Cardinal Travels to South Bend to Face Notre Dame
Oct. 3, 2004
Date: October 9, 2004
Kickoff: 1:30 pm EST, 11:30 am PT
Site: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
Television: NBC, national (Tom Hammond, Pat Haden)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Notre Dame leads 12-6
Last Meeting: November 29, 2003 at Stanford (57-7 Notre Dame)
STANFORD ENDS HOMESTAND 3-1; FIGHTING IRISH UP NEXT
The Cardinal ended its season opening four-game homestand with a 3-1 record that included wins over San Jose State, BYU and Washington ... Stanford's lone defeat during the homestand was a 28-17 decision against No. 1 ranked USC ... This week, the Cardinal makes its first road trip of the season when it travels to South Bend to face Notre Dame (3-2) before a sellout crowd of 80,795 and a national television audience on NBC ... Stanford will see a familiar set of faces on the opponents' sideline as the Irish coaching staff includes six former Cardinal assistant coaches and former head coach Tyrone Willingham ... Saturday's game will mark the third time Willingham will face his former team.
STANFORD TO PLAY FIVE OF LAST SEVEN GAMES ON THE ROAD
After opening the season with four consecutive home games - for the first time since 1949 - the Cardinal will now conclude the regular season with five road games over the next seven weeks ... Stanford will play at Notre Dame and Washington State the next two weeks before returning home on October 23 for its Homecoming Game against Oregon ... After that, it's two more games on the road at UCLA (Oct. 30) and Arizona State (Nov. 6) before playing its final home contest Nov. 13 vs. Oregon State ... Stanford plays in Berkeley at Cal for the 107th Big Game on November 20.
CARDINAL-IRISH TO MEET FOR 19TH TIME IN SERIES HISTORY
The series between Stanford and Notre Dame began in 1925 when legendary Ernie Nevers faced Notre Dame's Four Horsemen in the Rose Bowl ... The Irish won the game 27-10 to complete a 10-0 season and win the National Championship while Stanford suffered its first loss to finish the year 7-1-1 ... Nevers, Stanford's two-way All-America, played all 60 minutes in the game and rushed for 114 yards while Elmer Layden scored three TDs to lead the Irish ... Since then, the two teams played in 1942 and again in '63 and '64 before starting the series anew in 1988 ... Stanford and Notre Dame have met every year since '88 with the exception of 1995 and '96 ... Notre Dame leads the overall series 12-6 and are 7-2 vs. Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium ... The two teams have split the eight games played in Stanford Stadium ... Most recently, the Irish have won the last two games (31-7 in 2002 at Notre Dame, 57-7 in 2003 at Stanford) and three of the last four ... Notre Dame has also won the last four games played in South Bend ... Stanford's last win at Notre Dame was in 1992 when Bill Walsh led the Cardinal to a 33-16 win over the sixth ranked Irish ... Two years earlier, Stanford scored a 36-31 upset win over the No. 1 ranked Irish at Notre Dame Stadium ... Stanford's running backs coach that day was Tyrone Willingham.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: STANFORD 27, WASHINGTON 13
The Cardinal ended a six-game losing streak and beat the Huskies for the first time in 10 years with a 27-13 win at Stanford Stadium ... Stanford's last win over Washington came in 1994 ... The Cardinal jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of two J.R. Lemon touchdowns ... Lemon finished the game with 162 yards rushing and three TDs ... Quarterback Trent Edwards was an efficient 23-of-33 for 254 yards yards as he completed passes to eight receivers ... Stanford committed a season high four turnovers, but its defense limited Washington to just 128 yards of total offense in the first half and never allowed the Huskies to get untracked offensively.
HEAD COACH Buddy Teevens
Forty-seven year old Buddy Teevens is in his third season at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach on January 9, 2002 ... Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanford included 12 as a head coach ... A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, he had previously held the 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).
COACHING STAFF CHANGES
Stanford's 2004 coaching staff has a different look than its staff of a year ago ... Additions to the staff include former Cardinal All-America receiver Ken Margerum returning to the Farm as the team's wide receivers coach ... Margerum starred at Stanford from 1977-80 ... Jay Boulware, who coached at Arizona the past three years, is the Cardinal's new running backs coach and George McDonald, who comes to Stanford from Northern Illinois, is the team's new tight ends coach ... Bill Cubit, the Cardinal's quarterbacks coach last year, has been elevated to offensive coordinator while Tom Quinn has moved from coaching tight ends to defensive ends for the 2004 campaign.
