Stanford Hosts Oregon State In Final Home Game
Nov. 7, 2004
Game #10 - Oregon State (4-5, 3-3) at Stanford (4-5, 2-4)
Date: November 13, 2004
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
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 13when it plays host to Oregon State (4-5, 3-3) as the Cardinal attempts to snapits three-game losing streak ... For Stanford to qualify for a post-season bowlgame, it must win its final two games - Saturday at home vs. OSU and at Cal inthe 107th Big Game November 20 in Berkeley ... The Cardinal is coming off ahard-fought 34-31 loss at Arizona State while Oregon State lost to No. 1 rankedUSC last Saturday in Corvallis ... The Beavers are in the same position as theCardinal 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 threetough losses in a row have put the Cardinal in a must-win situation ... The Beavershad 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 ofthe 2004 Cardinal ... The list includes FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, ILB DavidBergeron, FL Greg Camarillo, QB Ryan Eklund, OLB Jared Newberry, DEScott Scharff, TE Alex Smith, DE Will Svitek, RB Kenneth Tolon, CB LeighTorrence and CB Stanley Wilson.
CARDINAL-OREGON STATE SERIES NOTES
Oregon State has won the last three meetings with Stanford and four of the lastfive, but the Cardinal leads the overall series by a wide margin, 46-21-3 ... TheBeavers, who beat Stanford a year ago 43-3, defeated the Cardinal in their lastmeeting at Stanford Stadium (31-21 in 2002) ... Oregon State also beat theCardinal in 2000, 38-6 ... Stanford's last win over OSU was a 21-17 victory atStanford 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 asthe Beavers held Stanford to season lows in both rushing yards (-12) and totaloffense (133) ... Meanwhile, the Beavers' Steven Jackson rushed for 148 yardsand one touchdown and quarterback Derek Anderson threw for 383 yards andfour touchdowns as Oregon State snapped Stanford's two-game winning streak.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: ARIZONA STATE 34, STANFORD 31
HEAD COACH Buddy Teevens
Forty-seven year old Buddy Teevens is in his third season at Stanford afterbeing named the Cardinal's head coach on January 9, 2002 ... Teevens' 23-yearcareer prior to coming to Stanford included 12 as a head coach ... A 1979 graduateof Dartmouth College, he had previously held the head coaching position atthe University of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane ... Teevens spent three seasonsat Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier ... Teevens was the headcoach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth for five years (1987-91) andat 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 inschool history last Saturday after his five reception, 112-yard, two touchdownperformance at Arizona State ... Smith, a fifth-year senior from Denver, Colorado,now has 104 career receptions, breaking the old mark of 100 set by BobMoore (1968-70) ... Smith also has 1,229 receiving yards and eight touchdowns,both second in the record book behind Moore caught many of his passesfrom Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett ... Smith, who has 49 receptionsthis season for 644 yards and three touchdowns, also has a chance at the singleseason tight end reception record (61 by Greg Baty, 1985) ... He needs 12catches in the final two games to catch Baty ... Smith currently ranks third inthe conference in receptions per game (5.44) and fifth in receiving yards pergame (71.5) - both marks are tops among Pac-10 tight ends ... He has caught24 passes for 358 yards the past three games vs. Oregon (nine receptions, 110yards), UCLA (10 catches, 136 yards) and Arizona State (five receptions, 112yards, two TDs) ... Against Oregon (Oct. 23), Smith established career highsin both receptions and receiving yards, only to break both marks the followingweek 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 toprankedUSC, he had five receptions for 45 yards ... Smith had four receptionsfor 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 Stanfordtight 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 JohnMackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end ... Smith, who lastweek was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week for his performanceat UCLA (10 receptions, 136 yards), has earned the repuatation as one of thenation's premier tight ends ... The Mackey Award is given to the 'collegiatetight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and communityvalues 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) andreceiving yards per game (71.56) for a tight end ... Smith, who leads the Cardinalwith 49 receptions, has caught 24 passes the past three games ... Amongtight 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 endsnationally include Garrett Mills of Tulsa (4.67 rpg, 51.44 ypg), Clark Harris ofRutgers (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 Cardinaltight ends who have moved on to play in the NFL ... Six of the last seven startingtight 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 highlyregarded 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 OshiomoghoAtogwe enters the 2004 campaign as one of the top safeties in college footballand 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 'WatchList' and ranked as one of the top safeties in the nation ... He has led the teamin tackles the past two years and is attempting to become only the third playerin 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 intackles per game (4th with 8.2 tpg), fumbles caused (1st, 0.55 per game) andfumble recoveries (1st, 0.55 per game) ... From 2002-04 (31 games), he hasseven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles ... Throughnine games of the 2004 campaign, Atogwe is again proving to be a force ... Heis 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 Stanfordin 2004 and has shown that he has the potential to be one of the top quarterbacksin the Pacific-10 Conference ... He was replaced in the second half oflast week's game at Arizona State due to an injury to his left shoulder and hisstatus for this week's game vs. Oregon State is uncertain ... For the season hehas completed 148-of-274 for 1,732 yards and eight TDs ... He threw for acareer-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 yardsand 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 ... Edwardsthrew his first interception of the season against the Trojans, snapping hisstring 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 NotreDame and 202 yards and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore in Stanford'swin at Washington State... Against Oregon, Edwards was knocked out ofthe 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 tobegin 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 gamesthis 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 Edwardswas 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 Cardinalahead with 2:02 to play ... Against Oregon, Ostrander completed 18-of-29
