Cardinal Hosts Undefeated and 8th Ranked UCLA Saturday at Stanford Stadium
Oct. 23, 2005
Date: October 29, 2005
Kickoff: 3:30 pm
Site: Stanford, 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 41-31-3
Last Meeting: UCLA 21, Stanford 0, Oct. 30, 2004 at Rose Bowl
Series Notes Stanford has won last three games with UCLA at Stanford
Cardinal Hosts Undefeated and 8th Ranked UCLA
Stanford (4-2, 3-1) will put its three-game winning streak on the line on Saturday when it hosts undefeated UCLA (7-0, 4-0) in a key Pac-10 game ... The Bruins enter the game ranked eighth in the nation USA Today and AP ... The game will be the first for the Cardinal this season against a nationally-ranked team ... Stanford's three-game winning streak is the longest on The Farm since the 2001 season and its three straight Pac-10 wins are the most since the 1999 team began the year with five consecutive conference wins en route to winning the Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth ... The Bruins are coming off a 51-28 win over Oregon State last week and have recorded impressive wins this season over Oklahoma and California ... UCLA has scored at least 40 points in six of their seven games this season and come into the game ranked fifth in the nation in scoring offense (44.43 points per game) ... A Cardinal victory would give Stanford four straight Pac-10 wins for the first time since 1996
Stanford-UCLA Series Notes
While the Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford 41-31-3, the two teams have a history of playing competitively against one another ... The two teams have split the last six games (1999-04) with each winning three times on its home turf ... Since 1991, UCLA has won eight of the 14 games played against the Cardinal ... Stanford has won the last three games played at Stanford Stadium, which includes a 42-32 win in '99, 38-28 in '01 and 21-14 in '03.
Stanford vs. the Top-10
Stanford's last win against a top-10 team was a 38-28 victory over No. 4 and unbeaten UCLA in 2001 ... The Cardinal, however, has lost seven straight to top-10 teams and is 3-8 vs. top-10 teams since the 2000 season ... A year ago, Stanford lost to No. 1 ranked USC and No. 4 California in the Big Game ... Stanford's three wins over top-10 teams since 2000 have come against No. 5 Texas in 2000 and No. 5 Oregon in 2001 along with the win over No. 4 UCLA in 2001.
Cardinal vs. Top-10 and Undefeated Bruins
Saturday's matchup with UCLA will not be the first time Stanford has faced a Bruin team that is ranked in the top-10 and unbeaten ... The last two times it has occurred, in 1998 and 2001, Stanford has recorded one win and come very close to upsetting UCLA in the other game ... In 2001, UCLA entered the game 6-0 and ranked fourth in the nation, but the Cardinal was 4-1 and on the verge of making noise on the national level ...Stanford jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead, extended its margin to 31-7, then held on as the Bruins closed to 31-28 with less than five minutes to play ... The Cardinal won the game 38-28 on the strength of quarterback Chris Lewis' day (20-of-29, 250 yards, three TDs), the running tandem of Kerry Carter (29 carries, 102 yards) and Brian Allen (16-87) and a defense that allowed just 57 yards rushing by the Bruins ... The 1998 game was filled with drama as Stanford entered the game with a 1-6 record and led No. 2 UCLA (6-0) by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter ... Todd Husak, now a graduate assistant on the Cardinal staff, threw for 419 yards and led Stanford to a 24-14 lead after three periods, but UCLA scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to record a 28-24 victory at the Rose Bowl.
A Look Back: UCLA 21, Stanford 0, October 30, 2004
Maurice Drew rushed for over 100 yards and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in leading the Bruins to a 21-0 shutout over the Cardinal at the Rose Bowl ... Stanford, which struggled all day offensively against the Bruin defense, was unable to establish a consistent rushing attack and was forced to rely on quarterback Trent Edwards, who completed 24-of-46 for 224 yards, but threw three interceptions ... UCLA rushed for 246 yards, 105 by Drew and 87 by Manual White.
Cardinal-Arizona State: Reviewing Last Week's Game
Stanford led ASU 45-7 in the third quarter, but the Sun Devils scored the game's final 28 points, including 21-0 in the fourth quarter.
Cardinal QB Trent Edwards threw for a career-high 303 yards and tied a career-best with three TD passes.
