head Coach Jeff Tedford: Jeff Tedford is in his second season at Calafter spending four years as the offensive coordinator at Oregon(1998-2001). Tedford's record at Cal stands as 13-11. He was namedthe Pac-10 Coach of the Year last season after guiding the Bears to a7-5 record. Prior to his four-year stint at Oregon, Tedford spentsix years at Fresno State (1992-97), the last five as offensivecoordinator. He coached for three years (1989-91) in Calgary of theCFL as an offensive assistant.Turnover Table

    Game Facts

    Opponent: California Bears
    Date: November 22, 2003
    Kickoff: 12:30 pm
    Location: Stanford, Calif.
    Stadium: Stanford Stadium
    Series: Stanford leads 54-40-11
    Television: KGO (local), live; ESPN GamePlan (pay-per-view, national)
    Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
    Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)

    Notebook

  • Stanford will return 10 defensive starters in 2004. The currentstarters include one senior (DE Louis Hobson), seven juniors, twosophomores and one redshirt freshman.

  • Redshirt freshman SS Trevor Hooper is tied for second on the teamin both tackles (51) and interceptions (2).

  • Through the first six games, the Cardinal had given up 18 sacks.In the last three, however, Stanford has yielded just sevenquarterback sacks.

  • One impressive stat for the Cardinal is the fact that they havelost only five fumbles all season. Defensively, Stanford hasrecovered 15 fumbles.

  • Five redshirt freshman have started for the Cardinal this season.The list includes SS Trevor Hooper, QB Trent Edwards, LG IsmailSimpson, RG Jeff Edwards and RT Jon Cochran. Hooper and Simpson havestarted all nine, Jeff Edwards has started eight while Trent Edwardshas started four and Cochran two.

  • One of the most prestigious awards for a prep athlete is theFranklin D. Watkins Award, which is given annually to the topAfrican-American student-athlete in the nation. On the Cardinal's2003 roster, Stanford has six players who have been named nationalfinalists, including two who have won the award. Winners of theWatkins Award are sophomore Michael Craven and redshirt freshmanMarcus McCutcheon while national finalist include seniors ChrisLewis, Luke Powell and Brandon Royster and sophomore J.R. Lemon.

  • Redshirt freshman David Lofton is the son of former Cardinal andNFL great James, who was inducted into the Professional FootballHall of Fame on August 3 in Canton. David delivered his father'sinduction speech in front of an estimated 8,500 in attendance.Lofton played quarterback last season, but was moved to receiver forthe 2003 campaign.

  • CB Stanley Wilson is one of 15 Senators at Stanford for the 2003-04academic year. He was elected by the student body in April, 2003,

  • A quick look at the Cardinal's current two-deep chart on defensefinds just two seniors among the 22 listed. Also included are ninejuniors, seven sophomores, two redshirt freshman and two truefreshman.

  • Freshmen Evan Moore (Brea, CA) and Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, CA),will both join the Cardinal's basketball team in 2003-04. Both willbegin practicing with the basketball team soon after footballconcludes.

  • In addition to Moore and Bradford, several other Cardinal playerscompete in another sport. The list includes P Eric Johnson (golf)and track athletes Gerren Crochet (sprints), T.J. Rushing (sprints),Nick Sebes (sprints), Timi Wusu (decathlon).

  • Stanford's roster includes 57 players who received recognition asmembers of the National Honor Society.

  • Stanford led the Pac-10 last season with 19 players chosen to theconference's All-Academic team.

  • Stanford's NFL lineage includes five players whose fathers playedprofessional football, one who has a brother currently playing in theNFL and one who has a father and brother with NFL experience. Thelist includes Julian Jenkins (father, Eddie), David Lofton (father,James), Justin McCullum (father, Sam), Marcus McCutcheon (father,Lawrence and brother, Daylon), Alex Smith (father, Edwin) and StanleyWilson (father, Stanley). Taualai Fonoti has a brother,Toniuolevaiavea, who curently plays in the NFL.

  • Stanford has had 10 players selected in the NFL draft the past twoseasons. That two-year total is the most on The Farm since 1974-75,when Stanford had 12 players chosen (the draft was 16 rounds,however).

  • Three Cardinal players earned CoSida District-8 AcademicAll-America honors. OT Kirk Chambers was chosen to the first teamwhile OLB Kevin Schimmelmann and NT Babatunde Oshinowo were secondteam selections.

  • Stanford leads the Pac-10 in kickoff return coverage. Opponentsare averaging just 13.8 yards per return and have a season long ofjust 31 yards.

  • Cardinal running backs coach Wayne Moses held the same position atCal in 1996 under Steve Mariucci.

  • In Stanford's four wins, the Cardinal is a plus-6 in turnovers. InStanford's five losses, the Cardinal is a minus-5 in turnovers.

  • Sophomore defensive back T.J. Rushing and wide receivers GerrenCrochet (redshirt sophomore) and Nick Sebes (redshirt junior) madeup three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relay team that won theprestigious Texas Relays last spring in the third-fastest time inschool history (40.25). Besides excelling on the track, all threeare playing key roles for the Cardinal in 2003.