STANFORD-NOTRE DAME TIES
Six members of the Notre Dame coaching staff were on the Cardinal's staff under Tyrone Willingham ... Willingham, of course, was the Cardinal's head coach for seven seasons (1995-01) and an assistant under Denny Green for three years (1989-91) ... Irish defensive coordinator Kent Baer was on Willingham's Stanford staff for all seven seasons, the last three as defensive coordinator ... Bill Diedrick, Notre Dame's offensive coordinator, held the same position at Stanford for four years (1998-01) ... Mike Denbrock and John McDonell were Stanford's offensive line coaches in 2001, Buzz Preston was the Cardinal's running backs coach from 1999-2001 and Trent Miles was Stanford's wide receivers coach in 2001 ... Erica Genise, Notre Dame's Director of Football Operations, was Willingham's administrative associate at Stanford ... Cardinal co-defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff spent two seasons (1984-85) as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame under Gerry Faust ...Notre Dame Athletic Director Kevin White was the A.D. at Tulane University from 1991-96 and hired Buddy Teevens as the Green Wave's Head Coach in 1992.
STANFORD OFFENSE SHOW MARKED IMPROVEMENT FROM '03
Compare Stanford's offensive output from 2003 to 2004 and you will quickly find a more productive and effective offense for the Cardinal in '04 ... Last season, Stanford averaged 16.9 points per game, 187 passing yards, 96 rushing yards and 283 yards in total offense per game ... Through four games in '04, those numbers look like this: 33.8 ppg, 137.5 rushing yards, 266.8 passing yards and 404 yards in total offense per game ... In 2003, Stanford scored 28 points or more twice in 11 games (wins over San Jose State and Arizona State) ... In 2004, the Cardinal has scored 27 points or more in each of its first four games ... In 11 games in 2003, Stanford threw for over 200 yards six times with a season best of 293 ... The Cardinal has already thrown for over 200 yards in three of its first four games in 2004, including 333 in the season opener vs. San Jose State ... Another area of improvement for the Cardinal offense is third down conversions ... In 2003 it was 33% ... In 2004, it is 48%.
LEMON TURNS IN BEST RUSHING PERFORMANCE IN 10 YEARS
J.R. Lemon has gained 258 yards and scored four touchdowns the past two games vs. USC and Washington, but his 162 yard performance against the Huskies was the best by a Cardinal running back in 10 years ... Not since Mike Mitchell gained 179 yards in 1994 has a Stanford running back accounted for more rushing yards in a game ... Lemon, who scored three touchdowns against the Huskies, has emerged as one of the Pac-10's top running backs ... He has gained 355 yards (84.0 yards per game) on 49 carries and scored a team-leadingn four rushing touchdowns ... He also carries an impressive 6.9 yards per carry average ... Lemon is currently ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 52nd in the nation in rushing yards per game ... In his career, the junior from Fayetteville, Georgia has gained 888 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on 197 carries (4.5 ypc) ... So far this season, Lemon has had carries of 82 yards (vs. USC) and 58 yards (vs. Washington) ... The 82-yard touchdown run vs. the Trojans went into the Cardinal record book tied for the sixth longest rushing TD in school history.
HONORS CANDIDATE Oshiomogho Atogwe
Now in his third season in the starting lineup, senior free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe enters the 2004 campaign as one of the top safeties in college football and the top play-maker on the Cardinal defense ... Atogwe, named Second-Team All-Pac-10 last season, has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award 'Watch List' and ranked as one of the top safeties in the nation ... He has led the team in tackles the past two years and is attempting to become only the third player in school history to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons ... In 2003, Atogwe was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top four in tackles per game (4th with 8.2 tpg), fumbles caused (1st, 0.55 per game) and fumble recoveries (1st, 0.55 per game) ... Over the past two-plus seasons (26 games), he has six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through the first four games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force on defense ... He is second on the team with 24 tackles while also recording one interception, two forced fumbles, one pass break up and two tackles for loss.
SMITH MOVING INTO ELITE GROUP AMONG CARDINAL TE
Senior tight end Alex Smith appears to be following in the long line of Cardinal tight ends who have moved on to play in the NFL ... Six of the last seven starting tight ends dating back to 1991 have been drafted and/or played in the NFL (Brett Pierce, Russell Stewart, Greg Clark, Tony Cline, Ryan Wetnight, Turner Baur) ... In fact, since 1983 Stanford has had 11 starting tight ends - nine of whom have been drafted and/or played in the NFL ... Smith, who has 74 career receptions for 893 yards and six TDs, is one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in the past 25 years ... He enters the 2004 campaign as one of Stanford's top offensive weapons and one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference and in the nation ... He leads the team and is among the Pac-10 and national leaders with 19 receptions for 208 yards and one TD through four games in 2004 ... He caught four passes for 30 yards in the season opener vs. San Jose State and six catches for 87 yards and one TD vs. BYU ... Against top-ranked USC, he had five receptions for 45 yards ... Smith had four receptions for 46 yards last week against Washington.