Stanford blocked two punts in the half, which both led to touchdowns.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo recorded a career-high three sacks in leading a Cardinal defense that had seven sacks overall against the Sun Devils.
Stanford's 45 points were the most scored since it tallied 63 against San Jose State in the second game of the 2002 season.
WR Mark Bradford had a career day with nine receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The 185 receiving yards is the 10th highest single game total in school history.
Head Coach Walt Harris
In eight seasons at Pitt, Walt Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 11 as a head coach ... His career record stands at 67-70, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 4-2 at Stanford ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.
Fourth Quarter Finishes
Three of Stanford's wins this season have come in close games that have been decided in the fourth quarter ... A year ago, Stanford had three, three point games - and lost them all ... In 2005, the Cardinal has been able to make a defensive stand in each of those wins to preserve the victory ... The Cardinal led Navy 41-38 when the Midshipmen took over with 1:47 to play and a chance to win the game ... But, the Cardinal defense forced a sack and two incomplete passes before taking over on downs ... Against WSU, the Cardinal again led by three points when the Cougars took over with 1:01 left in the game ... An interception by Nick Sanchez gave the Cardinal the win ... Last week at Arizona, the Wildcats trailed 20-14 with 3:53 and the ball at midfield, but a Brandon Harrison interception ended UA's threat.
Turnover Tale: No Turnovers Last Three Games
Stanford is 4-0 this season when it wins the turnover battle and 0-2 when it loses ... In its four wins over Navy, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State, Stanford is plus-9 while in its two loses, the Cardinal in minus-2 ... Stanford has committed one turnover in its four wins and seven in its two loses ... Stanford has not committed a turnover in its last three games while causing eight by its opponents ... In the Cardinal's 20-16 win over Arizona on Oct. 15, Stanford forced five Wildcat turnovers while committing none ... The Cardinal scored 13 of its 20 points vs. Arizona off turnovers ... Stanford currently ranks first in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation in turnover margin (plus 1.17 per game).
Road Warriors: Stanford Perfect on the Road
The Cardinal is a perfect 3-0 on the road in 2005 ... Stanford has beaten Navy, Washington State and Arizona on the road in front of loud, hostile crowds ... At home, the Cardinal has lost to UC Davis and Oregon and beaten Arizona State ... Stanford has won three straight road games - and two Pac-10 road games on successive weekends - for the first time since it won four straight in 1995.
Stanford has Third Toughest Schedule According to NCAA
Stanford's 2005 schedule is currently ranked the third toughest in the nation, according to the NCAA (rankings based on opponent's won-loss record in 2005) ... The Cardinal's future schedule, which includes three top-10 teams and four in the top-25, is ranked second in the nation ... Stanford's remaining schedule includes top-ranked USC (7-0), No. 8 UCLA (7-0), No. 10 Notre Dame (5-2) and No. 21 Cal (6-2) ... Stanford's five remaining opponents have an aggregate record of 29-7, a winning percentage of .805 ... Three of the four games against the top-25 teams will be played at Stanford Stadium: Oct. 29 vs. UCLA, Nov. 19 vs. Cal and Nov. 26 vs. Notre Dame ... Stanford must play at No. 1 USC on Nov. 5.
Final Season in Original Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium, built in 1921, has served as home of the Cardinal football program for the past 83 years ... This season, however, will mark the final year in the original Stadium before a major renovation begins immediately following the Cardinal's season finale vs. Notre Dame on November 26, 2005 ... The Cardinal will play six home games in Stanford Stadium this season and moments after the season finale against the Fighting Irish, the process will begin on an $85-90 million renovation project ... See page 6 of this press release for more details on the Stadium renovation project.