  • Stanford has 22 former players currently on NFL rosters. The listincludes: RB Brian Allen, Indianapolis Colts; OL Brad Badger, OaklandRaiders; FS Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers; RB Kerry Carter, SeattleSeahawks; FB Greg Comella, Houston Texans; ILB Chris Draft, AtlantaFalcons; DL Jason Fisk, San Diego Chargers; OT Kwame Harris, SanFrancisco 49ers; OL Eric Heitmann, San Francisco 49ers; QB ChadHutchinson, Dallas Cowboys; LB Riall Johnson, Cincinatti Bengals; TETeyo Johnson, Oakland Raiders; FS John Lynch, Tampa Bay Buccaneers;WR Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos; FB Casey Moore, Carolina Panthers;FB Jon Ritchie, Philadelphia Eagles; LB Donnie Spragan, DenverBroncos; WR/KR Troy Walters, Indianapolis Colts; OT Bob Whitfield,Atlanta Falcons; FS Tank Williams, Tennessee Titans; FS Coy Wire,Buffalo Bills; LB Kailee Wong, Houston Texans.

    Big Game History

  • Close Series: Only 125 points separates the two teams in theirprevious 104 games. Stanford has scored 1,703 points to the Bears1,578.

  • The Axe: To the winner of the Big Game goes 'The Axe'� The Axemade its first appearance at a Stanford-Cal baseball game on April13, 1899, but it wasn't until 1933 that the two universities decidedthat The Axe would be a trophy given to the winner of The Big Game.

  • Series History: The Big Game was interrupted from 1915-18 andagain from 1943-45 (World War II). When the two schools disagreedover freshman eligibility, athletic relations were severed from1915-18. Stanford's 'Big Game' became their annual rugby match withSanta Clara.

  • The First Big Game: The first Big Game was played on March 10,1892 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco. Cal had fieldeda team for 10 years, but for upstart Stanford University, whichopened on October 1, 1891, this was to be their first intercollegiatefootball game. Stanford pulled off the upset, beating the moreexperienced Bears 14-10.

  • First Big Game Crowd: An overflow crowd of 20,000 witnessed thefirst Big Game. Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later tobecome the 31st President of the United States.

  • The Immortal Twenty-One: A group of Stanford students added to BigGame lore by stealing the Axe at Cal's annual Axe Rally on April 3,1930. The Axe, which had been in a bank vault for 31 years, was nowin possession of the Immortal Twenty-One. When the students returnedto campus, the celebration began. Classes were canceled for two daysand the University presented each member of the Immortal twenty-Onewith a block 'S' letter.

    Great Big Games

  • November 17, 1990 - Stanford scored nine points in the final 12seconds to win 27-25 in Berkeley. Stanford's Jason Palumbis hit EdMcCaffrey for a 19-yard TD with 12 seconds remaining in the game tobring Stanford within a point at 25-24. When the ensuing 2-pointconversion attempt failed, Cal appeared to have the victory. But,the Cardinal recovered the onsides kick and after a 15-yard Calpenalty put the ball on the Bear's 22, Stanford's John Hopkins hit a39-yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Cardinal to a stunning27-25 victory.

  • November 19, 1988 - Stanford's Tuan Van Le blocked a 20-yard FGattempt by Cal's Robbie Keen with four seconds to play to preserve a19-19 tie. It was the 11th tie in Big Game history.

  • November 20, 1982 - The Play became one of the most famous plays incollege football history. Stanford led 20-19 after Mark Harmon kickeda 34-yard field goal with four seconds left to put the Cardinal ontop. On the ensuing kickoff, Cal scored a touchdown on an incrediblefive-lateral, 57-yard return that ended when the Bear's Kevin Moenbowled over Gary Tyrell, the trombonist in the Stanford band, for theTD.

  • November 20, 1976 - In a game that saw five lead changes, Stanford,behind its alternating QB tandem of Mike Cordova and Guy Benjamin,beat Cal 27-24. The Bears led 24-19 late in the game, but Cal'sMarkey Crane fumbled on the Bear's two yard line and with 1:31 leftin the game, Stanford's Ron Inge scored the winning TD.

  • November 23, 1974 - Stanford won 22-20 when Mike Langfordconnnected on a 50-yard field goal in the waning moments of the game� Cal's Steve Bartkowski hit Steve Rivera for a TD with 26 seconds toplay, but Guy Benjamin need just 19 seconds to put Stanford in fieldgoal range.

  • November 18, 1972 - Cal won 24-21 on the game's final play - an8-yard TD pass from Vince Ferragamo to Steve Sweeny. Cal coach MikeWhite elected to go for the win rather than a field goal for the tie.

  • November 22, 1947 - In what was considered the best Big Game todate, the 50th meeting almost produced an unthinkable upset. WinlessStanford (0-8) had the 8-1 Bears down 18-14 with less than threeminutes left in the game. But Cal QB Jackie Jensen hit Paul Keckleyon an 80-yard TD pass play to lift Cal to a 21-18 win.
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