Final Four For Cardinal: First Stop Saturday, October 30 at UCLA
Oct. 24, 2004
Date: October 30, 2004
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Site: Pasadena, CA
Television: Live, Fox Sports Net (Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis)
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: UCLA leads 40-31-3
Last Meeting: November 1, 2004 at Stanford (21-14 Stanford)
STANFORD HITS ROAD NEXT TWO WEEKS; FIRST STOP UCLA
The Cardinal (4-3, 2-2) will play two key Pac-10 road games in the next two weeks at UCLA and Arizona State, two teams in contention for post-season bowl games ... First stop is at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, October 30 where Stanford will play a UCLA team that sports an identical 4-3, 2-2 record and is coming off consecutive conference road losses at Cal and Arizona State ... The Bruins won four of their first five games this season, but have given up 93 points in losing 45-28 at Cal and 48-42 at ASU the past two weeks ... Stanford, meanwhile, is coming off a hard-fought 16-13 home loss to Oregon ... The Cardinal beat UCLA and Arizona State last season in back-to-back games at Stanford Stadium ... Stanford needs two wins to qualify for its first post-season bowl game since the 2001 Seattle Bowl.
CARDINAL AND BRUINS RENEW RIVALRY FOR 75TH TIME
Saturday's Stanford-UCLA matchup marks the 75th meeting in a series that dates back to 1925 ... The Bruins lead the series 40-31-3, but the Cardinal has won three of the last five, including last year's meeting at Stanford Stadium ...The home team in this series has won the last six games, however, with the Bruins beating Stanford in the Rose Bowl in 1998 (28-24), 2000 (37-35) and 2002 (28-18) ... The Cardinal and Bruins have a history of playing competitive games, many at the Rose Bowl and many being decided late in the fourth quarter ... Since 1973, the two teams have met in L.A. 21 times (UCLA owns a 14-5-2 record during this time) ... Thirteen of those games have been decided by seven points or less and 10 have been decided by three points or less ... Last year, Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Bruins 21-14 at Stanford Stadium ... UCLA led 7-0 early in the second quarter before the Cardinal scored two touchdowns before halftime to take a 14-7 lead at the intermission ... Stanford drove 75-yards on 13 plays for its first score ... TE Matt Traverso and QB Chris Lewis hooked up on a 2-yard pass play for the touchdown ... Later in the quarter, Luke Powell returned a punt 90-yards for a TD - the second longest punt return in school history - to give the Cardinal a 14-7 lead ... Stanford extended its lead to 21-7 in the third quarter when a Bruin fumble at its eight yard line led to a one-yard touchdown run by J.R. Lemon with one second to play in period ... Stanford's defense limited the Bruins to just 48 yards rushing and 287 in total offense.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: OREGON 16, STANFORD 13
Michael Sgroi missed a game-tying 49-yard field goal on the game's final play
Oregon recorded 10 sacks and held Stanford to (-8) net yards rushing.
Starting quarterback Trent Edwards was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter. He completed five-of-8 for 33 yards.
DE Julian Jenkins led the Cardinal defense with 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
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).
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 seven games in '04, those numbers look like this: 26.6 ppg, 107 rushing yards, 264 passing yards and 371 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 seven 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 six of its seven games in 2004, including 333 in the season opener vs. San Jose State.
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 (29 games), he has seven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through the seven games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force ... He is third on the team with 43 tackles while also recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles, four pass break ups and two tackles for loss.
SMITH MAKING MARK AS ONE OF NATION'S TOP TIGHT ENDS
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 89 career receptions for 981 yards (11.0 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 34 receptions for 396 yards and one TD through seven games in 2004 ... In last Saturday's game vs. Oregon, Smith established career highs in both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (110) ... 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 ... This week, he ranks fourth in the conference in receptions per game (4.86) and eighth in receiving yards per game (56.57).
LEMON POWERING CARDINAL RUSHING ATTACK IN '04
J.R. Lemon has gained 427 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns this season 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 ... In his career, the junior from Fayetteville, Georgia has gained 979 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on 231 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 at WSU (October 16) moving him into a tie for ninth all-time at Stanford with Brian Allen (1998-2001) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92).
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 seven games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .563 of his passes and has already thrown eight TDs ... He is 117-of-208 for 1,423 yards and eight TDs in in '04 ... He is sixth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency rating 121.6) and eighth in total offense (206.1) ... 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 in Stanford's win at Washington State ... Last Saturday vs. Oregon, Edwards was knocked out of the game eearly in the second quarter after completing five-of-eight for 33 yards ... 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.
FOUR RECEIVERS WITH SIZE AND 20 OR MORE CATCHES
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 34 catches for 396 yards, but close behind are Evan Moore with 27 receptions for 441 yards, Mark Bradford (25 receptions, 358 yards) and Justin McCullum ( 23 receptions, 329 yards) ... 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.
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 27 balls for 441 yards (16.3 ypc) and scored five touchdowns through the seven 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 ... In the Cardinal's win 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 seven games this season and has caught five of the team's nine 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.
