Final Home Game for 11 Seniors on Saturday as Cardinal Hosts Oregon State
Nov. 7, 2004
Date: November 13, 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
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 46-21-3
Last Meeting: November 15, 2003 at OSU (43-3 Oregon State)
OREGON STATE UP NEXT AS CARDINAL HOSTS FINAL HOME
Stanford (4-5, 2-4) concludes in home schedule on Saturday, November 13 when it plays host to Oregon State (4-5, 3-3) as the Cardinal attempts to snap its three-game losing streak ... For Stanford to qualify for a post-season bowl game, it must win its final two games - Saturday at home vs. OSU and at Cal in the 107th Big Game November 20 in Berkeley ... The Cardinal is coming off a hard-fought 34-31 loss at Arizona State while Oregon State lost to No. 1 ranked USC last Saturday in Corvallis ... The Beavers are in the same position as the Cardinal having to win its final two games to qualify for a post-season bowl ... Stanford was 4-2 on Oct. 16 after a 23-17 win at Washington State, but three tough losses in a row have put the Cardinal in a must-win situation ... The Beavers had won three straight prior to losing last Saturday to USC.
FINAL HOME GAME FOR 11 SENIORS
Saturday will mark the final game at Stanford Stadium for 11 members of the 2004 Cardinal ... The list includes FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, ILB David Bergeron, FL Greg Camarillo, QB Ryan Eklund, OLB Jared Newberry, DE Scott Scharff, TE Alex Smith, DE Will Svitek, RB Kenneth Tolon, CB Leigh Torrence and CB Stanley Wilson.
CARDINAL-OREGON STATE SERIES NOTES
Oregon State has won the last three meetings with Stanford and four of the last five, but the Cardinal leads the overall series by a wide margin, 46-21-3 ... The Beavers, who beat Stanford a year ago 43-3, defeated the Cardinal in their last meeting at Stanford Stadium (31-21 in 2002) ... Oregon State also beat the Cardinal in 2000, 38-6 ... Stanford's last win over OSU was a 21-17 victory at Stanford Stadium in 1999 ... Prior to the last five games, the Cardinal had a 23-3-1 record vs. Oregon State from 1969-95 ... Last year's game was all OSU as the Beavers held Stanford to season lows in both rushing yards (-12) and total offense (133) ... Meanwhile, the Beavers' Steven Jackson rushed for 148 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Derek Anderson threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon State snapped Stanford's two-game winning streak.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: ARIZONA STATE 34, STANFORD 31
ASU came back and drove 80 yards on 13 plays to score the game winning touchdown with :09 left on the clock. QB Andrew Walter hit WR Matt Miller on a four-yard pass for the score.
Ostrander replaced starter Trent Edwards at quarterback after Edwards was knocked out of the game on the first play of the second half.
Ostrander led the Cardinal to 17 unanswered points as Stanford erased a 26-14 deficit and took a 31-26 lead.
Walters passed for 415 yards and four touchdowns while RB Rudy Burgess rushed for 186 yards on 34 carries.
The loss was the third straight the Cardinal.
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).
SMITH SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR RECEPTIONS BY TIGHT END
Senior tight end Alex Smith became the most prolific receiving tight end in school history last Saturday after his five reception, 112-yard, two touchdown performance at Arizona State ... Smith, a fifth-year senior from Denver, Colorado, now has 104 career receptions, breaking the old mark of 100 set by Bob Moore (1968-70) ... Smith also has 1,229 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, both second in the record book behind Moore caught many of his passes from Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett ... Smith, who has 49 receptions this season for 644 yards and three touchdowns, also has a chance at the single season tight end reception record (61 by Greg Baty, 1985) ... He needs 12 catches in the final two games to catch Baty ... Smith currently ranks third in the conference in receptions per game (5.44) and fifth in receiving yards per game (71.5) - both marks are tops among Pac-10 tight ends ... He has caught 24 passes for 358 yards the past three games vs. Oregon (nine receptions, 110 yards), UCLA (10 catches, 136 yards) and Arizona State (five receptions, 112 yards, two TDs) ... 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.
SMITH STRONG CANDIDATE FOR MACKEY AWARD AS TOP TE
Alex Smith has put himself in position to be a strong candidate for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end ... Smith, who last week was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for his performance at UCLA (10 receptions, 136 yards), has earned the repuatation as one of the nation's premier tight ends ... The Mackey Award is given to the 'collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.'
SMITH AMONG TOP TIGHT ENDS IN THE NATION
Alex Smith ranks second in the nation in both receptions per game (5.44) and receiving yards per game (71.56) for a tight end ... Smith, who leads the Cardinal with 49 receptions, has caught 24 passes the past three games ... Among tight ends, only Trey Haverty from Texas Tech is ranked higher than Smith ... Haverty averages 6.33 receptions and 88 yards per game ... Other top tight ends nationally include Garrett Mills of Tulsa (4.67 rpg, 51.44 ypg), Clark Harris of Rutgers (4.44, 60.89) and Joe Newton of Oregon State (4.33, 54.67).
SMITH FOLLOWING IN LONG LIST OF NFL 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 is highly regarded by NFL scouts and should be playing on Sundays in 2005.
HONORS CANDIDATE: FREE SAFETY 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 (31 games), he has seven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Through nine games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force ... He is second on the team with 56 tackles while also recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles, five pass break ups and two tackles for loss.