EDWARDS ASSERTS HIMSELF AS ONE OF TOP YOUNG QBs
Sophomore quarterback Trent Edwards had a completion percentage of .453, threw four touchdown passes and had nine interceptions last season while playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman ... Through the first four games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .611 of his passes, has already thrown seven TDs ... He is 80-of-131 for 921 yards and seven TDs in four games this season ... His passing efficiency rating (131.65) is fifth in the Pac-10 and 39th in the NCAA ... His total offense of 232 yards per game places him fourth in the conference and 30th in the nation ... He threw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 37-10 win over BYU ... In the season opener vs. San Jose State he completed 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns ... He also scored TD on a four-yard run ... Against No. 1 ranked USC, Edwards completed 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two touchdowns ... At halftime, he had completed 20-of-26 for 164 yards and two TDs ... Edwards threw his first interception of the season against the Trojans, snapping his string of 66 consecutive passes without an INT ... Last week against Washington, Edwards completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996.
BRADFORD AND MOORE LATEST TWO-SPORT ATHLETES
Stanford has a long and impressive list of two-sport athletes and the latest duo happens to be the Cardinal's starting receivers ... Sophomores Mark Bradford and Evan Moore are not only expected to be Stanford's top receivers in 2004, but they are also members of the Cardinal's nationally-ranked basketball team ... Bradford, Stanford's top returning receiver, will compete for playing time in basketball at point guard while Moore, at 6-7, 235, is one of the team's top power forwards ... Stanford has had a storied past of two-sport athletes, including some of the greatest names in school history ... Some of the great football two-sport athletes include NFL Hall of Fame QB John Elway (baseball) and NFL Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton (track), two-time Olympic gold medal decathlete Bob Mathias (track), NFL Pro Bowl safety John Lynch (baseball) and NFL veteran and Stanford's all-time leading rusher, Darrin Nelson (track) ... The last football-basketball player on the Farm was Teyo Johnson, currently a tight end with the Oakland Raiders.
MOORE'S ATHLETIC ABILITY AND SIZE PAYING DIVIDENDS
Sophomore Evan Moore (6-7, 235) has caught 16 balls for 248 yards (15.5 ypc) and scored four touchdowns through the first four games of the season and has given notice that his size and athletic ability is one of Stanford's top offensive weapons this season ... Moore, who opened the year with four catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State, came by in week two to record four more receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown - that coming on a 24-yard pass from Trent Edwards... Against top-ranked USC, he caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown ... Last Saturday vs. Washington, he caught three balls for 68 yards ... He has scored at least one touchdown in three of Stanford's four games this season ... Moore has caught four of the team's seven TD passes ... In his starting debut against SJS (September 4), one of Moore's TD catches is certain to make the season highlight reel ... On a fourth-and-two from the SJS 30-yard line, Moore took an inside route against the Spartan's 5-9 defender and made an acrobatic, one-handed catch on a pass thrown by Edwards ... Earlier, Moore caught a 22-yard touchdown pass on the Cardinal's first possession of the season.
NINE STARTERS RETURN ON EXPERIENCED CARDINAL DEFENSE
There is no lack of experience on the defensive side of the ball as Stanford returned nine starters, including three linebackers and its entire secondary, and several lettermen to a unit that should be the strength of the team ... Six of the team's nine returning starters are fifth-year seniors who have been in the starting lineup in each of the past two seasons ... Eleven returning players on defense started at least four games last year ... Ten of the 11 starting positions will be held by a junior or senior - the only exception being strong safety where sophomores Trevor Hooper and Brandon Harrison are competing for the number one spot ... The six, fifth-year seniors include CBs Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson, FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, OLB Jared Newberry, ILB David Bergeron and DE Will Svitek.
STARTING OFFENSIVE LINE INCLUDES FOUR SOPHS, ONE JR.
The Cardinal's starting offensive line consists of four sophomores and a junior, but that doesn't mean the Cardinal lacks game experience up front ... All four spent time in the starting lineup as redshirt freshman a year ago while two, Ismail Simpson and Jeff Edwards, were full-time starters in 2003 ... Simpson started all 11 games a year ago at left guard while Edwards was the team's starter at right guard through the first eight games before he suffered a season-ending injury ... Josiah Vinson had three starting assignments last year while Jon Cochran started two games ... Brian Head was the team's starter at center for the first four games of the year, but an injury ended his season prematurely ... While the Cardinal has a young group of offensive lineman in 2004, all five will return in 2005 and four of the five will be back in 2006.
