Cardinal Visits Nationally-Ranked Arizona State in Key Pac-10 Showdown

Oct. 31, 2004

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Date: November 6, 2004

Kickoff: 3:30 pm PT / 4:30 pm MT

Site: Tempe, AZ

Television: Live, Fox Sports Net (Bill Macdonald, John Jackson)

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

Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

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The Series: ASU leads 12-8

Last Meeting: November 8, 2004 at Stanford (38-27 Stanford)



After losing its last two games to Oregon and UCLA, the Cardinal (4-4, 2-3) will attempt to get back in the win column on Saturday when they visit Arizona State ... The Sun Devils (6-2, 3-2) are ranked No. 23 nationally by ESPN/Coaches Poll after last week's 27-0 loss at California ... ASU's only losses this season have come at No. 1 ranked USC and at No. 8 California ... In Pac-10 play, the Sun Devils have beaten Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA ... Stanford is coming off back-to-back losses to Oregon at home (16-13) and at UCLA last week (21-0) ... A year ago, the Cardinal beat Arizona State at Stanford Stadium 38-27 ... ASU comes into the game with one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, averaging more than 280 yards per game through the air ... In its six wins (all games except USC and Cal), Arizona State is averaging over 36 points per game ... With three games remaining in the season, the Cardinal must win at least two to qualify for a post-season bowl game ... Following Saturday's game at ASU, Stanford plays Oregon State at home on November 13 and at Cal in the 107th Big Game on November 20 in Berkeley.


While Arizona State leads the all-time series with Stanford 12-8, the Cardinal has won four of the last five, including last year's 38-27 win at Stanford Stadium ... The Devils only win over the Cardinal in the last five years occurred the last time the two teams played in Sun Devil Stadium - a 65-24 ASU victory in 2002 ... All-time, Stanford is 3-7 vs. Arizona State in Sun Devil Stadium ... A year ago, the Cardinal beat ASU on November 8, 2003 as Stanford recorded season highs in points scored (38), rushing yards (188) and total yards (467) ... Stanford built a 31-7 early in the third quarter, thanks in part to the rushing of J.R. Lemon, who finished with 151 yards on 34 carries, and quarterback Chris Lewis, who threw for a season best 279 yards and two touchdowns.


• Stanford entered the game averaging over 26 points per game, but were shutout for the first time since a 35-0 loss at Oregon in 2003.• TE Alex Smith had another big game for the Cardinal, catching 10 passes for 136 yards.• The Bruins rushed for 246 yards, the most allowed by the Cardinal defense this season.• Stanford lost its second straight Pac-10 game. The 21-point defeat was the largest margin of defeat for the Cardinal in 2004.

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).


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 (30 games), he has seven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through eight games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force ... He is second on the team with 51 tackles while also recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles, five pass break ups and two tackles for loss.


Senior tight end Alex Smith has recorded 99 career receptions for 1,117 yards (11.3 ypc) and six TDs and is just one catch shy of tying the school record for receptions by a tight end ... The 6-5, 255-pound Smith is about to pass Bob Moore's school record of 100 receptions by a tight end ... Moore, who played on the Farm from 1968-70, caught many of his passes from Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett ... Smith, who has 44 receptions this season for 532 yards and one touchdown, also has a chance at the single season tight end reception record (61 by Greg Baty, 1985) ... He needs 17 catches in the final three games to catch Baty ... He currently ranks third in the conference in receptions per game (5.5) and sixth in receiving yards per game (66.5) ... He has caught 19 passes the past two games vs. Oregon (nine receptions, 110 yards) and UCLA (10 catches, 136 yards) ... Against Oregon (Oct. 23), Smith established career highs in both receptions and receiving yards, only to break both marks the following week at UCLA ... 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 at Notre Dame ... Smith is attempting to become the first Stanford tight end to lead the team in receptions since Moore in 1969 ... ... Smith could also become the first Stanford tight end to be named First-Team All-Pac-10 since Baty in 1985.


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 is highly regarded by NFL scouts and should be playing on Sundays in 2005.


J.R. Lemon has gained 438 yards on the ground and scored six touchdowns this season to lead the Cardinal rushing attack ... 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 990 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on 239 carries (4.1 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).


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 eight games of the '04 campaign, Edwards has completed .555 of his passes and has already thrown eight TDs ... He is 141-of-254 for 1,647 yards and eight TDs in in '04 ... 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 ... Against Oregon, Edwards was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter after completing five-of-eight for 33 yards ... He threw for 224 yards last week at UCLA ... 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 44 catches for 532 yards, but close behind are Evan Moore with 29 receptions for 449 yards, Mark Bradford (26 receptions, 367 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.


