Stanford Hosts Oregon in Annual Homecoming Game October 23

Oct. 17, 2004


Date: October 23, 2004

Kickoff: 2:00 pm

Site: Stanford, CA

Television: no live television

Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)

Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

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The Series: Stanford leads 43-23-1

Last Meeting: October 25, 2003 at Oregon (35-0 Oregon)



The Cardinal (4-2, 2-1) returns to Stanford Stadiuim on Saturday, October 23 after consecutive road games at Notre Dame and Washington Stat the past two weeks ... Stanford won three of its first four games in 2004 at home before making its first road trip to South Bend on October 2 ... Saturday's game is Homecoming on The Farm ... Every former Stanford student-athlete (approximately 14,000) has been invited back to help celebrate Stanford's 10-year reign as Directors' Cup champions (1995-2004) ... The Cardinal will host the Ducks at Stanford Stadium for the first time since 1997 ... The two teams have played in Eugene its last four meetings (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003) with the Ducks winning three of those games, including the last two.


The last time Oregon played at Stanford Stadium was in 1997 when the two teams scored 107 points in the highest scoring game in Stanford history ... The Cardinal won the game, 58-49, as the two teams combined for 1,108 yards in total offense ... Since then, however, Stanford and Oregon have played four consecutive games in Eugene with the Ducks coming out on top in three of those games, including the last two by scores of 41-14 in 2002 and 35-0 in 2003 ... Stanford's last win over Oregon, in 2001, was one for the history books ... The Cardinal scored 21 unanswered points in the final nine minutes of the game to turn a 42-28 deficit into a stunning 49-42 win that snapped Oregon's 23-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium ... Since 1990. Stanford is 7-5 vs. Oregon ... In Oregon's five wins, however, the Ducks have won by an average margin of 32 points ... Stanford has won the last two meetings vs. Oregon at Stanford Stadium (1996, 1997) and five of the last six at home since 1987 ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Oregon 43-23-1 ... The two teams are scheduled to play at Stanford Stadium in 2005.


• Stanford recorded its first Pac-10 road win since the 2001 season

• PK Michael Sgroi kicked three field goals, extending his streak to nine consecutive field goals in the past three games. Sgroi's final field goal, from 47-yards out, was his career long at Stanford.

• The Cardinal led 20-3 after Trent Edwards and Evan Moore hooked up on a 67-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second half.

• WSU came back to score two touchdowns in less than three minutes early in the fourth quarter and trailed just 20-17 with 12:09 to play.

• Stanford forced four WSU turnovers, including three interceptions, two by Leigh Torrence.

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).


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 six games in '04, those numbers look like this: 28.8 ppg, 126 rushing yards, 263 passing yards and 389 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 four of its six 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 five of its sixgames in 2004, including 333 in the season opener vs. San Jose State.


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.


J.R. Lemon has gained 319 yards and scored six touchdowns the past four vs. USC, Washington, Notre Dame and WSU and has become one of the top rushing threats in the Pac-10 ... His 162 yard performance against Washington (Oct. 2) 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 has gained 397 yards on 72 carries and scored a team-leading six rushing touchdowns ... He also carries an impressive 5.5 yards per carry average ... In his career, the junior from Fayetteville, Georgia has gained 949 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on 220 carries (4.3 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 ... His scored his 13th career rushing touchdown last Saturday at WSU, moving him into a tie for ninth all-time at Stanford with Brian Allen (1998-2001) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92).

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) ... From 2002-04 (28 games), he has seven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through the first six games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force ... He is second on the team with 40 tackles while also recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles, four pass break ups and two tackles for loss.


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 80 career receptions for 971 yards (12.1 ypc) and six TDs, is one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in the past 25 years ... He is 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 leaders with 25 receptions for 286 yards and one TD through six 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 against Washington and five catches for 73 yards last week at Notre Dame ... Smith is attempting to become the first Stanford tight end to lead the team in receptions since Bob Moore in 1969 ... ... Smith could also become the first Stanford tight end to be named First-Team All-Pac-10 since Greg Baty in 1985.


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 six games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .560 of his passes and has already thrown eight TDs ... He is 112-of-200 for 1,390 yards and eight TDs in in '04 ... His passing efficiency rating (122.58) is sixth in the Pac-10 and 62nd in the NCAA ... His total offense of 238.5 yards per game places him third in the conference and 27th 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 ... Against Washington (Oct. 2), Edwards completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He threw for 267 yards at Notre Dame and 202 yards and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore last Saturday at Washington State ... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996 ... Edwards is on pace to move into the school's single season top-10 lists in both yards passing and total offense as he projects of over 2,600 yards in each category.