ALSTON PROVIDING BIG PLAYS FOR CARDINAL DEFENSE
Junior outside linebacker Jon Alston has emerged in 2004 to become not onlyone 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 hasproven 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 accountedfor four quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, seven total tackles, one forcedfumble and one fumble recovery ... The last player to account for as many asthree 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 theBuffalo Bills ... For the season, he now leads the team in sacks (eight), tacklesfor loss (11.5) and forced fumbles (three), is tied for the team lead with twofumble 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 tacklesfor loss (1.28 per game), tied for second in forced fumbles (0.33 per game) andtied 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, includingfour who have more than 20 receptions each ... Tight end Alex Smith leads theway with 49 catches for 644 yards, followed by Evan Moore with 34 receptionsfor 533 yards, Mark Bradford (27 receptions, 378 yards) and Justin McCullum(23 receptions, 329 yards) ... Those four also combine to form one of thebiggest receiving corps in recent years on The Farm ... Moore is the team'sbiggest target at 6-7, 235, followed by Smith at 6-5, 255, McCullum at 6-4, 220and 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 duohappens to be the Cardinal's starting receivers ... Sophomores Mark Bradfordand 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 timein basketball at point guard while Moore, at 6-7, 235, is one of the team's toppower forwards ... Stanford has had a storied past of two-sport athletes, includingsome of the greatest names in school history ... Some of the great footballtwo-sport athletes include NFL Hall of Fame QB John Elway (baseball) andNFL Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton (track), two-time Olympic gold medaldecathlete 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, currentlya 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 (15.7ypc) and scored five touchdowns in 2004 and has given notice that his size andathletic ability are one of Stanford's top offensive weapons ... Moore, whoopened 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 receptionsfor 56 yards and one touchdown - that coming on a 24-yard pass from TrentEdwards... Against top-ranked USC, he caught five passes for 47 yards andone touchdown ... Against Washington, he caught three balls for 68 yards ...Moore had five catches for 72 yards at Notre Dame ... In the Cardinal's winat Washington State, he had two catches for 75 yards, one of which went for a67-yard touchdown ...He leads the team with five receiving touchdowns and a15.7 yards per reception average... In his starting debut against SJS (September4), one of Moore's TD catches is certain to make the season highlight reel ... Ona fourth-and-two from the SJS 30-yard line, Moore took an inside route againstthe Spartan's 5-9 defender and made an acrobatic, one-handed catch on a passthrown by Edwards ... Earlier, Moore caught a 22-yard touchdown pass on theCardinal'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 JustinMcCullum has emerged in 2004 as one of Stanford's top offensive threats ...McCullum, the son of former NFL player Sam and brother of former Cardinalreceiver Jamien, came to Stanford in 2001 as one of the nation's prized recruitsfrom Mercer Island HS in Washington ... After redshirting in '01, he suffered aseason ending knee injury in training camp prior to the 2002 season, which notonly 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 passesfor 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 receptionsin Stanford's win at Washington State ... He also completed a pass to MarkBradford that went for 42 yards ... At 6-4, 200, McCullum gives the Cardinalanother 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 Stanfordreturned nine starters, including three linebackers and its entire secondary, andseveral lettermen to its defensive unit in 2004 ... Six of the team's nine returningstarters are fifth-year seniors who have been in the starting lineup in each ofthe past two seasons ... Eleven returning players on defense started at least fourgames 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, fifthyearseniors include CBs Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson, FS OshiomoghoAtogwe, 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 in2004, giving him 1,570 career rushing yards and moving him closer to theschool's all-time top-10 list ... Tolon, who led the team in rushing last seasonwith 522 yards, is 119 yards shy of Vincent White (1979-82) for No. 10on Stanford's career rushing list ... Tolon, who did not start the SJS game butgained 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 GlynMilburn (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 wereexpected 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 byswitching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, allowing another linebacker to get on thefield ... And what we've seen through nine games is a linebacking corps amongthe best in the Pac-10 ... Returning starters Jared Newberry, Kevin Schimmelmannand David Bergergon have been joined in the starting lineup by juniorJon Alston, who is athletic and fast and is currently leading the team in tacklesfor loss (11.5) and sacks (eight) ... Schimmelmann leads the team in tackleswith 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 in2000 and, four years later, has emerged as one of the team leaders and one of thetop players in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Named one of two team captains ofthe '04 Cardinal - along with Oshiomogho Atogwe, Newberry has started thepast 19 games at outside linebacker ... He is a three-year letterwinner who wasnamed honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season ... His teammates recognizedhim as the Russell-Huston Award winner for 'exemplifying aggressiveness,exceptional performance and unheralded efforts' ... Newberry led the team lastyear with 10 tackles for loss and was second with 67 tackles ... Prior to earninga starting role as an outside linebacker, Newberry played inside linebacker(2000) and fullback (2001) as well as special teams ... In 2001, he was theteam's backup fullback ... He had two carries that year - both coming againstArizona State - for 29 yards and one touchdown ... He scored on a 19-yard runup the middle against the Sun Devils.