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 29 balls for 449 yards (15.5 ypc) and scored five touchdowns in 2004 and has given notice that his size and athletic ability are one of Stanford's top offensive weapons ... 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 eight 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.


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, 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.


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, DE Scott Scharff and ILB David Bergeron.


Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 326 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2004, giving him 1,540 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 149 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 second in sacks ... Schimmelmann leads the team in tackles, Newberry is tgied for the team lead in tackles for loss and Bergeron is third on the team with 6.1 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 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 the team lead with seven tackles ... 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 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 since 2002 and is among the most experienced units in the Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 28 games, Wilson 24 and Rushing eight from 2002-04 ... Torrence was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorable mention all-conference last season ... He leads the team with four interceptions and his 0.50 interceptions per game rank first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the NCAA ... Rushing has 22 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 34 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 63 career receptions is tops on the team among wide receivers ... He is currently third on the team with 26 catches for 367 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 ... 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.


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 eight games, he has emerged as the team leader in tackles with 56 and a solid contributor to the Cardinal defense ... Last week at UCLA, he accounted for four total tackles, recorded his first career interception, and was credited with one forced fumble, a pass break up and a tackle for loss ... He had a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC and nine at Notre Dame and against Oregon ... 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 19 games in 2003 and '04, he has started 14, played in all 19 and accounted for 105 tackles.


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 1.38 field goals per game ranks him second in the Pac-10 and 21st 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.


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 three games this season, one at guard vs. Notre Dame and the other two at center vs. Oregon and UCLA ... All five starter 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 eight 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, Brian Head at center, WR Justin McCullum, senior Kenneth Tolon at running back (BYU) and Greg Camarillo as the No. 3 receiver.


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 T. J. Rushing continues to lead the Pac-10 in kickoff returns with a 29.69 average ... He ranks ninth in the nation ... His average is currently No. 2 in the Cardinal record book for season kickoff return average ... Only one player in school history has averaged over 30 yards per kickoff return in a season - Ron Inge in 1976 (12 returns, 33.9 average) ... He had a 37-yard return last Saturday at UCLA ... Earlier this season, he had a 99-yard return vs. BYU, the second longest in school history.

• DE Julian Jenkins recorded a quarterback sack and tackle for loss last Saturday at UCLA and now leads the team in sacks with 5.5 and is tied for the team lead with seven tackles for loss ... In the last two games (Oregon and UCLA), Jenkins has accounted for 14 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

• Redshirt freshman punter Jay Ottovegio sports a 41.0 average and is attempting to become the first freshman punter in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt ... He has landed 14 of his 45 punts inside the 20-yard line.

• The Cardinal has committed just 11 turnovers all season - an average of 1.375 per game ... A year ago, Stanford committed 26 turnovers in 11 games, an average of 2.36 per game ... Stanford ranks second in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation this season in turnover margin (+.88 per game).

• Stanford has allowed just its opponents to score just four TDs in 11 trips inside the Red Zone the past three games vs. Washington State, Oregon and UCLA ... The Cardinal has also forced two turnovers and held on downs during this time.

• Stanford has six players from the state of Arizona, including RFr. OL Mikal Brewer (Peoria), Fr. QB Garrett Moore (Scottsdale), Fr. OL Ben Muth (Phoenix), Jr. CB Nick Silvas (Phoenix), Fr. OL Allen Smith (Tempe) and RFr. OLB Udeme Udofia (Scottsdale).

• In his first year in the starting lineup, junior OLB Jon Alston is proving to be a force for Stanford ... The Shreveport, Louisiana native is third on the team in total tackles with 47 and tackles for loss with 6.5 and he is second on the team in quarterback sacks with four ... He also has one fumble recovery and is tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles

• TE Alex Smith leads the team in all-purpose running with 532 yards and could become the first tight end in school history to lead the team in all-purpose running in a season.

• QB Trent Edwards is averaging 211.9 yards in total offense per game to lead the team ... Should he finish the season near that average, it would be the best on The Farm since Todd Husak averaged 269.1 in leading Stanford to the 1999 Pac-10 championship and 2000 Rose Bowl.

• The Cardinal has already equaled its win total from a year ago in both overall and Pac-10 games ... Stanford, 4-4 overall and 2-3 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.™