EDWARDS ASSERTS HIMSELF AS ONE OF TOP YOUNG QBs
Sophomore quarterback Trent Edwards has started all nine games for Stanford in 2004 and has shown that he has the potential to be one of the top quarterbacks in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He was replaced in the second half of last week's game at Arizona State due to an injury to his left shoulder and his status for this week's game vs. Oregon State is uncertain ... For the season he has completed 148-of-274 for 1,732 yards and eight TDs ... 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 at UCLA (Oct. 30)... He is the first sophomore to begin the season as the team's bona fide starter since Chad Hutchinson in 1996.
OSTRANDER IMPRESSIVE IN LIMITED DUTY IN 2004
Redshirt freshman quarterback T.C. Ostrander has played in only four games this season, all in a reserve role, but has been impressive when given the opportunity ... Most of his playing time has come in the two games Trent Edwards was knocked out due to injury (Oregon, Arizona State) ... For the season, Ostrander has completed 31-of-55 (.564) for 519 yards and three touchdowns ... In last week's game at ASU, he went eight-of-15 for 161 yards and a touchdown - that coming on a 67-yard pass play to tight end Alex Smith to put the Cardinal ahead with 2:02 to play ... Against Oregon, Ostrander completed 18-of-29 for 236 yards and a touchdown ... A graduate of nearby Menlo-Atherton High School, Ostrander could receive his first start on Saturday against Oregon State if Edwards is unable to play.
ALSTON PROVIDING BIG PLAYS FOR CARDINAL DEFENSE
Junion outside linebacker Jon Alston has emerged in 2004 to become not only one of Stanford's big playmakers on defense, but one of the best in the Pac-10 ... In his first season as a full-time starter, the Shreveport, Louisianna native has proven to be a player opponents must worry about when playing the Cardinal ... He played one of his best games last week at Arizona State when he accounted for four quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, seven total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... The last player to account for as many as three sacks in a game was Coy Wire vs. Arizona State during the 2000 season ... Wire, who played linebacker for Stanford, is now a starting safety for the Buffalo Bills ... For the season, he now leads the team in sacks (eight), tackles for loss (11.5) and forced fumbles (three), is tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and is third on the team in total tackles with 54 ... In the Pac-10, Alston is tied for third in sacks (0.89 per game), tied for seventh in tackles for loss (1.28 per game), tied for second in forced fumbles (0.33 per game) and tied for seventh in fumble recoveries (0.22 per game).
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 49 catches for 644 yards, followed by Evan Moore with 34 receptions for 533 yards, Mark Bradford (27 receptions, 378 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 MAKING HIS PRESENCE KNOW ON FOOTBALL FIELD
Sophomore Evan Moore (6-7, 235) has caught 34 balls for 533 yards (15.7 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 leads the team with five receiving touchdowns and a 15.7 yards per reception average... 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, 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.
CARDINAL DEFENSE INCLUDES SIX, FIFTH-YEAR SENIORS
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.
TOLON NEARING ELITE GROUP OF CARDINAL RUSHERS
Senior Kenneth Tolon has gained 356 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2004, giving him 1,570 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 119 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 12 career rushing TDs, one behind Brian Allen (1998-2001) and Glyn Milburn (1990-92) for No. 9 on the school's all-time list.
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 nine 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 leading the team in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (eight) ... Schimmelmann leads the team in tackles with 58, while Newberry and Bergeron have enjoyed outstanding seasons.
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 19 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 ... 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 since 2002 and is among the most experienced units in the Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 29 games, Wilson 25 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 0.44 interceptions per game rank tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for 15th in the NCAA ... Rushing has 28 tackles and six tackles for loss ... He had a career high eight tackles, along with a forced fumble and tackle for loss, against top-ranked USC and had six tackles, including two tackles-for-loss last Saturday at Arizona State ...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 42 total tackles and five pass break ups.
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 64 career receptions is tops on the team among wide receivers ... He is currently third on the team with 27 catches for 378 yards (14.0 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 nine games, he has emerged as the team leader in tackles with 58 and a solid contributor to the Cardinal defense ... Against 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 20 games in 2003 and '04, he has started 15, played in all 20 and accounted for 107 tackles.
SGROI MOVES INTO RECORD BOOK IN CAREER FIELD GOALS
Junior placekicker Michael Sgroi hit 10 consecutive field goals earlier this season, the third longest streak in school history (John Hopkins, 12 in 1988; Mark Harmon, 11 in 1981) ... Sgroi is now 12-of-17 in 2004 ... His 1.33 field goals per game ranks him second in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the NCAA ... In the Cardinal record book, Sgroi is No. 7 all-time on the Farm with 28 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 65-of-68 in his career and is three 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 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.
Junior T. J. Rushing continues to lead the Pac-10 in kickoff returns with a 29.67 average ... He ranks seventh 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) ... Earlier this season, Rushing had a 99-yard return vs. BYU, the second longest in school history.
DE Julian Jenkins recorded five tackles and a tackle for loss last Saturday at Arizona State, giving him 43 total tackles on to the season, eight tackles for loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks ... Those numbers are tops on the team among Cardinal defensive lineman.
Redshirt freshman punter Jay Ottovegio sports a 41.4 average and is attempting to become the first freshman punter in school history to average more than 40 yards per punt ... He has landed 17 of his 51 punts inside the 20-yard line.
So. ILB Michael Okwo played most of the second half in last week's game at ASU after starter Kevin Schimmelmann went out with a knee injury and was impressive as he accounted for a career-high eight tackles and a pass break up.
Junior RB J.R. Lemon did not play in Saturday's game at ASU due to injury, but he still leads the team with 438 yards rushing ...He gained 162 yards earlier this year against Washington, the best for a Cardinal running back in 10 years ... Lemon also showed his speed by scoring on an 82-yard run against top-ranked USC.™