Stanford's passing offense in 2004 has utilized 12 receivers thus far, including four who have more than 20 receptions each ... Tight end Alex Smith leads the way with 25 catches for 286 yards, but close behind are Evan Moore with 23 receptions for 407 yards, Mark Bradford and Justin McCullum, each with 20 catches ... Those four also combine to form one of the biggest receiving corps in recent years on The Farm ... Moore is the team's biggest target at 6-7, 235, followed by Smith at 6-5, 255, McCullum at 6-4, 220 and Bradford at 6-2, 190.


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.


Sophomore Evan Moore (6-7, 235) has caught 23 balls for 407 yards (17.7 ypc) and scored five touchdowns through the first six 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 back in week two vs. BYU 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 ... Against Washington, he caught three balls for 68 yards ... Moore had five catches for 72 yards at Notre Dame ... Last Saturday at Washington State, he had two catches for 75 yards, one of which went for a 67-yard touchdown ...He has scored at least one touchdown in four of Stanford's six games this season and has caught five of the team's eight 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.


It may have taken four years and a knee injury, but junior wide receiver Justin McCullum has emerged in 2004 as one of Stanford's top offensive threats ... McCullum, the son of former NFL player Sam and brother of former Cardinal receiver Jamien, came to Stanford in 2001 as one of the nation's prized recruits from Mercer Island HS in Washington ... After redshirting in '01, he suffered a season ending knee injury in training camp prior to the 2002 season, which not only forced him to miss '02 but still work through recovery during the '03 season ... He was a backup a year ago who played in 11 games and caught seven passes for 64 yards ... Already in 2004, after just six games, McCullum has caught 20 balls for 283 yards (14.1 ypc) and one touchdown ... In last week's game at WSU, he recorded a career-high with seven receptions ... He also completed a pass to Mark Bradford that went for 42 yards ... At 6-4, 200, McCullum gives the Cardinal another big target at receiver.


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 its defensive unit in 2004 ... 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 are held by a junior or senior - the only exception being Brandon Harrison at strong safety ... 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.


Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 274 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2004, giving him 1,488 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 201 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 led the team in rushing at WSU as he gained 99 yards on 20 carries ... He 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 and one behind teammate J.R. Lemon.


The Cardinal returned an experienced corps of linebackers in 2004 who were expected to be the strength of Stanford's defense - and they have not dissapointed ... Coming into the season, the Cardinal had all three of its starters from '03 back as well as depth and experience ... Stanford played to its strength by switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, allowing another linebacker to get on the field ... And what we've seen through six games is a linebacking corps among the best in the Pac-10 ... Returning starters Jared Newberry, Kevin Schimmelmann and David Bergergon have been joined in the starting lineup by junior Jon Alston, who is athletic and fast and is currently third on the team in tackles and first in sacks ... Schimmelmann leads the team in tackles, Newberry leads the team in tackles for loss and Bergeron is second on the team with 6.8 tackles per game average.


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 17 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 5.5 tackles for loss and is second on the team with three pass breakups ... Prior to earning a starting role as an outside linebacker, Newberry played inside linebacker (2000) and fullback (2001) as well as special teams ... In 2001, he was the team's backup fullback ... He had two carries that year - both coming against Arizona State - for 29 yards and one touchdown ... He scored on a 19-yard run up the middle against the Sun Devils.


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 26 games, Wilson 22 and Rushing eight from 2002-04 ... Torrence was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorable mention all-conference last season ... He had two interceptions last week at Washington State and now leads the team with three in 2004 ... Rushing has 20 tackles and is among the team leaders with four tackles for loss ... He had a career high eight tackles, along with a forced fumble and tackle for loss, against top-ranked USC ...Wilson intercepted his first pass of the season against Washington (Oct. 2) and returned it 51 yards to the Huskies four-yard line ... He leads the corners with 22 total tackles this 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 last year and has earned the reputation as one of the top young receivers in the Pac-10 ... He caught three passes in the season opener vs. SJS and four against BYU and USC...He led the team with five catches for 79 yards against Washington (oct. 2) ... His 57 career receptions is tops on the team ... He is currently third on the team with 20 catches for 309 yards (15.4 ypc) ... Against BYU, Bradford took a short pass and used some nifty moves and speed to turn it into a 76-yard play ... He had three cathces for 75 yards against Washington State, including one for 42-yards ... Bradford, also a point guard on the Cardinal basketball team, started the final eight games of the '03 football season and was named the team's top freshman, First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and Third Team Freshman All-America.