Noting Quarterback Trent Edwards
Fourth-year senior Trent Edwards continues to make his mark as one of the top quarterbacks in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He has been the driving force on the Cardinal offense in 2005, both with his passing and running skills ... He has started 19 games and played in 23 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all six games this season, but was limited to just two series in the second game of the year vs. UC Davis due to injury ... Edwards has completed 92-of-146 for 1,098 yards and 10 touchdowns this year ... Throughout his career, he has thrown for 3,566 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing 317-of-587 passes ... In last Saturday's game with Arizonan State, he established a career high by throwing for 303 yards on 19-of-27 with three touchdowns and no interceptions ... He turned in one of his finest performances as a Cardinal against WSU (Oct. 8) as he threw for 257 yards on 19-of-28 passing and rushed for an additional 92 yards on 12 carries ... He equalled his career-best by throwing three touchdown passes, with no interceptions, in leading Stanford to a 24-14 win at WSU ... He was named the team's starting quarterback on August 28 after an intense competition with junior T.C. Ostrander ... Edwards, who has one more year of eligibility remaining after the 2005 season, completed 21-of-33 against Navy in the season opener for 235 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions ... ... Trent came to Stanford as one of the nation's most highly sought-after prep quarterbacks from nearby Los Gatos High School in 2002 and, after sitting out his true freshman season, he earned a starting role during the 2003 and '04 campaigns ... He was the team's starter a year ago over the first nine games before an injury forced him to miss the final two ... He threw for 1,732 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 while completing 149-of-274 (.544) ... Missed the final two games of the year vs. Oregon State and California ... He began the year by completing 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 43-3 win over San Jose State ... He came back the next week to throw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over BYU ... Edwards was impressive in game three vs. top-ranked USC as he engineered two long drives in the first half and finished the game completing 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two TDs ... He had seven touchdown passes and just one interception through the first three games of the year ... In game four, he was equally effective in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington as he completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He set career high marks by completing 24 passes and attempting 46 at the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA ... Injuries forced him from game seven against Oregon and game nine against Arizona State.
Last Three Games for Edwards: 10 TDs, No Interceptions
Consider the last three games for Trent Edwards, which all ended in Cardinal victories: 54-of-81 (.667) for 697 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions along with 27 rushes for 118 yards ... Edwards currently has a streak of 86 consecutive passes without an interception ... He has thrown just two interceptions this season, both coming in game three vs. Oregon ... In the last three, however, Edwards has led the Cardinal offense in both rushing and passing ... He ran for 92 yards and threw for 257 and three touchdowns in Stanford's win at WSU and last week, he threw for a career-high 303 yards.
Edwards Rushing Performance Among Best Ever for QB
Trent Edwards was a running threat against Washington State as he was credited with 12 carries for 92 yards while leading the team in rushing against the Cougars ... Edwards, who entered the game with a net of (-10) yards on the ground after three games, gained 103 yards, but lost 11 on two sacks ... He fell just shy of becoming only the second Cardinal quarterback in the modern era (since WWII) to rush for over 100 yards in a game ... The only other Stanford quarterback to rush for over 100 in a game was Don Bunce vs. Washington State in 1969 (13 carries, 129 yards) ... Edwards has been Stanford's leading rusher the past three games as he has carried 27 times for 118 yards ... He has rushed for a net of 108 yards this season ... The school record for season rushing yards by a quarterback is 248 set in 1971 by Bunce.
Offensive Output vs. WSU Best Since 2002
Stanford's rushing and total offense output at Washington State (Oct. 8) were the best on The Farm since the 2002 season ... The Cardinal gained 475 yards in total offense against the Cougars, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 563 yards against San Jose State on September 24, 2002 ... The Cardinal rushed for 218 yards in Pullman, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 239 at Arizona State on September 28, 2002.
Bradford's Performance vs. ASU No. 10 All-Time
Junior Mark Bradford turned in one of the finest games for a wide receiver in Stanford history last Saturday vs. Arizona State when he recorded nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns ... Bradford, who leads the team with 27 catches for 410 yards and five touchdowns, hauled in TD receptions from Trent Edwards from 32 and 31 yards out against the Sun Devils ... His 185 receiving yards against ASU is the 10th highest single game total in school history ... Bradford, from Fremont High School in Los Angeles, has 98 career receptions for 1,479 yards (15.1 ypc) and nine TDs...He had four career receiving touchdowns entering the 2005 campaign and he already has five through six games.