MCCULLUM EMERING AS PREMIER RECEIVER IN 2004
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 seven games, McCullum has caught 23 balls for 329 yards (14.3 ypc) and one touchdown ... He recorded a career-high with seven receptions in Stanford's win at Washington State ... 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.
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 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.
TOLON NEARING ELITE GROUP OF CARDINAL RUSHERS
Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 295 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2004, giving him 1,509 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 180 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.
EXPERIENCED LINEBACKING CORPS LEADING DEFENSE
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.
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 18 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 is tied for second on the team with six tackles for loss and 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.
EXPERIENCED TRIO AT CORNERBACK
Stanford sports 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 is among the most experienced units in the Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 27 games, Wilson 23 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 at Washington State two weeks ago and one last week vs. Oregon ... His 0.57 interceptions per game rank first in the Pac-10 and sixth in the NCAA ... Rushing has 21 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 27 total tackles this season.
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 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 62 career receptions is tops on the team ... He is currently third on the team with 25 catches for 358 yards (14.3 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.
SCHIMMELMANN SHINES IN FOURTH POSITION IN FOUR YEARS
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 seven games, he has emerged as the team leader in tackles with 52 and a solid contributor to the Cardinal defense ... He had a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC and nine at Notre Dame and against Oregon last week ... 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 18 games in 2003 and '04, he has started 13, played in all 18 and accounted for 101 tackles.
SGROI MOVES INTO RECORD BOOK IN CAREER FIELD GOALS
Junior placekicker Michael Sgroi ran his consecutive field goal streak to 10 in last week's game vs. Oregon, the third longest streak in school history (John Hopkins, 12 in 1988; Mark Harmon, 11 in 1981) ... Sgroi is now 11-of-16 in 2004 ... His 1.57 field goals per game ranks him second in the Pac-10 and 14th in the NCAA ... In the Cardinal record book, Sgroi is tied for No. 7 all-time on the Farm with 27 career field goals ... Next up is Mike Biselli (1998-01) with 31 ... Sgroi will also likely move into the record book in career PATs ... He is currently 63-of-66 in his career and is five 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, three at Notre Dame and three at Washington State, including a career-best 47-yarder ... He hit his first attempt vs. Oregon before missing a 38-yarder in the second quarter to end the streak.
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 ... Redshirt freshman Mikal Brewer has started two games this season, one at guard vs. Notre Dame and the other at center vs. Oregon ... All five starter will return in 2005 and four of the five will be back in 2006.
SOPHOMORE OFFENSE LEADS CARDINAL IN 2004
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, Oregon).
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.
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.
DE Julian Jenkins recorded a career high 10 tackles in last Saturday's game vs. Oregon ... Jenkinsalso registered 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... He leads the team with 4.5 sacks and is second with six tackles for loss ... He also leads all Cardinal defensive lineman with 34 total tackles.
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Mikal Brewer started for the second time in the last three weeks for an injured starter ... Brewer was inserted in the starting lineup at right guard against Notre Dame for the injured Josiah Vinson ... The following week at Washington State, he played most of the game at center after starter Brian Head was knocked out of the game ... Brewer started Saturday's game with Oregon at center for Head, who did not play due to injury.
Redshirt freshman punter Jay Ottovegio sports a 41.2 average and is attempting to become the first freshman punter in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt ... He has landed 11 of his 37 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Stanford has scored three touchdowns and six field goals in its last nine trips inside the Red Zone ... The Cardinal has scored 20 times in 23 trips in the Red Zone - a scoring percentage of .870.
The Cardinal has committed just eight turnovers all season - an average of 1.14 per game ... A year ago, Stanford committed 26 turnovers in 11 games, an average of 2.36 per game ... Stanford ranks third in the Pac-10 and 12th in the nation this season in turnover margin (+1.57 per game).
Redshirt freshman QB T.C. Ostrander received the most extensive playing time of his Cardinal career last Saturday when he came in in the second quarter to replace Trent Edwards ... Ostrander led Stanford on two, 13-play scoring drives while completing 18-of-29 for 236 yards and one touchdown.
Cardinal defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff spent five seasons as UCLA's secondary coach (1990-94) and helped the Bruins to two bowl games, including the Pac-10 championship and 1994 Rose Bowl ... He coached Bruin greats Eric Turner, Matt Darby, Carl Greenwood and Shaun Williams.
Stanford's scoring defense has improved by over 13 points per game over last season ... A year ago, the Cardinal gave up 29.5 points per game ... This season, Stanford has yielded just 16.1 points per game.
The Cardinal defense has also improved in every statistical category from last season ... Stanford is giving up 117 yards per game on the ground this season compared to 137 a year ago ... Through the air, the Cardinal gave up 296.3 yards per game in '03, but is allowing 235 this season ... Total defense has improved from 433.8 in 2003 to 352.1 in 2004.
The Cardinal has already equaled its win total from a year ago in both overall and Pac-10 games ... Stanford, 4-3 overall and 2-2 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.