EXPERIENCED TRIO AT CORNERBACK
Stanford sports an experienced trio of cornerbacks in seniors Leigh Torrenceand Stanley Wilson and junior T.J. Rushing ... The trio has taken virtually allthe snaps at cornerback since 2002 and is among the most experienced units inthe Pac-10 ... Torrence has started 29 games, Wilson 25 and Rushing eight from2002-04 ... Torrence was named First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 and honorablemention all-conference last season ... He leads the team with four interceptionsand his 0.44 interceptions per game rank tied for second in the Pac-10 andtied 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 forloss, against top-ranked USC and had six tackles, including two tackles-for-losslast Saturday at Arizona State ...Wilson intercepted his first pass of the seasonagainst Washington (Oct. 2) and returned it 51 yards to the Huskies four-yardline ... 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 firsttrue freshman in school history to lead the team in receiving yards ... Bradfordcaught 37 balls for 587 yards and three touchdowns last year and has earned thereputation as one of the top young receivers in the Pac-10 ... He caught threepasses in the season opener vs. SJS and four against BYU and USC...He led theteam with five catches for 79 yards against Washington (oct. 2) ... His 64 careerreceptions is tops on the team among wide receivers ... He is currently third onthe team with 27 catches for 378 yards (14.0 ypc) ... Against BYU, Bradfordtook a short pass and used some nifty moves and speed to turn it into a 76-yardplay ... He had three cathces for 75 yards against Washington State, includingone for 42-yards ... Bradford, also a point guard on the Cardinal basketballteam, started the final eight games of the '03 football season and was named theteam's top freshman, First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and Third Team FreshmanAll-America.
SCHIMMELMANN SHINES IN FOURTH POSITION IN FOUR YEARS
Now in his fourth season, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann may have finally found ahome - and a position - that suits him ... The junior from Marietta, Georgia, hadplayed free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker prior to moving to insidelinebacker for the 2004 campaign ... And, after nine games, he has emerged asthe 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 careerinterception, and was credited with one forced fumble, a pass break up and atackle for loss ... He had a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC andnine at Notre Dame and against Oregon ... In Stanford's win over WSU, Schimmelmannhad seven tackles and a pass break up ... He has also recorded twotackles for loss, a quarterback sack, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble ...A two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, Schimmelmann startedsix games at outside linebacker a year ago and played in all 11, accounting for49 total tackles and eight tackles for loss ... In the Cardinal's 20 games in 2003and '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; MarkHarmon, 11 in 1981) ... Sgroi is now 12-of-17 in 2004 ... His 1.33 field goalsper game ranks him second in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the NCAA ... In the Cardinalrecord 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 moveinto the record book in career PATs ... He is currently 65-of-68 in his careerand is three PATs shy of No. 10 in the Cardinal record book ... Sgroi began theyear by missing his first three field goals, one in the season opener vs. San JoseState and the first two he atttempted against BYU ... But, he came back to makethree 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 beforemissing 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 fourspent time in the starting lineup as redshirt freshman a year ago while two,Ismail Simpson and Jeff Edwards, were full-time starters in 2003 ... Simpsonstarted all 11 games a year ago at left guard while Edwards was the team'sstarter at right guard through the first eight games before he suffered a seasonendinginjury ... Josiah Vinson had three starting assignments last year whileJon Cochran started two games ... Brian Head was the team's starter at centerfor 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 atguard vs. Notre Dame and the other two at center vs. Oregon and UCLA ... Allfive starter will return in 2005 and four of the five will be back in 2006.