Schimmelmann Finalist for 'Draddy Award'
Senior ILB Kevin Schimmelmann has been named a semifinalist for the 'Draddy Award,' better known as the Academic Heisman ... He is a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection who is currently working a Master's degree in Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Economics ... The Draddy Award is one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards ... It recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
Schimmelmann Among League Leaders in Tackles
Three-year letter-winner and two-year starter Kevin Schimmelmann is sixth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game at 8.3 ... The fifth-year senior has registered 50 total tackles this season ... He has also recorded four tackles for loss, three pass break ups, two quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... In the season opener at Navy, he had 12 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... In game two vs. UC Davis, Schimmelmann had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... He scored a touchdown against the Aggies after he sacked QB Jon Grant in the end zone and recovered the fumble for Stanford's first TD of the game ... He added 10 tackles in Stanford's win over Arizona State ... He was leading the Cardinal in tackles last season when an injury forced him to miss the final two games of the year ... In nine games, he had 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and interception ... In 2003, he played in all 11 games and started six, finishing with 49 tackles and eight tackles for loss as an outside linebacker ... Schimmelmann, a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, has played in 34 games and started 19 for Stanford since 2002 ... Throughout his career on The Farm, Schimmelmann has played four positions, including inside and outside linebacker and free and strong safety
Stanford's Starting Nose Tackle: Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Conference ... A native of Naperville, Ill., Oshinowo is of Nigerian decent and his full name is Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr. ... He entered the 2005 season as a First-Team preseason all-conference pick and ranked among the top defensive lineman in the nation ... In the season opener against Navy, Oshinowo recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss ... He had five tackles in Stanford's win at Washington State and four tackles and a pass deflection at Arizona the following week ... Against Arizona State on Oct. 22, he had a career day by recording nine tackles, including four tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks ... A 6-2, 320-pounder, he has started 28 straight games for the Cardinal (2003-05) and played in all 39 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 119 career tackles, 25.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks ... Oshinowo, a two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection the last two years, is a co-term student working on his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Jenkins Among Top Defensive Lineman in Pac-10
Senior defensive end Julian Jenkins, recognized as one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, began his final season on The Farm in the season opener at Navy by recording eight tackles in Stanford's win at Navy ... Last week vs. ASU, he had six tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack ... Jenkins, who has record 105 career tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, has appeared in 37 games and started 18 since playing as a true freshman in 2002 ... A 6-4, 275-pounder from Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins continues to be one of the team leaders both on and off the field ... He was named First-Team preseason All-Pac-10 and rated among the top defensive lineman in the country heading into the 2005 campaign.
Kimble Now Starting Running Back After Move From WR
A year ago at this time, Anthony Kimble was a true freshman wide receiver who had just come on the Stanford campus from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Now, Kimble is the team's number one running back and one of the team's main offensive weapons ... He has started all six games at RB and has gained 234 yards on 59 carries for a team-leading 4.0 yards per carry average ... He has also caught 12 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns ... Kimble made his collegiate debut on September 10 at Navy and gained 59 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run ... He also added three catches for 28 yards ... In his second game, Kimble rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries ... Against Washington State, Kimble turned in his finest performance to date as he gained 77 yards rushing on 18 carries - both season and career highs - while also catching two passes for 48 yards ... He caught four balls in Stanford's win at Arizona, which included a 10-yard TD pass from Trent Edwards ... In Stanford's win over Arizona State, he scored two touchdowns for the first time in his career on a 15-yard reception and a two yard run ... After redshirting the 2004 season, Kimble was moved to running back last spring under new head coach Walt Harris ... Kimble was impressive during spring drills and his continued improvement vaulted him into the No. 1 role ... He played some running back in high school, but came to Stanford as a highly-touted wide receiver ... Kimble, 6-1, 195, only played two years of football in high school and redshirted last season on The Farm ... While other running backs were limited due to injury during fall camp, Kimble continued to impress.