SOPHOMORE OFFENSE TO LEAD CARDINAL IN 2004
Stanford's starting offensive unit in its first three games vs. San Jose State, BYU and USC has included eight sophomores ... Fifth-year senior TE Alex Smith is the only senior who has started all three games ... The sophomore starters are receivers Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, quarterback Trent Edwards and lineman Jon Cochran, Ismail Simpson, Josiah Vinson and Jeff Edwards ... Injuries have put sophomore TE Patrick Danahy in the starting lineup at fullback ... The only other upperclassmen to start in 2004 are juniors J.R. Lemon at RB (San Jose State, USC, Washington) and Brian Head at center and senior Kenneth Tolon at running back (BYU).
TOLON NEARING ELITE GROUP OF CARDINAL RUSHERS
Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 167 yards and scored two touchdowns through four games in 2004, giving him 1,381 career rushing yards and moving him closer to the school's all-time top-10 list ... Tolon, who led the team in rushing last season with 522 yards, is 308 yards shy of Vincent White (1979-82) for No. 10 on Stanford's career rushing list ... Tolon, who did not start the SJS game but gained 96 yards on 18 carries, shares the running back chores with J.R. Lemon ... Tolon now has 11 career rushing TDs, two behind Brian Allen (1998-2001) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92) for No. 9 on the school's all-time list.
THREE FORMER CARDINAL PLAYERS ON COACHING STAFF
Stanford's coaching staff has three former Cardinal players representing the last four decades. They include DT coach Dave Tipton (1967-70), WR coach Ken Margerum (1977-80) and LB coach Tom Williams (1989-92) ... Margerum is Stanford's only two-time All-America receiver ... He finished his career as the school record holder in receiving yards (2,430) and receiving TDs (30, which still stands as the school record) and second in receptions (141) ... Tipton, who has been a member of the Cardinal coaching staff since 1989, is a member of Stanford's famed 'Thunderchickens,' who helped lead Stanford to a Rose Bowl win over Ohio State in 1971 ... Williams, a Rhodes Scholar candidate, was a starter on Stanford's 1992 team that won a share of the Pac-10 championship and finished ninth in the nation under Bill Walsh.
FORMER WALK-ON NEWBERRY NAMED CO-CAPTAIN
Senior Jared Newberry came to Stanford as a walk-on from Minneapolis in 2000 and, four years later, has emerged as one of the team leaders and one of the top players in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Named one of two team captains of the '04 Cardinal - along with Oshiomogho Atogwe, Newberry has started the past 15 games at outside linebacker ... He is a three-year letterwinner who was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season ... His teammates recognized him as the Russell-Huston Award winner for 'exemplifying aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts' ... Newberry led the team last year with 10 tackles for loss and was second with 67 tackles ... He currently leads the team with 4.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups.
EXPERIENCED TRIO AT CORNERBACK
Stanford returns an experienced trio of cornerbacks in seniors Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson and junior T.J. Rushing ... The trio has taken virtually all the snaps at cornerback over the past two-plus seasons and enters the 2004 campaign as one of the most experienced units in the Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 24 games, Wilson 21 and Rushing seven from 2002-04 ... Torrence was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorable mention all-conference last season ... The Cardinal limited SJS to just 157 yards through the air in the season opener and came back in week two to pick off four BYU passes ... Rushing is fourth on the team in tackles with 17 and is second on the team with four tackles for loss ... He had a career high eight tackles, along with a forced fumble and tackle for loss, in last week's game with USC ... Last week vs. Washington, Wilson intercepted his first pass of the season and returned it 51 yards to the Huskies four-yard line
BRADFORD COMING OFF RECORD SETTING FRESHMAN SEASON
Mark Bradford entered the school record book last year by becoming the first true freshman in school history to lead the team in receiving yards ... Bradford caught 37 balls for 587 yards and three touchdowns and is expected to emerge as one of the top receivers in the Pac-10 in 2004 ... He caught three passes in the season opener vs. SJS and four against BYU and USC... A week ago vs. Washington, he led the team with five catches for 79 yards ... His 53 career receptions is tops on the team ... He is currently tied for second on the team with 16 catches for 225 yards (14.1 ypc) ... Against BYU, Bradford took a short pass and used some nifty moves and speed to turn it into a 76-yard play ... Bradford, also a point guard on the Cardinal basketball team, started the final eight games of the '03 campaign and was named the team's top freshman, First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and Third Team Freshman All-America.
CARDINAL, T.J. Rushing AMONG BEST IN KICKOFF RETURNS
Led by T.J. Rushing's emergence, Stanford's 34.0 kickoff return average ranks third in the nation and first in the Pac-10 ... Rushing, a junior cornerback, has returned eight kicks for 374 and his 37.6 average is number one in the nation ... Among his eight returns is a 99-yarder vs. BYU - tied for the third longest in school history - and a 54-yard return vs. USC ... The team's other three returns have come from sophomore Marcus McCutcheon, who is averaging 24.3 yards per return ... He had an impressive 31-yard return vs. USC.