Led by T.J. Rushing's emergence, Stanford's 27.6 kickoff return average ranks seventh in the nation and first in the Pac-10 ... Rushing, a junior cornerback, has returned 10 kicks for 336 and his 33.6 average is number one in the Pac-10 and number four in the nation ... Among his 10 returns is a 99-yarder vs. BYU - tied for the third longest in school history - and a 54-yard return vs. USC ... Sophomore Marcus McCutcheon is averaging 24.3 yards per return (six returns, 146 yards) ... He had an impressive 31-yard return vs. USC.


Now in his fourth season, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann may have finally found a home - and a position - that suits him ... The junior from Marietta, Georgia, had played free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker prior to moving to inside linebacker for the 2004 campaign ... And, after six games, he has emerged as the team leader in tackles with 43 and a solid contributor to the Cardinal defense ... He had a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC and nine at Notre Dame ... In Stanford's win over WSU, Schimmelmann had seven tackles and a pass break up ... He has also recorded two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble ... A two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, Schimmelmann started six games at outside linebacker a year ago and played in all 11, accounting for 49 total tackles and eight tackles for loss ... In the Cardinal's 17 games in 2003 and '04, he has started 12, played in all 17 and accounted for 92 tackles.


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.


Stanford's starting offensive unit has included as many as eight sophomores during the 2004 campaign... Fifth-year senior TE Alex Smith is the only senior who has started all five 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 at the fullback spot have put sophomore TE Patrick Danahy in the starting lineup ... The only other upperclassmen to start in 2004 are juniors J.R. Lemon at RB (San Jose State, USC, Washington, Notre Dame, WSU), Brian Head at center, WR Justin McCullum as the team's third receiver (USC, WSU) and senior Kenneth Tolon at running back (BYU) and Greg Camarillo as the No. 3 receiver (Notre Dame).


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.


Junior placekicker Michael Sgroi has made his last nine field goal attempts, including three at Notre Dame and three at Washington State the past two weeks ... He is now nine-of-12 in 2004 ... His 1.5 field goals per game ranks him second in the Pac-10 and 17th in the NCAA ... In the Cardinal record book, Sgroi is No. 8 all-time on the Farm with 25 career field goals ... Next up at No. 7 is Kevin Miller (1995-98) with 27 ... Sgroi will also likely move into the record book in career PATs ... He is currently 62-of-65 in his career and is six PATs shy of No. 10 in the Cardinal record book ... Sgroi began the year by missing his first three field goals, one in the season opener vs. San Jose State and the first two he atttempted against BYU ... But, he came back to make three straight against BYU and all three in each of the past two games, including a career-best 47-yarder at Washington State.


• Stanford received 12 votes in this week's AP Poll, placing it No. 32 in the nation.

• Senior cornerback Leigh Torrence recorded two interceptions last Saturday at Washington State, the second time in his career he has picked off two in one game ... The other time occurred in his debut in the starting lineup in the 2002 season opener at Boston College ... Torrence has three interceptions in six games this season and his 0.5 per game average ranks second in the Pac-10 and No. 13 nationally.

• So. Mikal Brewer played most of the WSU game at center after starter Brian Head was forced out with an injury ... Brewer made his collegiate debut a week earlier at Notre Dame when he started at right guard in place of the injured Josiah Vinson.

• Redshirt freshman punter Jay Ottovegio sports a 40.9 average and is attempting to become the first freshman punter in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt.


• Oregon sophomore free safety J.D. Nelson is the son of former Cardinal great Darrin Nelson, currently a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Stanford ... J.D., a high school teammate of Cardinal safety Trevor Hooper at Mountain View High School, is third on the Duck defense with 32 total tackles ... Darrin, of course, is Stanford's all-time leading rusher (4,033 yards) and third leading receiver (214 catches).

• Junior nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo had five tackles and a half-sack in last Saturday's game at WSU ... He now has 20 tackles while earning a reputation as one of the top NT in the Pac-10.

• Junior defensive tackle Julian Jenkins leads all Cardinal lineman with 24 tackles, three quarterback sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss ... He was moved from end to tackle this season when the Cardinal changed its defense from a 4-3 to 3-4.

• Stanford had 26 turnovers last season in 11 games in 2003, an average of 2.36 per game ... Through six games in '04, the Cardinal has committed just eight turnovers, an average of 1.3 per game. In addition, the Cardinal threw 18 interceptions a year ago (1.63 per game), but has only five inn 2004 (0.83 per game).

• The Cardinal has already equaled its win total from a year ago in both overall and Pac-10 games ... Stanford, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference, was 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-10 in 2003.

• In a pre-season media poll, Stanford was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 in 2004.

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