Alston Named One of Nation's Top Outside Linebackers
Senior outside linebacker Jon Alston entered his fifth season on The Farm as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 and in the nation ... At 6-2, 220, Alston is Stanford's best pass rushing threat in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense ... He was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top six in the conference in sacks (fourth with 9.5), forced fumbles (tied for fifth with three) and tackles for loss (sixth with 14.0) ... A three-year letter-winner, Alston has recorded 145 total tackles, 19.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005 ... In his last three games, all Stanford wins, Alston has accounted for 21 tackles, five tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, one pass break up and two forced fumbles ... In Stanford's win at Washington State, he had eight tackles, one quarterback sack, tackle for loss and pass break up ... Against Arizona (Oct. 15), he had nine tackles, including three sacks, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Cardinal Shuffle on the Offensive Line
Stanford entered the season with nine returning lettermen on the offensive line and all five starters from 2004 ... Through the first six games of the 2005 campaign, Stanford's offensive line has seen seven starters and a shuffling of players at different positions ... At left tackle, Jeff Edwards started the first four games of the season, but sophomore Allen Smith has started the last two in place of Edwards ... Edwards has 23 career starts on The Farm ... Smith, who was impressive in Stanford's win at WSU, has started the past three games (vs. WSU at right tackle, vs. Arizona and ASU at left tackle) and has proven himself to be one of the top, young offensive lineman in the conference ... At right tackle, senior Jon Cochran has started five of six games and 19 in his career ... Fifth-year senior Brian Head (15 career starts) started the first two games of the year at center and was expected to be the team's starter in 2005 ... However, a series of injuries forced Head to announce on Oct. 13 that he is retiring from football ... That left Tim Mattran as the team's number one center ... Mattran is former walk-on who has done an outstanding job as a starter the past four games ... At right guard, Alex Fletcher has started all six games this season, but Ismail Simpson, who has started 22 games in his career, has been a key reserve ... Josiah Vinson has started all six games this year at left guard and 19 in his career.
Okwo Moves From Special Teams to Starter at ILB
A First-Team All-Pac-10 selection last year as a special teams player, junior Michael Okwo is now one of Stanford's key players in the middle of its defense and one of the top young players in the conference ... Okwo earned his reputation as a special teams player last year, but after starter Kevin Schimmelmann went out with an injury the final two games of the 2004 season, Okwo moved in to the starting lineup and made an immediate impact (22 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, fumble recovery over last three games) ... In his first game as a full-time starter, Okwo continued to impress as he accounted for six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Stanford's win at Navy ... He added eight tackles, a tackle for loss and a half-sack against UC Davis and recorded his first collegiate interception in game three vs. Oregon ... Okwo returned to the lineup last Saturday vs. Arizona State after missing the WSU and Arizona games due to injury.
Rushing Among All-Time Best Kickoff Return Specialists
Senior T.J. Rushing, a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a kickoff return specialist last season, took his first kickoff return of the season and raced 93 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinal's season opening win at Navy, the second touchdown return of his career (99-yard return last year vs. BYU) ... He had two returns against the Mids for 127 yards - a 63.5 yards per return average ... In his career, Rushing has 38 kickoff returns for 1,069 yards and two touchdowns ... His 28.1 career kickoff return average currently places him No. 1 in the Cardinal record book ahead of Ron Inge (27.8, 1973-76) ... He is the seventh player in school history to amass 1,000 yards in kickoff return yards ... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned seven kicks for 235 yards and his 33.6 average ... In the last three games, however, teams have kicked away from Rushing and not allowed him to return a kick ... Rushing began returning punts for the first time in his career at WSU and has five returns for 45 yards (9.0 avg) the past three games as the team's starter.
Sgroi Among All-Time Best Placekickers
Fifth-year senior placekicker Michael Sgroi has placed his name among the school's all-time best placekickers ... He has hit nine field goals in six games this season and his 41 career field goals places him fifth on the school's all-time list ... Sgroi is four-of-six from 40-49 yards out this season and has a season long of 48 yards, that coming in game two vs. UC Davis ... Sgroi is averaging 1.50 field goals per game and is currently ranked 23rd in the nation and second in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He is also fifth all-time with 87 PATs ... Walt Harris called Sgroi the 'difference maker' in Stanford's 41-38 win at Navy in the season opener ... That's because Sgroi hit two, fourth quarter field goals, from 40 and 47 yards out to help the Cardinal hold off Navy ... Sgroi, who made 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, has now made 41-of-66 in his career... Last season, Sgroi made 10 consecutive field goals, which tied for the third longest in school history ... Next up for Sgroi in the Cardinal record book is All-America kicker Rod Garcia (1971-73), who had 42 career field goals ... Mark Harmon (1981-84) in third in the record book with 50 career field goals.